Caribbean Citizenship by Investment
Several countries in the Caribbean have adopted programs that allow the acquisition of citizenship on the basis of an investment and / or a direct contribution to further the countries' economic development.
Countries offering the most popular citizenship by investment programs include Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis, Grenada, Dominica, and St. Lucia.
Investment options include contributions (donations) to specific government initiatives, as well as residential or commercial real estate.
Not all countries have the same rules regarding investing to obtain residency or citizenship. For instance Antigua the property must be purchased in a pre-approved real estate development area.
International business executives, investors, and important persons who are active worldwide consider an alternative citizenship and passport a powerful tool for international tax planning and a safety net should the living conditions at home become unbearable.
The applicant and his family receive full citizenship and passports.
Because Antigua & Barbuda as well as St. Kitts & Nevis are member countries of the Commonwealth citizens are entitled to certain privileges in the UK and other Commonwealth countries.
A passport from these countries allows visa-free travel to over 100 countries including Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK and the EU Schengen Area countries.
Investors may select from several options to meet the citizenship by investment criteria, including real estate.
Given good air links to Europe and North America the most popular investment options include residential real estate such as a vacation home for personal use, or commercial real estate in the form of a rental property for income generation purposes.