What do you want to leave behind as your legacy? For many of us, the answer is simple – the means for our family to be secure, happy and successful in the future.
We inherit all sorts of things: genes, culture, wealth… But citizenship is one legacy item you may not have considered.
Dual citizenship can be gained in a number of ways, commonly via descent or a long-term immigration process involving permanent residence. But, for those who cannot access these more traditional paths, a second citizenship can be achieved through investment.
St Kitts and Nevis is one of a select few countries in the world offering citizenship in exchange for investment. The Caribbean holiday destination has recently caught the eye of many renowned publications such as Bloomberg and CNN. Tourists flock to the twin-island nation for its sandy beaches, healthy natural reserves and crystal blue waters year-round. The smaller island of the Federated State, Nevis, was a beloved destination of Princess Diana, and tabloid speculation has hinted that it is on the honeymoon shortlist for Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle. The twin-island Federation is also well-known for its Government’s Citizenship by Investment Programme.
Considered the legacy programme of the economic citizenship industry, St Kitts and Nevis was the first country in the world to develop a programme of this kind, enabling applicants from all over the world to become citizens of the islands, in exchange for a contribution to the nation’s growing economy.
The St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme provides opportunities for families, enabling investors to safeguard their future, while at the same time unlocking the other benefits afforded to dual citizens:
- Citizenship is for life, so you can pass it on to future generations
- Having multiple citizenships is legal in St Kitts and Nevis, allowing you to retain your native citizenship
- St Kitts and Nevis is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, granting your family strong alternatives in education and health
- St Kitts and Nevis is currently enjoying a booming tourism industry, consistent growth in GDP and stable governance
- Holding a second citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis allows you greater mobility, enabling visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to over 150 jurisdictions around the world
Your contribution also creates a lasting legacy for the nation, with the investment going toward ensuring prosperity and growth. The newly announced Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF) is the most stable and secure path to second citizenship on the twin-island, with funds channeled to key projects in developing climate resilience, education, health and indigenous entrepreneurship.
Not only are applicants providing their family with a valuable legacy item to be enjoyed ad infinitum, but the contribution to the twin-island assists the legacy they too can leave behind for future generations.