Over the past year, the five Caribbean countries offering Citizenship by Investment Programs – Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, and St Lucia – have announced significant updates to their programs. These changes include a mandatory Caribbean citizenship interview, adjustments to their due diligence processes, and updates to their fee structures.
In this article, we’ll break down these changes and assess what they mean for the Caribbean citizenship by investment landscape.
To start us off, the following table provides a summary of the recent changes:
Antigua & Barbuda
St Kitts & Nevis
Interview Fee (USD)
$1,500 per application
$1,000 per person aged 16 and over
$1,000 per person
Included in due diligence fees
Included in the main applicant due diligence fee
16 and older
16 and over
17 and older
Main applicant only
Due diligence fee (USD)
$10,000 for main applicant, $7,500 for dependents aged 16 and over
$8,000 (main applicant)
Interview Language Options
Post-due diligence process
Separate conditions for Iranian citizens
Independent firm conducts interviews
Caribbean Citizenship Interview Changes by Island
In this section, we’ll discuss the changes outlined above by country.
Antigua and Barbuda
Starting 15 December 2023, applicants and dependents aged 16 and older must submit to virtual mandatory interviews as part of the due diligence process. The interview fee is $1,500 per application.
Applicants and dependents aged 16 and over must partake in virtual mandatory interviews as part of the due diligence process. The cost is $1,000 per person being interviewed.
No agents or promoters may be present during the interview, and applicants must have their IDs and supporting documents ready. The interview can be conducted in the applicant’s preferred language.
Starting 4 September 2023, Grenada requires applicants aged 17 and older to partake in mandatory interviews. The interview fee is $1,000 per family member, and applicants can choose their preferred interview language. The interview is virtual, and the process automated with instructions provided via email.
Saint Kitts and Nevis
The St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) requires mandatory interviews for applicants aged 16 and older. The interview fee is included in the due diligence fee, which has been increased to $10,000 for the main applicant and $7,500 for dependents aged 16 and older.
The interviews can be conducted virtually or in person, either by the CIU itself or an independent professional firm appointed by the CIU.
Starting 4 September 2023, the St Lucia Citizenship by Investment Unit requires the main applicant to the CBI program to participate in a mandatory interview. The interview fee is included in the due diligence fee, which has increased to $8,000, and the interview can be conducted virtually or in person.
What does this mean for the future of the programs?
These changes mark a notable shift in the Caribbean’s CBI programs, underscoring the importance of enhanced security and due diligence processes. These changes help strengthen the reputation and credibility of these programs on the global stage, maintaining high standards and ensuring their longevity.
This commitment to excellence by each country’s Citizenship by Investment Unit benefits the nations offering these programs and provides greater assurance and value to the applicants, who benefit from the security of the programs and continued cooperation between these nations and others around the world.
It is important for applicants to be prepared for these extra processes and fees when planning their citizenship applications.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Caribbean Citizenship Interview
What is the purpose of the Caribbean citizenship interview?
The mandatory interview requirements for Caribbean CBI programs are intended to mitigate risk and improve due diligence processes to ensure the information provided by an applicant is valid, address any missing information in real time, and open a clear and honest communication line between the applicant and the government.
What documents are required for the Caribbean citizenship interview?
Applicants must provide their identity documents and supporting documents. These will vary depending on the program they are applying to.
How can I prepare for the Caribbean citizenship interview?
Your licensed agent cannot attend the interview with you, so you will need to prepare your ID and supporting documents beforehand. meaning that you will have to prepare for it beforehand. Additionally, you can prepare the following information that is likely to be discussed during the interview:
- Validate identification and familial ties
- Ensure financial information provided aligns with the nation’s Anti-Money Laundering (AML) standards
- Background and criminal record
- Family members’ financial dependence on the main applicant or spouse
- Travel history
- Reason for obtaining citizenship
What are the common questions asked during the Caribbean citizenship interview?
The questions asked for each country’s CBI program will differ. Generally, expect questions related to your motivations for seeking dual citizenship and details of your investment plans, questions to determine your understanding of the program’s terms and conditions, and questions about your source of income and funds, and your personal and professional background.
What happens if I fail the Caribbean citizenship interview?
Each program has its policies regarding the interview process, but you should generally be able to reapply after a certain period.