Vanuatu (CIIP)

What Is The Vanuatu Capital Investment Plan Program

The Vanuatu Investment Citizenship Program (CIIP) is a fast and affordable way to gain visa-free access to over 100 countries and territories.

Vanuatu offers a very generous tax system, with extensive tax benefits, such as no personal income, corporate, withholding, capital gains, estate, wealth, or gift tax. To qualify for CIIP, you must make an investment and pay government fees of USD 155,000 for a family of up to 4, and USD 26,500 for each additional dependent. The investment is made in sustainable energy projects, with targeted returns of 5% annually and guarantee payback after 5 years. The CIIP process is simple and straightforward.

First, you must undergo a due diligence check by the Government Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). Once due diligence is granted, you can make your investment and submit your application for citizenship. The Citizenship Commission will then issue a final approval shortly after.

The Benefits

Citizenship and Family Inclusion

  • South Pacific Island nation of 80+ islands.
  • Can include parents, 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.
  • CIIP is done through a limited liability company fully owned
    by the applicant.
  • invest in sustainable energy projects and
    targeted returns for the CIIP are 5% annually with exit
    strategy after 5 years.

Travel and Quality of Life

Visa-free access/visa on arrival, to over 100 countries
throughout Asia, Americas, Africa, Middle-east, Oceania
and the Caribbean.

Requirements and Taxation

  • Possibility to apply for an online visa or 1-year multiple entry visa for
    Australia.
  • No language requirements for residency or citizenship.

Tax haven, with extensive tax benefits:

  • No personal income or corporate tax.
  • No withholding tax and capital gains tax.
  • No estate, wealth and gift tax.

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    The Requirements

    • Applicants must make a payment into a CIIP approved project.
    • Be over 18 years old.
    • Have no criminal record.
    • Provide all required documents in English.
    • Provide medical certificate confirming good health.

    Vanuatu Investment Options

    The Investment Option

    Due Diligence Clearance

    • The applicant must make an initial non-refundable payment of USD 8,000 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.

    Investment and Fees

    The Applicant must make an investment, pay the Master Agent’s fees and Government Fees to an eligible CIIP project as follows:

    • USD 157,000 for a family of up to 4.
    • USD 26,500 for each additional dependent.

    Approval

    After you have invested and submitted your application, the Citizenship Commission will grant final approval. After submitting their application and completing the necessary due diligence checks, the Applicant can then attend an online ceremony to take their Oath as a Vanuatu citizen.

    The Process

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    Due Diligence and Application

    Due Diligence Clearance in 14 days with Passport, Police & Medical Certificates, CV and initial fees.

    Approval and Investment

    • Payment of investment and Master Agent’s Fees.
    • Full application submission.
    • Approval granted within 1-2 months.

    Citizenship and Passport

    • Oath of Allegiance in Vanuatu or overseas by the main applicant to obtain the Vanuatu passport.
    • Local company set-up.

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      Frequently Asked Questions

      The Vanuatu CIIP was designed for foreign investors looking to make a significant investment into the Vanuatu economy, which in turn would grant them citizenship.

      Successful applicants must make an investment into a government-approved CIIP project. The first project to be approved for the CIIP is the CNO Future Fund, a Vanuatu-based investment fund focusing on Vanuatu’s sustainable development objectives. Specifically, the CNO Future Fund aims to target investment into the coconut oil industry to aid in Vanuatu’s commitment to 100% renewable electricity generation.

      Investment amounts are as follows:

      • USD 50,000 for the principal applicant and up to 3 qualifying dependents

      USD 50,000 investment capital is guaranteed and shall be repaid after 5 years with dividends (if any).

      Others fees are as follows:

      • USD 8,000 Due Diligence Fee
      • USD 107,000 Master agent fees, passport fees, oath taking ceremony and government
      • USD 26,500 application fee for applications with more than 3 dependents (USD 26,500 per each additional dependent).

      To qualify for citizenship under the CIIP, the primary applicant must be over 18 years of age, of good character and health, without a criminal record, and make an investment into an approved CIIP project.

      Restricted applicants are those who are nationals of:

      • North Korea
      • Yemen
      • Iraq
      • Iran
      • Syria

      Citizens of the aforementioned countries are permitted to apply for the CIIP program if they can prove residency outside their home country for a minimum of 5 years and do not have financial ties to those countries.

      • Spouse of the main applicant
      • Dependent children of the main applicant under the age of 25
      • Parents of the main applicant

      Vanuatu citizens (Ni-Vanuatu) enjoy visa-free or visa-on-arrival to nearly 100 countries globally including throughout Asia, the Americas, Africa, Middle-East, Oceania, and the Caribbean.

      Successful applicants may obtain a driver’s license and local address, register a company, etc.

      Citizenship can be passed to future generations by descent (conditions apply).

      Taxes in Vanuatu are seen as some of the most favorable in the region, with the following benefits:

      • No personal income or corporate tax
      • No withholding or capital gains tax
      • No estate, wealth, or gift tax
      • Locally-applied VAT at 12.5%

      The procedure for Vanuatu starts with a due diligence check by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Department. The due diligence check run by the FIU is a background check made by the government to make sure there is no derogatory information on the applicant and that the applicant is not a politically exposed person.

      The FIU generally issues a clearance certificate in 2 to 3 weeks.

      Once the FIU issues a clearance certificate, the remaining portion of the applicant’s file must be submitted together with the fees paid and investment made to obtain the final approval. This usually takes about one (1) month, and most of this time is reserved for the Central Bank of Vanuatu to clear the funds. Once the funds are cleared, the file is moved to the Citizenship Committee meeting for final approval (the committee sits every 2 weeks).

      The letter of approval, naturalization certificate and passports are issued after the Committee’s meeting.

      Successful applicants will set-up a local Vanuatu limited liability company (bank account can be opened if the applicant travels to Vanuatu).

      Successful applicants will then be called to an online oath taking ceremony.

      Passports are usually issued 3 weeks after the final approval. Altogether, the whole process for the CIIP is estimated at 2-3 months from submission to passport handover. Processing times may vary depending on the complexity of the case.

      Once the investment has been made and the application has been submitted, the Citizenship Committee will issue a final approval. The applicant can then either:

      • attend a ceremony in Vanuatu to take their Oath as a Vanuatu citizen; or 
      • Request an online oath taking ceremony with a Vanuatu passport officer (and passport will be mailed to the applicant’s designated address).

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