There are two options for acquiring the citizenship of St. Kitts and Nevis - non-refundable investments (in the Sugar Fund or in the Hurricane Relief Fund) and the purchase of real estate. Below are the answers to the most common customer questions about this program.
Question: We thought about getting a second passport. Many recommend St. Kitts and Nevis: according to reviews, this country can offer some of the best conditions for those who want to get citizenship for investments. Is this service provided and what is its cost?
Answer: Yes, assistance in obtaining citizenship is possible both under the program of non-repayable investments, and under the program of buying real estate in the country. The cost of support depends on the composition of the applicant's family and, as a rule, is in the range of $ 25 000.
Question: There is a necessity of obtaining the second passport, however we would like to escape repeated trips abroad. Is it real with the Saint Kitts and Nevis program?
Answer: There is no necessity of visiting a country when irretrievable investments (certificate and passport are delivered by courier, it is also possible to take it away in the company’s office or in the embassy / consulate). If the acquisition of a real estate is planning, than the applicant need to visit the country for choosing and purchasing an object.
Question: Is there an opportunity to purchase real estate by proxy (there is no time to visit the country)?
Answer: Yes, this possibility does exist. This is the option that most customers choose.
Question: We chose the St. Kitts and Nevis program. Which option is better to choose: to buy real estate or to invest in a fund?
Answer: A faster and often profitable option is a non-refundable investment (their minimum size is $ 150 000). It should be noted that the value of real estate in this country is rather high compared to other countries in the Caribbean region. In addition, the purchase of real estate entails a number of additional costs, including tax on the purchase, payment of service transactions and state fees. The state duty is $ 35,000 (the main applicant and dependents who have reached the legal age), $ 20,000 (spouse) and $ 10,000 (other family members, that is, additional dependents). Another important point that must be taken into account is the impossibility of selling real estate for seven years (previously, when the minimum value of the acquired property was $ 400 000, it could not be sold for five years). Given the above, many Russian citizens prefer the option of non-repayable investments.
Question: What to do in a situation when an application for a second passport was previously submitted, but while waiting for an answer there were financial difficulties and now there is a need to withdraw the application. Is this a paid procedure (there is information on the Internet that the cost of withdrawing an application is $ 55 000)?
Answer: The law does provide for penalties, but in practice these provisions are not implemented. In order to withdraw the application, you must provide a letter that will indicate the reason for the withdrawal.
Question: Is it possible to permanently live in the UK with a Saint Kitts and Nevis passport?
Answer: Citizens of Saint Kitts and Nevis have the right to visa-free entry into the UK for up to 180 days, but the possibility of permanent residence in the territory of this country is not provided.
Question: Does the sale of real estate entail the cancellation of a passport?
Answer: The sale of real estate after the expiration of the specified period of ownership will not lead to the cancellation of the passport.
Question: Is a passport issued for a specific period after which it will be necessary to replace it?
Answer: The passport is valid for 10 years for adults and 5 years for minors. However, the main document that confirms the presence of citizenship is a certificate (its validity is not limited).
Question: Will I need to get a visa to Switzerland?
Answer: Switzerland is a member of the Schengen Agreement, therefore holders of a St. Kitts and Nevis passport do not need a visa.
Question: The Saint Kitts and Nevis program is positioned as one of the best options for obtaining citizenship for investments. However, the prestige of this country's passport raises doubts, especially in comparison with the United States and Britain, which also have similar programs. What are the benefits of St. Kitts and Nevis?
Answer: Comparing the St. Kitts and Nevis program with the United States and the UK is not entirely correct: unlike these countries, St. Kitts provides citizenship for investments, rather than a residence permit (applying for permanent residence in the United States, and then for citizenship only a few years). In addition, the citizenship of the aforementioned countries entails tax residency status and, consequently, the payment of rather large taxes (Saint Kitts and Nevis citizenship does not provide for taxation of non-resident citizens).
Question: Is it possible to obtain citizenship when buying a business?
Answer: This possibility exists only if the hotel (that is, commercial real estate) acts as the acquired business. However, it should be borne in mind that it is rather difficult to assess the liquidity of one or another option.
Question: Does the passport of Saint Kitts and Nevis is corresponded to category of “banana passport”?
Answer: No, the program of granting citizenship involves full due diligence. The applicant is required to have no criminal record. Another condition - the applicant should not be the founder or head of the companies that were involved in questionable bankruptcy.
Question: Is it possible to include a civil wife in the application with a common child?
Answer: To apply with your spouse, you must have a marriage certificate.
Question: There is a fairly large list of countries that are available for visiting St. Kitts passport holders. Can you clarify what the term “visitation” means?
Answer: As a rule, a visit involves entering the country for a period not exceeding 90 days. For a number of countries, this period is 180 or 30 days.
Question: I am not officially married to my common-law wife, but we have children. If I and the children get citizenship now, and we officially register the marriage with the spouse later, will she be able to obtain citizenship after registering the marriage without going through the whole procedure?
Answer: A spouse may receive a second passport in the order of accession (no investment is required), but this is a fairly long process (consideration of the application takes at least 12 months), since the country is struggling with fake marriages. In the presence of joint children in some cases it is possible to accept the application without a marriage certificate.
Question: Getting a second passport involves payment of official fees. What is its size?
Answer: The amount of official fees varies depending on the option chosen: the purchase of real estate or non-refundable investments. The first option involves paying for a criminal past check (for the main applicant - $ 7.5000, for dependents who have reached the age of sixteen - $ 4 000) and state duties ($ 35 000- the main applicant and dependents who have reached the legal age; $ 20 000- spouse / spouse; $ 10 000- other family members). When choosing the second option, due to the installment itself, due diligence is paid.
Question: We plan to obtain citizenship, however, investments in the fund and payment for the work of lawyers are possible only from the account of the spouse, which is not the main applicant. Is this allowed?
Answer: Yes, you can pay the expenses from the account of the spouse of the main applicant.
Question: Citizens of St. Kitts receive a US visa for a period of ten years. Where should I contact for its registration?
Answer: It is possible to submit documents at the US consulate in Moscow, however, it is necessary to indicate the citizenship of St. Kitts as the main citizenship for obtaining a ten-year visa.
Question: If the family already has one child, but in the near future the birth of the second is planned, how will citizenship be issued for him? Or is it better to wait with the submission of documents and after the birth of the second child to apply for all family members?
Answer: If the birth of a child is scheduled in a couple of months, it is better to postpone the application until birth. If the appearance of the baby happens in 6-8 months, you can start registration now, as the process takes about 5 months, and by the time the child is born you will already have citizenship. If the parents have citizenship, the child becomes a citizen by birth.
Question: In which countries (besides St. Kitts and Nevis) can I get a second passport for investments?
Answer: Among the countries of the Caribbean region, the acquisition of a second passport for investment is possible in Grenada and Dominica. Another option is Antigua and Barbuda. In Europe, similar programs exist in Malta and Cyprus, as well as in Bulgaria and Austria (obtaining Austrian citizenship is quite difficult, and the amount of investments is about 10 million euros).