Caribbean Residency / Citizenship by Investment

Caribbean Citizenship and Residency

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Several countries in the Caribbean have adopted programs that allow the acquisition of citizenship on the basis of an investment and/or a direct contribution to further the countries' economic development.

Countries offering the most popular citizenship by investment programs include Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis, Grenada, Dominica, and St. Lucia. Investment options include residential or commercial real estate.


International business executives, investors, and important persons who are active worldwide consider an alternative citizenship and passport a powerful tool for international tax planning and a safety net should the living conditions at home become unbearable. The applicant and his family receive full citizenship and passports.

Because Antigua & Barbuda as well as St. Kitts & Nevis are member countries of the Commonwealth citizens are entitled to certain privileges in the UK and other Commonwealth countries. A passport from these countries allows visa-free travel to over 100 countries including Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK and the EU Schengen Area countries.

Investors may select from several options to meet the citizenship by investment criteria, including real estate. Given good air links to Europe and North America the most popular investment options include residential real estate such as a vacation home for personal use, or commercial real estate in the form of a rental property for income generation purposes.


Please contact us for a detailed cost estimate or confidential consultation.  Our associated attorneys are ready to assist you with attaining your investment objectives and answer any questions you might have about the Caribbean Residency / Citizenship by Investment programs and associated real estate offerings.   
 


Caribbean Residency / Citizenship by Investment

Program Information


Antigua passport
Several Caribbean countries have adopted programs which allow the acquisition of citizenship on the basis of an investment and/or a direct contribution to the state as a means of development of the country.

Holders of a passport issued by these Caribbean countries enjoy visa free travel to over 100 countries, including the UK, Canada and the European Union, specifically all European countries of the Schengen area. Passport holders require a visa to enter the US as these countries are not a member of the Visa Waiver Program.

Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua & Barbuda is an independent Commonwealth state in the Eastern Caribbean. Following its independence from Britain in 1981, Antigua’s key industry is tourism and related service industries. The next largest employers are the financial services industry and the government.

With some 365 beaches of clean clear turquoise waters, the lush tropical island of Antigua is an inviting paradise and considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. As a result, tourism is the key driver of GDP and generates around 60% of the island’s income, with key target markets being the US, Canada and Europe.

Investors must choose one of the following three investment options:

    A) An investment of at least US$ 400,000 in an approved Antigua real estate project to be held for a minimum of five years, OR

    B) An investment of at least US$ 1,500,000 directly into an eligible business, OR

    C) A non-refundable contribution (donation) in the amount of at least US$ 100,000 to the country's National Development Fund.

The principal applicant may include a spouse, dependent children and parents on the same application. Processing time in Antigua & Barbuda can be as fast as five to six months.


St. Kitts & Nevis

The Citizenship Program of St. Christopher (St. Kitts) was established in 1984 and is one of the longest established economic citizenship programs in existence. The program requires applicants to make an economic contribution to the country. In exchange, they and their families are granted full citizenship.

St. Kitts & Nevis is an independent English speaking country of two islands, offering a well-established political and legal system since the country is a member of British Commonwealth. Benefits include no personal income tax, a stable currency, a well-established financial infrastructure, corporate incentives, and an investor-friendly government.

To qualify for citizenship, the applicant must select one of two options:

    A) An investment of at least US$ 400,000 in one of the approved Saint Kitts real-estate developments in addition to paying government fees, other fees and taxes, OR

    B) A non-refundable contribution (donation) of only US$ 150,000 (for a single applicant) under the Sustainable Growth Fund program introduced in April 2018.

There are no language tests, no medial tests, and new citizens do not need to reside in the country. The processing time for St. Kitts & Nevis can be as short as 90 days, but depending on the option chosen might require up to ten months.


Grenada

Grenada gained independence from the British in 1974 and is a full member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM), as well as the World Trade Organization (WTO). The Grenada Citizenship by Investment Program commenced in August 2013 by virtue of Act No.15, 2013, also known as the Grenada Citizenship by Investment Act.

Grenada Citizenship offers visa-free travel to over 100 countries, including the European Schengen Area. Eligible dependents include the spouse and children under the age of 25 years, as well as dependent parents above the age of 65.

Grenada's citizenship by investment program provides for two options:  

   A) A non-refundable contribution to the National Transformation Fund of US$ 200,000 (family of four), OR

   B) An investment in Government-approved projects, which includes real estate developments such as villas and resorts, in the minimum amount of US$ 350,000.

Further, Grenada passport holders may apply for the E2 visa of the United States. The E2 visa is a non-immigrant visa especially for those who would like to visit the US anytime for business or live in the country. The visa is valid for five years and can be renewed with 2 year extensions.

There is no physical stay requirement, and the application process can be as fast as 3 - 4 months.


DOMINICA

The Dominica Citizenship by Investment Program has been in existence since 1993 and is legally entrenched in the Dominican Constitution. The program requires an applicant to make an economic contribution to the country and, in exchange, the applicant and his or her family obtain full Dominican citizenship.

Applicants for citizenship must be at least 21 years of age, of good character, without criminal records and who are willing to make the required investment in Dominica.

Dominica's citizenship by investment program provides for two options:  

   A) A non-refundable contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund of US$ 100,000 (single applicant), OR

   B) An investment in Government-approved real estate of at least US$ 200,000.

There is no physical stay requirement, and the application process can be as fast as 3 - 4 months.


St. Lucia

The citizenship by investment program of St. Lucia for a single applicant starts at US$ 135,000 including all fees and all investments (higher for families).

Investment options include:

    A) A non-refundable contribution to the National Economic Fund of US$ 100,000 (single applicant), OR

    B) An investment of at least US$ 300,000 directly into an approved real estate development to be held for at least five years, OR

    C) An investment of at least US$ 500,000 directly into St. Lucia government bonds to be held for at least five years, OR

    D) An investment of at least US$ 3,500,000 into an approved corporate business project that creates at least three local jobs.

Applicants for citizenship must be at least 21 years of age, of good character, and without criminal records.

There is no physical stay requirement, and the application process can be as fast as 3 - 4 months.


Please contact us for a detailed cost estimate or confidential consultation.  Our associated attorneys are ready to assist you with attaining your investment objectives and answer any questions you might have about the Caribbean Residency / Citizenship by Investment programs.  
 


Caribbean Residency / Citizenship by Investment

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


The following are questions frequently asked about the Caribbean immigration by investment programs. If you don't find your answers, please contact us at your convenience. 
 

Q: What are some of the reasons these citizenship by investment programs are attracting so many international investors?

A: International business executives, investors, and important persons who are active worldwide consider an alternative citizenship and passport a powerful tool for international tax planning and a safety net should the living conditions at home become unbearable.

Applicants realize that a Caribbean citizenship provides several benefits, including:
   • Visa free travel to over 100 countries, including the UK, Canada, and Europe
   • Retirement in a safe country with a warm climate
   • A better education for the applicant’s children
   • Children and grand children gain visa free travel and the right to live, work, or study in many countries
   • A better quality of life for the family, including better healthcare and an unpolluted environment
   • Relatively low real estate prices
   • Personal security
   • Tax advantages
   • Freedom associated with having multiple passports



Q: What is the minimum investment to obtain the citizenship and passport of a Caribbean country, such as Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis, Grenada, Dominica, or St. Lucia?

A: There are several investment options available, including:

Antigua and Barbuda

    Option #A: An investment of at least US$ 400,000 in an approved Antigua real estate project to be held for a minimum of five years, OR

    Option #B: An investment of at least US$ 1,500,000 directly into an eligible business, OR

    Option #C: A non-refundable contribution (donation) in the amount of at least US$ 100,000 to the country's National Development Fund.


St. Kitts and Nevis

    Option #A: An investment of at least US$ 400,000 in an approved St. Kitts real estate project to be held for a minimum of five years, OR

    Option #B: A non-refundable contribution (donation) in the amount of at least US$ 150,000 to the country's Sustainable Growth Fund.


Grenada

    Option #A: A non-refundable contribution to the National Transformation Fund of US$ 200,000 (family of four), OR

    Option #B: An investment in Government-approved projects, which includes real estate developments such as villas and resorts, in the minimum amount of US$ 350,000.
 

Dominica

    Option #A: A non-refundable contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund of US$ 100,000 (single applicant), OR

    Option #B: An investment in Government-approved real estate of at least US$ 200,000.
 

St. Lucia

    Option #A: A non-refundable contribution to the National Economic Fund of US$ 100,000 (single applicant, higher for families), OR

    Option #B: An investment of at least US$ 300,000 directly into an approved real estate development to be held for at least five years, OR

    Option #C: An investment of at least US$ 500,000 directly into St. Lucia government bonds to be held for at least five years, OR

    Option #D: An investment of at least US$ 3,500,000 into an approved corporate business project that creates at least three local jobs.
 



Q: Can I include my family in my application?

A: Yes. The investment options of all Caribbean countries allow for dependents. ‘Dependent’ usually refers to: (1) children under the age of 18, (2) children between the age of 18 and 25 who are full-time students and financially dependent on the main applicant, and (3) parents or grandparents over the age of 65 years old, if they are living with or fully supported by the main applicant.



Q: Will a Caribbean citizenship automatically grant me European citizenship?

A: No, because the Caribbean countries are not members of the EU. However, holders of a passport issued by a Caribbean nation enjoy visa free travel for up to 90 days to many countries, including the European Union, specifically all European countries of the Schengen area.

If you are interested in European residency or citizenship please review the programs offered by Bulgaria, Cyprus or Malta.



Q: Will a Caribbean citizenship automatically grant me visa-free travel to the United States?

A: No, because the Caribbean countries are not members of the United States visa waiver program. If you are interested in US residency or citizenship please review the United States EB-5 program, or the Bulgarian USA-E2 Visa option.



Q: Will my citizenship expire?

A: No. When you acquire citizenship under a Caribbean citizenship program, you and your family enjoy full citizenship for life, which can be passed on to future generations by descent.



Q: How long does it take to get the citizenship and passport? What is the process?

A: Typically, the full process of obtaining citizenship will take between five to six months (Antigua & Barbuda), 90 days to ten months (St. Kitts & Nevis), or three to four months (Grenada, Dominica, St. Lucia). Upon request, a complete set of required forms as well as an application guide with detailed explanations regarding all forms and documents will be prepared and sent to you by courier.



Q: Do the Caribbean programs allow me to keep my original citizenship?

A: Yes. There are no restrictions on dual citizenship in the Caribbean.  The acquisition of citizenship is not reported to other countries.



Q: How will new citizens be taxed?

A: Residents of Antigua and Barbuda benefit from no capital gains tax or estate taxes. Income taxes are progressive, ranging from 10% to 25% on taxable income. Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda are not taxed on their worldwide income but only on income sourced within Antigua and Barbuda.

Residents of St. Kitts & Nevis enjoy no direct personal taxes whatsoever. Even if citizens reside on the islands, they will not be subject to personal income tax, estate duty, inheritance or succession taxes, gift taxes or net worth tax.

Similar regulations apply to other Caribbean nations of Grenada, Dominica, and St. Lucia.



Q: Can you help me find a real estate agent in the Caribbean?

A: Yes. We would be happy to help you find your ideal residential and/or commercial real estate property. Our associated real estate firms can send you a comprehensive overview of the available properties and can advise on the best options depending on your individual situation and requirements. Popular investment choices include residential real estate, such as a second home or vacation property, or commercial real estate for income generation purposes.



Q: What are the major differences among the various immigration by investment programs?

A:  The Bulgaria Citizenship by Investment Program provides the applicant with several investment options starting at EUR 512,000 for European citizenship and passport after five years in residency status. The "fast track option" starts at EUR 290,000 and shortens this period to only 18 months.

The Cyprus Citizenship by Investment Program provides the applicant with several investment options starting at EUR 2,0 million for immediate European citizenship and passport. The entire citizenship application process can be as fast as 3 - 6 months.

The Greece Golden Visa allows non-EU applicants to file for Greek residency by way of a EUR 250,000 investment in local real estate. The applicant may file for Greek citizenship after seven years of permanent residency.

The Malta Individual Investor Program provides the applicant with European citizenship in return for a non-refundable donation to the Maltese government in the amount of EUR 650,000 plus a EUR 150,000 investment in approved securities and an investment in real estate. The IIP application process can take between six months and two years to complete. For applicants who are only seeking Malta residency and Schengen travel benefits, options start at an annual recurring expense of EUR 24,000. 

The Monaco Residency / Citizenship Program allows applicants to file for Monaco residency by proving access to sufficient accommodations and financial self-sufficiency. The applicant may file for Monaco citizenship after ten years of permanent residency.

The Portugal Golden Residence Permit Program requires an investment of EUR 350,000 in real estate, or the transfer of 1 Million Euro, or the creation of 10 new jobs in Portugal. After 5 years of Portuguese residency, citizenship can be applied for.

The Spain Golden Visa requires a EUR 500,000 minimum investment in real estate, or a 1 Million Euro asset transfer, or a 2 Million Euro securities investment, or the creation of a new government-approved business project in return for Spanish residency. After 10 years of residency the applicant may file for citizenship.


Outside of the EU, citizenship by investment programs include those offered by Canada, the United States of America, and the Caribbean nations of Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis, Grenada, Dominica, and St. Lucia:

Canada offers several residency by investment options, leading to citizenship if desired, starting at CAD 200,000.

The United States EB-5 Program leads to permanent residency status and citizenship in the United States for a minimum investment of USD 500,000 in a commercial enterprise in the U.S. that generates at least 10 jobs for Americans. After five years as a permanent resident the investor may apply for U.S. citizenship.

The Caribbean nations of Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis, Grenada, Dominica, and St. Lucia offer citizenship programs requiring a cash contribution of at least USD 100,000.



Q: What does "Schengen Area" mean?

A: The citizenship of a Caribbean country allows you to travel for up to 90 days without a visa across the "Schengen Area" of the European Union. The Schengen Area is a group of 26 European countries that have abolished passport and immigration controls at their common borders. It functions as a single country for international travel purposes, with a common visa policy. Source: Wikipedia



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Please select which program you are interested in:
 
Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship Program. Three investment options, starting from USD 100,000.
 
Dominica Citizenship Program. Two investment options, starting from USD 100,000.
 
Grenada Citizenship Program. Two investment options, starting from USD 200,000.
 
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St. Lucia Citizenship Program. Two investment options, starting from USD 100,000.
 
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