Cyprus Citizenship Program Re-Check

Christopher Zenios04/11/20191min
The Cypriot authorities have recently announced a mass re-examination of citizenship applications submitted before 2018.

The program was launched in 2013 and has issued more than 3.2 thousand people a Cypriot passport. In 2019, the terms of the agreement have been updated with additional security checks and additional fees.

Following the re-checks of those who took part in the Cyprus Investment Program to obtain Citizenship, it is possible that some may lose their passports, in fact, some already have.

International companies Sterling Diligence, Kroll, S-RM Intelligence and Risk would officially be starting the re-checks in December. The companies will focus on searching for persons who are suspects in crimes or those who are under EU sanctions, which may have been hidden throughout the application process.

The re-checking of applications has occurred following a warning by the European Commission. Concerns have been raised that organised criminal groups could access Europe with Cypriot passports.

The republic is still on the list of major international investors in Russia and holders of ruble assets, along with other locations such as Ireland, Luxembourg and the UK. Experts point out that it is Russians investing in the Russian economy using foreign instruments.

Christopher Zenios

Christopher has always been a pioneer, a first adopter when it comes to technological advancements. Over the years, his expertise surrounded the real estate and digital markets and their evolution in today's society. After being the editor to various professional business news portals and blogs, he was selected to become the chief editor for HWC. Contact Christopher at +357-22029786 ext: 6110 or by email at [email protected] for editorial related questions.

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