St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship

St Kitts and Nevis
Citizenship By Investment

A second passport for visa-free travel
to 156 countries

Download the guide Calculate the cost
$150,000+
Investment amount
2–6 months
Obtaining period
5–7 years
Real estate
investment return
License
IMA 2022

The St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment program is the oldest in the world: it was launched in 1984. Since then, more than 20,000 applicants have received passports. 

Investors contribute $150,000 to the state fund or buy real estate for at least $175,000. Some real estate investments can be returned in 57 years.

Investors don’t take language proficiency tests or history exams to get citizenship. There are no residency requirements: applicants don’t have to come to St Kitts and Nevis before or after obtaining their passport. 

An investor’s spouse, children, parents and siblings can get passports under the program. In addition, St Kitts and Nevis citizenship is hereditary.

 

Benefits of St Kitts and Nevis citizenship

1
Visa-free travel to the UK and the Schengen countries

St Kitts and Nevis citizens can travel visa-free to 156 countries around the world, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Britain, Ireland and the Schengen states. A St Kitts and Nevis passport gives broader travel opportunities than any other Caribbean passport.

2
Long-term US visas

St Kitts and Nevis citizens can get a 10-year B-1/B-2 visa to the USA. It allows the holder to travel around the country, visit friends and family, participate in business meetings and get medical treatment in American clinics.

3
International business

Citizens have the right to register a company in St Kitts and Nevis. It helps investors in working with their foreign partners. For example, payments can be made without worrying about foreign exchange control regulations. The beneficial owner’s data is not entered in the commercial register when registering a company.

4
Tax optimisation

St Kitts and Nevis tax residents do not pay taxes on dividends, interest or royalties. There is no tax on wages, capital gains or inheritance in the country.

Get maximum information about the process

  • Step-by-step procedure
  • Requirements for applicants
  • Required documents
  • Answers to frequently asked questions
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Immigrant Invest
is a licensed agent
of the St. Kitts and Nevis
CBI program
(License IMA 2022)

Who can get
St Kitts and Nevis citizenship

Investor
  • Over 18 years old
  • No criminal record or prosecution
  • No serious illnesses
  • Stable income
  • Capable of confirming the legality of the income
Spouse
  • Opposite sex
  • No criminal records
Children under 30

If over 18: fully financially dependent on the investor

Parents
  • Over 55 
  • Fully financially dependent on the investor
Siblings
  • Under 30
  • Unmarried 
  • No children

Investment options
for St Kitts and Nevis
citizenship

St Kitts and Nevis offers applicants two options: a non-refundable contribution to the Sustainable Growth Fund and a real estate purchase.

1 option

Non-refundable contribution

$150,000+

Investors contribute to the Sustainable Growth Fund. The government of St Kitts and Nevis spends the fund's resources on health care, education, tourism, culture and alternative energy.

The contribution is non-refundable and doesn’t bring income.

Investor Married couple Family of 4, excluding siblings Family of 5 or
more people
Contribution
to the fund
$150,000 $175,000 $195,000

$195,000

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

+ $20,000 for a sibling

Due Diligence $7,500 $11,500

$7,500 for the investor

+ $4,000 per family member over 16 years old

$7,500 for the investor

+ $4,000 per family member over 16 years old

Other fees $1,161 $1,922 $3,294+ $4,005+
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2 option

Real estate purchase

$175,000+

1. $175,000 is the minimum investment in a share of a social or infrastructure real estate project in St Kitts and Nevis.

2. $200,000+ go for a share or a whole property in a government-approved real estate project. The projects include five-star hotels and resorts, apartments, villas, and yacht berths.

The property can be sold in 7 years if it has been bought for $200,000 or in 5 years if it has cost more than $400,000. The investor also earns an income of 2 to 5% per annum from leasing the property.

3. $400,000 is the minimum price of a villa not included in the list of government-approved projects.

If the investor buys the second or third type of property, an additional government fee of at least $35,050 is charged.

Investor Married couple Family of 3 or more
Purchase of real estate $200,000 $200,000 $200,000
State fee for the second
and third property types
$35,050 $55,100

$35,050 for the investor

+ $20,050 for a spouse

+ $10,050 per child or parent

+ $40,000 for a sibling

Due Diligence $7,500 $11,500

$7,500 for the investor

+ $4,000 per family member over 16 years old

Other fees $1,161 $1,922 $3,294+
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Expenses for a family of 4

The spouses and two children of 9 and 17 years old
Contribution
to the state fund
Purchase
of social real estate
Purchase of property
of the second or third type
Investment $195,000 $175,000 $200,000
State fee $75,200
Due Diligence $15,500 $15,500 $15,500
Other fees and charges $3,294 $3,294 $3,294
Total $213,794 $193,794+ $293,994+

Individual calculation of the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship cost

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Immigrant Invest
is a licensed agent
of the St. Kitts and Nevis
CBI program

Why do applicants need
a licensed agent’s help?

The St Kitts and Nevis law prohibits investors from applying for citizenship by investment on their own. The applicant must contact a licensed agent to participate in the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment program. The licensed agent is a consulting company that assists applicants at every stage of obtaining citizenship.

Immigrant Invest is a licensed agent of the St Kitts and Nevis citizenship program.
Selection of real estate

Individual selection
of properties
for investment

  • Discuss your tasks and goals
  • Choose between properties from reliable developers
  • Get fully prepared and verified documents for a purchase
Natalia Oganesyan
Real Estate Chief
Operations Officer,
RICS certified professional
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Step-by-step procedure of obtaining St Kitts and Nevis citizenship

The stages of obtaining the St Kitts and Nevis passport are similar for both investment options, namely a contribution to the state fund and the real estate purchase.

1 day Preliminary Due Diligence

Preliminary Due Diligence

1 day

A Compliance Anti Money Laundering Officer examines investors’ documents. The procedure is confidential and takes 1 business day. The applicant only needs to provide a passport.

Immigrant Invest has its own Compliance Department. The preliminary Due Diligence check reduces the rejection risk to 1%.

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2 to 4 weeks Preparation of documents

Preparation of documents

2 to 4 weeks

Immigrant Invest’s lawyers prepare lists of the personal and financial documents required to participate in the citizenship program. They include passports, birth and marriage certificates and bank statements.

Our lawyers fill out all the state forms themselves and certify copies of documents: the investor only needs to sign them.

2 to 6 months Due Diligence

Due Diligence

2 to 6 months

The lawyers send the finished documents to the St Kitts and Nevis CBI unit. The applicant pays the Due Diligence fee, and an investigation begins. All family members over 16 years old must undergo a Due Diligence check.

Up to 3 months Fulfilment of the investment condition

Fulfilment of the investment condition

Up to 3 months

The CBI unit notifies Immigrant Invest about the decision of the investor’s application. After approval, the investor fulfils the investment condition within 90 days: contributes to the state fund or buys real estate.

Up to 4 weeks Getting a passport

Getting a passport

Up to 4 weeks

A passport and a naturalisation certificate are issued within 4 weeks after fulfilling the investment condition. The investor receives the documents by courier at a convenient address.

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Caribbean Investment Program Expert
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Answers to frequently asked questions

Is it possible to return the investment?

Investors can return some of the money under the St Kitts and Nevis program, but only if they buy real estate. They can sell a share or property 5 or 7 years later. Meanwhile, they earn rental income during the entire ownership period. The investor usually makes 2–5% per annum.

Real estate in St Kitts and Nevis is a safe investment. The government controls the developers who report on the construction progress and receive money on schedule.

Can Immigrant Invest guarantee that I will get a passport?

No licensed agent can guarantee a passport. You probably deal with scammers if you are offered a 100% guarantee. 

Immigrant Invest conducts a preliminary Due Diligence check to increase the chances of each application being approved. A certified Compliance Anti Money Laundering Officer examines the investor’s documents. If any risks appear, the lawyers look for an alternative solution, for example, another program.

Immigrant Invest has its own compliance department. Preliminary Due Diligence helps our clients get the result they want in most cases.

Can I apply for citizenship myself?

If you apply for citizenship by naturalisation, marriage, or other grounds, you can. However, only a licensed program agent can submit documents for the citizenship by investment program.

Do I need to come to St Kitts and Nevis to get a passport?

No, the procedure for obtaining citizenship can be completed remotely: you do not need to come to the islands before or after obtaining a passport.

International travellers are welcome to visit St Kitts and Nevis. The Caribbean country is ideal for relaxation and has a pleasant climate, beautiful nature and numerous beaches. If an investor buys a share in a hotel, they get the right to spend 1–2 weeks a year at the property for free. 

Which family members must undergo Due Diligence?

Due Diligence is required for all family members over 16 years of age. Children under 16 years old do not need to go through it.

Due Diligence is fee-based. The cost for the main applicant is $7,500 and $4,000 for each adult family member included in the application.

Schedule a meeting

Let’s discuss the details

Schedule a meeting at one of the offices or online. A lawyer will analyze the situation, calculate the cost and help you find a solution based on your goals.

Zlata Erlach
Caribbean Investment Program Expert
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