Citizenship by Investment
St Lucia Citizenship by Investment
One time contribution to Government national fund
Covid-19 Govt Bonds
Non-interest bearing Government bonds and treasury securities fully refunded back after five years.
Approved Property investment in St Lucia
Enterprise Investment in Businesses and companies
Best CBI Program
St lucia is an eastern caribbean nation located on the south east coast of North America. The country recently enacted provisions in citizenship law starting from 2016, granting immediate citizenship to foreign investors who invest in real estate, business investment in the country.
Saint Lucia launched brand new citizenship by investment (CBI) program in the Caribbean in 2015. The Citizenship-by-Investment Act No 14 of 2015 laid foundations for acquisition of citizenship in Saint Lucia by means of qualifying investment.
It is the only CIP in the Caribbean that offers citizenship against buying non-interest bearing Government bonds. Further, it is also cheapest CBI scheme for individuals and single persons.
St Lucia offers citizenship only to selective individuals. The following investments qualify for immediate passport, under the St Lucia citizenship program:
In addition to the investment amount, additional fees are involved such as Government fee, due diligence fee, application fee, processing fee etc.
St Lucia announced important changes to pricing in 2020 making it more cheaper to invest in Saint Lucia for passport
The processing time from applying until receiving passport is about 2-3 months.
The average processing time is 56 days to issue letter of approval.
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.
Once an application for citizenship by means of an investment in the Saint Lucia National Economic Fund has been approved, the following minimum investment is required:
Processing fees (non-refundable
Principal applicant: US$ 2000
Each qualifying dependant:US$ 1000
Administration fees (non-refundable)
(for an approved real estate or enterprise project investment)
Each qualifying dependant:US$ 35,000
Each qualifying dependant under 18 years: US$ 25,000
Due diligence fees (non refundable)
Principal applicant: US$ 7,500
Each qualifying dependant over 16 years: US$ 5,000
The Special COVID-19 Relief Bond starting at USD 250,000 with 50% limited time discount was created by Government to attract investments into Saint Lucia for the purpose of citizenship by investment. This is a non-interest-bearing government bond to which no processing fee is payable by the applicant.
This special bond offer is extended until Dec 31, 2021
An administrative fee of US $30,000 is payable by the applicant once the application for citizenship has been granted. There are also due diligence fee paid by applicants.
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 seven (7) broad categories:
Once approved the enterprise project becomes available for qualifying investments from applicants for citizenship by investment.
Once an application for citizenship by means of an investment in an approved enterprise project has been approved, the following minimum investment is required:
Option 1 – A sole applicant.
A minimum investment of US$3,500,000
Option 2 – More than one applicant (joint venture).
A minimum investment of US$ 6,000,000 with each applicant contributing no less than US$1,000,000
The Government has not approved any enterprise projects under CIP as of today.
The application forms are available for free download. You can prepare your own application and later checked by the lawyer.
Guidelines for Application
Document Checklist – SL1
Use of Authorised Agent Form – SL2
Statement of Alternative Citizenship – SL3
Investment Confirmation Form – SL4
Citizenship by Investment Application Form – SL5
Photograph and Signature Certificate – SL6
Affidavit of Support – SL7
Medical Certification Form – SL8
Saint Lucia Passport Application Form
National Insurance Corporation Application for Registration (under 65)
National Insurance Corporation Application for Registration (65 years and over)
Source of Funds Document
St Lucia passport is ranked 31th best passport in the world, having visa free travel access to a number of countries and territories (EU schengen, UK, Ireland etc)
You can download the visa waiver list of countries in pdf format
Saint Lucia Brochure – download pdf
Saint Lucia Edition – Download pdf
These are the most popular questions we have compiled related to St Lucia citizenship by investment scheme
Saint Lucia citizenship will cost you $109,500 plus lawyer fee for one person under donation option. Prices increase when you add more family members.
Saint Lucia has cut prices for families applying for citizenship by investment. Now a family of four can apply for citizenship paying US$150,000 (instead of $190,000) under donation option. The Government has introduced limited discount offer of $250,000 for Covid-19 relief government issued bonds.
Saint Lucia is a very beautiful caribbean island with pitons, It is a tropical paradise with blue waters and beaches. CIP is very popular with americans
Saint Lucia passport holders can visit 144 countries and territories, including Schengen area, United Kingdom, Ireland, Israel, Singapore etc.
You can buy into $250,000 Saint Lucia Govt issued bonds for the purpose of citizenship by investment. This is a risk free investment fully refunded after 5 years with no interest. There is a $30,000 Govt processing fee plus due diligence and lawyer costs.
Saint Lucia has improved the speed of application processing through CIP online platform. Please expect approvals issued within 90 days if all documents are in order.
You can start the process paying 50% lawyer fee plus $7500 CIP due diligence fee. The rest of investments must be made only after the approval letter issued
The minimum required real estate investment for the purpose of citizenship is US$300,000 in Canelles resort or Alpina hotel (CIP approved projects). Expect additional government fee, due diligence and lawyer costs.
Donation route is the most popular route.
No, your authorized agent will deliver passports to you.
None. You are not required to visit Saint Lucia.
80 days or less
You can add the following dependants simultaneously with the application.
Nationals from Iran, North Korea, Somalia cannot apply for St Lucia CBI scheme. In 2018, St Lucia Citizenship Unit announced, they will not process applications from Iran, due to sanctions and due diligence providers unable to vet iranians.
Yes, it is the cheapest route compared to donation. Here is why!
You buy Government issued bonds (zero interest) for USD 500,000 locked for 5 years + Pay $50,000 + $7500 (due diligence) + $2000 (application fee), totalling $559,500. .
You get the full $500,000 returned by Government with no interest after 5 years, and at the end of the day you only paid $59,500 for the passport, assuming you are single person. This is even cheaper than the donation option, where you would have paid $109,500 as donation. This money is not returned in exchange for the passport
Yes possible, but financing option for bonds not available. Remember you have to pay $50,000 additional fee for subscribing Government bonds.
No, the names of CBI citizens is not reported to other countries or published in official gazette. However St lucia will publish names of people who have been revoked of citizenship under CBI scheme.
Yes, new citizens who acquired citizenship under CIP, can vote in Saint Lucia elections and also can hold Government jobs.
The Saint Lucia Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) may refuse applications under the following cases
Yes, some 6 persons have been revoked of citizenship acquired under citizenship by investment scheme.
This is an additional procedure. Once you have received your passport, buy a property or rent a housing or place to live, you will receive your permanent residence card from immigration office. You also have to notify change in address in passport to your home in St Lucia
You can make an appeal on the decision. Depending on the reason given for refusal, you can reapply. The authorized agent licensed by Citizenship Investment Unit will advise you accordingly.