Mar 23 St. Kitts-Nevis announces new CBI programme options St. Kitts-Nevis announces new CBI programme options, Hurricane Relief Fund, CBI programme, Citizenship, sustainable areas, benefit St. Kitts and Nevis,



St. Kitts-Nevis announces new CBI programme options
From the press unity in the Office of the Prime Minister

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - With the Hurricane Relief Fund (HRF), a temporary investment option under the country's Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme, set to expire at the end of this month, the government of St. Kitts and Nevis has announced plans for the introduction of two new options that "will further invigorate [their] CBI programme."

In a national address March 20, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and Minister of Finance the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris said the Hurricane Relief Fund was a highly successful initiative that exceeded all expectations, while noting that there are still a number of applications that are being processed under this fund.

However, with the HRF coming to an end within a matter of days, Prime Minister Harris said a new fund, to be called the Sustainable Growth Fund, will be launched as its successor.

"The Sustainable Growth Fund for a single applicant will require a contribution of US$150,000, inclusive of government fees," he said. "The contribution for a family of up to four will be US$195,000, following incremental steps."

Harris noted that the monies collected under this investment offering will invest in sustainable areas that "will benefit every citizen and resident of St. Kitts and Nevis - [in] health care, education, alternative energy, heritage, infrastructure, tourism and culture, climate change and resilience, and the promotion of indigenous entrepreneurship."

Furthermore, Prime Minister Harris also announced plans for the introduction of a revised real estate offering under the country's economic citizenship programme.

"In order to attract luxury resort developments, there is now being proposed another option where real estate offering that requires a US$400,000 investment may attract two applicants at US$200,000, each plus government fees, but this can only be resold after seven years," he said, adding, "we have given favourable consideration to the recommendation by real estate developers for existing developments to qualify for inclusion in the new option."

Prime Minister Harris stressed that this new offering will not replace the existing real estate investment option priced at US$400,000, plus US$75,000 in government fees, and which can still be resold after five years.

These impending changes to the CBI programme came about following an exhaustive consultative process between the federal government, developers and other stakeholders on the way forward for the citizenship programme. Harris assured all that the country's Citizenship by Investment Programme will continue to employ the strictest vetting procedures that have led to St. Kitts and Nevis' CBI programme being recognised throughout the world as the platinum standard.

"We will maintain our very high standards of integrity, rigour and robust due diligence," he said. "The due diligence standards of St. Kitts and Nevis are ranked among the highest in the world. St. Kitts and Nevis not only has the oldest citizenship-by-investment programme in the world, but the most highly regarded. This success was endorsed by the 2018 Passport Index of Henley and Partners, which ranked our programme as No. 1 in the region."

In 2017, St. Kitts and Nevis was also recognized internationally for offering the "World's Most Innovative Investment Immigration Programme" at the Russian Global Citizen Awards ceremony held at Moscow's prestigious Ritz Carlton Hotel. This annual event recognizes the best governments, companies and individuals who have excelled in investment, freedom of movement and residence services.

Source: https://www.thestkittsnevisobserver.com/local-news/st-kitts-nevis-announces-new-cbi-programme-options/


Jul 09 St Kitts' Hotel Development Boom St. Kitts Citizenship by Investment, condos for sale St. Kitts, new developments, Pirate's Cove, Heldens Estate Condo Resort and Residences, Marriott St. Kitts, Park Hyatt, St. Kitts hotel development booming



This may be a relatively small island, but it seems hard to go anywhere here without seeing a new hotel or condominium project popping up.

That's because the Caribbean's smallest sovereign country is undergoing a hotel development boom.

Indeed, the twin-island federation of St Kitts and Nevis is seeing a significant uptick in hotel and resort construction and development, including Kittitian Hill, which will soon open its first hotel and developments like the Pirate's Nest, the Prime Hotel, the Imperial Bay and the planned Koi Resort & Residences.

A Park Hyatt resort is also under development at the Christophe Harbour project on the country's southeastern peninsula, with a targeted opening date of the end of 2015.

That's in addition to a number of hotel renovation projects, including the Royal St Kitts Hotel, which plans to complete its overhaul by 2015, the nearby Frigate Bay Beach Resort and the Ocean Terrace Inn, which launched a renovation project in 2013.

The island's largest hotel, the St Kitts Marriott, completed a two-year, $5.5 million renovation project last year.

St Kitts' cabinet approved another new resort project this week, the Heldens Estate Condo Resort & Residences, which will include more than 200 condos, apartments and villas in the St Paul's parish.

The multimillion-dollar project would include restaurants, bars, tennis courts and swimming pools and could create several hundred jobs, according to Information Minister Nigel Carty.

"The project will provide hundreds of employment opportunities for tradesmen and other local people in the design and construction phase, and will provide many long-term employment opportunities in its operational phase," Carty said in a statement.

Much of the development has been fuelled by the country's Citizenship by Investment programme, which offers the opportunity for citizenship in exchange for different levels of economic and real estate investment. The programme is the oldest of its kind in the world.

Source: http://www.caribjournal.com/2014/07/09/st-kitts-hotel-development-boom/


Feb 14 St. Kitts: The Hot New Immigration Destinations for China's Wealthy St. Kitts Economic Citizenship Program, Citizenship by Investment St. Kitts, comparison of different citizenship programs, St. Kitts popular citizenship choice



Unimpressed with the U.S., shut out of Canada, not deep-pocketed enough for Australia and spooked by Cyprus, mainland China's wealthy are exploring unlikely destinations for immigration, including Portugal and the small Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Dubai-based Range Developments recently toured China and Hong Kong, seeking investors for its Park Hyatt development in St. Kitts. Range is selling individual $400,000 shares and is quick to highlight the investment's most attractive return: A passport with visa-free access to most of Europe and other former British colonies at no extra cost.

Investors can obtain St. Kitts citizenship - and a passport, along with it - within six months of the investment. And the documents can be had without stepping foot in the country or taking a language proficiency exam, the company boasted at its presentation.

"This is very hot, selling very well," said Jean-Francois Harvey, an immigration lawyer based in Hong Kong and agent for the developer, adding that he's sold shares to "around 200" in mainland China. "It's seen as a business tool for them. To travel without a visa is a very big deal to someone in China."

Real estate investment isn't the only way into St. Kitts. Immigrants can obtain citizenship through a $250,000 donation to the government's Sugar Industry Diversification Fund, a sovereign wealth fund. Some agents recommend the donation route, especially for those who don't have plans to live there. To be sure, St. Kitts represents a sliver of the estimated 10,000 applications filed by Chinese investor-immigrants. The U.S. and Canada are the traditional top destinations, though their appeal has waned lately.

The U.S. EB-5 program, which requires would-be immigrants to put up $500,000 into a qualified business that provides at least 10 jobs, has been marred by a series of lawsuits including a scandal involving a Chicago developer accused of defrauding investors, many of whom were Chinese. Moreover, stringent tax laws scare away China's ultra-high-net-worth individuals from investing.

Canada's main investor immigration program, which required would-be immigrants to post up $800,000 in a zero-interest five-year loan to one of its provincial governments, was temporarily suspended last year.

Meanwhile, the U.K. and Australian programs are deemed expensive and difficult. The U.K. program requires applicants to invest £1 million (US$1.5 million) for a residency visa. Investors have to live in the U.K. at least 75% of the time during a 5-year period to qualify for citizenship.

The Australia program is the priciest, demanding 5 million Australian dollars (US$5.2 million) in investment into a qualified business to qualify for a residency visa. However, it only requires investors to reside 160 days over a four-year period to gain permanent residency.

As Chinese immigrants look elsewhere, unlikely destinations have emerged. Cyprus was a popular destination last year, immigration experts say. To obtain a 3-year visa, which allows access to the entire European Union, Cyprus requires a real estate purchase of at least €300,000 (US$391,320).

"Cyprus was heavily promoted in China and a lot of people went for it," said Denny Ko, an immigration lawyer based in Hong Kong who works with many mainland Chinese clients.

But interest has flagged, due to the country's economic troubles, and some promoters are trying new tactics to drum up interest. According to state-run news agency Xinhua, developers from Cyprus at the Beijing spring properties exhibition were offering two-for-one deals to Chinese investors looking to spend €300,000 on an apartment.

Immigration experts say Portugal is poised to be the next hot European destination.

Larry Wang, president of immigration consultancy firm Well Trend in Beijing, said the Portuguese government hopes to imitate Cyprus' recent success by offering residency visas that can be converted to citizenship in six years. The cost: €500,000.

"There's always a preference for real estate, so programs like this appeal to Chinese," he said, adding that the requirements aren't onerous: Investors have to live in Portugal just 7 days a year to maintain the visa.

Similar to Cyprus, St. Kitts has set an example for neighbouring countries with its program. Antigua and Barbuda are expected to soon implement similar immigration schemes.

"Ninety-nine percent of my clients have never heard of St. Kitts," said Hong Kong's Mr. Ko. "But people look to it for freedom of travel, wealth planning and as a place of citizenship if they're doing a foreign listing of a mainland company."

The ultra-rich with fantasies of rubbing shoulders with Europe's wealthiest are looking to Switzerland and Monaco, which are also seen as safer places for their wealth. To obtain residency there, investors must negotiate with local governments an annual lump sum tax. It's not cheap: Expect to pay at least a €1 million annually to maintain residency.

"This is a prestige destination, for the really, really high net-worth," said Mr. Ko.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/04/18/the-hot-new-immigration-destinations-for-chinas-wealthy/


Dec 23 UAE residents pay Dh1.4m for a Caribbean passport Economic Citizenship, economic citizenship Caribbean, Economic Citizenship St. Kitts, International news, Dubai, Syria, UAE, St. Kitts, passport, St. Kitts passport



Hundreds of UAE residents are investing up to Dh1.4 million in Caribbean island states in return for citizenship.


The expatriate businessmen from countries such as Syria and Iran are becoming citizens of Dominica and St Kitts and Nevis to overcome restrictions imposed on their home countries.


Citizens of those islands are exempt from visa requirements in as many as 140 countries.


"Caribbean islands have a history of offering their citizenship against donations in government welfare funds," said Imran Farooq, chief executive of Premiers, a consultancy in Dubai that handles about 150 applications a year to St Kitts and Nevis.


"More people are taking citizenships in the Caribbean so if their country is under sanction, they can have options. Once they see the value that they can travel freely to various parts of the world, most of these are legitimate businessmen, they take up this option.


"St Kitts and Nevis has been very popular among Iranians, Russians, Pakistanis, Egyptians, Jordanians and Syrians." In this region, 65 per cent of applicants are Iranians, Mr Farooq said.


Only those who live outside Iran are eligible. St Kitts and Nevis suspended its programme for Iranians living in Iran last year.


A single applicant for St Kitts and Nevis will have to invest $250,000, or nearly Dh1m, in the country's Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation.


Another option is the Citizenship by Investment Programme, which requires applicants to invest at least $400,000 in property.


The fees may increase depending on the size of the family and age of applicants. Costs for a family of four can reach $600,000.


In Dominica, a single applicant pays $140,000. Passports for a couple and two children under 18 cost at least $235,000. Additional fees are levied for background checks.


"If you are really getting a second passport, it is not a good sign," said Badie, 38, a Syrian businessman in Dubai who has applied for a Dominican passport.


"A year ago I would not have thought of doing this. I applied out of desperation. I have to travel extensively in the Gulf for my business.


"Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have banned Syrians from entering. I am afraid it could have a domino effect and other countries may also ban us. I want this for my business and as a matter of security."


Mr Badie hopes to have his new passport in six months, but will not live in Dominica.


Alex Woodley, consul general at he newly-opened St Kitts and Nevis consulate in Dubai, said: "Most of our applicants are not just citizens from displaced nations. They are not from one region or country. Participants are from many stable countries.


"There is a significant denial rate. St Kitts and Nevis has a stringent due diligence policy including engaging specialists to check the identity of applicants and make sure no applicant brings disrepute."


A Dubai property firm has sent text messages to residents promising citizenship in St Kitts and Nevis through investments.


"We provide them a vehicle for investment but it is the government who will sign off on whether they can accept it or not," said Munaf Ali, chief executive of Range Developments, developer of the Park Hyatt St Kitts and Nevis.


"We provide this to genuine people who have a good background and aren't involved in any criminal activities. We take an initial deposit of 10 per cent. Once the government approves their application, then we take the full amount. It takes three months from start to finish."


Mr Ali said the ease of visa access made St Kitts and Nevis attractive.


"A citizen wants to become global and have borderless travel. People are becoming richer and would like to travel more. They don`t like these barriers to entry. And businessmen would like to have the luxury to travel visa-free."

Source: http://www.duhur.com/uae-residents-pay-dh1-4m-for-a-caribbean-passport-preeti-kannan-the-national-uae/