A qualified investment in approved tourism real estate projects in St. Kitts & Nevis offers international applicants the opportunity to apply for citizenship.

The Citizenship Act of 1984 allows eligible individuals and their families to apply for citizenship by making either:

  • a minimum US $400,000 investment into approved real estate, or
  • a minimum US $250,000 non-refundable donation to the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation.

The St. Kitts & Nevis citizenship by investment program has become increasingly popular among discerning professionals worldwide.  The travel and tax benefits are extremely attractive and coupled with a destination that is considered to be a ‘rising star’ and a jewel of the Caribbean for it’s friendly population and authentic experiences, citizenship in St. Kitts is highly desirable.

Legal Basis

The regulations regarding citizenship-by-investment in St. Kitts & Nevis are contained in Section 3 (5) of the Citizenship Act, 1984. These provisions allow the government to operate a program under which citizenship is granted to persons who qualify under criteria set by cabinet decision.


Foreign nationals including their spouse, dependent children up to the age of 18 years (and those aged 18 to 30 years in full-time higher education), as well as parents and grandparents over 55 years can obtain citizenship via one simultaneous application. There are no specific requirements pertaining to business experience, and no residency requirement.

Fees and Costs

Government Application Fees

  • US$50,000.00 for the main applicant
  • US$25,000.00 for the spouse of main applicant
  • US$25,000.00 for each child of the main applicant under 18 years
  • US$50,000.00 for each qualified dependent of the main applicant over 18 years other than his spouse

Due Diligence Fees

  • US$7,500.00 for the main applicant
  • US$4,000.00 for each dependent over 16 years

Other fees may include passport application fees, application form fees, citizenship registration fees, escrow fees, government stamp duty (varies depending on location of property), and legal fees.

Citizens International Legal Fees

Citizens International’s fees vary depending on the case and the number of persons included in the application. Fees include citizenship file administration, legal representation in citizenship procedure, legal representation in property purchase and the processing of citizenship application through government.

Please contact us for further information on fees applicable to your case.

Dual Citizenship

The Antigua & Barbuda government allows citizens to hold dual citizenship, and the acquisition of citizenship is not reported to other countries.


It is estimated that the application process will take about three to six months from the submission of the application to the approval and issuance of the passport, assuming there are no areas of concern with the application.

More detailed information is available in the Application Process section


The St. Kitts & Nevis passport is very well regarded and only relatively few passports have been issued under this program since its inception in 1984. As a result, St. Kitts & Nevis passport holders enjoy a passport with an excellent reputation and very good visa-free travel, including to all of the EU, Hong Kong, Switzerland, and other countries. The St. Kitts & Nevis citizenship-by-investment program is the most attractive option if one is looking to acquire a second citizenship through investment without prior residence requirements and the program is very well established being the oldest citizenship-by-investment programme in the world.