- St. Kitts & Nevis Country profile
- Benefits of the program
- Investment requirements
- Visa-free and visa-on-arrival country list
About the program
The St. Kitts and Nevis citizenship program has been active since 1984, making it the oldest and one of the most respected programs of its kind.
To be able to apply for this program you should be at least 18 years of age, in good health, and without a criminal record.
Additionally, you are required to make a non-refundable donation to the Sustainable Growth Fund or make an investment in government-approved real estate projects.
Visa-free and visa-on-arrival travel to over 150 countries and territories including Hong Kong, Singapore, Russia, the Schengen area, and the United Kingdom.
Guaranteed by law
The program is based on the law & is guaranteed by the government since 1984.
Designed to be a smooth and straightforward process with a timeframe of 6 months to your new citizenship.
St. Kitts and Nevis imposes minimal taxation, with an exception of no taxation on wealth, gift, inheritance, foreign income, or capital gains.
Minimal residency required
No residency requirements, you are entitled to apply instantly, and no interview, education or management experience required.
Dual Citizenship permitted
There is no need to renounce your current citizenship(s), and your home authorities are not notified of your new citizenship.
Main applicant requirements
- 18+ years of age
- Good health
- No criminal record
- Successfully pass due diligence checks
- Receive approval by the Government
- Confirmed investment sources
- Spouse of the main applicant
- Adult children (biological or adopted) under 30 years of age
- Parents above 55 years of age
*Parents and children older than 18 must be dependent on the main applicant.
The expected timeframe for the application process is 6 months. The first stage of the document collection can differ in length depending on the applicant’s ability to gather the documents. Our team guides this process with samples and best practice advice.
The reviewal stage is subject to the respective Government schedule and can be impacted by factors which we, as authorised agents have no control over. Savory and Partners collaborates with the Government throughout the entire process, and we aim to provide the quickest and smoothest experience for the applicant.
Read about the process steps in detail here.
Since its inception in 1984, the program has been attracting people from around the world to invest in the country’s economy in exchange for an irrevocable passport and citizenship and operates on the following constitutional, legislative and regulatory foundations:
- Citizenship of Saint Christopher and Nevis is governed by Chapter VIII (Sections 90-95) of the Constitution of Saint Christopher and Nevis.
- In 1984, pursuant to Section 92 (1) (h) of the Constitution, Parliament prescribed that such other persons who would be entitled, upon making an application, to be registered as citizens. Accordingly, Section 3 (5) of Saint Christopher and Nevis Citizenship Act, 1984 (No. 1 of 1984) makes the following provisions:
“Subject to subsections (8) and (9) of this section, a person is entitled, upon making an application under this subsection to the Minister in the prescribed manner and upon payment of any fee that may be prescribed, to be registered as a citizen of St. Christopher and Nevis without any rights of voting save ST. KITTS AND NEVIS – CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT 2 of 3 under and in accordance with the provisions of any law governing the qualification of voters, if the Cabinet is satisfied that such person has invested substantially in St. Christopher and Nevis.”
The Government determines, by Cabinet Decisions, which projects and which amounts of investment shall qualify as a “substantial investment” and thus lead to eligibility under the Citizenship-by-Investment Program.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I include my family when applying for St. Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program?
Yes, you can include qualified members of your family in the application or add them after you have obtained your citizenship for an additional fee. A qualified family member can be a child not older than 18 years, a child up to 30 years old that is currently enrolled in an educational institution, a spouse, and parents above the age of 55.
Q: Are there any interviews, language tests, or work experience requirements when applying for St. Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program?
The St. Kitts & Nevis Government does not require you to pass any interviews, language tests or have previous work experience to be able to apply for this program.
Q: Do I need to visit St. Kitts & Nevis before obtaining my citizenship?
You are not required to visit St. Kitts & Nevis before obtaining your citizenship, you are, however, welcome to visit and explore the country.
Q: Does St. Kitts & Nevis provide a biometric (ePassport) passport?
Yes, the passport of St. Kitts & Nevis is a biometric passport, also known as an ePassport.
Q: How many pages does the St. Kitts & Nevis passport have?
The new biometric passport of St. Kitts & Nevis has 32 pages with each page containing watermarks depicting national images.