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July 2017

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URGENT UPDATE: Canada Imposes Visa Requirement on Antigua and Barbuda

As of 5:30 a.m. EDT June 27, 2017, citizens from Antigua and Barbuda will need a visa to travel to Canada. At that time, any existing electronic travel authorization (eTA) issued to a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda will no longer be valid, and these travellers will now need to apply for a visa before traveling to Canada.

After carefully monitoring the integrity of Antigua and Barbuda’s travel documents, the Government of Canada has determined that Antigua and Barbuda no longer meets Canada’s criteria for a visa exemption.

Canada continues to welcome visitors from Antigua and Barbuda, while protecting the integrity of our immigration system and ensuring the safety of Canadians. Most approved visa applicants will receive a multiple-entry visa, which allows travellers to visit Canada as many times as they want, for up to 10 years. For each visit, travellers can stay for up to six months.

See the following article for more information on arrangements for travelers in transit and confirmed flights in the next two weeks.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), Charmaine Quinland-Donovan is assuring all industry participants, new citizens and the general public that the Unit will continue to operate in accordance with the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment (CIP) Act 2013; the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship Act CAP 22, all other relevant legislation and international best practices.

Att. Travelers Affected by Canada visa waiver withdrawal

For travelers in transit

During the first 48 hours after the imposition, or until 5:29 a.m. June 29, the Government of Canada will be working closely with airlines to help facilitate travel for those who are already in transit to Canada.

For travellers in Antigua and Barbuda with confirmed flights to Canada during the next two weeks

To help speed up visa processing, citizens who are in Antigua and Barbuda and who have already booked a flight to Canada, departing on or before July 11, can send their complete visa application, along with proof that they purchased their flight before June 27, the appropriate fees and supporting documents, directly to the Visa Office in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, for priority processing. If they go in person before noon, their application will be processed that day. If they send via courier, their application will be processed within 24 hours.

Note that while these applicants will receive priority processing, they are not guaranteed a visa by their travel date and may need to make alternative travel arrangements.

For all other travellers, including those outside of Antigua and Barbuda and those with flights leaving after July 11, 2017

Antiguan and Barbudan citizens can apply online for a visa as of 5:30 a.m. June 27, or submit a paper application in person or by mail to any Visa Application Centre. The Visa Application Centre in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, is the closest one to Antigua and Barbuda.

Most applications (about 80 percent) are processed within 14 days.

Note that having pre-booked travel plans or a previously valid eTA does not guarantee that a traveller will be issued a visa.

Dual citizens

Dual Canadian-Antiguan and Barbudan citizens need a valid Canadian passport to travel to Canada. A valid Canadian passport is the only reliable and universally accepted travel document that provides proof of a traveller’s Canadian citizenship and that they have the right to enter Canada without being subjected to immigration screening.

Antiguan and Barbudan dual citizens whose second citizenship is from a visa-exempt country, other than Canada or the United States, can apply for an eTA to fly to Canada using the passport of the visa-exempt country.

Lawful permanent residents of the United States (Green Card holders)

All lawful permanent residents of the U.S. need an eTA to fly to, or transit through a Canadian airport.

Antiguan and Barbudan citizens who have a valid Green Card will need to apply for an eTA. This includes those who held an eTA before the visa imposition, since all eTAs issued to Antiguan and Barbudan citizens will no longer be valid.

When flying to Canada, these travellers must travel with their U.S. Green Card and the valid passport that they used to apply for their eTA. When driving or arriving by train, bus or boat, Green Card holders do not need a visa or an eTA, but they will need to bring proof of their permanent residence.

Visitors, students and temporary workers inside Canada

Antiguan and Barbudan citizens can continue to stay in Canada for as long as they are authorized to do so. Study and work permits, as well as visitor records, remain valid.

However, those who plan to travel outside Canada and then re-enter will need to apply for a visa to return to the country.

2017 CBI Program Amendments - Dependent Family Members

After receiving much inquiry regarding the recent changes to eligibility requirements of dependent family members we would like to provide you with a summary of changes that have taken place in the Caribbean Citizenship-By-Investment programs in 2017.

Until recently all 5 Caribbean Citizenship-By-Investment programs defined eligible family members as: a spouse; children under 18; children 18-25 who are full-time students, unmarried and financially dependent on their parents; main applicant’s parents and grandparents over 65 who are financially dependent on the main applicant.

At present the investor may include the following family members in his application, provided they meet the qualifying requirements:

St. Kitts and Nevis

  • Dependent children up to 29
  • Dependent parents over the age of 55

Grenada

  • Dependent children up to 25
  • Dependent parents regardless of age*

Antigua and Barbuda

  • Dependent children up to 25
  • Dependent parents over the of 65

Commonwealth of Dominica

  • Dependent children up to 28**
  • Dependent parents over the age of 55

Saint Lucia

  • Dependent children up to 25
  • Dependent parents over the of 65

*additional fees apply for dependent parents under 65
**conditions apply

 

The above changes will allow larger families to be able to apply together as part of the same application, significantly reducing the required investment amount.

For more information on Citizenship-By-Investment eligibility requirements visit Citizenship Solutions section or contact CSL advisors directly for a complimentary consultation.

Second Citizenship Now More Affordable for Larger Families in Saint Kitts

In January 2017 Saint Kitts & Nevis CIU has introduced a much-simplified government fees structure within SIDF donation option, where the minimum contribution for a single person is USD250,000, for an applicant with up to 3 eligible dependents regardless of age – USD300,000 and the contribution for each additional dependent is only USD25,000. Previously charged additional government fee of US$50,000 for older children and elderly parents has been scrapped. This is a much welcomed development especially for large families, making Saint Kitts & Nevis citizenship significantly much more affordable for families.

Citizenship by Investment programs in the Caribbean continue to be among the most sought-after among Middle Eastern and Asian individuals on account of their strong passports, quick processing timeline of only 3-4 months and relatively affordable investment entry threshold. In addition to the visa-free access they provide to more than 130 countries, citizens can live, work and invest across the entire Caribbean Community (CARICOM), have access to an alternative place of residence in times of war or political turmoil as well as enjoy expanded tax planning options.

Contact CSL advisors for a complimentary no-obligation consultation.

CSL expanding its local presence in Dubai, UAE

CSL is welcoming Triola Browne as a Country Manager based in our office in Dubai, UAE. Triola will be responsible for developing and supporting our MENA partners and clients.

Triola Browne _CSL

Miss. Browne can be reached at:

CSL Office is located at off. #840, 8th Floor, Bay Square, Building 2, Business Bay, Dubai.

With a career focused on finance and accounting, Miss. Browne brought to CSL’s team more than 10 years of professional experience. Graduating with a Master of International Business, Miss. Browne has specialized in financial analysis, accounting and compliance. Her immigration expertise gathered over 4 years has been instrumental in now managing the office operations of CSL UAE. Over the past year, Miss. Browne has exclusively been committed to eligible individuals and families; matching them with their desire to become Global Citizens. In her role as Country Director, she is responsible for managing any operation in the Middle East region.

Please feel free to contact Triola to schedule a meeting to discuss Caribbean Citizenship-By-Investment programs, exclusive Real Estate investments and partnership opportunities.

For further information on recent developments and to receive monthly updates subscribe to CSL Citizenship-by-Investment Newsletter. You may also contact us directly for a complimentary 30-minute no-obligation consultation.