10 Reasons for Citizenship Refusals

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Citizenship by investment, so called CBI programs currently run in Caribbean (Dominica, St Lucia, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis) and Europe (Malta and Cyprus).

Malta, Dominica and St Kitts has very strict due diligence requirements. Malta IIP has high refusal rates.

If your application has received a refusal under the citizenship by investment programme, it could be because of one of the following reasons.

  1. You have provided false information or lied in your application.
  2. You have failed the background and due diligence check done by Government agencies.
  3. You have previous criminal record or on a wanted list by international law enforcement.
  4. You have previous visa denials with countries which have visa waiver agreement with the country you are applying citizenship with (Schengen visa, UK visa, Canada/US visa).
  5. You are a citizen of blacklisted country hit by international sanctions or imposed trade embargo.
  6. You have concealed or withheld information about your previous history.
  7. You provide a reputational risk to the country as a politically exposed person.
  8. You are a security threat to the country.
  9. You provide lack of evidence for source of funds (involved in money laundering, financial crimes)
  10. Your source of funds came from country under international embargo or sanctions (North Korea, Sudan, Somalia etc)
  11. You have failed health or medical clearance tests.
  12. Insufficient income to support your family and children.