RIF Trust Expands Its Presence in the Middle East & Africa to Provide a Smooth & Transparent Process of Residency & Citizenship by Investment



Thu, 07 Jul 2022 - 12:43 GMT


Thu, 07 Jul 2022 - 12:43 GMT

Founded in the heart of Dubai, RIF Trust emerged from the need to provide more freedom of travel and enhanced investment opportunities around the globe. Established in 2013, the concept of RIF Trust was founded by Mimoun A. Assraoui, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RIF Trust in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In 2015, David Regueiro joined forces with Assraoui as the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of RIF Trust.

Through an entrepreneurial mindset, strategic partnerships, and dedication to quality, RIF Trust has reached the pinnacle of the investment migration industry by repositioning itself not only as a trusted client consultant but also as an experienced government advisor and Business-to-Business (B2B) partner in only 9 years of operations. RIF Trust enables businessmen, entrepreneurs, and investors to expand their businesses and gain access to foreign markets, in addition to international education and freedom of travel for themselves and their families.

As part of their vision to expand the company’s reach, in 2018 RIF Trust merged with the globally renowned Latitude Consultancy, another leading citizenship and investment advisory firm that operates in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe and Asia. Now formally known as RIF Trust and Latitude Group, the company has successfully positioned itself as global advisory experts for Residency and Citizenship by Investment (RCBI) with more than 22 office locations worldwide and over 100 professional advisors utilising their over 100 years of combined experience in providing superior investment services to their clients.

RIF Trust is one of the few consultancies that work directly with governments without any intermediaries, offering more than 20 fully accredited residency and citizenship programmes.. RIF Trust has cultivated long-lasting relationships with the governments of countries offering RCBI programmes such as the Commonwealth of Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and the European country of Malta.

Another formidable relationship worth mentioning is RIF Trust’s key partners: the Investment Migration Council (IMC). The IMC is the regulatory body for the RCBI industry and sets the standards of investment migration on a global level to ensure that regulations and best practices are being followed by advisory firms. RIF Trust and Latitude Group were appointed the IMC’s Regional Representative Office (RRO)  in the

Caribbean region and has recently been named the IMC’s RRO in the Middle East.

Through this appointment, RIF Trust will be responsible for bringing a voice and raising awareness to the investment migration industry in the Middle East and Africa, helping guide clients and governments and to promote education and best practice for all its members.

David Regueiro, RIF Trust’s Chief Operating Officer, stated “The Middle East and Africa regions are two of the most active markets in the investment migration industry. RIF Trust has had the privilege of assisting over four thousands investors and their families in obtaining alternative Citizenship or Residency by Investment and have worked closely with governments for over a decade. We look forward to continuing to uphold our high moral values through maintaining the highest levels of service and best practices for our clients, partners and governments that we work with.”

David Regueiro, RIF Trust’s Chief Operating Officer
David Regueiro, RIF Trust’s Chief Operating Officer
Due to RIF Trust’s transparent, smooth, and reliable process, investors can complete the whole process without leaving their home country. Clients can submit their residency or citizenship applications online and after the necessary due diligence is complete, can receive approvals within as little as three months. Applying for an EU Golden Visa for Portugal or Spain granting residence in the European Union within a short period of time, in approximately 180 days, offering many advantages without the need to move permanently. Some of these advantages include, travelling to any Schengen country without the need for a visa and the wide diversity of investment opportunities. Or applying for a second citizenship from one of the five Caribbean countries that allow visa-free travel to over 140 countries, can be done from anywhere in the world when a client chooses RIF Trust to manage their application. 

RIF Trust and Latitude Group is also proud to announce that its Malta office is celebrating its first applicants receiving their Maltese citizenship approvals under the newly established Maltese Exceptional Investor Naturalization (MEIN). These first applicants and their families started their MEIN journey in December 2020 and took just under 18 months to receive their citizenship approvals. Malta citizenship allows its citizens with a passport the ability to travel to over 180 countries visa-free, including the USA and Canada, as well as the right of settlement in all 26 countries of the EU.  Primary applicants can choose to include their spouse and children, parents and grandparents within their application.

Going above and beyond, RIF Trust believes in taking responsibility for the communities in which it operates and has supported numerous community initiatives over the years. RIF Trust sponsored Cricket for Cause, a charity event that aims to raise funds for the education of unprivileged girls in India. In 2021, RIF Trust partnered with Smile Train, a UAE initiative which has supported the treatment of more than 1.5 million cleft lip cases in 90 countries all over the world. In 2022, embracing the spirit of generosity as part of their annual Ramadan charity, RIF Trust distributed much needed iftar meal boxes to labourers within the Emirate of Sharjah in collaboration with the Sharjah Charity International. Also in 2022, RIF Trust sponsored the education of ten children from The Special Foundation for 1,500,000 Naira.

In light of RIF Trust’s support for community initiatives, Mimoun A. Assraoui, CEO of RIF Trust stated,“RIF Trust is proud to dedicate our efforts to provide all the possible support from our side to the MENA region. It is our Corporate Social Responsibility and we encourage more companies in the private sector to support as many humanitarian causes as possible.”

Mimoun A. Assraoui, CEO of RIF Trust
Mimoun A. Assraoui, CEO of RIF Trust
With offices in Morocco and South Africa and after recently celebrating their first anniversary in Nigeria with a star-studded event that included in attendance Lorne Theophilus, Chairman of the Citizenship by Investment Board of Saint Lucia and other Nigerian A-listers, RIF Trust aims to further its presence in other leading African countries this year.

Mohamed Hegazy, Residency and Citizenship Director of RIF Trust stated, “The RIF Trust brand is all about inviting the world to S.M.I.L.E., which means, we aim to provide Safety, Mobility, Investment opportunities, Lifestyle, and Employment or Educational benefits across the world and RIF Trust prides itself on being one of the leading firms delivering such services through its outstanding Residency and Citizenship by Investment programme options. We care about providing generational preservation for your family.” 

Mohamed Hegazy, Residency and Citizenship Director of RIF Trust
Mohamed Hegazy, Residency and Citizenship Director of RIF Trust

The world is constantly evolving and with the changing dynamics comes new growth prospects. However, global access is critical to take advantage of these emerging global opportunities. With better global access through Citizenship and Residency by Investment, Middle Eastern and African nationals can take advantage of their wealthcreation talents, and drive even greater economic prosperity.

RIF Trust, whilst preserving connections to home countries, allows individuals and businesses visa-free travel to over 140 countries, first-class education, high-quality healthcare options, and greater security through its second Citizenship and Residency by Investment programmes and has successfully assisted over 4,000 clients around the world in securing this. RIF Trust’s government advisory team works closely with governments to create or develop a wide range of investment migration programmes for clients.

To find out more about the benefits of Residency and Citizenship by Investment or to get in touch with an authorised representative, click here: hellotofreedom.com

RIF Trust is the leading Residency and Citizenship by Investment firm in the Middle East and Africa. It’s part of the Latitude Group and has a local focus with a global reach with over 22 offices worldwide, including in USA, Canada, UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.  

RIF Trust: www.riftrust.com




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