St Kitts-Nevis Citizenship Investment Programme
Established in 1984, the St Kitts-Nevis Citizenship Investment Programme is the oldest economic citizenship programme in the Caribbean – and in the world. It is run by the Citizenship by Investment Unit that, with 30 years of administrative experience and a renewed commitment to transparency, serves as a positive example to all other countries with similar programmes.
Under the St Kitts-Nevis Citizenship Investment Programme, business leaders, high net worth individuals, and their families are allowed to invest in this peaceful country in return for full citizenship.
Successful applicants able to travel visa-free to more than 135 countries around the globe, including the European Union, the United Kingdom (UK), Brazil, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
Applicants and their families may gain citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis by choosing one of two options:
A one-time contribution to the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF)
An investment in pre-approved real estate
THE SUGAR INDUSTRY DIVERSIFICATION FOUNDATION (SIDF)
The SIDF option is the most popular alternative for citizenship by investment in St Kitts and Nevis.
Established in 2006, the SIDF is a public charity that assists the Government with the task of diversifying St Kitts and Nevis’ economy.
The minimum contribution required under the SIDF option is US$250,000.
INVESTMENT IN PRE-APPROVED REAL ESTATE
The pre-approved real estate option requires applicants to purchase property and to maintain ownership for at least 5 years.
The minimum required investment under the pre-approved real estate option is US$400,000.
Applicants for the St Kitts-Nevis Citizenship Investment Programme must fulfil the following conditions:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be of good character
- Have no criminal record
- Pass a detailed background check
- Be able to provide proof of source of funds
- Be healthy
Investors may apply with their spouse and dependent children, and, in some cases, dependent elderly parents or grandparents.
- Full citizenship status
- No requirement to visit St Kitts and Nevis before, during, or after application
- No interview requirement
- No English language requirement
- Low processing fees
- Fast processing time
- 60-day premium Accelerated Application Process (AAP) available for an additional fee
- Dual citizenship is allowed
- Social and political security
- Visa-free travel to over 135 countries (including the UK, the EU, and Brazil)
- No foreign income, capital gains, gift, and inheritance tax
- Excellent asset protection services and business environment
About St Kitts & Nevis
St Kitts and Nevis, officially known as ‘The Federation of St Christopher and Nevis,’ is a twin-island nation located in the Caribbean Sea.
St Kitts and Nevis’ pleasant tropical climate, turquoise waters, and sugar-soft beaches make the two islands a fashionable tourism destination, and a true earthly paradise. The country is also one of the most eco-friendly places on earth, with Nevis expected to be run by geothermal energy in a matter of years.
Previously under British rule, St Kitts and Nevis gained independence in 1983. It still has close ties with Great Britain as a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The Federation is also a member of the United Nations (UN), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), and the Organisation of American States (OAS).
St Kitts and Nevis is a mix of relaxation and active business. It has many golf courses and SPAs, but it also provides one of the world’s most business-friendly environments for entrepreneurs hoping to set up companies and pursue other commercial activities.