2023

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St Kitts and Nevis citizenship at a discount: optimising both taxes and passport costs

I’ve had several tense years, so I decided to seek a place I could escape to feel safe and have a rest from all that hustle and bustle. The Caribbean seemed to be a perfect choice.

It turned out second citizenship could also help me reduce taxes, compensating for inflation and rising prices. That’s good news.

Gareth

Gareth,

Entrepreneur from England

Clients’ names and photos have been changed

St Kitts and Nevis citizenship at a discount: optimising both taxes and passport costs

St Kitts and Nevis citizenship at a discount: optimising both taxes and passport costs

Investor’s goals

Gareth is a businessman from London. The entrepreneur got tired of living in a huge metropolis, of the unstable political situation around the world, and of rapidly rising prices. He felt he needed a place where he could be alone and rest.

The businessman wanted his second home to be remote and secluded. That’s why he did not consider obtaining residence or citizenship in Europe — it would be too near. As Gareth had been on Caribbean cruises and was familiar with the region, he decided to create a safe haven somewhere there.

Five Caribbean countries offer citizenship by investment under similar terms: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, and St Kitts and Nevis. Looking closer at the countries, Gareth discovered he could not only find a second home but also cut taxes.

Two of the five countries — Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis — charge no income tax. To compare, in the UK, the entrepreneur pays the income tax according to the progressive scale of 20—45%. If Gareth switches his tax residence, he will be able to lessen the tax burden.

Antigua and Barbuda or St Kitts and Nevis: which one to choose

Two principal routes for obtaining an Antigua and Barbuda or St Kitts and Nevis passport by investment are contributing to a state fund and purchasing real estate.

ag-flag Under the Antigua and Barbuda program, Gareth would spend over $130,000 if supporting the fund or over $230,000 if buying property.

kn-flag Under the St Kitts and Nevis program, the entrepreneur would pay over $150,000 to support the fund or over $230,000 to buy property.

Although the businessman planned to arrange a holiday home, he was not ready to purchase real estate under the investment program. Citizenship applicants are allowed to buy only government-approved properties. The minimum purchase amount would suffice to buy only a share in a hotel complex. Purchasing a villa would require around $1 million, beyond Gareth’s budget.

Gareth was going first to rent a house and then maybe buy one when the program’s terms would no longer apply. So, the entrepreneur voted for the fund contribution.

The businessman intended to opt for Antigua and Barbuda citizenship due to its lower cost when the news arrived. St Kitts and Nevis offered a discount valid for half a year: single investors like Gareth could get citizenship for around $130,000 — approximately to the one under the Antigua and Barbuda’s program.

St Kitts and Nevis improved one more thing: during the discount, applications would be processed under the accelerated procedure — within 60 days — at no additional cost. In comparison, Antigua and Barbuda processes applications for 90 days or longer.

The speed became the decisive factor, so Gareth decided to participate in the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship program.

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How Gareth obtained a St Kitts and Nevis passport in 5 months

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1 day, December 2nd 2022

Preliminary Due Diligence

Gareth underwent our internal vetting aimed at evaluating the odds of success and identifying possible risks. The entrepreneur had no red flags in the biography and was eligible to participate in the St Kitts and Nevis program. So, he signed a Services Agreement with Immigrant Invest.

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+ 1 month

Collecting documents

Gareth provided identification documents: birth certificate, ID card and passport. The entrepreneur also submitted the bank statement for the last 12 months and documents proving the legality of his income. He further obtained certificates of no criminal records and of good health.

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+ 1 day

Applying for St Kitts and Nevis citizenship, $7,750

Immigrant Invest lawyers filled in application forms on Gareth’s behalf and uploaded the package of documents to the secure government online portal.

Gareth paid $7,500 for the Due Diligence check and $250 as the processing fee.

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+ 2 months

Main Due Diligence

The St Kitts and Nevis CBI unit completed the vetting by the promised date. Gareth’s candidacy was approved.

If it were not for a special offer, application processing could take up to 6 months.

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+ 1 month

Investing, $125,000

Gareth had 90 days to fulfil the investment condition. He transferred $125,000 to the Sustainable Growth Fund of St Kitts and Nevis. Immigrant Invest lawyers received the proof of the transfer from the bank and submitted it to the CBI unit.

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+ 1 month, May 3rd 2023

Receiving the passport, $411

Gareth was issued a naturalisation certificate and a passport. The fees were $50 and $361, respectively. The investor received the documents by courier.

Investor’s opportunities with St Kitts and Nevis citizenship

As soon as Gareth received a second passport, he planned a vacation in St Kitts. During this trip, he would not only holiday but also acquire a driving licence valid in St Kitts and Nevis and open an account in a St Kitts bank. What is more, the entrepreneur intends to keep an eye on locations and affordable housing to buy.

Gareth is also strongly considering changing his tax residence. To become a tax resident of St Kitts and Nevis, he will need to spend 183 days in the country — consecutive or within the years. The entrepreneur believes it’s possible as he has learnt to manage his business remotely during the pandemic.

When the investor transfers his income to St Kitts and Nevis, his tax burden will lighten. He will not have to pay taxes on personal income, dividends, interest or royalties.

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

This case was provided by our expert

Albert Ioffe
Albert Ioffe

Legal and Compliance Officer

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