Vanuatu is a small islands country in the Pacific. Its has a tropical climate and levies no tax on income. Vanuatu has a history of Citizenship by Investment programs (CBI), with its first program being launched in the 90’s and discontinued a few years later. The Capital Investment Immigration Plan (CIIP) was introduced in 2014 but suspended in 2015. In 2016 it relaunched under 2 new investment programs: Vanuatu Contribution Program (VCP) and the Vanuatu Development Support Program (DSP). Applicants cannot apply of their own, both program are attributed to Accredited agents depending on your region and investment amount can differ for that reason. In both cases spouses and children under 25y can qualify as dependent, so does parents over 50 years of age. The process usually takes 3-4 months to complete.
When marketing the program in China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan:
STEP 1: Determine that you are eligible
Prior to collection of a citizenship application form, you shall be advised on whether or not you are eligible to become a Vanuatu citizen. Upon eligibility, you shall be advised and provided the correct Application Form depending on the nature of your eligibility.
STEP 2: Gather all required documents as per the Checklist of each Application Form
Each application Form has a checklist (see final page of Form) which required certain documentation that must be submitted together with your completed Form. Providing all of the required documentation will enable us to process your application promptly.
Your application may be returned to you if the required documents are not provided with your application.
Use the related checklist as a guide to the documentation required.
STEP 3: Complete and lodge your application
Complete and lodge your application together with all the legal required documents (as per checklist). Upon lodging of your application, you shall pay the Application Fee (please refer to Citizenship Fees and Charges under Citizenship) prior further process of your application.
STEP 4: Examination of your application by responsible Officers
Your application will be then perused by the responsible Officers and forwarded to the Compliance Officer for a second examination to ensure that you:
STEP 5: Assessment of your application by the Citizenship Internal Screening Committee
Your completed Application Form including all required documentation will be then forwarded to the Citizenship Internal Screening Committee for further reviewal to ensure that you meet all the requirements prior further process.
STEP 6: Consideration and approval of your application by the Citizenship Commission
If the Internal Screening Committee is satisfied with your application, it will then forward it to the Citizenship Commission which is the body responsible to approve citizenship application. Hence, the approval of your application rests with the Commission.
The Commission may defer or reject your application if you fail to provide a required and valid document or information or to satisfy some specific requirement.
STEP 7: Issuance of a letter concerning the decision of the Commission to your application
One week after the Commission's meeting, you shall receive a letter from the Secretary General of Citizenship Office concerning the decision of the Commission to your application.
Upong being instructed that the Commission has approved your application, you shall also be advised on the final requirements prior the issuance of your citizenship certificate, such as:
iii. Payment of Citizenship Fee
STEP 8: Completion of an Oath
The completion of your oath can only be made if your application had been approved. This requires you to collect an oath form and the authorisation letter to the Commissioner of Oath from the Citizenship Office and complete it in the presence of a Commissioner of Oath.
Note that completion of oath can only be made in Vanuatu's court. This means that an application who is based in Santo can complete his oath in our Court in Luganville. However, applicants who live in a foreign country must travel to Vanuatu to complete their oath.
STEP 9: Payment of Citizenship Fee
Upon completion of your Oath, you are finally required to pay your Citizenship Fee (please refer to Citizenship Fees and Charges under Citizenship) to enable the printing of your Vanuatu Citizenship Certificate.