Last reviewed on June 5, 2024

St Lucia Citizenship

Increased global mobility and access to the world’s largest markets

$100,000+

Investment amount

6+ months

Obtaining period

5 years

Investment return

St Lucia Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Program allows foreigners to obtain the country’s nationality by contributing to the economy.

The minimum investment is $100,000. Applicants choose from five options: a contribution to a state fund, purchase of government bonds or real estate, and business investments, including infrastructure projects.

The investor can return the money in 5 years by redeeming bonds or selling real estate shares.

Investors get citizenship under a simplified procedure. They don’t have to obtain a residence permit, live in the country or take a language proficiency test.

The investor’s spouse, children, parents, and siblings can get citizenship under the investment program.

St Lucia launched its citizenship by investment program in 2015. The Citizenship By Investment Act and its amendments regulate the program rules.

Benefits of St Lucia citizenship

  • 1

    Moving to St Lucia and creating a safe haven

    Investors and their family members can enter or move to St Lucia anytime. It is beneficial if something dangerous happens in the investor’s country of origin.

  • 2

    Increased global mobility

    St Lucia citizens can travel across the globe and discover new destinations with less visa-related paperwork

  • 3

    10-year US visitor visas

    St Lucia citizens can get a 10-year B‑1/B‑2 visitor visa to the USA. It allows the holder to stay in the country for up to 6 months a year. You can travel around the country, attend business meetings and conferences, and get medical treatment in American clinics.

  • 4

    Registration of an international company

    Investors can register a company in St Lucia, opening bank accounts for business abroad and making settlements with international partners in foreign currencies easier. Moreover, the beneficial owner’s personal information is not entered into the commercial register to protect their identity and privacy.

  • 5

    Tax optimisation

    Saint Lucia does not tax global income, dividends, inheritance, capital gains or wages. Social security contributions for employees are 5% of their salaries.

  • 6

    Quick, easy and secure procedure

    Obtaining a St Lucia nationality by investment takes several months, which is pretty fast. Applicants must not visit the country or pass interviews or tests. The investment is made after the application is approved.

  • 7

    Relatively low investment amount

    The minimum investment for participation in the St Lucia citizenship-by-investment program is $100,000. This amount is lower than in most other states that offer similar programs.

  • 8

    Citizenship for the whole family

    Investors’ spouses, children under 30, parents over 55 and siblings under 18 may apply for citizenship, too.

  • 9

    No residing requirements

    Investors and their family members are not required to live in St Lucia to keep citizenship.

140+ visa-free countries for St Lucia citizens

Asia

Hong Kong

Indonesia

Cambodia

+19 countries

Africa

Cape Verde

Kenya

Mauritius

+25 countries

Europe

Austria

Germany

Italy

+39 countries

Oceania

New Caledonia

Cook Islands

Solomon Islands

+10 countries

North America

Dominica

Cayman Islands

Costa Rica

+25 countries

South America

Argentina

Bolivia

Peru

+10 countries

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Guide to obtaining St Lucia citizenship

  • Step-by-step procedure

  • Requirements for applicants

  • Required documents

  • Answers to frequently asked questions

PDF, 36 pages, 12 MB

Who can get St Lucia citizenship?

  • Investor

    • Over 18 years old

    • No criminal records or ongoing legal proceedings

    • No serious illnesses

    • Capable of confirming the legality of the income

  • Spouse

  • Children under 30

    Fully financially dependent on the investor

  • Parents

    • Over 55

    • Fully financially dependent on the investor

  • Siblings

    • Under 18

    • Have a parent’s or a guardian’s consent to participate in the program

Investment options for St Lucia citizenship

St Lucia offers applicants five investment options: a contribution to a state fund, purchase of government bonds or real estate, business investments, and investments in infrastructure projects.

1 option

Non-refundable contribution — $100,000+

A contribution to the National Economic Fund of St Lucia is non-refundable.

Investor

Married couple

Family of 4

Family of 5+

Contribution to the fund

$100,000

$140,000

$150,000

$150,000

+$15,000 per dependent starting with the fifth if the investor’s spouse participates

+$25,000 per dependent starting with the fifth if the investor’s spouse doesn’t participate

Due Diligence

$8,000

$13,000

$8,000 for the investor

+$5,000 per family member over 16

$8,000 for the investor

+$5,000 per family member over 16

Other state fees

$3,950+

$5,450+

$8,450+

$9,950+

2 option

Bonds purchase — $300,000+

Investors can buy non-interest-bearing Government Bonds for $300,000. They can be fully redeemed in 5 years for the investor to return the money.

Investor

Married couple

Family of 4

Family of 5+

Purchase of bonds

$300,000

$300,000

$300,000

$300,000

Administrative fee

$50,000

$50,000

$50,000

$50,000

Due Diligence

$8,000

$13,000

$8,000 for the investor

and +$5,000 per
family member over 16

$8,000 for the investor

and +$5,000 per
family member over 16

Other state fees

$4,100+

$5,600+

$8,600+

$10,100+

3 option

Real estate purchase — $200,000+

The investment amount doesn’t depend on the family composition. The investor can return the money 5 years later by selling the property.

An additional non-refundable state fee of at least $30,000 is paid.

4 option

Business investment — $1,000,000+

The applicant invests in a government-approved business project.

If the applicant invests alone, the minimum amount is $3.5 million. Group investments of at least $6 million are also possible. In this case, the minimum share of each participant is $1 million.

The administrative fee is $50,000.

The applicant can invest in one of the following areas:

  • specialty restaurants;

  • cruise ports and marinas;

  • agro-processing plants;

  • pharmaceutical products;

  • research institutions and facilities;

  • offshore universities;

  • housing projects;

  • social development projects;

  • investment services.

5 option

Infrastructure project investment — $100,000+

This option is available under the business investment option. The applicant invests in government-approved projects that enhance the infrastructure of St Lucia.

The minimum investment amount is $100,000 for a single applicant and $150,000 for a family for up to four members.

The administrative fee is $15,000 for the investor and $5,000 per family member. Starting at the fifth applicant, the additional fee is $10,000.

Infrastructure projects include constructing and developing ports, bridges, roads, and highways.

Expenses for a family of 4

The spouses and two children aged 7 and 19

Fund contribution

Purchase of bonds

Investments

$150,000

$300,000

State fee

$30,000

Due Diligence

$18,000

$18,000

Other fees

$8,450+

$8,600+

Total

$176,450+

$376,600+

Individual cost calculation for St Lucia citizenship

Individual cost calculation for St Lucia citizenship

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Why do applicants need a licensed agent’s help?

The St Lucia law prohibits investors from applying for citizenship by investment on their own. A licensed program agent must apply on the investor’s behalf. The licensed agent is a consulting company that assists applicants at every stage of obtaining citizenship by investment.

Immigrant Invest is a licensed agent of the St Lucia citizenship program.

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Step-by-step procedure for obtaining St Lucia citizenship

1

1 day

Preliminary Due Diligence

When an investor contacts Immigrant Invest, we conduct a preliminary Due Diligence against international databases. The check helps us identify the rejection risks and take measures to reduce or eliminate them if necessary. For example, lawyers prepare an affidavit or offer another program.

A certified Anti Money Laundering Officer conducts the preliminary Due Diligence at Immigrant Invest. The check reduces the rejection risk to 1%.

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2

2 to 5 weeks

Preparation of documents

Immigrant Invest lawyers draw up a list of required documents. The investor provides passports, certificates, bank statements and other personal and financial records. The lawyers notarize the copies, translate documents, fill out the required forms, and draw written statements or affidavits to apply for the CBI program.

3

3—5 months

Due Diligence and application processing

The Immigrant Invest lawyers send the prepared documents to the St Lucia CBI unit. The CBI unit conducts Due Diligence: the officers check applicants’ reputations and finances.

Due Diligence is mandatory for the investor and all family members over 16 included in the application.

An interview is a part of Due Diligence. The main applicant can pass it in person or online; the procedure is in English.

4

Up to 90 days

Approval and fulfilment of the investment condition

The CBI unit informs Immigrant Invest when the application is approved. Once the notification is received, the investor must fulfil the investment condition: transfer the required amount to the state fund, buy bonds or real estate, invest in a business or an infrastructure project. The investment must be made within 90 days.

5

Up to 6 weeks

Getting a naturalisation certificate

The Immigrant Invest lawyers prepare several documents, for example, an oath of allegiance and birth certificates. They send the documents to St Lucia. A naturalisation certificate is issued within 4 weeks. After citizenship is granted, authorities issue a passport. The investor receives the documents by courier at a convenient address.

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Frequently asked questions

  • How long does it take to get citizenship in St Lucia?

    Obtaining Saint Lucia citizenship by investment takes several months. The longest stage is Due Diligence, which usually lasts about three months. Also, the term depends on the investor’s situation: whether they can submit all the required documents and fulfil the investment conditions quickly.

  • What are the benefits of St Lucia citizenship?

    The list of St Lucia passport advantages includes the following:

    1. Increased global mobility.

    2. An opportunity to obtain a 10-year US visitor visa.

    3. The right to register an international company in St Lucia.

    4. Tax optimisation: the country does not tax global income, inheritance or capital gains.

    5. The right to visit St Lucia anytime, live there or create a “safe haven”.

    6. A quick, easy and secure procedure for obtaining a passport.

    7. A relatively low investment amount to get citizenship.

    8. A chance to acquire citizenship for the whole family.

  • How much does it cost to get citizenship in St Lucia?

    Investors choose one of the five investment options under the St Lucia citizenship program:

    1. A non-refundable contribution to the National Economic Fund of $100,000+.

    2. Purchase of non-interest-bearing Government Bonds for $300,000+.

    3. Real estate purchase of $200,000+.

    4. Business investment of $1,000,000+.

    5. Infrastructure investment of $100,000+.

    Additionally, investors pay state and bank fees and also for legal services. You can get an individual cost calculation at Immigrant Invest.

  • Is St Lucia citizenship worth the investment of $100,000 or more?

    St Lucia citizenship gives its holders many opportunities, from the freedom of travel to tax optimisation. Acquiring it is quick and easy, and the minimum investment amount is one of the smallest in the Caribbean.

    St Lucia citizenship may be a good investment if the program’s benefits suit your goals.

  • Why contact a licensed agent?

    The Citizenship by Investment Act states that only licensed program agents can submit investors’ applications. If the investor tries to apply themselves, the CBI unit rejects the application.

    The agent’s lawyers answer investors’ questions about the program, prepare documents and help the applicant select the right investment option.

    Immigrant Invest is a licensed agent for the Saint Lucia CBI program. We also conduct preliminary Due Diligence that helps prepare for the check at the CBI unit.

  • Is it possible to return the investments?

    Investors can return the money in 5 years if they buy government bonds or real estate. Applicants must observe the established minimum ownership periods. Selling the property or bonds earlier leads to revocation of citizenship

  • Do I need to visit Saint Lucia to get a passport?

    The procedure for obtaining a passport can be completed remotely: applicants do not need to visit the country at any stage of the application. The same rules operate in most Caribbean states offering citizenship by investment.

  • Is there a fee for the Due Diligence check?

    Yes, there is. The investor and each family member over 16 undergo the Due Diligence check. The fee is $7,500 for the main applicant and $5,000 per family member. There is no fee for children under 16: they don’t undergo Due Diligence.

  • Is St Lucia a tax haven?

    Yes, St Lucia can be called a tax haven, but only figuratively speaking. The country complies with international anti-money laundering rules but has no taxes on global income, inheritance, capital gains or wages.

  • Can you get dual citizenship in St Lucia?

    St Lucia allows its citizens to have two passports. That means you don’t need to renounce your first citizenship when obtaining a St Lucian one.

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