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ABOUT ST. KITTS AND NEVIS ECONOMIC CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT

St. Kitts and Nevis, ideally located in the Eastern Caribbean established the St Kitts and Nevis Economic Citizenship Program in 1984, making this second passport program the longest established program of its kind in the world. This twin nation combines beautiful beaches with mountains and jungle-draped dormant volcanoes. A Federation country, also known as the Federation of St Kitts & Nevis is named after Christopher Columbus.

Country Background
St. Kitts & Nevis gained its independence from the UK in 1983, although the Government is still part of the British Commonwealth and is represented by the British Parliamentary Democracy with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and H.E Minister Timothy Harris leading the Government.

While St Kitts and Nevis are dependent on tourism to drive its economy, its Citizenship by Investment Program drives foreign investment to the island. The positive changes to the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program include a new civil case management team which will allow faster processing of applications and a thorough, robust due diligence process; this will enable clients to have continuous updates on the process of their applications. St. Kitts & Nevis has now been granted visa-free travel to Brazil with more countries to follow.

We evaluate all possible solutions concerning potential strategies; we guide and refer the application for the client’s St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship to the government. We follow up strategically to monitor how it is being processed. Contact our expert consultant team to learn more about the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship.

Why St. Kitts & Nevis?

Legal Basis

The St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship Program is the oldest and most reputable citizenship by investment program in the world. Since its inception in 1984, the program has been attracting people from around the world to invest in the country’s economy in exchange for an irrevocable passport and citizenship and operates on the following constitutional, legislative and regulatory foundations:

  1. Citizenship of Saint Christopher and Nevis is governed by Chapter VIII (Sections 90-95) of the Constitution of Saint Christopher and Nevis.
  2. In 1984, pursuant to Section 92 (1) (h) of the Constitution, Parliament prescribed that such other persons who would be entitled, upon making application, to be registered as citizens. Accordingly, Section 3 (5) of the Saint Christopher and Nevis Citizenship Act, 1984 (No. 1 of 1984) makes the following provisions:

“Subject to subsections (8) and (9) of this section, a person is entitled, upon making application under this subsection to the Minister in the prescribed manner and upon payment of any fee that may be prescribed, to be registered as a citizen of St. Christopher and Nevis without any rights of voting save ST. KITTS AND NEVIS – CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT 2 of 3 under and in accordance with the provisions of any law governing the qualification of voters, if the Cabinet is satisfied that such person has invested substantially in St. Christopher and Nevis.”

  1. The Government determines, by Cabinet Decisions, which projects and which amounts of investment shall qualify as a “substantial investment” and thus lead to eligibility under the Citizenship-by-Investment Program

St. Kitts and Nevis Benefits

  • The St. Kitts & Nevis program offers Irrevocable citizenship for life and future generations.
  • Visa-free access to 132 countries including Schengen States and the United Kingdom
  • After 1 (one) year of holding the St.Kitts & Nevis passport, the Government of St. Kitts & Nevis allows for name changes in the applicant’s passport.
  • There are no taxes on worldwide income, capital gains, gift, wealth and inheritance.
  • No need to renounce your current citizenship(s), therefore benefiting from all nationalities.
  • No residency requirements, you are entitled to apply instantly, and no interview, education or management experience required
  • Once you receive approval for the program, then the investment is made.
  • The program is based on the law & is guaranteed by the government since 1984.

Visa-Free Countries

(Visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries)

Albania
Andorra
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Austria
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Bulgaria
Cambodia
Cape Verde
Chile
Colombia
Comoros
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark and territories
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Estonia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Jordan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Mauritania
Mauritius
Micronesia
Monaco
Montenegro
Mozambique
Nepal
Netherlands
Nicaragua
Norway
Palau
Panama
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Senegal
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Somalia
South Korea
Spain
Sri Lanka
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela
Zambia
Zimbabwe

*please note that according to UK policy, you can stay for up to 6 months a year

St. Kitts and Nevis Timeframes

Week 1:
Branches & Partners will pre-screen your passport for government pre-approval. A down payment for professional fees will be applicable in order to start your application.


Week 2 & 4
Branches & Partners professional team will assist and advise you with the collection of the documents required according to the Government checklist.


Week 5 & 6:
Your application is then submitted together with due diligence fees. If taking real estate option, a reservation of your chosen property must be made at this time. The real estate investment is fully refundable should your application not get approved.


Week 7 & 8:
Due diligence report is issued to the Government. Based on the report the Government makes its decision on your Citizenship application.


Week 9 & 10:
Once accepted you are invited to pay the SIDF donation or if taking Real Estate option, pay the balance of your purchase is made.


Week 11 & 12:
A certificate of registration, citizenship certificate and passport are issued in your name. The balance of the professional fees is then paid.

(*Please note that the above timelines are indicative and each application varies on a case-by-case basis.)

St. Kitts and Nevis Costs and Procedures

There are two options for qualifying contribution for the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship-by-Investment Program:

1) Cash donation to the Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF option), Government Escrow Account.

Single applicant
USD 150,000
An applicant with up-to 3 dependents
USD 195,000
Additional fee for any dependent
USD 25,000

2) Investment in real estate through one of the Government approved real estate asset classes: freehold property with title deed; hotel shares; fractional ownership or land.

Minimum Investment (Must hold for 5 years)
USD 400,000
Minimum Investment (Must hold for 7 years)
USD 200,000

USD 400,000 is the minimum value of investment qualifying you and your family under the real estate option. This property can then be sold after a period of 5 years. Should the next buyer wish to obtain citizenship, they need to pay you the same USD 400,000 for the property. There is now another option where real estate at US$200,000 plus government fees can be purchased, but this can only be resold after 7 years under the same conditions.
This means a clear resale market and a level of capital guarantee. However, there will be some legal costs associated with the real estate purchase ranging from 1 – 5% of the property value, dependent on the property type. You can also rent out, re-finance and receive utility bills from some asset classes.

In addition to the purchase of real estate, there are Government fees to be paid:

Main applicant
USD 35,000
Spouse of the main applicant
USD 20,000
Each dependant regardless of age
USD 10,000

(Must be in full-time education. Over 30 years is a single applicant.)

There are compulsory background checks payable to the Government preferred due diligence agency that will use Interpol, World-Check and other Government agencies to screen applicants based on their application.

Due diligence & Background checks

Main applicant
USD 7,500
Spouse
USD 4,000
Dependents over 16 years
USD 4,000

Branches & Partners professional fees, official application forms, certification of citizenship and passport, courier & other disbursements are the only other costs associated. A full-itemized quotation with no hidden costs is provided.

St. Kitts and Nevis Second Passport

The St. Kitts and Nevis CBI Program was introduced in 1984 and requires that applicants make an economic investment in the country. In return, they and their families are granted full citizenship for life, which can be passed down for generations, along with the St. Kitts and Nevis passport.

As citizens of St Kitts and Nevis, you and your family are issued with St Kitts and Nevis second passports which allow visa-free travel to more than 130 countries and territories worldwide, including all of the EU and UK.

You have the right to take up residence in St Kitts & Nevis at any time and for any length of time.

Contact our highly professional consultants for more information on St Kitts and Nevis passport program.

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