St. Kitts and Nevis

Why St. Kitts and Nevis?

St. Kitts and Nevis offers a passport, which offers visa-free access, international taxation, perception, dual citizenship and personal freedoms.   In 2017, the Nomad Passport Index—, which uses more factors than any other ranking index to assess the value of a country’s citizenship— placed St. Kitts and Nevis’ passport almost 10 index places ahead of the nearest OECS country.  Nevis may be the smallest nation state in the Americas, but its passport ranks in the region’s top quartile, the same pool as Canada and the United States.  Of the English-speaking countries, St. Kitts and Nevis’ passport ranks fourth in the 2017 data for the Nomad.

When you acquire citizenship under the St. Kitts & Nevis Citizenship Program, you and your family enjoy full citizenship for life, which can be passed on to future generations by descent.

Investment Options

There are two main ways of gaining citizenship by investment in St. Kitts and Nevis;

Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) Contribution

Applicants may qualify for citizenship through a contribution to the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF).  The SIDF is a public charity tasked with diversifying the economy of St Kitts and Nevis.

Unmarried dependent children who are older than 18 but younger than 30, can also be included in the application.  Similarly, dependent parents age 55 or above may also be included.  The SIDF option is the most straightforward means of obtaining citizenship in St. Kitts and Nevis.

Citizenship by Real Estate Investment

Applicants may qualify for citizenship through an investment in a pre-approved real estate project, which may include hotel shares, villas and condominium units.  The minimum real estate investment required by law is US$400,000 for each main applicant.

In addition to these fees, real estate buyers should be aware of purchase costs (mainly compulsory insurance fund contributions and conveyance fees).

Fee Structures

The following chart highlights the costs and fees associated with the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) Contribution

NTF DONATION Single Applicant Main Applicant + Spouse Family of three (3) or
more family members
Family over four
family members
Contribution Amount USD 250,000 USD 250,000 USD 300,000 USD 300,000 plus USD 25,000 per
additional dependent after the third
dependent
Due Diligence Fee USD 7,500 USD 7,500 + USD 4,000 USD 4,000 per person
aged 16 and older
USD 4,000 per person aged 16 and older
REAL ESTATE OPTION Single Applicant Main Applicant + Spouse Family of four members Family over four members
Contribution Amount USD 350,000 USD 350,000 USD 350,000 USD 350,000
Government Fee USD 50,047 USD 50,047 + USD 25,047 USD 25,047 Dependent
child of the main applicant
under 18 years of age:
Dependent child of the main
applicant under 18 years
of age: USD 25,047
Due Diligence Fee USD 7,500 USD 7,500 + USD 4,000 USD 4,000 per person
aged 16 and older
USD 4,000 per person
aged 16 and older

The following chart highlights the costs and fees associated with Real Estate Investment.

Applicable Forms and Requirements

Required Forms

  • Application for registration as a Citizen (Form C1)
  • Photograph and Signature Certificate (Form C2)
  • Medical Certificate (Form C3)including original results of HIV Test (HIV test is required for all persons applying for citizenship including children over 5 years).

Note: HIV test results must not be older than 3 months.

Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation option:

  • Investment Confirmation/Escrow Agreement (Form C4)

Important: Forms C1, C2, C3 and C4 will be supplied by your local authorised person. (Only original application forms are accepted)

Applicants should fill out the application forms that can be obtained from any local corporate service provider or lawyer licensed to practice in the Federation.

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