Alexander from Novosibirsk became a citizen of Vanuatu in order to obtain a tourist visa to the USA for 5 years in two weeks.
Alexander is a professional investor who has been working in the real estate market for 20 years, investing in real estate in Russia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Slovakia and Croatia. In May, the investor drew up his first project in the United States which was an apartment in Boston. Property prices are growing by 8% per year there.
Immigrant Invest will explain how the Vanuatu passport helped the family solve all their problems in the USA regarding investment in real estate, travel and getting an education.
Why did a family from Novosibirsk need visas to the United States?
For Alexander, buying real estate in the United States was not only a good deal, but also an investment in the family’s future as his wife dreamt of traveling to the United States, and the eldest son wanted to study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the future, owning housing in the States would cover all the needs of the Alexander family. Therefore, the investor decided to visit the apartment before buying.
Alexander urgently needed a US visa to visit Boston. The demand for apartments was so high, it was impossible to hesitate.
Since 2020, visas to the United States take a long time to be issued for Russians. In Russia, visas are not issued, you need to apply in another country, wait around a year for a decision and then go for an interview at the US Consulate in another country. For example, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Mauritius or Oman. Alexander didn’t have that much time.
The investor came across an article on how a Caribbean passport or Vanuatu citizenship helps to obtain a visa to the United States. On May 31st, 2021, he turned to Immigrant Invest for advice.
Choosing a citizenship program
Immigrant Invest lawyers have assessed the risks of being refused under investment citizenship programs for an investor: Alexander earned income from renting out real estate, he had a clean tax history, had no previous convictions or visa refusals. This meant that Alexander could participate in any state citizenship program for investors.
Due Diligence is a standard first step for citizenship programs. At Immigrant Invest, the check is carried out by a certified Anti Money Laundering Compliance Officer. We study the situation of each investor and thus reduce the risk of rejections to almost zero.
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Alexander’s requirements for a second passport:
- Ability to travel to the United States and stay there for up to four months in a row.
- The term of receipt is two months.
- The budget is $ 200,000.
A US visa can be obtained in two to three weeks with the passport of five Caribbean countries or Vanuatu.
Alexander chose Vanuatu citizenship because this country’s program is the fastest in terms of obtaining a second passport. It usually takes two months. Considering the three weeks for the US visa application, it met the deadline.
The Immigrant Invest team calculated the cost of participation in the Vanuatu citizenship by investment program for Alexander’s family.
$ 185,287 — cost of participation in the Vanuatu citizenship program for a family of four
Procedure for obtaining a second passport
The first step: sending documents and payment of 25% of the contribution. Immigrant Invest lawyers prepared all the necessary documents in two weeks and submitted them to the Vanuatu program department.
A list of documents for participation in the Vanuatu citizenship by investment program
- Copies of passports.
- Police clearance certificates.
- Medical insurance.
- Bank statement.
- Investor’s CV.
Alexander paid for Due Diligence and transferred 25% of the investment amount simultaneously with the submission of documents. After payment, the department began to process the investor’s application.
Second step: approval of the application and transfer of 75% of the contribution. The Vanuatu Program Department reviewed Alexander’s application in two weeks. When the investor was approved, he transferred the remaining 75% of the contribution.
Taking an oath to a Vanuatu consul in Moscow is the next requirement of the program. But investors who have received approval to participate in the citizenship program before August 25th, 2021 are exempted from taking the oath. This is due to the special working hours of the department and Consulate of Vanuatu during the pandemic. Therefore, the spouses did not take the oath.
The last step: obtaining a passport. Alexander could choose to receive a passport from the Vanuatu program department through Immigrant Invest or immediately to a convenient address.
Alexander chose home delivery of his passport to save time. When an investor receives a Vanuatu passport from a licensed agent, it takes four weeks: the department first sends the documents to the agent, and the agent hands them over to the investor. If directly, documents will be delivered in 10 to 14 days.
The investor filled out a special form to obtain passports as a home delivery. In the form, he indicated which address to send the documents. Alexander received his passports on July 26th.
Stages of obtaining Vanuatu passports for Alexander’s family
Vanuatu citizenship benefits and results of cooperation
At the end of July, Alexander received a B‑1/B‑2 nonimmigrant visa to the United States for 5 years. Vanuatu citizens obtain US visas at the Consulate in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea. Alexander applied and signed up for an interview remotely.
On July 26th, Alexander flew to Port Moresby and was interviewed, the next day he was issued a visa. He flew in from Novosibirsk with two transfers, in Dubai and Singapore. The trip took about a day.
The visa allows you to stay in the United States for up to 180 days in half a year ‑ you can travel around the United States and go to the country for treatment or negotiations.
Alexander’s visa allowed him to visit the United States to examine apartments, assess their location and conclude a sale and purchase agreement.
Vanuatu’s passport visa free countries list includes the Schengen states, Great Britain, Hong Kong and Singapore.
In the Schengen states, citizens of Vanuatu can stay without a visa for up to 90 days in half a year, in the UK, up to 180 days in a row. In Singapore — 30 days a year and in Hong Kong, 90 days a year.
Citizens of Vanuatu receive an electronic visa to Australia for a year in a period of 1 to 2 weeks.
Until recently, I had doubts. Everything turned out somehow too simple and smooth: the second passport in a month, a visa to the United States in three weeks, with which you can buy real estate in the country. But when I flew to Boston, I believed it. Now the wife and daughter are planning a route along the east coast, and the son wants to go on a tour of the university.
has been investing in real estate for 20 years