Citizenship-By-Investment Worldwide

Compare Canada, the USA and other popular jurisdictions for the Citizenship-by-Investment

Citizenship-By-Investment

The world is full of options

As a result of the recent immigration policies in Canada, business people and investors have been turning to alternative investment-immigration vehicles in search of a better return on their investments. There is an increased interest in a variety of countries that have a wide array of residency options.

Having the privilege of being able to live in another country full-time (or even escape on a part-time basis) means you’ll always have someplace to go if things turn ugly at home. Our office can accommodate pretty much every request you may have and we are able to extend our services to such countries as Panama, Uruguay in Latin America, or Switzerland and Lichtenstein in Europe, or Hong Kong and Macau in Asia. Please contact us for details before starting on your path to worldwide citizenship.

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Canada

Canada provides a safe and surprisingly tax-efficient alternative to many of the more well-known citizenships. The country offers “first-world” healthcare, education, culture and family services, but also has world-class professional services and financial infrastructure, making it an ideal destination both for family relocation and for business expansion. We offer a full range of support for individuals wishing to immigrate to Canada, through a multitude of great programs. QIIP is one of them.

Advantages of investing in Canada

  • Canada offers the most established and the most widely used investment immigration programs in the world conferring permanent resident status.
  • Canada provides permanent residence to close to ten thousand business applicants annually.
  • The Canadian confederation system of government and established norms offer European style social benefits complete with unparalleled quality of life.
  • Under the Canadian model, business immigrants can enjoy the benefits of a national health care program, affordable first-class education and a national pension system that provides measurable annual income upon retirement.

If it resonates with you, feel free to apply:

Malta

A full European Union (EU) Member State, Malta has enjoyed strong and consistent growth in its financial services industry and is fast becoming the jurisdiction of choice for a number of multinational companies looking for an ideal hub from which to do business within the EU, Middle East and North African markets.

Required Options

OPTION 1

  • For a single applicant – a contribution of USD 250,000 to the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation
  • For a spouse and 2 children under 18 years old – USD 300,000

OPTION 2

  • Real estate investment – minimum of USD 400,000

Advantages

  • Efficient workforce
  • Stable and safe environment
  • Low-cost and tax-efficient jurisdiction
  • Highly-qualified work-force
  • Strategic geographical location
  • English as a business language
  • Strong legal and fiscal framework

The ideal place to do business, Malta has ranked among the top five emerging financial centres in the world in the City of London’s Global Financial Index. Additionally, for many years, Malta has been a friendly place in the sun for people looking to relocate with their families within the EU.

If it resonates with you, feel free to apply:

United Kingdom

The UK is a developed country, with the world’s sixth largest economy by nominal GDP and the sixth largest by purchasing power parity. It was the world’s first industrialized country and the world’s foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries, but the economic and social cost of two world wars and the decline of its empire in the latter half of the 20th century diminished its leading role in global affairs. The UK nevertheless remains a great power with leading economic, cultural, military, scientific and political influence. It is a Member State of the European Union, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, G8, G20, NATO, OECD, the Council of Europe and the World Trade Organization.

The investment options offered by the UK Tier 1 Investor Category are similar to those offered by most Immigrant Investor Programs.

Required Options

OPTION 1 – FULL INVESTMENT

  • Purchase UK government bonds for 5 years with an approximate interest of 2% per year – GBP 1,000,000 (At the end of the investment period, the capital is returned to you)
  • If applying from within the UK, need to invest a minimum of GBP 750,000 of the full amount. The remaining GBP 250,000 may be invested as you wish (for example, in real estate)

OPTION 2 – FINANCED INVESTMENT

  • Invest the reduced amount of GBP 250,000 – 300,000, depending on the loan conditions of the borrowing bank
  • Professional fees of GBP 20,000 – 30,000 (non-refundable) are applicable for UK Tier 1 Investor Category to cover legal fees, and service fees related to background verification and the validation of the source of your funds. The professional fees should be wired to the broker’s corporate account prior to any action taken.

Advantages the UK Tier 1 Investor Visa

  • No requirements in regards to the investor’s education, age, nationality, language proficiency, or business experience
  • No interview, education or managerial experience required
  • No requirement for how much full time must be created
  • If you invest GBP 1,000,000 in UK government bonds, share or loan capital in active and trading UK-registered companies, there is no need to hire any workers
  • Invest only after the application is approved
  • The investor, the spouse, and children under the age of 18 are included within the main application
  • During the residency period, you can travel outside of the UK
  • You can reside anywhere within the UK
  • A dependent spouse is granted full work rights
  • After the 5th year, you can apply for permanent residency Identified Leave to Remain (ILR)
  • One year after receiving the ILR, you and your family can apply for a UK citizenship and passport
  • Dual citizenship – no need to renounce your present citizenship

If it resonates with you, feel free to apply:

The USA

The USA is the premier location for new business investment, the top among all countries. According to Department of Commerce data released in Spring 2014, foreign direct investment flows into the United States and its territories rose from USD 160 billion in 2012 to USD 187.5 billion in 2013.

The US economy, with a GDP of more than USD 16 trillion, offers investors extraordinary attractions and many possible locations. The United States has a lucrative and open consumer market as well as access via free trade agreements to about 425 million more customers for goods and services that are produced in the United States.

The American workforce is well-educated, productive, innovative, and mobile, and the United States has the flexibility through the American educational system to fashion training programs for the jobs of today and tomorrow. The United States also has the world’s best university system, one that hosts and spins off research and development (R&D) programs that contribute to the country’s strong R&D activities.

The American political system is a stable democracy and the legal system is transparent and predictable, all of which helps ensure that business investments are safe. The American economy has robust supply chains for manufacturing. The infrastructure spanning this large country works well and is also poised for new investment for further expansion and modernization.

With a land area that is the third largest in the world and encompasses an abundance of resources, a varied geography, and several climate zones, the United States offers investors a broad range of possible locations for investment.

The USA EB-5 Investor Visa program is an excellent option for getting a USA dual citizenship and passport. The EB-5 Investor Visa is designed for foreign investors who would like to permanently live and do business in the United States.

If it resonates with you, feel free to apply:

Hungary

Hungary is a small country but has so much to show you. It has a language and culture completely different from its neighbours in Central Eastern Europe and many unique sights and attractions.

Hungary’s location in the low-lying areas of the Carpathian Basin gives it a landscape of rolling hills mostly and plains, including one of the largest uninterrupted grasslands in Europe. The culture of the Hungarian people shows great variety too. Strong traditions and regional specialties have built up in all aspects of life from food to music and dance, from clothing to decor. These traditional values have been maintained through the ages, though of course the modern world also has an influence. The larger cities and particularly the capital, are powerhouses of groundbreaking innovation, contemporary art and modern music.

Finally, although Hungary is so exotic, it is closer to the rest of Europe than you might think and can be reached in many ways! Part of the European Union since 2004, no special visas are required for those arriving from within Europe.

The Investor Residency Bond program is one of the simplest and most effective residency-by-investment programs in the world, requiring a lower financial contribution than similar programs offered by other countries, and not requiring any real estate purchase.

Required Option

RESIDENCY BOND INVESTMENT

  • EUR 250,000, fully returned at the end of the fifth year
  • Government processing fee of EUR 40,000 (cheapest of its kind)

Advantages of Hungarian Residency

  • No requirement for physical residence
  • Temporary residency within 3 months of application
  • isa-free travel throughout the Schengen Zone (26 countries)
  • Economic and political stability, good for establishing business
  • Advantageous personal and corporate tax rates, and zero inheritance or gift taxes (in most cases)

If it resonates with you, feel free to apply:

Bulgaria

Total Cost

Bulgarian Government will receive

  • a bond or
  • proof of stocks acquisition on behalf of the Principal Applicant (PA) for a value of €1 024 000 that must be kept at least 2 years after the Citizenship is granted.

a) Financing option: €260 000 (financing option) + €50 000 for legal, due diligence, government and apartment rental fees (€20 000 to start the process and €30 000 at the PR Approval) = €310 000;

b) Real estate option: €412 000 (2 condominium units are purchased) + €88 000 (fees) (€44 000 to start the process and €44 000 at the PR Approval) = €500 000.

Current Time Frame

  • Permanent Residency (PR) for PA, Spouse and Children under 18: 6 to 9 months*, from case filing.
  • Citizenship (we will start this process after 12 months from the issuance of the PR) for the PA and children under 18, from case filing: within 24 months.

*Current and past delays mentioned above are accurate but does not represent a guarantee for the time frame in the future.

Spouse

The spouse needs to wait 5 years after the PA has got Citizenship to apply unless the spouse pays a Supplemental Offering of €80 000 (financing option) + €15 000 (legal fees) = €95 000. Then spouse can apply at the same time that the PA for the Citizenship.

Children (any age) of Principal Applicant

Children of any age can immediately apply for Citizenship after the PA gets it. Note that there is an Additional legal fee of €10k to be charged per children for this service.

Spouse of Children will need to stay in Bulgaria for a minimum of 5 years and speak Bulgarian (A2 level) to get the Citizenship. However, Spouse of Children who gets Citizenship can get the Bulgarian PR immediately after the PA’s Children gets Citizenship, allowing the couple to live and work in several EU countries.

EU countries

A person who owns the Citizenship of Bulgaria can live, work and study in any of the European Union countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom*

*UK is leaving EU on March 29, 2019, after its citizens voted pro such decision on June 2016.

If it resonates with you, feel free to apply:

Portugal

Portugal has a unique and strategic location. Portuguese market is far larger than it may initially appear. It is a gateway to a market of about 250 million people in the Portuguese speaking countries. Located on the West Coast of Europe and at the convergence of 3 continents, Portugal is a privileged business platform for East and West.

Portugal is a founding member of the European Union and the eurozone. According to the World Bank, the Portuguese economy is the 43rd largest in the world and over the past 40 years one of the OECD economies with the highest GDP growth rate.

Portugal is also a safe country with great logistic infrastructures, advanced communication systems, and a friendly economic environment. These are some of the reasons why many world leading companies are choosing Portugal to invest. Furthermore, Portugal is not only a good country to invest but also a most desirable place to live. Portugal is blessed by abundant sunlight and warm temperatures that, certainly, makes you feel motivated and productive.

The Golden Residence Visa Program, initiated in late 2012, is an attractive investment opportunity designed specifically by the government of Portugal to entice high-net-worth foreigners to invest their money in the Portuguese economy. In return, these individuals and their dependents can become residents, and later citizens, of Portugal, without giving up their original citizenship.

There are 3 investment options that foreign nationals, either individually or through a company, shall consider for a minimum period of five years to fulfill Golden Residence Permit requirements.

Required Options

OPTION 1 – CAPITAL TRANSFER

  • Performing an investment activity for a minimum period of five years must be attested by a bona fide declaration signed by the Applicant
  • Invest at least EUR 1,000,000
  • Provide evidence that the investor (you) is the sole or first holder of capital; or, the acquisition of stocks or shares of companies
  • An up-to-date certificate issued by the Commercial Register, certifying that the applicant holds a share in the capital of a company

OPTION 2 – JOB CREATION

  • An up-to-date certificate issued by Social Security, confirming the creation of 10 positions

OPTION 3 – OWNERSHIP OF REAL ESTATE PROPERTY

  • Public deed or promissory share-purchase agreement of the property, with a declaration of an authorized financial institution to exercise its activity in Portugal stating the effective transfer of capital to its acquisition or to execute as a down payment of the promise to purchase in the equal or superior value of EUR 500,000
  • An up-to-date certificate issued by the Real Estate Registry, which must always be, in the case of contract-promise and where legally feasible, the respective register

Advantages of Portuguese Residency by Investment

  • No entry visa for Portugal
  • Living, working, retire, have access to quality healthcare and education in Portugal
  • Residency extended to family members
  • Minimal physical presence requirement
  • Growing real estate market
  • Permanent Residency after 5 years
  • Citizenship after 6 years

If it resonates with you, feel free to apply:

Cyprus

Cyprus, with its warm and stable climate and convenient geographical position, is considered an attractive place for both business and residence. The investment landscape in Cyprus is beneficial due to the island’s well-qualified labour force, attractive taxation and a reliable transport and telecommunications system.

Cyprus has a modern, free-market, service-based economy, where in conjunction with its effective and transparent regulatory and legal framework, it offers international investors and businesses confidence to invest, grow and prosper. Cyprus was ranked number 58 out of 144 countries by the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2012–2013. A number of new measures have been put into place designed to reboot the economy in the wake of the massive and difficult restructuring of the country’s banking sector, which aim, among other things, at helping stimulate economic growth.

After confiscating money from Cypriot bank accounts in the “bail-in” of 2013, Cyprus offered those who lost millions in their banks a second passport. Now, anyone can get a Cyprus passport – which comes with the added bonus of European Union status – if you’re willing to invest. The first option is to invest EUR 2,000,000 into Cyprus businesses, with at least EUR 500,000 of that going as a donation to the government’s Research Fund. If you don’t want to make a donation, you must invest EUR 5,000,000. Applicants may also deposit EUR 5,000,000 in a Cyprus bank for three years.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must:

1. Produce a valid passport

2. Show official financial documents outlining the source of their investment funds

3. Provide proof that they have no criminal history in any country

4. Pay all applicable application fees for the program

5. Not have property frozen within any of the EU member nations

Required Options

OPTION 1 – NATIONAL INVESTMENT AND DONATION

  • EUR 2,000,000 must be deposited with the Treasury of the Republic, as an investment in the National Investment Company
  • Additional EUR 500,000 needs to be donated to the Research and Technology Fund

OPTION 2 – DIRECT INVESTMENTS

  • Direct investment into the Republic of Cyprus amounting to at least EUR 5,000,000 including the purchase of real estate, businesses, shares or other financial assets
  • Real estate must be held for a minimum period of three years

OPTION 3 – BANK DEPOSITS

  • Personal deposit in a Cypriot bank amounting to EUR 5,000,000
  • Deposits must be held in a banking institution within the Republic of Cyprus for a period of no less than three years

OPTION 4 – LOCAL BUSINESS ACTIVITIES

  • Have full control of a newly established company, which is registered in the Republic of Cyprus
  • For three years preceding the citizenship application submission date, the company must pay at least EUR 500,000 per annum to the Government of Cyprus
  • The annual government fee is reduced to EUR 350,000 if the headquarters are located in Cyprus and no less than five Cypriot citizens find employment there
  • If the business employs 10 Cypriot citizens or more, the amount reduced to EUR 250,000

OPTION 5 – IMPAIRED DEPOSITS (AS OF 15 MARCH, 2013)

  • Applicants who have incurred an impairment in deposits on the Bank of Cyprus and/or Popular Bank amounting to a total of at least EUR 3,000,000

In all cases except the last option, the applicant must hold a privately owned property in the Republic of Cyprus, the market value of which must be at least EUR 500,000 excluding VAT, and must have a clean criminal record. The application procedures are complicated, and include a mandatory visit and are expected to take around 3–4 months. They include the publication of the applicant’s details in the government gazette prior to the Grant of Citizenship.

Advantages of Cyprus Citizenship

  • No residence requirements for citizenship (Investors must visit Cyprus one time every 7 years)
  • No language requirement
  • Dual citizenship – no need to renounce current nationality
  • Free trade within the EU, and right to own land in EU nations
  • Travel to 157 countries visa-free, including the EU and Canada
  • Rights to reside, work, and get an education in Europe
  • Fast, simple procedure; can obtain citizenship within 3 months of application
  • Access to the beaches, mild climate, and tourist destinations on Cyprus
  • Low crime rates, high-standard educational institutions, excellent healthcare facilities

If it resonates with you, feel free to apply:

Dominica

The Commonwealth of Dominica is an independent English-speaking island state situated between the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. It is a former British colony and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations (British Commonwealth).

Dominica has a pleasant climate, particularly during the cool months from December to March. It is one of the most beautiful countries in the Caribbean. Covering an area of almost 800 km2, it supports a population of more than 65,000, including about 3,000 of the last surviving native Carib people in the Caribbean. The Dominicans are regarded by many travellers as the friendliest people in the Caribbean. There is a strong currency – the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, which is tied to the US Dollar – and almost no crime.

Also known as the Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica boasts a wide range of unique natural attractions, including unspoiled rain forests, an abundance of spectacular waterfalls, hundreds of rivers and streams, the second largest volcanic boiling lake in the world, and world-class hiking in the many nature reserves.

This Caribbean country’s passport program is cheaper but only offers a donation option. That means your entire investment will not be recovered. The total cost will still be in the six figures, although Dominica offers the most affordable passport program at around USD 130,000 for an unmarried applicant. Here you will need a non-refundable investment of USD 100,000 in addition to USD 1,800 in fees. It takes eight weeks for the economic citizenship to be granted. Expect to travel to 87 countries visa-free. In Dominica, the family option requires a direct cash contribution to the government of USD 100,00 for a family of up to four people (applicant, spouse and two children under 18 years or age), plus USD 25,000 for each additional child under 25 years of age. With registration and professional fees of approximately USD 15,000 added to the basic figure, applicants can anticipate a total cost of USD 165,000.

The single option, under which an individual applicant’s USD 75,000 investment is to be divided equally between public- and private-sector projects. The total cost for a single applicant is about USD 100,000.

Required Options

NON-REFUNDABLE GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTION

  • Single applicant – USD 100,000
  • One applicant plus spouse (Family One) – USD 175,000
  • Applicant plus one spouse and two children below the age of 18 years (Family Two) – USD 200,000
  • Applicant plus one spouse and more than two children below the age of 18 years – USD 200,000 and USD 50,000 for every additional person 18 years and below

It is important to note here that the program’s procedural requirements (for example mandatory interviews in Dominica) add to the effective total cost. A completely clean personal record (certificate of no criminal record, etc.), a comprehensive CV, business background information as well as impeccable references must be provided by all applicants.

The documentary requirements are quite onerous and the procedure includes mandatory interviews in Dominica which cannot be waived. The interview commission meets only once a month and this can lengthen the process of finding a convenient date for the interview. Accordingly, the processing time for applications currently ranges from 5 to 14 months.

Advantages of Dominica Citizenship

  • Ability to live and work in Dominica at any time
  • You are not liable to taxation in Dominica on any income earned outside of Dominica unless you decide to reside there
  • Visa-free travel to more than 90 countries, including the United Kingdom, Switzerland and many others

If it resonates with you, feel free to apply:

Grenada

This tropical Island is at the southern end of the Caribbean and the beautiful Grenadine Islands. The total land area is 344 km2 with 121 km of coastline. This tropical “Spice Island” has rain forests, hot sulphur springs, rivers and waterfalls, beautiful beaches and the crystal clear azure of the Caribbean Sea. Although English is the official language, French patois is spoken widely and 96% of the total population is literate.

Grenada benefits from excellent, modern infrastructure. From the modern international airport to the extensive road network and all domestic utilities. The electricity supply, water and sewerage, telephone, television and communications networks are all excellent. Grenada has a stable economy relying mainly on agriculture and tourism. Agricultural produce includes bananas, cocoa, nutmeg, mace, citrus, avocados, coffee, sugarcane and exotic spices.

Grenada also resurrected its former economic citizenship policies in 2013, offering a real estate investment option that requires a USD 500,000 investment. However, that investment must be made in only one government-approved development, and obtaining a second passport in Grenada comes with a residency requirement – you have to actually live there much of the year.

The Citizenship by Investment program in Grenada was conceived for unique global citizens who demand exclusivity and prompt personal service. It has been developed to have some distinct advantages over other citizenship options in the Caribbean.

Required Options

OPTION 1 – APPROVED REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

  • Minimum of USD 250,000

Routine applications, once they have passed the KYC checks, will be processed within 60 days with a passport to be issued shortly afterward. The investment is subject to a minimum holding period of four years. The investment does not include government processing fees, due diligence check and other associated costs.

OPTION 2 – NON-REFUNDABLE DONATION TO ITF

  • Donate a little over USD 200,000 to the Island Transformation Fund

This option, although not ready to receive applications currently, is available in a two-step program: first obtaining Grenada Permanent Residence; then applying for naturalization.

Advantages of Grenada Citizenship

  • The law mandates that routine applications will be approved within 60 days of submission
  • No charge for exorbitant processing and due diligence fees for spouses and family members
  • Visa-free travel to more than 100 countries
  • No income, wealth or inheritance taxes
  • No requirement to visit Grenada in order to qualify for citizenship

Families who wish to invest larger amounts in custom private homes or in other businesses should discuss this directly with their CBI Approved Agent who will help negotiate this directly with the government. The Government is very investor friendly and generous concessions may be available.

If it resonates with you, feel free to apply:

Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda is an independent Commonwealth state in the Eastern Caribbean. Antigua is 14 miles long and 11 miles wide and its flatland topography was well suited to produce its early crops of tobacco, cotton and ginger. The main industry, however, developed into sugar cane farming which lasted for over 200 years. Today, following its independence from Britain in 1981, Antigua’s key industry is tourism and related service industries. The next largest employers are the financial services industry and the government.

Tourism is the key driver of GDP and generates around 60% of the island’s income, with key target markets being the US, Canada and Europe. The citizenship-by-investment program requires a person to make a significant economic contribution to the country. In exchange, and subject to a stringent application procedure, including thorough background checks, the applicants and their families are granted citizenship. To qualify for citizenship, the person must be over 18 years of age, meet the application requirements and select one of the three available options.

Required Options

OPTION 1 – REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

  • At least USD 400,000 into one of the approved real estate projects
  • Such investments cannot be disposed of within a five year period or before the proposed development, in which the investment has been made, has been substantially completed.

OPTION 2 – CONTRIBUTION TO NDF

  • Single applicant – contribution to the National Development Fund (NDF) of a minimum non-refundable amount of USD 200,000

OPTION 3 – BUSINESS INVESTMENT

  • Investment of a minimum of USD 1,500,000 directly into an eligible business as a sole investor; or
  • Joint investment involving at least 2 persons in an eligible business, totalling at least USD 5,000,000 and each of those persons individually invests at least USD 400,000

Under each of these options, there are government processing fees of USD 50,000 for the main applicant. Additional government processing fees of USD 50,000 apply for the spouse, any dependent child of 18 to 25 years of age and any dependent parent over the age of 65 years, as well as USD 25,000 for each dependent child under 18 years of age.

There are also due diligence fees of USD 7,500 for the main applicant and USD 7,500 for the spouse, USD 2,000 for any dependent child of 12 to 17 years and USD 4,000 for any dependent child of 18 to 25 years of age as well as any dependent parent over the age of 65 years.

Advantages of Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship

  • Those who acquire Antigua and Barbuda citizenship and passport will be afforded all rights available to the country’s natural citizens.
  • Visa-free travel to 130 countries (EU Schengen member States, including Canada, Guadeloupe, French Guyana, Martinique, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, St. Martin and St. Barths, and others)
  • Dual citizenship – applicants are not required to relinquish citizenship in his or her home country
  • Resident status for dependents – tuition for institutes of higher learning in Antigua and Barbuda are far less expensive for students with resident status
  • Applicant information confidentiality is expressly preserved by law
  • Access to international banking institutions
  • Strong asset protection laws and well-regulated financial services
  • Stable democratic government and legal system based on English common law

If it resonates with you, feel free to apply:

St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis, also known in the country’s constitution as Saint Christopher and Nevis, has been independent since 1983 and forms part of the group of islands known as the Lesser Antilles located some 2,000 km to the southeast of Miami. The Federation comprises two islands: Nevis with an area of some 93.2 km2 and St. Kitts with 168.4 km2.

The country has a pleasant climate, particularly during the cooler months from December to March. Humidity is relatively low, and constant northeast trade winds keep the islands cool. The workforce is well-educated, English-speaking and friendly.

This is the longest running second citizenship program in the world, in operation since 1984. To get a St. Kitts passport, you have two options. The first – and suggested – option is to make a donation of USD 250,000 or USD 300,000, depending on your family size, to the government’s Sugar Industry Diversification Fund. This fund was established to help the workers who lost their jobs when the sugar industry became unviable. The second option is to purchase at least USD 400,000 in “government approved” (mostly overpriced) real estate. Both options require various fees.

Required Options

OPTION 1 – SIDF INVESTMENT

  • Under this option, the applicant is to make a donation to the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF).
  • For a single applicant – USD 250,000
  • An applicant with up to 3 dependants – USD 300,000
  • An applicant with up to 5 dependants – USD 350,000
  • An applicant with up to 7 dependants – USD 450,000
  • Additional contribution for each dependent above seven dependants – USD 50,000
  • Additional contribution for each qualified dependent (unmarried, dependent children, or parents) of the main applicant above the age of eighteen years, other than his or her spouse – USD 50,000.

The contribution into the SIDF escrow account will be made after the applicant has been approved in principle. At this stage, applicants shall be given 90 days to transfer the funds. This process takes approximately 12 weeks.

OPTION 2 – REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

  • Under the Real Estate option, the applicant should invest a minimum amount of USD 400,000 in a pre-approved real estate project. Only villas and condominium units from an approved developer will qualify you for citizenship.
  • Two or more applicants may apply for citizenship by investment together by purchasing one piece of real estate, provided that each main applicant contributes the minimum investment of USD 400,000 towards the investment.
  • The subsequent property buyer can apply for citizenship after the 5 years-old periods. In addition to the investment requirement, the government and processing and due diligence fees are payable to the government of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Advantages of St. Kitts & Nevis Citizenship

  • 6 months after your application is lodged, you get your passport
  • Valid passport for the main applicant and all eligible family members
  • No interview, education or management experience required
  • No requirement to travel to St. Kitts and Nevis during the application process
  • St. Kitts and Nevis recognizes dual citizenship, so there is no need to renounce your other citizenship
  • Visa-free travel to more than 130 countries, such as the UK, Schengen zone, Switzerland, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia
  • By law, you are not obliged to reside in the country unless you want to
  • You enjoy a tax-free status on foreign income, capital gains, gifts, wealth, and inheritance tax
  • Through legitimate investment, you get the valuable real estate in addition to citizenship and a passport
  • There is no restriction on nationality to apply for the St. Kitts and Nevis Economic Citizenship program

If it resonates with you, feel free to apply:

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