St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment – The Ultimate Guide by Experts

You and your family can receive St Kitts and Nevis full citizenship for life, to be passed to descendents, in exchange for an investment as part of the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment program. St Kitts and Nevis passport allows visa-free travel to over 140 countries, including Europe’s Schengen area, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Russia.

In this guide, you can learn more about St Kitts’s second citizenship scheme, including benefits, eligibility, financial requirements, and how to apply.

St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship

The St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment program allows you to acquire citizenship in exchange from making an economic contribution to the country, either by investing in real estate, contributing to the country’s Sustainable Growth Fund, or investing in a pre-approved Public Good Investment. 

Enshrined in the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship act, the twin island established its own CIP program (citizenship by investment program) in 1984, just one year after its independence. As one of the oldest programs in the world, you can acquire citizenship by investment in this beautiful paradise by making an economic contribution: either investing in a government approved real estate project or making a non-refundable contribution to the development of the country.

There are many St Kitts citizenship benefits to consider. From its booming trade and bustling tourism industry to its paradise beaches and offering of a peaceful and private lifestyle, this investment program is an excellent opportunity for global citizens. 

St Kitts and Nevis citizenship benefits

St Kitts and Nevis citizenship benefits for you and your whole family include visa-free travel to over 140 countries, a lifelong second passport, and dual nationality for generations to come.

  1. Fast processing times: Get your application for St Kitts and Nevis CIP approved and processed in as little as four months.
  2. Accelerated application process: A unique feature of the program offers applicants guaranteed citizenship (including passport) in 60 days or less, provided that you pay the fast-track fee.
  3. Relaxed application requirements: No interview, language, or residency requirements are necessary.
  4. Passports for your family: The St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment program also applies to the applicant’s family members, including dependent children under the age of 30, siblings (under qualifying circumstances) and dependent parents or grandparents over 55. 
  5. Visa-free travel to over 140 countries including key Schengen area: Enjoy having visa-free access to Europe’s Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore, and more with a St Kitts and Nevis passport.
  6. Lifetime dual citizenship: St Kitts and Nevis provide lifetime dual citizenship to its applicants and qualified family members. 
  7. Low tax regime: No income, inheritance, or gift tax is needed.
  8. Meaningful contribution: Your contribution will assist in the continued prosperity of a growing nation.

Eligibility for St Kitts Citizenship by Investment Program

In order to be eligible for St Kitts and Nevis second citizenship:

  • You must be of outstanding character.
  • You must have a clean criminal record.
  • You must have excellent health.
  • You must have a high personal net worth.

St Kitts second citizenship requirements

In order to fulfill the St Kitts citizenship by investment program requirements, the applicant must:

  • Be over 18 years old.
  • Undergo a criminal background check.
  • Prove his/her outstanding character through bank statements and employer references.
  • Make a qualifying investment first, by either making a government-approved real estate purchase to the value of (or above) US$200,000 OR make a financial donation to St Kitts and Nevis’ Sustainable Growth Foundation (SGF) to the value of (or above) $125,000. 

Which family members qualify for St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment program?

A key benefit of the program is that it extends to the applicant’s family members, meaning they are also eligible for the citizenship program.

The following family members are eligible:

  • Spouse.
  • Children of the main applicant or of the spouse, if: Aged under 18, aged 18 to 30 and in a dependency relationship with the parent OR aged 18 or over and physically/mentally challenged.
  • Parents and grandparents of the main applicant or the spouse aged 55 or above, and living with and fully supported by the main applicant.
  • Siblings of the main applicant or spouse, unmarried, with no children, aged 30 or younger, and dependent of the applicant for financial support. 

St Kitts and Nevis Passport by Investment Options

There are three main investment options to choose from to acquire St Kitts and Nevis second citizenship. 

1. Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF)

The Sustainable Growth Fund was created by the St Kitts and Nevis government in 2006, offering an opportunity for investors to make a significant contribution to the economic and social prosperity of the twin island nation. 

As the most popular and direct investment path, the revenue from the fund is used to support sustainable growth initiatives in priority areas like education, health, climate change and resilience, infrastructure, tourism and culture, and the promotion of indigenous entrepreneurship. 

Limited Time Offer from 1 Jan. 2023 to 30 June 2023 – Minimum donation to the SGF

Main applicant: $125,000 
Main applicant and spouse: $150,000
Main applicant, spouse, and two dependents: $170,000
Additional dependent under 18: $10,000 each
Additional dependent over 18: $25,000 each

Applications submitted under the Limited Time Offer (LTO) will qualify for the Accelerated Application Process (AAP), being processed in less than 60 days, at no additional cost.

From 1 July 2023

  • Main applicant: $150,000 
  • Main applicant and spouse: $175,000
  • Main applicant, spouse, and two dependents: $195,000
  • Additional dependent under 18: $10,000 each
  • Additional dependent over 18: $25,000 each

2. St Kitts real estate citizenship

 The applicant must make a real estate investment that’s authorized by the government, which may be located either on St Kitts or on Nevis. Applicants can pick from a host of real estate projects that are pre-approved already for investment.

Real estate shares in a pre-approved development

  • Minimum investment: $200,000

The applicant must purchase shares in a real estate development pre-approved by the government, usually luxury tourist accommodation, such as resorts or condominiums. The shares can be resold after seven years.

Private homes sale

  • Minimum investment: $400,000 

The applicant must purchase a private single-family house valued at least $400,000. The property must have been approved by the government. It’s also possible to make a joint investment with another applicant of the citizenship by investment program – in this case, each main applicant must invest a minimum of $400,000. After the purchase, the property cannot be turned into apartments or condominiums, and can be resold after seven years, but not to another CBI applicant.

3. Public Good Investment 

This option was launched in 2022, and allows applicants to invest in a Public Good Investment previously approved by the government. At the end of the agreement, the State of St Kitts and Nevis will be the owner of the funded asset. The list of projects available for funding is on the CIU website.

  • Minimum investment: $175,000

 

Citizenship by Investment Fees 

Sustainable Growth Fund applications

During the Limited Offer Period, until 30 June 2023, all Sustainable Growth Fund applications are exempted of Government, AAP, and due diligence fees.

Real estate and Public Good Investment applications

Real estate and Public Good Investment applications incur other fees, depending on whether the applicant chooses the Accelerated Application Process (AAP) option or not.

Regular applications (non-AAP)

Government fees

  • Main applicant: $25,000
  • Spouse: $15,000
  • Depndent under 18: $10,000
  • Dependent aged 18 or over: $15,000

Due Diligence fees

  • Main applicant: $7,500
  • Dependent aged 16 or over: $4,000

Accelerated Application Process (APP)

St Kitts and Nevis second passport scheme offers a unique opportunity for candidates to fast-track their applications. The APP guarantees successful applicants citizenship, including the issuance of passports in 60 days or under. The Accelerated Application Process fee is inclusive of the Government fees and due diligence fees.

AAP fees

  • Main applicant: $42,500
  • Spouse: $32,500
  • Dependent under 18: $22,500
  • Dependent aged 18 or over: $37,500

St Kitts and Nevis taxes

There is no direct taxation in St Kitts and Nevis. What this means is, even if citizens live on the islands, they are not subjected to personal income tax, estate duty, inheritance or succession taxes, gift taxes, or net worth tax. However, some tax does apply to certain applicants. 

Key tax considerations include:

  • A corporate income tax of 35% of net profits. On the plus side, the nation offers relevant companies a tax holiday on corporate profits for up to 15 years. Nevis specifically does not levy tax on companies and foundations as long as no business is conducted on the island. 
  • There is a 10% withholding tax payable by both individuals and companies that remit payments to individuals outside of St Kitts and Nevis.
  • An annual property tax in St Kitts and Nevis applies. This is minimal and calculated on the market value of the property. The current rate of VAT in St Kitts and Nevis is 17%.

The application Process for St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship Program

St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship-by-Investment Unit (CIU) is the responsible body for processing all incoming applications. 

The CIU will examine your application in detail and may request you to attend an interview, but this happens rarely. The CIU undertakes strict due diligence checks and will decline an application if the applicant makes a false statement or excludes any relevant information.

The applicant must personally complete all necessary government documents, which are only available through an authorized service provider.

Once the application is submitted, it takes the CIU between four to six months to process your application. If you’ve selected the Accelerated Application Process, then it will take between 30-60 days to process your application. 

Note that under the real estate option, the time frame may vary depending on the development, so it is important to select a real estate project that complements the citizenship application efficiently. 

After the application has been approved by CIU in principle, you must make your financial contribution associated with your investment option and pay the government and application fees. These will be released to the relevant parties. The Prime Minister will then sign your certificate of registration, and once this is issued, you’re entitled to apply for a passport. 

Who can submit the application?

When submitting your application for St Kitts and Nevis citizenship program, you must appoint an authorized person or entity approved by the Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FRSC) of St Kitts and Nevis, licensed to conduct corporate or trust services in the nation. This means that the authorized person is able to act on your behalf in all matters related to the application, including serving as the main point of contact. 

The St Kitts and Nevis government has also approved international marketing agencies to provide information and promotional material related to the citizenship program. However, applications generated by International Marketing Agents are to be submitted to the CIU through authorized persons. Note that there are several blacklisted marketing agencies.

Get in touch with our specialists at Global Citizen Solutions for more information on how we can support you throughout your application.

 

 

Step-by-Step Guide for St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship Application

To apply for St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment, follow these simple steps to gain your second passport.

  1. Select a licensed authorized agent to process your application: Make sure they’re licensed to operate in St Kitts.
  2. Complete all application forms: Complete all the forms and necessary documents as provided by your authorized agent. Make sure all the documents are legalized according to St Kitts and Nevis’ standards (more information on document requirements below).
  3. CIU approves your application: Within three to four months of applying via the standard way, you should receive a confirmation letter with the status ‘approved in principle’. This means, your application is approved on the basis you will make your qualifying investment and provide proof of that respective investment. 
  4. Decide on your investment route and invest: Choose whether you want to make a non-refundable contribution to the Sustainable Growth Fund, help fund a Public Good Project or make a real estate purchase, then make the investment. 
  5. Become a citizen: You have been granted citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis and can get a second passport. 

St Kitts and Nevis Document Requirements

Important information: Applications for citizenship cannot be lodged directly at the Citizenship-by-Investment Unit, instead it can only be handled by registered Authorised Persons.

Application forms

Applicants are charged US$250 for each set of forms issued. They can be obtained from Authorized Persons.

For reference, the following forms in this guide are referred to as:

  • Application for registration as a Citizen (Form C1)
  • Photograph and Signature Certificate (Form C2)
  • Medical Certificate (Form C3) including original results of HIV Test (HIV test is required for all persons applying for citizenship including children over 12 years). Note: The HIV test results must not be older than three months.

Sustainable Growth Fund forms

  • Investment Confirmation/Escrow Agreement (Form C4)

Real estate forms

  • Completed Purchase and Sales Agreement (Approved Real Estate Investment Option)

Important: Forms C1, C2, C3, and C4 will be supplied by your local authorized person. (Only original application forms are accepted)

Applicants should fill out the application forms that can be obtained from any local corporate service provider or a lawyer licensed to practice in the Federation (for a list of local service providers please visit www.fsrc.kn and go to the section labeled Service Providers.

Required documents for submission:

  • Completed C1, C2, AND C3 forms
  • Original excerpt of full birth record or certified copy of the birth certificate.
  • Certified copy of proof of name change (Deed Polls or jurisdictional equivalent, if applicable)
  • Certified copy of current national identity card(s) (children under the age of 16 are exempted)
  • Certified copy of current passport(s) showing name, photo citizenship/nationality, date and place of issue, expiry date, passport number, and issuing country.
  • HIV Test Results must be no older than 3 months (children under the age of 12 are exempted)
  • Police Certificate “certificate of no criminal record” or “police clearance certificate” from the country of citizenship and any country where you have lived for more than 1 year over the past 10 years ( children under the age of 16 are exempted)
  • 6 photographs approximately 35 x 45mm in size, taken within the past six (6) months (N.B. one of the photographs must be certified and attached to the C2 form)

Other supporting documents required from the main applicant:

  • At least 1 original professional reference (e.g. from an attorney, notary public, official accountant or other professionals of similar standing) not older than 6 months.
  • Bank Statements for a 12 month period from the date of submission of application
  • At least 1 original bank reference letter issued by an internationally recognized bank, not older than 6 months.
  • Certified copy of Military Records or exemption from military service (if applicable)
  • 1 original document of evidence of residential address (e.g. certified copy of a recent utility bill or bank statement showing full name and address, or written confirmation from a bank, attorney, chartered accountant, or notary public).
  • Employment Letter(s) stating the start of employment, position held and salary earned
  • Certified copy of Business License or Incorporation documents
  • 1 Original excerpt of marriage record or certified copy of marriage certificate(s) if applicable (i.e. if married persons apply together).
  • Certified copy of divorce documents (if applicable).
  • Statement and evidence of source of fund to be invested in St Kitts and Nevis
  • Affidavit of Financial Support for applicant’s between the ages of 18 -30
  • Certified copy of University Degrees (if applicable)
  • Limited Power of Attorney

 

 

FAQs:

How to get St Kitts and Nevis citizenship?

It is possible to obtain St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by marriage, by birth, and also by naturalization. Each option has pros and cons. Probably the faster and simpler option is through the citizenship by investment program. You can obtain citizenship by making a non-refundable contribution starting at $125,000 to the country’s development, (donating to St Kitts and Nevis new Sustainable Growth Fund or funding a Public Good Investment) or by making a real estate investment of at least $200,000. The St Kitts passport is a top ranking second passport allowing visa-free access to over 140 countries, including Europe’s Schengen zone.

What is the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment unit?

The St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment unit is a government backed agency that accepts, processes and approves all incoming applications. You must lodge your application with the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment unit, in order to acquire citizenship.

What is the economic citizenship program in St Kitts?

Basically, the economic citizenship program in St Kitts is another way of saying St Kitts and Nevis passport by investment program. In exchange for an economic investment in the nation, qualifying investors can obtain St Kitts and Nevis dual citizenship.

How to get a St Kitts and Nevis passport?

Saint Kitts and Nevis economic citizenship program allows investors to secure a second passport, provided that they make their qualifying investment and submit their application, inclusive of all necessary documents, to the CIU body. For less than $200,000, a family of four can acquire dual citizenship with Saint Kitts and Nevis passport visa-free access to over 140 countries. There is no requirement to live in or visit the country.

What does the St Kitts and Nevis passport cost?

Securing the actual Saint Kitts and Nevis passport costs $350, but going through the whole citizenship by investment program application process costs less than $200,000, depending on which investment route you choose.

How long does the application process take?

If you go through the standard application procedure, it takes roughly four to six months to process your application and start your passport application. If you opt for the Accelerated Application Process, you can have your application processed and passport issued in less than sixty days.

For St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment what is an authorized person?

An authorized person is an individual or agent/agency that takes care of the entire Saint Kitts and Nevis citizenship program application for you, from start to finish. Only authorized persons/agencies are allowed to operate, as stipulated by the Saint Kitts and Nevis government. A full list of authorized agents are available on the St Kitts and Nevis government website. Note that third party companies who partner with authorized agents are also legally approved to operate.

What is the minimum investment required if the real estate option is pursued?

You must make a minimum investment of $200,000 in shares of a pre-approved real estate project, or $400,000 in an approved private house. There are also a government application fee of $25,000 and a $7,500 due diligence fee for the main applicant.

Can two or more applicants apply for citizenship by investment together?

Yes, two or more applicants can apply for citizenship together by buying one piece of real estate under the Private Homes Sale Option. In this case, each main applicant must make a minimum investment of $400,000. Each investor can sell the property after seven years, but not to another CBI candidate.

Who do I contact to become a Saint Kitts and Nevis economic citizen?

You must contact an authorized person who will take care for you of the whole application for St Kitts and Nevis citizenship, from start to finish.

How much does it cost to get citizenship in St Kitts?

Through the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment program, the costs start at $125,000 for a single applicant or $170,000 for a family of four, plus government fees.

How do I get citizenship by investment in St Kitts?

In order to obtain citizenship by investment, you have to either make a real estate investment (minimum investment: $200,000) or a non-refundable contribution to the Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF) (minimum investment: $125,000) or to a Public Good Investment (minimum investment: $175,000).

How can I invest in St Kitts and Nevis?

If you plan on applying for the citizenship by investment program, you can invest in a pre-approved real estate project or, alternatively, make a non-refundable contribution to the country’s Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF).

How long does it take to get a St Kitts passport?

St Kitts and Nevis offers the fastest Caribbean citizenship by investment program, with an accelerated option that guarantees you and your family will have your passports ready in less than 60 days.

US citizens: Do you need a passport to go to St Kitts?

Yes, you need to have a valid US passport to enter St Kitts and Nevis. No visa is required for visits under 90 days, if you have an onward or return ticket, confirmation of acommodation and proof of enough funds to cover your travel expenses.