US Ambassador suggests residency, fingerprint requirements for CBI programmes

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US Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda S Taglialatela, is of the opinion that there should be residency and fingerprint requirements for people seeking passports in regional countries with Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programmes.
Speaking with Ken Richards of WINN FM’s The Bigger Picture on March 21, she said although the US does not tell countries what to do, she thinks recipients should be brought in to be fingerprinted before receiving passports.
“One of the things and I know why some of the countries are reluctant, I would prefer that each country requires the individual to come to the country to be fingerprinted and have their fingerprints on files for passport purposes and other things,” she stated.
“I would feel more comfortable because then you know who you are dealing with and if you have biometric data on the individuals then you can perform additional checks and balances on other people to see exactly where they stand.”
She stated that she understands this might disadvantage one country’s programme over another, but it would “be nice if they can set a standard across the five countries that have programmes and attempt to rationalise their programmes a little bit more”.
Taglialatela said each country in the region has a process for people who are seeking passports but suggested a residency requirement.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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