1. GENERAL FAQS
Q1: WHAT IS THE CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT PROGRAM?
A: The Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) is an opportunity for individuals to legally obtain a new citizenship and passport in a relatively short timeframe via an investment into the country’s economy. Applicants may either make a donation directly to a government fund, invest in government approved real estate projects or business. The funds are used to benefit local projects and programs, build and create jobs, and stabilize the local economies of once-struggling nations.
Economic citizenship programs are a fast track way for investors to obtain citizenship allowing greater visa-free travel options, a broader array of investment opportunities, and gain personal security and privacy, all while investing in a country’s future. Caribbean and Pacific CBI programs are by far the most time-effective and affordable programs of this kind in the world.
In a world that is filled with instability and unrest, alternative citizenship may provide you with the travel freedom and peace of mind you want for your family. Contact us today for a private, complimentary, no-obligation consultation.
Q2: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SECOND CITIZENSHIP?
A: Obtaining a second passport and citizenship offers many advantages. It can give you the freedom to travel without restrictions; greater security for personal or business purposes; additional banking privacy; and investment opportunities. To view the full list of benefits visit Benefits of Alternative Citizenship page.
Q3: CAN I SUBMIT THE APPLICATION TO THE CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT UNIT MYSELF?
A: No. Applications for citizenship cannot be submitted directly to the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) and must only be handled by an Authorized Government Agent such as Multitravel.
Q4: IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS CONFIDENTIAL?
A: Yes, at Multitravel we follow a careful procedure, beginning with a signed written agreement for your protection that ensures your Citizenship-by-Investment application will be handled in a confidential, professional, and timely manner.
As for the state review, the application process is confidential, with no disclosure of or exchange of information, except where necessary checks are to be carried out by an authorized due diligence agency. Moreover, the governments of Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Vanuatu do not disclose the information on new citizens to other countries.
Q5: WHERE WILL MY SECOND PASSPORT BE RECOGNISED?
A: Everywhere. The passport that you obtain as a Citizen by Investment is a fully legal passport and is universally recognized by all state parties to the UN.
Q6: WHERE DO I START TO APPLY FOR MY CITIZENSHIP?
A: We offer our clients clearly defined Steps to streamline the citizenship application process. A detailed breakdown of the step-by-step procedures can be found on relevant programs page`.
Q7: WHICH COUNTRIES ARE MEMBERS OF CARICOM?
A: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) consists of 15 member states:
- Antigua & Barbuda.
- The Cooperative Republic of Guyana.
- Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
- Dominica, the Commonwealth of.
- St. Kitts & Nevis, Federation of.
- Republic of Haiti.
- Republic of Suriname.
- Republic of Trinidad & Tobago.
- St. Lucia.
- St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
Source: The official website for CARICOM
Q8: WHO CAN APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP?
A: Any individual who is over 18 years of age, of good character, without criminal records and who is able and willing to make the required contribution can become a principal applicant. He/She may also include financially dependent family members into his/her citizenship application. Please see the relevant pages of the program the detailed list of qualifications and investment requirements.
Q9: ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON WHO CAN APPLY?
A: Yes, the following Nationalities are restricted:
- Kitts and Nevis: Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea (irrespective of place of legal residence).
- Antigua and Barbuda: Iran, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Sudan, North Korea, Somalia (unless Individuals migrated before the age of majority and/or have maintained permanent residence for at least 10 years in Canada, UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, or UAE and maintain no economic ties to any restricted country).
- Dominica: Iraq, Chechnya, Somalia, Yemen, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Sao Tome Principe.
- Grenada: None.
- Saint Lucia: None.
- Vanuatu: None.
Please note that some exceptions apply respective of the applicant’s place of current and past residence. Please contact us for more details.
Q10: ON WHAT GROUNDS COULD MY CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION BE DENIED?
A: The Government may reject the citizenship application if:
- Applicant has a criminal record, is subject to criminal investigation or unable to pass the due diligence clearance.
- Applicant is a potential national security risk or is involved in any activity likely to cause disrepute to the country’s good name.
- Applicant has been denied access to a country that is listed as a visa-free country with a particular CBI program and who has not subsequently obtained a visa to the country that issued the denial.
- If false information was presented in the citizenship application.
- Applicant is in poor physical health.
Are you in doubt about your eligibility? Every client’s situation is unique. Contact our professional advisors today, we will be pleased to answer any questions you may have. Let us analyze your situation carefully, discuss the available options, and help you develop a plan of action to achieve your goals.
Q11: WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF DEPENDENTS ALLOWED PER ONE MAIN APPLICANT?
A: There is no numerical limit on the number of permitted dependents.
Q12: DOES THE PROGRAM RECOGNISE SAME SEX MARRIAGE?
A: The Laws of St Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda and Dominica define “spouse” as one partner of the opposite sex by officially registered marriage.
3. APPLICATION PROCESS
Q13: DO I HAVE TO ATTEND AN INTERVIEW?
A: There is currently no mandatory interview requirement for the Citizenship by Investment Programs of Grenada, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Vanuatu. Saint Lucia, however, an interview may be required at the discretion of the government.
Q14: DO I HAVE TO VISIT THE CARIBBEAN TO SUBMIT MY APPLICATION OR COLLECT THE PASSPORT?
There is no requirement to travel to Grenada, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia as part of the application process. However, Antigua approved citizens must spend 5 days in the first 5 years to qualify to have their passport renewed.
All programs have no physical residency requirement.
Q15: WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO PREPARE FOR APPLICATION?
A: As every case is unique in nature our expert consultants will provide you with a complimentary pre-screen questionnaire so that we are able to consult you on a comprehensive list of required documents and carefully guide you thru the application process. Please contact our representatives today.
Q16: CAN I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION IN MY NATIVE LANGUAGE?
A: No. All applications and supporting documents must be submitted in English (translated and legalized).
Q17: IS THERE ANY WAY I CAN DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORMS ONLINE?
A: No. The citizenship application forms can only be obtained through authorized government agents such as Multitravel.
Q18: WHAT IS A POLICE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE?
A: Police Clearance Certificate is a document provided by a law enforcement agency confirming the absence of a criminal record.
Q19: IS THE OATH OF ALLEGIANCE REQUIRED?
- St. Kitts and Nevis: Oath is not required.
- Dominica: Upon final approval of citizenship, each applicant is required to take an Oath of Allegiance to the Commonwealth of Dominica. The oath must be signed before a Notary Public, Justice of Peace or Commissioner of Oaths.
- Antigua and Barbuda: On your first visit to Antigua and Barbuda or through an Antiguan Embassy, High Commission or Consular Office. Oath of Allegiance is required prior to renewal of passport.
- Grenada: Upon final approval of citizenship, each applicant is required to take an Oath of Allegiance to Grenada. The oath must be signed before a Notary Public, Justice of Peace or Commissioner of Oaths.
- Saint Lucia: Oath of Allegiance is required to be taken prior to passport issue. The oath must be signed before a Notary Public, Justice of Peace or Commissioner of Oaths.
- Vanuatu: Oath of Allegiance is required to be taken in Vanuatu, Hong Kong or at Embassy/Consulate.
Q20: IS NAME CHANGE ALLOWED IN THE NEW PASSPORT?
- St. Kitts and Nevis: Name change is permitted provided a valid Deed Poll from the country of birth is submitted with the passport application.
- Dominica: Name change is permitted provided a valid Deed Poll from the country of birth is submitted with the passport application.
- Antigua and Barbuda agreed that successful Citizenship by Investment applicants shall not be allowed to change their name via Deed Poll or any other means for the issuance of the Antigua and Barbuda passport.
- Grenada: Name change will be permitted in exceptional circumstances provided a valid Deed Poll from the country of birth is submitted along with the name change justification.
- Saint Lucia: To be confirmed.
Q21: HOW MANY YEARS IS THE PASSPORT VALID FOR?
- St. Kitts and Nevis: Passport will be valid for 10 years for adults and 5 years for children under 16 and are renewable remotely thereafter without the recipient visiting St. Kitts & Nevis.
- Dominica: All Dominican passports are valid for up to 10 years for adults and 5 years for children under 16 years old and are renewable thereafter. Passports can be renewed remotely without the recipient visiting Dominica.
- Antigua and Barbuda: Passport will be valid for 5 years and will be considered for renewal subject to the recipient having spent a total of 5 days in Antigua & Barbuda since gaining citizenship, within the 5 year period.
- Grenada: Passports are valid for 5 years for both adults and children and are renewable thereafter. Passports can be renewed remotely without the recipient visiting Grenada.
- Saint Lucia: Passports are valid for 5 years for both adults and children and are renewable thereafter. Passports can be renewed remotely without the recipient visiting Saint Lucia.
- Vanuatu: Passports are valid for 10 years
Q22: HOW DO I RENEW MY PASSPORT WHEN IT EXPIRES?
A: Expired passports or those with no blank pages can be easily renewed for a fee through Multitravel.
Q23: DO I NEED A LOCAL ADDRESS TO RENEW MY PASSPORT?
A: No, you do not need an address in any CIP country.
Q24: CAN I RENEW MY PASSPORT IF I HAVE ALREADY SOLD THE INVESTMENT PROPERTY?
A: Yes, as long as you held the property for the required number of years after obtaining your citizenship.
Q25: WOULD THE NEW OWNER OF MY PROPERTY HAVE THE RIGHT TO APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP?
All Caribbean CBI jurisdictions except Grenada: Yes, subject to Government terms and conditions at that time. At present real estate can be resold to the subsequent buyer in 5 years and will qualify for obtaining citizenship thru the citizenship-by-investment program.
Q26: WHO WILL MANAGE MY REAL ESTATE PROPERTY?
A: All rental business and maintenance are typically managed by the developer’s management company. We will be happy to guide you through the details of every property’s terms and conditions.
Q27: IF THE PROPERTY IS PART OF AN OPERATIONAL HOTEL, WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO USE THE PROPERTY MYSELF?
A: Yes, generally you can use the property, subject to terms and conditions. We will be happy to guide you through the details case by case as each property’s specific conditions vary.
Q28: CAN 2 OR MORE PERSONS BUY REAL ESTATE AND APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP TOGETHER?
A: Yes, it is possible, provided each has contributed the minimum required real estate investment amount.
Q29: IS THERE A REFUND POLICY, SHOULD THE CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION BE DENIED?
A: Yes. Both donation and real estate investment funds are kept in the escrow account during the time of application review. Should the government deny your application, the funds will be refunded less non-refundable government application fees, due diligence fees, and professional fees. All payment and refund terms are listed in our service agreement that our clients sign with us at the beginning of the process.
Q30: AFTER BEING APPROVED FOR CITIZENSHIP ARE THERE ANY TAXES THAT I NEED TO PAY?
A: No, you are not liable for any individual taxes in St Kitts, Antigua, Grenada, Dominica or Saint Lucia unless you decide to reside in the country.
Q31: IS IT ALLOWED TO ADD NEW DEPENDENTS AFTER THE CITIZENSHIP WAS OBTAINED?
A: In some programs, it is permitted to add new qualifying dependents after the principal applicant’s citizenship was approved:
- St Kitts and Nevis: adding dependents at a later date is permitted provided the dependents meet the qualifying criteria and required government dues are paid.
- Dominica: adding dependents at a later date is permitted provided the dependents meet the qualifying criteria and required government dues are paid.
- Antigua and Barbuda: permitted after the first five years of citizenship.
- Grenada: adding dependents at a later date is permitted provided the dependents meet the qualifying criteria and required government dues are paid.
- Saint Lucia: NOT permitted.
- Vanuatu: NOT permitted
Q32: I WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT PROGRAM AS A PRINCIPLE APPLICANT. MAY MY HUSBAND ACT AS A SPONSOR OF MY INVESTMENT FUNDS?
- St Kitts and Nevis: Yes, it is permitted.
- Dominica: Yes, it is permitted.
- Antigua and Barbuda: Yes, it is permitted.
- Grenada: Yes, it is permitted.
- Saint Lucia: NOT permitted.
- Vanuatu: Yes, it is permitted
Q33: WHEN IS MY INVESTMENT DUE?
A: You will be required to pay our professional fee together with non-refundable due diligence fee at the time we sign a service agreement. Once your application is approved in principle, you are required to pay the balance of all fees and dues for either the donation or the real estate purchase.
Q34: IS THE SOURCE OF INVESTMENT FUNDS INVESTIGATED?
A: Yes, all funds must be from a legitimate source. The application forms require a source of funds declaration and documents are required to support the assets origin. The Citizenship by Investment Unit may deny the application pending further clarifications in case where there are doubts about the source of income that is being invested.
Q35: IF I CHANGE MY MIND AFTER TRANSFERRING THE REAL ESTATE PURCHASE PRICE WILL I GET A REFUND?
A: No, once they property conveyancing process starts, the funds cannot be refunded.
Q36: IS THERE ANY WAY OF REDUCING THE APPLICATION PROCESSING TIME BY RAISING THE MINIMUM INVESTMENT BAR?
A: Unfortunately, the level of investment does not speed up the process. The processing time depends upon the number of queued applications and the due diligence process.