St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship

St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship

What is the Citizenship Program for St. Kitts and Nevis?

The St. Kitts&Nevis Citizenship Program was established back in 1984. It stands as one of the oldest Citizenship by Investment Program in the world. This program requires an investor to make a significant economic contribution to the St Kitts&Nevis.

What are the conditions of application for the Citizenship Program?

Investors may apply for the Citizenship Program under the conditions;

  • the person must be over 18 years of age
  • minimum real estate purchase of $400,000 USD (the real estate cannot be resold for a period of 5 years) OR,
  • a non-refundable contribution to the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) of $250,000 USD (for a single applicant),
  • absence of criminal record
  • government processing fees of $50,000 USD for the main applicant
  • due diligence fees of $7,500 USD for the main applicant

How long does the process take?

Application process for Citizenship Program takes approximately 4 to 9 months.

What are the advantages of this Program?

Key advantages of this citizenship program are;

  • Visa free travel to 130 countries including the UK, Canada and the countries of the Schengen area in Europe
  • Dual citizenship
  • No physical residence requirement
  • Right to reside on the Island

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (“FAQ”) IN RELATION TO ST. KITTS AND NEVIS CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT PROGRAMME

Why choose St. Kitts and Nevis?

St. Kitts and Nevis can be your preferable second home to spend Winter and Summer, easy to travel from/to US & EU with advanced airway options. The country allows dual & multiple citizenships. It also offers most minimal tax rates of Caribbean, no wealth, gift, inheritance, foreign income, or capital gains tax payment is requested.

Do I have to travel to St. Kitts and Nevis to start the Citizenship procedures?

Before or after acquirement of St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship, it is not necessary to travel to St. Kitts and Nevis.

What are the visa-free travel opportunities for citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis?

Over 140 countries, including the entire EU member states, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Switzerland. Owners of the St. Kitts and Nevis’ passport enjoy visa free travel to whole countries which are stated above.

St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship for new children (those who are born after acquisition of citizenship) does the child need to be born in St. Kitts and Nevis or can the child be born anywhere?

If the husband and wife both are the citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis, then the child automatically inherits the citizenship wherever he/she is born.

Is St. Kitts & Nevis a tax haven for investors who are interested in Citizenship by Investment?

Sure. St. Kitts & Nevis is a country which imposes quite minimal amount of taxation to its investors who consider obtainment of St. Kitts & Nevis citizenship by Investment. State authorities does not demand any wealth, income, inheritance or foreign income tax from its citizens, thus holding one of the lowest tax rates.

Is it applicable for two or more different investors to obtain St Kitts & Nevis Citizenship depending on only one real estate?

Yes, this is possible. Property investment asked from main applicants is stipulated as a minimum of USD 400.000 if more than 1 investor considers buying same property together. In this situation two or more St Kitts & Nevis CBI applicants may consider investing in a single property, provided that every single main applicant makes investment equivalent to the at least above mentioned amount via assistance of an authorized agent.

Is St Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program regulated with an official legislation?

Yes. St Kitts & Nevis CBI is designated through legislations, especially with Saint Christopher and Nevis Citizenship Act of year 1984, which created the most long-established Citizenship Program. This Act gathers thorough & essential information regarding St Kitts & Nevis CBI procedures.

Do you offer Approved Property options for acquirement of St Kitts & Nevis Citizenship?

Yes. We offer approved projects for St Kitts & Nevis Citizenship. We work closely together with luxurious Hotels in St Kitts & Nevis in which you can purchase a share of the ownership and then apply to the program.

Is St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship acquired/valid for life?

Yes, once the citizenship is acquired, it becomes a permanent citizenship for life for you and your next generation family also.

Can we change our names after obtaining citizenships?

St. Kitts and Nevis concurred that effective Citizenship by Investment candidates will not be permitted to change their name through Deed Poll or some other methods for the issuance of the St. Kitts and Nevis passport.

Do the applicants have to reside in St. Kitts and Nevis for a certain period of time at any stage of the application?

There is no residence requirement before or after acquiring the Grenadian citizenship.

How many family members can apply for citizenship along with the Main Applicant?

Minimum amount of donation, USD $150,000, covers only the main applicant. In order to apply with a spouse, the amount becomes USD $175,000. For a family up to 4, the amount is USD $195,000 but for each additional family members, the applicant shall donate USD $10,000. However, children up to 18 shall prove their college enrollment.

Is there any language requirement to apply for St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship?

No, neither there is a language requirement nor an interview, business experience or educational requirements for the citizenship application.

Once St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship is acquired, in the case that the applicant will not stay in St. Kitts and Nevis, what will be main applicant’s tax liabilities in St. Kitts and Nevis?

Global incomes are not subject to taxation in St. Kitts and Nevis as well as personal income, inheritance and wealth taxes within the country.