St Kitts and Nevis Economic Citizenship by Investment

$150,000.00

Approval: Standard 3-4 months or 60 Days Accelerated Application
No Tax: Global Income, Inheritance, Wealth or Gift Tax
Visa Free Travel: 160 Destinations
Investment: Donation, Real Estate

St Kitts and Nevis Program Description

The St Kitts and Nevis economic citizenship by investment program is a win-win proposition. The program allows a person of good character and financial means to secure their freedom, their assets and their family’s future. In return for St Kitts and Nevis economic citizenship, the local community gains meaningful investment and dynamic entrepreneurs who can contribute to the local economy.

The two paths created by the St Kitts and Nevis economic citizenship program include the Sustainable Growth Fund which requires a nonrefundable minimum contribution of $150,000 or the purchase of government approved real estate valued at a minimum of $200,000 with a 7 year holding period.


St Kitts and Nevis Sustainable Growth Fund

The Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF) is designed to completely replace the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation and the Hurricane Relief Fund. As a result, it is a better program for applicants because the St Kitts citizenship cost is reduced by 60% and the investor also gets to choose where their contribution is directed. The six options available for distribution are education, climate change, infrastructure, medical, tourism and cultural.

Government fees are included in the investment contribution (due diligence and passport fees notwithstanding). Due diligence is required on all St Kitts and Nevis citizenship applicants over the age of 16. Get a Customized Quote today!

Program Costs SGF Donation
Investment $150,000 single applicant
$175,000 main applicant + spouse
$195,000 family of four
$10,000 each additional dependent*
Due Diligence $7,500 main applicant
$4,000 spouse
$4,000 dependent >16 years old
Government Fees not applicable
Government Application Fees $250 per person
Accelerated Application**
$25,000 main applicant
$20,000 dependent >16 years
$500 dependent 16 years and below

*Additional Dependents: USD $10,000 for each additional dependent other than the spouse.
**Accelerated Application: The accelerated application process guarantees successful applicants their citizenship in under 60 days. Some applications can be completed in as little as 45 days under this option.

Dependents: Qualified dependents of the main applicant may include parents age 55 and above and children age 30 years and below.

Professional fees are required on all applications and will vary in relation to the number of dependents and the complexity of the application.


St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship Real Estate Investment

Investing in government approved St Kitts and Nevis real estate is another method of satisfying the St Kitts citizenship cost. There are several development projects on the islands which are qualified under this program. However, before recommending any of the St Kitts real estate developments we take into account the reputation and financial strength of the developer, plus quality of construction materials used. Get a Customized Quote today!

General cost break down for qualified real estate purchase:

Program Fees Real Estate Costs
Investment $200,000 irrespective of the number of applicants
Due Diligence $7,500 main applicant
$4,000 spouse
$4,000 dependent >16 years old
Government Fees $35,000 main applicant
$20,000 spouse
$10,000 dependent of any age
Government Application Fees $250 per person
Accelerated Application*
$25,000 main applicant
$20,000 dependent >16 years
$500 dependent 16 years and below

*Accelerated Application: The accelerated application guarantees the applicant will receive their passport(s) within maximum period of 60 days. Some applications can be completed as early as 45 days after submission.

Dependents: Qualified dependents of the main applicant may include parents age 55 and above and children age 30 years and below.

Professional fees are required on all applications and will vary in relation to the number of dependents and the complexity of the application.

Additional St Kitts and Nevis Real Estate Guidelines

  1. Since April 1, 2018 any two applicants can qualify by investing a minimum purchase amount of $200,000 in any government approved luxury resort development with a minimum 7 year holding period.
  2. For a stand alone applicant, the minimum qualified real estate purchase amount is $400,000 in a government approved real estate development and the minimum holding period is reduced to 5 years.
  3. To qualify, St Kitts and Nevis real estate for sale must be developed property or property that will be developed after purchase. It is usually not permitted to hold raw land. However, one exception is the St Kitts Christophe Harbour development. Qualifying lots at this super development may be purchased for a starting price of $700,000.
  4. The real estate purchase can be made contingent on being granted St Kitts and Nevis citizenship.

St Kitts Citizenship Program Established 1984

The origin of the St Kitts and Nevis economic citizenship by investment program is bitter sweet. Indeed, the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis was a small Caribbean nation with an economy based on the production of sugar. However, their sugar cane based production become uneconomical after the discovery of beet sugar in the early 1900s. To compensate for many years of lost income, the government established the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) in 1984. The core component of the SIDF was the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment program.

However more recently, the government has established the Sustainable Growth Fund which is designed to completely replace the SIDF and the Hurricane Relief Fund. The primary investor has six beneficial options in which to place their contribution – education, climate change, medical, infrastructure, cultural and tourism.


St Kitts and Nevis Local Facts

  • Major Industries: Tourism and Offshore Banking
  • Capital City: Basseterre located on St Kitts
  • Population: Approximately 54,000 (2015 census)
  • Nominal GDP: $945,000,000 (2016)
  • Per Capita Income: $16,900 (2016)
  • Total Area: 261 sq kilometers/107 sq miles
  • Spoken Languages: English, St Kitts Creole
  • Political System: Constitutional Monarchy
  • Legal System: English Common Law
  • Currency: East Caribbean Dollar

Location of St Kitts and Nevis

St Kitts and Nevis area map

St Kitts and Nevis is located in the northern end of the Lesser Antilles Island chain as part of the Leeward Islands. Generally speaking, the island nation is southeast of Puerto Rico, south of Anguilla, and west of Antigua and Barbuda.

St Kitts and Nevis citizenship benefits include direct flights from top international locations such as the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Additionally, St Kitts Robert L Bradshaw International Airport (SKB) can facilitate commuter flights from the Caribbean region.

Furthermore, on the island of Nevis there is another airport that accommodates flights from the Caribbean region. This is the Vance W Armory (NEV) airport which services locations such as Puerto Rico, Antigua, St Croix, St Thomas and the St Maarten Islands.


Natural Landscape of St Kitts and Nevis

The St Kitts and Nevis island federation is of volcanic origin. Although the volcanoes are long since dormant, the lasting legacy of the volcanoes is found on the islands grayish black sand beaches. Additionally, the volcanic craters have remained as the most prominent features on the horizon.

At 1,156 meters in height, Mt Liamuiga is a volcanic crater and one of the tallest mountains in the Caribbean archipelago. “Liamuiga” was the original name given to St Kitts island by the Kalinago Indians (the original inhabitants) and it means “fertile land“. Mt Liamuiga is also an important source of the abundant fresh water on the island and is also a popular hiking destination.

Furthermore, on Nevis island, Nevis Peak is a prominent cloud covered feature of the landscape. Apparently, Nevis Peak reminded its European discoverer of snow covered mountain tops. Therefore, the island of Nevis was originally named “Nuestra Señora de las Nieves” which means “Our lady of the snows” in English. However, the name of the island was eventually shortened to Nevis and it remains that way today.

st kitts and nevis landscape

Cloud covered Nevis Peak seen behind a luxury housing estate.


St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship Application Process

St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment government regulations require that all the application forms are correctly completed and submitted along with their supporting documents. Additionally, the standard St Kitts and Nevis processing time of 4-5 months begins after the due diligence fees are collected and application package is submitted. However, St Kitts and Nevis economic citizenship provides an accelerated processing option of 60 days maximum for an additional fee.

Applicant(s) Package Forms

  1. C1 Application Form: is required for all applicants and authorized signatures must be obtained for children under 16
  2. Signature Certificate Form of the Applicant (Form C2) same principle as form C1
  3. Photographs (10) taken within last 6 months from all applicants.
  4. Medical Certificate (Form C3) with results of HIV test of the Applicant
  5. Passport Forms SIDF OPTION (Sugar Industry Diversification Fund): Investment Confirmation (C4 form) plus confirmation of deposit of all funds to escrow account
  6. Passport Forms REAL ESTATE OPTION: Copy of Duly Executed Real Estate Contract / Purchase and Sales Agreement, Copy of Duly Executed Escrow Agreement, Deed of Conveyance / Certificate of Title (if closing completed), Confirmation of deposit of all funds to escrow account

Applicant(s) Documents Required

Certified Copy and Color Scanned Copy of Passports, Certified Copy and Color Scanned Copy of National ID Card, 10 Passport Photos From Each Applicant according to prescribed specifications, Certified Copy of Birth Certificate, Certified Copy of Military Service Record (if applicable), Certified Copy of Proof of Name Change (if applicable), Original Bank reference Letter, Original Qualified Professional Reference, Original Qualified Police Certificate, Certified Evidence of Residential Address, Certified Copy of Marriage/Divorce Certificate (if applicable), Past 12 months Bank Statements, Certified Copy and Color Scanned Copy of Highest Academic Qualifications, Certified Employment Letter and Business License, Additional Supporting Documents as Required, Source of Funds

Additional Documents

Professional Service Agreement between applicant and our agency.


Sustainable Growth Fund Application Process

  1. The applicant signs the professional agreement with Elite Passports. Also, the St Kitts and Nevis economic citizenship application forms and supporting documents are collected for review by our legal team. The due diligence fees and the professional fees are paid.
  2. The completed application forms with supporting documents are submitted to the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment unit (CBIU) with proof of funds transfer. The due diligence period takes effect which is usually completed within 90 days (accelerated service available).
  3. Provided due diligence is successful, then the application approval is received from the CBIU.
  4. After approval is received the investor must transfer the investment funds in full into the designated government escrow account.
  5. The office of the prime minister issues the certificate of naturalization. Our local agent will then submit it along with the passport application to the passport office.
  6. Upon issuance of the certificate of naturalization document(s) and passport(s) they are then forwarded to the successful applicant via reputable delivery service.

St Kitts and Nevis Real Estate Application Process

  1. After the property is selected, the applicant signs the professional agreement with Elite Passports and submits a portion of the professional fee. In addition, the applicant signs the real estate purchase reservation agreement with the developer and submits the down payment (required amount is determined by the developer). The minimum down payment is $5,000 but can be as much as 10% to 20% of purchase price.
  2. All of the application forms are completed and supporting documents collected. The applicant signs the immigration service contract and transfers all due diligence fees and immigration fees into the designated government account.
  3. The St Kitts passport application and required documents are submitted to CBIU and the due diligence period begins. Due diligence takes on average 90 days to complete (accelerated service available).
  4. CBIU approval is received once the due diligence checks are successfully completed. After the approval in principle letter is received from the CBIU the investor then signs the purchase and sale agreement, lease agreement and the power of attorney document.
  5. The remaining purchase price is collected from the investor by the real estate developer minus the deposit amount. We will notify CBIU when it has been completed. 
  6. Next, the certificate of naturalization is completed by the prime minister’s office and we send it and the passport application to the passport office.
  7. When the citizenship of naturalization document(s) and passport(s) is ready we send them to the successful applicant via reputable delivery service.

St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship Benefits

  1. Passport Ranking: The St Kitts and Nevis passport ranking was 24th on the global front in the Henley & Partners OECS Q4 2019 survey. Additionally, most St Kitts passport holders are eligible for long term travel visas to the US (see more below).
  2. Member of British Commonwealth: As a Commonwealth Citizen, successful applicants enjoy benefits including assistance at British Embassies and consulates in foreign non-Commonwealth countries where their own country does not have a diplomatic or consular post. Additionally, they can apply for British emergency passports if their passport has been lost or stolen. Also, the children of successful applicants receive preferential treatment inside the UK for student visas and also work visas.
  3. US Long Term Visa: Passport holders from St Kitts and Nevis can often obtain long term visa arrangements from the United States. If approved, US immigration will usually issue a one year visa to start, then the next renewal will be for a 3-5 year term and then 5-10 years.
  4. Neutral Passport Country: St Kitts and Nevis citizenship benefits include issuance by a neutral country with a noninvasive foreign policy. As a result, St Kitts passport holders enjoy safe travel and freedom to enter legitimate business agreements worldwide.
  5. Low Tax Requirements: St Kitts and Nevis citizenship benefits include no tax on international revenues, no personal income tax, plus no wealth or inheritance tax. Nor is there any government requirement to report any of your offshore assets e.g. FBAR.
  6. No Residency Requirement: There are no St Kitts and Nevis residency requirements to obtain or retain citizenship. Additionally, there is no interview as part of the application process except under rare circumstances.
  7. Dual Citizenship: St Kitts and Nevis citizenship permits dual nationality.
  8. Visa Free Travel: In total, St Kitts and Nevis passport visa free travel destinations includes 160 countries and regions where citizens can travel visa free. The list of visa free countries includes all the Commonwealth Nations, Russia, Brazil, Cuba, European Union, United Kingdom, Ireland and the Caribbean countries.

St Kitts and Nevis Program Restrictions

Nationals from the following countries are ineligible from the St Kitts and Nevis economic citizenship program unless they are permanent residents of the United States, United Kingdom or Canada.

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Iran
  3. North Korea

St Kitts and Nevis Passport Visa Free Destinations

Albania [90 days], Andorra [90 days], Anguilla [90 days], Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina [90 days], Armenia [120 days], Aruba [30 days], Austria [90 days], Bahamas [90 days], Barbados, Belarus [30 days], Bangladesh [90 days], Belgium [90 days], Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia [90 days], Bonaire [30 days], Bosnia and Herzegovina [90 days], Botswana, Brazil [90 days], British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria [90 days], Cambodia [30 days], Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Chile [90 days], Comoros [45 days], Columbia [120 days], Costa Rica [30 days], Croatia [90 days], Cuba [30 days], Curacao [30 days], Cyprus [90 days], Czech Republic [90 days], Denmark [90 days], Djibouti, Dominica, Dominica Republic [tourist card on arrival], Ecuador [90 days], Egypt [30 days], El Salvador [90 days], Estonia [90 days], Faroe Islands [90 days], Fiji [120 days], Finland [90 days], France [90 days], French Guiana [90 days], French Polynesia [90 days], French Southern and Antarctic Lands [90 days], Gambia [90 days], Georgia, Germany [90 days], Gibraltar, Greece [90 days], Greenland [90 days], Grenada, Guadeloupe [90 days], Guatemala [90 days], Guinea-Bissau [90 days], Guyana, Haiti [90 days], Holy See (Vatican City) [90 days], Honduras [90 days], Hong Kong [90 days], Hungary [90 days], Iceland [90 days], Indonesia [30 days], Iran [30 days, conditions apply], Ireland [90 days], Israel [90 days], Italy [90 days], Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya [90 days], Kiribati [90 days], Kosovo [90 days], Laos [30 days], Latvia [90 days], Lebanon, Lesotho [90 days], Liechtenstein [90 days], Lithuania [90 days], Luxembourg [90 days], Macedonia [90 days], Madagascar [90 days], Malawi [90 days], Malaysia [30 days], Maldives [30 days], Malta [90 days], Martinique [90 days], Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia [30 days], Moldova [90 days], Monaco [90 days], Montenegro [90 days], Montserrat, Mozambique [30 days], Nepal [90 days], Netherlands [90 days], New Caledonia [90 days], Nicaragua [90 days], Niue [30 days], Norway [90 days], Palau [30 days], Panama [120 days], Peru [183 days], Philippines [30 days], Pitcairn Island [14 days], Poland [90 days], Portugal [90 days], Reunion [90 days], Romania [90 days], Russia [90 days], Rwanda [90 days], Saba [30 days], St Lucia, Samoa [60 days], San Marino [90 days], Senegal [90 days], Seychelles [90 days], Sierra Leone [90 days], Singapore [30 days], Slovak Republic [90 days], Slovenia [90 days], Somalia [30 days], Solomon Islands [90 days], South Korea [90 days], Spain [90 days], St Bart’s [90 days], St Eustatius [30 days], St Helena [90 days], Sint Maarten [30 days], Saint Pierre and Miquelon [90 days], Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Sweden [90 days], Switzerland [90 days], Taiwan [Online visa, 30 days], Timor-Leste [30 days], Tanzania, Togo [7 days], Tonga [31 days], Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia [90 days], Turkey [90 days], Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu [30 days], Uganda, Ukraine [90 days], United Kingdom [180 days], Uruguay, Vanuatu [30 days], Venezuela [90 days], Wallis and Futuna [90 days], Zambia [90 days], Zimbabwe [90 days]