For successful applicants, the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment application process consists of seven main steps, which are:
Step 1: Pre-approval by CS Global Partners and preparation of the application.
Step 2: Submission of the citizenship application.
Step 3: Wait for the CIU to process your application and carry out all due diligence checks.
All main applicants are required to attend a mandatory interview. Dependants aged 16 years of age may at the discretion of the CIU be required to attend an interview.
Once your application is vetted, within 120 days of acknowledgment from the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) of submission of a CBI application, the CIU will issue a letter advising whether an application is:
Step 4: Make your chosen investment from the four CBI Options after you receive the approval-in-principle letter.
Step 5: Certificate of Registration issued and available for collection in St Kitts and Nevis or at specified Consulates or Embassies approved by the St Kitts and Nevis CIU Board of Governors.
Step 6: Passport application.
Step 7: Enjoy this sustainable solution with the exclusive benefit of obtaining citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis for you and your family.
|There are four ways in which an applicant can apply for citizenship under the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme:|
|01||SUSTAINABLE ISLAND STATE CONTRIBUTION
|The Sustainable Island State Contribution was established with a view to facilitating economic development and social upliftment in St Kitts and Nevis.|
|Main applicant and spouse||US$300,000|
|Main applicant and up to three dependants||US$350,000|
|Each additional dependant under 18||US$10,000|
|Each additional dependant aged 18 or above||US$25,000|
|02||REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT OPTION
|Under the Real Estate Investment Option, the minimum investment is US$400,000 per application in an Approved Development, with a minimum holding period of 7 years.|
|03||PRIVATE HOME SALE INVESTMENT OPTION
|Under this investment option, a minimum investment of US$400,000 per application is required to be made in an Approved Private Home, with a minimum holding period of 5 years.
Two or more main applicants may apply together by purchasing one Approved Private Home, provided each of them contributes a minimum of US$400,000 towards the investment.
|04||PUBLIC BENEFIT OPTION
|Under the Public Benefit Option applicants can obtain citizenship by making a minimum investment of US$250,000 in an Approved Public Benefit Project, payable to an Approved Public Benefactor.|
|The following basic fees apply to all four investment options:
Due Diligence Fees
|Each dependant aged 16 or over||US$25,000|
|Due Diligence Fees payable in an accelerated CBI application
|Each dependant aged 16 or over||US$10,000|
|Post-approval CBI application fees
The post-approval application fees payable in a non-accelerated CBI application (for Real Estate, Private Home and Public Benefit Option only)
are as follows:
|Each dependant under 18||US$10,000|
|Each dependant aged 18 or over||US$15,000|
|Post-approval Accelerated CBI Application fees
The post-approval application fees payable in an accelerated CBI application are as follows:
|Each dependant under 18||US$15,000|
|Each dependant aged 18 or over||US$25,000|
|• Application Processing Fees – Per application: US$250
• Bank Due Diligence Fees
• Certificate of Registration Fees
• Passport Fees
• CS Global Partners Professional Fees
Once an individual’s application for Citizenship by Investment is approved, an economic citizen can apply for a passport at the Passport Office.
What are the Benefits of a St Kitts and Nevis Passport?
St Kitts and Nevis passports are CARICOM passports that are issued to citizens of St Kitts and Nevis for international travel. They are biometric documents, ensuring a greater level of safety and facilitating cross-border procedures. Holders of St Kitts and Nevis passports enjoy access to about 150 countries and territories worldwide.
Ordinary St Kitts and Nevis passports are valid for 10 years if issued to a person aged 16 or over and are valid for five years for children under the age of 16. They can be renewed at the Passport Office at the Government Headquarters in Basseterre (St Kitts and Nevis’ capital city) or at a St Kitts and Nevis High Commission, Embassy, or Consulate.
What is the St Kitts and Nevis Passport Application Process?
The passport application process is separate from the Citizenship by Investment process and requires the applicant to present a number of documents, including, but not limited to, a certified copy of the applicant’s Certificate of Registration. This is the document that is issued to an economic citizen at the end of the Citizenship by Investment process.
Every time St Kitts and Nevis passport holders re-apply for a passport (for example, because their old one has expired), they must present their old St Kitts and Nevis passport. This will be cancelled upon issuance of the new document.
What are the investment options under the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme?
1. By making a contribution to the Sustainable Island State Contribution (SISC)
2. By purchasing a real estate unit of an Approved Development
3. By purchasing an Approved Private Home
4. By purchasing a public benefit unit in an Approved Public Benefit Project
Who is eligible to apply under the Programme?
Applicants for citizenship should be at least 18 years of age, of good character, without a criminal record, and be able and willing to make the required contribution or investment.
Which family members can I include in my application for economic citizenship?
The following family members may be included in an application for citizenship by investment:
What does the due diligence process in St Kitts and Nevis entail?
You will be vetted by multiple entities, including:
Are citizens of certain countries not allowed to apply for St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment?
Nationals of Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea, Russia and Belarus regardless of where they live, are excluded from applying (this includes dependants).
Is This Programme for Me?
St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment is good value for money for both individual applicants and families looking to apply for second citizenship, including:
Where Will Your Investment Go?
The Sustainable Island State Contribution allows future citizens of St Kitts and Nevis to be part of the country’s success story, as this investment channel enables both applicants and the nation to thrive.
The Sustainable Island State Contribution channels resources to priority areas like education, health, climate change and resilience, infrastructure, tourism and culture, and the promotion of indigenous entrepreneurship to benefit all citizens.
Investments in real estate provide wider benefits for the economy of St Kitts and Nevis through direct and indirect job creation.
Who leads the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit?
Michael Martin, Kittitian born, is the recently appointed Head of St Kitts and Nevis’ Citizenship by Investment Unit. His task is to drive St Kitts and Nevis’ newly evolved Citizenship by Investment Programme which includes a refocus that will cement the twin-island Federations standing as a leading player in the investment migration industry.
Martin has a wealth of experience in the financial services industry including banking, trusts, insurance, and other lines of work in which compliance plays a critical role.
He is the former executive of the National Caribbean Insurance Company, National Bank Trust Company, and Sagicor Life Inc.
He has also held appointments as a Director of the Insurance Association of the Caribbean, as Honorary Secretary of the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park Society Council of Management, and as a Director of First Federal Cooperative Credit Union.
Michael Martin has a graduate diploma from the International Compliance Association and Manchester Business School, a certificate in International Trust Management from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and a certificate in Managing Financial Services from the University of the West Indies.
How can CS Global Partners help?
CS Global Partners assists clients who wish to obtain St Kitts and Nevis citizenship, providing them with the guidance and commitment they need to see their application processed seamlessly. Our team then ensures that clients who obtain their citizenship also apply for and receive St Kitts and Nevis passports should they wish to.