Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrency Payments

December 22nd, 2017   •   Investment, Investor Visa   •   Comments Off on Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrency Payments   

Bitcoin for Citizenship by InvestmentLa Vida is now able to accept Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies for fee payments for our citizenship by investment programmes. The change was introduced following demand from our clients.

Most citizenship programmes still require fiat currency payments for the investment element. However the acceptance of digital currencies by La Vida for fees and certain programmes can facilitate a quicker process for many clients. The government of Vanuatu recently confirmed it can take payment in Bitcoin facilitated through authorised agents who would receive the donation amounts in bitcoin and convert and remit dollar payments to the government.

All golden visa and citizenship investment programmes have strict due diligence processes. La Vida and government agencies apply these irrespective of the payment method used by the investor.

Please contact us for further details.

Caribbean Countries offering Citizenship by Investment Programs

November 12th, 2017   •   Citizenship, Investor Visa   •   Comments Off on Caribbean Countries offering Citizenship by Investment Programs   

The Caribbean island of St Kitts pioneered the introduction of citizenship by investment when it introduced its immigrant investor programme in 1984. In recent years several Caribbean countries have followed suit. These countries are all members of the Commonwealth. Each has excellent visa free access for its citizens and passport holders to travel to more than 100 countries worldwide. In all cases this includes the UK and EU Schengen countries and in each individual programme visa free access to many more countries such as China, Canada and the USA.

The Dominica Economic Citizenship Program was Established in 1993.  Antigua & Barbuda launched its Citizenship by Investment Program in 2012, followed by the Grenada Citizenship by Investment Program in 2013 and the Saint Lucia Citizenship By Investment Program 2015.

Each country offers differing visa free access for its passport holders, has varying degrees of investment and also in some cases restricts access and applications from certain nationals. Please contact our consultants for the most suitable programme for you.

We continue to watch developments carefully but at present the following Caribbean countries do not offer a citizenship by investment programme to the best of our knowledge: Anguilla, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

Experts Discuss Portuguese Golden Visa Programme

November 9th, 2017   •   Immigration, Investment, Portugal Golden Visa   •   Comments Off on Experts Discuss Portuguese Golden Visa Programme   

Daniel Twomey of La Vida speaking on the panel of experts.

Speaking at the Immigration Investment Summit in Hong Kong, La Vida’s Daniel Twomey was joined by other industry experts on a panel appointed to discuss the status of the Golden Visa programme in Portugal.

Chaired by the Harvey Law Group and comprised of both legal and real estate experts, the panel discussed how the Portuguese Golden Visa programme has evolved since its inception in 2012, including the introduction of the Category 65A-d (€350,000) legislation at the end of 2015.

The state of the real estate market in Portugal was a hot topic of discussion, with all panellists in agreement that the steady and consistent rate at which the real estate market has been appreciating over the past few years, combined with the expected long-term, continued growth of the market, make this a perfect time for investment. As the most popular Golden Visa programme in Europe, turnout for the discussion was unsurprisingly high, with an audience comprised of other industry experts and immigration agents from across Asia. The question and answer session allowed the panellists to alleviate concerns over some of the specific requirements of the programme, and served as a reminder of the success of the programme from both an immigration and investment perspective

To find out more about the Portuguese Golden Visa programme, please contact La Vida on +442070601475, or by emailing info@goldenvisas.com

Caribbean Citizenship Changes

November 6th, 2017   •   Citizenship, Investor Visa, Passport, Schengen Travel   •   Comments Off on Caribbean Citizenship Changes   

Caribbean Citizenship by Investment Changes Over the last few months there has been a number of positive changes to the various Caribbean Citizenship Programs (CIP). With fee reductions and reduced donation options, the Caribbean now offers some of the most affordable and flexible citizenship by investment programmes in the world. It is unclear how long these reductions will last and there is speculation that after a period of time the investment options will increase again. Clients are advised to act quickly to take advantage of the changes.

There are five key programmes within the Caribbean and a second passport from these locations comes with a number of benefits, including visa free travel to the Schengen zone, UK, Hong Kong and Switzerland. St Kitts and Grenada have also just recently confirmed that their passports will enable one to travel freely to Russia. This is another great addition to Grenada’s visa free list of countries which also includes China.

There has been some reports of incorrect information being circulated regarding the recent fee reductions in Dominica. Whilst the investment threshold remains the same, the processing fees were recently amended. La Vida advises anyone who may have conflicting information to get in touch with one of our experts for clear clarification and advice on the programme.

To recap on some of the key changes which have taken place in 2017,  please see below:

Dominica

  • Processing fees were reduced by 50% for the those opting for the Real Estate option
  • The age for Dependent children was increased to include those up to 30 years old

Antigua and Barbuda

  • The donation threshold was reduced from $200,000 to $100,000 for a family of four (+fees)
  • The Processing fees were also reduced

St Kitts and Nevis

  • The Hurricane Relief fund was introduced. This requires an investment of $150,000 for a family of four (+fees) compared to the normal SIDF $250,000 donation.
  • A visa free waiver with Russia was agreed

Grenada

  • A visa free waiver with Russia was agreed
  • The age for Dependent children was increased to include those up to 30 years old

If you are looking to obtain a second citizenship in any of the above countries then please do not hesitate to contact La Vida’s experts for a seamless service and efficient application processing.

Madonna Invests for Portuguese Golden Visa

October 17th, 2017   •   Investment, Real Estate   •   Comments Off on Madonna Invests for Portuguese Golden Visa   

Sintra, Portugal Queen of Pop Madonna has been very vocal on her social media pages recently about her move to Portugal and her Golden Visa application. The pop star has invested in an impressive property in Sintra, Portugal, which was formerly a palace. The property investment is reported to have cost her €7.5 million euros and is currently undergoing renovation works. Whilst she waits for her new home to be completed, Madonna has been staying in the highly luxurious presidential suite of the Pestana Palace hotel in Lisbon.

Her recent relocation to Portugal was triggered by her sons new venture with the Portuguese junior football team- Benfica. Son David Banda, from Melawi, was adopted by Madonna and ex-husband Guy Richie back in 2006 and is now 11 years old. It is reported that David and his siblings will attend the international French Lycee school in Lisbon.

Madonna has posted a number of times on Instagram in recent weeks about her families new life in Portugal and their wait for their new residency visas to be granted. It is also said that she has had a private meeting with the immigration authorities, SEF, where her application is being treated as an exceptional case. Madonna’s unique celebrity status is projected to boost Portugal’s tourism and economy, bringing a lot of exciting new attention to the country.

Portugal has attracted a number of high profile celebrities in recent years including former Manchester United Football Club player Eric Cantona and French fashion designer Christian Louboutin just to name a few. The Portuguese Golden Visa programme requires international investors to purchase property priced at €500,000 which is more than possible for such high net worth individuals.

Another attractive aspect of investing in Portugal is the Non-Habitual tax regime, which gives foreigners huge tax advantages and the scheme exempts some pensioners from taxes altogether for 10 years.

If you wish to follow in Madonna’s footsteps and invest in Portuguese real estate for the Golden Visa, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Dominica Reduce Citizenship Fees

October 2nd, 2017   •   Citizenship, Passport   •   Comments Off on Dominica Reduce Citizenship Fees   


Dominica Reduce Citizenship by Investment Fee'sThe Government of Caribbean island Dominica, have significantly reduced the application fees for their citizenship by investment programme by 50% for those opting for the real estate option.

A single applicant would previously have paid $50,000 in government fees, but these are now set at just $25,000 for a single applicant or $35,000 for a family of four, making the programme even more cost effective than it previously was.

The Dominica donation option remains the same and starts from just $100,000 for a single applicant + costs. This is one of the lowest priced citizenship by investment programmes in the world and it has been hugely popular because of this.

A second passport in Dominica will grant one visa free travel to over 118 countries worldwide including the EU Schengen zone, UK, Hong Kong and Switzerland. It offers a great solution for those simply looking to broaden their travel opportunities at a low cost.

As well as the reduced fees, Dominica have also increased the age limit for dependent children, which means that the main applicant can include children up to the age of 30 years old.

Despite the recent hurricane which sadly hit Dominica last month, the government’s Citizenship by Investment unit remains open and in full operation, which is a great reflection of this island’s strong resilience and efficiency.

Contact our consultants for your free consultation and a quotation.

Portugal Property Prices Predicted to Increase 5% p.a

September 27th, 2017   •   Economy, Investor Visa, Portugal Golden Visa, Real Estate, Rental Income   •   Comments Off on Portugal Property Prices Predicted to Increase 5% p.a   

Portugal RICS Property price index report graphAccording to the latest RICS property price index report for August 2017, the Portuguese market remains in a very strong position.

The most promising news is that house prices have been predicted to increase by 5% per annum for the following five year period which is extremely encouraging for Golden visa investors.

Compared to the previous report published for June 2017, the figures for August have risen across the board for both house price increases and new sales enquiries. The sales expectations for the coming three months ahead has also risen. This sits in line with La Vida’s personal forecast as year on year the Autumn proves to be one of our busiest quarters for new investors buying in Portugal.

Due to a high demand yet a low of supply of property (particularly in Lisbon) prices continue to rise to meet this demand. The same has also effected the lettings market where rents remain on an upwards path with a steady rise of tenant enquires. It is predicted that rental growth will also continue over the coming three month period. This is great news for prospective landlords who are looking to invest for rental return.

In other areas, unemployment rates in Portugal have recently decreased to just 9.4% which is the lowest it has been since the 2008 recession. This is yet another positive reflection of how well the economy in Portugal is currently performing.

Despite the current shortage of property on the market, La Vida have an excellent choice of real estate to offer, with a vast selection of options in Lisbon, Porto, the Silver Coast and the Algarve.

As one of the market leading consultancies specializing in Investor visa’s, La Vida have the ability to assist investors with both the real estate purchase and the legal work which is involved in obtaining a Portuguese Golden Visa.

To speak with one of our expert consultant, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Five Simple Steps to Cyprus Citizenship

September 21st, 2017   •   Citizenship, Investor Visa   •   Comments Off on Five Simple Steps to Cyprus Citizenship   

5 Simple Steps to Cyprus CitizenshipThe citizenship by investment programme in Cyprus is not only the quickest EU citizenship programme available today, it is also one of the most straight forward options. The programme is a firm favourite amongst high net worth investors looking for a quick solution to gaining a second passport in the European Union which in turn give them the ability to live and work in any EU country. Not to mention the freedom of movement to over 158 countries globally.

The process could not be simpler and is achievable in just 5 simple steps. La Vida’s expert consultant’s will be able to assist investors every step of the way, from the real estate purchase, to the legal work and application. The process is as follows:

Step 1: Engage and Invest

Once La Vida have been appointed and our client facilitator agreement has been signed, the first step is to visit Cyprus. We will tailor a visit to suit, provide an itinerary, arrange property viewings and a meeting with a legal representative. Investors will need to select real estate to meet the required investment of €2,000,000 and place a reservation deposit on the property to begin the purchase. If it is not possible for investors to visit at this stage, they can select and reserve a property remotely with the help from La Vida and our legal team.

Step 2: Application submission

Following the investment, our legal team will begin the application for the main investor and spouse, undertake due diligence and prepare all the supporting documentation. On submission of the citizenship application a permanent residency permit will also be applied for which will takes less than 2 weeks to obtain. Every adult applicant is required to be the holder of a PR card for a period of at least 6 months prior to collecting their passport/national ID.

Step 3: Biometrics

Biometric data will need to be submitted, this can either be done during a further visit to Cyprus or it is possible to visit certain Cypriot embassies to submit the data. Locations such as London, Moscow and Pretoria can provide this service. It is also possible at this stage for investors to collect their residency permit cards.

Step 4: Approval in Principle- 3 months

The time frame set by the Government for the examination of the citizenship application is 3 months from submission. At this stage you will receive an ‘in principal’ approval certificate.

Step 5: Collect Passport

Following the approval in principle, once investors have held their PR cards for a total period of six months their new Passports/ID’s can be collected in Cyprus or at a Cyprus embassy. The total process will only have taken just over 6 months. It’s at this stage that the main applicant’s dependents can then apply for citizenship.

For more details on the Cyprus Citizenship by Investment programme and a free consultation with one of our advisors, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Invest in Portugal’s Silver Coast…

September 5th, 2017   •   Portugal Golden Visa, Property, Real Estate, Rental Income   •   Comments Off on Invest in Portugal’s Silver Coast…   

Silver Coast Portugal With international investors mainly focusing their attentions on cities such as Lisbon and Porto, it’s no surprise that some of Portugal’s hidden gems are often getting overlooked, and the stunning Silver Coast of Portugal is one of them.

Just 35-45 minutes outside of Lisbon, the Silver Coast region is an outstanding area of protected natural beauty  boasting stunning landscapes, golden sandy beaches and crystal clear waters all the way along the coastline. The region is home to a number of traditional and charming Portuguese towns as well as a 5* multi award winning Golf and Beach Resort where a number of luxury properties can be found, attracting numerous high profile owners and celebrities. Nestled between two of the most popular Golf resorts in the region is also the historic town of Lourinha where Jurassic dinosaur remains were recently discovered. Plans for a new Jurassic amusement park are set to boost tourism in the area, with a prediction of an extra 200,000 visitors each year, a great prospect for those looking to generate a rental return on property in this region.

La Vida have a number of different properties to offer along the Silver Coast and a large number of these are offering a guaranteed rental return of 5% per annum for up to 3 years. Also included within this offer is up to 6 months of personal usage for the owner each year, making this an excellent option for those looking for both a personal holiday home and a rental property.

Price per square meter in this location is also extremely competitive at just €2,500 per square metre compared to central Lisbon where the average price per square metre is from €5,000 upwards. Just another factor why savvy investors should be considering the Silver Coast.

Contact La Vida’s experts for further details on both the Portuguese Golden Visa programme and our property options.

 

Antigua Reduces Fees for Citizenship

August 18th, 2017   •   Citizenship, Investment, Passport   •   Comments Off on Antigua Reduces Fees for Citizenship   

Antigua and Barbuda Government reduce feesThe Government of Antigua and Barbuda has recently reduced the application fees for the Citizenship by Investment programme. The Programme, which has been hugely popular for clients looking for a second passport, will now cost a family of four around $50,000 less in Government application fees than it would have previously.

The Government’s fees were previously set at $50,000 for the main applicant, $50,000 for a spouse and an additional $25,000 per each child, bringing the government fees for a family of four to $100,000. These fees are now half the cost with a flat fee of $50,000 for a family of four opting for the Real Estate investment. For larger families, additional dependants can be included for an added fee of $15,000 per person.

Those opting for the donation to the National Development Fund will pay even lower costs with a flat government fee for a family of four now fixed at just $25,000. Additional dependants for families larger than four can also be included for an additional $15,000 per person. Due diligence, passport and legal fees are also applicable for both routes.

The recent changes to these costs make the Antigua and Barbuda citizenship programme even more attractive, offering a very feasible solution to obtaining a second passport which will allow one to travel to over 130 countries world wide including the UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong and many more…

For your free consultation on the Citizenship by Investment programmes and a full personalised quote, please do not hesitate to contact our specialists today.