The Pacific Islands Forum in Vanuatu

The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) is an intergovernmental organization of the 18 South Pacific countries including Australia and New Zealand. It’s the region’s principal political and economic forum, where many questions related to the reginal cooperation are discussed and many multilateral agreements are signed. The last the 50th PIF was held in August 2019 in Tuvalu. The next 2020 PIF will be held in Vanuatu. The host of this year forum is a tiny island state Tuvalu. This is an archipelago consisting of eight atolls which are just few meters above the sea level. No surprising that the country is very sensitive to the climate change issues, because with the […]

Visa Free Entry to Thailand Is Under Scrutiny

On August 20, 2019 the government of Thailand did not support the proposal on granting the citizens of China and India a visa free entry to Thailand. Such is an outcome of a struggle in the Thai cabinet between those, who wanted the visa waiver to bring more money into the country and those who sounded the alarm about possible security risks. The Tourism and Sports Ministry, which made this proposal, argued that it would be greatly beneficial for the Thai tourism and economy in general. Under the proposal Chinese and Indians would be able to come to the country visa-free and stay for up to 30 days. The visa […]

EB-5 Program New Regulations Coming

EB-5 Program new regulations are coming. They are in the final stage and will be published soon. On the occasion some US immigration lawyers and other immigration practitioners sound the alarm about “possible demise of the U.S. EB5 investor immigration program”. We think that the alleged threat to the EB-5 Program of being destroyed is somewhat inflated. The EB-5 investor immigration program did not change a lot since its inception 29 years ago. This is both good and bad. It’s good in terms of its consistency and predictability. It’s bad, because it looks outdated in many ways. And it’s not just about inflation, which is not reflected in the EB-5 […]

Vanuatu Passport: Key Benefits

Vanuatu passport is becoming increasingly popular among Russians and citizens of other CIS countries. There are several reasons for that. Let’s take a closer look at the main benefits of the Vanuatu citizenship by investment. First, it is the speed and convenience of purchase. If you have all the documents ready and the necessary funds available, you can get Vanuatu passport in 1.5-2 months. No other investment citizenship can offer such record-breaking deadlines. For instance, in case of Dominica, St. Lucia or St. Kitts and Nevis citizenship it will take at least 4-5 months and probably longer. Secondly, the price of acquiring Vanuatu citizenship by investments is quite competitive and […]

Supreme Court Splits on Obama Immigration Reform

Supreme Court Splits on Obama Immigration Reform

President Obama’s executive initiatives on immigration are discussed in the Supreme Court now. These initiatives include two acts: DAPA of 2014 and DACA of 2012. The first one – Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) – offers temporary protection from deportation and work permits to more than 4 million illegal immigrants, who are parents of the US citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs). The second – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – offers protection to those who were brought illegally to this country as children. In February 2015 a federal judge in Texas blocked the presidential executive initiatives. Now a suit filed by the […]