The tiny Caribbean nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis offers one of the oldest citizenship by investment programs. Established in 1984, it allows you to obtain citizenship through a donation to the country’s Sustainable Growth Fund or by purchasing approved real estate. The minimum investment required is US$150,000.
A Saint Kitts and Nevis passport provides visa-free travel to 158 countries and territories, including Russia, UK, Ireland and Europe’s Schengen area. As a citizen, you will also have access to tax incentives like no wealth, gift, inheritance, foreign income or capital gains tax.
The tropical island setting, and laid-back lifestyle are an appealing bonus. You’ll find secluded beaches, rainforests, and the chance to connect with nature.
The minimum processing time for St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship is 4-6 months.
With an average temperature of 82 F, the climate in Saint Kitts and Nevis is warm all year round. The dry season runs from January to April and the rainy or “green” season is from May to December. The lush, mountainous islands receive plenty of rainfall, especially at higher elevations, helping the rainforests and vegetation thrive. Sea breezes provide natural cooling and relief from the heat.
The twin-island nation has a rich culture influenced by African, British, and French colonists. The national language of Saint Kitts and Nevis is English. You’ll find a vibrant music scene, local cuisine featuring fresh seafood and tropical fruits, and annual festivals celebrating local traditions. Cricket is their national sports. By gaining citizenship, you’ll have easy access to experience all the culture and natural beauty these islands have to offer.
The island uses the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD) as its currency. Saint Kitts and Nevis has a stable market-based economy focused primarily on tourism. The government has also invested in developing other sectors like agriculture, light manufacturing, and financial services. With one of the highest GDP in the Caribbean, Saint Kitts and Nevis offers both economic security and opportunity.
Obtaining citizenship in Saint Kitts and Nevis comes with many benefits. As a citizen, you will have access to a long list of perks that improve your freedom to travel and quality of life.
You can obtain citizenship in as little as 4-6 months. Saint Kitts and Nevis has one of the fastest processing times in the Caribbean. The processing time refers to the duration it takes for the authorities to review and evaluate the application and decide.
You can obtain citizenship for your spouse, unmarried children under 30 years old, less than 30 years old unmarried and childless Brother or Sister and parents or grandparents over 55 years old and fully dependent on the investor or investor’s spouse.
Saint Kitts and Nevis does not impose any income, wealth, inheritance, capital gains or corporate tax on citizens. You only need to visit once every 5 years to maintain your citizenship.
As a citizen, you have visa-free access to over 158 countries and territories, including the UK, EU, Singapore, and Hong Kong. This allows you to travel freely for both business and pleasure.
To apply for for St kitts and Nevis citizenship by Investment program, applicant must fulfill one of the following investment options with some other requirements.
To qualify for citizenship through the Sustainable Growth Fund donation option, you’ll contribute at least US$125,000 to the foundation. For main applicant and spouse, it rises to US$150,000. You will pay US$170,000 for main applicant, spouse and two dependents.
For each additional dependent under 18 years old, an amount of US$10,000 should be added. As for dependents over 18, an additional US$25,000 should be included.
The real estate investment path requires an investment of at least US$200,000 in one of the approved developments. The investment must be held for at least 7 years. If real estate investment amount rises to US$400,000. It should be held for at least 5 years.
Acquire a private residence valued at a minimum of US$400,000. You will be required to make payments of US$25,000 for government fees. If main applicant’s spouse is added in the application than government fees will be US$40,000 in total.
When it comes to citizenship by investment in Saint Kitts and Nevis, the program allows several categories of applicants:
As the main applicant, you must be at least 18 years old and meet the investment requirements. You must also be in excellent health condition and show a clean criminal record. You must also provide a legitimate income source and clear all the legal due diligence.
Your legally married spouse can be included in your citizenship application. They will receive full citizenship and a passport just like main applicant. But spouse should be of legal age over 18 years, with no criminal record and no underlying health issues.
In this context, a ‘child’ refers to a biological or legally adopted child.
Children under 18:
Children under the age of 18 living at home of the main applicant or their spouse are eligible.
Unmarried Children between 18 and 25:
children between the ages of 18 and 25 can be included if they are attending a recognized higher education institution on a full-time basis after turning 18 and if the main applicant fully financially supports them. These provisions provide opportunities for both younger and older children to be considered under the program.
If your parents are over 55 years old and financially dependent on you, they may also qualify to be included in your citizenship application. They will have the same rights and benefits as the other family members gaining citizenship.
Sibling of the main applicant (or spouse) who is under the age of 30, unmarried, and without children.
Client onboarding at Caribbean Islands Immigration Services starts with Form 1 for initial due diligence. After a successful screening, we provide a Client Agreement (CA) for your review and signature. Once the agreement and payment are received, our legal team handles government forms and documents.
For property investments, you sign an agreement with the developer, and we communicate with them and the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) on your behalf.
Application review and submission involve a thorough assessment of your documents to ensure compliance with the CIU requirements. Our legal team conducts a comprehensive review before submitting the necessary forms.
The CIU performs its own due diligence and examines all the paperwork. We maintain close collaboration with them to facilitate a timely and efficient processing of your application.
Once the CIU evaluates and approves your application, you will be required to fulfill all necessary contributions and government fees. Upon completing these payments, the CIU will issue Certificates of Naturalization, followed by the issuance of your passports.
The citizenship by investment process in Saint Kitts and Nevis typically takes between 4 to 6 months to complete, the fastest in Caribbean. However, the exact time frame can vary depending on several factors like additional documents required by CIU for due diligence.
No, you are not required to travel to Saint Kitts and Nevis during the citizenship by investment application process. The entire application can be completed remotely with the help of an authorized agent.
In order to meet the minimum investment requirement for your application, you must contribute to the country’s economy through sustainable growth funds. The minimum investment is US$125,000.
With your Saint Kitts and Nevis passport, you will have the privilege of visa-free travel to 158 countries and jurisdictions, including popular destinations such as the European Schengen Area, the UK, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Saint Kitts and Nevis is well known for tourism and it’s completely safe for travelers and residents.
After gaining citizenship your passport will be valid for 10 years and can be renewed after it’s expiry.
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