However, a visa is not enough for parents to stay and live in St Kitts and Nevis indefinitely as they need a residence permit or citizenship.
Essen and his wife received St Kitts and Nevis passports through participation in the state investment program. The program allows parents to be added to the application after the investor has received a passport. Essen decided to take this opportunity.
To join the program, the investor's relatives provide the documents listed in the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship Citizenship Act. Some of the documents, e.g. a police clearance certificate, are received by applicants in person, at home or at the consulate. Relatives also pass a Due Diligence check.
The lawyers of Immigrant Invest helped the investor’s parents to collect all the documents without leaving St Kitts and Nevis. The heroes managed to go through all the procedures of applying for St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment program before their visas expired in only two months.
St Kitts and Nevis citizenship for Turkmenistan investors: why did the couple offer the parents second passports
Essen and Guzel are from Turkmenistan. In 2019, they received St Kitts and Nevis passports by investment to become cosmopolitans. The couple spent the winter in a villa on the island of St. Kitts, and they lived in Europe, the UK or the United States for the rest of the months.
In February 2020, Essen's parents, Sazak and Jemile, flew to visit the couple. They wanted to see their children and grandchildren whilst relaxing in a tropical paradise. By December, the rainy season ends in St Kitts and Nevis and the temperature of the air and water in the searnremains at +26°C until April.
When the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020, Sazak and Jemile were still in St Kitts and Nevis. As citizens of Turkmenistan, they went to the Caribbean with an e-visa. The duration of stay in St Kitts and Nevis on a visa is up to 90 days in half a year.
Essen did not want his elderly parents to leave St Kitts and Nevis at the height of the pandemic. Essen believed that the risk of infection was especially high in public places such as the airport or on the plane. In St. Kitts, the family lived in a secluded villa, so the risk of infection was minimal.
The family did not know what the situation was with the disease in Turkmenistan: the government of the country did not disclose the information. The Caribbean countries voiced the data daily and submitted statistics to WHO.
Essen trusted local hospitals more. Basseterre, the capital of St Kitts and Nevis, has three public hospitals: Joseph N. France, Molineux and Pogson. The largest is Joseph N. France: it has an intensive care unit, 24-hour emergency care, and a radiology department.
Essen only saw the only way out of this situation: to add parents to the citizenship by investment program. Then they can stay in the Caribbean for as long as they want.
We offered the parents to obtain citizenship with us, but they did not want to move to the Caribbean. Now everything is different: both are over 60 and at risk. Fortunately, the parents agreed, because health is more important. Here we can take care of them.
How an investor can add parents to the citizenship program
In 2019, the couple obtained St Kitts and Nevis citizenship with the help of Immigrant Invest. Therefore, on 30th of March, 2020, Essen applied to Immigrant Invest again to obtain a St Kitts passport for each parent.
The investor has the right to add family members to the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship program at any time after the main applicant receives a passport. To do this, the family must provide certain documents and pay government fees.
What documents are needed to add parents
To add a relative, Immigrant Invest submits an application to the citizenship by investment unit. The application is accompanied by documents confirming the relationship of the investor and the attached family members. It also confirms the law-abidingness of relatives and their financial dependence on the investor.
List of documents for filing an application to add parents:
- copies of parents' passports;
- a copy of the investor's birth certificate, where the names of the parents to be added are indicated;
- certificates of no criminal record;
- a copy of the parents' marriage certificate;
- a copy of the father's military ID;
- medical insurance;
- certificates with HIV test results;
- checks and bank statements confirming that the investor is supporting the parents;
- government questionnaires and forms.
How documents were collected for Essen's parents
Sazak and Jemile were in St Kitts and Nevis at the time of contacting Immigrant Invest. They only had their passports with them. Essen had a birth certificate and received bank statements on regular money transfers to his parents over the past two years.
The family got medical insurance on the spot. Parents passed HIV tests at Joseph N. France Hospital in the capital Basseterre.
Father's marriage certificate and military ID remained in Turkmenistan. Immigrant Invest lawyers received notarized copies of these documents by contacting the family's relatives.
Solution to the problem: how to remotely obtain a police clearance certificate
The main obstacle in the process of obtaining citizenship for parents could be a police clearance certificate. Applicants receive it personally: at the branch of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkmenistan at the place of registration or at the consulate of Turkmenistan in the nearest country.
In St Kitts and Nevis there is no representative office of Turkmenistan, where you can apply for documents. The nearest consulate is in the United States, but Essen's parents did not have a valid American visa.
The Immigrant Invest lawyers have found a way to obtain documents so that the family did not have to leave St. Kitts and Nevis. The lawyers issued a power of attorney in the name of a company's lawyer. Essen signed the power of attorney. So the lawyer could act on behalf of the investor and get a police clearance certificate for him.
If an investor, for any reason, cannot independently obtain documents, for example, a police clearance certificate, we take over the process. To do this, we prepare a power of attorney with the client’s signature and indicate the reason why he cannot visit the office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs or the consulate. The closure of borders due to the pandemic is considered a good reason, as the investor and his family were unable to move freely between countries due to flight restrictions.
At the same time, we do not charge our clients a separate fee for services upon request and preparation of documents: they are included in the standard payment for support under the program.
Head of Legal Department in Immigrant Invest
St Kitts and Nevis citizenship for parents: procedure, cost and time of obtaining
Preparation of documents. It took a week and a half to prepare documents, translate them into English, certify and fill out government forms. When the documents were ready, Essen paid $8,500 for Due Diligence and processing of documents in the program department. After that, the lawyers of Immigrant Invest submitted a package of documents to the CIP unit.
The Due Diligence in the CIP unit took a month and went through without further inquiries. Essen was allowed to add his parents to the St. Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment program.
Payment of fees. The adding procedure is fee-based. The cost depends on the degree of relationship with the investor.
The fee for adding one parent is $10,000. Essen paid the requisite fee to the banking details from the CIP unit. He also paid the bank commission and the fee for the issuance of naturalization certificates and passports.
$29,522 paid by Essen for adding two parents
Essen's parents received passports of St Kitts and Nevis and certificates of naturalization in person at the CIP unit in Basseterre in June 5, 2020. There they took the oath. The adding procedure took a little more than two months from the date of contacting Immigrant Invest.
Family’s life in the Caribbean and plans for the future
Sazak and Jemile managed to obtain passports for St Kitts and Nevis before their visas expired. They stayed to live in Basseterre with their children and grandchildren. Essen bought his parents an apartment in a residential complex near the beach.
Essen bought a yacht. Together with his father and son, they often fish on the high seas. Sometimes the wives join the boat trips to swim and sunbathe on the deck.
The family plans to obtain US visas when the pandemic ends. They dream of visiting Las Vegas and New Orleans during the Mardi Gras ca ival.
Essen also wants his children to go to high school in the United States in a few years, and then go to an American university.
All the possibilities given by the second citizenship are described in the guide "St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment: Everything About the Program and the Country".