Economic Citizenship FAQs

What are the total fees involved?

The types of fees are as follows: government processing fees, due diligence, passport fees, escrow fees and professional fees. Different programs use different classifications, for example the Vanuatu program uses an all inclusive fee classification.

What is due diligence and why is it necessary?

Due diligence is the process of checking all of the information that you entered on your application. It is imperative to verify things like your identity, employment, education, funding source, residency and criminal history – including INTERPOL. Due diligence is preformed on all applicants over a certain age limit stipulated by the program guidelines.

What is the non-refundable investment used for?

The funds from your contribution are used for economic and community development projects. Each program is specially designed to address the local situation. For example, infrastructure to facilitate tourism, climate change, hurricane relief, education and medical are some common program themes.

Can I submit the application myself?

None of the citizenship by investment programs permit applicants to independently apply directly to the CBIU. You must be represented by an authorized agent who is fully approved and licensed to operate by the prospective government program.

Is iGlobal a designated agent?

iGlobal is in partnership with designated agents that are 100% licensed and maintain residency and a physical office in each country hosting a CBI program. My partners and I have a combined 35+ years of experience working with these specific citizenship programs.

Can I save money by working directly with a licensed agent?

No, the fee structure remains the same. Additionally, many of the established designated agents are set up for B2B operations and they do not work directly with applicants.

Do you have brick and mortar offices we can visit?

My partners and I have multiple office locations worldwide to assist with your application and consultation needs. If it is practical for the applicant to visit one of our office locations, we are happy to arrange it. However, it is not necessary to successfully complete the program.

Can my new citizenship ever be revoked?

The citizenship rights granted are embedded in the constitution of the issuing country. However, citizenship can be revoked if it is determined that an applicant gave misleading or false information during the application process.

Will a couple in a civil union be able to apply as a married couple?

No, you must have a marriage certificate to be considered a married couple. It is advisable that you get married before beginning the application process.

What is considered a family unit for the application?

The family unit is considered to be the main applicant plus their dependents. For general application purposes dependents are considered to be the spouse, children of the main applicant and parents (with certain restrictions). However, recent changes to the Grenada program allow siblings or grandparents of the main applicant or spouse to be included. Contact me to see if you qualify.

Can my descendants be granted citizenship?

Certain programs are hereditary, therefore infants that are born during the application process or after citizenship is issued may receive citizenship. There may be additional processing fees involved, please inquire for details.

Can children from a previous marriage be included in the application?

Yes, this is usually possible. However, it requires additional documentation including a certified letter of authorization from the other biological parent reflecting their approval.

What is your refund policy?

Contributions for the development fund, real estate purchase or business investment are fully refundable if the application is not approved.

How long is the passport valid before it needs to be renewed?

Citizenship granted under the programs we offer is for life. Passports are usually issued for 10 years validity for adults and 5 years for children. Currently the only exception is Antigua and Barbuda who issues passports for only 5 years validity. After expiration the passport can be renewed with the respective governments.

If my passport or certificate of naturalization is lost or stolen can it be replaced?

Yes. It is required that you obtain a police report/statement which validates your claim. This documentation along with fees, photos and written request for reissue must then be submitted to the respective government authority.

Does my police background check need to be from both my country of original citizenship and residency?

Yes, the criminal background check is for all countries that you have recently resided in for over 6 months duration and also your country of original citizenship. It is helpful if you have resided in the same place for a significant amount of time.

Can I renounce my previous citizenship after I have received my new passport?

Yes, renunciation is permitted after you have been issued your new citizenship. However, dual citizenship is allowed under the programs we offer.

Is an interview required as part of the approval process?

No, although the respective government approval committees can require one at their sole discretion (this is extremely rare). It is worth noting that in recent years all of the CBIUs have discontinued the personal interview requirement.