Montenegro Citizenship By Investment Program from EUR 350,000

Montenegro citizenship by investment is set to become another European territory offering a program (CIP), following the examples of EU countries such as Malta, Cyprus and Moldova. With a minimum investment of EUR 350,000, applicants will be able to gain permanent residence within 3 weeks of the application’s submission, and citizenship within 6 months thereafter.

Montenegro is NATO member and EU Candidate with population of approximate 620,000 people and has great fascinating landscape and seaside to attract High Net Worth Individuals from over the world. Based on UN WTTC statement its “Fastest growing travel and tourism economy in the world for the next ten years”.

Capital City is Podgorica, where lives 30% of population of Montenegro. Podgorica is the main crossroad of the country, it’s close to ski centres in the north and resorts on the Adriatic Sea.

Investment Options

International investors are required to make a government contribution of €100,000 to a special fund for the advancement of underdeveloped areas, and to invest in government approved real estate projects in the country to the minimum value of €250,000. Total capital requirements must equate to €350,000 when buying property in an undeveloped region, and to €550,000 in a developed region of Montenegro.

1. Investment from €350,000

• €100,000 – non-refundable contribution in the form of a government fund donation
• €250,000 – real estate investment in an undeveloped region (northern and central regions of Montenegro, excluding Podgorica)

2. Investment from €550,000

• €100,000 – non-refundable contribution in the form of a government fund donation
• €450,000 – real estate investment in a developed region (South of Montenegro, capital of Podgorica and the coastal regions)

Montenegro has now come up with formal requirements that apply to CIP applicants investing in agriculture, fisheries and wood processing:

The investment should be made in the primary production or processing of agricultural products (EUR 2,000,000), fishery products (EUR 3,500,000) or wood processing (EUR 4,000,000).

The project should employ at least ten people in primary production of agricultural/fishery products, at least twenty in the processing of agricultural/fishery products, or at least twenty in wood processing.

The project must stick to the subsidies authorised by the Montenegro government policy and EU pre-accession funds and cannot be subsidised by international funds.

The Montenegro government reserves the right to select projects based on many factors.

Mann’s Solutions is international immigration advisory firm with offices in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul and St Petersburg and has expertise in offering UK Visas & Immigration by Investment services to our clients.

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Ankara Agreement Visa: How to obtain this visa successfully

The European Community Association Agreement (ECAA) permits Turkish nationals to establish themselves as a worker or in a business in the UK and apply for Ankara Agreement Visa. It also allows them to attain residency rights in the UK. The old 1973 provisions apply to all ECAA applications, making the application process more flexible. However, an applicant is prevented from benefiting from the ECAA if it is discovered that they are in breach of UK immigration laws. In such circumstances, the applicant will be subjected to the points-based system that is currently operated.

As per provisions of Ankara agreement visa category, no previous experience in a running business is required. Nonetheless, a successful applicant must demonstrate that they have the skills and ability necessary to set up the business proposed, the funds required to set up and run the business proposed and Have the capacity to make enough profit to support themselves without the need for additional employment that would require a work permit.

In some occasions, applicants are able to meet the minimum requirements on the business proposal but lacks experience in a running business. In such scenarios, applicants are expected to show to the Home Office by way of documentary evidence that they possess skills and ability necessary to set up the proposed business.

In order to qualify for a Turkish Businessperson visa under the Turkish EC Association Agreement, an applicant must satisfy the Home Office that they are a Turkish national and:

  1. Possess a genuine intention to set up a viable business;
  2. Devote sufficient funds or assets of their own to establish your business;
  3. Will be able to pay their share of the costs of running the business;
  4. The part in the business will not amount to disguised employment;
  5. The share of the profits will be enough to support themselves and any family without the need to have another job or rely on public funds;
  6. Have not remained in the UK in breach of UK immigration laws

In case an applicant wishes to join an existing partnership or company they will also need to show that they will have an active part in running the business and there is a genuine need for their services and investment.

The exact requirements you will need to satisfy will vary depending on your circumstances.  You may want to speak to an immigration lawyer for expert advice.

Although there is no formal requirement in the 1973 business rules for applicants to provide a business plan, not including this document may undermine the credibility of the business proposed.

A business plan should usually set out:

  1. A summary of the business proposal;
  2. An outline of the marketing and sales strategy;
  3. A timetable for establishment;
  4. The financial forecasts for the business over the first 12 months of trading;

If the applicant is joining an existing business they should provide:

  1. Business accounts (preferably audited) for previous years;
  2. A statement of the terms on which they are joining the business;
  3. Evidence they will be actively concerned with the running of the business;
  4. Evidence that there is a genuine need for their services and investment

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Sole Representative Visa: Requirements to obtain UK Settlement

As a holder of a sole representative visa, there is a long way ahead before obtaining indefinite leave to remain. As an applicant for ILR, you must meet a number of conditions to be eligible to apply for ILR.

The Indefinite Leave to Remain status (also known as settlement or permanent residency) entitles the holder to remain in the UK for an unlimited amount of time and grants them the freedom to take up employment or study without restriction. In other words, there are no practical restrictions on someone’s right of abode.

ILR is the penultimate step in a migrant’s journey towards achieving British citizenship, and as such it is an extremely desirable immigration status.

You must have resided in the UK as the Sole Representative visa of an Overseas Business for a continuous period of 5 years. During that time, you must have always complied with your visa requirements.

Sole Representative visas are initially granted for a period of 3 years. This means that an applicant for Indefinite Leave to Remain must have successfully applied for a 2-year extension in order to meet the required 5-year period. During all those 5 years, you must not have spent more than 180 days per year outside the UK.

A successful application must also demonstrate that you and any dependants in the UK have been financially sufficient and stable throughout the 5-year period without recourse to public funds

You must prove that you have established a UK-registered branch or subsidiary and generated business. The parent company must still have its principal place of business overseas and they must certify that you are still required to act as the sole UK representative of the overseas parent company. You must demonstrate that you intend to continue working in the role for which you were initially granted a sole representative visa if your ILR application is successful

Finally, you must have sufficient English language skills and pass the Life in the UK test.

Somethings to also bear in mind, if your next step, after obtaining ILR, is to apply for British nationality, is the minimum residency requirement for the naturalisation application. To qualify for UK citizenship you must already hold an ILR for at least 1 year, must not have been absent from the UK for more than 450 days during the 5 years preceding your application (out of the 450 days, in the final year you can be absent for no more than 90 days) and you must be of good character.

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Turkish Citizenship By Investment: Detailed Guidelines of process buying Property

Since 18.09.2018 President of Turkey signed amended Turkish Citizenship Law No. 5091. Our clients who are applying and applied with us on Turkish Citizenship by Investment mostly used scheme by purchasing property and decided you elaborate and explain it greater details below, how this process works.

Purchase of Property – Turkish Citizenship By Investment

The foreigners determined by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization that have purchased a real property at least in the amount of $250,000 or its equivalent value in Turkish Lira or in foreign currency provided that an annotation stating that it is not to be sold for 3 years added to the title deed .

  • The foreign investor applies to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization to obtain the certificate of suitability with the documents which is requested by the Ministry of Environment and
  • The foreign investor applies to one of the aforementioned authorities with the common documents and undermentioned additional
  • The Central Bank of Turkish Republic’s effective selling rate and/ or cross exchange rate as of the determination date shall be taken as basis on the determination of the monetary value stated
  • The monetary value of $250,000 shall only apply in the case of the real property is bought after 18 September 201
  • The relevant authority drafts application petition regarding the applicant foreign
  • The application petition can be signed by the applicant personally or by the attorney who authorized with the special power of
Required Documents regarding Purchase of Real Property Explanations
1 The certificate of suitability Can be obtained from the Ministry of Environment with a petition              and               the documents/information     which will    be   requested   from    the

relevant Ministry as attachment (land registration etc.)

2 Real property valuation report This report must be issued by a valuation specialist who has a valid licence and must indicate the market value of the real property
3 Copy of the land registration of the real property3 This document must be certified by the relevant land registry office.

 

You can contact us for further explanations and detailed request of properties, our Istanbul Office is always welcome to clients and arranging viewings of variety of properties in Istanbul and other cities based on individual request.

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British Citizenship – Big Changes in UK Immigration System

British Citizenship: Boris Johnson’s reported plans to create an immigration and visa system separate from the Home Office has experts fearing that the reach of the hostile environment will be expanded.

The prime minister is said to be formulating proposals to create a new department for borders and immigration to improve security and the operation of the visa system after Brexit, along with a number of other “big changes” to the structure of government, according to the Sunday Times.

There is little detail on how this move would take effect, but lawyers and campaigners cautioned that while it had the potential to present an opportunity to make the system “fairer”, the focus was more likely to be on tightening control of the borders.

Experts also warned that if not implemented with adequate time and resource, such a move could cause considerable upheaval and have potentially negative consequences on the ability to deliver immigration and visa services effectively. British Citizenship

Tanja Bueltmann, an academic specialising in migration, speculated that judging by the “recent history” of the Conservative party’s approach to immigration, the new department would likely place an intensified focus on “limiting numbers”.

“It will expand the structural reach of the hostile environment. We’re setting up another government department to look after, by the sounds of it, another aspect of immigration management. This would give the hostile environment even more oomph,” she said.

“The culture of a department is driven partly by its aims and objects, and driving numbers down is quite clearly going to be the focus of this immigration department. They’re not going to be to look holistically and the human beings in front of them,” he said.

“That was the major problem with Windrush. People were ignoring the merits of the case. But they haven’t even learnt from the mistakes from the past on all of that. We had Mr Johnson himself basically saying that migrants don’t belong here last week.

“We’ve said before that it’s time to shut the Home Office down. But as long as the attitude is sceptical, and as long as it’s about driving numbers down, the institutional machinery doesn’t really matter.”

Experts also raised concern that transferring immigration responsibilities away from the Home Office and to a brand new department would risk causing disruption and upheaval in the system.

Joe Owens, Brexit programme director at the Institute for Government, said that creating a separate department for borders and immigration had the potential to help rebuild public trust in the immigration system, but that if not carried out effectively it could be damaging.

He added: “The Home Office has had a difficult few years in terms of public confidence and trust in the immigration system, be it Windrush or EU citizens and the settlement scheme. The lack of trust in this government institution is sometimes quite startling. British Citizenship

“So there are a few reasons why it’s worth looking at, but it definitely won’t mean the problems will just disappear.

“The best case scenario is this is a well-thought through, planned move which addresses some of the structural issues in the way the Home Office works at the moment. The worst case is that they drag and drop the exact same system and the same structures into a new department, and rather than fixing anything they just disrupt all of the work that’s going on there.

“So the risk is you get poorer decisions, troubles with the EU settlement scheme and the delivery of that, and you get issues with the building of the new immigration system. Adding that level of disruption in could have some negative consequences to their ability to actually deliver.”

A spokesperson for Number 10 did not confirm the plans, but said discussions were “ongoing” about ways to make government work better.

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Extension of Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa: Main Points of the case

As you may aware Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa has been cancelled in April 2019, however applicants who has successfully applied for this visa route and developing their businesses in the UK have option to extend the leave to remain in the UK and obtain British Nationality.

Holders of the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa may apply to extend their stay in the UK for a further 2 years under Tier 1.

The extension application is, however, highly involved. The criteria are strict, and the requirements to provide documentary evidence are strict. The demands can be even tougher if applicants to not keep supporting documentation up to date. Failure to present a comprehensive and complete application can lead to delays in a decision or even refusal. There is also the possibility that you may be invited to interview by the Home Office, to discuss in detail your application, your business and your activity during your stay to date.

The following requirements are mandatory for a successful application:

  1. You have invested your minimum funds of £50,000 or £200,000 into one or more UK businesses;
  2. You are a director of a business, or you are self-employed in a UK business;
  3. Your business activities have been genuine and continuous;
  4. Your business has created at least two new full-time jobs for UK settled workers;
  5. You possess sufficient funds for supporting yourself and your dependants in the UK;
  6. You meet the English language proficiency requirements via;
  7. Nationality from an English-speaking country, or;
  8. An accepted English language degree, or;
  9. Successfully passing an accredited English language test;
  10. Your business is credible, and you pass the Genuine Entrepreneur Test

A valid application must be submitted before your current leave expires. For that purpose, it is always advised that the application is submitted as soon as possible, within the last 28 days of the leave. The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa category is one of the more paper intensive applications and you will require many documents from third parties, so it is important to allow others time to prepare the documents that you will need from them.

It is vital to include some evidence of what your business has been doing since you first entered the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa category. This is to show that you are a genuine entrepreneur at the visa extension stage.  Some of these documents you will be required to keep for accounting purposes in any event, but you might also want to think about some of the key documents that you might want to show the Home Office as your business develops. Gathering and filing these at the time will make the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension application process much simpler.

Maintenance funds for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension application must be held for 90 days. There is no discretion in the rules to hold them for a shorter period. While it can be easy to focus on the business aspects of the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension application, it is important to remember that a single flaw, such as holding your maintenance funds for 89 days rather than the required 90 could cause your application to refused, no matter how great your business is. In order to avoid this, decide which personal bank account you will rely on for the maintenance funds more than 90 days before you wish to apply and check that the balance is sufficient for yourself and any family members also relying on this account. This account should either not be touched for the 90 day period, or if this is not an option, the balance carefully monitored.

Before making a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension application, it is always worth looking to see if you might meet the requirements to settle on the accelerated route, if you have increased turnover by £5 million or have created 10 jobs for the settled population. However, even if not, it is worth considering what your ultimate route to settlement might be. This might include considering other categories, such as the long residence route, if you have been in the UK continuously and lawfully for 10 years. However, it might also just include matters such as ensuring that your next extension will take you to complete the full five years as an Entrepreneur, so as to avoid having to make a second Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa extension application. This will be particularly important for individuals who want to make their application early to ease travel arrangements or those with a large number of absences, particularly at the start of their five-year period.

The government fees applicable to the extension of your Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa is £1,277 plus £19.20 for biometric enrolment.

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