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    St. Kitts & Nevis
    Citizenship by
    Investment

    The beautiful, lush two-island state of St Kitts and Nevis is located in the
    eastern Caribbean, to the west of Antigua and the south of Anguilla.​

Formerly a British colony, St Kitts and Nevis gained its independence in 1983.  However, it remains part of the British Commonwealth. The country has a pleasant climate, rainforests, beautiful beaches, and delicious cuisine – it can genuinely be called a hidden paradise.

St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment programme has been in operation since 1984, thus making it the oldest and most reputable in existence.   Foreign investment helps this small nation grow and thrive.

TWS Legal Consultants’ immigration lawyers, who are registered with the Dubai Legal Affairs Department, can advise and represent you on making a St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment application.  We are a fully digital law firm and can organise appointments via video conferencing if you are based abroad.

What are the key benefits of a St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme?

Advantages of the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment programme include:

  • no residency requirements
  • instant and permanent citizenship
  • tax advantages: no inheritance or estate taxes, and no personal income tax
  • children under 30 and parents above 55 years old can be included
  • solid returns on real estate investments
  • St. Kitts and Nevis passport is the 26th most powerful in the world and provides visa-free or visa-on-arrival entry up to more than 152 countries
  • English is the main language

How do I obtain Citizenship by Investment in St. Kitts and Nevis?

Sustainable Island State Contribution (SISC)

The SISC offers perceptive investors the choice to contribute to their new country. It represents a sustainable and reliable option for astute investors aiming to make an informed decision. All contributions are directed to the Federal Consolidated Fund.

The legal minimum requirements for SISC are as follows:

  • Main applicant only: US$250,000
  • Main applicant and a spouse: US$300,000
  • Main applicant and one dependant: US$300,000
  • Main applicant, a spouse and one or two dependants; US$350,000
  • Main applicant and two or three dependants: US$350,000
  • Each additional dependant under 18: US$50,000
  • Each additional dependant aged 18 or over: US$75,000

Due diligence fees also apply.

Real estate investments

Investing in government-approved real estate is another route to Citizenship by Investment.  To qualify, you must:

  • invest USD 400,000 into private property and keep it for seven years, or
  • Applicable taxes and fees must also be paid.

As of April 2020, government fees are as follows:

  • Main applicant: USD 25,000
  • Spouse of the main applicant:  USD 10,000
  • Any other qualifying dependent under 18: USD 10,000
  • Any other qualifying dependent aged 18 or over: USD 15,000

Private Home Sales

An exclusive choice tailored for the unique investor. Eligible candidates can attain citizenship through an investment in an Approved Private Home.

The minimal investment in a condominium unit designated as an Approved Private Home stands at US$400,000.

For a single-family private dwelling designated as an Approved Private Home, the minimum investment required is US$800,000.

Resale:

A property procured under the Private Home Sale Investment Option is restricted from being sold for a minimum period of seven (7) years.

The Approved Private Home does not meet the criteria for purchase in a subsequent CBI application, unless the Federal Cabinet is satisfied that a substantial additional investment has been injected into the real estate unit, either through further construction, renovation, or other means.

Within 120 days of receiving confirmation from the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) regarding the submission of a CBI application, the CIU will communicate whether the application is:

  • Approved-in-principle
  • Denied
  • Delayed for cause and still undergoing processing

The subsequent due diligence fees apply to all CBI applications:

  • Main applicant: US$10,000
  • Each dependent aged 16 or older: US$7,500

Each main applicant must participate in an interview conducted by an independent professional firm commissioned by the CIU or by Unit officials. This interview can be held virtually, in person in St. Kitts and Nevis, or at another location approved by the Board of Governors of the CIU. Dependents aged 16 or older may also be required to attend an interview if deemed necessary.

Upon obtaining approval-in-principle for an application made through an Approved Private Home investment, the subsequent post-approval application fees are applicable:

Main applicant:US$25,000
Spouse of the main applicant:US$15,000
Any qualified dependant under 18:US$10,000
Any qualified dependant aged 18 or over:US$15,000

 

Public Benefit Option:

The Public Benefit Option serves as a mechanism for the Government to attain its capital investment objectives.

Astute investors aiming to develop projects that bring substantial advantages to the populace of St Kitts and Nevis have the opportunity to seek designation as Approved Public Benefactors through the CIU. This allows them to apply for the designation of their projects as Approved Public Benefit Projects, eligible for sale under this option.

Projects designated as Approved Public Benefit Projects by the CIU not only have the potential to enhance local employment but also enable the execution of initiatives involving technology transfer and capacity building.

Within a 120-day timeframe after receiving confirmation from the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) regarding the submission of a CBI application, the CIU will communicate whether the application:

Has been approved-in-principle
Has been denied
Is experiencing a delay for legitimate reasons and is currently under processing
The subsequent due diligence fees are applicable to all CBI applications:

Main applicant: US$10,000
Each dependent aged 16 or older: US$7,500
Every primary applicant must participate in an interview conducted by an independent professional firm either engaged by the CIU or by Unit officials. This interview can be conducted virtually, in person in St Kitts and Nevis, or at another location endorsed by the Board of Governors of the CIU. Dependents aged 16 or older may also be required to attend an interview if deemed necessary.

Upon obtaining approval-in-principle for an application made through the Public Benefit Option, the subsequent post-approval application fees apply:

Main applicant:US$25,000
Spouse of the main applicant:US$15,000
Any qualified dependant under 18:US$10,000
Any qualified dependant aged 18 or over:US$15,000

Our experienced team of immigration lawyers can assist you in completing the application form and collating and presenting the necessary documents.

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