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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.
Together with the investor, their spouse, children and parents can also be included in the citizenship application. Applicants for Vanuatu citizenship by investment do not need to take exams on knowledge of the country’s language or history, 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 takes place remotely.
The rule will apply to Vanuatu citizens who received passports after May 25th, 2015. The term of suspension is yet unknown. To enter the countries of the European Union, the holders of such passport will need to obtain a visa under a normal procedure.
Vanuatu passport holders can travel visa-free to 108 countries around the world. It allows the holder to spend up to 180 days a year in the UK. They can also travel visa-free to Hong Kong and Singapore.
Vanuatu citizens are eligible to apply for U.S. B-1 / B-2 tourist visas immediately for 5 years. It allows them to spend up to 180 days a year in the United States. During this time, they can hold business meetings, travel around the country, receive medical treatment and enrol to study in courses that do not lead to a diploma or degree.
The visa allows you to establish an international company in Vanuatu. Although such companies are not eligible to earn income in Vanuatu, they can enjoy tax incentives. For a period of 20 years, the company and its shareholders do not have to pay taxes on profit, income, capital gains, inheritance, or donations. Instead, there is a flat annual fee of $300.
over 18 years of age
without a criminal record
without serious illnesses
a bank account balance of $250,000
who are completely financially dependent on the investor
and study at the university
In order to obtain Vanuatu citizenship by investment, applicants must make a contribution to the National Development Fund. The money from the fund is used to develop Vanuatu’s economy and fight against natural disasters, such as the tropical cyclone Harold.
The contribution is not refundable and does not earn income.
|Investor||Married couple||Family of 3 people||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
|Other fees and duties||$129||$215||$301||
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Certified Compliance Anti Money Laundering Officer checks the applicant’s documents and searches for information on the applicant in international databases. This reduces the risk of the applicant’s citizenship application being rejected: if there is such a risk, we detect it in time, and our lawyers propose alternative ways of proceeding that maximise the chances of a successful application.
The verification is confidential: only you and the lawyers assigned to your application will be informed of the results. For verification, you only need to show us your passport.
The applicant and Immigrant Invest’s lawyers prepare documents for verification by the country’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). Usually the applicant’s passport, no criminal record certificate and CV need to be submitted.
Immigrant Invest’s lawyers send the documents to the citizenship program’s agent in Vanuatu, who then submits them to the FIU. The initial check on the investor and their family is carried out by the FIU. The deadline is 1 week, but usually the check is completed in 3-4 days.
When the approval from the FIU is received, Immigrant Invest’s lawyers begin to prepare the remaining documents for participation in the program. The investor provides their personal and financial documents, and the lawyers make certified copies and fill out the necessary forms.
The investor transfers 25% of the investment stipulated in the program. Our lawyers send the completed application, including the relevant documents to Vanuatu. They are reviewed by the Screening Committee and Citizenship Commission. Verification takes up to 2 weeks.
The Citizenship Commission sends a notice of approval of the application. The investor fulfills the investment condition by paying the outstanding 75% of their contribution within 90 days.
When the agreed investment amount is received, the Citizenship Commission issues a certificate of naturalization and submits a request for a passport to the passport office.
The applicant then takes an oath of allegiance. This can be done in two ways: either by flying to Vanuatu or inviting the commissioner for Oaths and migration officer to a place convenient for the investor. The investor and their spouse take the oath of allegiance.
Elena Rudaya is the Chief Development Officer in Immigrant Invest and Honorary Consul of Vanuatu. Investors can also take the oath of allegiance at our office in Vienna, Austria.
Schedule a meeting in 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.
No. The application must be submitted on behalf of the investor by an official representative of the citizenship program. The documents are sent to the program’s agent in Vanuatu, who submits them for consideration to the FIU, the Selection Committee and the Citizenship Commission.
No. The program’s representative cannot guarantee that the investor will receive citizenship or that the process will be completed in 1 month. If you are promised a passport within a month, it is almost certainly a fraudulent offer.
Immigrant Invest conducts a preliminary Due Diligence check on the applicant. It takes one day and reduces the risk of their citizenship application being rejected to 1%. It also helps us create a complete list of the required documents to minimize the number of additional requests for documents that the citizenship department may make. This speeds up the process of obtaining citizenship.
The Vanuatu citizenship program provides only one investment option: a contribution to the government fund. If the investor is granted citizenship, the initial investment will not be returned.
The investor transfers 25% of the investment amount before the application is considered by the government. If the citizenship application is rejected, this amount is returned to the investor.
An option to purchase real estate may be added to the citizenship program sometime in the future. It will be possible to recover the investment in real estate after a few years of ownership.
You do not have to visit Vanuatu. The application can be submitted remotely, and the oath of allegiance can be taken in a country of your choice.
Yes, you can. It costs $45,000 for a spouse to be added to the program, and $15,000 for a child or parent. This includes government fees and Due Diligence costs.