The Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis has made changes to qualifying family members for citizenship by investment programme.  Family members must meet the following conditions to be included in the family application filed by principal investor.

Launched in 1984, St Kitts and Nevis CBI remains the superior choice for the discerning investor that comes with alternative citizenship.

Dependent Conditions

A main applicant may include the qualifying family members as dependants in their application:

a) The spouse of the main applicant;

b) Children aged under 18;

c) Children aged between 18 and 25 who are in full-time attendance at a recognised secondary or tertiary level institution of learning and fully supported by the main applicant;

d) Children aged 18 or over who are physically or mentally challenged; and

e) Parents of the main applicant or the spouse of the main applicant aged 65 or over, living with and fully supported by the main applicant.

Important: Siblings, grandparents are ineligible. There is no limit on the number of permitted dependants.

Homosexuality – The laws of St Kitts and Nevis clearly define “spouse” as the partner of the opposite sex by marriage. This means monogamous couples do not qualify, separate investment applications must be made.

Banned Nationalities

In the interest of national security, defence and public safety of St Kitts and Nevis, every citizen of, and persons ordinarily resident in, the following countries shall be excluded from any application for CBI. This includes family members.

  • Afghanistan
  • Belarus
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • North Korea
  • Russia

Police certificate

The main applicant and all dependants 16 years of age or older are required to produce a police certificate. Applicants who will turn 16 within three months of submitting their application must also provide a police certificate.


Each main applicant is required to attend an interview conducted by an independent professional firm commissioned by the CIU or by officials of the Unit either virtually, in person in St Kitts and Nevis or in person at such other location approved by the Board of Governors of the CIU. Dependants aged 16 or over may if deemed necessary also be required to attend an interview.