The St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship-by-Investment Program of St. Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis was originally established in 1984. In 2006, the government introduced the act of the restructuring of the program, the design and implementation of the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) option, and with the global positioning and promotion of the program. It has since become one of the most successful and reputable of its kind in the world and a very important contributor to economic growth and stability in the country. The legal basis regarding citizenship-by-investment is contained in Part II, Section 3 (5) of the Citizenship Act, 1984, and the Saint Christopher and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Regulations, 2011.
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 islands offer sunshine almost year-round, and a diverse range of landscapes. Today, the main economic drivers are tourism, real estate, and financial services.
The Federation is a member of the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the British Commonwealth, CARICOM and many other international organizations. With a St. Kitts and Nevis passport, it is possible to travel visa-free to 151 destinations, including the UK and Europe’s Schengen area.
The St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship-by-Investment Program requires a person to make a significant economic contribution to the country. In exchange, and subject to a stringent application procedure including thorough background checks, the applicants and their families are granted full citizenship. To qualify for citizenship, the main applicant must be over 18 years of age, meet the application requirements and select one of the three following options:
- A non-refundable contribution to the Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF) of an amount starting from USD 150,000 for a single applicant.
- A non-refundable contribution to the SIDF of an amount starting from USD 250,000 for a single applicant.
- The purchase of real estate with a minimum value of USD 200,000 from an approved real estate development. The real estate cannot be resold within a seven-year period.
An applicant may contribute to the SIDF or SGF according to the following criteria:
- A single applicant is required to contribute of USD 250,000 (SIDF Option)
- An applicant with up to three dependents is required to contribute of USD 300,000 (SIDF Option)
- A contribution of USD 25,000 is required for each additional dependent, regardless of age (SIDF Option)
- A single applicant is required to make a contribution of USD 150,000 plus USD 25,000 for a spouse and USD 10,000 for each additional dependent (SGF Option)
This immigration program required fast processing of 4 months* (Estimated timeframe)
- Benefits of St Kitts & Nevis Citizenship
- There are no restrictions on dual citizenship in St. Kitts and Nevis.
- A St. Kitts and Nevis passport allows visa-free travel to 151 destinations including Hong Kong, Singapore, Russia, the UK, and Europe’s Schengen Area
- The applicant and their family receive full citizenship and passports
- St. Kitts and Nevis is a member of the Commonwealth, which entitles citizens to certain privileges in the UK and other Commonwealth countries
- St. Kitts and Nevis is an attractive location for owning a second home in the Caribbean, with good air links to Europe and North America