St. Lucia is an island state located in the Caribbean Sea and is the home of the majestic Piton mountains.
The Caribbean country is famous for its striking natural beauty with white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, volcanic mud baths, and spectacular waterfalls.
There are also various activities to take part in across the island. These include ziplining through the rainforest, snorkelling and exploring the iconic Piton mountains.
The government launched the St. Lucia Citizenship by Investment Programme in 2015. The scheme allows applicants to secure citizenship in the country and a St. Lucia Passport provided specific investment requirements are met.
The programme offers a simplified process and multiple investment options. St. Lucia is the only Caribbean country that allows the applicant to invest in bonds.
With investments starting at $200,000, St. Lucia offers one of the most affordable routes to securing a second passport and numerous other benefits that come with being a citizen of the country.
Investment options starting from only $200,000
Short processing time of around 2-3 months
Visa-free travel to over 145 countries
No minimum stay or interview requirements
Grants citizenship to the applicant and their family
A favourable tax system
Make a non-refundable contribution to the National Economic Fund (NEF) of St. Lucia. The NEF raises funds to enhance the infrastructure and utilities of the island.
Invest $300,000 in the National Action Government Bond (NAB) regardless of the number of applicants. Bonds can be fully redeemed in five years, and the money can be returned.
A non-refundable administration fee of $50,000 applies to applicants who take this investment route.
Real estate investment
Invest in a government-approved real estate development. The minimum investment requirement is $200,000, regardless of the number of applicants. There is a minimum holding period of five years. After five years, investors can sell the property.
The real estate option has an additional, non-refundable administration fee of at least $30,000.
The St. Lucia Citizenship by Investment Programme offers one of the most affordable routes to citizenship and a second passport.
Investments start at $200,000, and the programme offers multiple routes to secure citizenship. The application process is also quick and straightforward. The entire process can be completed within three months on average.
Once approved, applicants are granted a St. Lucia passport. Passport holders benefit from visa-free travel to more than 140 countries, including Hong Kong, countries in the Schengen Area and the UK.
Successful applicants also benefit from a favourable tax system. Non-tax residents have no income, wealth, inheritance tax, or capital gains tax on worldwide income or assets.
One of the many attractions of St Lucia is that the Citizenship by Investment programme does not have any minimum stay requirements. Citizens of St Lucia have the right to live, work or study in St Lucia if they wish to, but this is not a pre-requisite of the programme.
Also, there is also no interview or language test required.
St. Lucia recognises dual citizenship. This means investors can keep their existing nationality and passport unless the other country does not allow dual citizenship.
Family members can be included in the same citizenship application as the principal investor. Eligible family members are:
To be eligible for the St. Lucia Citizenship by Investment Programme, the primary applicant requirements are:
Applications are typically processed within 3-4 months from the date they are submitted to the Saint Lucia Citizenship by Investment Unit.
Please be aware that there is also a period, usually 2-6 weeks, where applicants will gather all the necessary documents to compile their file prior to submission.
From making an enquiry and speaking with a specialist at Holborn, clients typically have their citizenship within 6 months.
There are 2 investment routes to choose from with the St Lucia CBI programme:
The most cost-effective way to obtain your visa is through the 1st option – donation.
|Citizenship or Residency Programme?||Citizenship or Residency Programme?Citizenship|
|Minimum Investment Amount||Minimum Investment Amount$200,000|
|Minimum Stay Requirement||Minimum Stay RequirementNo|
|Initial Permit Duration||Initial Permit DurationN/A|
|Time to Residence||Time to ResidenceN/A|
|Time to Citizenship||Time to Citizenship3-4 months|
|Family Inclusion?||Family Inclusion?Spouse, children under 30 and parents over 55|
|Right to Work?||Right to Work?Yes|
|Type of Document Received||Type of Document Received?Certificate of citizenship and passport|
|No. of Visa-Free Countries with Passport?||No. of Visa-Free Countries with Passport?147|