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St Kitts and Nevis

Country profile

St Kitts and Nevis is a federal state located in the Caribbean Sea. Early colonisation (Christopher Columbus named the island of St Kitts after his patron saint) resulted in the country being referred to as the ‘Mother Colony of the West Indies’. Today, the nation is highly focused on tourism and champions luxury resort development. St Kitts and Nevis also has a strong reputation for its international financial services, particularly with respect to the establishment of offshore LLCs.

  • Official name: Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis
  • National anthem: O Land of Beauty!
  • Location: Caribbean, Americas
  • Capital city: Basseterre
  • Official language: English
  • Independence: 19 September 1983, from the United Kingdom
  • Government type: Constitutional monarchy with a federal, parliamentary democracy
  • Head of State: Monarch represented by the Governor General
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister
  • Basis of legal system: English common law
  • Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar
  • Climate: Tropical
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Programme Profile

 

The St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme

  • World’s most longstanding economic citizenship programme
  • Known as the ‘platinum standard’ of citizenship by investment
  • Four investment options:
    • A contribution to the Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF), a permanent feature of the Programme that was established in March 2018
    • An investment in pre-authorised real estate, with two possible sub-options: an investment to be held for five years or a smaller, joint investment to be held for seven years
    • Until 1 November 2022, the purchase of a private home worth US$400,000
    • An ‘Alternative Investment’ in either an approved infrastructural project or other approved development project, of US$175,000 if ultimately state-owned or US$200,000 if ultimately privately owned
    • Government Fees apply under all options except the SGF contribution
  • Due Diligence Fees, minor Processing Fees, and Certificate of Registration Fees apply under all options
  • Applications are processed by the Citizenship by Investment Unit
  • Approvals or denials are normally issued within three months, but a VIP Accelerated Application Process (AAP), available at a premium fee, allows applicants to receive citizenship within 60 days of submitting an application
  • No interview, language, education, or business requirement
  • No obligatory travel or residence
  • Robust due diligence, with upcoming processes focusing on fingerprinting and biometrics