Saint Kitts: Country and Foreign Investment
Entry and Residence
Work permits are granted on application by employers, provided that no local worker is available, and involve the production of a number of documents, including health certificates.
Tourist visas are granted readily, but visas for longer stays involve demonstration of adequate financial resources.
It is possible to acquire citizenship by making an investment into the Federation under sub-section (5) of Section 3 of the Citizenship Act 1984. This stipulates that a person is entitled, upon making application to the Minister, to be registered as a citizen of the Federation without voting rights, if the Cabinet is satisfied that the person has invested substantially in the Federation.
The minimum investment requirement may be satisfied with a substantial investment of at least USD400,000 or its equivalent in East Caribbean currency in an “approved investment project”
The registration fees currently in force are USD50,000 for head of household (male or female), USD25,000 for spouse, USD25,000 for each child under the age of 18 and USD50,000 for each adult family member or other adult.
In addition, due diligence fees including background checks and processing fees of USD7,500 for the main applicant and USD4,000 for each dependent over 16 years of age are charged.
Each citizenship certificate of registration is USD47 and the cost for each passport is USD13.
Every citizenship application must be made on the prescribed form which must be submitted together with various documents relating to the applicant's identity, civil status, criminal record, financial resources, and health. All documents must be in English or translated into English, and all photocopies of any document submitted must be notarized and properly certified.
A passport is valid for ten years, unless otherwise stated. It remains the property of the Government of the Federation and may be withdrawn at any time.