Council proposes policy changes to Vanuatu Government

The World Citizenship Council proposes major policy changes to government on the citizenship by investment programs to preserve its visa waiver agreement with the European Union and protect the free movement of all the citizens.. The European commission has proposed full visa waiver suspension regard to all citizens of Vanuatu holding an ordinary passport issued by Vanuatu as of 25 May 2015. The decision will now be published in the Official Journal and will apply…

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EU list of 10 high risk countries

Directive (EU) 2015/849 implemented by European Union to combat money laundering and terrorist financing to protect the financial system.   On 7 May 2020, the European Commission adopted a new delegated regulation in relation to third countries which have strategic deficiencies in their AML/CFT regimes that pose significant threats to the financial system of the Union (‘high-risk third countries’).   EU banks and other gatekeepers are required to apply enhanced vigilance in business relationships and transactions involving  these 10…

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EU Citizenship for Northern Ireland born citizens

Emma DeSouza is an Irish citizen born in Northern Ireland who has never held a British passport. DeSouza obtained her first Irish passport in 2009 and identifies as exclusively Irish – not British. The Good Friday Agreement birthright provisions allow the people of Northern Ireland to identify and be accepted as Irish or British or both. In 2015 DeSouza married her US born husband in Belfast and applied to stablise his immigration status shortly thereafter.…

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WCC welcomes strengthening of Cyprus CBI scheme

The World Citizenship Council welcomes the decision by Cyprus cabinet with new measures in strengthening the citizenship by investment scheme   New security measures imposed by Cyprus government such as   Imposing the  Schengen visa requirement, so that applications are first vetted through the EU member states in the schengen area first, secondly vetted through six month residency and then later on for citizenship. Introducing stringent process of vetting of applicants through specialized due diligence…

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Caribbean CIPs urged to upgrade to Biometrics

Opinion and Recommendations by World Citizenship Council   The World Citizenships Council (WCC), urges all caribbean CIPs to upgrade  to latest technologies by 2020 including collecting biometric data from all CBI applicants. The biometric data includes fingerprinting, retinal scans and also facial recognition features.   Biometrics helps to strengthen security systems and due diligence and helps preventing abuse of applicants. Applicants are known to change their identity, change appearance and biometric check prevents such abuses.…

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