Cit­i­zen of the World

HAR­VEY LAW GROUP pi­o­neers its vi­sion of cross­bor­der mo­bil­ity through a range of cit­i­zen­ship and res­i­dency pro­grammes

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T here are coun­tries where life is es­sen­tially a mod­ern-day par­adise as seen in the se­cu­rity of their economies and the pros­per­ity of their cit­i­zens. How­ever, many be­lieve that set­tling in such places is a costly and ar­du­ous process. Amidst the chal­lenges posed by a move like this, in­ter­na­tional law firm Har­vey Law Group (HLG) has been mak­ing this dream at­tain­able for the last 26 years. Strate­gi­cally lo­cated in hubs across de­vel­op­ing na­tions like the Philip­pines, HLG pro­vides a team of le­gal im­mi­gra­tion ex­perts for high-net-worth in­di­vid­u­als. Backed by com­pe­tent lawyers in over 20 of­fices world­wide, the firm of­fers be­spoke ser­vices such as Res­i­dency and Cit­i­zen­ship by In­vest­ment pro­grammes to ad­dress clients’ dis­tinct am­bi­tions. “In­sta­bil­ity within their home-coun­try is of­ten a fac­tor that in­flu­ences clients to look for an al­ter­na­tive pass­port or res­i­dency else­where,” be­gins Direc­tor of Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Sa­muel Har­vey. “[At­tain­ing] this gives them peace of mind.” On one hand, New Zealand of­fers such a pro­gramme. The In­vestor Visas cat­e­gory is an at­trac­tive op­tion for busi­ness-ori­ented in­di­vid­u­als look­ing to re­lo­cate and raise a fam­ily in a safe and sta­ble en­vi­ron­ment. With pro­grammes rang­ing be­tween NZ$3,000,000 to NZ$10,000,000 in bonds or prop­er­ties over the course of three to four years, in­vestors and their fam­i­lies can qual­ify for per­ma­nent res­i­dency and even­tu­ally, cit­i­zen­ship; there­fore ex­pos­ing them to a qual­ity of life that has ranked its cities among the world’s most live­able. On the other hand, the Mediter­ranean is­land of Cyprus is a gate­way to op­por­tu­ni­ties. The coun­try sees growth in its favourable tax sys­tem and bud­ding nat­u­ral gas re­serves. As a coun­try that recog­nises dual cit­i­zen­ships, ap­pli­cants may gain a sec­ond cit­i­zen­ship by in­vest­ing in € 2,000,000 worth of prop­er­ties. Un­der the Cyprus cit­i­zen­ship pro­gramme, ap­pli­cants may avail of a host of ben­e­fits in less than six months. As a mem­ber state of the Euro­pean Union (EU), a Cypriot pass­port-holder is also recog­nised as a Euro­pean and as such, can freely study, work, and set­tle within any of the 28 EU states and travel visa-free to a to­tal of 170 coun­tries. Re­cently HLG has part­nered with renowned hos­pi­tal­ity group Six Senses for an ex­clu­sive of­fer nes­tled in the Caribbean. The new­est Six Senses Re­sort and Spa de­but­ing in one of UN­ESCO’s world her­itage sites in St Kitts and Ne­vis, will of­fer re­ju­ve­nat­ing and lux­u­ri­ous stays to vis­i­tors of dis­cern­ing tastes. An in­vest­ment of US$220,000 in a share of Six Senses St Kitts qual­i­fies the in­vestor and a num­ber of de­pen­dents to a sec­ond cit­i­zen­ship, which passes on to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Apart from be­com­ing a share­holder of the ho­tel, a St Kitts and Ne­vis pass­port-holder is en­ti­tled to travel visafree to over 150 coun­tries in­clud­ing the Schen­gen re­gion. “Hav­ing a sec­ond pass­port is not only about the num­ber of coun­tries you can visit with­out a visa; it is also about se­cur­ing your fam­ily’s fu­ture,” says Har­vey. Of­fer­ing a wealth of ben­e­fits like ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion, health­care, and great stan­dards of liv­ing, Har­vey Law Group’s unique pro­grammes best con­ceive the firm’s vi­sion of a world with fewer bor­ders and in­fin­itely more pos­si­bil­i­ties.

(FROM LEFT) Direc­tor of Op­er­a­tions Elis­a­beth Du­mais, Direc­tor of Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Sa­muel Har­vey, and Founder Jean-Fran­cois Har­vey

Some of HLG's in­vest­ment pro­grammes in var­i­ous des­ti­na­tions (from left) Greece, New Zealand, An­tigua and Bar­buda

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