Citizenship by Investment - Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for St. Kitts-Nevis citizenship?


Applicants must be 18 years of age or older to apply for citizenship of St. Kitts and Nevis through the Citizenship-by-Investment Program. Applicants can include dependent family members such as children up to the age of 30 and parents over the age of 55. Applicants must be of good character and have no criminal record and provide a clean police report along with other supporting documents.




Will my family qualify to become citizens?


St Kitts and Nevis citizenship program offers your family the opportunity to get passports when you’re applying for the program. Dependent children under 25 years and dependent parents and grandparents over 55 years can apply for passports. The investment amount for the family is slightly larger than for individuals and you have to pay additional passport processing fees for each additional member.




Do I have to travel to St. Kitts-Nevis to apply?


Unlike some other programs, St Kitts and Nevis’s citizenship program does not require you to visit the country during the application process or live in the country for any number of days to keep your citizenship. However, we're sure you will want to visit this beautiful destination, at least for a vacation!




Can more than one person apply together using one real estate project?


Two (2) applicants can make a joint investment in real estate worth US$ 400,000 (minimum), with each applicant investing a minimum of US $200,000 in order to qualify. All processing and due diligence fees remain unchanged.




How long does the citizenship application process take?


Investors are walked through an accelerated application process that enables the granting of full citizenship in just 60 days in most cases.




Do I have to renounce my original citizenship?


Dual citizenship is recognized in Saint Kitts and Nevis. You are not required by St. Kitts-Nevis, to renounce your previous nationality to become a citizen of Saint Kitts and Nevis. However, the laws specific to your home country must be considered.




Which nationalities are NOT accepted for St. Kitts-Nevis passport?


In July 2013, St Kitts and Nevis suspended all Iranian nationals and all Afghani nationals, with immediate effect, from participation in the Programme "regardless of their countries of residence." The same happened for North Korean nationals in June 2017. Moreover, citizens of Iraq, Nigeria, and Yemen are not eligible for Accelerated Application Process – an optional feature that expedites processing to 60 days or less. There are also more restrictions when it comes to the transfer of funds to the bank in St Kitts and Nevis.




Will I have to pay income tax?


Business people who are looking to maximize tax benefits offered by countries would find St Kitts and Nevis citizenship valuable as the country collects no personal income tax and no tax from income from outside the country.




Are there any residency requirements?


Unlike some other programs, St Kitts and Nevis’s citizenship program does not require you to visit the country during the application process or live in the country for any number of days to keep your citizenship. You can go about your business without worrying about losing your citizenship because you cannot visit the country. Its beaches and sunny weather will make it difficult for you to stay away for long.




Can I submit my application in a language other than English?


No. Applications that are not in English are not prescribed or accepted by the Citizenship by investment Unit.




How long does the application process take?


The application process may take as little as 90 days but may be delayed for cause. We always keep applicants appraised of the status of their applications.




Will other Governments know that I have obtained St. Kitts-Nevis citizenship?


Your application and your subsequent St. Kitts-Nevis citizenship and passport will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. This information will not be shared with any third party.




Can I transfer my property used for my St. Kitts citizenship application and maintain my citizenship?


The property would have to be held for the period of five or seven years before it can be transferred to a family member or even sold.