St Kitts and Nevis

St Kitts and Nevis, also known as the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, is an island country in the West Indies. it is the smallest sovereign state in the Western Hemisphere. It is a Commonwealth realm, with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. Saint Kitts and Nevis were among the first islands in the Caribbean to be settled by Europeans.
  • Eastern Caribbean Island
  • Local Citizenship
  • Donation or Property Investment
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Government and Regime
St. Kitts & Nevis is a parliamentary representative democracy and an independent Commonwealth realm. It is governed under a multi-party parliamentary system whose political and legal traditions closely follow those of the United Kingdom. Jurisprudence is based on English common law. Citizens enjoy a wide range of civil and political rights guaranteed by the constitution.
Landscaping
The twin island is of volcanic origin, with large central peaks covered in tropical rainforest. The majority of the population on both islands lives closer to the sea where the terrain flattens out. There are numerous rivers descending from the mountains of both islands, which provide fresh water to the local population.
Investment
To qualify for St. Kitts & Nevis Citizenship, investors shall choose one of the following ways: contribution to the Sustainable growth fund program
or a property Investment
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N.B: Each application varies on a case by case basis and accordingly timeline might vary as well.

Procedure
  • Procedure 1
    OPEN BORDERS will pre-screen your passport copy for government pre-approval to ensure processing. A down payment of professional fees will be required when signing the contract to open your file.
  • Procedure 2
    OPEN BORDERS will assign a case officer to assist and advise you with the collection of the documents required in the checklist.
  • Procedure 3
    Once you submit your application you need to pay due diligence fees. You may also reserve your property at this point if you have chosen the property option.
  • Procedure 4
    Once the investor gets the approval, he is requested to pay the Contribution Amount. If the investor has chosen the Property option, then he is required to pay the balance of the purchased property.
  • Procedure 5
    The passport and certificate of Naturalization are issued to you via courier once the balance of professional fees is settled.

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*please note that according to UK policy, you can stay for up to 6 months a year.

There are two options for qualifying contribution for the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship-by-Investment Program:

1) Contribution to the Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF option).

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Single applicant: $150,000
Spouse of the main applicant: $ 25,000
Additional fee for any dependent: $10,000
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2) Investment in real estate through one of the Government approved real estate asset classes: freehold property with title deed; hotel shares; fractional ownership or land.

Minimum Investment (Must hold for 5 years), USD 400,000
Minimum Investment (Must hold for 7 years), USD 200,000

USD 400,000 is the minimum value of investment qualifying you and your family under the real estate option. This property can then be sold after a period of 5 years. Should the next buyer wish to obtain citizenship, they need to pay you the same USD 400,000 for the property. There is now another option where real estate at US$200,000 plus government fees can be purchased, but this can only be resold after 7 years under the same conditions.
This means a clear resale market and a level of capital guarantee. However, there will be some legal costs associated with the real estate purchase ranging from 1 – 5% of the property value, dependent on the property type. You can also rent out, re-finance and receive utility bills from some asset classes.

In addition to the purchase of real estate, there are Government fees to be paid:

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Main applicant: USD 35,000
Spouse of the main applicant: USD 20,000
Each dependant : USD 10,000
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(Must be in full-time education and under 30 years old)

There are compulsory background checks payable to the Government preferred due diligence agency that will use Interpol, World-Check and other Government agencies to screen applicants based on their application.

Due diligence & Background checks
Main applicant, USD 7,500
Spouse, USD 4,000
Dependents over 16 years, USD 4,000

Open Borders CBI professional fees, official application forms, certification of citizenship and passport, courier & other disbursements are the only other costs associated. A full-itemized quotation with no hidden costs is provided.

Total Area
261 sq km

Population
54,821

Ethnic Groups
predominantly Creole, African, European and Chinese

Currency
Eastern Caribbean dollar (ECD)

Languages
English

Exchange Rate
USD 1.00 = 2.70 ECD
(June 2018)

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