VANUATU

Advantages

  • South Pacific island nation of 80+ islands
  • Visa-free travel/entry to over 130 countries including UK, Schengen, Russia, UAE, Thailand etc.
  • Possibility to apply for an online visa or long-term visa for Australia
  • Can include spouse and dependent children up to age 25
  • Has both English and French as official languages
  • The only Citizenship-by-investment program in the Asia Pacific region
  • No language requirements for residency or citizenship
  • Tax haven, with extensive tax benefits:
    1. No personal income or corporate tax.
    2. No withholding tax and capital gains tax.
    3. No estate, wealth and gift tax.

Contribution Requirements

  1. Due Diligence Clearance
    • The applicant must make an initial non-refundable payment of USD 6,000 for due diligence checks by the Government Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) to obtain Due Diligence Clearance.
    • Once Due Diligence Clearance is granted the applicant can contribute and submit the full application for citizenship.
  2. Contribution
    • The Applicant must make a one-off non-refundable donation to the Vanuatu Government as follows:
      • USD 130,000 for a single applicant
      • USD 150,000 for a married couple
      • USD 165,000 for a married couple and 1 child
      • USD 180,000 for a married couple and 2 children
      • USD 25,000 for each additional dependent
  3. Approval
    • Once the contribution has been made and the application has been submitted, the Citizenship Commission will issue a final Approval. The Applicant can then attend a ceremony to take their Oath as a Vanuatu citizen. (Oath ceremony can occur abroad; conditions apply.)

Requirements

  • Applicants must make a payment to the Vanuatu Government
  • Be over 18 years old
  • Have no criminal record
  • Provide all required documents in English
  • Provide medical certificate confirming good health

Process

  • Due Diligence Clearance in 14 days with Passport, Police & Medical Certificates, CV and initial fees
  • Payment of donation and remaining fees
  • Full application submission
  • Approval granted within 1-2 months
  • Oath of Allegiance in Vanuatu or overseas by the main applicant to obtain passport

FAQ

WHAT IS VANUATU CITIZENSHIP DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT PROGRAM (DSP)?

The Applicant must make a one-off non-refundable payment (Donation) to the Vanuatu Government as follows:

  • USD 130,000 for a single applicant
  • USD 150,000 for a married couple
  • USD 165,000 for a married couple with 1 child
  • USD 180,000 for a family of 4
  • USD 25,000 for each additional dependent
Are there any restrictions on the nationalities applying for this Program?

Yes – the following nationalities are not eligible to apply unless they can demonstrate more than 5 years of residency overseas (this would be appreciated discretionarily):

  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Syria
  • Yemen
  • North Korea
Is there any age limit to apply?

The main applicant must be at least 18 years old but there is no maximum age to apply.

Are there any medical requirements to apply for?

Yes – The main applicant and dependents must each a medical certificate confirming they are in good health. There is no form for the medical report and it just has to be signed by a qualified doctor. There is also no blood test.

Who qualifies as a Dependent on the application?

Spouse and children under 25 years’ old and dependent of the main applicant can be included.

Once I obtain Vanuatu Citizenship (Ni Vanuatu), can this be extended to family members?

Yes – Citizenship can be passed to future generations by descent (conditions apply; it is not automatic).

Does this program give a full citizenship to successful applicant(s)?

This program gives to successful applicant(s) an “Honorary Citizenship” with full Ni Vanuatu rights (i.e. same rights but no voting rights or political involvement).

How many countries Visa-Free can I access with the Vanuatu passport?

Vanuatu passport offers Visa-free/visa online/Visa on arrival travel to over 125 countries including UK, Russia and Schengen Area.

What are the tax benefits of the Vanuatu?
  • No personal income and corporate tax
  • No withholding and capital gains tax
  • No estate, wealth and gift tax
  • Locally applied VAT at 12.5%
  • Possibility to change name, get a driving license, local address, register a company etc.
what ARE the general application PROCESSING steps?

The procedure for Vanuatu starts with a due diligence check done by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Department. FIU usually issues a clearance certificate in 2 to 3 weeks.

Once FIU issues a clearance certificate, the rest of the file must be submitted together with the donation amount to obtain the final approval. This usually takes about one (1) month, namely used for the Central Bank of Vanuatu to clear the funds. Once the funds are cleared, the file is pushed to the next Citizenship Committee meeting for final approval (the Committee sits every 2 weeks).

Letter of approval, naturalisation certificate and passports are issued after the Committee’s meeting.

Passports are usually issued 3 weeks after the final approval.

What is the usual processing time?

Altogether, it takes 2-3 months from submission to passport handover. This processing time may vary depending of the complexity of the case.

What is a Due Diligence check?

The Due Diligence check is a background check made by the Government to make sure that there are no derogatory information on the applicant and that the application is not a politically exposed person.

What application fees can I expect in addition to my investment?
  • Processing fees: USD 1,500.
  • Due diligence fees: The applicant must make an initial non-refundable payment of USD 5,000 for due diligence checks by the Government Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Division to obtain Due Diligence Clearance.
  • Oath Ceremony fees: approx. 1,000-1,500 USD if ceremony is held in Vanuatu.

USD 5,000 if ceremony done in Dubai, Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia.

On request in other countries

 

 

 

When should I pay the application fees?

The Processing fees and Due Diligence fee must be paid prior to submitting the application.

Oath ceremony fee can be paid after the final approval.

When should I make the investment?

Once Due Diligence Clearance is granted by FIU, the applicant must pay the donation to obtain the final approval.

What would happen if the application is denied?

Should the application be denied, the entire donation amount shall be refunded. Other fees are non-refundable.

What currency should be used for the investment?

The program accepts the following currencies as payment:

  • USD
  • EUR
  • Cryptocurrencies (to be confirmed on a case-by-case basis. Please ask your contact person at HLG).
Do I need to travel or reside in VANUATU as part of the citizenship application process?

Once the donation has been made and the application has been submitted, the Citizenship Commission will issue a final Approval. The Applicant can then either:

  • attend a ceremony to take their Oath as a Vanuatu citizen
  • Request a Vanuatu passport officer to travel to meet the main applicant (dependents do not need to travel)

The present document is intended for guidance and general information only and does not constitute or purport to provide you with legal advice. Such information is subject to changes without notice. Each case is unique and depends on the facts and circumstances of the individual and due consideration should be taken if applying the general information to your personal situation. For an evaluation of your personal circumstances one of our legal team would be happy to assist.