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How much does St Lucia citizenship cost for investors and their families

The amount of investments for obtaining St Lucia citizenship starts from $100,000. The final price depends on the investment option you select and the family members who participate with you.

Read on to find out the costs for each investment option to obtain a St Lucia passport.

St Lucia citizenship cost by investment

St Lucia citizenship cost: investment options

The fastest way to become a St Lucia citizen is to participate in the investment program. The minimum investment amount is $100,000, and the final cost depends on the family composition.

The main applicant should be over 18 years old and have no criminal record. Having the legal origin of income for investments under the program is also crucial.

Who may participate with the main applicant:

  • a spouse;
  • children under 30;
  • parents over 55;
  • siblings under 18.

The four options to get St Lucia citizenship by investment

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A contribution to the National Economic Fund
Purchase of real estate
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Purchase of government bonds
Enterprise investment

The investment amount or total costs depend on family composition. For example, a sole investor may contribute $100,000 to the national fund, while a minimum investment amount for a family of four is $150,000. Also, there are some government fees paid for each family member.

Most of the options allow you to return the investment, and only contribution to a national fund is non-refundable. You may sell the purchased real estate or get a bond redemption five years after obtaining citizenship. 

Participation in the investment program is a faster way to a St Lucia passport than obtaining citizenship by naturalisation. Investors receive passports within 3—6 months after the submission of documents. They don’t need to live in the country for several years or even visit it.

Cost of obtaining St Lucia citizenship when contributing to the state fund

Investors and their families can make a non-refundable donation to the St Lucia National Economic Fund (NEF). This is the most affordable way to get citizenship by investment because the amount of investment starts from $100,000. The final cost depends on the family composition.

Cost of obtaining St Lucia citizenship by contribution to the state fund

CostsInvestorMarried coupleFamily of 4+
Contribution to the fund$100,000$140,000$150,000 for a family of four

+$15,00 for each qualifying dependent to a family of four, if the family includes the investor’s spouse

+$25,000 for each additional dependent of any age
Due Diligence$7,500$12,500$7,500 for investor

$5,000 for each family member aged 16 years or older
Other fees$2,850+$4,350+$7,350+

Cost of buying real estate in St Lucia

Investors can obtain St Lucia citizenship by the purchase of the real estate. The government provides an opportunity to invest in approved projects, for example, high-end resorts or boutique properties in St Lucia, and obtain citizenship. The minimum investment amount is $300,000 and does not depend on family composition.

The purchase and sale transaction can take place remotely. After five years, you may sell real estate and return the investment without affecting your citizenship.

In addition to the real estate investment, the applicants pay the administration fee. Its amount depends on the number and age of family members.

Cost of obtaining St Lucia citizenship by buying real estate

CostsInvestorMarried coupleFamily of 4+
Purchase of real estate$300,000$300,000$300,000
Due Diligence$7,500$12,500$7,500 for investor

$5,000 for each family member aged 16 years or older
Administration fee$30,000$45,000$55,000+

$30,000 for the investor
$15,000 for the spouse
$5,000 for each family member under 18
$10,000 for each additional family member over 18
Other fees$2,850+$4,350+$7,350+

Individuals and legal entities pay transfer tax and stamp duty when buying a property in St Lucia. The real estate transfer tax for individuals and companies is 2%. 

The stamp duty is paid by both the buyer and the seller. The tax is 2% for the buyer, while the seller’s tax rate depends on their country of citizenship. Foreigners pay a tax of 10%, while the real estate value determines the rate for St Lucia citizens.

Example of real estate to buy to get St Lucia citizenship

Cost of obtaining St Lucia citizenship by buying real estate

Service apartments in an all-inclusive luxury hotel are approved for St Lucia citizenship by investment program. This project is located in Micoud, a village on the southeastern coast of the island

Buying a property in St Lucia

The hotel’s total area is 93,707 m2. It includes restaurants, bars, a spa centre, and entertainment areas

St Lucia citizenship by buying real estate

The complex consists of 380 apartments from 42 to 130 m2 with panoramic sea views

Cost of obtaining a St Lucia passport by purchasing government bonds

Until December 31st, 2022, investors can purchase COVID-19 Relief Bonds for $250,000. These are temporary bonds launched in May 2020. Also, applicants may invest $500,000+ in Government Bonds without time limits.

The period of ownership for COVID-19 Relief Bonds changes depending on the number of participants in the application: 

  • five years for one applicant;
  • six years for an investor with a spouse;
  • seven years for a family of up to four people.

For the Government Bonds, the period of ownership is five years.

Cost of obtaining citizenship of St Lucia by purchasing bonds

CostsInvestorMarried coupleFamily of 4Family of 6
Bond value$250,000 for COVID-19 Relief Bonds

$500,000 for Government Bonds
$250,000  for COVID-19 Relief Bonds

$535,000 for Government Bonds
$250,000  for COVID-19 Relief Bonds

$550,000 for Government Bonds
$300,000  for COVID-19 Relief Bonds

$600,000 for Government Bonds
Administration fee$30,000$30,000$30,000$30,000
Due Diligence$7,500$12,500$7,500 for the investor

$5,000 for each family member over 16 years old
$7,500 for the investor

$5,000 for each family member over 16 years old
Other fees$850+ for COVID-19 Relief Bonds

$2,850+ for Government Bonds
$1,350+ for COVID-19 Relief Bonds

$4,350+ for Government Bonds
$2,350+ for COVID-19 Relief Bonds

$7,350+ for Government Bonds
$3,350+ for COVID-19 Relief Bonds

$10,350+ for Government Bonds
If the main applicant includes more than four family members in the application, it is necessary to buy COVID-19 Relief Bonds bonds for another $15,000 for each additional one. For the Government Bonds, an investor should spend $25,000 for each dependent starting from the fifth.

Сost of investing in a St Lucia business 

The minimum investment for the investors who choose the enterprise option is $3.5 million. This investment amount is for one applicant. In this case, the entrepreneur should create at least three jobs in St Lucia.

If two or more applicants plan to invest together in a St Lucia business, the minimum investment is $6 million. In this case, investors should create at least six jobs in St Lucia, and each participant must contribute at least $1 million.

Cost of obtaining citizenship of St Lucia by investing in business

CostsOne investorJoint venture
Investment amount$3.5 million$6.5 million

Each participant must contribute at least $1 million.
Administration fee$50,000

+ $25,000 for a dependent under 18
+ $35,000 for a dependent over 18

+ $25,000 for a dependent under 18
+ $35,000 for a dependent over 18
Due Diligence$7,500

+$5,000 for each family member over 16 years old

$5,000 for each family member over 16 years old
Other fees$2,850+$2,850+

There are seven business categories you can invest in:

  • speciality restaurants;
  • cruise ports and marinas;
  • pharmaceutical products;
  • agro-processing plants;
  • ports, bridges, and highways;
  • offshore universities;
  • research institutions.

How to get a St Lucia passport in five steps

Once you have chosen your investment path, you may be wondering how to apply and finally get a St Lucia passport.
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Details Детали
Contact Immigrant Invest
Contact Immigrant Invest

Since it is not possible to apply individually, you need to contact a licensed agent. Our lawyers study the investor’s situation and recommend solutions suitable for the case.

Contact Immigrant Invest
Collect the necessary documents
Collect the necessary documents

Immigrant Invest lawyers tell the investor what documents are needed. Then they translate documents, notarise copies, fill out forms and send them to the CBI Unit of St Lucia.

Collect the necessary documents
Wait for the results of Due Diligence
Wait for the results of Due Diligence

The St Lucia CBI Unit conducts a Due Diligence check for every applicant over 16 years old. This process usually takes about three months.

Wait for the results of Due Diligence
Fulfil the investment condition
Fulfil the investment condition

After successful completion of Due Diligence, applicants make the investment.

Fulfil the investment condition
Get a St Lucia passport
Get a St Lucia passport

You can obtain your passport at the Immigrant Invest office or by courier.

Get a St Lucia passport

Case studies: why investors choose St Lucia and how they get citizenship

St Lucia citizenship in 4 months for a large family. Maxim is an artist from Minsk who often performs in the EU. He decided to obtain second citizenship for himself and his entire large family to have visa-free entry to European countries. 

Maxim chose to get St Lucia citizenship by the purchase of government bonds because the additional costs were minimal. This option also allows recovering most of the initial investment later on. The total expenses for Maxim and his family of 12 were $422,500.

St Lucia citizenship for a former civil servant. Jacob is a former judge from South Africa and now works as a legal consultant for a private law firm. With his wife, he got St Lucia citizenship to travel visa-free worldwide. 

Judges are supposed to be politically exposed persons, so the Due Diligence for obtaining St Lucia citizenship for Jacob was stricter than for some other applicants. However, the political status did not prevent Jacob and his wife from obtaining citizenship: they met all the requirements and received a St Lucia passport by investing $200,000 in the state fund. 

Saint Lucia citizenship by investment in bonds and the state fund. The brothers Kiran and Dasya decided to obtain second citizenship to travel visa-free to the Schengen states and other countries with their families.

Both investors are professional brokers. Therefore, they chose to purchase government bonds under the St Lucia citizenship by investment program. However, at the last moment, one of the brothers decided to change the investment option and make a non-refundable investment of $150,000 to the state fund.

Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to become a citizen of St Lucia?

The amount of investment for St Lucia citizenship starts from $100,000. The cheapest way is to make a non-refundable donation to the St Lucia National Economic Fund (NEF). The final cost depends on the family members with whom you are applying.

Another option is to buy pre-approved real estate in St Lucia. The minimum cost is $300,000.

Until December 31st, 2022, investors can purchase COVID-19 Relief Bonds for $250,000 and get citizenship. This is a temporary bond that was launched in May 2020.

If you want to run a business in St Lucia, you can take part in the citizenship program by investing in a local business. In this case, the entrepreneur must contribute at least $3,5 million, or $6 million, jointly with other investors. Each participant must contribute at least $1 million.

Can you buy citizenship in St Lucia?

No, but you can participate in investment program to obtain citizenship in Saint Lucia

The minimum investment amount is $100,000. This way is faster than, for example, obtaining citizenship by naturalisation. You do not need to live in the country for eight years to apply for the investment program, as in the case of naturalisation. Investors receive passports within 3—6 months after the submission of documents.

How do you become a citizen of St Lucia?

There are several ways to become a citizen of St Lucia, for example, through marriage to a citizen of the country or naturalisation. But the fastest way is to take part in the investment program. Investors can contribute to the national fund, buy real estate, purchase government bonds, or make business investments, and get citizenship of Saint Lucia in 3—6 months.

How can I apply for the St Lucia citizenship investment program?

First, you need to contact a licensed program agent, then collect the necessary documents and pay the Due Diligence fee. The St Lucia CBI Unit conducts Due Diligence, and if everything is all right, an applicant gets a passport.

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How much does St Lucia citizenship cost for investors and their families