Investment in the Caribbean

Antigua and Barbuda

The citizenship by investment programme for Antigua and Barbuda provides a second passport to investors offering visa-free travel to over 130 countries including the UK, EU Schengen zone, Hong Kong and Switzerland.

The donation option is incredibly popular for families. There are fees and taxes to pay in addition but it remains the most cost effective Caribbean solution for a full family. Applicants must be of outstanding character, in good health and with no criminal record. There is no requirement for an interview for the Antigua citizenship programme and in fact there is no need to travel to the country to complete the application. There is a requirement to reside in Antigua for a minimum period of 5 days during the first five years when the investment must be maintained.

Investment Options

There are several options for investment to gaining citizenship in Antigua. Featured below are a selection of the best investment options available for citizenship investment in Antigua & Barbuda.

  • A contribution to the National Development Fund (NDF) of a minimum non-refundable amount of USD 100,000 for a family of up to four people

  • An investment of at least USD 400,000 into one of the approved real estate projects; such investments cannot be disposed of within a five-year period or before the proposed development in which the investment has been made has been substantially completed. Under a limited time offer — valid until 31 October 2018 — two applications from related parties can make a joint investment with each applicant investing a minimum of USD 200,000 in order to qualify. All processing and due diligence fees remain unchanged

  • An investment of a minimum of USD 1,500,000 directly into an eligible business as a sole investor or a joint investment involving at least 2 persons in an eligible business totalling at least USD 5,000,000, and each of those persons individually invests at least USD 400,000

Dependants

Family applications will be considered to include the following family members;

  • A spouse of the main applicant

  • A child of the main applicant or his or her spouse who is less than 18 years of age

  • A child of the main applicant or his or her spouse who is at least 18 years and less than 26 years of age and who is in full-time attendance at a recognised institution of higher learning and fully supported by the main applicant

  • A child of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant who is at least 18 years of age, who is physically or mentally challenged, and who is living with and fully supported by the main applicant

  • Parents or grandparents of the main applicant or his or her spouse above the age of 65 years living with and fully supported by the main applicant.

Processing time

The Antigua and Barbuda programme is one of the newest citizenship investment programmes available to investors. Processing of applications is quick, usually a second passport is obtained within 3-4 months.

Why us

Our business immigration solicitors  will advise you;

  • Best investment options with in-depth knowledge of real estate market in Antigua and Barbuda

  • Visit Antigua and Barbuda to collect your passport and to take the oath or affirmation of allegiance

  • Visit an Embassy, High Commission or Consular Office of Antigua and Barbuda to collect your passport and to take the oath or affirmation of allegiance.

For more details on citizenship by investment in Antigua, call our business immigration lawyers on 02085954222 or contact us online and we will call you.

 

The Commonwealth of Dominica developed its highly reputable Citizenship by Investment Programme in 1993, which today is run by the Citizenship by Investment Unit and celebrates more than 20 years of continued success. Dominica is proud to offer one of the world’s most affordable economic citizenship programmes, as it continues to focus on the overall quality and integrity of its applicants.

Investment Options

Applicants under the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Programme must choose one of two potential routes to citizenship.

  1. Making a one-time contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund (EDF); or

  2. Purchasingpre-approved real estate.

The Economic Diversification Fund

Dominica’s Economic Diversification Fund (EDF) is one of many projects launched by the Dominican Government to invigorate its local economy. The EDF has been used to sponsor, among other things, education, tourism, industrialisation, and agriculture. The minimum contribution amount required under this option (currently USD 100,000 for a single applicant) is the most affordable option of any citizenship by investment programme in the Caribbean.

Minimum Contribution

Main applicant: USD 100,000
Main applicant and spouse: USD 175,000
Main applicant with up to three dependants: USD 200,000
Per additional dependant: USD 25,000

Pre-approved Real Estate

Under the real estate option, applicants are required to purchase Government-approved real estate. The real estate must be held for a minimum of three years, but, if applicants wish to re-sell their property to another applicant under the Programme, then they must wait at least five years.

Minimum Investment

Per application: USD 200,000

Government Fees

Main applicant and spouse: USD 35,000
Family with up to four persons: USD 35,000
Family with up to six persons: USD 50,000
Family with up to seven or more persons: USD 70,000

The applicant is responsible for paying the full fees required under the laws and regulations that govern the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Programme.
Therefore, when paying for fees via bank transfer, the applicant must also pay any applicable bank charges, so that the fees are received by the Government in full.
Full fee amounts are expressed in United States dollars (USD).

Due Diligence Fees

Main Applicant: USD 7,500
Spouse: USD 4,000
Dependant aged 16 years or above: USD 4,000

Benefits

Citizens of Dominica can take advantage of a range of benefits, including:

  • Citizenship for life, with the right to live and work in the country

  • The ability to pass one’s citizenship to future generations by descent

  • The opportunity to maintain dual citizenship under Dominican law

  • Visa-free travel to over 115 countries and territories, including Europe’s Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Hong Kong

  • A low tax regime, safeguarding citizens from, for example, net worth, inheritance, gift, foreign income, and capital gains tax

  • The ability to include family members in the application

  • Fast processing time and transparent requirements

  • No interview requirement

  • No previous business experience requirement

  • No requirement to reside in Dominica before, during, or after the application

For more details on citizenship by investment in Dominica, call our business immigration lawyers on 02085954222 or contact us online and we will call you.

Grenada’s Citizenship by Investment Programme allows individuals and their families to obtain citizenship or permanent residence. The application process is confidential, with no disclosure or exchange of information with other governments or bodies, except when due diligence checks are carried out as part of the application process. These checks are performed by an authorised due diligence agency.

Individuals who choose to apply for citizenship under Grenada’s Citizenship by Investment Programme may take advantage of the following:

  • Minimal processing fees.

  • No interview, education, or management experience required.

  • No requirement to reside in Grenada before or after citizenship is granted.

  • Well-known, stable and established investment environment.

 

Real Estate Option

An investment in a pre-approved real estate project for a minimum of $350,000

National Transformation Fund Donation

Applicants may donate a minimum of US$150,000 to Grenada’s National Transformation Fund. The minimum amount covers the main applicant only. For a family of up to four people, the requirement is set at US$200,000. An extra donation of US$25,000 is required for each additional dependent.

Benefits of Grenada Citizenship by Investment

Individuals who obtain citizenship through Grenada’s Citizenship by Investment Programme are entitled to the same rights as any other Grenadian citizen. These include the right to live and work in Grenada at all times, and all the rights associated with membership of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Grenada allows individuals to hold dual citizenship, and citizenship may be extended to family members, such as a spouse, dependent children, and dependent parents. Children and young adults may obtain preferred access, and in some cases grants, to top schools and universities.

 

International mobility

Grenadian citizens can travel without visa restrictions to more than 115 international and Commonwealth countries. These include the United Kingdom and all other members of the European Union, and important business hubs such as Singapore and Hong Kong. Grenada is one of the very few nations whose citizens can travel to the People’s Republic of China without first obtaining a visa.

For more details on citizenship by investment in Grenada, call our business immigration lawyers on 02085954222 or contact us online and we will call you.

This beautiful two-island nation is blessed with tropical temperatures, clear blue waters and a bustling trade and tourism economy. It is well-connected by direct flights to and from Europe and the U.S. and offers residents and citizens sought-after advantages, such as dual citizenship and tax-free worldwide income. As one of the longest-established programs of its kind, the St. Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program offers applicants a host of unique benefits:

  • Fast processing within four months.

  • Inclusion of dependent children under 30 and dependent parents or grandparents over 55.

  • Addition of dependent children under 16, born after citizenship has been granted, to be processed by the Ministry of National Security.

  • No physical residency requirements.

  • No requirement to travel to St. Kitts & Nevis during the application process.

  • No interview, education or managerial experience required.

  • Visa-free travel to more than 100 countries, including Schengen member states, the U.K., Hong Kong, Singapore and more.

  • No tax on worldwide income.

  • Kitts & Nevis recognizes dual citizenship, so investors can still benefit from their current passports.

  • Visa-free travel to all EU Schengen countries including Switzerland, UK and Ireland

  • No residency or visit  to St Kitts needed

  • Tax-free – no income or wealth tax.

  • Lifetime citizenship

  • Easy second passport and citizenship for your family members.

  • Privacy in small peaceful country.

  • Choice of Real estate investment.

Application Requirements for Citizenship by Investment

Applicants may qualify for citizenship through an investment in a pre-approved real estate project, which may include hotel shares, villas, and condominium units or contribution in SIDF.

Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation Contribution

Applicants may qualify for citizenship through a contribution to the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF). The SIDF is a public charity tasked with diversifying St Kitts and Nevis’ economy.

  • Single applicant:a non-refundable contribution of US$250,000 is required

  • Main applicant with up to three dependents (for example, a spouse and two children):a non-refundable contribution of US$300,000 is required

  • Additional dependents, regardless of Age:US$25,000

Upon submission of an application, non-refundable due diligence and processing fees must be also paid. These fees amount to US$7,500 for the main applicant, and US$4,000 for each dependent of the main application who is over the age of 16 years.

Unmarried dependent children who are older than 18 but younger than 30 can also be included in the application. Similarly, dependent parents aged 55 or above may also be included.

The SIDF option is the most straightforward means of obtaining citizenship in St Kitts and Nevis.

Real Estate Investment

Applicants may qualify for citizenship through an investment in a pre-approved real estate project, which may include hotel shares, villas, and condominium units. The minimum real estate investment required by law is US$400,000 for each main applicant.

Upon submission of an application, non-refundable due diligence and processing fees must also be paid. These fees amount to US$7,500 for the main applicant, and US$4,000 for each dependent of the main applicant who is over the age of 16 years.

On approval in principle of an application made through a real estate investment, a Government fee applies, as follows:

  • Main applicant: US$50,047

  • Spouse of the main applicant: US$25,047

  • Dependent child of the main applicant under 18 years of age: US$25,047

  • Dependent child of the main applicant above the age of 18 years or dependent parent aged 55 and above US$50,047

In addition to these fees, real estate buyers should be aware of purchase costs (mainly compulsory insurance fund contributions and conveyance fees). 

For more details on citizenship by investment in St Kitts and Nevis, call our business immigration lawyers on 02085954222 or contact us online and we will call you.

 The St. Lucia Citizenship-by-Investment Program requires applicants to make a significant economic contribution to the country. In exchange, and subject to a stringent application process and due diligence checks, the applicants and their families are granted full citizenship. The St. Lucia Citizenship-by-Investment Program is regulated by the Citizenship-by-Investment Act No. 14 of 2015.

Benefits of the St. Lucia Citizenship-by-Investment Program

  • A St. Lucian passport provides visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 146 destinations including Europe’s Schengen Area, Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK, and many others.

  • No residence or visitation is required.

  • Applicants are able to include a spouse, children under 31, siblings under 18, and parents aged 56 and over, as well as to add dependents after they have been granted citizenship.

  • The program has attractive investment and processing costs.

  • Lucia recognizes dual citizenship.

Requirements of St. Lucian citizenship-by-investment

The St. Lucia Citizenship-by-Investment Program is regulated by the Citizenship-by-Investment Act No. 14 of 2015. § 33 of this act established the Saint Lucia National Economic Fund (NEF), which receives the qualifying investments of donations from the program. These funds will be used by the government under the national development agenda.

The program requires applicants to make a significant economic contribution to the country. In exchange, and subject to a stringent application process and due diligence checks, the applicants and their families are granted full citizenship. The main applicant must be at least 18 years of age to qualify, meet the application requirements, and select one of the following investment options:

  1. An investment in an approved real estate development with a minimum value of USD 300,000, which must be held for a minimum period of five years. Additional costs may also be incurred depending on the real estate developer.

  2. An investment in an approved enterprise project (as set out in the regulations) with a minimum investment of USD 3.5 million, plus the creation of no less than three permanent jobs. Alternatively, a joint contribution of USD 6 million (with each applicant contributing a minimum of USD 1 million), plus the creation of no fewer than six permanent jobs.

For the above two options, the following government administration fees will also apply:

  • Main applicant — USD 30,000

  • Main applicant with spouse — USD 45,000

  • Each dependent aged 18 and over — USD 10,000

  • Each dependent 17 and older — USD 5,000

  • Each subsequent family member after sixth — USD 10,000

  1. A non-refundable contribution to the NEF of USD 100,000 (for a single applicant). An applicant may make the contribution under one of the four following categories:

  • Main applicant — USD 100,000

  • Main applicant and spouse — USD 140,000

  • Main applicant, spouse, and up to two other qualifying dependents — USD 150,000

  • Each additional qualifying dependent applying with the main applicant, spouse, and two other qualifying dependents — USD 15,000

  • Each additional qualifying dependent — USD 25,000

  1. Investment in non-interest-bearing government bonds, which must be held for five years:

  2. Under regulation 12(1) of the Citizenship by Investment Regulations, Cap. 1.20

  • Main applicant — USD 500,000

  • Main applicant and spouse — USD 535,000

  • Main applicant, spouse, and up to two other qualifying dependents — USD 550,000

  • Each additional qualifying dependent of any age — USD 25,000

  • Government administration fee — USD 50,000

  1. Under the Covid-19 Relief Bond, available for a limited period until 31 December 2021

  • Main applicant — USD 250,000 (bond holding period is five years)

  • Main applicant applying with one qualifying dependent — USD 250,000 (bond holding period is six years)

  • Main applicant applying with up to four qualifying dependents — USD 250,000 (bond holding period is seven years)

  • Main applicant applying with up to four qualifying dependents — USD 300,000 (bond holding period is five years)

  • Each subsequent qualifying dependent — USD 15,000

  • Government administrative fee — USD 30,000

Already approved citizens may add dependents within five years of their application being approved. A donation of USD 35,000 applies to spouses, while a donation of USD 25,000 applies to each additional qualifying dependent of any age. In addition, there is a USD 5,000 due diligence fee for each qualifying dependent aged 16 and older. The government processing fee is USD 1,000 for each qualifying dependent.

All qualifying dependents must have a clean personal background with no criminal record and not be under any criminal investigation (other than in respect of a minor offense). A person that is deemed a potential security risk or who is or has been involved in any activity that is likely to bring disrepute to St. Lucia shall not be approved for citizenship

For more details on citizenship by investment in St Lucia, call our business immigration lawyers on 02085954222 or contact us online and we will call you.