Vanuatu’s Development & Support Program (DSP) provides foreign investors with the chance to obtain citizenship in the South Pacific Nation. The program was launched in January 2017 and is the only Citizenship By Investment Program in the Asia & Pacific Region.
Vanuatu Citizenship provides visa-free travel to 130 countries (marked in gold on the map below) including the Schengen Area, UK, Russia and the United Arab Emirates With Vanuatu Citizenship investors also obtain the right to apply for multiple-entry and long term visas in Australia.
On top of the government donation, applicants are required to pay a non-refundable fee of $5,000 USD for due diligence checks to the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the government in Vanuatu. Passing these international background checks are prerequisite to applying for citizenship in Vanuatu via the program.
Our fee includes the costs for an Oath Ceremony that can either take places in Vanuatu, Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok or Hong Kong.
The main applicant can include his spouse, dependent children aged up to 25 and parents over the age of 50 years of age.
The main applicant must be at least 18 years of age and have a net worth of at least $250,000 USD. All applicants (including dependents) must be in good health which is proven by submitting a medical certificate.
No, the government donation is currently the only option. However a real estate option may launch soon! Contact email@example.com for details.
Applications can be processed in as little as 45 days, however the average application time is around 3 months.
Main Applicant needs to provide the following documents:
Additionally, the following documents must be provided by each accompanying dependent:
Yes, previously applicants who obtain citizenship by investment in Vanuatu obtained ‘Honorary Citizenship’ however the law changed an investors now obtain full Citizenship and have the same rights as someone who is born in Vanuatu. The only difference is that those who do not live in the country cannot vote or become involved in politics.
Yes, nationals from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and North Korea are generally prohibited from applying for citizenship via the DSP Program. However nationals from these countries who have lived overseas for more than 5 years can apply on a case by case basis.
In the case that an application is rejected a full refunded of the government donation is returned to the applicant. However the other associated fees are non-refundable.
No, if one does not wish to travel to Vanuatu for the citizenship ceremony and collect their passport/s the applicant can request to do this online and have a passport officer to deliver the passport to their country of residence for an additional fee.
Yes, if the parents of the dependent child live in Vanuatu OR pay an additional fee of $15,000 as a government contribution through the DSP Program.
The nation of Vanuatu is an 80-island Archipelago located in the South Pacific Sea. The islands lie 800 km west of Fiji in the west and a 4 hour flight away from Australia from its east. The capital Port Vila can be reached directly from the east coast of Australia via Brisbane, Sydney and Port Vila.
Known by many as the ‘Island of the Smiles’ Vanuatu’s population of 300,000 English and French speaking locals are known for their hospitable and friendly nature. The peaceful nation is loved by locals and tourists alike for its beautiful nature. Home to lush rain forests, gorgeous beaches with their turquoise blue waters and abundance of marine life Vanuatu is an inviting destination for those looking to escape to paradise.
Europeans first discovered the islands at the start of the 17th century however they did not return for almost 200 years until the late 18th century. It was then that European Colonists from England and France settled on the islands and eventually agreed to mutually administer the islands.
It was only in 1980 when the nation joined the commonwealth that the country secured independence and became what it is now known today is the ‘Republic of Vanuatu.’
The remote island nations of Vanuatu has a GDP of 934.2 Million (2019) and Investor programs such as the DSP play an important role in supporting the local economy.
Vanuatu’s most important industries are agricultural followed by financial services and tourism. With an exemption on exchange controls and zero corporate tax Vanuatu is also becoming an increasingly popular place for international business operations.