Tag: Africans in the Americas

Wealthy Nigerians are buying up passports for cash from Caribbean nations to beat visa rules

By Yomi Kazeem | Quartz

A year ago, the office of Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) in the small Caribbean island nation  of St. Lucia had received no applications from any Africans in its nearly five years of operations.But in the past few months, it has issued up to 60 passports to Nigerians and is reporting steady increases in applications from the country—still its sole African market.

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Kenyan biking couple now stuck in Nicaragua amid Covid-19

By Fridah Mlemwa | Nairobi News

Kenyan adventurers Wamuyu Kariuki and Dos Kariuki who are on a bike trip round the world have been stuck in Nicaragua due to the Corona Virus outbreak. The couple set off to see the world on 2nd July 2018 after saving for more than two years for the three-and-a-half years’ world trip.

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Trump Allies in Americas Block Africans’ Path to US Asylum

By The Associated Press

President Donald Trump isn’t the only world leader making it virtually impossible for many Africans to get asylum in the United States. He’s getting plenty of help from allies in the Americas. Ecuador is closing its doors as one of the few countries in North and South America to welcome African visitors, depriving them of a starting point for their dangerous journeys north by land.

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Forget US transit visas: Kenya – Jamaica direct on Kenya Airways soon?

The announcement by the Kenya government of plans to launch direct flights between Kenya and Jamaica last week has received mostly positive responses.

By Juergen T Steinmetz

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‘Long overdue’ trip to Barbados for Kenyatta

By Christina Smith

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has described as “long overdue” his three-day state visit to Barbados, as he joined local dignitaries at a welcome reception in his honour, hosted by Governor General Dame Sandra Mason at Government House last night.

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More South Africans are looking at these 5 Caribbean countries for ‘cheaper’ passports

The poor economic outlook, weak investment climate and concerns about property ownership are all reasons affluent South Africans are looking for a second citizenship as a matter of priority, says Nadia Read-Thaele, director of LIO Global, World Residence and Citizenship.

This year has seen a notable rise in emigrations and HNWI (high net-worth) individuals looking to shift some of their wealth into offshore destinations to secure a second residency or citizenship, said Read-Thaele.

“Many clients do not actually want to leave the country, but want a second passport as a security option,” Read-Thaele stressed, adding that a second passport is often sought as it allows freedom of travel as many of the top European and Caribbean Programmes offer visa-free access to top international markets.

While the UK, Australia and USA are top options for emigration, these have among the highest property prices in the world and many other draw-backs for South Africans.

It is also very difficult to get into these countries, the immigration expert said.

South Africans are therefore looking to ‘buy’ a second citizenship, either by a donation of sorts to the government or investment into property, or a combination , depending on what that government’s programme requires in order for investors to qualify.

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