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Confederation Announces Bulgaria Fast-Track Citizenship Program

Posted June 5th, 2018

Confederation Partners is pleased to introduce the new Bulgaria Fast-Track Citizenship Program.  This program allows a family to quickly obtain both permanent residency (PR) and citizenship in a country of the European Union.


BENEFITS:
– Applicant and his/her family have the right to reside, work, and study anywhere in Europe after obtaining citizenship
– Visa-free access to approx. 142 countries (including Canada and Europe)
– Applicant receives PR in 3-4 months, and citizenship in less than 2 years
– Citizenship is transferrable by descent (to all children and grandchildren)
– Confederation offers a one-time “walk away” financing option


QUALIFICATIONS:
– Be 18 years of age or older
– Possess a valid passport and reside legally in a country
– Visit Bulgaria twice
– Pass a due diligence and medical check
– Make a declaration on source of funds

Canada intends to lift visa requirement on the United Arab Emirates

Posted May 29th, 2018

“Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, announced today during a meeting with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, that the Government is lifting the visa requirement for UAE citizens on June 5, 2018.

This decision is based on a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation of the UAE against Canada’s visa policy criteria. The evaluation found that the UAE meets Canada’s criteria for a visa exemption.”

 

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Second Citizenship Program Updates – May 2018

Posted May 16th, 2018

Grenada:  The age of dependent parents has been reduced to 55 years old.

 

Antigua:  The age of dependent parents has been reduced to 58 years old.

 

Antigua (until Oct/18) and St. Kitts:  The real estate investment may be split between two applicants.

 

Dominica Fees Remain Extended to March 31, 2019

Posted April 13th, 2018

Dominica has announced that its special fees (relating to the hurricane which devastated the island in the fall of 2017) will remain in effect until March 31, 2019.

Stats Canada Report on PEI

Posted December 4th, 2017

On September 27, 2017 Statistics Canada published its preliminary provincial population estimates for July 1, 2017, as well as revisions to the 2013 to 2016 population estimates. As of July 1, 2017, Prince Edward Island’s population is estimated to be 152,021. This represents a yearly increase of 2,549 persons or a 1.7 per cent annual growth rate. This was the second highest growth rate in the country, behind only Nunavut at 2.2 per cent.

International immigration increased for the second consecutive year, rising by 12.4 per cent in 2016-17 following a 50.5 per cent increase in 2015-16. From July 2016 to June 2017, 2,264 international immigrants came to the province, as compared to 2,015 the previous year. At a rate of 15.0 per thousand1, the province had the highest immigration rate in the country, ahead of Saskatchewan at 12.4 per thousand. The immigration rate for Canada was 7.5 per thousand. In addition, other international migration components resulted in a net increase of 645 persons. This results in a total increase of 2,909 due to international migration, which is a new all time high for Prince Edward Island.

A total of 3,268 inter-provincial migrants came to PEI in 2016-17, while 3,704 people left the province for other areas of Canada for a net interprovincial loss of 436 persons. There were 1,448 births and 1,372 deaths on Prince Edward Island from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, resulting in natural growth (births minus deaths) of 76.
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Update to the PEIPNP File Submission Method

Posted December 4th, 2017

In 2018, the PEI Government will change its application submission method to the Expression of Interest model.

 

The EOI process may be summarized as follows:

-Confederation will submit a preliminary Expression of Interest (“EOI”) profile for your client.
-The EOI profile is valid for 6 months, and may be re-submitted after 6 months.  It may also be updated while in the queue, to increase its score.
-The EOI profile must identify the industry sector in which the applicant will invest.
-The PEI Government will select applicants based on points, or to target certain markets, industry sectors, or diversity.
-Additional points will be awarded to applicants who have visited PEI previously, or have children attending school in PEI.
-To encourage applicants to visit PEI prior to EOI submission, the PEI Government will issue invitation letters to assist them in obtaining TRVs.
-To score community endorsement points, the applicant must have secured a letter from that community, prior to submitting an EOI.  The future business plan must be based in this community.
-The business plan will be prepared prior to the exploratory visit, to be presented by the applicant during the interview.
 
 

Applicant Qualifications:
-intend to settle in PEI, and to manage, invest in, or own a business in PEI
-minimum 3 years, out of the last 5 years, of business management and/or ownership experience:
  • business ownership:  minimum 20% ownership (the principal’s and spouse’s % ownership may be combined) with active management of the company; OR
  • management:  the principal applicant must directly manage at least 3 employees
-minimum English or French score of CLB 4 (see the below website for converting IELTS to CLB:
-between age 18-59
-earned net worth of CAD $600,000 (principal’s and spouse’s assets combined)
-completed high school

Canada: Historic multi-year immigration plan sets out highest levels in recent history

Posted November 8th, 2017

Beginning with 310,000 new permanent residents in 2018, and growing to 330,000 in 2019 and 340,000 in 2020, this plan sets out the most ambitious immigration levels in recent history. This measured, gradual increase will trend towards one percent of the population by 2020, spurring innovation and representing a major investment in Canada’s prosperity, now and into the future.

Supporting both Canadian businesses and labour market needs, the multi-year immigration plan will foster economic growth in the face of slowing labour force growth and an ageing population. With approximately 60 percent of the increase, over the three year period, in the economic category, this plan helps distribute the benefits of immigration across Canada, responding to a unanimous call by provinces and territories earlier this fall.

 

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Canada: New definition of age of dependants now in force

Posted October 27th, 2017

“The Government of Canada has changed the definition of the age of dependants from “under 19” to “under 22,” fulfilling a key mandate commitment of the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. This change will help more immigrant families stay together. When newcomer families are able to stay together, their integration into Canada, and their ability to work and contribute to their communities all improve.

This change applies to all new applications received by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on or after October 24, 2017.”

 

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Antigua: Lower Investment Amount

Posted October 18th, 2017

Antigua has reduced the National Development Fund investment amount to USD $100,000 (for a single person or family of up to 4 persons) or $125,000 (for a family of 5 or more).  Due diligence, processing, and other fees remain the same.  This change will come into effect on November 1, 2017.

Dominica: Temporary Price Incentive

Posted October 18th, 2017

Changes to the program have been announced, to encourage investment following the recent hurricanes.  The following changes apply to the Economic Diversification Fund (one-time payment option) until March 31, 2018:
– reduced application fee;
– reduced naturalization fee;
– reduced spouse due diligence fee; and
– the age of dependents has been increased to 30 years