detailed citizenship by investment guide

In today’s article we will provide a detailed step-by-step guide to procedure of applying for citizenship of Saint Kitts and Nevis in exchange for investment in the Sustainable Growth Fund focusing on most important aspects and peculiarities of application process. Reviewing this information will take 10-15 minutes, however this is the most comprehensive guide which will give you the answers to each question that you might have. Just facts and specifics based on our experience of working with the program.

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Stage 1

Preliminary check and signing the contract with Migronis

Duration:1-2 days


The company’s experts carry out a free-of-charge preliminary check in one day.

Result 1 of stage:

Report on the preliminary check and signed contract.

Stage 2

Preparation of documents

Duration:15–30 days

List of documents required at this stage

A package of documents shall be provided for each participant of the citizenship by investment program. Black and white copies are acceptable.

Expenses for 2 stage

$ 3,000– $ 10,000 expenses for preparation of documents. (the final amount will depend on the number of family members and the documents provided). These costs cover:

  • preparation of documents (obtaining a certificate of no criminal record, translation and legalization / apostillization);
  • passing the health examination and HIV testing.


The St. Kitts and Nevis program provides for the mandatory apostilization of all civil documents. We assist with having the entire package apostilled in 2 days. Certificates of no criminal record Under normal procedure, a certificate of no criminal record is issued within a month, but there is a possibility to speed up the process for an additional fee and receive a certificate within 1 day. When is it preferable to do obtain certificates Some documents (conclusion of health examination, extracts and utility bills) have a “shelf life” of 3-6 months. It is better to obtain them closer to the date of filing.

Result 2 of stage:

The full package of documents was formed according to the checklist, translations and legalization were made. Questionnaires for filling out state forms were sent to the client for signing.

Stage 3

Filling out government application forms

Duration:up to 3 weeks

List of documents required at this stage

Government forms to be completed

Expenses for 3 stage

From $ 200 expenses for the delivery of a package of documents to Saint Kitts and Nevis (the final cost depends on the weight of the documents).


Verification of translations While preparing the documents of an application for a second citizenship, investors often have recourse to third-party translators who can make mistakes. For this reason, documents often need to be re-translated and apostilled. We check every letter, which allows us to exclude possible errors. This ensures that our customers save significant time and money. The signature on government forms must be notarized or certified by an attorney-at-law (we also assist with this procedure).

Result 3 of stage:

The package of documents is prepared according to a check-list, agreed with the CIU and ready to be sent.

Stage 4

Submission of documents to Saint Kitts and Nevis 3-4 weeks after the start of the process (when the case is fully prepared)

Duration:1-2 days

Expenses for 4 stage

$ 7,500 expenses for due diligence check of the main applicant; $ 4,000 expenses for due diligence of each applicant over 16 years of age (the duration of examination of documents is 90 days); Important! Expenses incurred under the expedited examination procedure:

  • $25,000 per main applicant (including diligence fees)
  • $20,000 per each family member older than 16 years of age (including due diligence fees)
  • $500 passport fee per each applicant older than 16


The personal presence of the applicant when submitting the case is not required. Documents are filed by the agents accredited by the Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Result 4 of stage:

Receiving confirmation of acceptance of documents for consideration from CIU. Starting from this date, the 3-month examination period begins. In Saint Kitts and Nevis it is possible to pay for the expedited examination procedure – the term for consideration of documents will be 60 days instead of 90.

Stage 5

Examination of the case, verification of documents.

Duration:45 - 90 days

Expenses for 5 stage

$ 150,000-195,000 expenses for payment of a non-refundable contribution ($ 150,000 – for one applicant, $ 195,000 – for a family of 4); Payment for Migronis’ services (the remaining 50% or 100% depending on the selected package).


The payment of the investment amount is made only upon approval of the petition by the Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis. The full amount must be transferred from the personal account of the investor or the company in which the investor is the beneficiary. This rule applies to all Caribbean countries.

Result 5 of stage:

Receiving the letter of approval of the petition.

Stage 6

Grant of citizenship

Duration:up to 1 month

Expenses for 6 stage

$ 350 per applicant payment of the passport fee for each applicant;

Result 6 of stage:

Obtaining certificates of naturalization and passport.

Difficulties in obtaining a citizenship of Saint Kitts and Nevis and solutions thereto


The applicant must file a certificate of no criminal record from his native country, as well as from any country in which the applicant has resided for more than 1 year in the past 10 years.


We help to obtain certificates of no criminal record not only in home country but also in all other countries where the client has residency. In our practice, apart from the CIS countries, there have been cases of obtaining certificates from Switzerland, Israel, England, the United States, Spain, Italy, Poland, Latvia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries.


When filling out state forms, translators may make minor spelling mistakes. Correction of mistakes takes time and money.


We independently prepare a case, translate and legalize documents, so the case is prepared quickly and without errors, and thereafter successfully passes the examination at the Citizenship by Investment Unit.


During the due diligence procedure, there may be delays in receiving notifications from the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis. The government issues decisions with delays or requests additional documents. This happens in 1 of 10 cases.


You initially provide a full package of documents. Also, delays may occur during periods of high demand for citizenship, for example, in times when special offers are valid.


St. Kitts and Nevis passport is valid for 10 years. After a ten-year period, it must be renewed. The renewal procedure takes up to 7 days - the passport form, the original passport, a copy of the certificate of naturalization are submitted and the passport fee is paid.


We will remind you about the necessity to renew your passport six months prior the expiration date, and we will arrange for a replacement without visiting the island and taking active actions by the applicant. The process takes from one to two weeks.

Expert recommendation


“In 2017, the St. Kitts and Nevis passport program has won the title of “World’s Most Innovative Investment Immigration Program” at the Global Citizen ceremony. Launched in 1984, it is the oldest program in the world. To date, it is considered one of the most accessible for families of 4 people. Owing to such a long history of operation, all processes have been worked out and thought out to the last detail, and the procedure itself is simple and transparent. Passport holders receive a visa-free access to 151 countries of the world, along with social and political security, tax preferences and complete confidentiality. Any person eligible for the program can obtain a Caribbean citizenship. At the same time, it is important to understand that the final result and the speed of consideration of the case depend on the accuracy and completeness of the submitted documents.”

We prepare the case on a turnkey basis. What does it mean?

Our CIS-based lawyers are involved in the preparation of documents (translations, legalization, filling out application forms)

Our certified agent in the island submits the documents, obtains passports and oversees the case.

Your involvement in the process is reduced to minimum


16,544 investors already enjoy the benefits of St. Kitts and Nevis passport

  • Visa-free or visa on arrival regime with more than 151 countries

  • Possibility to get long-term visas to the USA and Canada

  • No taxes imposed on global income, dividends, wealth and inheritance

  • All family members can obtain citizenship within 3-5 months


Since 1984, more than 16,000 people received passports. Our company lawyers are involved in the preparation of documents in the CIS countries, and our certified agent in the Caribbean submits a prepared case to the Citizenship by Investment Unit. Client’s involvement is reduced to minimum. We take care of all the paperwork and case support.


Passport Saint Kitts is suitable to those for whom recognition of the document is an important factor. In terms of visa-free travel, it is comparable to other Caribbean passports and citizenship of Vanuatu. Since the program has been running for a long time and several public figures have declared their citizenship of Saint Kitts, a passport is indeed more reputed in the world.


In terms of costs, in case of a single applicant it is more cost-effective to purchase a Dominica passport, and for a family of four Antigua and Barbuda program is more suitable. St. Kitts passport, although it costs a bit more, shows good advantage over competitors by the number of countries with visa-free access (151 countries) and age limit for family members (dependent children – up to 30 years, parents – 55 and older). Also, the St. Kitts citizenship program can boast of its credibility since the billionaire Pavel Durov, cryptocurrency investor and multimillionaire Roger Ver, and others have become citizens of this country.


If you consider the speed and guarantee of obtaining citizenship as important criteria, you should pay your attention to the citizenship of Vanuatu, the passport of which may be obtained in 3 weeks. The list of required documents here is smaller than in Saint Kitts and Nevis.

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Master of International Law,

Investment Immigration Council member


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