The St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program is the longest-running CBI scheme in the world. Introduced in 1984, this successful program allows foreigners to get a St Kitts passport in exchange for making a substantial economic contribution to the country.

Investment options include making a donation to the Sustainable Island State Contribution (SISC), investing in a real estate project, or contributing to an Approved Public Benefit Project. The minimum investment needed starts at $250,000, and you will acquire your St Kitts passport in just four short months.

Apart from being granted lifetime citizenship, successful applicants can enjoy other benefits such as tax advantages and visa free travel to over 150 countries.

In this guide, we’ll break down all the information you should know about Saint Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program. Read on to learn about the program requirements, application process, associated government fees, time frame, and citizenship benefits, among others.

What is the St Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program?

Saint-Kitts-pay-Taxes-dual-citizenship The St Kitts Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Program is the oldest in the world, established 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 it’s also one of just five Caribbean countries offering dual citizenship benefits by investment. 

St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program offers foreign investors the opportunity to receive citizenship in exchange for a contribution to the nation’s development. This contribution can be made in the form of several investment options, such as a donation to fund government projects or the purchase of real estate through the projects of various real estate developers approved by the government.  

Citizenship can be extended to accompanying family members and is valid for life, passing down to future generations.

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 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. 

Why choose a St Kitts and Nevis Passport by Investment?

You should apply for the St Kitts Citizenship by Investment if:

  • You want to enhance your 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.
  • You want to diversify your assets and optimize your taxes. St Kitts and Nevis has no income tax on worldwide income, capital gains tax, or inheritance tax.
  • You want to invest in a high-end tourist real estate project and receive a return on your investment in the Caribbean’s thriving tourism industry.
  • You are looking for a Plan B for yourself and your family members. A second citizenship offers alternatives in instances of global instability.
  • 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).

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, second citizenship creates opportunities and flexibility for you and your family. A Caribbean passport is the ultimate plan B.

2. Accelerated Application Process: The processing time is relatively quick, taking up to four 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 obtaining 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 travel to St Kitts and Nevis. 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 the European Union, 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 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.

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

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 government website has more information about the program and what’s required for a qualified dependent. 

St Kitts Citizenship by Investment Required Documents

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During the application, all documentation provided will go through a due diligence process. This is a vital step in a 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 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.

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)

Important: 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 obtaining 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.

Qualifying Investment Options & Fees

At Global Citizen Solutions, we offer an initial pre-due diligence assessment free of charge for single applicants and investors submitting a family application, so you can be assured that your application for Saint Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment will be successful even before you sign the contract with us. The only due diligence fee applicants must pay is the fee paid to the government. To qualify for the St Kitts CBI program, you must choose one of the following investment routes. 

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 investment

A real estate purchase in a government-approved real estate project in St Kitts and Nevis is a way to see a return on your 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 government fee and due diligence fees, 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 and Nevis, 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

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 process to obtain your second passport in just four 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 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 of St Kitts and Nevis 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 St Kitts and Nevis 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 Nevis!

*By law, the CIU doesn’t accept applications directly 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 main citizenship applicants must partake in a mandatory 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 and Nevis 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 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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St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Pros and Cons

As mentioned, St Kitts and Nevis is one of the five countries in the Caribbean that offer CBI programs. The other countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, and St Lucia. While they are all excellent (and we at Global Citizen Solutions work with all of them), each has its own characteristics that make them more appealing to different clients. Let’s explore the pros and cons of the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment program.

Pros

Fast application process: While there’s no longer an accelerated application process, processing takes just four months (120 days) 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, with no history of problems and setbacks. As one of the world’s most sought-after economic citizenship programs, it is the benchmark of the global investor immigration industry.

Confidential: The St Kitts and Nevis 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 options: 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: St Kitts and Nevis 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 from citizens of Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine are not accepted – a definite con if you are from one of these countries. However, if you are from a banned country but have not been living in that country for over ten years and have no ties with the country, then you can apply to the program.

About St Kitts and Nevis

St Kitts and Nevis is officially named the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis – however, the island became known as St Kitts, as in the 17th century, Kitt was the usual nickname for Christopher. Located in the West Indies, the country belongs to the Commonwealth of Nations and Caribbean Community, allowing citizens certain travel and business benefits. It is composed of two islands: The larger one, St Kitts, is home to the capital city, Basseterre. The smaller island is Nevis. Together, they have a population of around 50,000.

The nation has an English-speaking population and a booming tourism industry. There are also plenty of activities to cater to all types of interests, such as hiking through the lush rainforest,  ziplining, climbing Mount Liamuiga (the island’s dormant volcano), kayaking, jet skiing, surfing, paddle-boarding, and more. The nation is also big on festivals. Throughout the year, you can enjoy Sugar Mas – the St Kitts and Nevis Carnival, Nevis Culturama, Green Valley Festival, and the St Kitts and Nevis Music Festival, to name a few.

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Why choose Global Citizen Solutions?

  • Global approach by local experts. We are an independent professional firm commissioned by the government of St Kitts and Nevis and a corporate member 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 Caribbean immigration lawyers from reputable law firms, 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.

There are numerous reasons why you should work with us for your Caribbean citizenship application and gain citizenship in a sought-after Caribbean nation.

Frequently Asked Questions about St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment

How to get St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment?

You can obtain St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by marriage, birth, and naturalization. Arguably, the fastest and simplest option is the citizenship by investment program. You can obtain citizenship by making a non-refundable contribution starting at $250,000 to the country’s development (through the St Kitts and Nevis state fund or funding a Public Benefit Project) or by making a St Kitts and Nevis real estate investment of at least $400,000. 

Through citizenship, you obtain a St Kitts and Nevis passport – a top-ranking second passport allowing visa free access to over 150 countries, including Europe’s Schengen zone. The St Kitts and Nevis’s powerful CBI passport is proven through the recently signed visa waiver program agreement between the St Kitts and Nevis and the Canadian government. 

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 receiving and processing all incoming applications and overseeing and managing the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship program. An Authorized Agent must submit your application to the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit on your behalf to acquire citizenship. 

What is the economic citizenship program in St Kitts?

The St Kitts economic citizenship program is another way of saying St Kitts and Nevis passport by investment program. Invest a minimum of $250,000 in the country’s economy and obtain St Kitts and Nevis citizenship.

The timeframe for St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment program is around four months. Citizenship is lifelong and can be passed down to the next generations.

How much does Saint Kitts and Nevis citizenship cost?

The minimum investment for the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment program starts from $250,000 for a single applicant or $350,000 for a family of four. That’s $87,500 each plus government fees.

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

Do US citizens need a passport to visit St Kitts and Nevis?

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

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 four months to conclude.

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 investment must be held for seven years. There are also government fees starting at $25,000 and due diligence fees of $10,000 for the main applicant, as well as application form fees and passport fees.

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

No, two or more applicants can no longer apply for St Kitts citizenship together by buying one piece of real estate under the Private Homes Sale Option.

Does St Kitts and Nevis allow dual citizenship?

Yes, dual citizenship is recognized by Saint Kitts and Nevis. If you apply to the citizenship by investment program, you can acquire St Kitts and Nevis citizenship and keep your existing nationality (provided the country of your existing citizenship allows dual citizenship). Citizenship is passed on to the next generations through descent.

Is St Kitts citizenship worth it?

Yes, the lifetime citizenship benefits alone are worth it for several reasons. For example, a St Kitts and Nevis passport allows visa free travel and visa waiver access to over 150 countries and easy access to a US visa, valid for ten years. You can also enjoy no tax on worldwide income, no inheritance or wealth tax. Gifts and capital gains are also tax free and the country provides numerous business opportunities. 

Applying to the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship program makes this wealth of benefits available in exchange for an investment in the country, which can be a donation to the SISC state fund, a real estate investment, or support to a Public Benefit Project. 

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

No, the SIDF, which was created to raise funds for the displaced sugar industry workers has been discontinued as a route to obtain 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 the citizenship program is the Sustainable Island State Contribution and you can also contribute to an approved Public Benefit Project.

Additionally, the Accelerated Application Process (AAP) – which was available under the Limited Time Offer and allowed applications to be processed in 60 days – was discontinued as per the same announcement.

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 is the longest-running CBI scheme in the world. Introduced in 1984, it allows foreigners to get a St Kitts and Nevis passport in exchange for making a substantial economic contribution to the country. Only relatively few passports have been issued under this successful citizenship-by-investment scheme.

How do I immigrate to St Kitts and Nevis?

You can immigrate to St Kitts and Nevis through the St Kitts CBI scheme. The government of St Kitts and 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 obtain citizenship, investors can contribute $250,000 Sustainable Island Contribution (SISC) or make a real estate investment, which incurs additional fees, including a government fee.

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