News and Updates

CIIP suspension removed.

The Vanuatu government has decided to lift the suspension of the Capital Investment Immigration Plan(CIIP) as of 21 March 2016.

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Clients should obtained correct information by contacting the designated agents of the citizenship office/commission and the citizenship office.

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Honorary Citizenship through the Vanuatu Economic Rehabilitation Program (VERP)

On March 2015, Vanuatu was struck by Category 5 Cyclone Pam. Economic, social and government infrastructures were wholly or partly destroyed. The extent of the destruction to the economic infrastructure is huge and government needs huge financial resources to rebuild the economy. It is for this very reason that the government implemented the new Program - VERP.  

The Program involves conferral of Honorary Citizenship by the President of the Republic of Vanuatu on the advice of the Prime Minister.

The Eligible candidates must meet the legal requirements under Section 20 of the Citizenship Act and VERP Regulations. More insights on the process are provided under Application Process relating Honorary Citizenship. 

Amendments to the Citizenship Act [Cap 112]

The Citizenship Act has been amendended once in 2013 and twice in 2014. More insights on the amendments are provided by the attachments under Legislative Framework.

Interestingly, as per the amendments Vanuatu now recognises DUAL CITIZENSHIP. This practically means that a citizen of Vanuatu or of a state of other than Vanuatu may be granted dual citizenship.  

The Citizenship Applications’ Fees and the actual Citizenship (Certificate) Fees have also been changed. [Please refer to the table of 'Fees and Charges' under Citizenship].

Application Forms

The Vanuatu Citizenship Application Forms have been recently systematically changed by being numbered. Hence, the true copy of Vanuatu Citizenship Application Forms can only be provided by the Citizenship Office directly to the applicants or consultants or any approved person who collects or processes the citizenship on behalf of the person wishing to get Vanuatu citizenship.

Revocations

Due to the previous illegal and unreasonable activities by individuals, the current established Commission has revoked around almost 30 citizenships that were granted contrary to the Provisions of the Citizenship Act [Cap 112] and the national Constitution. While there is more suspicion of revocations, the Citizenship Office/Commission ensures that all applicants must apply in a proper process and in accordance with the provisions of the Citizenship Act and Constitution.