The Citizenship Program of St. Christopher (St. Kitts) was established in 1984 and is one of the longest established economic citizenship programs in existence. The program requires applicants to make an economic contribution to the country. In exchange, they and their families are granted full citizenship.
St. Kitts & Nevis is an independent English speaking country of two islands, offering a well-established political and legal system since the country is a member of British Commonwealth. Benefits include no personal income tax, a stable currency, a well-established financial infrastructure, corporate incentives, and an investor-friendly government.
Benefits of St. Kitts and Nevis citizenship
When you acquire citizenship under the St. Kitts and Nevis citizenship program, you and your family enjoy full citizenship for life, which can be passed on to future generations by descent.
A St. Kitts and Nevis passport allows visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 156 destinations including Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, the UK, and Europe’s Schengen Area.
Citizenship-by-descent is available to future generations.
Applicants are able to include a spouse, children under 31, parents, grandparents aged 55 and over, and unmarried dependent siblings under 31 with no children, as well as to add dependents after they have been granted citizenship.
St. Kitts and Nevis is a member of the Commonwealth, which entitles citizens to certain privileges in the UK and other Commonwealth countries.
St. Kitts and Nevis is an attractive location for owning a second home, with good air links to Europe and North America.
Dual citizenship is allowed by the nation.
There is no minimum stay required.
St. Kitts and Nevis citizenship-by-investment requirements
To qualify for citizenship, the applicant must select one of three options (excluding processing fees):
A) An investment of at least US$ 400,000 in one of the approved Saint Kitts real-estate developments in addition to paying government fees, other fees and taxes, OR
B) An investment of at least US$ 200,000 USD in a government approved real estate project (property to be held for 7 years), OR
C) A non-refundable contribution (donation) of only US$ 150,000 (for a single applicant) under the Sustainable Growth Fund program.
There are no language tests, no medical tests, and new citizens do not need to reside in the country. The processing time for St. Kitts & Nevis can be as short as 90 days, but depending on the option chosen might require up to ten months.
Procedures and time frame
The St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship-by-Investment Unit (CIU) is responsible for the processing of all applications. There is also an accelerated application process available with a 45- to 60-day processing time frame. The CIU examines the application thoroughly and may request that the applicant attend an interview, although this is rarely necessary. The CIU undertakes strict due diligence checks and will decline an application if the applicant makes a false statement or omits any relevant information. The applicant must personally complete the prescribed government forms, which are only available from an authorized service provider.
The documentary requirements of the program are reasonable and the procedures straightforward. Most applicants will normally visit the islands before deciding on the purchase of real estate, but it is not a prerequisite for the application process, which usually takes between three to four months from submission of the application to the CIU for approval. Under the real estate option, the time frame may vary depending on the development, so it is important to choose a real estate project that complements the citizenship application efficiently.
Upon approval-in-principle of the application, the funds for the real estate, SGF contribution, government fees, and other fees will be released to the various parties. Thereafter, the prime minister will sign the certificate of registration, which confers citizenship status. Once the certificate of registration is issued, the applicant is entitled to apply for a passport
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