Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Several countries, including St. Kitts and Nevis, have adopted programs that allow the acquisition of citizenship based on an investment and/or a direct contribution to the state as a means of developing the country.

Background and legal considerations:

The citizenship program of St. Kitts was established in 1984 and requires applicants to make an economic contribution to the country. In exchange, they and their families are granted full citizenship.

The legal basis regarding citizenship by investment is contained in Part II, § 3 (5) of the Citizenship Act, 1984, and Saint Christopher and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Regulations, 2011.

These provisions allow the government to operate a program under which citizenship is granted to persons who qualify under criteria set by a cabinet decision.

Benefits of St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program:

When you acquire citizenship under St. Kitts and Nevis citizenship program, you and your family enjoy full citizenship for life, which can be passed on to future generations by descent.

  • A St. Kitts and Nevis passport allows visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 157 destinations including Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, the UK, and Europe’s Schengen Area.
  • Citizenship-by-descent is available to future generations.
  • Applicants can include a spouse, children under 31, parents, grandparents aged 55 and over, and unmarried dependent siblings under 31 with no children, as well as additional dependents after they have been granted citizenship.
  • 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.
  • Dual citizenship is allowed by the nation.
  • There is no minimum stay required.

St. Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment requirements:

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.

To qualify for citizenship, the main applicant must be over 18 years of age, meet the application requirements and select one of the two following options:

1. A non-refundable contribution of USD 150,000 to the Sustainable Growth Fund for a single applicant and USD 195,000 for a family of up to four members. USD 20,000 applies for each sibling and an additional USD 10,000 for each family member thereafter (other than a spouse or sibling).

2. The purchase of real estate with a minimum value of USD 200,000 (resalable after seven years) or USD 400,000 (resalable after five years) from an approved real estate development.

Procedures and time frame of St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program:

St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) is responsible for the processing of all applications. The CIU examines the application thoroughly and may request that the applicant attend an interview, although this is rarely necessary.

The CIU undertakes strict due diligence checks and will decline an application if the applicant makes a false statement or omits any relevant information. The applicant must personally complete the prescribed government forms, which are only available from an authorized service provider.

The documentary requirements of the program are reasonable and the procedures straightforward. Most applicants will normally visit the islands before deciding on the purchase of the real estate, but it is not a prerequisite for the application process, which usually takes between five to six months from submission of the application to the CIU for approval.

Under the real estate option, the time frame may vary depending on the development, so it is important to choose a real estate project that complements the citizenship application efficiently.

Upon approval-in-principle of the application, the funds for the real estate, SGF contribution, government fees, and other fees will be released to the various parties. Thereafter, the prime minister will sign the certificate of registration, which confers citizenship status.

Once the certificate of registration is issued, the applicant is entitled to apply for a passport.