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EB-5 Investment Voice
Mona Shah & Associates Global Podcast Series
Reported by Hermione Krumm, Esq.
EB-5 Investment Voice is the only Podcast series that focuses on and the United States immigrant investor visa, EB-5 and foreign direct investment. Mona Shah, Esq. welcomes guests from the industry, including: Developers, Regional Center Operatives, Attorneys, Legislators and Politicians.
Of the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) countries, those located in the Caribbean Islands are popular choices because they offer faster processing times to citizenship. Since Grenada was covered in the last episode, today we give the centerstage to Antigua and Barbuda. Located in the heart of the Caribbean, the country offers visa-free access to the UK, EU and Hong Kong – amongst many others. It boasts other advantages as well, most notably the opportunity to claim young adult children attending college, and parents, grandparents and in-laws over 65 as dependents.
In this episode, Mona and Rebecca Singh, Esq. are joined by Charmaine Quinland-Donovan, the first female CEO of Antigua and Barbuda’s CBI Unit, to discuss the advantages of the country’s citizenship program and the three different investment options. From its inception, Mrs. Donovan was influential in establishing the program’s policies and procedures, and served as Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Operating Officer prior to her appointment as the CEO.
Antigua and Barbuda is located in the heart of the archipelago of the Caribbean Islands. A travel hub, Antigua boasts daily international flights.
1) A one-time investment of at least $100K in the National Development Fund – a contribution to the government that will not come back;
2) A real estate purchase of at least $400K that is held for five years; or
3) An individual investment in business of at least $1.5M or group investment of $5M (each investor needs to invest in at least $400K) – this is unique from other countries’ programs.
Please see the link below for access to the podcast episode: http://mshahlaw.com/citizenship-by-investment-in-antigua-and-barbuda/ .
About the Speakers:
Mona Shah, ESQ.
UK born, Mona, a dual licensed attorney, was formerly a Government Prosecutor with the British Crown Prosecution Service. Mona has extensive knowledge of all facets of U.S. immigration law; her expertise ranges from specialist business law to complicated, multi-issue federal deportation litigation before the US Courts of Appeal. Recognized as an industry leader in EB-5, Mona has received many accolades for her work, including voted top 25 EB-5 attorneys in the US 4 years in a row; Top Lawyer by Who’s Who International, ‘Top Attorney of North America’
Mona, an adjunct professor at Baruch College, CUNY University, has authored numerous articles, a published book for investors, co-edited EB-5 Gateway (BLS) and is a recommended author with Lexis Practice Advisor. Mona is regularly invited to speak worldwide, has been interviewed by mainstream news channels, including Fox Business News, Al Jazeera and quoted in major newspapers, including the New York Times.
Rebecca S. Singh, ESQ.
Rebecca is an experienced attorney with Mona Shah & Associates.
As an advanced EB-5 practitioner, Rebecca works with project developers, analyzing, crafting and preparing project documents for initial regional center designation, as well as actual project or amendment filings. In addition, Rebecca handles direct EB-5 project petitions, both pooled investments and individual entrepreneurs, and I-829 petitions. Rebecca is well versed in USCIS compliance.
Rebecca is highly proficient at investor petitions, counseling clients through all stages of the EB-5 program. She has successfully filed complex source of funds issues from clients worldwide.
Mrs. Charmaine Quinland-Donovan holds the distinctions of being the first national of Antigua and Barbuda and the first woman, to head the country’s Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU).
Her appointment as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) took effect on March 27th, 2017.
Prior to this recent appointment, Charmaine served in the CIU in three prominent capacities; Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer. She was instrumental in shaping and implementing policies and procedures from the establishment of the Unit and making necessary enhancements in response to changes in the industry.
About the Author:
Hermione Krumm, Esq. is an associate attorney with Mona Shah and Associates Global. Hermione works with EB-5, corporate, merger and acquisition (M&A), intellectual property and foreign direct investment (FDI) matters involving China, the UK and the US. Hermione writes and comments frequently on current business and immigration issues. Her articles have been published by LexisNexis, ILW, EB-5info, EB-5 Supermarket, etc. Hermione received her LL.B. (Hons) from the University of Manchester School of Law (UK), and obtained her LL.M. from Cornell Law School. Hermione speaks fluent English, Mandarin and Cantonese.