St Kitts and Nevis is one of the beautiful countries in the Caribbean and also a former english colony. It is a small country with just a population of 55,000.

St Kitts and Nevis is one of the difficult countries in the world to get citizenship. Naturalizing as resident takes 14 years of living. This is exactly why citizenship by investment (Cbi) became very popular.

Citizenship by Investment

St Kitts and Nevis is the birthplace of Citizenship by investment and this scheme has been running for 26 years. The CBI legislation offers two routes and donation route is taken by over 90% of applicants, because it is simpler, easier and faster

  1. Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF) – USD 150,000 (single) and USD 195,000 (families). There is also a Covid-19 discount offered by Govt
  2. Real Estate – USD 200,000 (minimum held for 7 years) plus Govt fee.

To understand fees properly, there are Government fee (donation + due diligence + passport)  plus Agent fee.

The Govt will charge you also fee for due diligence background checks. Due diligence fee: US$7,500 for the main applicant, and US$4,000 for each dependent above 16 years. Passport fee is USD 350 per person.

All the Govt fees can be greatly varying, depending on ages of children, family members and the country you apply form. In a nutshell, over 90% of the fee you pay goes to the SKN Government.

Accelerated application process within 60 days is available for additional fee.

Passport

The question of passport starts with citizenship. First you must become a citizen of St Kitts and Nevis, only citizens are issued passports. Remember with any country, there are citizenship plus passport costs must taken into consideration. All passports are issued according to Passport Act. The Minister may, in his or her discretion, issue passports in Saint Kitts and Nevis (SKN) to citizens of Saint Christopher and Nevis. Passports shall remain the property of the government and may be cancelled or withdrawn at any time by the Minister.

The Passport issue fee is US$30. Under CBI, the passport issue costs $350 per person.

How to Calculate?

We will show you some good examples of true cost of St Kitts citizenship. It is a straightforward and transparent fee structure. The total costs are made up of

  • Government Contribution
  • Due diligence (DD) fee
  • Lawyer/Agent fee
  • Government processing fee (only for real estate)

Please note undercutting the minimum prices set by government will not make you eligible for citizenship. You must meet the government minimum requirement of USD 150,000.

Please also note; The Government of St Kitts now offers a Covid discount of USD 150,000 (instead of $195,000) for a family of four until the end of 2021.

Donation (Single applicant)

Contribution: $150,000 (non-refundable)
DD fee: $7,500
Lawyer/agent fee: $7000
Passport, application fee etc: $500
Total:  $165,000 (approx)

Donation (Family of 4)

We will assume you are main applicant, spouse with 2 children (< 16 yrs)

Contribution: $150,000 (non-refundable) Limited offer
DD fee: $11,000
Lawyer and agent fee: $7000
Passport, application fee etc: $1500
Total:  $169,500 (approx)

Donation (Family of 6)

We will assume you are main applicant, spouse with 4 children (< 16 yrs)

Contribution: $170,000 (non-refundable) Limited offer
DD fee: $11,000
Lawyer and agent fee: $7000
Passport, application fee etc: $2000
Total:  $191,500 (approx)

Donation (Family of 8)

We will assume you are main applicant, spouse with 2 children (< 16 yrs), 2 children (>16y), two parents

Contribution: $190,000 (non-refundable)
DD fee: $21,500
Lawyer and agent fee: $7000
Passport, application fee etc: $2500
Total:  $221,000 (approx)

Real Estate

Let us assume you are a family of 3  (main applicant, spouse and child < 10). Please note you must hold $200,000 investment for 7 years (share ownership from a developer).

Fully titled property is only available for $400,000 upwards, must be held for 5 years.

Real Estate: $205,000 (Share ownership, title, legal fee etc) held in the escrow.
DD fee: $11,500
Govt processing fee: $55,000
Lawyer and agent fee: $7000
Passport, application fee etc: $1500
Total:  $279,500

The exit strategy is available after 5 years as the the property can be either sold off or the developer will buyback the shares at the market rate.

The best way to understand total costs is to use Official CIU Calculator