Investor business migration visas are for investors who want to gain residence in another country.
The Investor Visa (Investor visa 2 Category) is an option if you plan to invest a minimum of million over a -year period. If you’re looking to invest millions or more then the Investor plus Visa (Investor 1 Category) could be a better option. The main differences between these two options.
Recent changes have been made to investor visa policies to further recognize and reward higher levels of business experience, English language skills, and growth-oriented investments.
The Investor programs concept is new and was given priority in the year 2006, these Investment programs are designed to attract foreign capital and business people by providing the right to residence and citizenship in return. These are also known as investment by citizenship programs or golden visa. At present many countries currently offer investors citizenship or residence in return for economic investment.
Citizenship by Investor programs usually has different criteria that must be fulfilled for the investment to qualify, purchasing of real estate or job creation, non-refundable or specific targeted companies or industries. Most of these investor programs are structured to ensure that the investment to have a hand into the welfare, economic and advancement development of the country in which they wish to settle or reside too. It is more often more about making an economic contribution than just an investment. The USA Investor visa program requires foreign nationals to invest a minimum of anywhere from $500,000, depending on the location of project, and requires at least 10 jobs to be either created or preserved. When these criteria are met, then the applicant and their family will become eligible for a resident card which is known as Green card. There is an annual limit of 10,000 applications under the USA Investor program called EB-5.
The Commonwealth of Dominica has been operating such program since 1993 and enables investors to gain Dominican citizenship through a contribution to Dominica’s Economic Diversification Fund or the purchase of an approved project along with a fee.
The Malta Individual Investor Programme, was contracted in 2014 by the Government of Malta to design and implement, is similarly limit at 1,800 applicants. Investors are subject to a thorough due diligence process which guarantees that only reputable applicants acquire Maltese citizenship. Many applications from countries where international sanctions apply may not be accepted. Applications from a particular country can also be excluded on the basis of a Government policy decision the minimum investment for this program is $870,000 with a non-refundable contribution of $700,000.
A large majority of users of such programs are wealthy Chinese seeking legal security and a better quality of life outside of their home country. More than three-quarters of the applicants to Canada’s since-canceled immigrant investor program were Chinese. Money laundering scandals involving banks in Malta and Latvia have made citizenship schemes more contentious by drawing attention to the lack of controls on Russian funds entering EU countries.
The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program is a Canadian program which allows investors who intend to settle in the province of Quebec to invest money in Canada. The Quebec government said it would accept a maximum of 1,750 applications to the Immigrant Investor Program during the period of January 5 to 20, 2015. Applicants with an intermediate-advanced aptitude in French are not subject to the cap and may apply at any time. The program has been associated with the lack of housing affordability in Vancouver.
The countries with the top-ranked migrant investor programs in the world are Malta Cyprus, Portugal, Austria, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Saint Kitts, and Nevis, Spain, Australia and Dominica.
Golden visas represent only a small proportion of new passports. In 2016, 994,800 citizenship applicants were granted across the EU, according to Eurostate, with just 0.1 percent of applications made under investment schemes.