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 Caribbean citizenship programs. These changes include a new mandatory interview requirements for Caribbean citizenship programs, adjustments to their due diligence processes, and updates to their fee structures.

This article break down these changes and assess what they mean for Caribbean citizenship by investment going forward.

⚠️ Caribbean CBI programs price to increase

Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, and St Kitts & Nevis will increase the minimum investment for their CBI programs to $200,000.

The minimum investment required for citizenship will rise by $100,000, effectively doubling the current amount. This price change is expected to take effect on June 30th, 2024.

These adjustments will reshape the landscape for future Caribbean CBI applicants. Due to the fast-approaching deadline, we strongly recommend those interested in Caribbean citizenship to secure their spot in the program before the price increases.

Summary of Caribbean Citizenship Interview Requirements

Program

Antigua & Barbuda

Dominica

Grenada

St Kitts & Nevis

St Lucia

Mandatory Intervieaw

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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

Interview Format

Virtual

Virtual

Virtual (automated)

In-person/virtual

In-person/virtual

Age requirement

16 and older

16 and over

17 and older

N/A

Main applicant only

Due diligence fee (USD)

N/A

N/A

N/A

$10,000 for main applicant, $7,500 for dependents aged 16 and over

$8,000 (main applicant)

Interview Language Options

N/A

Multiple options

Multiple options

N/A

N/A

Extra Information

Post-due diligence process

Separate conditions for Iranian citizens

N/A

Independent firm conducts interviews

N/A

Caribbean Citizenship Interview Changes by Island

In this section, we’ll discuss the changes outlined above by country.

Antigua and Barbuda

Since 15 December 2023, applicants and dependents aged 16 and older of the Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment program must submit to virtual mandatory interviews as part of the due diligence process. The interview fee is $1,500 per application.

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Dominica

Applicants and dependents aged 16 and over of Dominica’s Caribbean CBI program 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.

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Grenada

Since 4 September 2023, there have been mandatory interviews for applicants, including the main applicant and applicants aged 17 and older of Grenada’s citizenship by investment program. Investment Migration Agency Grenada charges an interview fee of $1,000 per family member, and applicants can choose their preferred interview language. The personal interview is virtual, and the process is automated with instructions provided via email.

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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 to obtain citizenship can be conducted virtually or in person, either by the CIU itself or by an independent professional firm appointed by the CIU.

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Saint Lucia

Since 4 September 2023, the St Lucia Citizenship Unit has required the main applicant of the country’s CBI program to participate in a mandatory interview. The St Lucia 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.

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Preparing for the Caribbean Citizenship Interview Process

While an independent professional firm can prepare your initial application, licensed agents cannot attend the personal interview with you, so you will need to prepare your ID and supporting documents beforehand. Additionally, you can prepare the following information that is likely to be discussed during the Caribbean immigration 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

The MoU and Future of Caribbean CBI programs

interviews for citizenship by investment programs

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), including changes to the due diligence process, marks a notable shift in the Caribbean’s CBI programs, underscoring the importance of enhanced security and due diligence processes.

This commitment to excellence by each country’s Citizenship 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.

Why use Global Citizen Solutions?

Global Citizen Solutions is a multidisciplinary firm offering bespoke residence and citizenship solutions in Europe and the Caribbean. In a world where the economy and politics are unpredictable, having a second citizenship opens up opportunities and creates flexibility for you and your family.

So, why work with Global Citizen Solutions to obtain Caribbean citizenship?

  • Global approach by local experts: We are corporate members of the Investment Migration Council, with local expertise in all five Caribbean CBI programs.
  • 100 percent approval rate: We have never had a case rejected and will offer you an initial, free-of-charge, due diligence assessment before signing any contract.
  • Independent service and full transparency: We will present to you all the investment options available, and all expenses will be discussed in advance, with no hidden fees.
  • An all-encompassing solution: A multidisciplinary team of immigration lawyers, investment specialists, and tax experts will take into consideration all your and your family's mobility, tax, and lifestyle needs.
  • Confidential service and secure data management: All private data is stored within a GDPR-compliant database on a secure SSL-encrypted server.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Caribbean Citizenship by Investment 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 applying for citizenship in the Caribbean region must provide their identity documents and supporting documents. These will vary depending on the program they are applying to.

What are the common questions asked during the Caribbean citizenship interview?

The questions asked for each country’s CBI program will differ. Generally, the interview requirement relate 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 for main applicants and eligible family members, but you should generally be able to reapply after a certain period.