Saint Lucia Citizenship by Investment – The Ultimate Guide by Experts

Saint Lucia Citizenship by Investment Program welcomes individuals and their respective family members to obtain citizenship in exchange for making an economic contribution to the country. Saint Lucia’s tropical benefits and visa-free travel to over 130 destinations are enticing reasons to get a second passport and settle down in this beautiful island. 

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Your guide to citizenship by investment in Saint Lucia

Citizenship by investment programmes offer individuals the unique ability to obtain citizenship by investing in the country, usually in the form of real estate or government donation. With its unspoilt landscapes, warm climate and world class beaches, Saint Lucia’s citizenship program is the newest and one of the most popular ways to obtain a second passport. You can acquire a Saint Lucia passport by investment by either investing in real estate, the National Economic Fund, government bonds or enterprise. 

Saint Lucia citizenship benefits

There are many reasons to choose Saint Lucia citizenship by investment. From its booming trade and bustling tourism industry, to its paradise beaches and private lifestyle, the program’s unique benefits include:

1. Quick application process 

One of the fastest turnarounds from the date of application submission. Get your application processed in as little as 3 months.

2. Entire family are eligible

Inclusion of spouse, children, parents and grandparents.

3. Cheapest second passport

Saint Lucia passport can be obtained for just a $100,000 financial contribution. St Lucia passport ranking is 32nd in terms of travel freedom.

4. Investment required only after approval

Complete investments after receiving citizenship application approval.

5. Flexible requirements

No residence or visitation requirements. Plus no interview, education or managerial experience necessary.

6. Visa-free travel

Saint Lucia’s passport power is undeniable. Enjoy Saint Lucia visa-free travel to over 140 countries, including Europe’s Schengen zone, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and more.

7. Tax freedoms

No tax on capital, wealth and inheritance tax.

Saint Lucia passport requirements

In order to obtain Saint Lucia second citizenship, a series of St Lucia citizenship requirements must be met first. 

The applicant must:

  • Be over 18 years old.
  • Make the required investment and provide detailed information and evidence of the respective investment.
  • Have an outstanding character.
  • Have excellent health.
  • Hold no criminal record.
  • Pass a detailed background check.
  • Pay the required non-refundable processing, due diligence and administrative fees upon application.

What family members qualify for the Saint Lucia citizenship by investment program?

A key citizenship by investment benefit is that it extends to the applicant’s family members, meaning they are also eligible for St Lucia citizenship.

The following family members apply:

  • Spouse
  • Inclusion of children under 18 years old
  • Inclusion of dependent children aged between 18-25, who must be in full-time attendance at an institution of higher learning.
  • Inclusion of mentally or physically challenged dependent children and/or parents.
  • Inclusion of dependent parents and/or grandparents above 65 who are currently residing with the applicant.

Saint Lucia citizenship by investment options

There are three investment options to choose from when considering St Lucia dual citizenship.

1. National Economic Fund

Saint Lucia National Economic Fund (NEF) is a special fund established by the government to receive financial contributions for funding government sponsored projects.

Once an application for citizenship by investment via the NEF route has been approved, the following minimum investment is required:

*Additional processing, due diligence and administrative fees apply.*

2. Pre-approved real estate 

There are two options available to applicants who wish to go through the Saint Lucia real estate route. 

Option 1: Invest a minimum of US$300,000 in pre-approved high-end branded hotels and resorts

Option 2: Invest a minimum of US$300,000 in a boutique property

Condition of investment: Applicant must execute a binding purchase and sales agreement for an investment in an approved real estate project. Investments, equalling the agreed purchase price, must be deposited in an approved escrow account managed by the real estate developer and the Citizenship by Investment Unit in Saint Lucia.

*Additional processing, due diligence and administrative fees apply.*

3. Enterprise investment

There are seven options available to applicants who wish to go through the Saint Lucia citizenship by enterprise option. 

Option 1:Specialty Restaurants

Option 2: Cruise ports and marinas

Option 3: Agro-processing plants

Option 4: Pharmaceutical products

Option 5: Ports, bridges, roads and highways

Option 6: Research institutions and facilities

Option 7: Offshore universities

Once a citizenship application via the enterprise route has been approved, the following minimum investment is required:

A sole applicant: A minimum investment of $3.5 million

More than one applicant (joint venture): A minimum investment of $ 6.5 million with each applicant contributing no less than US$1 million.

*Additional processing, due diligence and administrative fees apply.*

4. Government bonds 

Citizenship by investment can also be obtained through the purchase of government bonds [no-interest requirement]. These bonds are required to be registered and remain in the name of the applicant for a 5 year period from the date of first issue. 

Once a citizenship application by means of an investment in government bonds has been approved, the following minimum investment is required:

*Additional processing, due diligence and administrative fees apply.*

Tax considerations

Saint Lucia residents and citizens enjoy relatively relaxed tax conditions. There are no capital gains, inheritance tax, wealth tax on worldwide income or assets.

Note that some local tax considerations apply. Namely, residents of Saint Lucia pay a personal income tax (PIT) scale deriving from domestic activities. Individuals who are not residents pay taxes only on income received from local sources. Additionally, property tax is 0.25% of the market value of housing. Buyers of real estate who are non-residents of Saint Lucia should additionally obtain a license for land ownership, paying 7.5% of the property value.

Key tax considerations include:

PIT scale:

  • Up to 10,000 East Caribbean Dollars (XCD) – 10%
  • 10,000 to 20,000 XCD – 15%
  • 20,000 to 30,000  XCD – 20%
  • over 30,000 XCD – 30%
  • The minimum non-taxable PIT for individuals is 18,000 XCD

Company and wages tax:

  • Companies registered in Saint Lucia pay only corporate income tax at a minimum rate of 1% (in some cases, a zero rate applies) or an annual license fee, the amount of which depends on the size of the company’s charter capital.
  • Wage earners must pay a 5% tax on their salary to the social security fund, but this amount should not exceed 5,000 XCD.

VAT payment terms:

  • VAT rate is 15%. For a hotel business, a reduced rate of 8% applies.
  • Registration for VAT payment is required if the total annual cost of supplies exceeds the threshold of 180,000 XCD.

Saint Lucia citizenship by investment application processing time


All applications are prepared by Authorised Agents on the behalf of the applicant and are assessed by the Citizenship by Investment Board (CBIB).

The average processing time from submitting the application to receiving an application outcome is three months. 

All supporting documents must be attached to applications along with the necessary fees before they can be processed by the Board. 

Where an application for citizenship by investment has been granted, the Board will notify the authorised agent that the qualifying investment and required government administration fees must be paid before the Certificate of Citizenship can be granted. Applicants usually have up to 60 days to make such a qualifying investment.

Once proof of the investment has been submitted, applicants are granted citizenship.

Where an application has been denied, the applicant may, in writing, request a review by the Minister.

Who can submit the application for the Saint Lucia citizenship by investment program? 

All applications are processed by an Authorised Agent.

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 the St Lucia citizenship by investment application

To get a Saint Lucia passport, follow these simple steps to achieving dual citizenship.

1. Choose an Authorised Agent to process your application

Your Authorised Agent will walk you through all the necessary paperwork and requirements for a successful citizenship application.

2. Complete all St Lucia citizenship application forms 

Complete all the application forms as provided by your Authorised  Agent. Make sure all the documents are legalised according to the Unit’s standards (more information on document requirements below).

3. Government assesses application and conducts background checks

The Unit assesses each application and performs its due diligence and background checks on each applicant. 

4. The Unit approves your application

Within 60-90 days of applying, your application should be approved and a letter will be issued, with detailed instructions on making your investment. 

5. Decide on your investment route & invest

Choose your preferred investment within 60 days of receiving notice from the Unit. Submit proof of purchase of your qualifying investment, as well as the government application fees.

6. Become a citizen

Upon receiving proof of payment, the Unit issues the certificate of citizenship registration.  Applicants must then submit the passport documents and passport application. You are then granted citizenship of St Lucia and can get a St Lucian passport. 

St Lucia document requirements:

Important information: Applications for citizenship are only handled by registered Authorised Persons. Furthermore, the list of required documents are not exhaustive. The unit may request additional supporting documentation from the applicant.

General St Lucia citizenship document requirements:

  • Original excerpt of full birth record or certified copy of birth certificate.
  • Certified copy of proof of name change (if applicable).
  • Permanent residence card (if applicable).
  • National identity card (if applicable).
  • Certified coloured copy of current passport(s) showing name, photo citizenship/nationality, date and place of issue, expiry date, passport number and issuing country.
  • Photograph and signature certificate. For children below 18 or if dependent please insert N/A in the designated signature slot.
  • 6 original passport-sized photos of each applicant taken within the last 6 months. Face must be neutral. 1 photo needs to be affixed to the Medical Examiner Declaration. 
  • Proof of residential address valid within the last 3 months. Examples include: Certified copy of a recent utility bill OR bank statement showing full name and address.
  • Marriage or divorce certificate.
  • Copy of military service card (if applicable)
  • Affidavit from spouse or ex-spouse relating to children.
  • Affidavit of support for dependents.
  • Education certificates and transcripts.
  • Professional and academic certificates (submit these for children over 18 years old too).
  • Professional reference letter (From an attorney, chartered accountant or other profession of similar standing) valid within the last 6 months immediately before the submission of the application.

Supporting documents

  • Certified copy of your current and expired visas
  • Police certificate from country of birth; and from any other country in which you’ve resided for at least 1 year.The police certificate should be no more than 6 months old.
  • Custody or legal guardianship records.
  • Statutory declaration of a non-accompanying parent of a qualifying dependent below 18 years old, indicating that he or she has no objection to his/her child acquiring St Lucian citizenship.
  • A certified copy of a photo ID of a non-accompanying parent bearing his/her signature.

Translation of documents

Documents written in a language other than English must be accompanied, at the time the application is submitted, with a certified translation into English only. The translation must be done by a translator who is a member of a professional order or is authorized to act professionally in this capacity and must be complete and faithful to the original document. The text, seals and signatures of the original document must be translated.

Certification of documents

Where a document is required to be produced in support of the application for citizenship by investment, it must be certified and authenticated in accordance with the law of the jurisdiction from where the document originates.

Saint Lucia citizenship cost

When thinking about the Saint Lucian citizenship cost, there are a number of fees to consider. 

These fees are outlined below in the respective table charts. Note that the government-set fees are subject to change at the government’s discretion.

Investment in pre-approved enterprise project:

Additional agent fees and saint lucia passport application forms must be taken into account.

OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR CLIENTS

At Global Citizen Solutions, we work first and foremost for our clients, providing unique tailor-made solutions to each individual.

Making an investment and moving abroad may seem daunting, we know this from first-hand experience. At Global Citizen Solutions, we guide our clients through each step of the citizenship process, with 100% success rates.

Contact us to learn more about St Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Program, or to learn more about other residency and citizenship programs we work with.

Frequently Asked Questions about Saint Lucia Citizenship by Investment Program

How to get St Lucia citizenship?

You must be of outstanding character, hold no criminal record, have excellent health, be over 18 years old, pass St Lucia’s due diligence checks, and make one of 4 qualifying investments: Contribute to the National Economic Fund, make a real estate investment, contribute toward enterprise, or pay government bonds.

Does St Lucia allow dual citizenship?

Yes, St Lucia allows dual citizenship.

What is the cost for St Lucia citizenship?

St Lucia citizenship starts from $100,000 for a single applicant, for a donation to the National Economic Fund, plus a $7500 due diligence fee and $2000 administration fee.

What is the Saint Lucia citizenship act?

The St Lucia Citizenship by Investment Act No 14 of 2015 enables persons to acquire citizenship of Saint Lucia by registration following a qualifying investment in Saint Lucia and for related matters.

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

Usually it takes three months from the date of application submission for you to receive a citizenship certificate and passport.

What is the St Lucia citizenship application process?

First, your application will be received by the St Lucia Citizenship by Investment Unit. A compliance check and due diligence background check will be conducted. Upon completion, the Unit will send a recommendation to the St Lucia Citizenship By Investment Board who will assess the recommendation and make a board decision. In the event that the application is approved, the qualifying investment must be made by the application. Upon the investment and proof of said investment, a Certificate of Citizenship is granted.

Can my friend or family member handle my citizenship application for me?

No. Only a licenced Authorised Agent can act on your behalf and handle your citizenship application for you.

Can my family obtain St Lucia citizenship too?

Yes, children under 18 and spouses are automatically included, along with dependent children aged between 18-25, mentally and physically challenged dependent children and/or parents, plus dependent parents and/or grandparents above 65 who are living with the applicant.

How do I apply for St Lucia citizenship?

Your Authorised Agent will help you with the necessary paperwork as per the legislation and document guidelines issued by the Citizenship by Investment Board.

What language should my supporting documents be in?

All supporting documents must be submitted in the original language. Where the original language of the supporting document is NOT English, then you MUST also submit an authenticated English translation of the original.

What if my application for St Lucia passport is denied?

You can appeal your application denial if you feel there are good grounds to do so. Your Authorised Agent will advise you on how to go about the appeal.

What is the National Economic Fund?

The National Economic Fund was established in 2015 to receive qualifying investments of donations under the Citizenship by Investment Program. Funds collected will be used for purposes which have been approved by the government as part of the national development agenda.