Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis Citizenship for investment in the country's economy

St. Kitts Citizenship Acquisition process

Our citizenship advisers will evaluate your personal circumstances and assist you in selecting the investment options most suitable for you.

Entire family can be included under one application:
1. Main applicant
— The applicant must have a clean criminal record and a legitimate source of funds.
2. Spouse
3. Dependent parents and grandparents over the age of 55
4. Children, including dependent children up to the age of 30

Experienced citizenship advisers will collect and check all the documents for compliance and ensure all requirements are met.

Once all your original documents are collected and sent to us, citizenship specialists will review your file and prepare it for submission. The complete file will be submitted to the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis via an authorised local agent, as required by law.

Each application is vetted by the Government through a thorough due diligence background check, during which time submitted information is examined and verified. There is currently no interview requirement.

Once the application is reviewed by the Government and the decision is made, the applicant will be issued a letter advising of the decision. This letter will be forwarded to you.

Once your application has been approved, you will be required to complete your investment (non-refundable contribution or purchase price of the property).

Upon completion of the investment your citizenship certificate will be issued, and your passport application submitted on your behalf. No visit to St. Kitts and Nevis is required, your passport will be couriered to your preferred address.

The Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis is the smallest country in the Caribbean that is formed and consists of two tropical islands – the Islands of Saint Kitts and Nevis, which belong to the Lesser Antilles that is also known as Windward Islands. Saint Kitts and Nevis is an almost pristine and unspoiled tropical Paradise with nature. The third of the Saint Kitts territory is a national Park. Moreover with highly developed infrastructure like roads and narrow-gauge Railways, international airports and three large seaports.

Christopher Columbus discovered these islands in 1493 but European population settlement came about early 17th century. During the 17th and 18th centuries there were military actions between great Britain and France – a struggle for supremacy over these Islands on the territory of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Since 1783, the Islands have finally become a colony of great Britain. Saint Kitts and Nevis became an independent state on September 19, 1983 and was proclaimed as part of the Commonwealth heading by Great Britain.

As it already mentioned before, Saint Kitts and Nevis is the smallest country in the Western Hemisphere with an area of 261 square meters and a population a little over 50,000 people, but Saint Kitts and Nevis is a powerful country with a stable and developed economy. The business climate of the Islands is favorable for investment in the country. Here you will have new opportunities for opening and running your business due to the openness of the economy, its stability and low taxes, or even with an exemption from paying them due to the growing economic interdependence owing to its openness, stability and low taxation level or its exemption because of having a choice of the investor’s offshore status.  Through these aspects, the outlook of obtaining citizenship of this country attracts a large number of wealthy investors.

The program for obtaining citizenship of Saint Kitts and Nevis by investing in the economy exists in Saint Kitts and Nevis for many years, about more than 30 years, since 1984. This mass-produced program works to attract investment to the country showing high results for new programs development in this modern world. Moreover, it takes first place in the Caribbean by the citizenship applications quantity number.

View the advantages of obtaining citizenship through investment into the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis:

  1. a reliable and verified program supported with state guarantees, that is considered to be one of the most stable and respected programs for obtaining citizenship through investment. The program has been in existence since 1984 and established by the constitution (chapter VIII of part 90-95). The law (paragraphs 8 and 9) on citizenship states that the applicant is registered as a citizen of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, but does not have the right to vote in this country, the right to vote could be on an exceptional basis and only with the consent of the Cabinet;
  2. quick registration, there is also an acceleration procedure of obtaining citizenship, the passport registration proceeding takes approximately from 3 to 10 months;
  3. low investment amount (from 150000 Euros);
  4. absolute confidentiality — especially obtaining citizenship information is not disseminated;
  5.  Saint Kitts passport gives the right for visa-free entry to 132 countries of the world
  6. due to the fact that Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, like Malta, is a country of the British Commonwealth of Nations, suitably Saint Kitts and Nevis citizens are also citizens of the Commonwealth. Being a member of the Commonwealth gives the investor a lot of rights and benefits in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;
  7. you do not need to reside in the country permanently, moreover, in order to obtain citizenship you do not even need to come to the country;
  8. no language knowledge requirements;
  9. no interview pass;
  1. no applicant and their family members biometric data information required, as in the case of obtaining Maltese citizenship;
  2. attractive taxation system — return on capital system gains from foreign operations are not taxed, there are no income taxes, gift and inheritance taxes and luxury taxes;
  3. dual citizenship, Saint Kitts and Nevis citizenship is granted for life;
  4. citizenship can be passed on to the next generations of relatives by inheritance (in the direct line of inheritance);
  5. the passport is issued to all investor family members: spouse, financially dependent children under 30 years of age, investor parents over 55 years of age;
  6. children born after obtaining citizenship receive a passport for free;
  7. with citizenship of Saint Kitts and Nevis (citizenship of the Caribbean Islands) it is easier to obtain a residence permit in a third country;
  8. possibility of resort real estate investment return, and the possibility of money return invested in real estate by selling the property after 5 years;
  9. real estate can be rented, donated or inherited;
  10. business — investments in the tourism sector pay off quickly due to the active growth of tourist demand in this country, resort real estate is growing in price every year;
  11. transfer of assets to hard currency, the ability to store them in reliable banks;
  12. investment transfer only after the investor’s citizenship application approval;
  13. good climate conditions of this country create favorable conditions for living and health.

Here is a list of required documents for submitting an application:

  1. Saint Kitts and Nevis citizenship application;
  2. six to eight photos per family member;
  3. birth certificates of all applicants;
  4. a copy of passports for adults, all pages must be stitched;
  5. first page of foreign traveling passports;
  6. marriage certificate or divorce certificate;
  7. certificate of any diseases absence for applicant and members of his entire family (issued by the Health Authority), as well as HIV testing for all family members for a period not earlier than 3 months before applying for citizenship;
  1. Bank statement for the last twelve months showing the amount of income and capital movement on the personal account. The statement must have the bank stamps. While applying for children citizenship, you must confirm that the investor supports them financially;
  2. a letter of recommendation from a Bank that has opened an account for at least 2 years;
  3. reference letter from the place of work or from a business partner, lawyer, notary;
  4. a contract copy of residential real estate sale;
  5. residence address confirmation.

All the above documents must be translated into English and notarized.

Investment options for obtaining Saint Kitts and Nevis citizenship:

Charitable contributions

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Charitable contributions known as sponsorship (non-refundable donations), which are divided into a contribution to the relief of victims of the hurricane, and a contribution to the State Sugar Diversification Fund.

The contribution to hurricane relief such as Maria and Irma. The fund was created in 2017.

This contribution is transferred to the country’s Sustainable Growth Fund and compose 150000 dollars per investor; 175000 — 195000 dollars for a family of 4; and 25000 dollars for each additional dependant if the family is more than 4 people.

Contribution to the Sugar Fund. The main goal of this Fund is to reduce the dependence of the economy of Saint Kitts and Nevis on the sugar industry, as well as helping local residents including providing jobs positions.

If the investor chooses to invest in a Sugar Fund, he must invest 250000 dollars; 300000 dollars, if the family consists of 4 people; and if the family is more than 4 people, then 25000 dollars for each additional dependant.

At the same time, both donations have additional fees – a fee for processing the application and legal expertise (a test of trustworthiness) – 7500 dollars for the investor and 4000 dollars for each financially dependent family member over 16 years of age.

Real Estate investment.

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The investment donation amount must be at least 400000 dollars and this amount does not depend on the number of family members, as in other citizenship programs.

In this case, investments should be transferred only into the real estate that is approved by the government, mostly in the resort beach area – resort apartments, villas in hotel complexes. The government obliges you to own this real estate for at least five years. Purchasing real estate procedure must be followed strictly in accordance with the Saint Kitts and Nevis laws (you must prepare the appropriate documents, visit several government organizations, as well as pay a state fee- 50000 dollars for the investor and financially dependent family members over 18 years, 25000 dollars for the spouse and minor children). The same with the donation funds. There are additional fees that is charged for the reliability test — the fee for processing the application and legal expertise – 7500 dollars for the investor and 4000 dollars for each financially dependent family member over 16 years old. You will also need to spend money on authorized agent work and assistance for legal services that is approximately 25000 from the investor, as well as fees related to the real estate purchasing and registration of its ownership rights.

Such investment method applies to investors who want to live on the Saint Kitts and Nevis Islands or live there from time to time. In order to have an income during investor absence, the property can be rented out.

Based on the above, obtaining Saint Kitts and Nevis citizenship helps you get a passport in a short time, compared to other EU countries, avoiding such procedures as obtaining a residence permit and temporary residence permit.

Saint Kitts and Nevis is a tax haven — place where you can invest money without risks, with good business conditions at the high international level and many people consider obtaining citizenship as an opportunity to leave the country at the right time.

Safe place for living, the ability to travel around the world without a visa, developed tourist facilities, the world’s best beaches, coral reefs, sunken ships, tropical forests and mountains with colonial flavor will impress you and attract your attention, not leaving you indifferent to this country.

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