Migration, Residency & Citizenship

VanuatuCitizenship By Investment

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Overview

The Vanuatu Citizenship Program (Development Support Program – DSP), incepted by the Government of Vanuatu in 2017, allows foreign investors to obtain the citizenship of Vanuatu in exchange of financial contribution to the country.

Investment Options

  • Non-refundable financial contribution to the designated Government Fund
  • Investment in an approved real estate

The total amount of the contribution depends on the number of applicants and their age.

Family Inclusion

Applicants have the option to include their spouse, as well as children under 30 years of age. Additionally, parents or grandparents can be included in the CBI application if they are financially dependent on the main applicant.

Eligibility

In order to qualify for Vanuatu citizenship by investment program, applicants need to have a clear criminal record and provide proof of funds amounting to at least US$ 250,000. They have also to pass due diligence review conducted by the Financial Intelligence Unit of Vanuatu. However, individuals from Iran, Iraq, Syria, North Korea, or Yemen are ineligible for the program, unless they hold permanent residency outside of these countries and have resided there for a duration exceeding 5 years.

Vanuatu citizenship acquired through the citizenship by investment program can be inherited by future generations. Dual nationality is permissible in Vanuatu, and CBI applicants are not obligated to relinquish their current nationality(s).

Benefits

Fastest & Easy Process

Citizenship in a timeline of 45 days from application submission to the issuance of the citizenship certificate. No interview, educational, or language prerequisites.

Confidentiality Assurance

The entire CBI application process is conducted with the utmost confidentiality.

Favorable Taxation

Vanuatu maintains a system of low taxation, imposing minimal taxes with exemptions for wealth, gift, inheritance, foreign income, and capital gains.

Post Approval Investment

Qualified investments are to be made by applicants only after the conditional approval of their CBI application.

No Physical Residency Requirement

There is no mandatory residency requirement in Vanuatu before, during, or after acquiring citizenship.

Visa-free travel

Enjoy visa-free access to over 103 countries and territories, including the UK, Russia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and more.

Investment Options

A Non-Refundable Donation

Single applicantUSD 130,000
Married CoupleUSD 150,000
SpouseUSD 35,000
Children onlyUSD 15,000
Married Couple + 1 ChildUSD 165,000
Married + 2 ChildrenUSD 180,000
Additional DependentUSD 25,000

Real Estate Investment

Vanuatu launched the real estate option of its CBI program in August, 2021, requiring:

Investment in a government-approved Real Estate Development, plus VAT USD 200,000

Applicable Fees

The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of Vanuatu Due Diligence fee USD 5,500 (per application)
Passport stamp fees Individual: USD 500
Family of four: USD 800
Applications with more than four persons: USD 1000
Application for passport USD 250 per passport

Application Process

Bayat Legal Services’ compliance team will conduct an internal due diligence check, which entails a background security screening of the applicant, Preparation of KYC (Know Your Client) and a qualification assessment.
Preparation of the tailored list of documents. The client signs a retainer agreement with Bayat Group. Gathering documents required for the application.
Applicants need to meet the eligibility criteria, including financial requirements and a clean background. After gathering all of required original documents and sending them to Bayat Group team, our citizenship experts will assess the file and make it ready for submission to the Citizenship’s Office and Commission. At this stage, the FIU performs due diligence checks. The associated cost of these checks, amounting to US$5,500 per adult applicant, is non-refundable and is the responsibility of the applicant to cover. The FIU clearance generally lasts around 3 days.
After the application has been processed and a decision has been reached at the Citizenship Commission, the applicant will receive a letter informing them of the outcome. If the application is approved, applicants will be required to proceed with making the qualified investment, covering the associated fees for the investment option.
Upon completion of the required contribution or investment, applicants will issued the Citizenship Certificate, signed by the Prime Minister of Vanuatu. Parallel to this, all adult applicants have to take Oath of Allegiance either in Vanuatu or in place of convenience online. Subsequently, Bayat Group will proceed to apply for the passport on clients’ behalf. Commission’s meetings are held twice a month, making Vanuatu CBI program one of the fastest and convenient for applicants.
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