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Entries in Golden Visas (4)


Golden Visas are ripe for abuse in fraud cases

The issue of Golden Visas has been in the news recently, mainly linked to the ongoing saga of Mehul Choksi, a billionaire businessman, diamond trader, willful loan defaulter and alleged fraudster from India.

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Martin Kenney: Hey, the G-7 countries sell passports too

They are regularly described as ‘Golden Visas’, a take on the popular Roald Dahl tale of the lucky finders of the golden ticket granting entry to Charlie Bucket’s chocolate factory. Like the children’s book and subsequent films, there is the potential for a dark side to materialize out of the numerous Citizenship for Investment Programs (CIPs) operating around the globe.

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Pssst. Wanna buy a passport?

At least 20 countries are selling residence and citizenship under so-called Golden Visa programs, according to Transparency International.

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Ex Portugal PM detained for alleged graft

Portugal's former prime minister was detained at the Lisbon airport for questioning on November 21 and three days later was taken into custody for suspected tax fraud, money laundering, and corruption.

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