Government Advisory Practice

Alongside its highly successful international private client practice, Henley & Partners has a thriving government advisory practice that advises and assists countries on economic development strategy and implementation in the areas of residence and citizenship programs.

Over the years, Henley & Partners has advised many governments on projects ranging from strategic consulting to the design, implementation, and operation of investment related residence and citizenship programs. The objective of such programs is to enhance a country’s attractiveness to international entrepreneurs and investors and to create more favorable conditions for foreign direct investments. Our teams have been responsible for over USD 8 billion in foreign direct investments.

Henley & Partners has acquired a unique track record in this particular field across a number of countries. The firm is recognized as the global leader in government advisory services relating to residence and citizenship programs. The following is an overview of some of the countries, governments and programs that Henley & Partners has been or continues to be involved with:

Antigua and Barbuda

Mandate to design and implement the new Citizenship-by-Investment program in 2013.


Members of Henley & Partners’ Executive Team were involved in the consultations and reform of Canada’s Federal Investor Immigration program in 2009 and 2010, including the recommendation to increase the investment thresholds, which was implemented as proposed.


Contracted in 2016 by the Government of Grenada to advise on, enhance, and globally re-launch their citizenship-by-investment program.


Won a public tender in 2017 to design a residence-by-investment program within Kazakhstan’s Astana International Financial Center (AIFC) zone.


Mandate to advise on the design of the new investor immigration program, which was launched in 2010.


Assistance to the Government in the review and re-design of the High Net Worth Resident Schemes in 2011.

After winning a public call for specialist services in 2013, Henley & Partners has been awarded a Public Services Concession and signed a contract with the Government of Malta with regard to the design, implementation and international promotion of the new Malta Individual Investor Program.


Granted the title of global concessionaire in 2018, with the program launched in the second half of the year. In partnership with Henley & Partners and the Moldovan Investment Company, the Government of Moldova developed its new citizenship-by-investment program, which is the most competitively priced program in Europe. Henley & Partners is solely responsible for the design, implementation, and global promotion of this program.

St. Kitts and Nevis

Mandate to design, implement and promote internationally the Citizenship-by-Investment program. Since Henley & Partners’ work to reform the program in 2007, this program has become the most successful in the world. The firm also was instrumental in the negotiation of a visa-waiver agreement between St. Kitts and Nevis and the European Union and continued to advise the Government on policy issues until 2013, alongside being one of the licensed service providers under the program.


Design, implementation and international promotion of the Swiss Residence Program, which links immigration law to the lump-sum tax provisions in the law for wealthy individuals and families.


Awarded the global concession in 2017, to enhance and promote Thailand’s unique residence program, which provides successful applicants with exclusive VIP privileges and the right to reside in the country.

United Kingdom

Regular involvement in the consultation process with the Home Office and UK Border Agency regarding the Tier 1 (Investor) category, including its last iteration in 2011 and the most recent consultations and recommendations of the Migration Advisory Council 2014.

Through Henley & Partners, governments have access to the world’s most experienced policy advisors, foreign direct investment specialists, and legal experts in this field. We co-ordinate the experience and expertise of these professionals to provide in-depth advice and support on all aspects of residence and citizenship programs.

For more information or to contact our Government Services team, please complete the government enquiry form or call +44 1534 514 888.

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