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St. Kitts and Nevis

Citizenship by Investment

Situated in the Leeward Islands chain of the Lesser Antilles and once known as, “The gateway to the Caribbean”, St. Kitts is now known as the “Island of a thousand treasures”. This Caribbean island prides itself in its dynamic culture, black sand beaches, lush mountains and warm waters. The name Nevis on the other hand is derived from a saying meaning, “Our Lady of the Snows”. This serene island prides itself in being an unspoiled and peaceful piece of paradise, with extraordinary long sandy beaches and clear blue skies. The nation of St. Kitts and Nevis is considered one of the most beautiful and luxurious places in the Caribbean with convenient international travel and direct flights from Europe and the U.S.

The St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program

The Citizenship by Investment program is designed to attract Foreign Direct Investment and to promote the economy and values of the country. The Program provides an avenue for Applicants and their families to obtain citizenship.

Ways of Acquiring Citizenship

Applicants have two investment options to obtain citizenship. The investment options include:

A non-refundable payment into the Sustainable Growth Fund in the amount of:

  • USD $150,000 for a single Applicant;
  • USD $175,999 for the Principal Applicant and Spouse; or
  • USD $195,000 for the Principal Applicant and up to three (3) dependents.

A payment of USD $10,000 is required for any additional dependents, regardless of age.

Payment of USD $200,000 (resalable after seven (7) years) or USD $400,000 (resalable after five (5) years) towards a pre-approved real estate project in St. Kitts and Nevis.

St. Kitts and Nevis Passport

Holders of the St. Kitts and Nevis passport enjoy visa free travel to approximately 152 international and Commonwealth countries. These include the United Kingdom and all other members of the European Union, and important business hubs such as Singapore and Hong Kong.

Validity of the Passport

Adult passports are valid for ten (10) years while passports for minor children are valid for five (5) years and renewable afterwards at any St. Kitts and Nevis Consulate or directly through the St. Kitts and Nevis Passport and Immigration Office.

Benefits of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Citizenship by Investment Program

  • Visa free access to more than 150 countries including the UK, Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore and many more.
  • Economically, legally and socially stable country.
  • Dual citizenship is allowed and can be passed on to future generations.
  • No tax on worldwide income, no estate tax, no death tax and no inheritance or capital gains tax.
  • No restriction on the repatriation of profits and capital.
  • Offshore bank accounts, investments and companies give unique opportunities for business and tax planning.
  • No interview, education or management experience required.
  • Expedited application processing is available.
  • No requirement to visit or reside in St. Kitts and Nevis before or after citizenship is granted.
  • Well-known, stable and established investment environment.
  • The application process is confidential, with no disclosure or exchange of information with other governments or bodies, except when due diligence checks are carried out as part of the application process.
  • St. Kitts and Nevis offers its citizens social and political security, reinforced by its membership in the United Nations and the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • Full exemption from import duties, tax relief benefits, and export allowance.

Program Requirements

To be eligible to apply, the Principal Applicant must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Be in good health;
  • Have enough funds to make the required investment and be able to prove that the funds were obtained lawfully.

Applications will be denied on the following grounds:

  • Direct or indirect misrepresentation;
  • If the Applicant has a criminal record.

Application Processing Time

Decisions can be rendered in as little as 45 days through the accelerated application process. Decisions for regular processing are rendered within four (4) months on most applications as long as the due diligence report is satisfactory to the Citizenship by Investment Committee. Upon approval, Applicants have 30 days to make the investment into the Sustainable Growth Fund or finalize the real estate transaction. Upon receipt of the investment or confirmation of real estate purchase, passports are issued within two (2) weeks.

Accelerated application processing is available for an extra fee to all Applicants except Applicants from the following countries:

  • Republic of Iran;
  • Republic of Yemen; and
  • Federal Republic of Nigeria.

International Organization Membership

Antigua & Barbuda is a member of the following international organizations:

  • The Caribbean Development Bank;
  • The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States;
  • The Caribbean Community (CARICOM);
  • The United Nations;
  • The Commonwealth of Nations;
  • The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development;
  • The World Intellectual Property Organization;
  • The World Bank;
  • The International Monetary Fund;
  • The Organization of American States;
  • The Eastern Caribbean Regional Security System.
  • The World Trade Organization;
  • The World Health Organization; and
  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Population

55,345 (2017)

GNI per Capita

$16,240 US (2017)

Official Languages

English (Official)

Currency

Eastern Caribbean Dollars. 1 XCD = 2.70 USD

Capital

Basseterre

Temperature

Average all year round of 22°C – 31°C

Major Religion

Christianity

Government

Constitutional monarchy

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