St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program

Country at a glance

Leafy mountain tops pierce the clouds in the two-island nation of St Kitts and Nevis. The imposing Mount Liamuiga, a dormant volcano, forms the base of St Kitts, the larger islands, which is also home to a crater lake and tropical rainforest.

Continent: Americas (Caribbean)
Population: 54,000
Official language(s): English
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar
Form of government: Parliamentary Democracy
Member of: CARICOM, OECS
Independent since: 1983

Programs at a glance

The Saint Kitts and Nevis CIP was the first of its kind and has welcomed thousands of investors to naturalize since it first launched more than three decades ago and the program has become the government’s largest single source of revenue.

Inaugural year: 1984
Visa-free travel to: 139 countries and territories
Grants right of settlement in: St Kitts and Nevis and 14 other CARICOM member states
Time to citizenship: 2-3 months
Investment type(s): Cash contribution/real estate
Minimum investment (not including fees): US$150,000
Investment recoverability: Investments in real estate are fully recoverable
Application-related fees: Starting at US$7,500 for a single applicant
Residence requirements: None

MAIN BENEFITS

Kittitian passport holders have visa-free travel to 139 countries and territories, including the Schengen countries, UK, Hong Kong and Singapore. By virtue of its CARICOM membership, St Kitts and Nevis also provides its citizens with the right to settle permanently in 14 other Caribbean nations. The country imposes no income, capital gains, inheritance or wealth taxes.

Investment Requirements

To qualify for the St Kitts and Nevis CIP, applicants must make one of the following investments:

 

  • A real estate investment amounting to no less than US$ 400,000 in government-approved real estate projects.

 

  • A cash contribution to the Sugar Industry Diversification Fund of US$250,000 for a single applicant, US$300,000 for an applicant with up to three dependents, US$350,000 for an applicant with up to five dependents, US$450,000 for an applicant with up to seven dependents and an additional US$25,000 for any additional dependents beyond this.

 

  • A cash contribution to the Hurricane Relief Fund of US$150,000 for an applicant with up to three dependents, and an additional US$25,000 for any additional dependents beyond this. OFFERS ENDS 30th MARCH 2018

Fees

Due diligence and processing fees amount to US$7,500 for the main applicant and US$4,000 for each dependent above the age of 16.

Further government fees of US$50,047 for the main applicant, US$25,047 for a spouse, US$25,047 for minor dependents and US$50,047 for adult dependents apply when investors choose the real estate option.

TIMELINE & REQUIREMENTS

  • All applicants must have a clean criminal record and be in good health.
  • Under ordinary circumstances, applications are processed within 3-4 months. Under the accelerated process option, applications are processed within 2-3 months. 10% of government fees are payable upon submission of the application. Under the program’s real estate option, applicants must enter into contractual agreements to buy property before submitting the citizenship application. Upon approval, the government will request that the applicant complete either the property transaction or the cash contribution, as applicable, before issuing the Certificate of Naturalization.
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