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How to get Saint Kitts and Nevis Golden Visa

The Saint Kitts and Nevis Golden Visa is an alternative name for the citizenship by investment program. When Golden Visas are usually residence permits issued in exchange for investments in the country’s economy, participants of the St Kitts and Nevis program skip the residency part and get a passport.

The investment amount starts from $150,000; the investor gets the passport in 2—6 months.

The St Kitts Golden Visa attracts applicants with travel opportunities and the country’s business climate. Let’s see the benefits and process of obtaining a St Kitts passport by investment.

St Kitts and Nevis Golden Visa: investments in St. Kitts and Nevis is a way to obtain a second citizenship

St Kitts and Nevis Golden Visa benefits

Visa-free travel to six continents. Citizens of St Kitts and Nevis can visit 156 countries and territories worldwide visa-free or with a visa on arrival. The list includes the Schengen states, Great Britain and Hong Kong. Travel opportunities of this passport are higher than of passports of India, China, RSA, and Azerbaijan.

Long-term US visa. Holders of Saint Kitts passports can get a US B-1 or B‑2 visa for 10 years. This type of visa allows one to travel around the country, visit friends and family, participate in business meetings and receive medical treatment in American clinics.

Business climate. St Kitts and Nevis tax residents can register international companies. They do not pay tax on dividends, interest or royalties. There is no tax on wages, capital gains or inheritance in the country. And the social security contributions for employees are just 6%. Learn more about taxes for companies and individuals in St Kitts and Nevis.

Educational possibilities. Enrolling in British universities for St Kitts citizens, in general, is more straightforward. For example, St Kitts residents are exempt from requirements to prove language knowledge. Parents can easily visit their children because of their visa-free access. 

Recreation opportunities. The country consists of two small islands in the Caribbean, with less than 50,000 people. Beautiful nature with mountains, forests, “Paradisus” beaches and Victorian architecture. The average annual temperature is 29 degrees Celsius. There are also two airports, seaports and transport infrastructure on both islands.   

St Kitts and Nevis Golden Visa is an opportunity to obtain second citizenship in the Caribbean

St Kitts and Nevis is a country in the Caribbean. There are two islands — St Kitts and Nevis, part of the Leeward Islands. It was founded in 1967 through the reunion of two small countries

There are many places of interest in St Kitts and Nevis

The National Museum of St Kitts was opened in 2002. The current museum building was originally constructed as the Treasury Building, and it was also used as an entry to the pier. Here you can find the showcases of culture and heritage of the country

You have no duty to live or regularly visit islands after obtaining the passport of St. Kitts

The cruise port of Basseterre can accept giant liners, yachts and boats. The marketplace with local products is situated near it

Beautiful nature with mountains, forests, and “Paradisus” beaches is constantly available if you get the Golden Visa of St Kitts and Nevis

Liner in the port of Basseterre. St Kitts is a stop on the cruise paths from Europe and the Americas

St Kitts and Nevis citizenship and residency by investment: requirements for applicants 

The most important thing you should know: Saint Kitts and Nevis doesn't grant a residence permit by investment. If you invest in St Kitts, you obtain a passport and citizenship directly

It is good if your first-citizenship country allows dual citizenship. If the legislation of your native country doesn't provide an option of dual nationality, it is better to search for an investors' program with a residence permit, not a passport. For example, the Portuguese program gives you a residence permit for investments. 

If we talk about requirements, we should know that the Saint Christopher and Nevis Citizenship Act, 1984 (Act No. 1 of 1984) allows getting citizenship by foreigners:

  • above 18 years;
  • without criminal records;
  • with an opportunity to prove the legality of the income;
  • enough level of income or stable financial position; 
  • good health status. 

An investor's spouse can claim citizenship if they are of the opposite gender and have no criminal records in biography. Children, investors or spouses' parents from 55 years can claim St Kitts passport if they are financially dependent on the investor. 

The closest investor’s relatives can also claim citizenship. Thus, the investor's sister or brother can obtain a passport if they meet the conditions: under 30 years, have no spouse or children and have financial dependence on the investor. 

And lastly, the main reasons for refusal of citizenship are:

  • misinformation in the application;
  • criminal records or prosecution in any country;
  • a threat to national security or business, which can cause a bad reputation for St Kitts;
  • visa refusals of countries with which St Kitts citizens have visa-free entry.  

Get a St Kitts passport for citizens of any country except Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea, and Syria.

How to get Saint Kitts and Nevis Golden Visa 

There are two options for participation in the St. Kitts investors’ program:

  1. $150,000 – $195,000 — contribution to the state’s Sustainable Growth Fund. 
  2. $175,000 – $400,000 — buying a share or whole property in a real estate project. An amount depends on the type of real estate. 

Both options give almost the same opportunities for the investor and his family. The main difference is about refundability of investments: 

The first option is non-refundable: you give the money to SGF and get the passport. 

The second option is refundable: so you invest, get the passport, hold the property for 5—7 years and then sell it if you want.  

One more difference between the options: investments in real estate can give you a passive income during the period of ownership. Of course, if the managing company or the investor rent the property out.

If you choose to contribute, the amount depends on the number of family members.

Contribution to the Sustainable Growth Fund of St Kitts and Nevis

Contribution amountApplicants 
$150,000Investor
$175,000Married couple
$195,000Family of 4, excluding siblings
> $195,000Family of 5 or more

+ $10,000 for a child or parent starting with the fifth family member

+ $20,000 for a sibling

There are required payments. Due Diligence fee, starting from $7,500, depends on the number of family members. Other charges, such as notary services and legal checks, starting from $1,161, also depend on the number of family members. 

If you choose to buy real estate, you have a choice between the types of property.

Investments in real estate of St Kitts and Nevis for citizenship

Investment amountProperty option
$175,000Buying a share or whole property in a social or infrastructure real estate project.
$200,000Buying a share or a whole property of five-star hotels and resorts, apartments, villas, and yacht berths from the list approved by the government. It can be sold in 5 years.
$400,000Buying a villa. It can be sold in 7 years.


And the additional payments are a state fee of $35,050, Due Diligence of $7,500, and extra fees and duties of $1,161. 

Let's observe the costs for a family of 4, including a married couple and their children of 9 and 17 years old.

Expenses on obtaining St Kitts and Nevis citizenship for a family of 4

Investment optionTotal amount 
Contribution to the SGF, non‑refundable$213,894
Purchase of social real estate, refundable $193,894+
Purchase of real estate, refundable$294,094+


The number of applicants does not affect timing but affects the price of Golden Visa. An investor can add relatives after passing Due Diligence, but it costs higher because of an extra fee: a spouse “costs” $35,000, children — $10,000 each. 

Documents for the St Kitts and Nevis Golden Visa

There is the list of documents you should provide in the process of obtaining citizenship: 

  1. Application forms. 
    Form C1 — application for registration as a citizen. 
    Form C2 — photograph and signature certificate. 
    Form C3 — medical certificate and HIV tests no older than 3 months. 
    Form C4 — investment confirmation form, only if you contribute to the SGF.
  2. Original Birth certificate. 
  3. Certified copy of national ID card and passport. 
  4. Police certificate proving that you have no criminal records. 
  5. Six photographs: 35 x 45mm.

Additionally, you should provide supporting documents and a detailed list depending on your situation. It can be bank statements or reference letters, docs about your military experience, and employment letters.

Application process for the St Kitts and Nevis Golden Visa

The significant feature of the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship program is an application — you can only claim it with the support of authorized agencies. In general, there are five steps to getting a passport: 

  1. Apply to an authorized agent and get the preliminary check. A Compliance Anti Money Laundering Officer checks the documents and gives the prognosis of chances of success. In Immigrant Invest, this step takes one business day. 
  2. Prepare the documents. The authorized agent gives you the list of the documents, including passports, marriage certificates, and statements from the bank. This step can take from two to four weeks. 
  3. Pass Due Diligence. The agent sends the pack of documents to St Kitts, and they start a verification procedure. It takes from two to six months.  
  4. Approve the fulfilment and the investor conditions. After completing Due Diligence, you have three months to comply with the program requirements, so you should contribute to SGF or buy a share or whole property of the real estate. 
  5. Obtain the passport. After fulfilling program conditions, you get the passport and certificate of naturalization. Courier will deliver it within four weeks. 

So, obtaining St Kitts Golden Visa is from 4,5 months to 11 months. There are options to speed up some steps with extra fees. 

Fast-track to citizenship

Children enrolled in the Universities in Austria and Germany, and Samvel and his wife wanted to visit their sons in the Schengen area and help them settle into a new place. 

Three months after contacting Immigrant Invest, the family got citizenship and paid a $160,000 contribution for five because the discount was valid until 2021.

Read the full story of the Samvels’ obtaining a second passport

Next steps after getting the St Kitts and Nevis passport 

You have no duty to live or regularly visit islands after obtaining the passport of St Kitts.

The passport is valid for ten years. After that, you should renew it. Passports for children above 16 years are valid for five years. 

Learn more about the rights and duties of St Kitts and Nevis citizens.

Frequently asked questions 

How to get a St Kitts residency?

There are two options. The first is to contribute $150,000 to the state’s Sustainable Grown Fund. An amount depends on the number of family members. The second is to buy real estate for $175,000. The total amount depends on the number of family members and the property type.

Is St Kitts passport worth it?

It depends on your goals and the terms of your currency citizenship: if you want to have alternatives to your current citizenship and wish to travel visa-free in Schengen or the USA long-term visa. Learn more about the benefits of St Kitts and Nevis citizenship.

How much is citizenship in St Kitts?

It starts from $150,000, but the total amount depends on the family size and the investors’ program option you choose — refundable investments “costs” higher.

Do St Kitts and Nevis allow dual citizenship?

If a country of origin allows dual citizenship, you could hold St Kitts and Nevis without renouncing other countries’ citizenship. 

Can I work in the UK with a St Kitts passport?

This passport allows you to visit the UK visa-free as a tourist. If you need to work in the UK, you should apply for a working visa.

Can I work in Europe with a St Kitts passport?

This passport lets you visit the Schengen states visa-free as a tourist. If you need to work in a European country, you should apply for a working visa.

Can foreigners buy property in St Kitts and Nevis?

Yes, they can. If you buy a property for $175,000, you can apply for St Kitts and Nevis citizenship.

Do St Kitts and Nevis passport visa-free countries?

Yes, this passport allows you to visit 156 countries worldwide without a visa.

How can I get permanent residency in St Kitts?

You can participate in an investors’ program to get a permanent residency. If you invest $150,000, you get the passport of St Kitts.

How do you become a resident of St Kitts and Nevis?

You can participate in an investors’ program to become a resident. If you invest $150,000, you get the passport of St Kitts.

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How to get Saint Kitts and Nevis Golden Visa