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Variations could be in order

Feb 22,2018 - Last updated at Feb 22,2018

State Minister for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson Mohammad Momani made public a government decision on new rules governing the acquisition of Jordanian citizenship or obtaining permanent residency in Jordan by foreign investors on Monday.

Jordan is not unique among nations across the globe in offering citizenship or permanent residency to foreign investors under certain conditions. Many countries do the same. This is not like offering citizenship or residency for sale. Far from it.

The relaxed immigration rules for granting citizenship or permanent residency is a functional tool to promote investment and develop the country. Opening the door for foreigners to live in the Kingdom and become part of it in order to share in the promotion of economy is not being done at the expense of national security or stability. Nor would it jeopardise or compromise the rights of the citizens of the country. Aspiring applicants would be carefully screened and their backgrounds properly and thoroughly checked to filter out people whose residency could threaten Jordan’s security and stability.

The rules governing this offer are rather stringent and cannot be met by any investor. For starters, applicants must be genuine and their investments must be sizeable. For citizenship purposes, the investment must be no less than $1.5 million to be deposited at the Central Bank of Jordan for a minimum period of five years, invested in ten-year treasury bonds or in securities or invested in a project outside of Amman.

Permanent residency requirements are more lax as the only thing required is buying a real estate valued at no less than $200,000, and keeping it for no less than ten years. Immediate members of the family of the applicant, including his wife and children, less than eighteen years old, would also be eligible. There is, however, a limited annual quota for these purposes not exceeding 500 applicants. So far so good!

A slight variation on this open door policy could be in order. Instant citizenship for qualified people no matter how high is their investments should not be the norm. The rule of thumb in such circumstances is to offer qualified applicants permanent residency, first to be followed by gaining citizenship after a certain period of time, normally set at one year at least. Automatic citizenship does not seem right. Neither the annual quota limitation make much sense.

Why, for example, only 500 foreigners could qualify for these purposes per year. Processing the applications of the interested people would take months if not years.

In any case, this new open door policy should be put on a trial basis and subjected to periodic reviews. That would be the reasonable way of applying it.

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AGAIN, I MUST FIRST THANK JORDAN TIMES FOR DEVOTING THIS EDITORIAL TO THIS SENSITIVE ISSUE THAT WAS ROLLED OUT WITHOUT ANY CONSIDERATIONS REGARDING ALL THE TANGENTIAL AND CONFOUNDING ISSUES AS WELL. THE FACT IS THAT I AM NOT AGAINST THIS POLICY BY ANY MEANS WHICH I MADE CLEAR IN MY FIRST ARTICLE ABOUT THIS. YES, I AM NOT AGAINST THE IDEA BUT THE SAID TANGENTIAL AND SENSITIVE RELATED ISSUES WHICH THOSE WHO CAME UP WITH THIS POLICY SHOULD OR MUST HAVE KNOWN AND CONSIDERED IN ADVANCE. IF THEY THOUGHT THAT THEY CAN TALK ABOUT IMMIGRATION ISSUES IN JORDAN WITH OUT GENERATING THE STORM OF OUTRAGE SHOULD NOT BE IN PUBLIC SERVICE BECAUSE HE OR SHE IS NOT A POLITICIAN AND NOT QUALIFIED FOR THE SAID POSITION. AS STATED IN THIS EDITORIAL WHICH I AGREE WITH, THE GOAL IS TO SPARK ECONOMIC GROWTH USING A HYPOTHETICAL MODEL OF TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS. THE AUTHOUR NEVER MENTIONED THE TANGENTIAL EFFECT OF THE CONTENTIOUS ISSUE THAT ALLOWS JORDANIAN MEN TO MARRY AS MANY WIFES PLUS CONCUBINES AND MISTRESSES ALL OF WHO AUTOMATICALLY BECOMES JORDANIAN CITIZENS AND SHARE THE TAXES OF THE WOMEN WHO ARE LOCKED OUT. IS THIS OMISSION INTENTIONAL OR BY SELECTIVE AMNESIA?. AS STATED, ALL OTHER COUNTRIES DOES EXACTLY WHAT THE MINISTER PROPOSED BUT NONE OF THEM SEPERATE FAMILIES AND BUILD WALL OF A SHAME TO KEED THEIR BLOOD FAMILY RELATIVES OUT. YES WE DO THIS IN UNITED STATES AS WELL BUT HUSBAND, WIFE AND CHILDREN ARE AUTOMATIC CITIZEN FOR BOTH COUNTIES NO MATTER THE COUNTRIES EVEN IN THIS ERA OF ISLAMOPHOBIA, S-HOLE CONTRIES OR FROM THE COUNTRIES WHERE PEOPLE LIVE IN HURTS AND CAVES. HOW MANY JORDANIANS HAVE US CITIZENSHIPS NEVER MIND GREEN CARDS BY MARRIAGE? HOW MUCH MONEY AND /OR PROPERPERTIES DID THEY PAY OR DEPOSITE IN US TREASURER? TO COMPARE ANY SCREENING PROCESS TO KEEP BAD GUYS OUT WITH THE BONDS OF BLOOD RELATIVES AMONG FAMILIES IS DANGEROUS AND MISGUIDED BECAUSE BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER. WHAT MORE, " MINE IS MINE AND OURS IS OURS " IF THIS IS THEIR REASON(S), WHY THEN DO JORDANIAN MEN BRING ANY WOMAN FROM ANY WHERE IN THE WORLD TO BECOME JORDANIAN CITIZENS BY MARRIAGE. WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL NOT TTO MIX UP THE LETTERS OF THE LAW AND THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW. HISTORY HAS PROVEN THAT WHEN THE GO START GOING ROUGH, YOU CAN NOT COMPARE THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE YOUNG JORDANIAN CHILDREN WITH THOSE FROM OTHER CITIZENS WHO WERE GRANTED CITIZENSHIPS BY CASH AND CARRY AUCTIONING OF THE COUNTRY. USING THE STATISTICAL SURVIVAL FUNCTION ANALYSIS, I WILL BET MY LIFE THAT THE FUTURE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THESE CHILDREN WHO ARE KEEPT OUT OF JORDAN BECAUSE OF DISCRIMINATION, GENDER BASHING AND ALL KINDS OF PHOBIA INCLUDING THOSE RELATED TO THE PALESTINIAN SITUATION WHICH IS SICKINING WILL BE OVER MILLION TIMES MORE THAN THE GREEN-BACK CASH YOU WANT IN THE BANK NOW CITIZENSHIP. HOW CAN ONE EVEN COMPARE HIS OR HER GRAND CHILDREN WITH ANY IVESTED MONEY NO MATTER HOW MUCH THE CASH MAY BE? HOW CAN ONE BUY JORDAN WITH $200,000 WHEN IN FACT SOME OF YOUR IN LAWS HAVE INVESTED OVER 20 TIMES MORE THAN THIS IN THE SAME COUNTRY THAT HAS DONE SOME THING TO THEIR CHILDREN THAT ARE UNFORGIVABLE. THROUGHT THE TIME MY SON GREW UP IN JORDAN, I WAS YEARLY ASKED TO BRING DOCUMENTS AT SCHOOL WHERE HE HAS TO PAY MORE AND EXTRAS BECAUSE HE IS A TOURIST?. YOU KNOW WHAT, ANY NON JORDAIAN MAN MARRIED TO A JORDANIAN WOMAN WHO MAY STUPIDLY PAY RANSON TO BUY RESIDENCE OR CITIZENSHIP FOR HIS FAMILY WILL NEED TO GO AND SEE PSYCHIATRIST BECAUSE HE MUST BE CRAZY. WHILE I DO UNDERSTAND THE WORKING BACK OF THIS POLICY THROUGH THESE EXPLANATIONS, THE FACT IS THAT THIS EXPLATION IS ADDING MORE FUEL TO FIRE. THIS IRRITATES ME BECAUSE I LOVE JORDAN AND HAVE DONE MORE FOR JARDANIANS THAN THOSE CRAFTING THIS VODOO ECONOMICS WITHOUT THINKING. HOW DO YOU LIKE IT WHEN YOUR GOVERNMENT TELL A MOTHER THAT HER CHILDREN CAN ONLY STAY IN HER COUNTRY BY VISAS, STAMPS ALL OVER PASSPORTS, HEALTH YEARLY HEALTH RECORDS, A DAY OR DAYS WIH FOR DATE WITH YOUR INTERIOR MINISTRY OR SIMPLY CALL YOUR GRAND CHILDREN AILLENS WHO CAN NOT DRIVE, WORK AND LIVE IN PEACE AS A FAMILY WHEN YOU ARE SLLING JORDAN BLOCK BY BLOCK FOR MONEY. IN SUMMARY, NO ONE HAS ANY PROBLEM WITH YOUR POLICY OF MONEY FOR PASSPORTS BUT I CAN NOT THINK OF ANY HUMAN IRRESPECTIVE VARIANCES IN EDUCATION, CULTURE, RACE, RELIGION OR ETHNICITY WHO CAN AGREE WITH YOU THAT YOU ROLL OUT THIS POLICY WHEN YOU HAVE TENTENTED HANDS OF THIS LEVEL OF DISCRIMINATION, GENDER SELECTION AND BASHING AND IN FACT FREE-LOADING ON ON THE SAME ISSUES FROM OTHER COUNTRIES. DEAR FRIENDS AND CITIZENS OF JORDAN FROM "A" TO "Z" IT IS SIMPLY WRONG TO KEEP THIS BONDAGE DANGLING THAT STAINS THE VALUE OF AN OTHERWISE A VERY WELCOMING AND OPEN MINDED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. DO NOT FORGET THAT LOVE BY CASH IS CLOSE ENDED WHILE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE IS OPEN ENDED. FOREIGN DONORS MAY GIVE TODAY AND STOP TOMORROW BUT IT IS ONLY YOUR OWN THAT WILL CONTINUE GIVING UNTIL THEY DIE. AND SO MY IN LAWS, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL BECAUSE IT IS VERY VERY SHAMEFUL. GIVE ME THAT UNCONDITIONAL AND FIND WHAT IN RETURN.

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