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Saint Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment

Introduced in 1984, Saint Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment scheme offers investors and business personnel an opportunity to travel visa-free to more than half the world. Applicants are not required to reside within the country to apply, and the entire process can be fast-tracked in under two months if necessary. Citizenship hopefuls can pursue two different investment options to become a St Kitts national and acquire their passport. Through our office in St. Kitts, PassPro has helped several foreign nationals attain citizenship from the country through the citizenship-by-investment program. With a team that mostly hails from the Caribbean, we've got the experience and expertise to help our clients in their secondary passport needs. Talk with our consultants by dialing +971-56-416-6426 or drop us a line on info@passpro.co.

Country Profile

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Population

55,500

Currency

East Caribbean dollars (XCD), tied to USD

Time Zone

UTC-4

Officially termed as the “Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis,” St Kitts and Nevis is a small sovereign island nation located in the West Indies. From cloud-shrouded mountains to pristine sandy shores, this twin-island nation is the perfect get-away destination to enrich your body and mind. The Citizenship by Investment program offered by the country is the oldest and the most popular among all the other Caribbean CBI programs. Similar to other Caribbean countries, the economy of St Kitts is mostly dependent on the service sector as it makes up more than 70% of its GDP. St Kitts follows a federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy with the Queen of the Commonwealth acting as its head of the state. The country is participating member of numerous global organizations such as the CARICOM, OAS, UN, and the OECS.

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Legal Basis

St Kitts and Nevis was the first Caribbean country to introduce citizenship by investment program to help foreigners obtain a passport from the country. The laws and regulations relating to St Kitts and Nevis economic citizenship program are listed in Part II, Section 3(5) of the Citizenship Act, 1984, and the Citizenship-by-Investment Regulations, 2011. These provisions, along with ensuing amendments, have enabled the government to grant citizenship to those individuals who qualify under the set criterions.

General Requirements to Obtain a St Kitts Passport

Saint Kitts and Nevis investor immigration program does not require the applicant to speak the country’s official language nor study its history. Mentioned below are some of the general criterions that applicants must fulfill before application:

  • The Applicant should not have any criminal records against his/her name.
  • Should be willing to undergo Due Diligence check.
  • Must be able to attest to the legitimate nature of their investment source.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Should be of good health.

Dependents who can acquire a St. Kitts and Nevis passport along with the principal applicant:

  • Spouse.
  • Children under the age of 18.
  • Adult children under the age of 30.
  • Parents of the main applicant who are above 55 years of age.

Timeline

It can take anywhere between 3-6 months to complete the St Kitts Citizenship by Investment application and obtain a passport from the country.

Month 01

  • Signing the contract with PassPro.
  • Prequalification checks on the applicant.
  • Preparation of all the necessary paperwork with the help of an in-house lawyer.
  • Reservation of property within St. Kitts or payment of due diligence and applicable fees.

Month 02-03

  • Submission of the application to the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), the governing body of the country’s CBI program.
  • Completion of the due diligence checks.
  • Approval of the application.

Month 04-05

  • The necessary government donation or real investment is to be made as per the program requirements.
  • Applicant along with the dependents are provided with a Citizenship certificate and passport.

Month 06

  • All the final payments are to be cleared once the passport is delivered.

St Kitts and Nevis Investment Options

Contribution to Sustainable Growth Fund*

Single Applicant

$183 150

Family of 4 (Main applicant + Spouse + 2 Children under 12 yrs)

$239 100

Real Estate Investment*

Single Applicant

$288 150

Family of 4 (Main applicant + Spouse + 2 Children under 12 yrs)

$339 100

Investors can acquire a passport from the country through three different investment routes.

SIDF = The sugar industry diversification fund was set up by the government as a non-profit foundation to help support former sugar workers in the country and to help improve the industry. A single applicant is required to make a non-refundable donation of USD 250,000 to the SIDF. For a family of up to three members, the required contribution is USD 300,000.

SGF = The sustainable growth fund was an initiative by the government to energize economic growth and strengthen all the industries within the country. A single applicant is required only to contribute USD 150,000 to the fund while for a family of up to four members, the required contribution is USD 195,000.

Real Estate = The applicant must make a real estate investment worth at least USD 400,000 with a government-approved property developer. Only properties such as villas and condominium units are considered under this program, and these can be re-sold after five years. Additional purchase and government fees are applicable based on the number of dependents.

*Since 1st January 2017 only government-authorized agents are authorized to promote the Nevis citizenship program. PassPro is an approved agent with the government of Saint Kitts & Nevis who can streamline the entire process quickly and cost-effectively.

Benefits of Acquiring a Second St Kitts Passport by Investment

With a St. Kitts and Nevis passport one can reside and work in any of the CARICOM members without any restrictions. Listed are some of the other advantages that come with a St Kitts and Nevis passport:

  • Travel visa-free or gain visa-on-arrival access to 150 countries across the world.
  • Neither personal tax nor global income tax is levied from its non-residents.
  • The country is well-connected to major business hubs across the globe with direct flights from the UK and the USA.
  • St Kitts is home to several higher educational facilities of international standard.
  • The St. Kitts citizenship can be passed onto children who are born after gaining citizenship from the country for free.
  • Nevis does not place any restrictions on holding Dual Citizenship.
  • St Kitts citizenship does not have any residency requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions – Saint Kitts and Nevis

Do I need to submit a separate St Kitts Citizenship by Investment application for each family member?

No, this is not necessary. Spouses and dependent children up to 30 years can be included within the same application. You can also include your dependent parents and grandparents who are 55 years and above and all eligible dependents who apply can legally obtain a St Kitts citizenship by investment and a St Kitts passport.

What makes investing in a St Kitts second citizenship legal?

What makes the St Kitts citizenship by investment program legal is the presence of a Constitutional Act that prescribes how an individual can acquire citizenship through investment, and ensures the citizenship granted is for life – meaning no one can revoke your St Kitts & Nevis citizenship or your St Kitts passport even if government changes in the future.
The country’s Constitutional Act explains exactly how the applicant can invest in the St Kitts citizenship by investment. Most of the Caribbean programs require the investor to apply through an authorized agent and invest in government funds or approved real estate projects, business ventures or government bonds. The applicant also has to undergo a due diligence check and prove that he has clean a source of funds.

How can I be sure of my investment in St Kitts and Nevis real estate?

Investments can only be made in a Government Approved Real Estate Project. At PassPro we regularly visit the island and vet projects first-hand so that we can give you sound and current advice on the best projects and reputable developers. We will help check the contracts on your behalf, pick the best units that can be rented or sold after the holding period and negotiate the best package for your needs.

After I obtain my St Kitts and Nevis passport, what resources will be available to me for next steps?

Acquiring a second citizenship is not a transaction, we believe it is a lifelong relationship. Our ‘My PassPro’ portal is your online portal for enjoying life as a citizen of a new country. Just sign in and receive access to a host of special services including visa updates for Dominica, consular guidance, assistance opening bank accounts and lots more.

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