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Citizenship by Investment: St. Kitts & Nevis

(Source: Citizenship By Investment Program of the Government of St. Kitts & Nevis )


St. Kitts

Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and white sandy beaches combine to make the islands one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean. Christopher Columbus first spotted St. Kitts in 1493, when it was populated with native tribes, but the Europeans didn’t colonize until the British arrived in 1623. Its strategic location and valuable sugar trade led to an advanced and luxurious development that was among the best in the Colonial Caribbean.

The pretty two-island nation is blessed with a tropical climate & crystal blue waters. St. Kitts & Nevis has several international airlines providing direct services daily with major airports in the UK, USA and Canada. Flight time between St. Kitts and the US is just 3 hours.

Of all the Caribbean countries, St. Kitts & Nevis had the highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2017 at US$17,000 (Data: World Bank)



St. Kitts

The St. Kitts & Nevis (St. Christopher & Nevis) Citizenship by Investment Program was established in 1984 under the regulations of the 1984 Citizenship Act, Part II, Section 3 (5), which makes it the oldest citizenship by investment program in the world.

Applicants must meet the following qualifications;

  • Outstanding character
  • Excellent health
  • No criminal record
  • Have a high personal net worth.



Why Choose St. Kitts & Nevis' Citizenship by Investment Programme...

St. Kitts

St. Kitts & Nevis has a track record of providing a secure, discreet, confidential route to citizenship. Individuals who choose to apply for citizenship under St Kitts & Nevis' Citizenship by Investment Programme may take advantage of the following:

  • Unique Accelerated Application Process (AAP) - click here for detailed info
  • No physical residency requirements
  • No requirement to travel to St. Kitts & Nevis during the application process
  • No interview, education or managerial experience required
  • No language requirements
  • Dependent children under 30 and dependent parents or grandparents over 55 can join
  • No tax on worldwide income
  • St. Kitts & Nevis recognizes dual citizenship, so investors can still benefit from their current passports.



St. Kitts

  • St. Kitts & Nevis offers the most visa-free or visa-on-arrival countries, with a list of over 150 countries. These are listed on the Ministry of National Security website. St. Kitts & Nevis citizens can travel without visa restrictions to more than 156 countries, including Schengen member states, the U.K., Hong Kong, Singapore and more.
  • Initial passport is issued for ten (10) years, unlike the usual five (5) year validity period of other passports.
  • St. Kitts and Nevis citizenship can be passed on to future generations. Even if the applicant does not plan to reside or do business in the country of his/her second nationality, the next generation can benefit from the greater wealth opportunities offered by St. Kitts and Nevis’ consistently growing GDP.
  • St. Kitts & Nevis is a low tax jurisdiction. St. Kitts and Nevis has a zero-rated personal income tax, no inheritance tax or gift tax.


St. Kitts & Nevis offers two tracks for citizenship by investment:

1. Sustainable Growth Fund

In April 2018, Saint Kitts & Nevis launched a new permanent investment fund to replace the temporary Hurricane Relief Fund set up to address the devastation caused by the 2017 hurricanes in the Caribbean. The new Sustainable Growth Fund is open for donations with the following thresholds:

  • US$150,000: Single applicant
  • US$25,000: Spouse
  • US$10,000: Per additional dependent

In addition to the above, the due diligence fees are as follows:

  • US$7,500: Due diligence of main applicant
  • US$4,000: Due diligence per dependent over 16
  • US$4,000: Due diligence for financial sponsor.


2. Real Estate Investments

St. Kitts

Option A: Five-Year Hold Period

Applicants may purchase government-approved property valued at a minimum of US$400,000, or purchase shares valued at the same minimum amount in a real estate development. The investment must be maintained for a minimum of five years.

Option B: Seven-Year Hold Period

Applicants can make an investment of US$200,000 in a government-approved luxury resort. The investment must be maintained for a minimum of seven years.
Investors are required to pay additional applicable taxes and fees.



St. Kitts

The Accelerated Application Process (AAP) approved by the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis in October 2016 allows applications with the Citizenship by Investment Program to be accelerated to a 60 day processing period.
Interested persons applying utilizing the AAP will still be required to meet all mandatory criteria and submit the necessary supporting documents to apply for citizenship by investment.

Applications will be given an accelerated treatment from the Citizenship by Investment Unit, Due Diligence Providers and the St. Kitts and Nevis Passport Office. As a bonus this process also includes the application and processing of the St. Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis passport.

Provided the due diligence process does not reveal any delaying issues, the application process is guaranteed to be completed within 60 days. Often the process is completed in 45 days or less. (Note: GLI's latest AAP application was completed in less than 40 days from the date when the CIU issued the confirmation letter - typically the confirmation letter for AAP arrives within one week after submission.)

AAP Process Fees (inclusive of Due Diligence Fees)

  • Main Applicant: US$25,000.00
  • US$20,000.00 per dependent 16 years and older
  • US$500 per dependent younger than 16 years

(Disclaimer: Owing to the extended turn-around time of third party due diligence contributor’s applicants from the following countries will not be eligible for the AAP:

  • Republic of Iraq
  • Republic of Yemen
  • Federal Republic of Nigeria)

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