Citizenship by Investment in St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis has one of the strongest passports among all the Caribbean citizenship programs. Options start from USD 150,000 and the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship-by-Investment Program provides visa-free access to 151 destinations.

The St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship-by-Investment Program requires applicants to make a significant economic contribution to the country. In exchange, and subject to a stringent application procedure including thorough background checks, the applicants and their families are granted full citizenship.

Benefits

St. Kitts and Nevis citizenship has many benefits including:

  • A St. Kitts and Nevis passport allows visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 152 destinations including Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, the UK, and Europe’s Schengen Area.
  • The applicant and their family receive full citizenship and passports.
  • St. Kitts and Nevis is a member of the Commonwealth, which entitles citizens to certain privileges in the UK and other Commonwealth countries.
  • St. Kitts and Nevis is an attractive location for owning a second home, with good air links to Europe and North America.
  • There are no restrictions on dual citizenship in St. Kitts and Nevis.

Qualification Criteria and Requirements

Acquisition of citizenship under the donation option requires an applicant to make a non-refundable contribution of either USD 250,000 to the Sugar Industry Diversification Fund (SIDF) or USD 150,000 to the Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF).

The SIDF is a non-profit foundation established for the purpose of supporting the former sugar workers, conducting research into the development of industries to replace the sugar industry, funding the development of these alternative industries, and providing further support to secure the sustainability of the national economy.

The SIDF has been designated as a special approved project for the purposes of the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship-by-Investment Program. Its accounts are public and annually audited by a large international audit firm.

The SGF is a fund established for the purpose of supporting economic growth and improving all sectors of the economy.

An applicant may make a contribution to the SIDF or SGF according to the following criteria:

  1. A single applicant is required to make a contribution of USD 250,000 (SIDF option).
  2. An applicant with up to three dependents is required to make a contribution of USD 300,000 (SIDF option).
    • A contribution of USD 25,000 is required for each additional dependent, regardless of age.
  3. A single applicant is required to make a contribution of USD 150,000 plus USD 25,000 for a spouse and USD 10,000 for each additional dependent (SGF option).

Alternatively, applicants can make either an investment of at least USD 400,000 or USD 200,000 in one of the approved real estate developments, in addition to paying government fees and other fees and taxes.

Under the SIDF and SGF, with each of the criteria listed, the total amount includes all government fees but excludes due diligence fees, which are the same for the real estate option. All options allow for a dependent between 18 and 30 years to be included in the application of the main applicant, if the dependent is a full-time student and financially reliant on the main applicant. The government also allows for parents and grandparents over the age of 55 to be included in the application as dependents if they are living with and are fully supported by the main applicant.

Procedure and Timeline

The Citizenship-by-Investment Program takes three to four months. There is also an accelerated application process available with a 45- to 60-day processing time frame.

Upon request and payment of a retainer fee (for applicants who are not already clients of the firm), a complete set of required forms and an application guide with detailed explanations regarding all forms and documents will be prepared and sent to you by courier. Your documents will always be delivered by courier, and all courier charges are included in our fees.

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