Immigration & Citizenship

Entry into force of Law n. º 102/2017 of 28 August

Law n.º 102/2017 provides the fifth amendment to Law n.º 23/2017 of 4 July, which approves the legal system for entry, stay, exit and removal of foreign nationals from the national territory, as amended by Laws ns.º 29/2012 of 9 August, 56/2015 of 23 June, 63/2015 of 30 June and 59/2017 of 31 July, and which have transposed the following directives:

a) Directive 2014/36/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the conditions of entry and stay of third-country nationals for the purpose of employment as seasonal workers;
b) Directive 2014/66/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer;
c) Directive (EU) 2016/801 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016 on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, training, voluntary service, pupil exchange schemes or educational projects and au pairing

The new legal system defines still a set of amendments to Law n. º 23/2017 of 4 July concerning some categories of immigrants. Therefore:

– Facilitation of a specific system for entry into the national territory for seasonal work, by the issuance of a short-term visa specific for working hours of less than 90 days, and those interested keep their place of residence in a third State;

– Introduction of two new categories of investment for the granting of the residence permit for investment (ARIs): the transfer of capital for the constitution of companies or for the reinforcement of the company’s share capital already existing and the transfer of capital dedicated to investment of companies, which are submitted to the process of corporate recovery (PER). Moreover, the reduction of amounts less than those previously required of capital transferred for the acquisition of units in units of investment funds or of venture capital dedicated for the capitalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises which, for that purpose, present their viable capitalisation plan;

– Introduction of residence visas and authorisation permits for teaching activity and for cultural activity, allowing the difference between the activity of investigation and the teaching activity in a teaching facility or of vocational training, adopting a better definition of the system of entry and stay of these categories of immigrants;

– Implementation of a certification regime for higher education institutions and other entities for hosting students, internships and voluntaries, in general, through the adoption of Directive (EU) 2016/801, allowing a faster processing and simplification of treatment of their requests of visas and of residence permits;

– Inclusion, in the specific regime for foreign students, of the access into national territory for the frequency of professional training, as well as for the frequency of level 4 and 5 courses of the National Qualifications Board;

– Introduction of an exception system for the granting of a residence permit for the activity by immigrant entrepreneurs, with the possibility of residence visa exemption, corresponding to an effort of attracting all new business models, connected to technology and innovation, in order to contribute for a more competitive economy by attracting foreign entrepreneurship. For that purpose a mechanism for certification of companies/incubators for hosting of foreign entrepreneurs, determining the residence visa as a “Startup Visa – Decree Order n. º 344/2017 of 13 November;

– Introduction of a certification regime of hosting entities, more attractive, adopting a better definition of the entry and stay regime of entrepreneur and highly qualified immigrants; – Introduction of a new type of residence permit, a special regime for the delocalisation of companies of other Member States to Portugal, in which one can recognise the resident status assigned by other Member State to its holders, administrators and workers;

– With the transposition of Directive 2014/66/EU, Law n. º 23/2007 allows for companies with head office in Member States of the European Union the temporary transfer of their managers, specialists and internships for its branches and affiliates located in Portugal, either in a permanent regime of for mobility purposes.

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Law n.º 102/2017 of 28 August
Fifth amendment to Law n.º 23/2007 of 4 July, approving the legal regime for entry, stay, exit and removal of third-country nationals from the national territory and transposing Directives 2014/36/EU of 26 February 2014, 2014/66/EU of 15 May 2014, and 2016/801 of 11 May 2016.

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Immigrant and Borders Service’s project for clarification of those dealing with foreign nationals situations and seeking information on legal framework and the administrative practice concerning the wide set of issues addressed by the legal regime in force.

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Effective Date Of Change To NDF

Effective Date Of Change To NDF


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Reduction to NDF

Reduction to NDF

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Please be advised that Antigua and Barbuda and the rest of the Leeward Islands are bracing for the passage of Hurricane Irma, a dangerous category 4 storm that may cause considerable damage and a breakdown in communication. This storm is expected to affect the islands as early as Tuesday afternoon. (September 5th).

Should we experience loss of communication, please be assured that the Unit will respond as soon as it possibly can to all enquires.

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Important announcement on the certification of foreign public documents

The Civil Registry and Migration Department announces that, based on the directions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the procedure for certifying foreign issued documents (except for Apostille stamp) is as follows:

Any document submitted at the Civil Registry and Migration Department, must necessarily, in addition to other certifications (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of issue and competent Consular Authority), also be certified by the Certification Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus.

It is emphasized that the date of implementation of the above is set to be October 2, 2017. After this date, documents not certified by the Certification Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus will not be accepted.


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Appointment of new CEO of the Citizenship by Investment Unit


The Citizenship by Investment Board (“the Board”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Nestor Alfred to the position of Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of the Citizenship by Investment Unit effective today,  8th August, 2017.

Nestor holds a BSc. Management Studies from the University of the West Indies and an MBA from Henley Management College/Brunel University. Prior to his current appointment, his former roles include Executive Director of the Gaming Authority; Financial Management Consultant; Banker in the jurisdictions of Saint Lucia, Barbados and the Cayman Islands; Senior Executive within the East Caribbean Financial Holding Group; Director of Saint Lucia Financial Sector Supervision Unit; Registrar of Insurance and Assistant Comptroller of Inland Revenue Saint Lucia. Regionally, he serves as Commissioner to Caricom Competition Commission.

Nestor brings to CIP Saint Lucia, his vast experience as a regulator within the financial services sector and his expertise in the areas of Anti Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT).

The Board looks forward to working with him as he provides necessary leadership to the Citizenship by Investment Unit and overall management of its’ affairs. The Board and the new CEO shall utilize their best efforts to continue positioning CIP Saint Lucia as a reputable, attractive and well run global citizenship program.


Chairman of the Citizenship by Investment Board

Ryan Devaux

1-758-458 6050.


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Delays in processing applications for permanent residence & citizenship

To all Authorized Marketing Agents – Grenada Citizenship by Investment Program

Dear Colleagues,

Recently you have been aware that increasingly delays are being experienced in the approved process for applications, which you have submitted to the Grenada Citizenship by Investment Committee for the granting of Permanent Residence and or Citizenship.

This is due mainly to delays in receiving reports from our security vetting partners which is a critical component of our diligence process to which each application received is subject to. In light of the current international security climate and the need for increased vigilance, these reports are critical to the conclusion of our process of applications so we are mandated to wait on them.

While our goal is to provide the  best service to you and meet promised deadlines, we are also required to adhere to the stipulated regulations and standards. We are asking you, therefore, to bear with us as we seek solution to eliminating these delays.

Please be aware that this office is working assiduously to meet deadlines and we undertake to provide status updates to you in a timely manner, whenever there are delays

We thank you for you sterling support of the Grenada Citizenship by Investment Program

letter to Marketing Agents – Delays in Processing Applications.

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Visa Information System (VIS)

The VIS is a system for the exchange of visa data among Schengen Member States. These States share a common area of free movement without internal border controls. They have a common visa policy which includes exchanging information on visa applicants.

The VIS is a system for the exchange of visa data among Schengen Member States. These States share a common area of free movement without internal border controls. They have a common visa policy which includes exchanging information on visa applicants.

The specific objectives of the VIS are to facilitate visa procedures, to enhance the security of the visa application process and to facilitate visa checks at the external borders of the Schengen Area.

The visa applicant’s biometric data (10-digit finger scans and digital photograph) is collected. It is a simple and discreet procedure that only takes a few minutes. Biometric data, along with the data provided in the visa application form, is recorded in a secure central database. Data is kept in the VIS for 5 year.

Any person has the right to be informed about his/her data in the VIS. Any person may request that inaccurate data about him or herself be corrected, and that unlawfully recorded data be deleted by lodging the form for this purpose and sending it to the following e-mail .

Informative brochure: EN / FR

Model letter for requesting access / deletion / rectification to VIS:

Model letter for requesting access to VIS (EN)

Model letter for requesting rectification in VIS (EN)

Model letter for requesting deletion in VIS (EN)


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Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 11, 2017 (SKNIS):  The St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme is designed to attract only legitimate investors, said Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, as the rebranded programme is now the “platinum standard” worldwide.

“Our CBI under the Team Unity Government is only open to legitimate persons to participate. For us, it is an honour and a privilege for anyone to be able to become a citizen of St. Kitts and Nevis and we want the most worthy of personalities around the world to come help us build a greater St. Kitts and Nevis than we now have,” said Prime Minister Harris. “Clearly, those who are tainted in anyway as a result of criminal activities cannot be part of that forward thrust of making our programme the platinum standard.”

Prime Minister Harris said that it was necessary to change the way the programme was operated.

“We said that we were determined to bring a new order. We therefore had the IPSA [International] Group come in and do a comprehensive overhaul of our CBI Programme and that led to improvement in the control; it led to new management – where we brought in persons with the relevant skills sets in insurance, financial, banking, arrangements in anti-money laundering to be part of the management network at our CIU Unit. So we brought in a new cadre of employees to serve that particular industry,” said the minister of finance. “We also introduced a new system that would allow the leadership of the unit to be able to monitor what was going on with respect to any application 24/7. But importantly, we went beyond that to look at the due diligence system because that is critical to the very viability of outcomes and we brought in new providers so that no one would have a monopoly in relation to this matter.”

Senior Minister and Premier of Nevis, the Honourable Vance Amory, responded to a question posed in relation to the CBI and possible tainted funds being received. He reflected on the establishment of the Escrow Account, noting that where investments are concerned, such an account will ensure that the funds received are protected until they are used primarily for the purpose for which they were received, so that we protect the applicants from any fraudulent activity.

“The fact that the government has decided to put in place an Escrow Account requirement dealing with all the funds which come in for investment through our developers, is to ensure that the use of those funds as indicated by the developer – that he has the funds for and on behalf of the applicant – that those funds are used for the purpose for which they are intended,” said Senior Minister Amory. “I think we have to be very careful of that because in some cases before now, we have had instances where our citizenship has been granted and the investment money would have been received or would have been purported to have been received and the development is not completed and that is an issue with which we are taking very serious consideration.”


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Temporary Reintroduction of Border Control at the Portuguese borders during the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis

Temporary Reintroduction of Border Control at the Portuguese borders during the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis


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