The Citizenship Act (Part II, Section 3 ) of 1984 established the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship-by-Investment Program, the first of its kind. Home to the first British and French colonies in the West Indies, St Kitts and Nevis bears the moniker “Mother Colony of the Caribbean”.
A member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Double Taxation Relief Treaty and the Schengen Agreement, St Kitts & Nevis has been an independent state since 1983.
Prospective citizens of St Kitts and Nevis may acquire citizenship either through a cash contribution or an investment in approved real estate.
The Saint Kitts and Nevis’ Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) has a government mandate to enhance and diversify the domestic economy.
Principal applicants applying alone must contribute a non-refundable sum of US$250,000, principal applicants applying with up to three dependants US$300,000 and an additional US$25,000 for every dependant beyond the first three.
Additionally, due diligence and processing fees apply and amount to US$7,500 for the main applicant and US$4,000 for each dependent above the age of 16.
Investors may also choose to obtain Citizenship-by-Investment to St Kitts and Nevis by acquiring government approved real estate worth no less than US$400,000 in a government-approved property.
Additionally, due diligence and processing fees apply and amount to US$7,500 for the main applicant and US$4,000 for each dependant above the age of 16.
Under the program’s real estate option, additional government fees apply and amount to US$50,000 for the main applicant, US$25,000 for a spouse, US$25,000 for minor dependants and US$50,000 for adult dependants.
The Application Process
The St Kitts and Nevis citizenship application process follows the below steps:
The authorized agent submits the application for citizenship, all supporting documentation as well as the processing and due diligence fees on behalf of the applicant.
The Saint Kitts and Nevis Citizenship-by-Investment Unit processes the application and typically renders a decision within three months.
Successful applicants will receive an Approval in Principle along with a request to finalize the investment and to pay remaining government fees.
Once the client has completed the investment and paid all fees in full, the government issues a Certificate of Naturalization.
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