Beyond its natural beauty and reputation as a small peaceful country, St Kitts and Nevis is renowned for its long-running citizenship by investment program. It allows foreigners to obtain a St Kitts passport by making a direct investment that substantially contributes to the country’s social and economic development.

Qualifying investments include donating to the Sustainable Island State Contribution (SISC), investing in an approved real estate project, or contributing to an Approved Public Benefit Project. The citizenship program’s minimum investment threshold starts at $250,000, and you will acquire your St Kitts passport in 12 months. 

This article breaks down all the information you should know about St Kitts and Nevis’ Citizenship by Investment Program, including program requirements, citizenship application process, associated government fees and government recommended payment steps, time to citizenship, and citizenship benefits.

⚠️ 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.

Historical Overview of St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment

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The St Kitts Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Program is the oldest in the world, introduced into the Saint Christopher and Nevis Citizenship Act in 1984, one year after the country became independent from British colonial rule. It’s not only the longest-running CBI program in the world but one of just five Caribbean countries offering dual citizenship benefits by investment.

The immigration program was primarily established to develop the country socially and economically, enhancing the well-being of St Kitts and Nevis citizens. The St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program advances the nation’s objectives by providing foreign investors the chance to obtain citizenship in exchange for their direct financial investment.

This contribution can be made in the form of several investment routes, including a donation to fund government projects concerning healthcare, education, and infrastructure, investment in approved projects of various real estate developers, the purchase of a private home, a contribution to fund public benefit projects.

Under regulation 3 of SRO 52 of 2011 from St Kitt’s Citizenship Act, the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) is the government authority established to oversee the country’s citizenship program and approve investments that qualify for citizenship.

St Kitts and Nevis economic citizenship can be extended to eligible family members and is valid for life, passing down to future generations.

Benefits of the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program

Quick application process

Passports for your family members

Great tax benefits

No residency requirements

Visa free travel to over 150 countries

No tests required

1. Global mobility: In a world of unpredictable economies and politics, alternative citizenship creates opportunities and flexibility for you and your family. A Caribbean passport is the ultimate plan B.

2. Accelerated process: The processing time for the application and due diligence process is relatively quick, taking up to 12 months from the date of acknowledgment of submission.

3. Family inclusion: Your family members – spouse, children, and parents – can be included in the application. Future generations are eligible for acquiring citizenship by descent.

4. Tax optimization: St Kitts and Nevis citizens enjoy an attractive tax environment with tax breaks on foreign-earned income, including no personal income tax, wealth tax, inheritance tax, gift tax, estate duty, or succession taxes.

5. Flexible requirements: There are no residency requirements for obtaining citizenship, meaning you can complete the application process remotely without the need to make a personal visit to St Kitts. Even the mandatory interviews will take place virtually. There are also no language tests or academic requirements.

6. Visa free travel: Holders of a St Kitts and Nevis passport can travel visa free to over 150 countries, including EU Schengen countries, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Russia. You can also apply for a ten-year visitor visa to the US. The recently signed visa waiver agreement between the St Kitts and Nevis and the Canadian government reinforces the nation’s commitment to maintain strong diplomatic ties, ensuring hassle-free travel for its citizens.

7. Dual citizenship: St Kitts and Nevis recognizes dual citizenship, meaning you keep your previous passport (provided that country allows it).

St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Requirements

The legal framework for the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program is contained in Part II, Section 3 (5) of the Citizenship Act, 1984, and the Saint Christopher and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Regulations, 2011. These regulations enable the St Kitts government to operate the program and grant citizenship to applicants who qualify under criteria decided by the cabinet.

Requirements for the main applicant

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

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Have no criminal record
  • Be of excellent character (proved through bank statements and employer references)
  • Be able to make a qualifying investment

Requirements for family members

The following dependents can be included in the application and obtain lifelong St Kitts and Nevis citizenship:

  • Spouse
  • Children of the main applicant or spouse, under 18; aged between 18 and 25, in full-time education and financially supported by the main applicant or spouse; or aged 18 or over and physically/mentally challenged
  • Parents of the main applicant or the spouse aged 65 or above, living with and fully supported by the applicant

The St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment official website, ciu.gov.kn, has more information about the program and what’s required for a qualified dependent. 

Required Documents for St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment

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During the application, all documentation provided will go through a due diligence process. This is a vital step in a St Kitts and Nevis CBI application, as it means the documents and information will be checked to confirm the identity, financial profile, and security profile of the applicant and all accompanying family members aged 16 or over. This is crucial to guarantee the credibility of the application.

This is a list for reference. The CIU may request additional documents if necessary.

Citizenship application forms

Applicants are charged $250 for each set of forms issued.

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 Fund forms

  • Investment Confirmation/Escrow Agreement (Form C4)

Real estate forms

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

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

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 exempt)
  • 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 three months (children under the age of 12 are exempt)
  • 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 one year over the past ten years (children under the age of 16 are exempt)
  • Six 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 one original professional reference (e.g., from an attorney, notary public, official accountant, or other professionals of similar standing) not older than six months.
  • Bank Statements for a 12-month period from the date of submission of the application
  • At least one original bank reference letter issued by an internationally recognized bank, not older than six months
  • Certified copy of Military Records or exemption from military service (if applicable)
  • One original document of evidence of residential address (e.g., a 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
  • One 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 applicants between the ages of 18 -30
  • Certified copy of University Degrees (if applicable)
  • Limited Power of Attorney

If you are interested in acquiring citizenship by investment, why not arrange a chat with our Global Citizen Solutions team of experts? With up-to-date knowledge of all the most recent changes and trends in CBI programs, we can help you acquire your St Kitts and Nevis passport in just a few weeks.

St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship Investment Options

To qualify for the St Kitts CBI program, you must choose one of the three investment routes, which include two options for real estate:

  1.  Donation to the Sustainable Island State Contribution (SISC)
  2. Real estate investment in an approved real estate development
  3. Purchase of an approved private home
  4. Contribution to approved public benefit projects

Investors should note that besides the minimum contribution or real estate purchase costs, due diligence fees apply for all applicants.

1. Sustainable Island State Contribution (SISC)

The new Sustainable Island State Contribution, also known as the Federal Consolidated Fund, is a government fund that enables investors to make a non-refundable contribution of at least $250,000 to the economic and social prosperity of the twin-island nation. The fund’s revenue will help transform the nation into a Sustainable Island State by providing support to local food production, Green Energy, economic diversification, sustainable industries, the Creative Economy, COVID-19 impact recovery, and expanding social protection for the most vulnerable. 

SISC was created by the St Kitts and Nevis government in 2023 to replace the new Sustainable Growth Fund. Previously to SISC and the former Sustainable Growth Fund, there was the Hurricane Relief Fund (HRF) option. Launched in October 2017, the Hurricane Relief Fund accumulated and provided significant aid and support to the nation following two devastating Category 5 hurricanes.

Sustainable Island State Contribution

Single
Applicant

Applicant
+ Spouse

Family
up 
to 4

Additional
Dependent

(Over 18 years old)

Additional
Dependent 

Under 18 years old

Minimum Donation

$250,000

$300,000

$350,000

+$75,000 each

+$50,000 each

Due Diligence Fee

$10,000

$7,500 for each family member aged 16 or over

Application Form

$250 per set of forms

Passport Fee

$350 per passport

2. Real estate purchase

Buying real estate in a government-approved real estate project is a recoverable investment through rental income and/or reselling the property. The Government implemented escrow legislation to protect citizenship investors who support real estate projects in the country.

There are three options for the real estate investment route:

  • Investing at least $400,000 in a unit in a government approved property development in St Kitts and Nevis.

These government-approved real estate projects take the form of shares in luxury resorts, villas, or condominium resorts. The remaining investment, including a due diligence and government fee, apply to the minimum investment needed, and the shares can be resold after seven years. Important note: the real estate unit can only be resold once by the original purchaser. 

There are over 50 real estate developer projects to choose from, and an expert real estate consultant at Global Citizen Solutions will help you choose the best St Kitts and Nevis real estate investment opportunities for you. 

An alternative investment option under the real estate option is Private Homes Sale Investment.

  • Purchase a condominium unit for at least $400,000
  • Purchase a single-family private dwelling for a minimum cost of $800,000

A CBI applicant can no longer make a joint investment with another CBI applicant to purchase an approved private home. Additionally, a government fee applies to real estate investment for the main applicant and family members. The investment can be resold after seven years time post obtaining citizenship but cannot be sold to another investor looking to obtain citizenship by investment unless the investor will invest more in the property through further construction, renovation, etc. 

The main applicant can rent out their properties and enjoy between two and five percent income per annum.

Real Estate

Single Applicant

Applicant

+ Spouse

Additional
Dependent

(over 18 years old)

Additional

Dependent

(under 18 years old)

Minimum Investment

$400,000 (share of property) OR $400,000 (condominium unit) OR $800,000 (single-family private house)

Government Application Fee

$25,000

$40,000

+$15,000 each

+$10,000 each

Due Diligence Fee

$10,000

$7,500 for each family member aged 16 or over

Application Form

$250 per set of forms

Passport Fee

$350 per passport

3. Public Benefit Option (PBO)

This third option allows applicants to make a minimum investment of $250,000 directly in a public benefit unit in a government-approved public benefit project that benefits the population of St Kitts, known as Approved Public Benefit Projects.

Public Benefit Option

Single
Applicant

Applicant
+ Spouse

Additional
Dependent 

(Over 18 years old)

Additional
Dependent 

(under 18 years old)

Minimum Donation

$250,000

Government Application Fee

$25,000

$40,000

+$15,000 each

+$10,000 each

Due Diligence Fee

$10,000

$7,500 for each family member aged 16 or over

Application Form

$250 per set of forms

Passport Fee

$350 per passport

St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship Application Process and Timeline

Once you decide to apply for the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment program, our experts from Global Citizen Solutions will guide you through the entire application process to obtain your St Kitts second passport in just 12 months:

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  1. Contact Global Citizen Solutions: Contact our specialized team for a consultation regarding your CBI application.
  2. Initial due diligence checks: Global Citizen Solutions will perform initial due diligence checks at no additional cost to ensure a successful application.
  3. Client agreement and retainer payment: The client agreement contains details regarding the entire process to help put your mind at ease.
  4. Document gathering and form completion: Gather necessary documentation and complete all forms Global Citizen Solutions provides.
  5. Submit your application: Your dedicated Investment Migration Specialist will submit your application on your behalf*.
  6. Due diligence checks commissioned by the CIU: The Saint Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) will process your application and carry out all due diligence checks.
  7. Mandatory interview: All main applicants must attend a mandatory virtual interview. The CIU may ask dependents aged 16 years and older to attend an interview.
  8. Receive ‘approval in principle’ from the CIU: Successful applicants will receive an approval letter from the CIU within 120 days stating their application is ‘approved in principle’.
  9. Make your investment: Once you have received your government approval letter, you must make your qualifying investment, pay the government administration fees, and send proof to the CIU.
  10. Become a St Kitts and Nevis Citizen: You and your family members will be granted citizenship and receive your passports at an address of your choice.
  11. Collect Certificate of Registration: The CIU will issue your Certificate of Registration, which must be collected in person either in the country or at an approved Consulate or Embassy specified by the CIU.
  12. Full citizenship received: You are now a fully registered citizen of St Kitts and can retrieve your St Kitts and Nevis citizenship certificate.

*The CIU doesn’t accept applications from applicants but only from Authorized Agents, like Global Citizen Solutions, who have been licensed by the St Kitts and Nevis government and St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit.

Mandatory interviews

All citizenship applicants must partake in a mandatory citizenship interview as part of the application process to St Kitts and Nevis’ CBI program. The interview will be conducted online (default) or in person either in St Kitts or at a location approved by the Board of Governors. Any dependent aged 16 or over may be asked to participate in an interview as part of the process of applying.

The interview will be conducted by independent professional due diligence agents and law firms commissioned by the CIU. They also provide a certified translator in cases where the applicant or dependent does not speak English or English is not their first language. The increased due diligence fees cover the cost of the required mandatory interviews.

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CBI Compliance and Oversight in St Kitts and Nevis

The St Kitts and Nevis CIU is the government authority responsible for handling the country’s CIP program. The CIU maintains collaboration with government authorities, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the US Treasury, and the European Union to ensure adherence to regulations such as know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) policies, while also overseeing the activities each independent professional firm commissioned to accept applications.

Prime Minister Terrance Drew of St Kitts and Nevis signed Memorandum of Understanding with the four other Caribbean CBI countries to strengthen and advance compliance efforts in their programs.

Rights and Privileges Associated with a St Kitts Nevis Passport by Investment

  • Enhanced global mobility: With a St Kitts and Nevis passport, you have visa free access to over 150 countries, including the European Union, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Russia.
  • Optimized finances: You can meet your capital investment goals by investing in a high-end tourist real estate project and receive a return on your investment in the Caribbean’s thriving tourism industry.
  • Lucrative real estate investments: You can invest in a high-end tourist real estate project and receive a return on your investment in the Caribbean’s thriving tourism industry.
  • Increased protection: You are looking for a Plan B for yourself and your family members. A second citizenship offers alternatives in instances of global instability.
  • Free movement: You are making plans to retire in a peaceful, sunny paradise. With St Kitts and Nevis citizenship, you and your family can live in any member state of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Pros and Cons

Pros

Fast application process: While there’s no longer an accelerated application process, processing takes just 12 months from the date of acknowledgment of submission by the St Kitts and Nevis Investment Unit (CIU).

Reliable: This CBI program is the longest-running in the world. As one of the world’s most sought-after economic citizenship programs, it is the benchmark of the global investor immigration industry.

Confidential: The CIU doesn’t publish a list of those participating in the CBI program. Financial institutions and company information of citizens are also private in all circumstances.

Schedule of payments: You are only required to pay the qualifying minimum contribution amount once your application has been approved in principle.

Benefits in other countries: As a member of the Caribbean Community and the Commonwealth of Nations, St Kitts citizens enjoy certain travel and business privileges.

Cons

Expensive for families: If you are applying as a family, you can find more affordable citizenship programs in the Caribbean.

Limited investment routes: There are basically two types of investment routes – a donation (whether to the SISC or an approved Public Benefit Project) or a real estate purchase.

Extreme weather: The region is vulnerable to hurricanes, such as Irma and Maria, that seriously affected the country in 2017. This can be a concern, especially when investing in touristic accommodation.

Restricted countries: Nationals of Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine are not accepted and must not have been living in that country for over ten years, as well as have no ties with the country, to qualify.

CBI Comparison between St Kitts and Nevis and Other Caribbean Countries

  • St Kitts and Nevis: The first nation to introduce citizenship by investment. The St Kitts passport is the most powerful among Caribbean CBI countries.
  • Antigua and Barbuda: The cheapest Caribbean citizenship program for a family of four.
  • Dominica: The most affordable economic citizenship program for single applicants.
  • Grenada: The only Caribbean nation offering eligibility for the US E2 Visa through citizenship by investment.
  • St Lucia: Offers the most diverse qualifying investments, including the opportunity to invest in infrastructure projects with a minimum value of $100,000.

About St Kitts and Nevis

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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 St Kitts and Nevis citizenship?

  • Authorized International Marketing Agent. Global Citizen Solutions have official certification by the Government of St Kitts and Nevis to promote and market their Citizenship by Investment program. You can find a copy of our certificate by clicking the image on the right
  • 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 St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment (CBI)

How to get St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment?

You can obtain St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by marriage, birth, and naturalization. The fastest option is the citizenship by investment program. You can obtain citizenship status in St Kitts and Nevis by making a non-refundable contribution of $250,000 to the new federal consolidated fund (Sustainable Island State Contribution) or a Public Benefit Project, or make a real estate investment of at least $400,000. 

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

The St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) is a government body responsible for processing CBI applications and managing the St Kitts and Nevis economic citizenship scheme. The main applicant and qualified dependents must apply through an independent professional firm commissioned by the CIU to submit applications on their behalf.

What is the economic citizenship program in St Kitts?

The St Kitts economic citizenship program is another term for the St Kitts and Nevis passport by investment program, allowing investors to contribute to the country’s economy and obtain St Kitts and Nevis citizenship.

How much does Saint Kitts and Nevis citizenship cost?

The minimum investment amount for the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment program starts from a minimum contribution of $250,000 for a single applicant or $350,000 for a family of four, excluding government fees.

The total St Kitts citizenship by investment cost each plus government fees depends on the investment option and number of dependents included in the application. Additional costs include government fees, application fees, and passport fees.

How long is the St Kitts citizenship application process?

The process is relatively quick. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive your approval letter within 120 days from the date of acknowledgment of submission. The entire process takes about 12 months.

What is the minimum investment required under the real estate investment option?

The minimum real estate investment required is $400,000 in shares of projects in a pre-approved real estate development. If you prefer a private home sale investment option, you can make a minimum investment of $400,000 in a condominium or $800,000 in an approved private home. The main applicant must hold the investment for seven years.

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

According to the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship official website, two or more applicants can no longer apply for citizenship together by buying one piece of real estate under the Approved Private Homes Sale Option.

Is St Kitts citizenship worth it?

The lifetime citizenship benefits alone are worth. A St Kitts and Nevis passport allows visa free travel and access to visa waiver program in over 150 countries and easy access to a US visa, valid for ten years. You enjoy no tax on worldwide income, no inheritance or wealth tax. Gifts and capital gains are also tax free.

Can I apply for St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by donating to the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF)?

No, the SIDF investment donation option, which was created to raise funds for the displaced sugar industry workers, has been discontinued as a route to acquire citizenship. The Sustainable Growth Fund route has also been eliminated. As per an announcement made by the St Kitts government on 27 July 2023, the investment fund option available under is the Sustainable Island State Contribution and you can also contribute to an approved Public Benefit Project.

Can I invest in the Sustainable Growth Fund for the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment?

As announced by the government in 2023, the Sustainable Growth Fund was replaced by a new Sustainable Growth Fund called the Sustainable Island Contribution (SISC).

What is the St Kitts and Nevis Investment Programme?

The St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme, also known as the St Kitts Golden Visa, is the longest-standing CBI scheme in the world. Introduced in 1984, it allows foreigners to get a powerful CBI passport through a substantial economic contribution to the country. However, the program is highly selective and only relatively few passports a granted to foreign nationals.

How do I immigrate to St Kitts and Nevis?

You can immigrate to St Kitts and Nevis through the country’s CBI scheme. The government of St Kitts & Nevis has a citizenship by investment (CBI) program attracting foreigners who make a substantial contribution to the country through acts such as real estate investment. To acquire citizenship, investors make a minimum contribution of $250,000 to the Sustainable Island Contribution (SISC) or a real estate investment of $400,000, which incurs additional fees, including a government fee and biometric and fingerprinting requirement.

Can you buy St Kitts and Nevis citizenship?

You cannot buy citizenship and a passport in St Kitts and Nevis. St Kitts and Nevis’ citizenship program is not based on a transactional exchange of funds; rather, it represents a collaborative endeavor. This program enables foreign nationals to actively contribute to the economic and social progress of the country by participating in thoughtfully curated investments designed to maximize both the nation’s economic growth and social advancement. 

Can St Kitts and Nevis citizenship be revoked?

Successful applicants of the St Kitts and Nevis program may have their citizenship revoked if it was acquired through fraudulent tactics such as misrepresentation or the withholding of information during the application process. Furthermore, citizens who pose a threat to national security or engage in activities deemed detrimental to national interests may face citizenship revocation.

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