St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment - RIF Trust


visa-free access


minimum requirement


months processing time

The St. Kitts and Nevis “Citizenship by Investment Programme” offers many benefits. Above all, one of the main advantages is 161 visa-free travel, as Saint Kitts and Nevis is a member of the Commonwealth as well as being a member of the Caribbean.

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Besides, Saint Christopher and Nevis, to give the country its full name, covers 261 square km of the West Indies. The population of just under 48,000 on St Kitts and the island of Nevis enjoys a high standard of living in a federal parliamentary democracy. This consists of a Governor-General, a Prime Minister, and two-chamber Parliament.

Benefits of St Kitts & Nevis

161 visa-free access with Saint Kitts and Nevis citizenship.

You don’t have to permanently relocate to Saint Kitts and Nevis. What's more, there are no language tests either.

This Caribbean country recognizes dual citizenship. In addition, this can prove beneficial to those applying for tax reasons.

CBI accounts for around 25%-30% of this twin-island state's GDP.

Who Can Get St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship

  • Firstly, over 18 years of age
  • Can prove your investment is legal
  • Have a clean criminal record
  • Be of good character
  • Not been denied a visa to a country with visa-free access to St Kitts and Nevis

  • Over 18 years of age
  • Have a clean criminal record
  • Be of good character
  • Not been denied a visa to a country with visa-free access to St Kitts and Nevis

  • Living at home

  • Enrolled full-time at a higher education institution

  • Of any age

  • Living with you and, in addition, fully supported by you

Programme Requirements

To apply for this Citizenship by Investment Programme, you must fulfill ONE of the following investment options. You must also meet other requirements:

OPTION 1. Donate to the Sustainable Island State Contribution (SISC)

Your SISC donation to the Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis must be at least $250,000. Additionally, this rises to $300,000 for you and your spouse. Furthermore, if you’re a family of four, you will pay $350,000 for you, your spouse, and two dependants.

OPTION 2. Invest in Property

The Developer’s Real Estate Option requires you to invest no less than $400,000 in an approved real estate development. Consequently, you must own the property for at least seven years. Furthermore, it can only be resold once, to a new CBI programme member.

In contrast, an Approved Private Home, either a condo or single-family dwelling, qualifies as a CBI option. In this case, you must pay at least $400,000 to the condo owner and $800,000 to the single-family dwelling owner.

Subsequently, you have to own the private home for at least seven years. Following this, you can’t resell your real estate investment to a CBI applicant unless Federal Cabinet approves. Ultimately, you must inject substantial extra investment by way of construction, renovation, or any other improvements.

OPTION 3. Contribute to an Approved Public Benefit Project

Invest at least $250,000 in a project that boosts local employment and, also, transfers all real estate to the State on completion.

Other Requirements and Benefits

To obtain Citizenship through Investment, you can’t either/or pose security or reputational risks. What’s more, as a St Kitts and Nevis passport holder, you don’t have to live on either. Yet, there are no taxes on your earnings or wealth if you’re a resident.

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The RIF Trust team has global experts in over 20 countries. We can advise in 14 languages. Let us help you find the perfect investment migration solution.

The RIF Trust team has global experts in over 20 countries. We can advise in 14 languages. Let us help you find the perfect investment migration solution.

Application Process

  • Months 1-2

    Client onboarding process

    Our process begins with Form 1, our RIF Trust due diligence. After screening, we provide a Client Agreement (CA) for you to review and sign. Rest assured that we make this process as easy to follow as table of contents.

    Upon receiving the signed agreement and retainer payment, our processing team completes government forms and supporting documents. If you choose a property investment, we arrange the sales and purchase agreement with the developer. We'll liaise with the property developer and the St Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) on your behalf.

    For transparency and effectiveness, we thoroughly review your application before submission to meet CIU requirements. We maintain close collaboration with the CIU, guaranteeing timely and streamlined processing.

  • Months 2-3

    Application review and submission

    Before submitting your documents, we comprehensively review your application to ensure your file complies with the CIU's requirements. Subsequently, our processing team will complete its final checks.

    The CIU undertakes its own due diligence checks, as well. In addition, we will work closely with them to ensure your application proceeds smoothly.

    Applying for Citizenship by Investment here now requires a mandatory interview for main applicants and dependents over 16 years of age. During the interview, applicants must attend alone, without legal representatives or support persons. Interviews can be conducted online or in person, with certified translators available if necessary.

  • Months 6-12

    Certificate of Registration issued

    The CIU will assess your application, and upon approval, you must make all necessary contributions and pay any applicable government charges including due diligence fees. Subsequently, you will need to collect the Certificate of Registration in person. You can do this in St Kitts or at an approved consulate or embassy. Only upon the receipt of the COR will you be able to apply for a Saint Kitts and Nevis passport.

Frequently Asked Questions

Saint Kitts and Nevis, part of the Commonwealth of Nations, retains the British monarch as the head of state. This beautiful, verdant two-island state is in the Eastern Caribbean, to the west of Antigua and to the south of Anguilla.

The two islands cover 261 sq. km and house a population of just under 48,000. Despite the small size,  the country strategically positions itself on the global stage. There are good air links with the United States, for example, offering many flights to Robert L Bradshaw International Airport.

Tourism is the nation’s economic mainstay, attracting more than 600,000 visitors every year. This accounts for most of the $1.5 billion annual income. They balance this economic success against a commitment to international agreements. The two-island state signed the Double Taxation Relief (CARICOM) Treaty 1994 and also complies with the US FATCA regime.

In addition to the impressive location itself, there are many other benefits to obtaining this citizenship. Foremost:

  • You can enjoy visa-free access to a greater number of countries and territories
  • Moreover, you can take advantage of physical residency requirements, i.e., no language tests, or need to relocate
  • Furthermore, the country recognizes dual citizenship, which can prove beneficial if you’re applying for tax reasons.

To apply for this citizenship, you must meet specific criteria. Firstly, you must be over the age of 18. Additionally, you need to have a clean criminal record. Moreover, the programme also requires that you have a stable income and good health.

You must contribute to the country’s economy through one of the following ways:

  1. Firstly, invest $250,000 in the Sustainable Island State Contribution. Additionally, if applying with your spouse, this rises to US$300,000, and for a family of four, it’s $350,000.
  2. Another option is to commit at least $400,000 to the Developer’s Real Estate Option. Subsequently, you must own the property for no less than seven years and then resell it to someone joining the CBI programme.
  3. Alternatively, you can choose to pledge at least $250,000 to an Approved Public Benefit Project that boosts local employment.

No, you do not need a permanent residence. Furthermore, there is no requirement at all to visit the country. In fact, you can apply entirely remotely.

You qualify for citizenship for life. However, your passport will be valid for 10 years.

You can renew this every 10 years indefinitely so that you do not worry about visa requirements when travelling. This means you won’t ordinarily have to obtain a visa or concern yourself with electronic travel authorization (ETA) matters.

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  • 161 visa-free access
  • 6-12 months application processing time
  • $250,000 minimum requirement