St. Kitts & Nevis

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We can currently offer passport and citizenship brokerage services for the island federation of St. Kitts & Nevis, in the Caribbean.

If you’re currently interested in looking at citizenship in St. Kitts & Nevis, you may like to read through our comprehensive guide below, before contacting our Swiss broker at the bottom of this page.

Benefit Highlights

There are numerous benefits to the Economic Citizenship Programme (ECP) offered by the government of St. Kitts & Nevis. These include:

  • Citizenship for life – This is awarded to a successful applicant and all eligible family members. The applicant can choose to reside in St. Kitts & Nevis or elsewhere.
  • Dual Citizenship – You may keep your existing citizenship as dual citizenship is permitted under St. Kitts & Nevis law.
  • Valid passports/second passports – Once approved – and all requisite fees are paid – valid passports will be issued to the applicant and other eligible family members.
  • Visa-free travel – A St. Kitts & Nevis passport allows you visa-free travel to numerous countries around the world including: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Britain, Canada, all CARICOM Caribbean countries, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and most of the British Commonwealth countries.
  • Full Residency Status – As a resident, you enjoy the right to work in St. Kitts & Nevis.
  • Tax Breaks – As a citizen of St. Kitts & Nevis you will enjoy tax free status on all income, capital gains, gifts, wealth, and inheritance.
  • Wonderful Climate – St. Kitts & Nevis has a pleasant climate, particularly during the cool months of December to March, and lots of sunshine for the remainder of the year. Humidity is relatively low and the northeast trade winds keep the islands cool.
  • Excellent Real Estate Investment – While you invest in real estate property you are provided with a guaranteed return on your investment, which you may sell after five years.
  • Global Acceptance – The Economic Citizenship Programme is legitimate, well regulated, and enjoys international approval. Regulations for the ECP are provided for in accordance with the Citizenship Act and the programme is fully supported by the sovereign government of St. Kitts & Nevis, which has full membership of the United Nations, the Organization of the Americas, the World Trade Organization, the Caribbean Community, and several other related international bodies.

Legal and Political System

St. Kitts & Nevis enjoys a stable democracy based on constitutional rule, free and fair elections, and a parliament based on the UK’s Westminster model. Its law derives its roots from the common law tradition of England and has been augmented by statutes and judicial determinations in St. Kitts & Nevis.

The islands also share a judicial system with the rest of the eastern Caribbean states and islands called the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. Final appeals go to the Privy Council in England. Judges are independent and impartial.

Timing

The time it takes to gain citizenship is dependent upon how long it takes to fully complete the investment and application processes, as described below. After applications are submitted, the approval process can take as little as six weeks or as much as 3-6 months.

The ECP lacks any fast track/express application route.

Main Requirements

In obtaining this citizenship, you must make an investment in St. Kitts & Nevis. Such an investment means a contribution to the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) or the purchase of real estate in an approved project. It can also be any resource donated or expended which in the opinion of government cabinet, brings substantial benefits to the island federation. However, we will focus upon the first two of these options.

Option 1 – Sugar Investment Diversification Foundation (SIDF)

The SIDF has been designated as a special approved project for the purposes of the Economic Citizenship Programme. This is a charitable contribution/investment made by the applicant. It aims at assisting the social and economic problems arising from the closure of the sugar industry in the island federation. The prescribed minimum investment amounts, in relation to the SIDF, are as follows:

  • Single applicant – US$250,000.00
  • Applicant with up to three dependants – US$300,000.00
  • Applicant with up to five dependants – US$350,000.00
  • Applicant with up to seven dependants – US$450,000.00
  • Additional contribution for each dependant above seven dependants – US$50,000.00

Please note that:

  • The required investment amount indicated above includes all government fees payable for the main applicant and his or her dependants except for due diligence background checks and processing fees. For details on this, please see below in the section on further application costs.
  • With the exception of the spouse of the main applicant, where a dependant is over 18 years of age and forms part of the application, the minimum investment shall be an additional fee of US$50,000.00 per dependant.
  • These fees are regulated by the government and are subject to change at any time.

Option 2 – Real Estate

Should you choose to invest in a real estate project instead of the SIDF, the investment should be no less than US$400,000.00 and shall be in an approved project. An approved project is a real estate development that has been designated by the government cabinet as a qualified project for citizenship by investment.

(We can provide you with an up-to-date list of approved investments once you have begun your application process.)

We can also help you find a local realtor to assist you in choosing the right property, as suitable to your investment needs.

Application Process, in Brief

We will send you the full application procedure, once you begin the process of gaining citizenship in St. Kitts & Nevis, however, what follow are the main requirements. There are three initial application forms:

  • The primary application form, detailing personal information, educational background, employment history, and family history
  • A photograph and signature certificate form
  • A medical certificate form, which must be completed and signed by a medical practitioner

The following notary-certified documents will be required, along with three main application forms above:

  • A copy of the applicant’s relevant passport page
  • A copy of the applicants national identity cards, where applicable
  • Six original passport-sized photos
  • An original excerpt or notary-certified copy of the applicant’s birth certificate, accompanied by an English translation, if necessary
  • One original police certificate or record
  • One original bank reference letter issued by an internationally recognized bank
  • One original professional reference from an attorney, notary public, chartered accountant, etc.
  • One document showing evidence of residential address, which may be a utility bill or a bank statement, etc.
  • Other documents, as required by subsidiary clauses of the application forms, dependent upon which investment route you decide to take

Once all of the correct application forms and accompanying documents are correctly submitted, the St. Kitts & Nevis government will undertake a due diligence background check upon you and all members of the family over the age of sixteen years who are seeking citizenship. When this check is complete, and everything else is in order, approval will be granted and citizenship registration will take place.

Further Application Costs

These costs are in addition to the investment options already described above. The current associated fees are as follows:

  • Official Application Form fee – US$250.00 for each applicant

Due Diligence background checks and processing fee (non-refundable) – This fee is be paid to the government to cover its costs for conducting background checks on each applicant who is over 16 years of age as follows:

  • US$7,500.00 for the main applicant.
  • US$4,000.00 for each dependant who is over the age of 16 years.

There is a government registration fee, payable if your application is successful, for those opting for the real estate investment route (option 2). This is not payable by those choosing the SIDF route (option 1), as noted above in the section which describes the SIDF process.

  • US$50,000.00 for head of household (male or female)
  • US$25,000.00 for spouse
  • US$15,000.00 for each child of the main applicant under 18 years of age
  • US$50,000.00 for each qualified dependant of the main applicant above 18 years of age, other than his or her spouse

Our Charges

The Euro Vigilante will charge different brokerage administration fees dependent upon the numbers of people applying via a single transaction. Before we discuss the different amounts for differing numbers of people, there is a non-refundable up-front administration charge of US$5,000.00, which will be followed by a US$10,000 dollar back-end administration charge, prior to the release of the passports.

Additionally, each citizenship certificate of registration is US$47.00 and the cost for each passport is US$13.00.

Additionally – and perhaps subject to a further non-refundable fee which will be offset against later invoices – the following administration fee range will apply. Please note, these fees may fluctuate due to changing regulatory circumstances. However, these additional fees will be in the region of:

  • Single applicant – US$10,000.00
  • Main applicant plus one dependant (spouse or child) – US$16,000.00
  • Main applicant plus 2 or 3 dependants (spouse and child or children) – US$24,000.00 – US$30,000.00
  • Main applicant plus 4 or more dependants – $10,000.00 for main applicant, plus US$6,000.00 per dependant

Estimated legal/transaction fees, for any land purchases, will be in accordance with the Bar Association Scale of Fees, and are as follows:

  • Purchase and Sale Agreement (vetting and/or amending) – 1% of purchase price
  • Memorandum of Transfer – Approximately 1% of purchase price
  • Surveyor’s fees – Approximately, US$1,000.00 per acre
  • Government fee – Registration fee of US$2.70
  • Assurance Fund – Purchase price or value of land divided by 500

Applicants may also be required to apply for an Alien Land Holding Licence for which an additional fee is required as well as payment of relevant Government Stamp Duty. Please note, all prescribed government fees (including investment amounts, due diligence and registration fees) are regulated by the government of St. Kitts & Nevis and are subject to change at any time.

Also note that any task outside the scope of the above will be regarded as additional legal services and will be subject to further legal expenses. And one final important thing…

PLEASE NOTE THAT EVERYTHING ON THIS PAGE IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY AND SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON AS LEGAL ADVICE

Having understood that, what would you like to do next?

I Would Like to become a Citizen of St. Kitts & Nevis

If you would like to know more about the first steps in arranging your St. Kitts & Nevis citizenship application, please contact our Swiss broker below, who will be happy to help you take this forward.

theeurovigilante.com

Consequens Bono Ltd.
20 Rue Adrien-Lachenal
1207 Geneva
Switzerland

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