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Saint Kitts and Nevis is a dual-island nation situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. St. Kitts and Nevis, also known in the country’s constitution as Saint Christopher and Nevis, has been independent since 1983 and forms part of the group of islands known as the Lesser Antilles, located some 2,000 km to the southeast of Miami.
The Federation comprises two islands: Nevis with an area of some 93.2 sq.km and St. Kitts with 168.4 sq.km. The official and business language is English. 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).
The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank has its headquarters on St. Kitts. It maintains the stability of the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$), which is the national currency of most eastern Caribbean countries and is tied to the US Dollar. The head of state is the Queen of England. St. Kitts and Nevis is a well-functioning democracy based on the British parliamentary system.
Established in 1984, the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme is the oldest economic citizenship programme 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 Programme, business leaders and their families are allowed to invest in this peaceful country in return for full citizenship.
Successful applicants will be able to travel visa-free to more than 150 countries around the globe, including the European Union, the United Kingdom (UK), Brazil, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
Applicants for the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme must fulfil the following conditions:
Investors may apply with their spouse and dependent children, and, in some cases, dependent elderly parents or grandparents.
The St. Kitts & Nevis passport is very well regarded and has excellent reputation, and only relatively few passports have been issued under this citizenship-by-investment program by the Government. It is a cheapest program to gain second citizenship for Americans.
Applicants and their families may gain citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis by choosing one of the three options:
Contribution to the Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF)
The Sustainable Growth Fund took effect in April 2018. A direct contribution to the Government of St Kitts and Nevis, the Fund focuses on stimulating the areas of education, health, and infrastructure, mitigate the effects of climate change, support economic growth, and promote, preserve, protect and develop the culture and heritage of the nation. The investment contribution for a main applicant is US$150,000, with a US$25,000 investment for the spouse, and a further US$10,000 per dependent. Therefore, a typical family of four, composed of a main applicant, a spouse, and two children, is required to contribute a total of US$195,000. A further contribution of US$25,000 is required for subsequent dependents.
Upon submission of an application, non-refundable due diligence and processing fees must also be paid. These fees amount to US$7,500 for the main applicant, and US$4,000 for each dependent of the main application who is over 16 years old.
The Sustainable Growth Fund shall be used
The Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF)
Acquisition of citizenship under the SIDF option requires a contribution to the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation. The contribution is in the form of a one-time payment, and there are four different categories:
In each of these categories, the total amount does not include all government fees, due diligence and lawyer fees. The documentation required for an application is reasonable and the application procedure is straightforward. The average processing time under the SIDF option is 3 – 4 months.
Note: Above fees (Government, due diligence & lawyers’ fees) might vary depending on case-to-case. Biometric costs will be extra. Above cost structure does not include processing and consultation fees.
Investment in Pre-approved Real Estate
The pre-approved real estate option requires applicants to purchase property. The minimum required investment under the pre-approved real estate option is US$400,000, with a further requirement to hold that property for a minimum of five years. Alternatively, applicants can invest into a share system, paying a minimum of US$200,000. In this instance, real estate must be held for a period of seven years to maintain their economic citizenship status. Additional Government fees apply to both real estate options. The real estate investment of US$400,000 may also attract two applicants at US$200,000 each plus government fees, but this can only be resold after 7 years.
A list of approved real-estate developments is published on the website of the Citizenship-by-Investment Unit of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis.
The St Christopher (Kitts) and Nevis passport issued is valid for 10 years, which can be renewed thereafter. Please note it takes about 3-4 months processing time.
60 day Accelerated Application Process (AAP) option available subjected to $25,000 per applicant and $20,000 per dependent. Most applications are processed within 45-60 days under AAP program.
Usually it takes 1-2 months to arrange following documents in home country.
The following forms and documents are required from each applicant, including children:
The following forms and documents are required only once from the main applicant:
The following documents are required only if applicable, i.e. if married persons apply together:
All the above documents must be certified and authenticated by Apostille.
If applicant has a criminal record, a tainted reputation or unable to pass the due diligence clearance, the Government may reject the citizenship application. Sometimes, in very rare cases, the Govt. refuse citing national security or false information presented in the citizenship application.
If the client had an instance of visa denial to any one of the countries, where St.Kitts and Nevis have visa free travel agreements, you cannot apply for the citizenship-by-investment program. You must have successfully obtained visa from the same country which denied your visa, in order to apply for citizenship program.
Please note that granting citizenship is at the sole discretion of the St.Kitts and Nevis Government. We cannot therefore guarantee that any applications will be approved. We carefully evaluate each applicant’s individual situation prior to accepting a citizenship applications and only if we are satisfied with applicants’ eligibility we will submit to Government. We do not use any intermediaries and we serve to protect confidentiality of our wealthy clients.
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