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Becoming a Citizen

In 1984, the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis established the world’s first Citizenship by Investment Programme. As the oldest and most established of its kind globally, the scheme offers citizenship to reputable individuals and their families through a robust and efficient due diligence process.

Citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis gain visa-free access to over 150 countries and territories, the highest among Caribbean countries with investment-migration schemes (Henley & Partners Passport Index). The scheme offers international mobility to international business centres located in the United Kingdom, the European Schengen Area, Russia, Asia, , Africa and Latin America. It also provides leisure opportunities and opens up new cultural and tourism experiences. See our full list of visa-free destinations.

The St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment programme is committed to delivering value and opportunities to investors and citizens alike in a responsible way, contributing to the social and economic success of the Federation. Applicants may apply to become a citizen by making a one-off contribution to our Sustainable Growth Fund or by investing in pre-approved real estate projects. Learn more about our investment options.

Building on our heritage and expertise as the longest running citizenship by investment programme in the world, we continue to work tirelessly to make our application process evermore streamlined, efficient and robust. We are the only CBI programme to blacklist agents that are deemed unfit to promote our citizenship, and we preserve our programme’s integrity through a limited pool of authorised agents. Read more about the different types of agents. By combining the most robust due diligence and verification protocols (including anti-terrorism and anti-money laundering checks) together with efficient processing systems, the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit can now finalise most applications within a 60-day period. Prospective applicants from most countries are able to apply for this special fast-track processing.

Benefits and Opportunities

Passport Power

Most powerful CBI passport in the Caribbean and 24 in the world

Global Mobility

Visa-free access to 157 countries including EU and UK


Varied investments from real estate to Sustainable Growth Fund


A stable and prosperous Caribbean haven


No income or wealth tax and no residency requirements


Well-developed infrastructure, international transport links and reliable internet connectivity


The oldest and most established programme in the world


Efficient and timely application process


Robust independent third-party due diligence
A peaceful and prosperous slice of paradise along the spine of the Eastern Caribbean, the twin-island nation of St. Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis is a rewarding place to invest, and an ideal place to live or visit. Our country boasts stable governance structures, a widely celebrated independent judiciary, and a flourishing real estate sector buttressed by pro-investment policies.

Our two islands are rich in history, have a vibrant culture, and genuinely friendly people. The islands’ lush rainforests blanket mountainous slopes, which are a home to a wealth of indigenous flora and fauna. Our beaches deliver beauty and tranquillity, with their turquoise waters and golden sand. Explore our islands, and enjoy every moment.

Follow your heart to St. Kitts

Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and white sandy beaches make St. Kitts one of the most breathtaking spots in the Caribbean. Explorer Christopher Columbus first spotted St Kitts in 1493, when it was populated with native tribes, however the Europeans did not colonise it until the British arrived in 1623. Its strategic location and valuable sugar trade made the island an advanced economy that was among the largest in the Colonial Caribbean.

Nowhere nice like Nevis

Nevis is one of the most unspoilt and relaxing islands in the Caribbean. Vividly green with blue skies, clean air and long empty beaches, Nevis has a pace of life that encourages you to stop and appreciate all the natural beauty around you. It’s a very special place famed for its charm and the easy-going genuineness of its people. Come and discover this remarkable jewel for yourself.