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One may ask what possible connection
second citizenship has with the COVID-19, and Mundo Offshore can now officially
add another reason why you should acquire second citizenship: yes, pandemics
like the coronavirus.
Starting with this reason, here are the
5 most important reasons why you should seriously consider applying for second citizenship.
REASON 1: pandemics
During official pandemics or other
states of emergency, Martial Law allows countries to officially remove all
human rights protections in what they call a state of emergency. Martial Law or
state of emergency legislation can be used to close borders and stop citizens
As an example, the Chinese government
has and will continue to prevent its citizens from leaving China –the same
emergency laws can be and have been used by other communist governments in the
past (for example, Cuba) to prevent citizens from leaving borders. Having a second
passport from a neutral country like St. Kitts and Nevis means your government
cannot stop you from leaving the country or traveling even if they apply Martial
Law or emergency procedures. If, for example, Venezuela declares a state of
emergency because Maduro has caught the flu, as a citizen of St. Kitts, you
will not be affected and can leave. A second passport could literally save your
life in such cases.
REASON 2: confiscation
cases of civil unrest and even in cases of fiscal sanctions, governments can
and do prevent their citizens from leaving and they even go so far as to
confiscate passports. The power to confiscate a passport is given to taxation,
criminal, administrative, and even in some cases to civil courts when there is
a dispute over children or marital property. Having a second passport is a guarantee
against arbitrary sanctions by the State.
REASON 3: political persecution and
Foreign governments often arbitrarily
punish a whole people via sanctions for the wrongdoings of the government. A
clear example of this are the sanctions against Venezuela by the United States,
which means that Venezuelan passport holders are discriminated against simply
because they hold a Venezuelan passport and were born in this territory. These
people often cannot open a regular bank account, even though they may never
have even done any business in Venezuela.
The political instability of a country
often reflects on its citizens’ rights to free movement, rights to open bank
accounts, and even rights to acquire property overseas. A second passport,
especially one as prestigious as the one from St. Kitts, can be an insurance
policy or protection against this. You never know if your country will be the next Venezuela in 10 years
REASON 4: travel
A second citizenship can help
international businessmen and businesswoman to travel. For example, the St.
Kitts and Nevis second citizenship allows travel to over 150 territories
including Europe, Britain, Singapore, Hong Kong, and many more visa-free. This
can significantly increase business opportunities.
REASON 5: children
opportunities for children having a second passport increases their chances at
attending international universities under the quota system. For example, the
passport of St. Kitts and Nevis allows you to fast track attendance at top
universities registered in the country and then transfer to the United States.
summary, the Sr. Kitts and Nevis citizenship gives you and your family freedom.
Freedom in today’s society of epidemics, wars, fiscal meltdowns, and political
unrest is priceless. It could mean the difference between life and death.
in a society or culture which may be called feudal where governments show their
real face as simply groups of Robber Barons, the individual is not only unsafe
but is always a target and his or her safety depends on the quality of his
political and fiscal connections. In such a society a second passport is
necessity. It’s a method of self-protection more crucial than a security guard
or a gun and, certainly, much more effective as a mechanism of defense for the
family. In countries which do not follow the rule of law, a second citizenship
is at times the only real insurance a family has to protect themselves from a
St. Kitts and Nevis is a British colony
inhering all the traditional human rights and legal protections of a
commonwealth British State. That means the State protects its citizens against
arbitrary arrest, unlawful extradition, or political persecution, and its citizens
have access to the British courts and are extended asylum in case of political
WHY ST. KITTS AND NEVIS PASSPORT
St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship Program is the oldest and most reputable
citizenship by investment program in the world. Since its inception in 1984,
the program has been attracting people from around the world to invest in the
country’s economy in exchange for an irrevocable passport and citizenship.
is ranked as the top Caribbean program and has more travel options than any
other Caribbean country. The program operates on the following constitutional,
legislative, and regulatory foundations:
Saint Christopher and Nevis is governed by Chapter VIII (Sections 90-95)
of the Constitution of Saint Christopher and Nevis.
pursuant to Section 92 (1) (h) of the Constitution, Parliament prescribed
those other persons who would be entitled, upon making application, to be
registered as citizens. Accordingly, Section 3 (5) of the Saint
Christopher and Nevis Citizenship Act, 1984 (No. 1 of 1984) makes the
following provisions: “Subject to subsections (8) and (9) of this section,
a person is entitled, upon making application under this subsection to the
Minister in the prescribed manner and upon payment of any fee that may be
prescribed, to be registered as a citizen of St. Christopher and Nevis
without any rights of voting.”
For more information
visit our country focus page on St Kitts and Nevis.
of January 1, 2017, St. Kitts and Nevis citizens had visa-free or visa on
arrival access to 136 countries and territories, ranking the Saint Kitts and
Nevis passport 30th in terms of travel freedom (tied with Antigua and Barbuda
passports). Notably, Europe (EU), Hong Kong, Singapore, and Russia are visa-free.
St. Kitts and Nevis is the oldest and
most prestigious Caribbean passport program in the world today.
most Caribbean jurisdictions can take from 6 to 9 months, the St. Kitts has
introduced a fast track guarantee (for extra payment, of course) within 2-3
Accelerated Application Process (AAP) approved by the Government of St. Kitts
and Nevis in October 2016 allows applications with the Citizenship by
Investment Program to be accelerated to a 60-day processing period.
persons applying utilizing the AAP will still be required to meet all mandatory
criteria and submit the necessary supporting documents to apply for citizenship
will be given an accelerated treatment from the Citizenship by Investment Unit,
Due Diligence Providers, and the St. Kitts and Nevis Passport Office. As a
bonus, this process also includes the application and processing of the St.
Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis passport.
using the AAP can see an application completed within 60 days with some
applications completed in as early as 45 days.
Process Fees (inclusive of Due Diligence Fees)
·Main applicant: USD 25,000.00
·Dependent above 16
years: USD 20,000.00
addition to the USD 25,000.00 and USD 20,000.00 AAP processing fees, an extra
fee of USD 500.00 per person will be applicable for the processing of the St.
Kitts and Nevis passport for any dependents under the age of 16 year
St. Kitts and Nevis allows citizenship
to be acquired within a period of 30 days under the fast track program.
Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) is adding value to the range of programs
on offer by making available a Residency Program to people wanting to live and
work in St Kitts and Nevis. The CEO, Les Khan, made the announcement at the Global
Mobility & Tax Strategies Conference in Singapore on the June 30, where he
was invited as a guest speaker.
conference, Mr. Khan met with lawyers and wealth managers representing clients
throughout the Asia Pacific region. Their interests were in residency and
citizenship programs as a means of tax and wealth planning. He was able to
showcase the immigration and investment options in St. Kitts and Nevis and to
convey that St. Kitts and Nevis citizenship program is now the strongest in the
On making the
announcement, Mr. Khan noted that:
and Nevis was in a unique position to offer a residency program without having
to change any tax laws.”
He noted that
this would be the only legitimate program where individuals would be required
to spend a certain amount of time on the island. He also advised that this
program was in response to a demand from economic citizens and other
individuals wanting to be registered as residents of the Federation.
Minister, the Honourable Timothy Harris, commented:
“With the St.
Kitts and Nevis program now globally recognized for its integrity and Platinum
standard, it made sense that the natural next step would be to offer a
residency program that would meet a specific customer need. It will also
stimulate tourism, as well as offer our developers another avenue for marketing
their projects. It’s a virtuous circle of mutual benefit.”
will still maintain its now high standards of due diligence and it is intended
to offer our economic citizens the ability to obtain a residency card as long
as they are willing to spend a period of time on the island. In addition,
individuals not wanting citizenship at this time, can apply for residency
status and in the future convert to citizenship should they wish to do so.”
Mr. Khan also
stated that there was an overall welcoming of this option from the agents he
spoke to in China as well as others in Eastern Europe. The history of political
stability and continued economic growth makes St. Kitts and Nevis the
immigration option of choice to the very high net worth individual.
may qualify for citizenship through a contribution to the Sustainable Growth
a non-refundable contribution of USD 150,000 is required.
·Main applicant with
up to three dependents (for example, a spouse and two children):
a non-refundable contribution of USD 195,000 is required.
dependents, regardless of age: USD 10,000.
Upon submission of an application, non-refundable due diligence and processing
fees must be also paid. These fees amount to USD 7,500 for the main
applicant, and USD 4,000 for each dependent of the main application who
is over the age of 16 years old.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
may qualify for citizenship through an investment in a pre-approved real estate
project, which may include hotel shares, villas, and condominium units. The
minimum real estate investment required by law is USD 200,000 (resalable
after 7 years) or USD 400,000 (resalable after 5 years) for each
submission of an application, non-refundable due diligence and processing fees
must also be paid. These fees amount to USD 7,500 for the main
applicant, and USD 4,000 for each dependent of the main applicant who is
over the age of 16 years old.
NTL Trust was established in the Caribbean in 1994
and has grown into one of the leading providers of citizenship by investment.
NTL was the first authorized agent to be established in St Kitts and Nevis,
which makes us the ideal guide towards getting your citizenship.
Our experts have wide experience in Saint Kitts´s
program and other programs as well, and also corporate and family office
services worldwide, having offices all around the world including Latin
America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Our goal is to provide a plan which will help our
clients to create the safe haven they are looking for, in order to protect
themselves and their families in times of distress and uncertainty.
Asset protection and tax optimization are important
goals to keep in mind during troubled times, but the most valuable asset a
person can have is freedom. Freedom of speech, freedom to travel, freedom to
live in safe surroundings. NTL works together with Mundo with this philosophy in mind, and
this is the basis of our citizenship practice.
Our experts have wide experience in the citizenship
and residency fields, and this is why we can help achieve your financial and