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Saint Lucia

About Saint Lucia

Home to volcanic beaches and reef-diving.

Saint Lucia has a quality of life that is rivalled by very few places in the world. We have a relatively low crime rate, access to modern facilities, services and infrastructure, world class restaurants and hotels and prime real estate. Residents have the options of living closer to the major population centres or closer to the more tranquil countryside to enjoy greener living. It takes just over an hour to travel from the north to the south of the island on a light traffic day, so no place is very far.

When opting to be a citizen of Saint Lucia, you must be aware that we are not just offering citizenship but we are offering an identity, a people and our place in the world. We are a special and extraordinary island. We are the owners of a unique patrimony. It is one thing to have a beautiful country, beautiful topography but it is really the people that inhabit that land that makes the vital difference. Saint Lucia’s motto captures all of our combined treasures – the land, the people, the light.

Key Program Highlights

  • Single applicant starts from $100,000.
  • 125 Visa-free countries.
  • 3-4 months to complete.
  • Family qualifies under one investment.

Benefits of St. Lucia Citizenship

The Citizenship By Investment Program of St. Lucia became operational in January 2016 and is regulated by the Citizenship by Investment Act No 14 passed in 2015.

  • Lifetime citizenship.
  • No residency requirement.
  • St. Lucia allows dual citizenship.
  • No taxation on worldwide income.
  • Equality of citizenship with natural born citizens including right to vote and ability to pass on citizenship to family.
  • No residency requirement, no need to travel to St. Lucia during application process and quick processing within 3 months.
  • St. Lucia recognises dual citizenship.
  • No country restrictions.
  • Stable political and economic democracy.
  • Favourable tax environment with no capital gains tax, relatively low income and corporate tax, no taxation on worldwide income.

Investment Options

Applicants can pursue four investment routes. Individuals can make a non-refundable contribution to the National Economic Fund – with the contribution determined by the number of dependents; or invest in an approved Real Estate project. The real estate must be held for at least five years after obtaining legal citizenship. Applicants can also invest in Government Bonds or in an approved Enterprise Project.

Brief Facts

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Visa Free Countries

125

Include EU and UK

Population

182,273

Approximately as of 2013

Capital

Castries

Castries is located in the northwest of Saint Lucia facing the Caribbean Sea.

Currency

Eastern Caribbean Dollar

Pegged to the US Dollar at USD $1=EC$2.7

Official Language

English with French Patois commonly spoken

Religion

Predominately Roman Catholic

Package Options and Pricing

Saint Lucia Citizenship by Investment programs includes 4 options:

1

Saint Lucia National Economic Fund

Saint Lucia National Economic Fund is a special fund established under Section 33 of the Citizenship by Investment Act for the sole purpose of receiving qualifying investments of cash for funding government sponsored projects. The Minister for Finance is required each financial year to gain approval from Parliament for allocation of funds for specified purposes.

Saint Lucia National Economic Fund

USD $100,000 for a single applicant.

USD $165,000 for the main applicant and a spouse.

USD $190,000 for the main applicant, a spouse and two dependants.

USD $25,000 for each additional qualifying dependant.

2

Government Bonds

Citizenship by investment may be made through the purchase of non-interest-bearing Government bonds. These bonds must be registered and remain in the name of the applicant for a five (5) year holding period from the date of first issue and not attract a rate of interest.

Government Bonds

USD $500,000 for the main applicant.

USD $535,000 for the main applicant and a spouse.

USD $550,000 for the main applicant, a spouse and two dependents.

USD $25,000 for each additional qualifying dependent.

3

Real Estate Projects

The applicant is required to execute a binding purchase and sales agreement for an investment in an approved real estate project. Investments, equalling the agreed purchase price, are deposited in an approved irrevocable escrow account managed jointly by the developer and the Citizenship by Investment Unit in Saint Lucia.

USD $300,000 for a single applicant.

4

Enterprise Projects

The Cabinet of Ministers will consider enterprise projects to be included on the approved list for the Citizenship by Investment Programme.

Approved enterprise projects fall into several broad categories:

Specialty Restaurants, Cruise ports and marinas, Agro-processing plants, Pharmaceutical products, Ports, bridges, roads and highways, Research institutions and facilities and Offshore universities

Enterprise Projects

USD $3,500,000 for a single applicant

USD $6,000,000 for a joint venture, with each applicant contributing no less than USD $1,000,00.

Additional Fees

All 4 options exclude processing, due diligence and application fees

Additional Fees

To find out more, please contact an agent for a free consultation as the fees may differ depending on the type of application.

Required Documents

  • Copy of your: Passport, ID, Driver’s License, and Birth Certificate
  • Copy of Proof of Address (Utility bill, Tenancy Contract or House registration)
  • Copy of Marriage Certificate/Dissolution of Marriage (if required)
  • Police Certificate from (Country of birth, Citizenship, and Residence)
  • Letter of Employment Or Trade License and company registration
  • Twelve (12) passport size photos for each applicant (white background)
  • One Professional reference letter (Doctor, Lawyer, or Certified Accountant)
  • Two (2) Personal references letters
  • Bank Reference Letter
  • 12 Months Bank Statement stamped (original)
  • Medical Exams Report
  • All Government Forms (We will supply you with them to be signed)
  • Two (2) Personal references and 1 Professional Reference (from a certified accountant, doctor or lawyer)
  • Copy of your Resume
  • School/University enrolment confirmation for dependents

Visa Free Countries

Andorra
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Austria
Bahamas
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Bolivia
Botswana
Bulgaria
Cambodia
Cape Verde
Chile
Colombia
Comoros
Costa Rica
Cuba
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Estonia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gambia
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
Iran
Italy
Jamaica
Jordan
Kenya
Kiribati
Laos
Latvia
Lesotho
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Mauritania
Mauritius
Micronesia
Monaco
Mozambique
Nepal
Nicaragua
Norway
Palau
Panama
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Romania
Samoa
San Marino
Senegal
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Korea
St. Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
St. Maarten
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Singapore
Spain
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Tanzania
The Netherlands
Timor – Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Tuvalu
Uganda
United Kingdom
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Citizenship By Investement Program?

The Citizenship by Investment Programme allows foreign investors to obtain full legal citizenship and passports for an investor and their family where that investor has made a significant investment in Saint Lucia which qualifies under the Citizenship by Investment Regulations. this investment can be real estate based, an enterprise, government bonds or done through a national economic fund.

How Do I Apply for Citizenship?

A detailed breakdown of the steps for applying for citizenship can be found on our About Us page under "The Process". However all the requirements you need to know about are in the section just above this, contact one of our citizenship by investment experts for consultation on what your options can be.

How Much Does The Programme Cost? What Are The Fees?

The total cost will be made up of the investment, and then other fees relating to the processing of the application. These will depend on whether you choose to obtain citizenship through the Government Fund option or the Real Estate Investment option. This will also depend on the number of individuals applying, sole applicants and their additional family members will naturally increase the investment structure.

What Are The Benefits?

Once citizenship of Saint Lucia has been granted, you will have the all of the same rights as any Saint Lucian citizen. You will have the right to live and work in Saint Lucia at any time. As Saint Lucia is a member of CARICOM, you can also live in any other member nation. With visa-free travel or visa on arrival to to over 120 countries. For more information about the benefits have a look at our benefits page or contact us so that we sort your options out for you and your family.

What is my client UCI?

Your client UCI is a Unique Client Identification number which has been assigned to an applicant for Citizenship by Investment in Saint Lucia. Your UCI or client ID will be used to reference your application in all communication between the Citizenship by Investment Unit and the us (the authorised agent).

How do I get my citizenship application processed faster?

Please be sure that your application is submitted as per the guidelines published by the Citizenship by Investment Board. Failure to do so would mean a delay in the amount of time the Citizenship by Investment Unit takes to accept your application for processing.

Once an application has been accepted for processing, it will be treated on its merit by the Citizenship by Investment Unit. Where there are abnormalities to be addressed, the Unit will contact us (your authorised agent) directly.

Otherwise, your application cannot be expedited. All application must go through the process as established by the legislation and the Citizenship by Investment Board.

Can my friend or family member handle my citizenship application for me?

No. Only a licensed authorised agent (Karibi) can act on your behalf and handle your citizenship application for you.

How can I help with my application?

You can help with your application by making sure that all the information and supporting documents you provide as part of your application is correct and in keeping with the guidelines published by the Citizenship by Investment Board.

Incorrect and/or incomplete information will delay the processing of your application.

You can also help by meeting the qualifying investment within the time allocated to do so. Failure to meet qualifying investment once your application has been approved with delay the granting of your Certificate of Citizenship.

How long does it take to process my citizenship application?

The Citizenship by Investment Unit will inform Karibi once your application has been accepted for processing. In order to be accepted for processing by the Unit, your application MUST be fully compliant as per the legislation and guidelines published by the Citizenship by Investment Board.

From the date of notifying your agent that your application has been accepted for processing, it will take approximately three months to process your application. Should there be any extenuating circumstances that would cause a delay in the processing of your application, we will be informed directly by the Unit.

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