With its breathtaking natural beauty, warm skies and white sandy beaches, St. Kitts & Nevis is one of the most stunning spots in the Caribbean. With the country’s CIP program, investors have the opportunity to wake up there every morning in as little as a few months.
This beautiful two-island nation is blessed with tropical temperatures, clear blue waters and a bustling trade and tourism economy. It is well-connected by direct flights to and from Europe and the U.S., and offers residents and citizens sought-after advantages, such as dual citizenship and tax-free worldwide income. As one of the longest-established programs of its kind, the St. Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program offers applicants a host of unique benefits:
The St. Kitts & Nevis (St. Christopher & Nevis) Citizenship by Investment Program was established in 1984 under the regulations of the 1984 Citizenship Act, Part II, Section 3 (5), which makes it the oldest citizenship by investment program in the world.
To qualify for citizenship in St. Kitts & Nevis, applicants must fulfill one of the investment requirements below in addition to the following criteria:
In April 2018, Saint Kitts & Nevis launched a new permanent investment fund to replace the temporary Hurricane Relief Fund set up to address the devastation caused by the 2017 hurricanes in the Caribbean. The new Sustainable Growth Fund is open for donations with the following thresholds:
In addition, the due diligence fees are as follows:
A. Five-year hold period
Applicants may purchase government-approved property valued at a minimum of US$400,000, or purchase shares valued at the same minimum amount in a real estate development. The investment must be maintained for a minimum of five years.
B. Seven-year hold period
Applicants can make an investment of US$200,000 in a government-approved luxury resort. The investment must be maintained for a minimum of seven years.
In both cases, investors are required to pay additional applicable taxes and fees.
Kittitian Hill Premier Cottage Suites
The Premier Cottage Suites, offered by Arton Capital, are an exclusive selection of four-bedroom suites located within the Kittitian Hill resort. Each shareholder will be entitled to income from the rental pool as well as other exclusive benefits:
Redeemable Preferred Share Offer
The Redeemable Preferred Share Offer (RPSO) is an exclusive product with Arton Capital and is commonly referred to as the Buy Back Option. The offer allows applicants to purchase a share of specially appointed Cottage Suites within the development for US$400,000. Applicants renounce any income or dividends from the company in exchange for the guaranteed option to re-sell the property back to the developer after five years. After the five-year holding period, the purchaser will have the following options:
Koi Resort and Residences
The alternative for investors is this feature of luxury villas and suites, each with an ocean view. Investors may choose between purchasing on a fractional interest basis and purchasing a unit as a whole. There are many advantages for investors who opt for this alternative:
The recently implemented residency program can be an add-on to a citizenship by investment application or it can be a stand-alone route leading to an official tax residency status in Saint Kitts & Nevis. To qualify, applicants must spend a minimum of 2 non-consecutive months per year on the islands and must show a proof of local address either through a purchased property or a 1-year lease for a minimum of US$15,000 per year. Previously processed applicants can also qualify.
Residency Program fees:
Residency fee is not applicable under the Real Estate investment option.
For persons above 16 years of age it will be valid for 10 years. For children under 16 it is valid for five years.
Closing takes place when approval in principle is granted and the certificate of citizenship/passport is issued. This should take no longer than three to four months, but we estimate up to six months. At that time we issue a Certificate of Title for the property. The Certificate of Occupancy will be granted when the keys are handed over.
No. The document checklist is what is required for an application to be deemed complete and therefore accepted by the St. Kitts & Nevis authorities.
Updated yearly, the Arton Index is an overall assessment and comparative benchmark of the country and its investment program.
Population Growth: 0.75%
GDP (per capita)
GDP (purchasing power parity)
1.427 billion USD
Visa free countries
Caribbean, islands in the Caribbean Sea, about one-third of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago
261 sq. km.
0-14: 20.61%, 15-24: 14.82%, 25-54: 44.85%, 55-64: 11.38%, 65+: 8.34%
Anglican, Other Protestant, Roman Catholic
Federal parliamentary democracy (National Assembly) under a constitutional monarchy and Commonwealth realm
East Caribbean dollars (XCD), tied to USD
1 USD = 2.7 XCD