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St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Kitts & Nevis By Investment

St. Kitts & Nevis have the longest-running “Citizenship-by-investment” program in the world attracting foreigners, who make a substantial contribution to the development of the country.

Established in 1984, the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme is the oldest of its kind in the world. The scheme offers citizenship to high-net-worth individuals and their families in a peaceful and prosperous part of the Caribbean providing visa-free access to over 150 countries.

St. Kitts and Nevis is currently witnessing a tremendous spike in tourism-related real estate development. This growth is spurred by the country’s affordable Citizenship by Investment Program.

Eligibility for St. Kitts & Nevis CBI:

  1. No criminal record
  2. Funds used for investment should have been legally derived
  3. The applicant is at least 18 years old
  4. The applicant must be in good health and must show that they do not suffer from any contagious diseases
  5. The applicant should never have been denied a visa to a country with which SKN has visa-free travel and who has not subsequently obtained a visa to the country that issued the denial
  6. Banned nationalitiesNationals of Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea, and, Cuba are banned from applying, regardless of where they live

Investment Options:

  1. Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF) Donation starting from $150,000
  2. Real Estate Investment for a minimum amount of $200,000 in government approved projects

Benefits of St. Kitts & Nevis Citizenship:

  • Dependents: Spouse, Kids under 18Y, kids from 18-30Y attending a recognized institute and financially dependent, Parents & Grandparents over 55Y who are living with main applicant and financially dependent, Siblings under 30Y who are unmarried, have no children and financially dependent
  • The island offers a tranquil lifestyle within a safe, peaceful, and pristine environment
  • Tax free – no income tax, inheritance or wealth tax
  • Easy second passport and citizenship for your family members
  • Duty-free access to several markets across the Caribbean
  • No formal requirement to reside in the country before or after citizenship has been granted
  • Lifetime Citizenship, right to live, work, and study in St. Kitts & Nevis as any other citizen
  • Processing time only 3-4 months
  • Passport is issued within 3 months of Citizenship approval
  • Visa-free access to around 150 countries and territories including UK, EU, Ireland, Schengen countries.
  • Trustworthy: The oldest and most established programme in the world
  • St. Kitts & Nevis allows Dual Citizenship, the entire process is confidential and not disclosed to the home country authorities
  • Family members such as spouse, child and siblings can also be added later on post obtaining citizenship of main applicant
  • The Biometrics passport will be valid for 10 years for adults and 5 years for children under 16Y age and can be renewed


Can I contact the Citizenship by Investment Unit directly?

No, the Unit engages only with authorised persons. Applicants may contact an authorised person with regards to questions pertaining to their application.

Who do I contact to become an economic citizen of St. Kitts and Nevis?

When applying to be a citizen of St Kitts and Nevis by way of investment, the main applicant must first contact an authorised person.

Can I submit my application in a language other than English?

No, applications that are not in English are not prescribed or accepted by the Citizenship by investment Unit.

Who is required to produce a police certificate?

Each main applicant and all permitted dependants 16 years and older are required to produce a police certificate.

What is a police certificate?

A police certificate refers to a statement from a national law enforcement authority on the status of a person’s criminal record. It is also referred to as “Certificate of No Criminal Record” or “Police Clearance Record”

If I am no longer interested in becoming a citizen will my monies be refunded?

All monies will be refunded with the exception of due diligence fees and processing fees.

What is the maximum number of dependants allowed by a main applicant?

There is no numerical limit on the number of permitted dependants.

Who are classified as permitted dependants?

Permitted dependants refer to: A spouse of the main applicant; A child under the age of 18 of the main applicant or his or her spouse; The child of the main applicant or his or her spouse between 18 and 30 years who is in full time attendance at a recognised institution of higher learning and fully supported by the main applicant; Parents or grandparents of the main applicant or his/her spouse above the age of 55 years living with and fully supported by the main applicant or; A child of the main applicant or spouse of the main applicant who is above the age of 18 years and physically or mentally challenged; Siblings under 30 years age who are unmarried, have no children and financially dependent.

How long does the application process take?

The application process may take as little as 90 days, but may be delayed for cause. Alternatively, if the applicant decides, they may pursue the Accelerated Application Process (AAP), which processes applications within 60 days. Applicants will be kept informed of their application status through their Authorised Person.

Is residing in St. Kitts and Nevis required in order to apply for citizenship?

No, residing in St. Kitts and Nevis is not required when applying for economic citizenship through the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme.

Do I have to travel to St Kitts and Nevis to obtain economic citizenship?

Travel to St Kitts and Nevis is not generally required. However, as part of the processing of the applications, individual applicants may be requested to attend an interview.

Does the Programme recognise same sex marriage?

The laws of St Kitts and Nevis define “spouse” as the partner of the opposite sex by marriage.

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