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Is It Possible to Live in the UK with a Caribbean Passport?

12 Caribbean countries are part of the British Commonwealth of Nations. Among them are the countries that offer citizenship by investment: Saint Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Saint Lucia. Passports of these countries give the right to visa-free travel to the UK.

Passport of a Caribbean country by investment to move to the UK

We will explain how long you can live in the UK with a Caribbean passport and how to get a second citizenship by investment.

Rules of entry and stay in the UK with a Caribbean passport

When crossing the British border, confirmation may be required that the holder of a Caribbean passport has enough money to live in the UK. The passport itself must remain valid for the entire period of stay in the UK. 

Staying in the UK is allowed with a passport of a Caribbean country up to 180 days a year. The term can be divided into several visits or living in the UK for six months in a row.

180 days
UK visa-free stay with a Caribbean passport

If a Caribbean citizen enters the UK from Ireland, the period of stay in the UK is reduced to three months.

While in the UK, citizens of a Caribbean country cannot be employed by a UK company or marry in the UK. 

If the purpose of moving to the UK is employment or study at a British university, you will need to obtain a residence permit or a UK passport.  Investors can obtain a special residency visa — an Investor Visa (Tier 1). It is issued for business investment. But this option is only suitable for wealthy people: it will take at least two million pounds to invest in a British company. For comparison, in order to obtain a passport of a Caribbean country, it is enough to invest from $100,000.

How to obtain citizenship of a Caribbean country by investment

An investor can get a second passport by investment if they participate in the state investment program of one of the Caribbean countries. Such programs operate in Saint Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Saint Lucia. 

Participants in Caribbean citizenship programs make a non-refundable contribution to the national government fund, buy shares or apartments in approved real estate projects, purchase government bonds, or invest in local businesses. The amount of investment depends on the country and the chosen investment option.

$100,000+
investment for obtaining a Caribbean passport

Conditions for obtaining citizenship of Caribbean countries by investment

CountryOption and amount of investmentTime for obtaining a passport
Saint Kitts and Nevis$150,000+
contribution to the state fund

$200,000+
purchase of real estate
2 to 6 months
Grenada
$150,000+
contribution to the state fund

$220,000+
purchase of real estate
4 to 6 months
Antigua and Barbuda
$100,000+
contribution to the state fund

$150,000+
contribution to the University of the West Indies Fund

$200,000+
purchase of real estate

$400,000+
business investment
3 to 6 months
Dominica
$100,000+
contribution to the state fund

$200,000+
purchase of real estate
3 to 6 months
Saint Lucia
$100,000+
contribution to the state fund

$250,000+
purchase of government bonds

$300,000+
purchase of real estate

$1,000,000+
business investments
3 to 4 months

Investors also pay for Due Diligence, fees and duties. The total cost of obtaining a Caribbean passport depends on the investment option and the family composition of the investor.

Individual cost calculation of the Caribbean passport

If an investor buys a share, apartment or villa in a Caribbean real estate project, in five years he will be able to sell the object and return the money invested. As long as the investor owns the property, he can come to the Caribbean and have a free vacation at the hotel in which he has a share. Also, the investor receives income from the lease of the object, up to 5% per annum. All about real estate in the Caribbean.

Examples of real estate for purchase in the Caribbean

Citizenship of Saint Kitts and Nevis by real estate investments: an example of an object; immigration to the UK from the Caribbean

Apartments in a resort spa complex in Saint Kitts and Nevis Price is from $400,000

Citizenship of Grenada by real estate investments: share in a resort complex

A share in a resort spa complex in Grenada Cost of a share is from $220,000

Citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda by real estate investments

A villa with five bedrooms on the seafront in Antigua and Barbuda Price is 1.2 million dollars

Citizenship of Dominica by real estate investments: villas and shares in the resort complex

Shares and villas in a five-star hotel complex in Dominica
Price is from $208,000

Citizenship of Saint Lucia by investments in real estate: example of an object

Apartments in a resort project in Saint Lucia Price is from $318,000

What opportunities does a Caribbean passport open

Visa-free travel around the world. Caribbean passport holders travel freely to over 140 countries, including the Schengen area, Hong Kong and Singapore. It is allowed to stay in European countries without a visa for up to 90 days in half a year. Citizenship of Grenada allows you to visit China without a visa.

US visa for 10 years. Citizens of the Caribbean countries obtain B-1 and B-2 tourist visas in the United States through a simplified procedure. Obtaining a visa takes about two weeks, and its validity will be 10 years. You can stay in the United States on a type B visa for up to 180 days a year. As an investor, I received a visa to the United States with an Antigua and Barbuda passport.

Second citizenship for the whole family. Together with the investor, his relatives can obtain a Caribbean passport: a spouse, children, parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters.  All family members must be financially dependent on the investor. There is an age limit for adult relatives, but it is different for each country. For example, children under 28 years old can get an Antigua and Barbuda passport, as well as children under 30 years old in Grenada.

If an investor has already received a Caribbean passport, he can still add relatives in the program. As a rule, the accession is given five years after the investor obtains citizenship. But there are nuances. For example, Antigua and Barbuda does not allow siblings to join. 

Quality education for children. As citizens of a country belonging to the Commonwealth of Nations, the children of an investor can receive a prestigious education in schools and universities in the UK. For example, if a child has already completed a bachelor's degree, they can continue their education in the UK with the Chevening Scholarship.

Access to the services of European banks. With the passport of a Caribbean country, investors go through a bank Due Diligence faster at the financial institutions of the European Union and the United States. In the case of citizens of Caribbean countries, banking Due Diligence takes from an hour to a couple of days, and the risk of rejection is minimal.

Optimization of taxation. There are no real estate, inheritance, dividend or interest taxes in Caribbean countries. For other taxes, the rates are low or you can get benefits. For example, tax residents of Saint Kitts and Nevis do not pay income tax, and corporate tax for small and medium-sized companies is levied at a reduced rate of 17%. How an investor became a tax resident of Dominica in two weeks.

We talked about all the advantages of Caribbean passports in the article "Why do you need a Caribbean passport: 9 main reasons".

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can you stay in the UK with a Caribbean passport?

Up to 180 days a year for passport holders of countries that are part of the British Commonwealth of Nations. The period of stay in the UK can be divided into several visits or reside in the country for six months in a row.

What can a Caribbean passport holder do in the UK?

A citizen of a Caribbean country can live in the UK for up to 180 days a year. For this, a Caribbean passport is enough. You do not need to obtain either a visa or a residence permit. You can not register a marriage or civil union while staying in the UK without a visa. To work or study in the country, you will need a residence permit.

How do I get a Caribbean passport?

The fastest and most reliable way is to obtain citizenship of a Caribbean country by investment. Five countries in the region have government citizenship programs for investors. The minimum investment amount will be $100,000, the term for obtaining a second passport is from two months.

What rights arise after obtaining citizenship by investment?

The second passport allows you to travel the world without visas, open accounts in European and American banks, optimize taxation for yourself and your business, and give children the opportunity to receive a quality education. These are the benefits of Caribbean citizenship.

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Is It Possible to Live in the UK with a Caribbean Passport?