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Case Studies

China visa-free with Grenada citizenship for an Israeli entrepreneur

I need access to China. My key partners are there. Sometimes I have to rush off and fly to my Asian business partners. But getting a visa to China requires a lot of time, patience and documents preparation.

Mark
39 years old, has a company in advertising
The name and photo of the client have been changed

Mark is from Ashdod. He has an advertising business: Mark helps companies from Asia enter the markets in the US and Canada. Previously, he flew to Asia on tourist visas for negotiations with his partners.

Mark received an order from a Chinese partner in March 2021 to train a team in Guangzhou on advertising processes in the western countries. For Mark's company, this was a large order that required frequent trips to China.

We explain how a Grenada passport helps Mark do business in China and travel freely around the world. We also give details of the additional information Mark had to present in order to pass his Due Diligence check and obtain a second citizenship.

Why Mark needed a second passport

Mark's task in the new project with a company based in Guangzhou is to train the Chinese team in advertising and marketing processes and help them enter the markets in the US and Canada. The project is expected to take one year to complete. During this period Mark will have to travel to China frequently.

The Guangzhou Project is a chance in a lifetime! We train the team, the customer solves his problems, earns a profit, and the company develops. If it works out well, we will definitely receive new orders as the success of this project spreads by word of mouth.

Mark
39 years old, has a company in advertising

Mark read our article "Citizenship by Investment: 10 Most Popular Programs" and on March 10, 2021, he turned to Immigrant Invest for advice.

Choosing a citizenship by investment program

The first step is to conduct a preliminary Due Diligence check on the investor. Immigrant Invest’s lawyers assess the risks of Mark’s application being rejected under the citizenship by investment programs.

Mark has no criminal record or instances of his visa applications being refused. Mark’s source of income is legal and is based exclusively on his business. He pays taxes on time, and all the company's calculations and transactions are transparent and go through the corporate account. Mark has a clean record and he is eligible to participate in any government citizenship program for investors.

Our preliminary Due Diligence check helps us pick up potential risks and reduce the possibility of our client’s application for citizenship by investment being rejected to almost zero. The preliminary Due Diligence check is carried out by our in-house certified Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer.

Evgeniya Morozova, Head of the Legal Department in Immigrant Invest
Evgeny Morozova,
head of the legal department

Requirements for a second passport and terms of the program. Visa-free travel to China was Mark's main goal.

Mark planned to be in China at the end of August 2021 to start work on a project in Guangzhou. His budget for obtaining a second citizenship was $300,000.

Investor’s requirements for a second passport:

  1. Ability to travel to China without visas.
  2. The passport had to be delivered in less than 6 months.
  3. Budget: $300,000.

Among the countries offering citizenship by investment, Grenada’s citizenship by investment program most suited Mark. With a Grenada passport, the holder can stay in China without a visa for up to 30 days a year. In addition to China, Grenada citizens can visit 144 countries without visas, including the Schengen states, Britain, Hong Kong and China.

Grenada citizenship

Grenada is an island nation in the Caribbean. Tourists come to the islands for a secluded vacation in the tropical jungle. Cosmopolitans relax on its snow-white beaches, swim under waterfalls, and walk along Christopher Columbus’s paths

Grenada citizenship

Investors obtain Grenada citizenship to travel visa-free to Schengen, the UK, China and Singapore. Eligibility for an E-2 US visa is another reason investors get a Grenadian passport. On an E-2 visa, holders can live and do business in the US

Grenada citizenship

Grenada citizenship helps investors optimize taxes. There are no taxes on inheritance and capital gains in the country. Income tax is payable only if the income is derived from a source in Grenada

The minimal cost of the program is $150,000, which is just half of Mark’s budget. In order to obtain a Grenada passport by investment, the applicant needs to either make a non-refundable contribution to the National Transformation Fund or buy real estate. Mark chose to make a contribution.

It takes 4 to 6 months to obtain a Grenada passport. Immigrant Invest started helping Mark on March 10. Just slightly more than five months remained until the deadline specified by Mark.

Immigrant Invest’s lawyers calculated the cost of participating in the Grenada citizenship by investment program. They prepared the required package of documents and applied for Mark's citizenship within three weeks. When submitting the application, the investor paid the Due Diligence fee.

$216,690 — the cost of participation in the Grenada citizenship by investment program for a couple:

$200,000
Non-refundable contribution to the National Transformation Fund
$10,000
Due diligence check
$3,000
Fee for filing application
$3,000
Fee for processing documents
$500
Passport fee
$150
Courier fee
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$40
Fee for oath of allegiance

Unforeseen difficulties

Mark and his company have a clean financial history and he is a law-abiding citizen. Therefore, our preliminary Due Diligence check showed that there was a 99.9% probability that he would receive approval for any citizenship by investment program. However, the Grenada department in charge of citizenship applications sent a request for additional information.

The government department in charge of any citizenship by investment program reserves the right to make further inquiries in relation to any application without explanation.

Pavel Reshetnikov,
Compliance Anti Money Laundering Officer

There was no obvious reason for this additional request. In 95% of cases, additional requests are based on the fact that there are gaps in the investor's financial history. The department handling the citizenship by investment program asks for the missing information, verifies it and thus rejects unsuitable applicants. However, there were no gaps in Mark’s financial history.

Another reason for an additional inquiry is the demand for constantly stricter Due Diligence requirements. The US, UK and EU regularly update their standards and make the investor’s Due Diligence processes stricter.

Grenada, which has close historical and economic ties with the US and UK, follows these trends and is also gradually strengthening its Due Diligence process. Therefore, we have to be prepared that the government may request additional information on the investor, even when they have a simple and satisfactory financial history.

Mark was asked to show all cash receipts for the last tax year: the company's revenues and tax payments, transfers from the corporate account to Mark's personal account and his tax payments. As a result, instead of three months, Mark's Due Diligence took four months.

Immigrant Invest’s lawyers were prepared for such additional requests: our company monitors changes in the standards and requirements for verification procedures and regularly renews its licenses.

We prepared all the documents: the company and Mark’s financial and tax reports. We attached the account statements for the closed tax year to these documents. Mark passed the Due Diligence check, although it lasted for a month longer than expected.

Evgeniya Morozova, Head of the Legal Department in Immigrant Invest
Evgeny Morozova,
head of the legal department

Obtaining a Grenada passport

Mark's application was approved on July 30, 2021, and he immediately paid the stipulated contribution to the Grenada national fund. On August 16, Mark and his wife Christina received their naturalization certificates and their second passports. It took five months to get Grenada passports.

Stages of Mark's participation in the Grenada citizenship program

1
March 10, 2021
Mark applied to Immigrant Invest
2
+ 1 day
Preliminary Due Diligence check
3
+ 3 weeks
Preparation of documents, application submitted
4
+ 3 months
Standard Due Diligence check
5
+ 1 month
Additional information request for Due Diligence
6
July 30, 2021
Application approved
7
August 16, 2021
Passport issued

Results of our help

On August 29, 2021, Mark wrote to Immigrant Invest from China and told us that he travelled there as a Grenada citizen.

At the passport control at the Guangzhou Baiyun airport, in addition to his Grenada passport, Mark presented a copy of his business contract and the invitation from his Chinese client. The invitation stated that Mark was a contractor for a Chinese company and planned to visit the country regularly over the next 12 months.

With a Grenada passport, Mark will be able to spend a total of 30 days per annum in China. This will be sufficient to cover 5-10 business trips.

Immigrant Invest is a licensed agent for government programs in the European Union and the Caribbean.

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Zlata Erlach
Caribbean Investment Program Expert
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