VANUATU CITIZENSHIP

HOW TO OBTAIN VANUATU CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT

The Vanuatu Citizenship by Investment program was launched in 2012 at the initiative of the local government. The current version of the program, the Development Support Program (DSP), entered the market in 2017. Vanuatu and the European Commission are working on reforms, which will eventually impact the citizenship screening process.

The fastest Citizenship by Investment Program in the world in 2023. At the end of 2022, the EU suspended visa-free travel for Vanuatu citizens. The country is asserting its right to return the privilege. While this issue is being resolved, it’s time to apply before the procedure is complicated due to requirements from the EU.

It is expected that requirements will be tougher, as there will be more complex due diligence and bank compliance. Additionally, there will be a ban on changing the name and surname for new citizens of Vanuatu. In February 2023, it was announced that the EU had postponed until August 3, 2024 – the deadline for the Vanuatu authorities to introduce changes. That would allow them to maintain visa-free entry to the Schengen area for all their citizens.

At the beginning of 2023, citizens of Vanuatu who received passports for investment cannot visit EU countries without a visa, including Switzerland, which has joined the European Commission initiative. 

Vanuatu citizenship program’s key advantage is the speed of processing, which is about two months, as well as the absence of restrictions on the admission of candidates. If you dreamed of getting alternative citizenship quickly, this is your chance! 

Vanuatu gained independence from the UK and France in 1980. However, it’s still a part of the Commonwealth of Nations, which means it maintains a connection with Great Britain as a partner with the right to visa-free entry. Vanuatu is only 12,190 km² of land in the South Pacific.

The country consists of 83 islands, 68 of which are inhabited and have a length of more than 1300 km. Vanuatu’s closest neighbors are Australia and New Zealand. Close relations have been developed with these countries in all spheres.

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APEX will provide professional legal support and prepare all necessary documents step-by-step following all stages until investor obtains Vanuatu citizenship.

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BENEFITS OF VANUATU PASSPORT

— Simplified and efficient application process. Neutral alternative citizenship in 2 months.

— Visa-free entry to 103 countries (data as of the beginning of 2023), including the UK (180 days a year), as well as Hong Kong and Singapore.

— For individuals, there are no taxes on income, wealth, inheritance, capital gains and exports.

— Program is valid for the applicant’s spouse, children and parents.

REQUIREMENTS

— Minimum personal net assets of at least USD 250,000

— Payment of government fees

— Applicants must submit to a security screening

— No minimum presence requirements

OPTION 1.

Donation to the Government Fund starting at

USD 130,000 for single applicant

and USD 180,000 for a family of four.

Please note that mandatory government fees will be added to the declared investment amounts. As well as legal support services. APEX will provide a full cost calculation.

HOW TO OBTAIN VANUATU CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT: STEP-BY-STEP WITH APEX

1/ First, book a free consultation with APEX experts. You may request total calculation of costs for obtaining Vanuatu Citizenship by providing a list of family members you want to include on your application. For more information, contact info@apexcap.org, atannous@apexcap.org

2/ Next, pass a special pre-check procedure from APEX. This step will allow you to see at the initial stage what the chances are of successfully obtaining a Vanuatu citizenship.

3/ Then, sign an agreement with APEX and pay a fee for passing a check with The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).

4/ Additionally, Vanuatu authorities want to make sure that the investor will be able to pass a background check at FIU and prove the origin of the funds before the candidate submits the application.

5/ After approval, APEX files documents to Vanuatu together with FIU clearance results and proceeds to the main stage of the application process. At this stage, applicant transfers 25% of investment sum.

APEX prepares documents and provides full support. Then, the application will be submitted to CIP Unit in Vanuatu.

6/ After the approval of the Vanuatu citizenship application, applicant transfers the remaining 75% of the investment amount. Additionally, the investor and dependents must take an oath. APEX then arranges an online conference call with a licensed Vanuatu representative.  A physical meeting is no longer required to take the oath due to the pandemic. Vanuatu passports are then issued and sent by courier services to the location of the applicant.

The European Commission has postponed the complete abolition of the “visa-free” for Vanuatu for 18 months

On February 3, 2023, the deadline set by the EU for the Vanuatu authorities to bring the local Citizenship by Investment Program into line with European regulators expired. As a result, the “last frontier” was postponed to August 3, 2024.

On March 4, 2022, the European Commission introduced a partial ban restricting entry for Vanuatu citizens with passports issued after May 25, 2015 (under the CIP). However, the Vanuatu authorities continue to fight for the right of visa-free entry into the Schengen area for their citizens. Moreover, Vanuatu has already managed to get the EC officially involved in reforming the CIP, which already indicates that Europe has changed its position from “urgently needs to be closed” to “needed to be reformed.”

Caribbean citizenship by investment

CARIBBEAN CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT

Caribbean citizenship by investment is allowed in Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and St. Kitts & Nevis. Acquiring a second passport in Caribbean countries has many benefits.

CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT IN REAL ESTATE PROJECTS

Apex Capital Partners has experience in the real estate market. This allows you to find reliable developers around the world whose projects allow you to obtain citizenship for real estate.

ABOUT APEX CAPITAL PARTNERS

Apex Capital Partners Corp. is a full-service government mandated advisory firm specializing in second citizenship and investor immigration programs for a multinational clientele.

APEX provides services with end-to-end execution for many HNWI, representing them to Citizenship by investment programs in countries around the world.

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Nuri Katz,
Founder of Apex Capital Partners Corp.

«Dual citizenship isn’t a political gesture; clients view this as an asset to their business or brand. Vanuatu citizenship is a tool for doing business, similar to an exclusive club membership, to be leveraged as necessary»..

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