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Saint Lucia citizenship by investment

St Lucia second passport quickly and for minimum investment, many investment options
Minimum investment $100,000
Saint Lucia passport in 3-4 months

Peculiarities of St Lucia citizenship by investment program

Saint Lucia is a small volcanic island that has a remarkable history. It suffices to recall that in the period from 16th to 19th centuries England and France had a confrontation over that Caribbean island resulting in it changing its “ownership” every 2 years. Saint Lucia is at peace now. Unique landscapes, tropical forests, national parks, sand beaches, clear ocean water and friendly hard-working local population attract up to 300,000 tourists annually.

St Lucia citizenship by investment program as it is now was established in 2015. Foreign investors have got truly unique opportunities.

St Lucia economic citizenship program allows to get St Lucia passport for minimum investment that will provide visa-free access to 146 countries, including Europe, the UK and Singapore, and beneficial taxation.

Benefits of St Lucia citizenship by investment program

  1. Relatively low investment requirements. Minimum investment to obtain St Lucia citizenship amounts to $100,000.
  2. Quick processing time. It usually takes up to 90 days for immigration authorities to process the application.
  3. No need to come to St Lucia to obtain St Lucia An authorised agent who is a reliable legal firm will communicate with the immigration authorities on the investor’s behalf, so you can obtain St Lucia second passport from the comfort of your home.
  4. Full confidentiality. St Lucia’s government guarantees that no information about investor’s participation in St Lucia economic citizenship program will be disclosed.
  5. Many investment options. In contrast to other similar programs, there are 4 investment options that allow to obtain Saint Lucia passport. Three of them enable investors to recover their money after 5 years.
  6. No need to speak English or take a test in local culture or history.
  7. You can include in your Saint Lucia citizenship application the following family members:
  • Husband or wife;
  • Children under 21, including children from previous marriage(s);
  • Unmarried children up to 30 years old who are financially dependent on the main applicant;
  • Mentally or physically disabled children of all ages who fully rely on their parents for support;
  • Financially dependent parents and grandparents of both partners who are older than 55 or mentally or physically disabled parents of all ages who fully rely on the main applicant for support;
  • Investor’s minor siblings if they get a written consent from parents or guardians and if they are financially dependent on the main applicant.
Saint Lucia citizenship by investment program also gives a unique opportunity for these family members to apply for a Caribbean passport at an additional cost after investor has already obtained St Lucia citizenship.

Saint Lucia citizenship – key facts

$100 000
Minimum investment

3 – 4 months
Processing time

refundable & non-refundable
Investment options

after 5 years
Return of investments

home delivery
Passport collection

140+ countries
Visa-free access

 

Requirements for foreign investors

  1. The main applicant must be at least 18 years old.
  2. Investor must demonstrate available, legally sourced funds that are enough to make a required investment, pay all government fees and pass due diligence test.
  3. All applicants over 16 years old must pass due diligence test.
  4. Investor must have clean criminal record for 10 years prior to applying for Saint Lucia citizenship.
  5. The main applicant and dependants must be in good health.

Investment options under St Lucia citizenship program

St Lucia passport scheme offers 4 investment options: from non-refundable donation to the government fund to more complicated investments into real estate, financial assets or business. Under all investment schemes, you must also pay government and due diligence fees.

To provide you with more information about the costs of St Lucia economic citizenship program, our experts have compiled the table that shows the costs of St Lucia second passport for each investment group:

  • single investor;
  • married couple;
  • family with two kids under 16;
  • family of 6 including a married couple, two children and two parents.

1. Non-refundable contribution to National Economic Fund

Minimum investment – $100 000

It is the easiest way to obtain Saint Lucia citizenship by investment. The government will allocate your money to develop economic, social, infrastructural and scientific projects.

It is a good option for rich investors who, on the one hand, don’t want to “freeze” a large amount of their money for 5 years and, on the other hand, want to obtain St Lucia citizenship quickly and hassle-free: for some people, it is more convenient to make a single non-refundable investment to get St Lucia second passport and have no more worries about the issue later.

A single applicant must be prepared to invest at least $100,000. Dependants come at an additional cost.

Citizenship by investment for the whole familyCitizenship by investment for the whole familyCitizenship by investment for the whole familyCaribbean passport for the whole family
Contribution to National Economic Fund$100 000$140 000$150 000$180 000
Due diligence fee$7 500$12 500$12 500$22 500
Processing fee$2 000$3 000$5 000$7 000
Total:$109 500$155 500$167 500$209 500

* If you want to add investor’s parents to the application for the family with two kids, they will cost another $15,000 for each additional dependent.
** If you want to add any other relative of any age, they will cost another $25,000 for each additional dependent.

2. Investment in government bonds

Minimum investment – $500 000

Applicants can invest in non-interest-bearing government bonds for a minimum value of $500,000. Investment must be registered in the main applicant’s name and remain in at least 5-year holding bond from the date of first issue. In other words, you lend money to St Lucia’s government in exchange for St Lucia citizenship.

Dependants come at an additional cost. Applicant must also pay government, due diligence and processing fees.

 

Citizenship by investment for the whole familyCitizenship by investment for the whole familyCitizenship by investment for the whole familyCaribbean passport for the whole family
Purchase of government bond$500 000$535 000$550 000$600 000
Government fee$50 000$50 000$50 000$50 000
Due diligence fee$7 500$12 500$12 500$22 500
Processing fee$2 000$3 000$5 000$7 000
Total:$559 500$600 500$617 500$679 500
Non-refundable costs:$59 500$65 500$67 500$79 500

* If you want to add any dependent (apart from your spouse or kid) to the application, they will cost another $25,000 for each additional dependent.

3. Purchase of real estate in St Lucia

Minimum investment – $300 000

Half of Saint Lucia budget comes from the tourism sector. That’s why, the island has a lot of large-scale construction projects of elite housing and luxury holiday resorts. All these projects need foreign investments, so you can become citizen of St Lucia if you buy a share in a hotel under construction, luxury villa or any other government approved project.

This approach allows to minimise risks and protects investors from unscrupulous developers. Minimum purchase value must amount to $300,000. You won’t be able to sell the real estate for at least 5 years after the purchase.

Imperial & Legal experienced advisors will help you to choose the real estate and property management company as well as to get some monthly rental income from your purchase.

Citizenship by investment for the whole familyCitizenship by investment for the whole familyCitizenship by investment for the whole familyCaribbean passport for the whole family
Purchase of real estate$300 000$300 000$300 000$300 000
Government fee$30 000$45 000$55 000$75 000
Due diligence fee$7 500$12 500$12 500$22 500
Processing fee$2 000$3 000$5 000$7 000
Total:$339 500$360 500$372 500$404 500
Non-refundable costs:$39 500$60 500$72 500$104 500

4. Investment in business

Minimum investment – $1 000 000

Under this scheme, investor can choose to invest into one of the government approved business projects and create several permanent jobs.

  1. If you are a single investor, you must invest at least $3,000,000 and create at least 3 permanent jobs in Saint Lucia.
  2. If it is a joint investment, уou must contribute at least $1,000,000 to the whole investment of minimum $6,000,000 and create at least 6 permanent jobs.

Foreign investments are approved and required in the following fields:

  • specialty restaurants;
  • cruise port and marina construction;
  • agro-processing;
  • pharmaceutical industry;
  • bridge and road construction and other infrastructural projects;
  • research and development;
  • offshore universities.

Five years after you have obtained St Lucia passport, you will be able to sell your share in the company and recover the costs.

Citizenship by investment for the whole familyCitizenship by investment for the whole familyCitizenship by investment for the whole familyCaribbean passport for the whole family
Business investment$3 500 000$3 500 000$3 500 000$3 500 000
Government fee$50 000$85 000$135 000$205 000
Due diligence fee$7 500$12 500$12 500$22 500
Processing fee$2 000$3 000$5 000$7 000
Total:$3 559 500$3 600 500$3 652 500$3 734 500
Non-refundable costs:$59 500$100 500$152 500$234 500
St Lucia economic citizenship program offers a wide range of investment options and allows to add additional dependents to the application after you have already obtained St Lucia citizenship. You will get your St Lucia passport from the comfort of your home.

Why invest in Saint Lucia passport?

Worldwide mobility

With St Lucia passport, you can cross borders of 146 countries, including the UK, the EU and Singapore. You can stay in the EU without a visa for 90 days in a row, in the UK – for 180 days. The USA grants business visas to St Lucia citizens for up to 6 months.

Highquality education for children in the UK

Since St Lucia is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and is formally headed by the Crown, your children can use a unique opportunity to apply to the UK colleges and universities on favourable terms.

New business opportunities

St Lucia is an offshore zone that offers favourable opportunities to register an international company since St Lucia-registered companies trading abroad don’t pay tax on foreign profit.

With St Lucia second passport, it is easier to work with large international banks. You can benefit from low-cost credits and simplified schemes of transactions with foreign counteragents.

Tax optimisation

If you obtain St Lucia citizenship, as St Lucia tax resident you can take advantage of a flexible tax regime. There are no taxes on foreign income, inheritance, wealth, capital gains and interest.

Plan “B”

In contrast to most of other Caribbean jurisdictions, Saint Lucia has stable political and economic environment, low crime rate and relatively high standards of living. This calm picturesque and remote island with mild climate can become your second home if there are problems in your home country.

 

Imperial & Legal qualified advisors will assist you in any issue concerning St Lucia citizenship by investment program. Imperial & Legal adopts personalised approach since all our clients and their personal circumstances are unique.

It normally takes more than 3 months to prepare and submit the application and get St Lucia passport. Standard processing can be divided into 5 steps.

1
Get in touch with Imperial & Legal

Timeframe: 1 day

We can arrange consultation with an Imperial & Legal advisor either in our office or remotely by telephone or WhatsApp/Zoom/Skype. Our experts will help you to choose the right investment option and provide a breakdown of St Lucia citizenship costs for you and your family.

Once we sign a service agreement, our advisors will assess your situation to eliminate risks of refusal at the beginning and present your case in the best light.

2
Prepare documents and submit application

Timeframe: 2-4 weeks

Our advisors will prepare all the necessary documents to be submitted with St Lucia citizenship application. Copies will be notarised and legalised. You pay due diligence fee at this stage. Each applicant must also go through a health check and submit corresponding results.
3
Wait for your application to be processed

Timeframe: 3 months

You and your dependents over 16 undergo due diligence checks after which, if they are successful, St Lucia’s government makes a decision on your application.
4
Make an investment

Timeframe: up to 4 weeks

Once your application is approved by St Lucia immigration authorities, you are required to make an investment under one of four investment schemes. If you choose purchase of real estate, Imperial & Legal advisors will help you to find a profitable real estate and property management company and ensure fairness of the deal.
5
Get your St Lucia passport

Timeframe: up to 3 weeks

Once your investment is confirmed, you will be booked for an online citizenship ceremony during which you will swear an oath to your new home country. After that, St Lucia’s government will issue you and your family certificates of naturalisation. With that in hand, Imperial & Legal can apply for your St Lucia passport.

After you pay passport fee, you can collect your St Lucia passport either in our office or we will arrange for it to be couriered to your home address.

 

FAQ about Saint Lucia citizenship by investment

Can my relatives apply for St Lucia second passport after I have become a citizen of St Lucia?

Yes, there is such an option. St Lucia immigration authorities may consider the application for your relatives’ citizenship sent though your agent if:

  1. They could have been included in your first application as they meet St Lucia citizenship by investment requirements, and the period of time between your first and second application (for your relative) doesn’t exceed 5 years.
  2. They are a child who was born after you prepared and submitted the application.
  3. They are your spouse whom you married after you submitted St Lucia citizenship application.


How much will it cost to add a relative to the application?

If they are your spouse, it will cost you $35,000 (contribution to National Economic Fund or government fee). If you want to add any other relative who meets all the requirements, you will have to pay another $25,000 for each additional dependent. If you add a newly-born child (up to 12 months) to the application, your additional costs will amount to $500.


What is the best investment option for a family of 4 with two kids?

After the cost comparison of all St Lucia investment schemes for a family with two kids, we may conclude that investment in government bonds is the most cost-efficient option if you have legally sourced $550,000 that you are ready to “lend” to Saint Lucia’s government for 5 years.

The table below shows non-refundable costs. They include contribution to the National Economic Fund, due diligence fees and various government fees.

Investment optionCosts for a family

with two kids

Contribution to National Economic Fund$167,500
Investment in government bonds$67,500
Purchase of real estate$72,500
Investment in business$152,500

Can I submit the application for St Lucia citizenship without a special agent not to pay immigration advisors?

No, by law, applicants can’t contact immigration authorities directly. Legal firms serve as intermediates and take responsibility for the preparation of the applicant’s documents, so that the process doesn’t turn into a series of official requests. During the preliminary negotiations, the agents assess the applicant’s chances to obtain St Lucia second passport. Some of them even conduct their own due diligence checks to eliminate risks of refusal.

Without immigration advisors, it would be inconvenient for applicants to obtain Caribbean passport. They would have to fly to the island personally to choose the appropriate real estate for investment, submit biometric data, swear an oath, get naturalisation certificate and wait for the passport. With Imperial & Legal you will obtain St Lucia passport 100% remotely.


How long does it usually take to obtain St Lucia citizenship by investment?

The official website of St Lucia citizenship by investment program informs that only the application processing usually takes up to 90 days. Some legal firms promise to obtain and send St Lucia passport to the applicant in 90 days. In reality the whole process to get St Lucia passport normally takes 3-4 months.

The processing time depends on the documents that you submit together with your application. All the documents must be translated to English, their copies notarised and apostilled . If your documents arouse no doubts of the immigration authorities, your application will be approved quickly.

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