Citizenship & Passport Programme
St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
St. Kitts/Nevis is a beautiful, English speaking, democratic, tax free, two island country, situated in the Leeward Islands of the Eastern Caribbean.
The country has a history of stability, and boasts an infrastructure that includes good roads, good communications, and an ample supply of water, and electricity.
Since 1984, in what has proven to be a successful incentive to attract investment, the Government has offered an Economic Citizenship and Passport Program.
While such attempts made in other countries have been the subject of criticism, because the St. Kitts/Nevis program was structured upon sound principles, it has endured, and is now one of the oldest, and most highly regarded in the world today.
Section 3 (5) of the Citizenship Act provides for persons to be registered as citizens providing the Cabinet is satisfied that such persons have made a substantial investment in the country. In order to qualify, for St. Kitts/Nevis citizenship, the applicant invests in a real estate development approved by the government, usually a condominium.
St. Kitts/Nevis is a desirable place in which to own real estate, and the real estate developments approved under the citizenship program are well established. Because of the high standards maintained, St. Kitts/Nevis economic citizenship is respected in the global community, and the holder of a St. Kitts/Nevis Passport can enjoy visa-free travel to over 70 countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Hong Kong, etc.
For the individual, or family, desirous of obtaining an alternate citizenship, the St. Kitts/Nevis 'Citizenship-by-Investment' Programme, is worth serious consideration.
About St. Kitts & Nevis
St Kitts & Nevis is former British Colony, now an independent, English speaking island state situated in the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean. The Federation is made up of two islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, separated by a channel two miles wide. It is a member of the British Commonwealth, the United Nations, the OAS, and CARICOM.
St. Kitts & Nevis has a pleasant climate, particularly during the cool months from December to March. Humidity is relatively low, and constant northeast trade winds keep the islands cool.
St. Kitts is 23 miles long and 5 miles across, at widest point, and encompasses an area of 68 square miles. Nevis, the smaller island, lies to the south and is approximately 7 miles in diameter, covering a total of 36 square miles. The two islands support a population of about 45,000, of which about 9,000 live on the island of Nevis. Like no other islands in the Caribbean except Dominica, and Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis embody a kind of lush tropical paradise usually associated with the South Pacific. The atmosphere here is a blend of sunlight, sea air and abundant vegetation. At the center of St. Kitts stands the spectacular, cloud-fringed peak of Mount Liamuiga (pronounced Lee-a-mweega), a dormant volcano covered by dense tropical forest.
St. Kitts & Nevis offers good opportunities for investors and manufacturers. The workforce is well-educated, English speaking and friendly. Other advantages include tax breaks of up to 15 years, repatriation of profits and the possibility of tax-free entry of produced goods into the US market. Substantial European import benefits also apply.
Advantages of Citizenship
- Visa free travel to all EU schengen countries including Switzerland, Canada, UK and Ireland
- No residency or visit to St Kitts needed
- Tax free – no income or wealth tax.
- Lifetime citizenship
- Easy second passport and citizenship for your family members.
- Extra Privacy in small peaceful country.
- Dual citizenship benefits.
- Choice of Real estate investment.
- No Personal visit required
There are two means of obtaining Economic Citizenship by Investment. The applicant may either;
- purchase property in the sum of U.S$400,000.00 or more in one of the prescribed developments plus payment of various registration and other fees . Additional fees apply for any accompanying family members (see below) or
- make a non refundable charity donation of minimum U.S$ 250,000 to the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) + payment of processing fees. Additional fees apply for accompanying family members (see below)
If an Applicant is interested in contributing to the Sugar Industry Diversification Fund, then the required investment is as follows:
- For a single applicant U.S$200,000
- For an Applicant with up to three family members, that is a spouse and two (2) children under the age of 18 years, U.S$250,000
- For an Applicant with up to five family members U.S$300,000, and
- For an Applicant with six or more family members U.S$400,000.
- Government Fee: $50,000 per person
- Due diligence fee: $7500 per person
- Agent fee: refer to fee schedule
- Passport fee: $350 per person
Application Documents Required
- Investment Confirmation / Escrow Agreement (Form C4-S or C4-R) and confirmation of funds having been wired to an escrow account. Also, in the case of Form C4-R, a copy of the executed real-estate contract.
- One original bank reference letter issued by an internationally recognized bank, not older than 6 months.
- One original professional reference (e.g. from an attorney, notary public, chartered accountant or other professional of similar standing), not older than 6 months.
Dependents, Spouse and Children
- Photograph and Signature Certificate (Form C2).
- Medical Certificate (Form C3) including original results of an HIV test (an HIV test is required for all persons applying for citizenship, including children). The HIV test results must be not older than 3 months.
- Certified copy of your current passport(s) showing name, photo, citizenship/nationality, date and place of issue, expiry date, passport number and issuing country.
- Certified copy of your current national identity card(s).
- Six original passport-size photos of yourself taken within the past 6 months.
- Original excerpt of full birth record or certified copy of full birth certificate (i.e. a birth document that also includes your parent’s details, or a household register, family book etc.).
- Original police clearance certificate(s) from country of citizenship (unless you can provide satisfactory evidence that you have never lived there) and from any country where you have lived more than 1 year over the past 12 years.
Police certificates must be less than six months old at the time you lodge your application.
(i) Original excerpt of marriage record or certified copy of marriage certificate(s) (if applicable).
(ii) Certified copy of divorce document(s) (if applicable).