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Under the guidance of a progressive government, St. Kitts and Nevis is emerging to embrace a controlled and well-managed program of tourism-related development, and significant to the nation's economic expansion is its Citizenship-By-Investment Program.
Today, the international demand for second citizenship is at an unprecedented level. The St. Kitts & Nevis Citizenship-by-Investment Program (CIP) is the world's most competitive program in terms of value of travel document versus expected residency.
Created in 1984, the St. Kitts & Nevis CIP is the longest established program of its kind in the world and requires a minimum property purchase of $400,000 US in an approved development such as the Marriott Residences. Additional Government processing fees are due depending on the size of the family and upon application, buyers must undergo third-party security and medical checks before approval. Processing time to citizenship ranges from 3 to 6 months.
Once you receive your St. Kitts & Nevis citizenship, you and your family will enjoy many benefits:
The St. Kitts & Nevis Program is one of the most popular for its flexibility and value but also because this independent British Commonwealth nation is one of the Caribbean's true gems for its beauty and friendly population.
St. Kitts (stkittstourism.kn) and neighboring island Nevis form one country - the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. With more than a quarter of the country set aside as National Park, UNESCO-protected colonial forts, an expansive, lush rainforest that is actually increasing in size and colorful beachside villages, it's little wonder the island was coveted by the British and French who separately inhabited its 70 square miles over several centuries.
The island is located in the Eastern Caribbean and enjoys direct air access from Miami, New York, London, Toronto and other regional destinations. With a new private jet terminal to be completed in 2013, private air charters to surrounding islands make shopping in St. Barths, diving in Saba and lunch in Anguilla a convenient excursion.
The rolling landscapes are spectacular shades of green, the surrounding waters are a tranquil turquoise and life on St. Kitts is described as sweet and simple. With its outdoor lifestyle and multitude of activities, year-round temperate climate, and the lowest unemployment rate in the Caribbean, St. Kitts is transforming from an agricultural-based economy to one focused on business development and tourism with an emphasis on historic preservation and sustainable development.
Integral to these dynamic aspirations is the development currently underway on the island, which includes two new world-class Championship Golf Courses, a 300-berth mega yacht marina, private beach clubs, exclusive hotels and resort communities, new international restaurants and other amenities, all guided by expert hands. St. Kitts is emerging on the world stage.
Since the 1640s, sugar was St. Kitts & Nevis' primary export, however the government's efforts to reduce the nation's dependence on sugar have led to economic diversification. Today the economy is characterized by its dominant tourism, agriculture and light manufacturing industries.
Foreign investment in tourism projects has soared 83% in recent years while tourism arrivals have increased almost 50% in the last decade. The Government is investing millions of dollars into preservation of the island's ecology and world heritage sites as well as green energy and sustainable development.
Though the economy is primarily driven by tourism, a sector that has witnessed incredible growth since the 1980s, export-oriented manufacturing and offshore banking are now playing larger roles, and the country has also developed a successful apparel assembly industry and one of the largest electronics assembly industries in the Caribbean.
The national currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD) managed by the Eastern Caribbean Bank, which is headquartered in St. Kitts, and is used in most of the English-speaking Caribbean islands. The XCD is pegged to the United States Dollar and has remained at the same rate of exchange since 1976 (USD 1 to XCD 2.68).
Named by Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus in 1493, the country is a mix of cultures from the artistic legacy of the indigenous Amerindians to the colonial heritage of the French, British and Africans.
During the late 17th and early 18th centuries, France and Spain separately inhabited the islands and battled for control until the British came to rule in the 18th century. Nevis was officially the most profitable colony per capita in the British Empire, however the islands attained independence in 1983 and became the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis.
Today, Kittitians and Nevisians form a small but proud nation with a stable democracy based on the British Parliamentary System where elections are held every 5 years and the Queen of England is the Head of State. The nation is an independent member state of the British Commonwealth. St. Kitts & Nevis is also a member of the United Nations (UN), the Organization of American States (OAS), Caricom (the community of Caribbean countries) and many other international organizations.
A late-comer to the pursuit of tourism as a primary driver for the economy, St. Kitts & Nevis have taken firm steps to preserve and protect its marine environment, established a national forest reserve and implemented strict governmental requirements to ensure all new resort developments confirm to current eco-friendly and sustainable practices.
St. Kitts is the larger of the two islands with a lush and picturesque central mountain range whose highest point is Mount Liamiuga at almost 4,000 ft, and is covered by a verdant, thriving rainforest.
To help protect this precious natural asset, the St. Kitts & Nevis National Parliament has declared all land above the 1,000 ft contour to be a National Forest Reserve, effectively protecting most of the island's lush rainforest. Classified as an American Oceanic Rainforest, it is one of the rarest types found on the planet. Those who choose to venture into the rainforest on one of many winding trails will be embraced by a canopy of rich green leaves sprinkled with brightly colored flowers and the soothing sounds of nature.
St. Kitts & Nevis have quaint capitals, Basseterre and Charlestown, memorable for their pretty Victorian architecture and pastel colors. The average year-round temperature is 84°F / 28°C, with water at surrounding beaches a few degrees cooler.
The islands play host to many cultural and musical events year-round including the St. Kitts Music Festival featuring live performances by Grammy-award-winning artists and Caribbean musicians playing Reggae, Jazz, R & B, Calypso and more. Mid-December, the islands get a special burst of color and music for the annual St. Kitts & Nevis Carnival. Independence Day is celebrated on 19 September each year and is extremely popular with colorful parades, street dances, salsa, soca, jazz and steelpan music.
St. Kitts & Nevis is home to the world-class golf course: the Royal St. Kitts par 71, 6,900 yards Thomas McBroom-designed course at the Marriott Resort.
Two new courses are currently under construction. A Tom Fazio-designed18-hole championship course on the stunning southeast peninsula with 360° Caribbean sea views is set to open in 2014 as well as an Ian Woosnam-designed 18-hole championship course set on 200 acres of dramatic hillside on the north side of St. Kitts.
Cricket is one of the most popular sports in St. Kitts & Nevis. Warner Park Cricket Stadium hosted the Cricket World Cup matches in 2007. In addition, a state-of-the-art 198-acre horse racing track and entertainment centre 'Beaumont Park' was completed in 2011 and hosts thousands of patrons monthly for premium thoroughbred racing and family-friendly entertainment.
Football and athletics are also extremely popular. St. Kitts is home to champion world sprinter Kim Collins.
St. Kitts & Nevis have always played host to international sailors and now a 300-berth super yacht marina is under construction on the southeast peninsula.
Besides, the golf and other sports, and festivals and historical tours to be enjoyed, St. Kitts has an abundance of fun activities for visitors including zip-lining through the rainforest, shopping duty-free at the new Port Zante, sailing to Nevis, snorkeling and diving among protected reefs and shipwrecks, playing at the Marriott Royal Beach Casino, hiking and biking, deep-sea fishing, scenic train rides or simply relaxing at one of the islands' popular beach bars.
Citizenship by Investment, also known as Economic Citizenship, is the process of acquiring citizenship by making an economic contribution to a country.
Citizenship by investment to acquire a second citizenship (or a new primary citizenship) is becoming increasingly popular for 3 principle reasons:
To qualify for citizenship of St. Kitts and Nevis under the Citizenship by Investment Program, the Government requires a purchase in an approved real estate project (minimum investment of $400,000 US plus fees) or a non-refundable contribution to the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) starting at $250,000 US and rising depending on the number of dependents. In addition, each applicant must fulfill the formal and character requirements of the Government through its due diligence process.
The St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program began in 1984 and the numbers of new citizenships granted each year since then is estimated at less than a thousand, however, the Government does not release any information on numbers of citizens of the country.
Citizens International is a company appointed by Royal St. Kitts Beach Resort Limited to handle inquiries and processing of applications.
First, complete our pre-screening questionnaire to verify that you qualify for the citizenship program. Our Government-authorized professionals can then assist you with the overall application process.
The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis does not publish any information on persons who acquire citizenship nor does the Government report your citizenship acquisition to your present country of citizenship or residency.
The contribution to the SIDF is non-refundable, however, your purchase in an approved real estate development such as the Marriott Residences, can be resold after a 5-year period and will qualify the subsequent buyer to apply for economic citizenship.
The overall process takes approximately three to four months from the time of submission of your completed application forms and required supporting documentation.
No, Citizens International will appoint one of its experienced professionals to your individual case to facilitate the application process.
Depending on your current passport, you may not require a visa; however, if you do need one, you can apply for a visa here.
Citizens International charges different fees based on individual cases and the number of people included in the application. Upon request we would be happy to provide you with a quotation.
Yes, the spouse will become a citizen via citizenship by marriage.
Yes, parents over 65 who are dependent on their children can acquire citizenship as a dependent.
Yes, each child will become a citizen via citizenship by descent.
Yes, citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis can hold dual passports.
No, the program does not require residency.
The laws of St. Kitts and Nevis define "spouse" as a partner of the opposite sex by marriage.
Since November 2011, the program has not been available to nationals of Iran living in Iran.
There is no numerical limit on the number of permitted dependents.
The application must be submitted by one of the processing agents authorized by the Government (i.e., Citizens International St. Kitts Limited).
Any individual can apply either independently or with their dependents insofar as the dependents fall into one of the following categories:
The Government fees are payable in accordance with the following schedule: Government Application Fees (in US$)
In addition the processing agent, Citizen International St. Kitts Limited, will charge its own administration and legal fees.
The passport will be valid for 10 years and may be renewed thereafter.
If your application is rejected, Government due diligence fees are non-refundable. Government application fees are only due once approval-in-principle is granted.
Government due diligence fees are non-refundable, however Government application fees are not payable, or will be refunded, if you decide not to proceed with citizenship once approval-in-principle is granted.