Economic Citizenship in St. Kitts

What is Economic Citizenship?

Economic citizenship is a program St. Kitts has developed, which allows citizens of other countries to obtain status as

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a citizen of St. Kitts through investment.

Economic citizenship includes full citizenship, a St. Kitts passport, full voting rights, and the right to permanently reside and work in St. Kitts.  Application for citizenship can be made for an individual or an entire family.

Currently only two islands in the Caribbean offer economic citizenship programs, the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis and the island of Dominica.

Economic citizenship is not required to buy property or live in St. Kitts.

What Are The Benefits of Economic Citizenship?

Economic Citizenship allows St. Kitts/Nevis citizenship for life, for the applicant and all eligible family members.

The applicant and all eligible family members will receive St. Kitts/Nevis passports that can easily be renewed.

St. Kitts allows Dual Citizenship.  The applicant is not required to notify his/her home country of the second citizenship.  The applicant is not required to make St. Kitts/Nevis their primary residence.

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St. Kitts citizenship allows for Visa-Free Travel to approximately eighty different countries.  Among them are Austria, Britain, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Greece, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and most of the British commonwealth countries.  It also makes obtaining visas for other countries relatively easy.

Citizenship in St. Kitts includes Tax Free Status on foreign income, capital gains, gift, wealth, and inheritance tax.  Also note there presently is no personal income tax in St. Kitts.

The right to vote in St. Kitts elections

The right to work in St. Kitts/Nevis

What does Economic Citizenship Cost?

It will cost the applicant US$35,000 which is non-refundable and must be paid in cash.  For each additional family member included in the application there is a fee of US$15,000.  There is also a US$2000 fee to cover the cost of a background check on any person over 18 years of age.

Legal fees to obtain citizenship will be approximately US$15,000.  This amount may vary depending on the number of persons included in the application.

Citizenship also requires a US$350,000 minimum investment in property.  There are real estate developments the government has designated, which are designed to facilitate this process.  Real estate in St. Kitts is a good investment as it has steadily increased in value, and is predicted to continue to do so.

The total investment for application, legal fees, and property investment is approximately US$400,000

How do I apply for Economic Citizenship?

The first step you would take, is to hire a lawyer who’s practice is based in St.Kitts/Nevis.  The lawyer will then prepare the application and submit it for you.

You will also be required to submit to a thorough background check.  However, a personal interview in St. Kitts/Nevis is not required.

You will be screened by your lawyer prior to submitting your application.  If the lawyer feels that your application will meet the requirements of the Government of St. Kitts/Nevis, he/she will then submit it for you.  Most applications that are submitted to the government are approved.

Once your application has been submitted is should take approximately 6 to 12 weeks before you receive approval.

Once you are approved, citizenship documents and passport will be given to you.

What Documentation Will I Need When I Apply For Citizenship?

Information You Will Need To Show;

  • A Birth Certificate for each person included in the application.
  • Current passports for all applicants that include photograph, signature, passport number, date, and place issued.
  • If you are applying for citizenship for your spouse, a Marriage Certificate will be required.
  • A Police Certificate stating that you have no criminal record.
  • If you have been married previously you will need Divorce Certificates.
  • You will need testing and subsequent certification that states you have no contagious diseases such as HIV.  Health certificates are required for all persons included in the application.
  • An Affidavit is required that states you are prepared to support your spouse and any dependent children that are included in the application.
  • A Bank Reference will be necessary for all adults included in the application.  The reference should state that your account relationship with the bank has been satisfactory, the length of time you have held the account, and the average amount of the account held.
  • Each applicant over the age of 18 will be required to have two original Character References.  These references of good character should be from a respected professional, and must include their name, address, and phone number.
  • A Resume of business and/or technical experience is required for each applicant that is 18 years or over.  If children are on the application that are still attending school you will need to show educational information.
  • You will also need to present eight passport sized photos for each person included on the application.
  • Lastly you will need a letter stating that you give your lawyer authority to act on your behalf.
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Economic Citizenship is not required to buy property, or to reside in St. Kitts and Nevis.  Most persons that obtain Economic Citizenship are interested in the tax benefits it provides, and the travel freedom it allows.

 



 

 

 

 

 




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  • Monika says:

    I think the icrnastfurture of a country ought to be the responsibility of the people, and bringing in labour from abroad ought to be to supplement the labour force present within the country. Hence updating the skills that are already there as part of the general population is fundamental to positive progress.What is the present labour government doing to ensure that the future development of the federation is not over dependant on labour being brought in from abroad and, are we to expect the present policy of outsider resource to dominate the new industries, while citizens are not trained up to compete for jobs in the international market, as indicators of the much commented progress in the federation?

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