St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme

  • The St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme stands as the oldest and one of the most trusted programmes of its kind. Since 1984, it has allowed investors and their families to legally obtain citizenship of one of the Caribbean’s most idyllic locations.

Benefits of St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship

  • Successful applicants under the St Kitts and Nevis Programme are registered as citizens of the nation and may apply for a St Kitts and Nevis passport*.

     

    *Note: while the Citizenship by Investment Unit and the Passport Office work in unison, obtaining citizenship and applying for a passport are two distinct processes.

     

    They have access to a huge range of benefits including:

  • A fair tax regime, with no worldwide income, inheritance or gift tax for tax residents
  • Citizenship for life, with the right to live and work in the country
  • The ability to share citizenship with future generations
  • Global mobility

Accelerated Application Process

  • The St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme is the only programme of its kind to offer a guaranteed fast-track route to citizenship, known as the Accelerated Application Process (AAP).

    Under the AAP, a successful applicant can receive citizenship in as little as 60 days from submission of an application. The AAP is available for the following additional cost, inclusive of due diligence fees:

  • Main applicant USD 42,500
  • Spouse USD 32,500
  • Dependant child under 18 USD 22,500
  • Dependant child/other dependant over 18 USD 37,500

Investment Options

  • There are four ways in which an applicant can apply for citizenship under the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme:

     

    1. By donating to the country’s Sustainable Growth Fund

    2. By investing in pre-approved real estate

    3. By purchasing a private home

    4. By choosing the ‘public good option’

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THE SUSTAINABLE GROWTH FUND (Limited Time Offer)

  • The Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF) was established with a view to facilitating economic development and social upliftment in St Kitts and Nevis. The fund is also used to provide financial support to educational institutions and medical facilities in the nation, as well as to provide additional funding for the construction of infrastructure, the development of local tourism, the preservation of local culture and heritage and the support of sustainable growth initiatives in the country.

    To further enhance the attractiveness of the CBI Programme, the CIU has decided to make a Limited Time Offer (LTO) for a period of 6 months from 1 January to 30 June 2023.

    Applications submitted under the LTO will benefit from the reduction of the minimum amount of contribution payable by applicants and will qualify for the Accelerated Application Process (AAP) with a shortening of the processing timeframe from 90 days to 60 days, at no additional cost.

  • Main applicant USD 125,000
  • Main applicant and spouse USD 150,000
  • Main applicant, spouse and two dependants USD 170,000
  • Each additional dependant under 18 USD 10,000
  • Each additional dependant over 18 USD 25,000
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THE SUSTAINABLE GROWTH FUND

  • From 1 July 2023 onwards, the minimum SGF contribution will be adjusted as follows:

  • Main applicant USD 150,000
  • Main applicant and spouse USD 175,000
  • Main applicant, spouse and two dependants USD 195,000
  • Each additional dependant under 18 USD 10,000
  • Each additional dependant 18 or over USD 25,000
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REAL ESTATE OPTION

  • From January 2023 onwards, only Approved Developments will be eligible for the Real Estate Investment Option under the new CBI regime.

    The minimum real estate investment required by law is US$200,000 (resellable after 7 years).

    Upon submission of an application, non-refundable due diligence fees must also be paid. In addition to these fees, real estate buyers should be aware of purchase costs (mainly compulsory insurance fund contributions and conveyance fees).

    Additionally, the following government fees apply:

  • Main applicant USD 25,000
  • Spouse USD 15,000
  • Dependant child under 18 USD 10,000
  • Dependant child/other qualified dependant over 18 USD 15,000
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PRIVATE HOMES SALE OPTION

  • The Private Home Sale Investment Option will be retained as a permanent investment option under the CBI Programme, where the minimum investment per application is US$400,000 in a private single-family dwelling house designated as an Approved Private Home.

    Two or more main applicants may apply for citizenship by investment together by purchasing one piece of real estate, provided each main applicant contributes the minimum investment of US$400,000.

    The full purchase price will be placed in an irrevocable escrow account.

    Owners of any properties previously designated as Approved Private Homes will have a 45 day window to re-apply to keep their status as an Approved Private Home upon the coming into effect of the new CBI Regulations. Owners of such properties are required to apply to the Board of Governors of the CIU to have their properties re-designated as Approved Private Homes again.

    An Approved Private Home is subject to the following restrictions:

    • It cannot be converted into apartments or condominiums.

    Additionally, the following government fees apply:

  • Main applicant USD 25,000
  • Spouse USD 15,000
  • Dependant child under 18 USD 10,000
  • Dependant child/other qualified dependant over 18 USD 15,000
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PUBLIC GOOD INVESTMENT OPTION

  • From January 2023 onwards, the Alternative Investment Option (AIO) under the current CBI Programme is to be replaced by the newly introduced Public Good Investment Option (PGIO) where the minimum investment per application is US$175,000 in an Approved Public Good Investment, payable to an Approved Public Good Investor.

    Only Approved Public Good Investments qualify for the PGIO. All developments previously designated as AIO Developments will lose such designation within 45 days of the coming into effect of the new CBI Regulations.

    Investors of such developments are required to apply to the Board of Governors of the CIU to be designated as Approved Public Good Investors, whereby they can apply to have their investments designated as Approved Public Good Investments.

    Additionally, the following government fees apply:

  • Main applicant USD 25,000
  • Spouse USD 15,000
  • Dependant child under 18 USD 10,000
  • Dependant child/other qualified dependant over 18 USD 15,000

St Kitts and Nevis Passport

  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the investment options under the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme?

    • A direct contribution to the country’s Sustainable Growth Fund
    • An investment in pre-approved real estate
    • An investment in a private home
    • An investment in the ‘alternative investment option’

    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?

    You can include:

    • Your spouse
    • Children (yours or your spouse’s) under 18
    • Children (yours or your spouse’s) aged 18-30 who are in a dependency relationship with either you or your spouse
    • Children (yours or your spouse’s) aged 18 or over who are physically or mentally disabled
    • Siblings (yours or your spouse’s) if unmarried, childless, 30 years of age or younger, and financially dependent on the main applicant
    • Parents (yours or your spouse’s) if aged 55 or above, and living with and fully supported by you
    • Grandparents (yours or your spouse’s) if aged 65 or above, and living with and fully supported by you

    What does the due diligence process in St Kitts and Nevis entail?

    You will be vetted by multiple entities, including:

    • Local Authorised Persons perform KYC (know-your-client) checks
    • The Citizenship by Investment Unit carries out internal checks including AML (anti-money laundering) and CTF (counter-terrorism financing) vetting
    • Mandated international due diligence firms perform online and on-the-ground checks
    • Regional and international law enforcement agencies check that you aren’t on any wanted or sanctions lists

    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).

    Nationals of Iraq, Nigeria, Yemen, Russia and Belarus are unable to apply for the Accelerated Application Process route.

    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:

    • Families of four who would also like to add dependants such as parents, grandparents, or siblings
    • Single professionals who want to boost their career opportunities
    • Entrepreneurs looking to expand their businesses on a global level
    • Remote workers who want greater global mobility and the choice to work wherever they want to

    Where Your Funds Go

    The Sustainable Growth Fund 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 Growth Fund 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?

    Les Khan, PMP, MSOC, BBA, is Chief Executive Officer of the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit. He has over 20 years of experience with large financial organisations and risk management companies globally. Since 2015, Khan has been involved in the revamping of the Citizenship by Investment Unit in St Kitts and Nevis, and has become a resident expert on citizenship programmes within the Caribbean.

     

    Originally from Trinidad, Les Khan is a member of the Project Management Institute and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) in addition to being a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). Les Khan earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of South Australia and his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Finance from Baruch College, New York.

    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.

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