What advantages does citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis bring?

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Time-honored security

St Kitts and Nevis launched its citizenship-by-investment program back in 1984 and this makes it the oldest such program on the planet. It has also been the most successful citizenship-by-investment program in comparison to other countries.

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Passports for the whole family
within 60 days

A foreign family can obtain St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment within sixty days from the moment when the application is submitted to the authorities. In special cases, the application processing period can be as short as 45 days.

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Travelling
made easy

The passport of St Kitts and Nevis gives visa-free access to all Schengen zone states, Great Britain, the Russian Federation as well as many other destinations. At the moment, the passport holder can enter more than 150 territories without visas.

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Banking privacy and
low taxes

There is no personal income tax, nor wealth tax, nor inheritance tax in St Kitts and Nevis. Banking privacy in enshrined in the law.

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Passive income
opportunities

A foreigner can obtain citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis by investing in property or businesses in the Federation. The investor can live in the property or rent it out generating income. The property can be sold after 5 or 7 years (depending on the investment amount) while citizenship is retained for life and passed to future generations.

  • Visa-free
  • Visa-on-arrival
  • Electronic visa
  • Standard visa
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WHAT INVESTMENT IS REQUIRED TO QUALIFY
FOR CITIZENSHIP OF ST KITTS AND NEVIS?

Anyone seeking St Kitts and Nevis citizenship must use the services of a government-licensed immigration agent. You cannot apply for citizenship of the country directly. There are two investment options: A non-returnable donation to the Sustainable Growth Fund, or a recoverable investment into property or local business. The required donation and investment amounts are given below (please note that administrative and application processing costs have to be added to the amounts):

Sustainable Island State Contribution

A Sustainable Island State Contribution (SISC) of US$ 250,000 is an economical way of acquiring citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis for a single person. If family members are added to the application, the price is going to be higher. For example, a family of four will have to contribute доплаты. US$ 350,000.

Purchase of Government-approved real property

The required investment amount is US$ 400,000. The property can be rented out and resold after seven years.

Public Good Investment Option

The Public Good Investment Option (PGIO) is beneficial for large families. The required donation amount is US$ 250,000 and the additional costs are low.

Purchase of any real property in St Kitts and Nevis

The Approved Private Home (APH) program allows purchasing an apartment in a condominium for US$ 40,000 or a single-family home for US$ 800,000 thus qualifying for citizenship of the country. The property can be resold after 7 years.

St Kitts and Nevis is the only country in the Caribbean region that offers the possibility to expedite citizenship for an additional fee. Under the AAP (Accelerated Application Processing) opportunity, government guarantees that the application will be processed within 60 days. To make use of the AAP the following additional fees apply:

  • Main applicant: US$ 42,500;
  • Main applicant’s spouse: US$ 32,500;
  • Dependent family members under 18: US$ 22,500;
  • Dependent family members over 18: US$ 37,500.

Would you like a free, no-obligation quotation for obtaining citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis or other jurisdictions? Please apply for a free consultation via Zoom with a government licensed immigration agent today!

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What procedures are involved in obtaining
citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis by investment?

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1

Sign the agreement with the immigration agent

(required period: 1 day)

You can meet with the agent to sign the agreement or you can do it from home. All that is required to make the agreement is a clear photo of your passport. If you would like to make a family application for citizenship, all family members’ passport copies will be needed.

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Prepare the application documents

(required period: 1 to 9 weeks)

All the application documents for St Kitts and Nevis citizenship have to be translated into English if necessary, and apostilled. You can use our lawyer’s advice if you need assistance with preparing the documentation. Please be warned that it is not a simple process, but with professional assistance it is definitely achievable. A medical check-up and health certificate from your country of residence will also be needed.

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Application is processed by the immigration authorities of St Kitts and Nevis

(required period: 1.5 to 4 months)

The licensed immigration agent submits the application documents to the St Kitts and Nevis Government on your behalf. Your personal presence is not required at this. The immigration authorities will process the application and make a decision.

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Make the investment and acquire the naturalization certificate and the passport of St Kitts and Nevis

(required period: from 1 week)

If the Government decision is positive (approval) , congratulations! You wil need to complete the agreed investment. After that, the naturalization certificate and the passport of St Kitts and Nevis will be issued to you.

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Other things that you need to know when applying for
citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis.

For what period does the passport of St Kitts and Nevis remain valid?

The passports issued to new citizens above 16 years of age are valid for 10 years. The passports issued to applicants below 16 years of age are valid for 5 years.

What documents have to be submitted to acquire citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis by Investment?

The following documents are required:

  • A medical examination certificate and test containing HIV test results (not more than 3 months old).
  • Notarized and apostilled copies of the applicants’ foreign passports (This requirement holds for all applicant family members who hold foreign passports.)
  • Notarized and apostilled copies of the applicants’ national ID cards, driver's licenses or domestic passports and their notarized translations if necessary. (This requirement holds for all applicant family members who hold such documents.)
  • A digital photograph 3.5 by 4.5 centimeters in size (applies to all family members).
  • Notarized and apostilled copies of the applicants’ birth certificates and their notarized translations if necessary. (This applies to all applicant family members.)
  • Notarized and apostilled copies of the military service cards and their translations if necessary. (This applies to all family members who have done military service.)
  • The originals of clean criminal records from every country that the applicants are citizens of, and every country that they have resided in for more than one year over the last ten years, with notarized and apostilled translations. (This applies to all family members who are above 16 years of age.)
  • A Letter of Reference or Recommendation from the bank
  • A professional recommendation from the main applicant’s employer. In case the applicant is self-employed, a letter of recommendation from a lawyer, a business partner, or an auditor (this requirement applies to main applicants only).
  • A proof of address such as a utility bill carrying the investor’s name and the residential address (this requirement applies to investors only).
  • A notarized and apostilled copy of the marriage license or the divorce certificate and their notarized translations if necessary.
  • Notarized and apostilled copies of university diplomas (this requirement applies to the investor and his/ her spouse only).
  • A bank statement for the last twelve months carrying a bank stamp and accompanied by a notarized translation if necessary (this requirement applies to the investor only).
  • If the applicant is the owner of a business and it is the source of the capital that is invested in acquiring citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis, the company Registration Certificate and/or the extract from the Company Registry, together with audited accounts. These documents have to be translated into English if necessary.
  • If children between 18 and 30 years of age are included in the application for citizenship, a document confirming that they are full time students. In addition, an affidavit confirming that the child(ren) is/ are fully financially dependent on the main applicant is required.
Do you have to reside in St Kitts and Nevis to become a full citizen of the country?

This is not required. The citizenship program does not oblige the applicants to live in St Kitts and Nevis in order to be considered citizens of the country. You do not even have to visit the country to submit the application for citizenship nor to obtain the passport, although of course it is recommended to visit your new country. You can arrange to collect the naturalization certificate and the passport from the immigration agent whose services you use or have it sent by courier. At the same time, citizens of St Kitts and Nevis naturally have the right to live and work in the country for as long as they desire.

For what reasons can the application for St Kitts and Nevis citizenship be rejected?

If the applicant has had a prison sentence or has been involved in a legal case, the application may be rejected. If the applicant fails to pass the national security checks, the application will be rejected.. If it is discovered that the applicant has provided false or incomplete information or been less than fully transparent when submitting the application documents, the application will be automatically rejected.

If the applicant has been denied a visa to one of the countries that St Kitts and Nevis has visa-free arrangements with, he or she will not be able to acquire citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis until they remedy this situation acquire a visa to the country that has denied it before. (This applies principally to EU countries and UK).

What if I don't have all these documents?

Sometimes the document requirements can be overwhelming. Whilst there is little flexibility, the good news is that each application is reviewed by the government on its merits, with an open mind. If your situation is complicated, an experienced immigration lawyer like the ones we recommend can review your case in detail. Often there might be a way to submit an alternative document that you might not have thought of, or a sworn affidavit explaining the impossibility of obtaining a certain document. There is also an appeals process. Don't give up before you've started - talk to a specialist and they will help you find the best solution within the law. There is no charge for an initial consultation.

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