Samuel Harvey, Director of Business Development of the Harvey Law Group, shares how travelers can benefit from having a second passport
WHY APPLY FOR A SECOND PASSPORT?
A second passport acts as a tangible reassurance to our clients at Harvey Law Group that they have the security they need, in case there are ever political uncertainties and economic instabilities in their home countries. In a way, a second passport is like an insurance policy, giving clients peace of mind and a haven to run to in cases of unexpected and unfortunate events.
In addition, passport holders and their qualifying family members gain visa-free status to many countries, along with access to healthcare, education, and other social benefits. Our clients can expand their businesses tokey global markets without local partner requirements; as well as undertake more efficient tax and legacy planning.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE CONSIDERING APPLYING?
Do your own due diligence. And hire a professional who can offer a comprehensive approach, coupled with extensive knowledge and a track record.
Improvised agents or consultants have misled various clients. In Spain, for example, some agents or consultants promote a citizenship-by-investment program to encourage the purchase of properties.
However, Spain is actually a residency-by-investment program. As such many of these consultants’ clients bought properties in Spain, expecting a passport in return — even though it will never come. They only learn later on that the process to qualify for Spanish citizenship actually takes years, aside from learning the language and passing a nationality exam.
THE TOP DESTINATIONS IN THE CARIBBEAN
Grenada currently has visa-free access to over 140 countries – including all EU countries, United Kingdom, and China. And applicants do not need to visit the country during or after the application process.
The new Six Senses Resorts & Spa Grenada is also one of the most attractive investment options in the Caribbean. Purchasing a share in the resort entitles the main applicant and all qualifying dependents to Grenada citizenship for life.
THE MOST UNDERRATED DESTINATIONS
First note: Dominica is different from Dominica Republic. The Commonwealth of Dominica is dubbed as the “Nature Island” and it offers many outdoor attractions. Clients can secure a Dominica citizenship by donating a minimum amount to an infrastructure fund. This fund will be used to build or renovate roads, hospitals, schools or airports. Applicants may also invest a minimum amount into a designated real estate development instead.
The Harvey Law Group (HLG)was founded by Jean-Francois Harvey in 1992. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the firm now has over 20 offices worldwide. It has proven expertise on residency, permanent residency, and citizenship by investment.
Considered a pioneer in the industry, it has advised countless individuals and families on acquiring a second passport. It has also counselled foreign governments on their immigration laws and regulations.