St. Lucia Citizenship by Investment Programme

A teardrop shaped island in the eastern Caribbean, St. Lucia is an island nation with two majestic mountain peaks, the Pitons, forming the island’s most famous landmark. St. Lucia’s drive-in volcano, Sulphur Springs, is also a popular tourist attraction. In addition to its quiet volcanic beaches, reef diving sites, Pigeon Island National Park (an old British military base), rainforests, and waterfalls such as Toraille, it is home to fishing villages and luxurious resorts. The capital, Castries, is a popular cruise ship stop.

St. Lucia, in XVII century, was the reason of endless clashes between the French and British and changed hands 14 times between the nations, resulting in the cultural diversity of the Caribbean community, which today fascinates by shades of France, England, Africa, and Eastern India. St. Lucia is now turning into an alluring travel destination offering endless gold sandy coastlines, lush rainforests, and dramatically photogenic landscape.

The Citizenship by Investment Programme of St. Lucia was established in 2015 under the regulations of the Citizenship by Investment Bill 2015. The most recent CIP in the Caribbean has started receiving applications, January 2016 with the intention to become the most innovative and secure Programme in the region.

Advantages of St. Lucia Citizenship by Investment Programme:

A St. Lucia passport allows visa-free travel to more than 100 countries, including the UK, EU, and Hong Kong.
St. Lucia imposes no tax on worldwide income.
There is no requirement to visit St. Lucia in order to qualify for citizenship, although all applicants are subject to a strict background check.
Applications are processed within 3 months of the application being accepted for processing by the Citizenship by Investment Unit.
The CIP may include in the application: parents under 65, as well as mentally or physically challenged dependent children and/or parents.
The CIP offers a variety of investment opportunities.
The granting of citizenship is at the sole discretion of the government; there is no guarantee that the applicant will be approved.

Investment Opportunities

Government Donation to National Economic Fund (NEF)

The St. Lucia National Economic Fund (NEF) was established in 2015 under Section 33 of the Citizenship by Investment Act to receive donations under the Citizenship by Investment Programme. Monies received into the NEF will be allocated for specific projects to help the national development agenda of St. Lucia.

Listed below are the investment requirements to qualify for citizenship.

Payments made to CIU before submission:

  • Due Diligence Principal Applicant US$ 7,500
  • Due Diligence Spouse US$ 5,000
  • Due Diligence Dependents > 16 US$ 5,000
  • Processing Fee Principal Applicant US$ 2,000
  • Processing Fee for each Dependent US$ 1,000

Once an application for citizenship has been approved, the following investment is required:

  • Principal applicant: US$ 100,000
  • Principal applicant with spouse US$ 165,000
  • Family with up to 3 dependents    US$ 190,000 (Principal applicant with spouse + 2 children)
  • Each additional dependent US$ 25,000

Payments made to Immigration Department:**

  • Passport fee for each applicant US$ 100

** This payment must be made to the Local Agent who will then pay the funds when submitting the passport application(s).

Real Estate Investment

Once approved for citizenship, the government of St. Lucia will allow applicants to invest into qualifying real estate: high-end branded hotels, resorts, and boutique properties.  The applicant is required to execute a binding purchase and sales agreement of an approved project for the following amount in order to qualify for citizenship:

Payments made to CIU before submission:

  • Due Diligence Principal Applicant US$ 7,500
  • Due Diligence Spouse US$ 5,000
  • Due Diligence Dependents > 16 US$ 5,000
  • Processing Fee Principal Applicant US$ 2,000
  • Processing Fee for each Dependent US$ 1,000
  • Principal Applicant Real Estate Investment: US$ 300,000

Payments made to the CIU after approval:

  • Administration Fees Principal Applicant US$ 50,000
  • Administration Fees Dependents > 16 US$ 35,000
  • Administration Fees Dependents <16 US$ 25,000

Payments made to Immigration Department:**

  • Passport Fee for each applicant US$ 100

** This payment must be made to the Local Agent who will then pay the funds when submitting the passport application(s).

Schedule of fees

Applicants and their families will also have to pay the following fees depending on the size of the family and the chosen investment option:

Processing Fee:

Principal Applicant US$ 2,000
Each qualifying dependant: US$ 1,000

Due Diligeance Fee:

Principal Applicant US$ 7,500
Spouse 5,000
Dependent child under 16 y.o. US$ 0
Dependent 16 y.o. and over: US$ 5,000

Administrative Fee

(for Real Estate and Enterprise Project Investment):

Principal Applicant  US$ 50,000
Each qualifying dependant under 18 y.o.:  US$ 25,000
Each qualifying dependant 18 y.o. and over: US$ 35,000

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