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St Kitts & Nevis is an independent English speaking island state situated in the northern part of the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean. The Federation is made up of two islands, St. Kitts and the smaller Nevis, which are separated by a channel two miles wide. It is a former British colony and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations (British Commonwealth) as well as the United Nations, Caricom, and other international organisations.

Clocktower, Basseterre St. Kitts & Nevis has a pleasant climate, particularly during the cool months from December to March. Humidity is relatively low, and constant northeast trade winds keep the islands cool.

St. Kitts is 23 miles long and 5 miles across at its widest, encompassing an area of 68 square miles. Nevis, the smaller island, lies to the south and is approximately 7 miles in diameter, covering a total of 36 square miles. The two islands support a population of about 45,000, of which about 9,000 live on the island of Nevis. Like no other islands in the Caribbean except Dominica, St. Kitts & Nevis embody a kind of lush tropical paradise usually associated with the South Pacific. The atmosphere here is a blend of sunlight, sea air and abundant vegetation. At the center of St. Kitts stands the spectacular, cloud-fringed peak of Mount Liamuiga (pronounced Lee-a-mweega), a dormant volcano covered by dense tropical forest.

St. Kitts & Nevis offers good opportunities for investors and manufacturers. The workforce is well-educated, English speaking and friendly. Other advantages include tax breaks of up to 15 years, repatriation of profits and the possibility of tax-free entry of produced goods into the US market. Substantial European import benefits also apply.

The Government of St. Kitts & Nevis has introduced extensive legislation to attract financial services business to the island. Since 1984 there is also an attractive Economic Citizenship Programme in operation. However, due to a separate real estate investment requirement in addition to government fees, this programme is relatively expensive and, as a consequence, also more exclusive. However, St. Kitts & Nevis is a very attractive place to own real estate, and there are some excellent real estate developments that are approved under the citizenship programme. Furthermore, the St. Kitts & Nevis passport is very well regarded as only relatively few passports have been issued under this citizenship-by-investment programme. As a result, St. Kitts & Nevis passport holders, unlike Belize, Dominica or Grenada passport holders for example, enjoy a passport with and excellent reputation and very good visa-free travel. Therefore, depending on the applicant’s individual circumstances, the St. Kitts & Nevis citizenship-by-investment programme is a very attractive option.

Further Information

Through its Eastern Caribbean office in Dominica and a representation in Basseterre, St. Kitts, Henley & Partners assist foreign individuals in acquiring citizenship through the official Economic Citizenship Programme. We also advise corporations and private investors about all aspects of real estate in the islands and about investing and doing business in St. Kitts & Nevis and throughout the Eastern Caribbean.

The specialised services of Henley & Partners are a resource and complement to other consulting and law firms. We can help other firms and their clients with the unique and specific details required by the acquisition of citizenship under the economic citizenship programme, investment in St. Kitts and Nevis and related tax planning. Please contact us for more information.