Unsure on how to choose your immigration agent to handle your citizenship by investment application? Learn about the factors you should take into consideration when choosing an agent.
Government authorised agents for citizenship by investment programmes (CBI) are individuals or companies that are the only entities entitled to submit CBI applications to the relevant processing body.
Agents must fulfil certain criteria and pass due diligence checks before they are licensed as a authorised agent and can process applications on behalf of an investor/applicant.
Most citizenship programmes do not allow applicants to submit directly to the processing unit. You must apply through a local authorised agent that acts as a go-between for the investor and the host country’s processing unit.
This process benefits both the investor and the government as the licensed immigration agent can help provide a smoother and more efficient process.
Whether you are contacting an agent directly, or if you are using a third-party intermediary such as an immigration lawyer, the factors you need to consider when choosing an agent are the same. Whichever way you are approaching the citizenship by investment application process, these factors should be considered:
Licensed immigration agents are trained and kept up-to-date by the respective processing units on how to approach applications. These specialised skills enable the agents to advise applicants proactively in all areas of the process.
Here are five pertinent questions you should keep in your back pocket and refer to when looking for a CBI agent:
Using government-vetted and licensed immigration agents is of the utmost importance, because if you don’t, you may be dealing with someone who is not licensed or does not fully comprehend the CBI process and cannot submit an application for you.
Inexperienced agents can waste time and money by not understanding the forms and required documents, which may cause you to have to re-submit information and compromise your application. As the industry grows, many new CBI-related companies have come into existence, which is positive, however it also means that they may not have the requisite experience in the industry, nor the credentials to support their record, or prove their trustworthiness. Some agents are more than just inexperienced – they are fraudulent too.
Some countries that offer citizenship by investment programmes have government entities (called ‘Units’ in the Caribbean) dedicated entirely to the citizenship process. They oversee and process all citizenship by investment applications.
CBI Units take a serious look at how agents are promoting their programmes to make sure that it is done correctly. Some programmes have a list of agents that are banned from promoting their investment scheme and you can find this information on their website. They may also alert current agents as to entities that lost their agent licence or that never had one in the first place despite claiming otherwise.
At CS Global Partners we have more than 10 years’ experience in the CBI industry, and we seek to offer the best advice to investors seeking second citizenship or permanent residency, tailored specifically to their needs and those of their families.
Our policy is that your first consultation is free of charge, so if you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the team.