CITIZENSHIP OF SAINT LUCIA BY INVESTMENTS
Saint Lucia has inherited decades of experience from its Caribbean neighbors. By hand-picking only the best practices, the Citizenship by Investment Board is committed to making the program the most efficient for investors, while providing unmatched benefits for the country and its people.
ADVANTAGES AND FEATURES OF THE PROGRAM OF OBTAINING CITIZENSHIP OF SAINT LUCIA:
- perhaps dual citizenship;
- do not need to reside in the country;
- there is no tax on global income;
- no need to go to the country to apply;
- no need to go through an interview;
- there is no requirement to education;
- visa-free travel to more than 100 countries.
- request processed within 3 months, even if there are dependent children under 25 years of age;
- you can include dependent parents who are over 65 years of age;
- you can include physically or mentally disputed children/parents;
- passport issued within 2 months;
- great country for permanent residence.
OPTIONS FOR OBTAINING CITIZENSHIP OF SAINT LUCIA:
- A non-refundable contribution to the Fund for the development of state Saint Lucia
- $ 100 thousand - the main applicant;
- $ 165 thousand- the main applicant and wife/husband;
- $ 190 thousand- principal applicant with my wife and two children;
- $ 25 thousand- each additional dependent.
2. Investing in real estate
Purchase of property for $ 300 thousand or more in approved real estate development projects. Purchase must be owned by at least 5 years. Registration, processing fees and taxes are paid separately.
3. Investments in business
The applicant must invest at least $ 3.5 million in an approved business project and create three jobs at a minimum. Two applicants are entitled to divide a contribution of $ 6 million and organize six jobs. Approved business projects should fall into the following categories: restaurants, cruise docks and ports, agricultural factories, pharmaceutical companies, bridges, highways and roads, research organizations and facilities, marine universities.
4. Government bonds
The amount of investment varies depending on the number of family members:
- $ 500 thousand - the main applicant;
- $ 535 thousand- the main applicant and wife/husband;
- $ 550 thousand - the main applicant with my wife and two children;
- $ 25 thousand- each additional dependent
THE COST OF CHECKING FOR A CRIMINAL PAST:
- $ 7.5 thousand- the main applicant
- $ 5 thousand - children from 16 years.
Contributing to the National Development Fund and government bonds:
- $ 2 thousand — the main applicant;
- $ 1 thousand each additional dependent.
Investing in real estate:
- $ 50 thousand— the main applicant;
- $ 35thousand— the wife/husband and adult children;
- $ 25 thousand— minors.
THE COST OF OBTAINING CITIZENSHIP OF SAINT LUCIA:
Program maintenance - 25 thousand dollars
LIST OF 127 COUNTRIES THAT HOLDERS OF PASSPORTS OF ST LUCIA YOU CAN VISIT IN 2018 WITHOUT A VISA:
Andorra; Antigua and Barbuda; Botswana; Armenia; Austria; Argentina; Fiji; Djibouti; Belgium; Bahamas, the; Gambia; Egypt; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Barbados; Hong Kong; Guinea-Bissau; Bulgaria; Belize; Indonesia; Iran; Croatia; Israel; Jordan; Cyprus; Chile; Kenya; Laos; Czech Republic; Colombia; Kiribati; Macao; Denmark; Costa Rica; Lesotho; Madagascar; Estonia; Cuba; Malawi; Maldives; Finland; Dominica; Malaysia; Mauritania; France; Dominican Republic; Mauritius; Mozambique; Germany; Ecuador; Bhutan; Nepal; Greece; El Salvador; Palestine; Palau; Hungary; Grenada; Philippines; Rwanda; Iceland; Guatemala; Senegal; Samoa; Ireland; Guyana; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Italy; Haiti; Singapore; Timor; Kosovo; Honduras; South Korea; Slovenia; Latvia; Jamaica; Swaziland; Tonga; Liechtenstein; Nicaragua; Taiwan; Turkey; Lithuania; Panama; Tanzania; Tuvalu; Monaco; Peru; Tunisia; Uganda; Malta; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Vanuatu; Bangladesh; Monaco; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Zambia; Bolivia; Montenegro; Suriname; Zimbabwe; Cambodia; Netherlands; Trinidad and Tobago; Guinea-Bissau; Norway; Venezuela; Comoros; Poland; Portugal; Romania; San Marino; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom; Vatican City.
THE PROS AND CONS OF ACQUIRING THE CITIZENSHIP OF SAINT LUCIA:
The passport of Saint Lucia gives the right to its immediate holder, who obtained citizenship through investment, as well as to financially dependent members of his family under the age of 25, and parents who have crossed the age limit at 65, all the advantages enjoyed by born citizens of the country.
It is worth to note that the undoubted advantage is the fact that obtaining citizenship of this country does not imply a compulsory procedure for an interview and an exam for proficiency in the state language. In addition, it is not necessary to live there permanently and it is possible in parallel to retain the previous citizenship. Citizenship status can be inherited by children. Saint Lucia's passport exempts from tax on foreign income, inheritance, and donation, allows visa-free entry to 130 states, and allows you to receive income from rent and capital gains.
Perhaps there is only one critical minus in this case: an application for citizenship can be considered up to 10 months.
THE PROCESS OF OBTAINING CITIZENSHIP IN ST LUCIA:
The process of obtaining citizenship in Saint Lucia is one of the fastest and easiest options. As a rule, the approval procedure takes no more than 2-3 months, and the applicants for obtaining a passport are not required to undergo an interview. In addition, it is possible to become a citizen of this island state without knowing the state language.
The main stages of obtaining citizenship
The preparation of the documents.
To apply for citizenship, you will need to fill out official forms (they are filled out by the main applicant and dependents), and also receive a certificate of no criminal record and a number of other supporting documents. All documents must be properly executed. In addition, in order to file an application, the applicant and the dependents must undergo a medical examination and obtain a medical opinion. All documents are submitted in English.
Filing of documents.
A package of documents is submitted to the Citizenship Division for investment. Currently, the interview requirement has been canceled. At this stage, there is a payment of the administrative fee, as well as a fee for checking for reliability.
After the submission of documents, the official authorities of Saint Lucia conduct a thorough check, during which they examine the accuracy of the information provided and the credibility of the applicant. In general, the verification procedure includes three components. Thus, a preliminary check is first conducted, which involves an analysis of the risks of granting citizenship to the applicant. During the preliminary check, the guarantee is provided for the integrity of the applicant. Then held due diligence. Due diligence is to conduct external and internal reliability checks. In the Due Diligence process, the official authorities of Saint Lucia interact with experts from non-state independent companies, in particular, with detectives who check the sanctions lists and study the information obtained through various channels. It also analyzes the documents confirming the legal origin of the invested funds. The third component of the test is the study of the applicant's biography, which is performed to determine the accuracy of the information provided about the identity of the applicant for citizenship of Saint Lucia. The Minister makes the final decision on the results of the audit. Information about the decision is sent to the applicant.
The implementation of the investment.
The investment takes place after successfully passing the test. The investment is made in accordance with the selected option. It is necessary to make investments within 60 days from the moment of approval of the application.
Taking the oath. Since January 2017, the procedure has been simplified: successful applicants are no longer required to personally attend the taking of the oath in the country, the embassy or consulate of St. Lucia, and also in the office of the high commissioner. Taking the oath may occur in the framework of the procedure, which is carried out with the participation of a lawyer or a notary (they must be accredited in Saint Lucia) or with the participation of an honorary consul or consular officer. After taking the oath, the applicant receives a certificate of registration (this document acts as proof of receipt of citizenship).
Obtaining of passport.
The applicant and dependents submit applying for a passport after granting citizenship. Citizenship guarantees the possession of all the rights of a citizen of Saint Lucia and obliges to obey the laws of this state.
WHERE IS SAINT LUCIA? FLIGHT OPTIONS TO SAINT LUCIA FROM MOSCOW, ALMATY, ASTANA, KYIV, MINSK:
Saint Lucia is located in the Caribbean region and is located in the chain of the Lesser Antilles. Getting there is quite problematic, since it does not have direct flights from all countries.
British Airways carry out flights from Moscow; a transfer is being made in London. Travel time takes at least 15 hours. Flights from the capital of the United Kingdom performs the company Virgin Atlantic. Alternatively, you can take a plane from American Airlines and fly through Chicago and Miami. Tickets cost from 35 to 110 thousand rubles.
The way from Almaty will take about a day, and you will have to make at least three transplants. For example, these could be Lufthansa, Air France, Air Antilles Express and transplants in Frankfurt am Main, Lyon and Paris, or Air Astana, AirBaltic, British Airways and flight through Moscow, Riga, London and Bridgetown. Prices range from 46 to 73 thousand rubles.
The route from Astana looks approximately the same and costs the same; in addition, you can use the services of Turkish Airlines, British Airways, LIAT and fly with transfers in Istanbul, London and Bridgetown.
A trip from Kiev to Saint Lucia will cost 48-90 thousand rubles and take at least one and a half days, and you will have to make at least two transplants on the way. Either this is a flight through Paris, St. Martin and Antigua on Air France and LIAT flights, or via London and Bridgetown with UIA, British Airways and LIAT. There is also an option with Turkish Airlines, British Airways and LIAT via Istanbul, London and Bridgetown.
The price tag for tickets from Minsk to Saint Lucia varies from 45 to 95 thousand rubles. Possible flight airline British Airways (via London), the flight time (in the air) - 13.5 hours.
RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN SAINT LUCIA:
In this country, hotel service is at a very high level, and the payment for hotels is valid. Prices are kept at a high level year-round, but the crowd of tourists is not frightening.
- Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort
This hotel is located above the water. It is located in the Greek Village complex, which is created for all fans of swimming and water entertainment and recreation. The hotel has several rooms with glass floors, which are located directly above the waters of the Caribbean! At night lights work in the water, and the amazing underwater world with its coral reefs and colorful reefs plays with new colors.
- Jade Mountain
This hotel is located in an amazing place - on the slopes of the Piton Mountains, in a secluded place in the midst of nature. In each of the rooms there is no single wall, and instead of a balcony an infinity pool is made. By the water you can go down a separate bridge.
- Fond Doux Plantation
The hotel is located in the city of Soufriere and is considered one of the best hotels! It is located on a cocoa plantation that operated in the 19th century, and is now a cultural heritage monument. The guests live in colonial-style hotels, they have excellent multi-level pools, as well as massage therapists.
- The Landings St. Lucia
For guests there are separate villas, the interiors of the rooms are a combination of European and Caribbean styles. This is a great place for diving, tennis, horse riding, canoeing and other active entertainment. Windows overlook the sea and tropical gardens.
- La Haut Resort
The hotel is located at an altitude of 235 meters above sea level, high in the mountains. It offers a wonderful view of the tropics, the sea and the volcanic Piton mountains. Guests can enjoy incredible views from the infinity pool. Also here will appeal to fans of diving.
CASTRIES - THE CAPITAL OF SAINT LUCIA:
The main city of Saint Lucia, Castries, is located in the harbor at the junction of Port Castries Bay and Vaga Peninsula. You can get to Castries by plane: near the capital is George FL Charles Airport, where the aircraft arrive from Puerto Rico, Martinique, Barbados, Trinidad and Antigua. If you are flying from the States or Canada, you first have to sit at Hewanorra airport on the back of the island, and then by helicopter to get to George FL Charles.
It is easy to catch a taxi in Castries, but the amount of the trip must be agreed with the driver before you get off the ground, otherwise, it may surprise you unpleasantly. There are also buses that stop at any place with free seats. In addition, many people here rent cars or scooters. A special “trick” is water taxis, which, without traffic jams, take tourists to any point of the coast or to the islands.
There are many restaurants in Castries. There are places that represent Caribbean cuisine - it is based on fish dishes. The best of them is The Coal Pot, where national traditions are combined with French. Also popular is the restaurant The Green Parrot, where guests can enjoy international cuisine.
There are duty-free shops in the port, and you can also find them in La Place Carenage and Pointe Seraphine malls. The most preferred place to buy souvenirs is the Jeremy market. Usually, jewelry, Caribbean rum and products from local craftsmen are brought from here.
Castries satisfies by beach holiday. Near the town is the beaches of Chock Beach, Malabar Beach and La Tok. All of them are municipal, and the entrance to them is absolutely free.
The capital is rich by places for sightseeing holidays. For example, you can visit the Columbus Square, where stands the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, built at the turn of the XIX-XX centuries. The samsan tree, which is 400 years old, also grows there! In the northern part of the city is King George Park, not far from it there is a museum where you can get a closer look at the history of Saint Lucia.
To the north of Castries Pigeon Island National Park is located- a historical monument of the era of colonial wars. Here you can see the ruins of the castle, built in the XVIII century, as well as admire the exotic plants and animals.
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