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Visa-Free Schengen and the UK with St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship

I didn’t work hard for that — to waste my time and nerves to obtain visas, no. I want to travel freely. You buy a plane ticket and go to a country. And that’s all.

Saint Kitts and Nevis Citizenship
Ivan and Tetiana
The couple from Ukraine
Clients’ name and photo have been changed
Visa-free Schengen and the UK with St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment

Ivan and his wife Tetiana have been living in Cyprus for three years. Back in the day, Ivan owned a network of pharmacies in Ukraine. Nowadays, it is run by his son, while the investor lives on dividends from this business. Both spouses like travelling, but they had to get visas each time they travelled to Europe.

In this case, we will tell you how Immigrant Invest made the couple’s lives easier by helping them get visa-free access to European countries.

Why did the investor need a second passport

Ivan and Tetiana live in Cyprus on their permanent residence. They are happy living in Cyprus, as they find the local climate and tax rates comfortable. But the Cypriot permanent residence does not allow the couple to travel visa-free to Europe since Cyprus is not a part of the Schengen Area.

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Each time the couple applied for visas, the procedure went through some troubles. For example, once Ivan has got a visa to Austria only for the duration of his trip — for 9 days. Meanwhile, he planned to come back to the country for medical treatment two weeks after the trip. Thus, he had to obtain the same visa twice within a month.

The investor set the goal of getting a second passport for travelling around the world without visas. At first, he was thinking about obtaining Cyprus citizenship. But the Cyprus citizenship by investment program has been closed since 1 November 2020.

To obtain citizenship through naturalisation, the couple would have to pass a language exam and live in Cyprus for seven years without leaving the country. And there was no guarantee that their application would be approved.

At this stage, the investor was at an impasse. On 15 January 2021, Ivan turned to Immigrant Invest for advice.

First meeting with Immigrant Invest: preliminary Due Diligence

Before signing a contract with a client, Immigrant Invest lawyers conduct the preliminary Due Diligence. The check allows to identify all the potential risks of the rejection of an investor's application for second citizenship.

Immigrant Invest has a Compliance Department. Its certified Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer studies the investor’s situation in detail. In this way, we reduce the risk of rejection to almost zero before applying on behalf of our client.

Evgenia Morozova — Head of Legal Department at Immigrant Invest
Evgeniya Morozova
Head of the Legal Department

Preliminary Due Diligence showed that Ivan met all the requirements for the citizenship programs: he pays taxes on time, his only source of income was the dividends from his business, and he has no criminal records or visa denials.

The Immigrant Invest team was 99% confident that any citizenship program would approve Ivan's application. However, there is always a minimal risk of rejection, as the final decision remains with the citizenship program department.

What second passport did the investor choose

Ivan's goal was to travel visa-free to the Schengen Area and the UK. The investor set his budget up to $200,000.

Five Caribbean citizenship by investment programs matched the investor's criteria the most. As Caribbean passport holders travel visa-free to more than 140 countries, including the Schengen Area and the UK, and they get 10-year visas to the US under simplified procedure.

The investor gets a Caribbean passport in 2—6 months. The minimal investment into a country’s economy is $100,000.

Immigration Invest lawyers reviewed each Caribbean program with the client. Ivan chose Saint Kitts and Nevis citizenship as it allows the investor to travel visa-free to most countries among the other Caribbean countries with citizenship programs — 157.

St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment program terms

In exchange for a Saint Kitts and Nevis passport, applicants must pass a Due Diligence check and make a non-refundable contribution of $150,000 to the state fund or buy real estate worth $200,000. Also, the investor pays the Due Diligence, the application, notarial, bank and certificate fees.

Minimal investor's expenses in St Kitts and Nevis citizenship program

Ivan chose contribution to the government fund over the real estate purchase. He did not want to deal with the responsibility that real estate imposes: its maintenance and further exploitation.

The expenses increase if the investor adds family members to the application.

Who can apply for a St Kitts and Nevis passport

  • an investor with a proven legal source of income;
  • spouse of an investor;
  • children aged up to 30, financially dependent on the investor;
  • parents over 50 years old of both the investor and the spouse;
  • siblings under 30 years old, unmarried and with no children, of both the investor and the spouse.

Applicants for Saint Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment do not need to take exams on the country's language or history, live in Saint Kitts and Nevis or even visit the country.

After meeting the conditions, an investor and his family members are eligible to apply for Saint Kitts and Nevis passports.

St Kitts and Nevis citizenship

Saint Kitts and Nevis is the first country to launch the Citizenship by Investment program. The country’s program has been operating since 1984

St Kitts and Nevis citizenship

The country is trendy among tourists. Every year about 250,000 people visit St Kitts and Nevis to see its beautiful mountains, beaches and rainforests

St Kitts and Nevis citizenship

The average annual temperature on the islands is 29°C. April, May and June are the most comfortable months to visit. Ivan liked the idea that at any time, he and his wife could go to a tropical country to bask in the sun and swim in the year-round warm Caribbean Sea

Investor's costs in St Kitts and Nevis citizenship program

Under the terms of the program, Ivan was to invest $175,000: $150,000 was for himself, and $25,000 was for his wife. The investor also paid Due Diligence: $7,500 for himself and $4,000 for Tetiana.

Immigrant Invest’s team calculated the cost of participation in the program for Ivan and Tetiana.

$188,022 — Ivan's expenses for participation in St Kitts and Nevis citizenship program

Fund investment
Due Diligence
Passport fee
Application fee
Bank fee
Issuance of two naturalization certificates

Steps to obtain St Kitts and Nevis citizenship

1. Collecting and transmission of documents. The Immigrant Invest’s lawyers have prepared and submitted a package of investor documents to the Citizenship Department of Saint Kitts and Nevis. It took three weeks to prepare the documents.

When the lawyers submitted the documents, Ivan paid the Due Diligence fee — $11,500.

2. Approval of the application. The program department reviewed Ivan's application within the set time limit of three months. The investor has a transparent financial history, and the documents met the program's requirements, so there were no clarifying requests from the department.

Immigrant Invest received Ivan’s application approval by email.

3. Fulfilment of investment conditions. When Ivan received approval to participate in the program, he transferred $160,000 to the bank account of St Kitts and Nevis state fund.

4. Obtaining a passport. The department received a notification of the transfer of the investments and, within two weeks, has printed certificates of naturalisation and passports for Ivan and Tetiana.

The investor received the documents from Immigrant Invest two weeks later.

15 January 2021
Ivan turned to Immigrant Invest
+ 1 day
Preliminary Due Diligence
+ 3 weeks
Preparation of documents, filing of the application
+ 3 months
Due Diligence
6 May 2021
Approval of the application
+ 4 weeks
Preparation and forwarding of passports
3 June 2021
Obtaining passports

Visa-free travelling with St Kitts and Nevis passports

The whole summer of 2021, Ivan and Tetiana travelled to western Europe as Saint Kitts and Nevis citizens. They went without visas to Italy, stayed for a week and a half in Germany, spent two weeks in France, and were guests in Spain and Britain.

The couple does not want their enthusiasm for travelling to end, as there are still many countries they go to without visas with St Kitts and Nevis passports.

Immigrant Invest is a licensed agent for government programs in the European Union and the Caribbean.

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Zlata Erlach, Caribbean Investment Program Expert
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