St Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme
St Kitts and Nevis is an exclusive Caribbean destination with impressive natural beauty and has a rich history with varied influences from different cultures. The twin islands offer almost year-round sunshine and a diverse range of landscapes. Today, the main economic drivers are tourism, real estate and financial services.
The St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme was originally established in 1984. It has since become one of the most successful and reputable programmes of its kind in the world and an important contributor to economic growth and stability in the country.
The federation is a member of the British Commonwealth, CARICOM, the Organisation of American States and many other international organisations. A St Kitts and Nevis passport allows visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 152 destinations including the UK and Schengen area.
About St Kitts and Nevis
St Kitts & Nevis is located in the West Indies and forms part of Leeward Islands. The island country is part of the Commonwealth with Queen Elizabeth II the head of state.
Formed by now dormant volcanoes, St Kitts & Nevis is the smallest Caribbean country. Nevis, which forms part of the twin-island, is situated 3 km southeast of St Kitts. Both islands have an abundance of white-sand beachfront resorts, which blend luxury with picturesque scenery.
The St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme is the first of its kind, and one of the most trusted and successful in the world. Read more below to find out why.
St Kitts & Nevis has an estimated population of just over 52,000 over an area of 261 km2. The population density is 164 per km2.
Like all of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), St Kitts & Nevis use the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD). The island’s currency is set at a fixed rate to the USD = 2.7 XCD.
Basseterre is the capital and largest city, with a population 14,000.
The official language is English. A large portion of the population also speaks St Kitts Creole.
St Kitts & Nevis has a tropical climate, which means it is hot and humid throughout the year.
The GDP in St Kitts & Nevis represents less than 0.01% of the total world economy and is worth $1.04 billion.
How to Obtain Citizenship
Becoming a citizen of St Kitts and Nevis means that you can enjoy all the rights and privileges of citizenship of a Commonwealth country in the UK and other Commonwealth countries.
Established in 1984, the programme is the oldest in the world and is extremely well trusted and established. With approval possible in less than 6 months with remote application, there is no need to travel. There is also a fast-track route to acquiring a second passport in as little as just 2 months.
A non-refundable contribution to the Sustainable Growth Fund of an amount starting from $150,000 for a single applicant up to a family of 4.
This donation amount may vary based on the number of dependants included in the main applicant’s application.
Investing in real estate
Independent investment in a government approved real estate project at a minimum value of $400,000 for a single applicant which must be held onto for a minimum of five years.
Alternatively $200,000 for a joint investment with another main applicant in a single piece of real estate.
Benefits of citizenship in St Kitts & Nevis
St Kitts and Nevis citizenship grants access to an economically stable country which is part of the Commonwealth.
The St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship Programme was established in 1984. It was the first of its kind, and it is the most trusted and successful programme.
Real estate track record
St Kitts has the most completed real estate projects and longest track record of any citizenship programme in the world.
By obtaining a passport through the country’s citizenship programme, you can travel to 152 countries visa-free. This includes the UK, all of Europe, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Russia.
St Kitts and Nevis citizenship is permanent and can be passed down for generations.
The country has an attractive tax regime and does not apply income tax earned outside the jurisdiction or inheritance tax.
Taxation in St Kitts & Nevis
There is no direct taxation in St Kitts and Nevis. Even if citizens reside on the islands, they will not be subject to personal income tax, estate duty, inheritance or succession taxes, gift taxes, or net worth tax.
Download our guide to learn the full tax advantages to citizenship in St Kitts & Nevis.
St Kitts & Nevis Citizenship Application Process
The St Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) is responsible for the processing of all applications. We will guide you through every step of the citizenship acquisition process with due diligence and care, ensuring that your application is submitted correctly and followed up to application approval.
Months 1 – 2Initial client due diligence takes place. Application is prepared and submitted
Months 2 – 6Application is reviewed and investment or donation is completed
Month 6Certificate of citizenship and passport are issued