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St. Kitts and Nevis

Gain citizenship through Real Estate investment

St. Kitts and Nevis launched the world’s first citizenship-by-investment programme back in 1984. This beautiful dual-island nation also boasts a strong passport, a stunning relocation destination, and a long list of business and tax benefits.

St. Kitts and Nevis is fast becoming a magnet for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in key sectors such as tourism related real estate, financial services and offshore education; primarily medical university institutions. The economic outlook for St. Kitts and Nevis is bright.

The reasons St. Kitss and Nevis is an amazing investment haven are the local infrastructure and supporting services. The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has a long running “Citizenship-by-investment” program attracting foreigners, who make a substantial contribution to the development of the country. Investors along with any family members, can directly qualify for citizenship through investment, either by making a donation or investment in real estate purchase.

About the islands

The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is a twin-island state in the Caribbean Sea to the west of Antigua. The country is well-connected, served by direct flights from London, New York, Miami, Atlanta, and Toronto.

The official language of St. Kitts and Nevis is English, and the head of state is Queen Elizabeth II – represented by a Governor General.

The twin-island nation is well-respected around the world, maintains a remarkable literacy rate of over 98% and is a member of the British Commonwealth, the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Organization of American States, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, Eastern Caribbean Regional Security System (RSS), and CARICOM.

The official currency, the Eastern Caribbean dollar, enjoys a fixed exchange rate with the US dollar (EC$2.70 = US$1.00).

The islands maintains a remarkable literacy rate of over 98%, and the official language is English. The Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD) funds the tourism- and agriculture-based economy.

Highlights

  • Straightforward, simple investment plans
  • Processing time 4-6 months
  • Contributions support a developing economy
  • No initial landing or residency required
  • No personal or worldwide income tax
  • Limited number of documents to be submitted
  • Visa Free access to approximately 131 countries (UK; EU)

Investment Program

Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF)

Applicants may qualify for citizenship through a contribution to the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF). The SIDF is a public charity tasked with diversifying St Kitts and Nevis’ economy.

  • Single applicant: a non-refundable contribution of $250,000 is required
  • Main applicant with up to three dependents (for example, a spouse and two children): a non-refundable contribution of $300,000 is required
  • Additional dependents, regardless of Age: $25,000

HURRICANE RELIEF PROGRAM

  • Single applicant: a non-refundable contribution of $150,000 is required
  • Main applicant with up to three dependents (for example, a spouse and two children): a non-refundable contribution of $150,000 is required
  • Additional dependents, regardless of Age: $25,000

Real Estate Investment

The real estate option requires a minimum investment value of $400,000. After five years the property can be resold and if the next buyer wants to obtain citizenship they will be required to pay a minimum $400,000 to the previous owner. This process guarantees a level of acquired capital and a captive resale market. Legal costs of between 1-5% are associated with the real estate purchase, depending on which asset class is chosen. The option to rent, re-finance and receive utility bills is also available with some asset classes.

Eligibility

  • Primary applicant must be above 18 years
  • Source of funds should be legal
  • Hold no criminal record
  • No serious medical conditions

St. Kitts & Nevis citizenship allows travel to the following countries
(132 visa-free and visa on arrival)

AlbaniaAndorra
Antigua and BarbudaArgentina
ArmeniaAustralia
AustriaBahamas
BahrainBangladesh
BarbadosBelgium
BelizeBolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana
BrazilBulgaria
CambodiaCape Verde Island
ChileColombia
Costa RicaCroatia
CubaCyprus
Czech RepublicDenmark
DjiboutiDominica
Dominican RepublicEcuador
EgyptEl Salvador
EstoniaFiji
FinlandFrance
GabonGambia
GeorgiaGermany
GreeceGrenada
GuatemalaGuinea-Bissau
GuyanaHaiti
HondurasHungary
IcelandIndia
IndonesiaIran
IrelandIsrael
ItalyJamaica
JordanKenya
KiribatiLaos
LatviaLebanon
LesothoLiechtenstein
LithuaniaLuxembourg
MacedoniaMadagascar
MalawiMalaysia
MaldivesMalta
MauritaniaMauritius
MicronesiaMonaco
MontenegroMozambique
NepalNetherlands
NicaraguaNorway
PalauPanama
PeruPhilippines
PolandPortugal
RomaniaSaint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoa
San MarinoSenegal
SeychellesSingapore
SlovakiaSlovenia
Solomon IslandsSomalia
South KoreaSpain
Sri LankaSuriname
SwedenSwitzerland
TanzaniaTimor-Leste
TogoTonga
Trinidad and TobagoTunisia
TurkeyTuvalu
UgandaUkraine
United KingdomVanuatu
Vatican CityVenezuela
ZambiaZimbabwe

The list of countries can change subject to variations depending upon each government’s policy when you travel.