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ANUATU CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT
Welcome to the Vanuatu Citizenship by Investment Program. In January 2017, the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu launched their Development Support Program (VDSP) for the purpose of raising funds to support infrastructure and promoting economic development of Vanuatu. The DSP was enacted by the Vanuatu Government under the Citizenship Act (CAP 112) with the powers conferred on the Prime Minister by Section 20 of the Citizenship Act (112) Order No.215 of 2016. Pursuant to the Order, candidates may apply for Vanuatu Honorary Citizenship by contribution of USD 260,000 per application to the Government of Vanuatu.

On August 24, 2017, the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, in the official Gazette, published that he replaced the DSP. From this time, the Honorary Citizenship will be offered for US$ 143,000 incl. Government and due diligence fees. The citizenship acquired under the DSP program is fully recognized by the Government of Vanuatu and the nationality is regarded as Ni-Vanuatu. Those applying for and receiving Vanuatu Citizenship under the DSP have the full right to reside in Vanuatu at all times and the passport is renewable upon expiry. Honorary Citizenship is hereditary. We will guide you through the whole submitting process for the Vanuatu Citizenship Program.

Vanuatu Development Support Program

BMS, doing business through its associates (Trade Attache for South East Asia, GCC & India for the government of Republic of Vanuatu) was approved by the Vanuatu Citizenship Commission as one of it’s designated agents to facilitate applications under the Vanuatu Development Support Program as specified in it’s agreement with the Vanuatu Citizenship Commission. Therefore, any interested clients who wish to obtain a Vanuatu Honorary Citizenship are requested to contact us for a reliable assistance on the citizenship process.

Deputy Prime Minister Bob Loughman

BMS Trade Attache for South East Asia meets Deputy Prime Minister Bob Loughman

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ralph Regenvanu

BMS Trade Attache for South East Asia meets Minister of Foreign Affairs Ralph Regenvanu

Vanuatu Citizenship by Investment Costs

Vanuatu Citizenship costs. Perhaps the most important question besides the other advantages of the Vanuatu citizenship program is the question of the costs. There are different types of costs in this point. Rather, the costs depend on the type of investment you prefer. If you only want to become a citizen and you do not plan for further investment (business investment) or real estate acquisition, the costs are very low. In this case, we recommend that you consider the possibility of a donation. The cost for this starts at 143,000 USD if you are a single person. If you want to involve your entire family in this type of investment, each family member incurs extra costs.
The examples below give you an overview of the investment opportunities and their respective costs. These costs refer to the application by an individual and by a family.

Individual Application

$143,000
Single Application

  • Additional fees:
  • + 5,000 USD Background check
  • + 160 USD Passport fee
  • All other fees are included.
  • An individual application can also include parents (mom and dad) of candidate for additional 25,000 USD each if they over 18 years.

Family Application

$200,000
Family with 2 children

  • Additional fees:
  • + 5,000 USD Background check
  • + 160 USD Passport fee
  • All other fees are included.
  • *We may accommodate resident dependent – meaning a natural or adopted son or daughter of an applicant who is of 18 to 25 years of age and who is resident with and dependent upon an applicant or a spouse and attending full time education
  • + 15,000 USD each extra child
  • + 25,000 USD each additional dependent

Benefits of Vanuatu citizenship

The acquisition of a second citizenship could save your life in times of political unrest, civil war or similar situations. In this increasingly dangerous world, acquiring a second citizenship is a wise and future-proofing decision. Not without reason, thousands of international business people, wealthy individuals and families buy an alternative, second citizenship every year. This second citizenship is regarded as an additional life insurance or as a protective shield for the spouse and the children.

In addition, a second citizenship can also serve to lower your taxes and protect your assets. It allows for better protection of assets, greater financial privacy, higher returns, greater personal and financial security, and deferred taxes on pensions and life insurance. For example, opening a foreign bank account with a second nationality is much easier. Such an offshore bank account would allow you to buy securities and funds in financial markets around the world.

If you travel with this extra passport, you will also avoid the entry / exit stamps in your current passport from countries where your government limits travel.

Benefits

  • Visa-free or visa on arrival access to 124 countries and territories. Granted visa-free entry to 26 Schengen Area countries as well as UK, Russia, Hong Kong, Singapore.
  • Vanuatu Citizenship is for lifetime and can include beside the main investor also his dependent family as spouse, children and parents.
  • Vanuatu citizenship can be obtained from a minimum investment of 143,000 USD.
  • Low tax rates.
  • The timeframe for the examination of the application will only be 30 days according to the government.
  • Dual citizenship is permitted
  • No previous education or management experience requirement
  • No interview and no mandatory travel is required during application process
  • No residency requirement
  • Low cost of living
  • Officially, the 4th “Happiest Place in the World”.
  • The only Citizenship by Investment (CBI) program of its kind in the Asia Pacific Hemisphere.
  • Tax-free country (other than the indirect taxes of VAT and Customs).
  • International off-shore finance centre since 1972.
  • International Banks present – such as ANZ Bank, Bred Bank, BSP (Bank of South Pacific)
  • Simple company and bank account formation procedures.
  • Stable, peaceful country – does not even have Regular Armed Forces.
  • An English/French speaking British Commonwealth Member Country.
  • Simple and fast application process – as little as 30 days.
  • A stunning tropical island nation – both for tourism and living.
  • Low cost real estate – from prime beachfront to whole islands for sale.
  • Secure, long term land tenure – all land Government owned and leased. Nominal rental rates.
  • A country with tremendous economic growth prospects and investment opportunities.

Requirements for Vanuatu citizenship application

Vanuatu Citizenship Requirements. A complete list of required documents for Vanuatu citizenship by investment program is listed here for you.

Requirements for principal applicant

  • Nomination Form
  • Valid Passport (certified copy)
  • Identity Card (certified copy)
  • Police certificate from state of origin
  • Vanuatu Citizenship Commission Due Diligence Check
  • Personal Profile (include education and employment history)
  • Medical Certificate
  • 6 x colour photos (40mm x 50mm)
  • Asset report
  • One of the following: Employment certification, Bank Reference/Professional Reference, Academic certification

Requirements for spouse

  • Nomination Form
  • Valid Passport (certified copy)
  • Identity Card (certified copy)
  • Police certificate from state of origin
  • Vanuatu Citizenship Commission Due Diligence Check
  • Marriage certificate (notarized copy)
  • Medical Certificate
  • 6 x colour photos (40mm x 50mm)

Requirements for children or other dependents

  • Nomination Form
  • Valid Passport (certified copy)
  • Identity Card (certified copy)
  • Police certificate from state of origin
  • Vanuatu Citizenship Commission Due Diligence Check
  • Certification of birth (notarized copy)
  • Medical Certificate
  • 6 x colour photos (40mm x 50mm)

How to apply for Vanuatu Citizenship by Investment Program

How to apply for Vanuatu citizenship. Application processes especially when dealing with bureaucratic and legal processes are usually difficult to understand. We try to explain the application process for the Moldovan Citizenship by Investment Program as simply as possible. During the entire application process, our experienced consultants will be happy to help and advise you at any time. The Moldova Citizenship Program is open to apply for all interested applicants. Even stateless persons can participate in this program. The application process is divided into the following five points.

Application Process

  1. Principal applicant must provide a clear copy of his/ her passport and a non-refundable processing fee of 5.000 US$. The background check may take up to 3 working days. Ensure that your personal asset statement is over USD250,000 and send a copy (in case of a family application, each family member who is 12 years old and above, should submit their passport copy).
  2. Relevant government authorities issue a written report after the background checks are completed. At this stage, the applicant will enter into a written agreement with the Citizenship Commission’s designated agent to begin the processing of the application. The applicant fills and sign all application forms and provides all documents. The payment made to designed Lawyer from the Government in USD Account, Vanuatu of 40% of total costs is due at this step.
  3. A letter is issued by the Citizenship Commission to the applicant confirming the application as APPROVED and COMPLETED. The payment of 30% of total costs is due at this step.
  4. The Naturalization certificate is issued by the Citizenship Commission. The Applicant will pay the payment of 30% of total costs is due at this step to receive a soft copy of the Citizenship Certificate.
  5. The Citizenship Commission issues the Certificate of Citizenship and the passport. Applicant takes their Oath. This will be commissioned by the Commissioner of Oath from the Vanuatu Government. In this ceremony the new Citizen receives their Certificate of Vanuatu Citizenship as well as their new Vanuatu Passport. Note: If the applicant wishes to withdraw the application after it has been approved and completed and before the issue of the Naturalization Certificate, the 40% payment of fees made will be nonrefundable.

Important Note

If the applicant wishes to withdraw the application after the application has been approved and completed by the Government and the application is canceled before the naturalization certificate is issued, the payment of 40% of the fee will not be refunded.

Vanuatu Citizenship Commission – Citizenship Act (Cap 112)

The Vanuatu Citizenship Commission is formed on the basis of the Citizenship Act (Cap 112) – Laws of the Republic of Vanuatu. The full explanation and definition follows from Part 2 which reads as follows.

PART 2 – Citizenship Commission

  1. Establishment of Citizenship Commission

There is hereby established a commission to be known as the Citizenship Commission.

  1. Membership of the Commission

(1) The Commission shall consist of a chairman and not less than four nor more than six other members all appointed by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister.

(2) Subject to subsection (1) members of the Commission shall hold office for a period of 3 years and shall be eligible for reappointment.

(3) A person shall not be eligible to be appointed a member of the Commission unless he is a citizen of Vanuatu.

  1. Resignation and removal of members of the Commission

(1) A member of the Commission may resign his office by notice in writing signed by him and delivered to the President.

(2) The President may remove a member of the Commission with effect from a date notified by him in the Vanuatu Gazette.

  1. Functions and powers of the Commission

(1) The Commission shall carry out such functions as are provided for it in this or any other Act.

(2) The Commission shall have such powers as are conferred on it specifically or by necessary implication by this or any other Act and shall generally in addition have such powers as shall enable it to exercise any of its functions.

  1. Ministerial directions and requests

(1) The Prime Minister may give directions to the Commission of a general nature concerning the exercise of its functions or powers and the Commission shall comply with such directions.

(2) The Prime Minister may in writing require the Commission to advise him on any matter relating to citizenship and the Commission shall comply with such requirement.

  1. Meetings and procedure

(1) The Commission shall hold such meetings as its chairman shall consider necessary.

(2) The quorum for meetings shall be the chairman and half the other members of the Commission.

(3)       If the chairman for good cause cannot attend a meeting the Prime Minister shall appoint a member to act as chairman for that meeting.

(4) The Commission shall decide matters before it by a simple majority of the members present and voting. In cases of equality of voting the chairman shall have a casting vote.

(5) Subject to such rules as the Prime Minister may make by Order the Commission may determine its own procedure with regard to the convening and conduct of meetings.

Current taxation in Vanuatu

Vanuatu Taxation. Vanuatu has no income tax. None. Nor any estate taxes or capital gains taxes. In fact, other than enforcing a rather lax 12.5% VAT, Vanuatu has few taxes at all. With such a taxation regime in place for international companies and offshore companies incorporated in the jurisdiction, Vanuatu can rightly be considered as a “Tax Haven” – and one of the most attractive in the World from many perspectives.Vanuatu companies will operate tax free in the tax haven of Vanuatu as long as their earnings are accumulated outside of the tax haven.

Vanuatu offshore business companies and international companies are prohibited by the laws of the country from partaking in business dealings or conducting business on behalf of residents of tax haven Vanuatu. Vanuatu is a pure tax haven for the simple fact that the offshore jurisdiction has no income or corporate taxes for both residents and foreigners.

Zero corporate tax

Vanuatu is also well known for having zero corporate tax, it also has no income tax, no capital gains tax, no estate tax, no wealth tax, no withholding tax, no gift tax and no other personal income taxes. International companies and offshore or exempt companies are very easy to incorporate in the tax haven of Vanuatu. Company legislation allows for the formation of flexible business company structures. Offshore companies legislation in Vanuatu makes it possible for only one director and one shareholder to incorporate a company in tax haven Vanuatu. Directors can be a corporate body or a natural person.

Tax haven Vanuatu

The tax haven of Vanuatu provides excellent offshore banking and banking services to private individuals and corporations. Vanuatu offshore banking centre is very active with numerous banks having received license to provide offshore banking services. Vanuatu has a number of international banks’ branches and agents providing services to the public. As a tax haven Vanuatu offshore bank accounts pay no taxes on interests earned.

Current Vanuatu Citizenship Investment Options

To obtain citizenship through the Vanuatu Citizenship Program, it is generally necessary to make a donation. The additional investment opportunities listed here: real estate investment and agricultural investment do not serve to acquire Vanuatu citizenship. Please note that you also have to make a donation for these two investment opportunities.

Vanuatu Real Estate Investments & Property for sale: The Pacific Haven Resort Vanuatu – Magnificent Waterfront Resort Bungalows. This is an unbelievable offer to enter the property market with a purchase of a waterfront bungalow – something that is almost unaffordable elsewhere. The resort site is on the magnificent and pristine shores of Teouma Bay. And best of all, this real estate project comes with two unique options. We offer you a lease back or buy back option for your property. In addition, we guarantee the buyer a rental return of 7.5 % gross per annum from handover day.

Vanuatu is a fabulous island nation been discovered by the rest of the world since the jewel in the World Trade Organisation approximately 12 months ago, extremely interesting development for anybody who likes scuba diving or snorkelling holidaying on a fabulous tropical island in the South Pacific. It has absolutely no winter as we would know it, you can simply walk into the water with your flippers and snorkel and go looking for the crayfish or just enjoy the coral.

To obtain citizenship through the Vanuatu Citizenship Program, it is generally necessary to make a donation. The additional investment opportunities listed here do not serve to acquire Vanuatu citizenship.

SPECIAL OFFER: Lease back or Buy back guarantee

Lease Back by Resort Operator: 10 years lease back by resort developer-operator with a further 10-year option provides to purchasers continuity and comfort for the long term. Plus security onsite by management of your bungalow 24/7.

Buy Back by Resort Operator: A 5 year or 10 year buy back option written into the contract by Pacific Haven Resort developer subject to the then current market value by an agreed and Bank recognised independent property valuer.

Vanuatu Agriculture Investment. Furthermore, we would like to offer you an insight into current agriculture investments. Great offers for foreign immigration investors are just one click away.

The global green economy was worth £3.2 trillion in 2009, and this continues to grow giving investment value for money and a worthwhile investment with healthy returns. One exciting Agriculture investment, which is now on offer, is the Tropical Pawpaw Farmlet Investment Opportunity. This opportunity has generated a huge amount of interest where financial experts believe will generate a huge return for investors. With the human race needing land and needing products that come from that land, in this current day where other investments are losing their appeal, Agriculture investments has become the investment of choice. It is not just large companies and the rich who are using Agriculture investments to generate an income; individuals are making these investments to build a nest egg for their retirement.

Now it is a matter of delivery to world markets our physical location in the South Pacific gives us access to deliver our produce, red papaya / paw paw is one of the worlds 4 super fruits the tipping point for selling food production has passed the fruit will be sold dried to breakfast cereal produces and fresh via the fruit and vegetable wholesale markets of Australia.

Short facts: each hybrid tree can produce in excess of 80 kilos a season, so the projected return can be $6,000 to $12,000 per annum, subject to fluctuation from weather and market conditions.

Living in Vanuatu

Life on Vanuatu is far from hectic. As anyone who has visited the islands before – in the South Pacific or elsewhere – hectic is one of the last words you would use to describe island life. People in the islands, with Vanuatu being no exception, often prefer to relax and take life as it comes. As with relocating anywhere, it is important to consider not only your own position and finance, but also the situation and customs of the place to which you will be moving.

Costs of living are relatively low, but as with any other small island nation, Vanuatu relies on imports, which drives up prices a lot on items that cannot be produced locally. The islands have a very accessible system of banks, internet and mobile networks. This makes it very easy to move to Vanuatu and yet still maintain a good and active connection with other places in the world.

Live where others make holidays

Sugary white sand, clear blue waters and the subtle whisper of palms swaying in the cooling ocean breeze, Vanuatu certainly offers up a fair share of tropical relaxation, though, this South Pacific archipelago isn’t just about beach front repose. Whether you’re a culture cat seeking an authentic island experience, or an adventurer hoping for a few thrills, Vanuatu ticks all the boxes for a perfect island holiday.

The sandy shores of its capital, Port Vila, beckon to singles, couples and families alike where you can explore colourful handicraft markets, visit the beautiful Mele Cascades, zipline through the treetops or try horse riding along the beach – all within a short distance from a large choice of accommodation. If adventure is what you seek, head to Espiritu Santo to dive one of the world’s best shipwrecks – The SS President Coolidge – enjoy the abundance of colourful marine life in one of many pristine blue holes.

Up the ante at Tanna Island and take a short walk to the rim of Mt Yasur, one of the world’s most accessible active volcanoes, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience….or swim in underwater caves. You’ll find plenty of choices to full everyday with something exciting.

Where is Vanuatu located in the world?

Where is Vanuatu? Where is Vanuatu located in the world? Vanuatu is an island nation located in the romantic South Pacific. This beautiful archipelago is located east of Australia, north-east of New Caledonia, west of Fiji and south of the Solomon Islands.

Coordinates

17°44′S 168°19′E

More information about Vanuatu

Languages: Local languages (more than 100) 63.2%, Bislama (official; creole) 33.7%, English (official) 2%, French (official) 0.6%, other 0.5% (2009 est.).

Religions: Protestant 70% (includes Presbyterian 27.9%, Anglican 15.1%, Seventh Day Adventist 12.5%, Assemblies of God 4.7%, Church of Christ 4.5%, Neil Thomas Ministry 3.1%, and Apostolic 2.2%), Roman Catholic 12.4%, customary beliefs 3.7% (including Jon Frum cargo cult), other 12.6%, none 1.1%, unspecified 0.2% (2009 est.).

Population: 285,784 (April 2016 est.). Population growth rate 1.95%.

Impressions of Vanuatu

Impressions of Vanuatu. We have put together a few impressions of Vanuatu on this page. We would like to introduce you to the country and its people. Furthermore, we would like to offer you an insight into current real estate investments.

From swimming in a natural blue hole to standing on the rim of a live volcano, Vanuatu offers a world of adventure and discovery. Unleash your inner-explorer and discover sights you never thought you’d see. Immerse yourself in the island’s rich and authentic culture. Make new friends and share laughter with locals who have regularly been voted some of the happiest people on the planet. Or simply come to unwind. Relax, let go and enjoy life in full swing. Embrace the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want.