Why Consider the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship Programme?
The beautiful, verdant two-island state of St Kitts and Nevis is located in the Eastern Caribbean, to the West of Antigua and the South of Anguilla.
A modern nation, rich in history
Formerly a British colony, St Kitts and Nevis gained its independence in 1983, but has chosen to maintain links with its colonial past by keeping Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. The islands cover 261 sq. km, and the population of just over 54,000 enjoys a high standard of living in a federal parliamentary democracy.
Tourism is the nation's economic mainstay, attracting more than 600,000 visitors every year and contributing to most of the US $1.5 billion annual income.
St Kitts and Nevis is a signatory to the Double Taxation Relief (CARICOM) Treaty 1994 and has implemented measures to ensure compliance with the US FATCA regime.
The government offers an accelerated St Kitts and Nevis citizenship application process, which reduces the processing period to 60 days or less – making it the fastest programme in the Caribbean.
St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship Requirements
To apply for the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship-by-Investment programme, applicants must fulfil ONE of the following two investment options:
Applicants can donate to the Sustainable Growth Fund, with the following thresholds:
- Single applicant: US$150,000.
- Family of four members: US$190,000.
- Additional dependants: US$10,000 per person.
Purchase a property from a government real estate project for at least:
- US$200,000 (with a minimum holding period of seven years) for a minimum of two applicants.
- US$400,000 (with a minimum holding period of five years) for one applicant.
Additional Government processing fees are:
- US$35,047 for the main applicant.
- US$20,047 for a spouse.
- US$10,047 per qualified dependent.
There are also closing costs, which vary depending on the development.
Investment into a privately-funded privately-owned development (Private Enterprise Developer) or privately funded state-owned (Public Good Project Developer) option for at least:
- US$175,000 for families up to four
For both the contribution and property options, additional due diligence fees apply:
- US$7,500 for the main applicant.
- US$4,000 per dependent over the age of 16.
- Be of outstanding character.
- Hold no criminal record.
- Have excellent health.
A fast-track option is available for an additional fee.
To find out more about the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship programme, visit the official government website.
St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship Application Process
St Kitt and Nevis citizenship application process begins with initial due diligence.
Sign client agreement, complete government forms and provide supporting documentation.
If purchasing real estate, sign an agreement with the developer.
Application documents reviewed and amended.
Government process application and complete due diligence.
On approval, government fees are paid, and necessary contributions made.
Passports are issued.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the main St Kitts and Nevis citizenship benefits?
Other than the stunning location itself, there are many other benefits to having St Kitts and Nevis citizenship. Firstly, you will have the ability to travel visa-free to 157 countries, including the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and many more. There are no physical residency requirements, meaning that you can enjoy the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship benefits without having to pass language tests, or relocate. In addition, St Kitts and Nevis recognises dual citizenship, which can prove beneficial to those who are applying for tax reasons.
Who can apply for the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship-by-investment programme?
In order to apply for the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship programme, you must be over the age of 18, with a clean criminal record, a stable income and be in good health.
What is the minimum investment requirement?
To be successful in your St Kitts and Nevis citizenship application you are required to contribute to the country’s economy, which can be done in a number of ways:
Donation: the minimum donation for a single applicant is US$150,000, this sum increases as additional spouses or dependents are added.
Purchasing property: property purchases from a government real estate project at a minimum value of $200,000 (minimum holding period of seven years applies) with a minimum of two applicants.
There is also the option to lessen the holding period to five years for one applicant, however, this will increase the investment to US$400,000.
Alternative Investment Option: investment into a privately-funded privately-owned development (Private Enterprise Developer) or privately funded state-owned (Public Good Project Developer) option for US$175,000.
Am I required to permanently reside there for my St Kitts and Nevis citizenship application to be successful?
No, applicants are not required to have a permanent residence in St Kitts in order for your application to be successful. In fact, you aren’t even required to visit the country, as the citizenship application process can be done entirely remotely.
How many visa-free countries will I be able to travel to?
One of the many St Kitts and Nevis citizenship benefits is the list of visa-free countries you can freely travel to. In total there are 157 countries and jurisdictions, including the European Schengen Area, UK, Hong Kong and Singapore, among many more.
How long will my St Kitts and Nevis passport be valid for?
Should your application for St Kitts and Nevis citizenship be successful, your passport will be valid for 10 years, and can be renewed every 10 years indefinitely.
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