Vanuatu citizenship

Vanuatu refused Indian billionaire fugitive Nirav Modi citizenship on probity grounds

His application was rejected because the country discovered “adverse findings” during the probity check.

According to a report in the Indian Express, in November 2017, Modi transferred $195,000 from his personal account to one of the 18 authorised Vanuatu government agents who facilitate the country’s Citizenship by Investment programme. But when the South Pacific Ocean island nation ran a background check on the businessman, “adverse findings” were uncovered and his citizenship request was rejected.

Vanuatu citizenship office rejects use of bitcoins for citizenship

A short statement from the Government said the Citizenship office has no legal confirmation on the use of bitcoins to secure citizenship.

“The Office of citizenship is giving assurance to all the citizenship designated agents that all payments of fees concerning citizenship is in US dollars. Any other arrangement by any sub-agent will not be considered by the Citizenship Office.

Last week, the Vanuatu Information Office announced that it was the first country to accept bitcoins for citizenship.