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The St Kitts and Nevis “Citizenship-by-Investment Program” offers a wealth of benefits. Above all, one of the main advantages of this CBI programe is enhanced visa-free access.

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

You can learn more about investing in a St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship today.

Benefits of St Kitts and Nevis

Enhance visa-free access with St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship.

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

St Kitts and Nevis recognizes dual citizenship. In addition, this can prove beneficial to those applying for tax reasons.

Who Can Get St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship

  • Over 18 years of age
  • Capable of proving the legality of your investment
  • 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 an institution of higher learning

  • Of any age

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

Programme Requirements

To apply for the St Kitts and Nevis 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 must be at least $250,000. Additionally, this rises to $300,000 for you and your spouse. Furthermore, if applying as 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 a commitment of no less than $400,000 in an approved real estate development. Consequently, you must maintain 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, which can be a condominium or single-family dwelling, qualifies as a citizenship-by-investment option. In this case, you must pay at least $400,000 to the condominium 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, there is no opportunity to resell to a CBI applicant unless you receive Federal Cabinet approval. Ultimately, they need to be satisfied that you injected substantial further investment into the property by way of further construction, renovation, or any other improvements.

OPTION 3. Contribute to an Approved Public Benefit Project

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

Other Requirements and Benefits

By applying to the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship-by-Investment Programme, you must:

Not be identified as a potential national security or reputational risk.

While you do not have to live on St Kitts or Nevis to become a citizen, there is no personal income, net worth, gift, inheritance, foreign income, or capital gains tax for residents.

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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, allowing us to conduct initial RIF Trust due diligence. Upon successful screening, we provide a Client Agreement (CA) for your review and signature.

    After receiving the signed agreement and retainer payment, our legal team swiftly completes government forms and supporting documents. If you choose a property investment, we facilitate the sales and purchase agreement with the developer. We act as intermediaries, liaising with the property developer and the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) on your behalf, ensuring a smooth process.

    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 legal team will complete its final checks before submitting the relevant forms.

    The CIU will undertake its own due diligence checks and review all the paperwork. In addition, we will continue to work closely with them throughout the process to ensure your application proceeds smoothly and without delays.

    Applying for St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment 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, enhancing the due diligence process.

  • Months 8-9

    Certificate of Registration issued

    The CIU will assess your application, and upon approval, you must make all necessary contributions and pay any applicable government fees. Subsequently, you will need to collect the Certificate of Registration in person. This can be done in St Kitts or at an approved consulate or embassy.

Frequently Asked Questions

St 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 located 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, you can enjoy a high standard of living in a federal parliamentary democracy. Equally important, the country strategically positions itself on the global stage.

Tourism is the nation’s economic mainstay, attracting more than 600,000 visitors every year and contributing to most of the $1.5 billion annual income. They balance this economic success against a commitment to international agreements. St Kitts and Nevis is a signatory to the Double Taxation Relief (CARICOM) Treaty 1994 and has implemented measures to ensure compliance with the US FATCA regime.

In addition to the impressive location itself, there are many other benefits to obtaining this citizenship. Foremost, for many investors, it is the following:

  • The ability to enhance visa-free access
  • Moreover, there are no physical residency requirements, i.e., no language tests, or requirement to relocate
  • Furthermore, St Kitts and Nevis recognize dual citizenship, which can prove beneficial to those who are applying for tax reasons.

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

To be successful in your application, you are required to contribute to the country’s economy through one of the following ways:

  1. Firstly, you can invest $250,000 in the Sustainable Island State Contribution. Additionally, if applying with your spouse, the required investment is 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 maintain 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 maximizes local employment.

No, you are not required to have a permanent residence to be successful in your application. Furthermore, there is no requirement at all to visit the country. In fact, the citizenship application process can be done entirely remotely.

This citizenship is for life. However, your passport will be valid for 10 years. You can renew this every 10 years indefinitely.

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  • Enhanced visa-free access
  • 8-9 months application processing time
  • $250,000 minimum requirement

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