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  • The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis

    • Located in the Leeward Islands, a federal two-islands’ nation in the West Indies (2,000 km to the southeast of Miami).
    • The capital city and headquarter of  the government for the federated state is Basseterre.
    • Area: 261 Sq. km (104 Sq. Mile).
    • Population (in 2017): 55,345.
    • Official Language: English.
    • Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (EC$) and it is tied to the US Dollar.
    • Independence from the UK: 19 September 1983.
    • The Federation is a member of the following organizations:
      • The British Commonwealth
      • The United Nations (UN)
      • The Organization of American States (OAS)
      • The Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
      • Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
    • The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank has its headquarter in St. Kitts. The bank looks after the currency and fiscal and monetary policies of about nine different territories.
    • No prior residency or visit requirements for the citizenship.
    • Citizens of St. Kitts & Nevis can hold dual citizenship, and the acquisition of  citizenship is not reported to other countries.
    • There are no income or capital gains taxes, no net wealth taxes and no inheritance taxes in St. Kitts & Nevis.
    • When acquiring the citizenship under the St. Kitts & Nevis citizenship program, the applicant and his family members enjoy full lifelong citizenship that can be passed to future generations by descent.
    • The St. Kitts & Nevis passport is a very well-regarded passport. As citizens of St. Kitts & Nevis, the applicant and his family members are issued passports (Ranked 25th worldwide) that allow visa-free travel to 133 countries, including the UK, all of the EU, Hong Kong, Singapore and many other counties.

    The Citizenship Program

    • The citizenship program was established in 1984.
    • One of the oldest and most respected programs leading to full citizenship and passport.
    • The main applicant should be above the age of 18.
    • The application includes the main applicant, spouse, financially dependents children under the age of 30 subject that they are full-time students (Without gap years) as well as dependent parents over the age of 55 who live with the applicant and depend on him financially.
    • All family members included in the application should have a clear medical and security records.
    • Applicants from Iran and Afghanistan are restricted from this program.

    Program Steps:

    1. The applicant signs the Service Agreement with RESPECT and pays 50% of the legal fees and the required fees to start the application process.
    2. The applicant submits/sends by email colored copies of his and all his family members’ passports, and accordingly security checks will start (Varies depending on the case).
    3. The applicant submits needed documents and undergoes the medical examination. The applicant is requested to submit a written explanation for why he is not able to submit any of the needed documents.
    4. The applicant indicates which investment option he will be choosing (Financial Contribution or Real-Estate), then signs the related applications.
    5. Once the application is complete, RESPECT submits the application to the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) of Saint Kitts.
    6. Once the final approval is issued (Within 3-6 months from submitting the complete application) the applicant transfers the application fees (Citizenship fees) and the balance of the real-estate investment (If applicable).
    7. In 4-8 weeks from receiving the transfer, the CIU issues the Certificate of Registration (Citizenship Certificates).
    8. Afterwards, the passport applications and fees must be submitted. Within 2 weeks from submission, the passports are issued.
    9. Once passport copies are received, the applicant is due to transfer the final payment (50% of Legal fees), then passports are delivered to the applicant.

    FEES AND COST

    Option 1: Non-Refundable Contribution Option:

    1- Contribution (Application fees):

    Main Applicant $150,000
    Main Applicant, Spouse and up to 2 dependents $195,000
    Additional Dependent (Regardless of the age) $10,000

    2- Fees:

    Due-Diligence fees for the Main Applicant $7,500
    Due-Diligence fees for the Spouse $4,000
    Due-Diligence fees for Dependents over 16 $4,000
    Application & Passport fees (For each member) $1,000
    Legal fees will apply
    Option 2: Real-Estate Investment Option:

    1- Real Estate (Can be sold after 5 years):

    Single Applicant $50,000
    Each dependent above the age of 18 $35,000
    Each dependent below the age of 18 $25,000

    2- Fees:

    Due-Diligence fees for the Main Applicant $7,500
    Due-Diligence fees for the Spouse $4,000
    Due-Diligence fees for Dependents over 16 $4,000
    Application & Passport fees (For each member) $1,000
    Real-Estate Insurance & Registration fees 5% $20,000
    OR
    $11,000
    Legal fees will apply

    3- Real-Estate Investment = a minimum of $430,000.

    • In case two applicants shared the real estate project, the investment amount will be reduced to $220,000.
    • The real estate investment can be sold after 5 years, or 7 years in case it was a part of the certified tourism projects.
    • Approved real estate projects (Tourism projects) are expected to yield a return on investment that covers most of the expenses paid within the 7 years.

    Payment Schedule
    First payment within the 1st month Upon signing the agreement 50% of the professional fees + full legal fees
    Due-Diligence fees depending on the number of family members and ages
    In case of Real-Estate investment: Applicant pays 10% of the Real-Estate value.
    Second payment within 3-6 months After receiving the approval (Should be paid within 30 days) Paying the Financial Contribution fees (or Real Estate Investment balance + Registration fees)
    50% balance of the Professional fees + Service fees
    Application and Passport fees

    Documents Checklist

    General Documents Requirements:
    • The spelling of each applicant’s name must be consistent/identical throughout all forms, documents, and translations.
    • Documents must be recent (Issued within 3 months).
    • All required copies of the documents must be clear.
    • All needed documents should be submitted to the CIU in one set.
    • Respect will be handling the translation and the authentication of the documents through the company’s lawyer in Dubai.
    • Additional documents may be required depending on each case.
    • Letters should be addressed to:

    The Citizenship by Investment Unit in Saint Kitts & Nevis

    # Document Copy or Original Notes
    1 Questionnaire for each family member E-mail (RESPECT will provide it)
    2 All current passport copies for each family member Colored Copy Must show the issuance and expiry dates
    3 Valid visas for each family member Colored Copy (If applicable)
    4 Birth Certificate for each family member Copy
    5 National ID Card Copy (If applicable)
    6 Residency Card/Visa for each family member Colored Copy
    7 Marriage Certificate/Contract Copy (If applicable)
    8 Divorce Certificate / Death Certificate Copy (If applicable)
    9 Military Service Certificate or Exemption Certificate Copy (If applicable)
    10 Photos (12) for each family member Original (As per photos specifications)
    11 HIV Test (Only 11 years old and above) Original
    12 Detailed CV for main applicant and spouse E-mail (RESPECT will provide a draft)
    13 Education Certificate and Transcript for the main applicant, spouse and children above 18 Copy For all completed Degrees
    14 Enrollment Verification or Student Certificate for children aged 18 years old and above Original
    15 Affidavit of Financial Support from the main applicant for all dependents above 18 Original (If applicable)
    (RESPECT will provide a draft)
    16 Evidence of Residential address:
    National Address Certificate; or
    Lease Agreement (Copy); or
    Utility bill
    Original Must include the main applicant’s name and complete address
    17 Professional Reference Letter for the main applicant only Original • Issued by a lawyer, accountant, or other professionals who have dealt with the main applicant for not less than 3 years
    • Includes the main applicant’s name, date of birth, passport number and nature of the business relationship
    (RESPECT will provide a draft)
    18 Employment Letter (If an employee) Original • Issued by the current work place
    • For the main applicant and for the spouse (If applicable)
    (RESPECT will provide a draft)
    19 Business/Company Documents (If an employer) Copy • The commercial registration of the company
    • Latest 2 years Audited Financial Statement of the company
    20 Bank Reference Letter Original • That the applicant has been dealing with the bank for at least two years
    • Issued on the bank letterhead
    (RESPECT will provide a draft)
    21 Bank Statement Original • Of the last 12 months before applying to the program
    • From the same bank that issued the Bank Reference Letter
    22 Police Clearance Certificates for each family member 18 years old and above from the: Original • Country of citizenship
    • Country of current residency
    • Countries where the member resided for continuous 6 months in the past 10 years
    23 Certificate of Name Change Copy • (If applicable)
    ONLY in Case of real-estate investment option:
    Sale & Purchase Agreement Original Executed Real Estate Contract, Share Purchase Contract, or Investment Contract
    Executed Escrow Agreement and/or Memorandum of Transfer Original
    Proof of full payment (Purchase price) in escrow account Original
    Special Cases (If applicable):
    When a single parent is applying with a child under 18 Original Affidavit of consent and knowledge from the other parent, and a notarized, signed copy of the other parent’s photo ID
    When one parent has sole custody of a child, or another person has legal guardianship of a child Original Legal documentation proving sole custody or guardianship of a child

    St. Kitts & Nevis passport holders can enter 133 countries visa-free (or visa on arrival)

    United Kingdom Egypt Saint Kitts and Nevis Zimbabwe
    Albania El Salvador Lesotho Saint Lucia
    Andorra Estonia Liechtenstein Samoa
    Armenia Ethiopia Lithuania San Marino
    Austria Fiji Luxembourg Seychelles
    Bahamas Finland Macao Singapore
    Bangladesh France Macedonia Slovakia
    Barbados Gabon Madagascar Slovenia
    Belarus Gambia Malawi Solomon Islands
    Belgium Georgia Malaysia Somalia
    Belize Germany Maldives South Africa
    Benin Greece Malta South Korea
    Bolivia Grenada Mauritania Spain
    Bosnia and Herzegovina Guatemala Mauritius Sri Lanka
    Botswana Guinea-Bissau Micronesia St. Vincent and the Grenadines
    Brazil Guyana Moldova Suriname
    Bulgaria Haiti MonacoSwaziland
    Cambodia Honduras Montenegro Sweden
    Cape Verde Hong Kong Mozambique Switzerland
    Chile Hungary Nepal Tanzania
    Colombia Iceland Netherlands Timor-Leste
    Comoros India Nicaragua Togo
    Costa Rica Indonesia Norway Trinidad and Tobago
    Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Iran Palau Tunisia
    Croatia Ireland Palestinian Territories Turkey
    Cuba Italy Panama Tuvalu
    Cyprus Jamaica Peru Uganda
    Czechia Jordan Philippines Ukraine
    Denmark Kenya PolandVanuatu
    Djibouti Kiribati Portugal Vatican City
    Dominica Kosovo Qatar Venezuela
    Dominican Republic Laos Romania Zambia
    Ecuador Latvia Rwanda Lebanon