The citizenship program of St. Kitts was established in 1984. It requires applicants to make an economic contribution to the country and these provisions allow the government to operate a program under which citizenship is granted to people who qualify under criteria set by a cabinet decision. The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis offer an option for the “Citizenship-by-investment” program. It attracts foreigners, who make a substantial contribution to the development of the country.
Investors along with their families can directly qualify for citizenship through investment, either by making a donation or investment in real estate purchase.
St Kitts passport is an excellent second passport and offers numerous benefits including for visa-free travel to over 100+ countries in Europe, the Caribbean. It usually takes 6 months approximately to receive the passport after the investment is made.
St Kitts and Nevis, also known as ‘The Federation of St Christopher and Nevis’ is a twin-island nation located in the Caribbean Sea. The Federation may be accessed directly from the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom, by simply choosing one of a wide range of international airlines serving the island daily. The official language is English. The place has a rich culture & history with a pleasant tropical climate, turquoise waters, and sugar-soft beaches make the two islands a fashionable tourism destination and a true earthly paradise. The country is the most eco-friendly place on earth, with Nevis expected to be run by geothermal energy in a matter of some years. These islands are a mix of relaxation and active business. It has many golf courses & SPAs, but also provides one of the most business-friendly environments in the world for entrepreneurs hoping to set up companies and pursue other commercial activities.
An applicant with up to three dependents is required to make a contribution of USD 150,000.
The benefits of possessing a St Kitts citizenship for South Africans are as follows-
Applicants and their families may enjoy citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis by choosing one of below options:
The SGF took effect in April 2018. A direct contribution to the Government of St Kitts and Nevis, the Fund focuses on stimulating the areas of education, health, & infrastructure, mitigate the effects of climate change, support economic growth, & promote, preserve, protect and develop the culture and heritage of the nation. The investment contribution for main applicant is around US$150,000, with a US$25,000 investment for the spouse, a further US$10,000 per dependent. Therefore, a family of four, composed of a main applicant, a spouse, and two children, is required to contribute a total amount of US$195,000. A further contribution of US$10,000 is required for subsequent dependents.
The Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation option is the most popular alternative for citizenship by investment in St Kitts and Nevis. It was established in 2006, the SIDF is a public charity that assists the Government with the task of diversifying St Kitts and Nevis’ economy. The minimum contribution required under this option is US$250,000.
The pre-approved real estate option means that the applicants should purchase a property. The minimum required investment under this option is US$400,000, with a further requirement to hold that property for a minimum of 5 years. Alternatively, applicants may invest in a shared system, paying a minimum amount of US$200,000. In the situation, real estate should be held for 7 years to maintain its economic citizenship status. Also, additional Government fees apply to both real estate options.
The required steps for a successful application process
Timeline and Procedure
The passport for Saint Kitts and Nevis can be obtained in a period of 4 to 6 months. Investors can opt for the fast track option & obtain citizenship in just 60 days.
There is a preliminary background check and once it is cleared, file preparation begins and required documents are collected. Advisory, governments and due diligence fees are paid.
The passport application begins and the file is submitted.
Month 4 -6
Issuance of the “Approved in Principal” letter by the CIU (Government’s Citizenship-by-Investment Unit).
Investment is made in the selected option.
The naturalization certificate is issued.
The submission of passport application & issuance of St Kitts and Nevis passports is done.
1. What’s the official language of St Kitts?
The official language of St Kitts is English.
2. Does St Kitts allow keeping the original citizenship?
Yes, St Kitts allows one to keep their original citizenship as it has a provision of dual citizenship.
3. Will my citizenship expire?
No, the citizenship will not expire and can be passed on to the future generations by descent.
4. Do I have to pay tax in St Kitts?
Residents of St. Kitts enjoy no direct personal taxes. Even if citizens reside on the islands, they’ll not be subjected to personal income tax, estate duty, inheritance or succession taxes, gift taxes or net worth tax.
5. What currency do they use in St Kitts?
The currency used in St Kitts is Eastern Caribbean Dollar.
6. What is the restricted country list?
Iran and Afghanistan are the countries that are restricted from getting the citizenship in St Kitts.
7. Can I Visit Schengen countries with a St Kitts Passport?
Yes, St Kits and Nevis passport holders can visit Schengen countries with their Passport.
8. Can the family be included in the main subject’s application?
Yes, the family can be included in the main subject’s application.
9. Is the main applicant required to stay in St Kitts for a minimum period once the passport has been issued?
No, the main applicant required to stay in St Kitts for a minimum period once the passport has been issued.
10. Is taking Oath required?
St Kitts does not requires taking Oath from applicants, unlike other countries
11. Which Personal Documents are required?
Documents required are :
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