Equal parts beauty and mystique, Saint Lucia captivates anyone who sets foot on her coastline. Always evocative, she welcomes visitors with her soothing waves, warm beaches, and hospitable people. The only sovereign nation to be named for a woman, the island personifies adventure and inspiration. Her visitors invariably find themselves reluctant to leave and eager to return.
Program's overview and key advantages
St. Lucia has comparatively available program in the Caribbean region with a contribution to the National Development Fund (NDF) of a minimum non-refundable amount of USD 100,000 or minimum USD 300,000 for real estate option, which must be held for five years.
Antigua and Barbuda passport holders enjoy visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 146 countries, including the United Kingdom, the Schengen area, Hong Kong and Singapore.
There are 0% taxes on worldwide income, inheritance, capital gains or investment returns. Individuals who have their permanent residence in the country or who are present for at least 183 days a year will qualify as residents of St. Lucia.
Membership in the Commonwealth of Nations entitles citizens of its member-state to certain privileges in the UK and other member-states.
Application’s processing time takes around 3-6 months, though in some cases delays are possible.
Applicant is entitled to include his/her spouse, children under 26, parents, and grandparents aged 65 and over, siblings, if unmarried, as well as to add dependents after citizenship has been granted.
In accordance with the laws of St. Lucia there are not any restrictions on dual nationality. Application process and the fact of granting the citizenship will not be reported to third parties.
There is not any prescribed obligation for citizens to reside in the country before or after the citizenship is granted.
There are not any English language and interview requirements.
about St. Lucia CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT PROGRAM
The St. Lucia Citizenship-by-Investment Program is regulated by the Citizenship-by-Investment Act No. 14 of 2015. Launched in 2015 St. Lucia’s CBI program is the youngest program in the Caribbean.
The Citizenship by Investment Program requires a person to make a significant economic contribution to the Country. In exchange and subject to stringent application procedures, including thorough background checks, the applicants and their families are granted citizenship.
To qualify for citizenship, the primary applicant must be over 18 years of age, meet the application requirements, hold no criminal record, have excellent health and select one of the following four investment options:
- A contribution to the National Development Fund (NDF) of a minimum non-refundable amount of US$100,000.
- A contribution to the National Development Fund for Education of a minimum non-refundable amount of US$150,000.
- An Investment in Real Estate of at least US$400,000 into one of the approved real estate projects and to be held for a minimum period of 5 years. **
- An Investment in a Business of a minimum of US$1,500,000 directly into an eligible business as a sole investor or a joint investment involving at least 2 persons in an eligible business totaling at least US$5,000,000 and each of those persons individually invests at least US$400,000.
All four investment options are subject to government processing and due diligence fees.
About St. Lucia
St. Lucia is an independent Commonwealth state in the Eastern Caribbean. Saint Lucia was one of the last European colonies to finally declare independence. In fact, she only became independent within the British Commonwealth in 1979 and finally has a thriving, peaceful economy and sovereign government.
The country attracts foreign business and investment, especially in its international banking and tourism industries. Tourism is St. Lucia’s main source of employment, and its manufacturing sector is the most diverse in the Eastern Caribbean. Official language is English.
There are two airports in St. Lucia: George F. L. Charles Airport (SLU) and Hewanorra International Airport at Vieux Fort (UVF). The currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$). Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the United Nations (UN), the British Commonwealth, Caricom and the Organisation of American States, among many other international organizations.
St. Lucia is a constitutional monarchy with a British style parliamentary system of government. The Queen has her representative, an appointed Governor General, representing the Queen as the Head of State.
The culture of Saint Lucia has been influenced by African, East Indian, French, and English heritage.
Popular annual events on the island include the Saint Lucia International Bill Fish Tournament and Mango Bowl Regatta in November, as well as the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) in December. Saint Lucia has hosted the ARC for more than 20 years; it’s a testament of the island’s appeal as a supreme sailing destination. St Lucia Jazz Festival, one of world’s five biggest jazz festivals, or Soliel Summer Jazz Festival as it’s also known, is a yearly event that brings together the very best of Caribbean and international artists, drawing in visitors from all over the world.