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Digest: 14 new CBI programs in 2020? / Citizenship of Cyprus “sold out” until 2021 / Antigua issues 644 passports

Kristina Kurkuliak
06 February 2020


We prepared a digest of news that happened in the world of investment migration last week. The new 2020 will bring a lot of changes in the world of CBI programs by welcoming 14 new programs, Portugal “Golden Visa” won’t be issued for purchase of Lisbon or Porto real estate (still under discussion), Cyprus CBI program is popular beyond reason as the queue to application committee is said to be packed till 2021…

14 new CBI programs to open in 2020?

From 2011 to 2018 the number of official citizenship by investment programs in the world has grown from two to twelve. Over the same period, the annual amount of investment through these programs has grown from $ 43 million to $ 3 billion. Such a rapid development of the industry attracts more and more countries. So, in 2020, another 14 states may begin to sell passports for investment. Among them: Albania, Kenya, Mauritius, Northern Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Micronesia and others.

While these countries are developing CBI programs, 12 states are already successfully issuing passports to investors. Check out detailed information and cost for all programs in the section “Program comparison“.

Antigua and Barbuda citizenship: 644 passports issued in the first half of 2019

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has released a new CIP report. From January 1 to June 30, 2019, the CBI Unit received 241 applications: 233 investors chose donation, 5 — investment in real estate, and only 3 — investment in a business. At the same time, 644 passports were issued. Since the program was launched, the CBI Unit received 2188 applications, and issued 4157 passports (to both the main applicants and their families).

Antigua passport: from $ 100,000, issued within 3-7 months, visa-free Schengen and the UK.

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Citizenship of Cyprus under the investment program "sold out" until 2021

The annual quota for Cyprus CBI program is 700 applications. In 2019, this quota has already been filled. It turns out that applications accepted from mid-October are postponed to 2020. According to the Kathimerini publication, the number of applicants for 2020 has also reached a limit of 700. Therefore, applications submitted in the near future will be considered and approved only in 2021.

Want to get an EU passport but don’t want to wait another 2 years? There are other options. Visit our section “Program comparison” or talk to our consultants.

Grenada citizenship: The best-selling program of 2019?

According to a survey conducted in 40 international investment migration companies, the Grenada CBI program should become the best-selling in 2019. According to official data for the third quarter, Grenada approved 156 applications for citizenship, and issued 439 passports.

Do you want to apply for Grenada citizenship for the whole family? Find out how much it will cost using our cost calculator.

Portugal Golden Visa: Properties in Lisbon or Porto are not qualified for the program?

Ana Catarina Mendes, the leader of the Socialist bench, said at a budget meeting in the Portuguese parliament that her party plans to ban the issuance of “golden visas” to those investors who bought property in Lisbon and Porto. This way they wish to attract foreign investment inland and the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores.

Until the proposal has entered into force, you still have time to get real estate in Lisbon / Porto and a residence permit via “golden visa” program. Contact our experts, they will analyze your case and suggest several options to choose from.

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