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Vanuatu citizenship by investment 2021 - Government license


The fastest way to get a second passport
and travel to 96 countries visa-free

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Investment amount
1+ month
Obtaining period
Investment program

The Vanuatu citizenship by investment program was launched in 2017. The terms for participation in the program are regulated by Chapter 112 of the Citizenship Law and Vanuatu government order No. 215.

To obtain citizenship by investment, the applicants make a non-refundable contribution to the government fund. The minimum investment amount is $130,000.

The investor can also include their spouse, children and parents in the citizenship application.

Applicants for Vanuatu citizenship by investment don’t need to take language proficiency tests or history exams, live in Vanuatu or even visit the country.

The Vanuatu citizenship by investment program is the fastest in the world. It takes a minimum of 1 month to get a passport, and the entire procedure is remote.

Benefits of Vanuatu citizenship

Visa-free entry to the UK

Vanuatu citizens can travel visa-free to 96 countries. The passport replaces a visa for spending up to 180 days a year in the UK. Hong Kong and Singapore are also available visa-free.

Long-term US visas

Vanuatu citizens get the B-1/B-2 tourist visas for 5 years. The visa allows the holders to spend up to 180 days a year in the USA. 

The visa holders can hold business meetings, travel around the country, get medical treatment and enrol to study in courses that do not lead to a diploma or degree.


Tax optimisation for business

Investors can establish an international business company (IBC) in Vanuatu. Although such companies are not eligible to earn income in Vanuatu, they can enjoy tax incentives. 

The company and its shareholders don’t pay taxes on corporate profits, personal income, capital gains, inheritance, or donations. Instead, there is a flat annual fee of $300. The beneficial tax regime is valid for 20 years.

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  • Step by step procedure
  • Requirements for applicants
  • Required documents
  • Answers to frequently asked questions
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Who can get
Vanuatu citizenship

  • Over 18 years old
  • No criminal record or prosecution
  • No serious illnesses
  • Capable of confirming the legality of the income
  • Available bank account balance of $250,000
Children under 18
Children from 18 to 25
  • Financially dependent on the investor
  • Full-time students at a university
Parents over 50

Expenses for obtaining
Vanuatu citizenship

1 option



Applicants contribute to the National Development Fund to get Vanuatu citizenship by investment. The fund money goes to develop Vanuatu's economy and fight against natural disasters, for example, to recover from the Harold tropical cyclone.

The contribution is not refundable and does not bring income.

Investor Married couple Family of 3 Family of 4 or more people
Contribution to the fund $130,000 $150,000 $165,000


$15,000 for each family member, starting
from the fifth

Due Diligence $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000
Other fees $129 $215 $301


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Step-by-step procedure for obtaining Vanuatu citizenship

Preliminary Due Diligence

1 day Preliminary Due Diligence

Preliminary Due Diligence

1 day

A certified Compliance Anti Money Laundering Officer checks the applicant’s documents and searches for information on the applicant in international databases. 

The check reduces the risk of the applicant’s citizenship application being rejected. If there are any risks, we detect them in time, and our lawyers propose a solution.

The check is confidential: only you and the lawyers assigned to your application will be informed of the results. You only need a passport to pass the check.

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At least 3 days Preparation
of the first documents

of the first documents

At least 3 days

The applicant and Immigrant Invest’s lawyers prepare documents for Due Diligence at the country’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). Applicants usually provide a passport, police clearance certificate and a CV — a brief description of the applicant’s life and career.


Up to 1 week Due Diligence at the FIU

Due Diligence at the FIU

Up to 1 week

Immigrant Invest’s lawyers send the documents to the citizenship program’s agent in Vanuatu, who submits them to the FIU. The unit conducts the initial Due Diligence for the investor and their family members. 

The official deadline is 1 week, but the check is usually completed in
3—4 days.



Up to 2 weeks Preparation of the remaining documents

Preparation of the remaining documents

Up to 2 weeks

After the FIU’s approval, Immigrant Invest’s lawyers begin to prepare the remaining documents for participation in the program. The investor provides their personal and financial records, and the lawyers make certified copies and fill out the necessary forms.


Up to 2 weeks Application submission and processing

Application submission and processing

Up to 2 weeks

The investor transfers 25% of the investment under the CBI program. The lawyers send the completed application and the relevant documents to Vanuatu. 

The Screening Committee and the Citizenship Commission review the investor’s documents. Processing takes up to 2 weeks.



Up to 90 days Approval and fulfilment of the investment condition

Approval and fulfilment of the investment condition

Up to 90 days

The Citizenship Commission sends a notice of approval on the application. The investor fulfils the investment condition by paying the remaining 75% of their contribution. The payment must be made within 90 days.


Up to 2 weeks Taking an oath and getting a passport

Taking an oath and getting a passport

Up to 2 weeks

When the agreed investment amount is received, the Citizenship Commission issues a naturalisation certificate and submits a request for a passport to the passport office.

The applicant then takes an oath of allegiance. It can be done in two ways: by flying to Vanuatu or inviting a Commissioner for Oaths and a migration officer to a place convenient for the investor. 

The investor and their spouse take the oath of allegiance.



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Answers to frequently asked questions

Can I apply for citizenship by investment myself?

No, you can’t. Only an official program representative can apply on the investor’s behalf. 

The representative sends the investor’s documents to the program’s agent in Vanuatu, who submits them for consideration to the FIU, the Selection Committee and the Citizenship Commission.


Can you guarantee that I will receive my passport in 1 month?

No, we can’t. The program’s representative cannot guarantee that the investor will receive citizenship or complete the process in 1 month. If you are promised a passport within a month, you probably deal with scammers.

Immigrant Invest conducts a preliminary Due Diligence check. It takes one day and reduces the risk of the citizenship application being rejected to 1%. It also helps compile a complete list of the required documents to minimise the number of additional requests from the Citizenship Commission. Such an approach speeds up the process of obtaining citizenship.


Is it possible to return the investment?

Investors contribute to the Vanuatu government fund to get citizenship. If the investor is granted citizenship, the initial investment will not be returned.

The investor transfers 25% of the investment amount before the government considers the application. If the citizenship application is rejected, this amount is returned to the investor. 

Do I need to visit Vanuatu to get a passport?

No, you don’t have to visit Vanuatu. The application process is remote, and the oath of allegiance takes place in a country of your choice.

Can I get a passport for my future wife or child?

Yes, you can. It costs $45,000 for a spouse to be added to the program and $15,000 for a child or parent. The sum includes government and Due Diligence fees.

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Schedule a meeting at one of the offices or online. A lawyer will analyze the situation, calculate the cost and help you find a solution based on your goals.

Zlata Erlach
Caribbean Investment Program Expert
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