Apply for a Passport

The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has a long running “Citizenship-by-investment” program attracting foreigners, who make a substantial contribution to the development of the country. Investors along with any family members, can directly qualify for citizenship through investment, either by making a  donation or investment in real estate purchase.

St Kitts passport is an excellent second passport for visa free travel to over 100+ countries in Europe, Caribbean. It usually takes 6 months to receive the passport after the investment is made.

Citizenship Benefits

– Visa free travel to all EU schengen countries including Switzerland, UK and Ireland
– No residency or personal visit to St Kitts needed
– Tax free – no income, inheritance or wealth tax.
– Lifetime citizenship
– Easy second passport and citizenship for your family members.
– Privacy in small peaceful country.
– Dual citizenship benefits.
– Choice of Real estate investment.
– Processing time only 3 months
– Free movement in the CARICOM

The St. Kitts & Nevis passport is very well regarded and has excellent reputation, and only relatively few passports have been issued under this citizenship-by-investment program by the Government. It is a cheapest program to gain second citizenship for Americans.

Important: We work with many law firms in St.Kitts, officially appointed and authorized by the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis to represent and promote the Citizenship-by-Investment program.

What’s New in 2021?

The St Kitts and Nevis citizenship by investment program is fully operational without any disruptions due to Covid-19 pandemic in 2021. The Citizenship unit now accepts applications filed online by agents. Application forms only available with agents and at citizenship office.

Main applicant, can now add siblings (brother or sister) to family application by meeting the following conditions

  • Less than 30 years old.
  • Must be Unmarried and no children
  • Financially independent

Covid Discount

The Cabinet of St Kitts and Nevis Government has announced the extension of limited time USD 45,000 discount to families from March 2021.  The SGF contribution is reduced to USD 150,000 (from USD 195,000) for family of 4 or more.

No changes to pricing for single applicants or for real estate option.

Important Changes

  • St Kitts passport is now the powerful CBI passport in the Caribbean with visa free access to 155 countries and territories, including Russia, UK, Ireland, EU Schengen states.
  • St Kitts committed expand visa waiver program with more countries and has recently signed visa waiver to Mexico, Georgia, Albania. Since 2105, the government has signed visa waiver with 19 countries.
  • St Kitts has tightened application checks and implemented biometric and fingerprinting requirement from applicants.
  • St Kitts CBI scheme do not require taking Oath from applicants, unlike other countries.
  • Real estate investment required reduced to $200,000 and must be held for 7 years. The Government implemented escrow legislation to protect citizenship investors. The real estate option is cheaper to big families instead of donation option.
  • St Kitts issues biometric e-passport valid for 10 years under the CBI program.  The passport can be collected through authorized agent or at embassy.

Minimum Investment

As of Jan 2012, the Government of St.Kitts and Nevis, has increased the new investment amount. To qualify for citizenship of St. Kitts and Nevis under its Citizenship-by-Investment Program, there are two direct options:

As of Feb 2021, the pricing remains the same and no changes announced.

1. Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF)

St Kitts and Nevis has launched new Sustainable Growth fund, effective from April 1, 2018 after the expiry of Hurricane Relief Fund. The Sustainable Growth Fund for a single applicant will require a contribution of US $150,000, inclusive of Government fees. The contribution for a family of up to four will be US $195,000 following incremental steps. The fund will benefit St Kitts and Nevis in sustainable areas such as healthcare, education, alternative energy, heritage, infrastructure, tourism and culture, climate change and resilience, and the promotion of indigenous entrepreneurship.

The contribution requirements under SGF are:

  • Main Applicant: USD 150,000 one time non-refundable contribution
  • Family of Four: USD 150,000 (spouse, main applicant, 2 children) Covid time discount Limited Time Offer
  • Additional family dependents: USD 10,000 (regardless of age)

Due diligence fee 

  • US$7,500 for the main applicant, and
  • US$4,000 for each dependent of the main application who is over the age of 16 years.

Total fee  (Donation) = Investment contribution + Due diligence fee + Lawyer/Agency fee + Passport fee.

  • Passport fee: $350 per person

It is important to note that the prices shown above are straightforward and transparent, and there are no hidden fee or costs.

Post Citizenship Additions

Family members such as spouse, child and siblings can be added later at any time post obtaining citizenship of main applicant. This is subjected to additional fees.

Government fee

  • Spouse: USD $35,000
  • Child: USD $10,000
  • Sibling: US$ 20,000

Due diligence

  • USD $4000 per dependent. (exempted for children below 16)

2. Real Estate: Designated recoverable Real Estate Investment with a value of

  • US$ 200,000 ( hotel shares only) held for seven years before resale
  • US$ 400,000 (full title deed) held for five years before resale, plus payment of various registration and other fees

The shares can be sold back to the same developer making it a fully refundable investment

Government processing fee

On approval in principle of an application made through a real estate investment, a Government fee applies, as follows:

  • Main applicant: US$35,000
  • Spouse of the main applicant: US$20,000
  • Any other qualified dependent of the main applicant regardless of age: US$10,000

The real estate investment of US$400,000 investment may also attract two applicants at US$200,000 each plus government fees, but this can only be resold after 7 years

Due diligence fee 

  • US$7,500 for the main applicant, and
  • US$4,000 for each dependent of the main application who is over the age of 16 years.

Total fee (Real Estate) =  Property Investment (held in escrow) + Government processing fee + Due diligence fee + Lawyer/Agency fee + Passport fee

The St Christopher (Kitts) and Nevis passport issued is valid for 10 years, which can be renewed thereafter at any consulates where you live. Please note it takes about 3-4 months processing time.

How to Apply?

Please follow the following Government recommended payment steps..

  1. Prepare the initial set of documents (police certificate, copy of passports and birth certificates, CV/Resume)
  2. Submit the file to CIU through Authorized agent by paying only due diligence fee and 50% lawyer fee.
  3. Wait for Government approval letter (takes 3 months)
  4. Once approved, pay the remaining investment. You dont need to pay if not approved.
  5. Collect your passport and citizenship certificate at nearest St Kitts consulate or embassy

Restricted countries

Nationals of Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea and Cuba are banned from applying, regardless of where they live

Accelerated Application Process

60 day Accelerated  Application Process (AAP) option available subjected to $25,000 per applicant and $20,000 per dependent. Most applications are processed within 45 days under AAP

We can arrange for meetings in Dubai, London, Zurich. Please mention for appointments when you send us the online application.

1. Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF)

St Kitts and Nevis has launched new Sustainable Growth fund under the CBI programme, effective from April 1, 2018 which will resume after the expiry of Hurricane Relief Fund.  The Sustainable Growth Fund for a single applicant will require a contribution of US $150,000, inclusive of Government fees. The contribution for a family of up to four will be US $195,000 following incremental steps.

2. Hurricane Relief Fund

HRF fund option is closed as of March 30, 2018.

3. SIDF Investment

Donation to Charity

The Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) is a charity setup by Saint Kitts Nevis Govt to raise funds for the displaced sugar industry workers. The minimum contribution about is $250,000 per person and it is non-refundable by the Government, once passport is granted.

Note: SIDF is currently discontinued and replaced by SGF fund

The SIDF investment option is currently closed and not available under CBI program

Under the citizenship by donation option, there are four different categories, depending on the family members:

SIDF – Fee and Costs

The SIDF has $250,000 donation + Government fee + Due diligence fee for one person. Additional costs apply for more family members. Please see the fee schedule for single applicant and any accompanying family members. The SIDF option is the fastest and cheapest way to attain second citizenship and the processing time takes 4-6 months. The above mentioned include all government and due diligence and application fees.

Please also refer to Frequently Asked Questions page or you may use this contact form for more information.

3. Real Estate Investment

The real estate investment is a recoverable investment, but it is quite expensive because the minimum investment needed is USD 200,000, plus purchase costs, plus citizenship costs (see below).

We work with various real estate developers in St.Kitts and Nevis. For example: The Kittitian hill, Christophie Harbour is a Government approved real estate project, which qualifies for citizenship.

Approved Real Estate Projects

We also assist clients with numerous other Govt. approved real estate developer projects, through our real estate consultant in St.Kitts and Nevis. For the list of projects, please see this page.

Real Estate – Fee and Costs

The Government requires either an investment in approved real estate project with a value of at least US$ 200,000 plus payment of various registration and other fees like Govt fee, due diligence fee, passport fee etc..

Note: The real estate option is a recoverable investment however, you can only sell your property after 5-7 years.  As of new regulations from 2012, the next buyer qualifies for citizenship.

We can arrange for meetings in Dubai, London, Switzerland or in St.Kitts. Please contact us for appointments when you complete our online application.