Saint Kitts and Nevis

About Saint Kitts and Nevis

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.

Citizenship by Investment

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.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by 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.

Immigration Benefits

  • 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
  • Dual citizenship is allowed
  • Discretion (Choice of real estate investment)
  • Social and political security
  • Visa-free travel over 150 countries (including the UK, the EU, and Brazil)
  • No foreign income, capital gains, gift, and inheritance tax
  • Excellent asset protection services and business environment
  • 60-day processing for all successful applicants who choose the premium Accelerated Application Process (AAP) for an additional fee.

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)
  • Contribution to the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF)
  • An investment in pre-approved real estate


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

  • for the funding of school construction and education related initiatives, including, funding for computers, books, scholarships and bursaries;
  • to mitigate the effects of climate change in St Kitts and Nevis, including, preparation for increased hurricane threats, droughts, emergency preparedness, public education, disaster planning and preparedness.
  • to support economic growth in St Kitts and Nevis, including, improve competitiveness, support small and medium sized business enterprises, support manufacturing and industrial activities, support agricultural diversification and development, support the fisheries sector, support development of financial services, support further development of domestic and export driven manufacturing, support improvement in the ease of doing business and to support improvements in technological advancement.
  • for the build out of infrastructure that supports all ports of entry. repay loans for ports of entry, to enhance the port facilities of airports and sea ports and to support the build off roads and utilities
  • for the development and enhancement of medical facilities of St Kitts and Nevis.
  • to support tourism development;
  • to promote, preserve, protect and develop St Kitts and Nevis’ culture and heritage; and
  • to support other sustainable growth initiatives in St Kitts and Nevis.


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:

  • Single applicant: US$ 250,000 contribution required;
  • Applicant with up to three dependants (i.e. spouse and two children under 16 yrs. or above): US$ 300,000 contribution required;
  • Applicant with up to five dependants (i.e. one spouse and four children): US$ 350,000 contribution required;
  • Applicant with seven and more dependants: US$ 450,000 investment required.

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.

Minimum Investment (SIDF Contribution) Government Fees Government Due Deligence Fee Lawyer and Agent Fee for Application Total Amount
Single Applicant US$ 250,000 Included in SIDF contribution US$ 7,500 US$ 35,000 US$ 292,500
Applicant with 3 dependents
(1 spouse + 2 children under 16 yrs or above)
US$ 300,000 Included in SIDF contribution
+
Additional Government fee of US$ 50,000 apply for children of 18-25 years (or) dependent seniors of 65 years of age or above
 
 
 
 
 
US$ 7,500
+
Additional US$ 4000 for each dependent children over 16 years. Including spouse
US$ 45,000 US$ 356,500
(1 spouse + 2 children below 16 yrs)
 
US$ 364,500
(1 spouse + 2 children between 16-18 yrs)
 
US$ 410,500
(1 spouse + 1 child below 16 yrs + 1 child above 18 yrs)
 
US$ 464,500
(1 spouse + 2 children above 18 yrs of age)
Applicant with 5 dependents (1 spouse + 4 children) US$ 350,000 US$ 60,000 US$ 421,500
(1 spouse + 4 children below 16 yrs)
 
US$ 475,500
(1 spouse + 3 children below 16 yrs + 1 child above 18 yrs)

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.


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.

Minimum Investment Government Fees Government Due Deligence Fee Lawyer and Agent Fee for Application Total Amount
Single Applicant US$ 400,000 US$ 35,000 US$ 492,500
Applicant with 3 dependents
(1 spouse + 2 children under 16 yrs or above)
US$ 400,000  
 
 
US$ 50,000 for main applicant
+
 
US$ 25,000 for spouse
+
 
US$ 25,000 for each dependent children under 18
+
 
US$ 50,000 for child dependents over 18-25 age and seniors over age 65
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
US$ 7,500
+
Additional US$ 4,000 for each dependent children over 16 years.
US$ 45,000 US$ 581,500
(1 spouse + 2 children below 16 yrs)
 
US$ 599,500
(1 spouse + 2 children between 16-18 yrs)
 
US$ 610,500
(1 spouse + 1 child below 16 yrs + 1 child above 18 yrs)
 
US$ 639,500
(1 spouse + 2 children above 18 yrs of age)
Applicant with 5 dependents (1 spouse + 4 children) US$ 400,000 US$ 60,000 US$ 646,500
(1 spouse + 4 children below 16 yrs)
 
US$ 704,500
(1 spouse + 2 children below 16 yrs + 2 children above 18 yrs)

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.

Passport Validity

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.

Accelerated Application Process

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.

List of Documents Required

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:

  • Application for Registration (Form C1)
  • Photograph and Signature Certificate (Form C2).
  • Medical Certificate (Form C3) including original results of an HIV test (an HIV test is required for all persons applying for citizenship, including children). The HIV test results must be not older than 3 months.
  • Certified copy of your current passport(s) showing name, photo, citizenship/nationality, date and place of issue, expiry date and passport number and issuing country.
  • Certified copy of your current national identity card(s).
  • Six original passport-size photos of yourself taken within the past 6 months.
  • Original excerpt of full birth record or certified copy of full birth certificate (i.e. a birth document that also includes your parent’s details, or a household register, family book etc.).
  • Original police certificate(s) from country of citizenship (unless you can provide satisfactory evidence that you have never lived there) and from any country where you have lived more than 1 year over the past 10 years. Police certificates must be less than six months old at the time you lodge your application.

The following forms and documents are required only once from the main applicant:

  • ~Investment Confirmation / Escrow Agreement (Form C4-S or C4-R) and   confirmation of funds having been wired to an escrow account. Also, in the case of Form C4-R, a copy of the executed real-estate contract.
  • ~One original bank reference letter issued by an internationally recognized bank, not older than 6 months.
  • ~One original professional reference (e.g. from an attorney, notary public, chartered accountant or other professional of similar standing), not older than 6 months.

The following documents are required only if applicable, i.e. if married persons apply together:

  • ~Original excerpt of marriage record or certified copy of marriage certificate(s) (if applicable).
  • ~Certified copy of divorce document(s) (if applicable).

All the above documents must be certified and authenticated by Apostille.

Refusal of Citizenship Application

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.