Headlines: October 8th, 2014

The Investment Migration Council has been formed by leading experts within the immigration and citizenship-by-investment industry to bring together the foremost stakeholders within the field and to give the industry a voice.

The Council will help to improve public understanding of the issues faced by clients and governments and promote education and demand the highest professional standards and ethics among its members.

The Chairman of the Council, Professor Dr. Dimitry Kochenov of the University of Groningen, Netherlands, said, “The IMC will set industry standards on a global level, and interact with other professional associations, academic leaders, governments and international organizations in relation to investment migration”.

The investment migration industry has grown significantly over the past decade. Immigration and citizenship options for investors have become topics of significant interest among international clients as well as practitioners and companies providing services to such clients. Likewise, countries are increasingly keen in attracting more foreign direct investment through investor immigration and citizenship programs.

One founding member commented, “With the rapid growth of this important and influential field, there was a great need for a central, responsible body. The IMC will fulfil this role and provide significant structure, standards, and accountability for the industry”.

The Council is a not for profit organization and is based in Geneva. Information about its membership and structure is available here.

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