Vanuatu Citizenship by Investment
Governmental Investment Program
Investments: from $130.000
Terms: from 1 month
About the Program
In January 2017, Vanuatu adopted a legislative base for a Citizenship by Investment Program. The program is regulated by Chapter 112 of the Citizenship Act and Government Regulation No 215.
The essence of the program is that the applicant pays a non-refundable contribution to a special Vanuatu Government fund and as a result, he obtains a second Vanuatu citizenship for the whole family in 1-2 months.
Language proficiency and knowledge of the state history are not required to obtain Vanuatu citizenship and there is no obligation to reside and stay in Vanuatu.
Basic Program Conditions
Requirements on the main applicant:
- Age over 18
- Clear criminal record
- Due Diligence check
- At least $250.000 on the bank account
- Good health
Vanuatu passports can also be obtained by:
- The Spouse
- Children under 25
- Parents over 50 years old.
* Children over 18 years of age, as well as parents, must be dependent on the main investor.
Investment Option for Vanuatu Citizenship
from $ 130,000
One Time non-refundable contribution to the Vanuatu Special Government Fund is intended to stimulate the economy.
|Single Applicant||The main Applicant with the spouse||The main applicant with 3 dependants||A Family of 4|
|Cost||130 000 $||150 000 $||165 000 $||180 000 $|
Obtaining Procedure of Vanuatu Citizenship
Preliminary Due Diligence
We conduct Due Diligence, which allows us to make summary stating the possibility to obtain Vanuatu Citizenship and reduces the risk of refusal.
If during the verification process there are questions that could affect the outcome of the application, we will recommend alternative programs.
Immigrant Invest is the only company in the industry that has a Due Diligence Department. We have a Compliance Anti Money Laundering Officer certified by an international association.
Signing a contract
You can sign a contract with us either in one of our offices or remotely. In order to prepare the contract, all we need are scanned copies of your and your family’s passports.
The Financial Department of Vanuatu (FIU) carries out Due Diligence in advance. The cost of the check is $ 2.000. All payments go through an authorized agent, that is, through our company. The FIU will issue an opinion on the results of the audit.
The documents that are required at this stage:
- Notarized passport copy (in color)
- Clear criminal record certificate from the applicant’s country of citizenship, as well as from the countries where he lived for over a year in the last 10 years.
Preparation and Submission
Our company helps the client to collect and correctly prepare the full package of documents. The exact list of documents varies in each case.
Our lawyers form the package according to the program requirements.
We know what details the Vanuatu Government is watching closely and help you to deal with controversial situations. Then the lawyers fill out the government forms and send them to the client for signature. The forms can be signed in the office or remotely.
By law, only accredited agents may apply to the Vanuatu Finance Department. Our company complies with all Vanuatu laws and has the necessary permits.
Documents processing and approval at the Vanuatu Citizenship Agency
The Citizenship Commission is reviewing the package of documents. The sessions are held 2 times a month.
The Commission makes a positive decision on granting citizenship.
Within two weeks after the meeting, our company receives written notification of the decision.
Immigrant Invest has collected dozens of successful cases of Vanuatu citizenship applications. Our lawyers’ knowledge helps to prepare the documents correctly and speed up citizenship acquisition.
Oath of Allegiance and Issuance of a Passport
According to the rules of the program, the passport can be obtained after taking the oath.
There are two options for swearing an oath:
- In Vanuatu in front of the Commissioner
- In a country of the investor’s choice. For instance, in the state where he lives
In the latter case, the Commissioner and the Vanuatu Migration Officer are invited to the nearest Consulate. The swearing-in ceremony takes about 30 minutes at most.
After the ceremony, the Commissioner will issue the Vanuatu Naturalization Certificate and the Vanuatu passport.
Benefits of Vanuatu Citizenship
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Citizens of the country can travel visa-free to the UK for 180 days per year. There is also an agreement with Schengen countries for visa-free visits of the Schengen area up to 90 days per half a year.
It is also possible to obtain 10 years visas of Canada and USA.
Taxes for individuals
Vanuatu has a loyal tax system. The taxation conditions on the island are the same for residents and non-residents. There is no tax on:
- Capital gain
Taxes for legal entities
International Business Companies (IBC) registered in Vanuatu are tax exempt for 20 years. They only pay an annual fee of $300.
Vanuatu citizenship allows visa-free access to 130 countries: Andorra, Austria, Antigua and Barbuda, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, United Kingdom.
There is no such option in the Vanuatu Citizenship for Investment Program.
We help our clients to collect and properly prepare a full package of documents. The exact list of documents varies in each case. Normally, a standard set of documents is includes:
- Colour copies of ID cards
- Colour copies of foreign passports
- Colour copies of birth certificates
- Colour copy of marriage certificate
- Certificates of no criminal record for persons over 16 years of age.
- School certificates and diplomas for children
- Certificates of medical examination
- Investor work reference