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St Lucia Citizenship By Investment Guide

Through the St Lucia Citizenship By Investment Program, individuals who make economic contributions to the nation are granted Saint Lucian citizenship and a St Lucia Passport after submitting their application to the St Lucia Citizenship By Investment unit.

In this Guide we will explain exactly what the St. Lucia's Citizenship By Investment program is, what the requirements are, and why you should consider investing in the country to acquire a St. Lucian Passport.

History of the St Lucian Economic Citizenship Program

In December 2015, after the passing of Act No. 14 of 2015, known as the Citizenship by Investment Act on 24th August, the Caribbean Island nation launched the St. Lucia economic Citizenship program.

Since then over 1,000 foreign nationals from the likes of China, Russia, Syria, Turkey, and Nigeria have acquired St. Lucia Economic Citizenship.
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St Lucia Citizenship By Investment in 2023

In 2023, St. Lucia is one of 5 Caribbean nations with a formal economic citizenship program.

Like it's Caribbean counterparts St. Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, Grenada and Dominica the St Lucia Citizenship By Investment can be acquired after making either a donation to the government or a real estate investment.

However, St Lucia is the only Caribbean country to offer economic citizenship in exchange for an investment into government bonds. Additionally, ultra high net worth business persons willing to invest in excess of $1,000,00 into a local enterprise can also apply for Saint Lucia Citizenship.

Saint Lucia Citizenship By Investment Benefits

Saint Lucia’s Citizenship By Investment program provides investors with a range of benefits. The program is reasonably priced, easily accessible and can significantly enhance one's global mobility and international opportunities. The main St. Lucia Citizenship benefits can be seen below.
Visa Free Travel to 146 countries
With your St Lucian passport, you get access to 150 visa-free countries including the UK (180 days), Schengen Area (90 days), Singapore and Hong Kong making travelling a hassle-free experience. St Lucia citizenship will allow you to explore dozens of different countries and cultures with ease.
Access to long stay visas
Thanks to St Lucia's excellent visa reciprocity, citizens of Saint Lucia can additionally enjoy long stays in many other countries including Canada and Europe. St. Lucian citizens interested in visiting the US can apply for a 10-year multiple entry access B1 Tourist Visas and B2 business visas at any US consulate.

Full Residence Status in St. Lucia and CARICOM
Obtain the rights to live, work and invest in St. Lucia. As a member of CARICOM, citizens of St. Lucia can also reside in any other member nation.
No Physical Residency Requirements
One of the most defining benefits of obtaining a Saint Lucia passport is that you don't need to reside in Saint Lucia in order to acquire nor maintain citizenship. This means that if you’re a businessperson who is looking for international opportunities, you can enjoy the benefits of your second passport without taking up residence or engaging in specific activities.
Tax Benefits
Those that decide to relocate to St. Lucia and make it their tax residence can enjoy generous tax benefits that come with a Saint Lucia citizenship. Residents in the country are only liable for income tax when their salary is generated in the state or on foreign income remitted to Saint Lucia. Alongside this, Saint Lucia has no capital gains, inheritance, gift or wealth taxes and is making steady progress towards becoming an international financial centre.
Fast application process that can be done entirely remotely
St. Lucia’s Citizenship By Investment Unit is known for its efficiency. It is possible to acquire a Saint Lucian passport in just 90 days.
The entire family including siblings can be included in your application
The Saint Lucia Citizenship by investment program allows the main applicant to include his/her spouse, children, parents, grandparents, and siblings on their applications.
Secure Payment Methods
Due diligence and application fees charged by the government can be paid directly to the St Lucia Citizenship By Investment unit using a secure link. Upon approval investors can make their full investment directly to the government.
Commonwealth Country and Legal System
St. Lucia is a Commonwealth country that gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1979 and became a full member of the Commonwealth of Nations in 1979. As a member of the Commonwealth, St. Lucia is part of an intergovernmental organisation of 52 member countries that are mostly former territories of the British Empire. St. Lucia therefore has a strong relationship with the United Kingdom and citizens can enjoy preferential benefits as commonwealth citizens.
A Safe Haven in The Caribbean
St. Lucia is a safe country. The island enjoys very low levels of crime. The country has a strong security presence and a good track record in terms of crime prevention. The travel advice issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office states that St. Lucia is generally safe and visitors to the island should take normal precautions.
Affordable Price Tag
The most affordable Caribbean CBI Program for single applicants - The price tag of Saint Lucia’s citizenship program can be considered very affordable in comparison to other countries. For single applicants, the government donation option starts at only USD$100,000 plus government fees. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to gain dual citizenship.
Diversify your investment portfolio and earn income
Diversifying your investments and earning interest in a country that is both a safe place to live and a safe place to invest. Investors can sell after 5 years and secondary purchasers of Real Estate can qualify for CBI.

Saint Lucia CBI Program: Investment Options

So How to become a citizen of st lucia? Investors can acquire citizenship though the Saint Lucia Citizenship By Investment program in the 3 following ways:

St Lucia Citizenship By Donation

The most popular pathway to St. Lucia citizenship is via the donation route. Foreign nationals who make an economic contribution to the national development fund can apply for citizenship under the St Lucia Citizenship By Investment Program. The main applicant must invest the following at the time of the application to ensure eligibility:

Single Applicant: $100,000 USD

Main applicant + Spouse: US$ 140,000

Additional dependent: US$ 25,000

Up to a Family of 4 (including the spouse): US $150,000

Each qualifying dependent in addition to a family of four: US$ 15,000

By investing in the National Economic Fund of Saint Lucia, you can easily apply for citizenship while helping to strengthen the infrastructure and services of this idyllic  island nation. Only upon approval of the application, is the investment required for the applicant and any related family members. The Saint Lucia Citizenship by Investment Board has strict due diligence rules in order to protect the program and St. Lucia’s citizens that reviews all applications carefully, granting, denying or delaying them as necessary.

St Lucia Citizenship By Investment Real Estate

Applicants who feel more comfortable investing into an asset class rather than simply making a donation often prefer the St. Lucia Citizenship by Investment real estate pathway.

Saint Lucia is a renowned Caribbean tourist destination, and its wide range of real estate options make it a great choice for investors. The Citizenship Investment Programme provides an opportunity for those looking to make a substantial investment into an approved real estate project in one of the following categories: high-end branded hotels and resorts, as well as high-end boutique properties. 

The minimum investment required in order to qualify for the St. Lucia Real Estate Citizenship option is $200,000 USD reduced from $300,000 USD last year. Investors who select the real estate option additionally must pay an administration fee which varies depending on the number of dependents.

Upon approval, investors would be granted title deed to the property and be required to make the minimum qualifying investment for themselves and their family, if applicable. All applications are closely reviewed by the Saint Lucia Citizenship by Investment Board, with the right to grant, deny, or delay for cause.

There are currently two-government approved St. Lucia citizenship by investment real estate options open to investors. The Alpina Hotel and The St. Canelles Resort. Lincoln Global Partners is an official partner of these two investment projects and you can contact us for more information on either project.

Government Approved St Lucia CBI Project

St. Alpina Hotel & Alpina Square

Approved by Saint Lucia’s citizenship by investment program, The Alpina Saint Lucia Hotel and Alpina Square offer investors the opportunity to acquire real estate – hotel rooms, serviced apartments, or offices – in Saint Lucia, delivering not just an attractive ROI but Saint Lucian citizenship and passport.

Government Approved CBI Project

The Canelles Resort

Situated 8 kilometers away from the international airport in the southeast coastal area of St Lucia Island is the oceanfront Canelles Resort. The Canelles resort will comprise of 380 high-end apartments housed in eleven buildings with a hotel-style ambiance.

St Lucia Citizenship By Investment Government Bonds

The St Lucia’s Economic Citizenship Program is the only Caribbean Citizenship By Investment program with a government bond investment option. Investing in ‘National Action Bonds from the St. Lucian government is the most secure investment option in the Caribbean.

The investment is risk-free investment, it is fully refundable by the government so you can count on a return on your investment of $300,000 after five years.

There is a flat administrative fee of $50,000 that applies to any application, regardless of the number of family members. This investment opens the door to the amazing opportunities that come with obtaining St. Lucian citizenship

‘​The best choice for those seeking a safe and guaranteed return on their investment is to become a citizen of Saint Lucia through their government bond program. This is a secure and cost-effective option for those interested in investing in the Caribbean.

St. Lucia Citizenship By Investment: Enterprise Project Investment

Investing in an approved Enterprise Project may also qualify applicants for Saint Lucia citizenship through the Citizenship by Investment Programme. So how to become a Citizen of St Lucia as an Entrepreneur?

At the present time, the Citizenship Program has no open enterprise projects available for investment. However, the program is open to receiving proposals to invest in projects such as specialty restaurants, cruise ports and marinas, agro-processing plants, pharmaceutical products, ports, bridges, roads, highways, research institutions and facilities, and offshore universities.

If you have a project that falls into one of the qualifying categories listed above, you can request an evaluation for inclusion in the Approved Projects list. To meet the criteria, the project must comply with government policies, standards, and regulations, and adhere to certain monitoring and reporting requirements. 

If it is an individual investor, they must make a minimum qualifying investment of US $3,500,000 and must create at least three permanent jobs. A joint venture project requires a minimum qualifying investment of US $6,000,000 with each investor making a minimum contribution of US $1,000,000, while creating a minimum of six permanent jobs. Investing in an approved Enterprise Project may result in the granting of citizenship under the Citizenship by Investment Programme.

St Lucia Citizenship By Investment Cost

The true cost to acquire a Saint Lucia passport is often underestimated. Marketing materials often highlight the minimum investment cost without looking at the other fees. It is important to note that besides the investment itself, there are a number of fees that must be paid directly to the government and to the service provider.

St Lucia Citizenship Fees

Below are the list of additional fees that one must pay during the citizenship by investment application process:
Due Diligence Fees
  • Main Applicant: $7,500 USD
  • Dependents above 16 years of age: $5,000 USD
  • Dependents under 16 years of age: Not applicable
Application Processing Fees
  • Main Applicant: US $2,000
  • Each qualifying dependent: US $1,000
Administration Fees

National Economic Fund Contribution:

  • Not applicable

National Action Bond Investment:

  • $50,000 USD per applicant

Real Estate Investment Option: 

  • Single Applicant $30,000 USD
  • Main applicant with Spouse: $45,000 USD
  • Dependents 18+: $10,000 USD per dependent
  • Dependents Under 18: $5,000 USD per dependent for the first 4 children, $10,000 thereafter
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Fees To Add On Future Dependents

St. Lucia government understands that circumstances can change and families grow. It is therefore possible to add Add-On Dependents later down the line as a St. Lucian Citizen.

Adding on Newborn Children

A newborn child of a citizen (under 12 months of age) may qualify for the addition of a dependent to a citizenship grant by investing US$ 5,000 into the National Economic Fund.

Adding on a Future Spouse

Furthermore, the spouse of a citizen may become a qualifying dependent for US$ 35,000, and other qualifying dependents (aside from a spouse) may also be added for US$ 25,000.

Total All-inclusive St Lucia Citizenship Cost


As you can see from the sections above the cost of St. Lucia Citizenship depends not only on the type of investment that you choose but also on how many dependents (if any) are included on one’s application.

When taking into account the investment itself plus the government fees we can calculate the st lucia citizenship costs. The the total st lucia citizenship by investment costs for the most common family structures (excluding service fees) are as follows:

National Economic Fund Contribution: Total cost of St. Lucia Citizenship
  • Single Applicant: $109,500
  • Main Applicant + Spouse: $155,500
  • Main Applicant + Spouse + 1 Child Under 16: $166,500
  • Family of 4 with 2 children under 16: $167,500
  • Family of 5: with 2 children under 16: $188,500
Real Estate Investment Option: Total cost of St. Lucia Citizenship*
  • Single Applicant: $239,500
  • Main Applicant + Spouse: $260,500
  • Main Applicant + Spouse + 1 Child Under 16: $266,500
  • Family of 4 with 2 children under 16: $271,500
  • Family of 5: with 2 children under 16: $281,500

*This estimate is based on an investment of $200,000 USD. Actual costs will be dependent on variable factors such as the cost of the investment unit and the associated taxes.

National Action Bond: Total cost of St. Lucia Citizenship*

N.B. Main Applicant + ANY number of applicants: $300,000

  • Single Applicant: $309,500
  • Main Applicant + Spouse: $315,500
  • Main Applicant + Spouse + 1 Child Under 16: $316,500
  • Family of 4 with 2 children under 16: $317,500
  • Family of 5: with 2 children under 16: $323,500

Bond is fully refundable after 5 year holding period

For a full quotation, please contact  peter@lincolnglobalpartners.com highlight which investment option you are interested in and inform us how many applicants (and their ages) you wish to include on your application.

St Lucia Citizenship By Investment Requirements

Key Requirements

Besides meeting investment criteria there are a number of other requirements the main applicant must fulfill to be eligible for St. Lucia Citizenship By Investment.

Key Requirements for the main applicant

  • The main applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
  • No criminal record and cannot be under current criminal investigation.
  • Prove legal source of income and net-worth.
  • Must be in good health.
  • Have no restrictions or bans on entering the European Union, USA, the UK, and Canada.

Dependent rules – Who can apply as a dependent?

  • Children, including dependent children up to the age of 30.
  • Applicant’s spouse.
  • Dependent parents of both the investor and their spouse, over the age of 55.
  • Siblings of the investor, if unmarried and under 18 years old.

St Lucia Citizenship By Investment Required Documents

To apply for the St Lucia Citizenship By Investment Program, the following documents are required.

General Documentation

As part of your Saint Lucia Economic Citizenship application you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Original or certified copy of a full birth record. 
  • Certified, colored copy of current passport with name, photo, citizenship/nationality, date and place of issue, expiry date, passport number, and issuing country. 
  • Photograph and signature certificate, or N/A for children below 18 or dependents.
  • 6 original passport-sized photos taken within the last 6 months, with a neutral expression.
  • One photo needs to be affixed to the Medical Examiner Declaration. 
  • Proof of residential address, valid within the last 3 months, such as a certified copy of a recent utility bill or bank statement with full name and address. 
  • Proof of name change, if applicable. 
  • Permanent residence card, if applicable. 
  • National identity card, if applicable. 
  • Marriage or divorce certificate, if applicable.
  • Copy of military service card, if applicable. 
  • Affidavit from spouse or ex-spouse regarding children.
  • Affidavit of support for dependents. 
  • Education certificates and transcripts. 
  • Professional and academic certificates of all applicants over 18. 
  • Professional reference letter, valid within the last 6 months, from an attorney, chartered accountant, or other similar professional.

Supporting Documentation:

In order to have your application for citizenship by investment considered, you must also provide supporting documents that include:

  • a certified copy of your current and expired visas
  • A police certificate from your country of birth and any other countries in which you’ve resided for at least a year (no more than 6 months old),
  • custody or legal guardianship records
  • a statutory declaration of a non-accompanying parent of a qualifying dependent under 18 indicating that they have no objection to their child acquiring St Lucian citizenship, and a certified copy of a photo ID of the non-accompanying parent bearing their signature.

Certification

Additionally, any documents not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation into English. Finally, all documents must be certified and authenticated according to the law of the jurisdiction from which it originates.

Citizenship By Investment in St Lucia: How to get citizenship in St Lucia?

Now that we know the St Lucia Citizenship By Investment program requirements let’s take a look at the process in more detail.

How to get a Saint Lucia Passport in 7 steps

The entire process will vary in time depending on how long it takes you to gather all of the required documentation and whether there is an existing backlog of applicants. If there is no backlog, investors can expect the entire process to take anywhere between 3-6 months. The steps for how to get citizenship in St Lucia are as follows.

1. Book a free consultation with Lincoln Global Partners

Our team of citizenship by investment specialists are dedicated to helping you find the right investment options that meet the necessary requirements to guarantee a successful application. They will assess your individual circumstances and present the best investment options for you based on your criteria.

 2. Gather your documentation

A comprehensive checklist will be supplied to you and an experienced citizenship specialist will accompany you through the documentation retrieval process. They will carefully inspect each document to confirm that all requirements have been satisfied.

3. Submit your application

Once you have provided us with all necessary paperwork, our team will analyse your file and prepare it ready for submission. The authorised local agent will then submit your application to the Saint Lucia government, in accordance with the law.  Prior to submission of your application the Due Diligence and application fees must be paid to the St Lucia Citizenship By Investment Unit.

4. Processing of application

Once your application has been submitted The St Lucia Citizenship By Investment Unit will screen your application rigorously by performing an in-depth background check to verify the information that is provided. As of August 2023 a mandatory interview is now necessary. 

5. Receive your pre-approval

Once the Government has reviewed the application and made a decision, you will receive an accompanying letter detailing the outcome.

6. Complete your investment

Upon receiving pre-approval for citizenship by investment in St. Lucia, it is time to proceed with your investment.  (non-refundable contribution, purchase of real estate or investing in government bonds).

7. Saint Lucia Passport delivery

After making the investment, your Saint Lucian citizenship certificate will be issued. Additionally, the passport application will be submitted on your behalf and the Saint Lucia passport will be courier-delivered to your chosen location without the need to visit Saint Lucia.

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Living in St. Lucia: What is it like?

There is no minimum stay requirement to become or maintain citizenship in St. Lucia as an investor. Therefore, the vast majority of investors who acquire citizenship by investment in St. Lucia utilize the benefits of their Saint Lucian passport without actually living in the country.

However, If things go pear shape in your home country or if you simply fancy living in Paradise for a few months per year, then having a second passport in a beautiful island nation can be far more than a global mobility asset.

So, what is it actually like to live in St. Lucia?

St. Lucia is a beautiful Caribbean island with a lot to offer for people looking for a peaceful and exotic place to live. The island is well known for its lush tropical rainforest, stunning beaches, spectacular views, and abundance of fascinating wildlife. St. Lucia has a warm tropical climate, with average temperatures ranging from the low 70s in the winter to the high 80s in the summer. The island is home to the famous Pitons, two towering volcanic peaks that provide stunning views of the island.

St. Lucia offers an excellent quality of life with a low cost of living. The island has a wide selection of housing options, ranging from luxurious villas and condominiums to more affordable apartments. St. Lucia also has a great selection of restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues, as well as plenty of outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, snorkeling, and more. Plus, there are several universities and colleges located on the island, so it’s an ideal place for those who want to pursue higher education.

All in all, St. Lucia is a wonderful place to live with plenty of opportunities for relaxation, recreation, and cultural exploration. With its stunning beauty and laid-back charm, it’s no wonder why so many people are drawn to this Caribbean paradise.

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Apply for st lucia citizenship with Lincoln Global Partners

The St. Lucia Citizenship By Investment program is a great opportunity for individuals to gain citizenship in this beautiful Caribbean nation. The Saint Lucian program offers many benefits such as economic and investment opportunities, full immigration benefits, a second passport, and the ability to live, work and study in Saint Lucia and the Caribbean.

Lincoln Global Partners is a specialist international investment migration firm with offices in the UK, UAE and Brazil. Our professionals are experts in the field of citizenship by investment and we are ready to assist you every step of the way with your St Lucia Citizenship By Investment application.

FAQ's St Lucia Citizenship Frequently Asked Questions

Does St Lucia allow Dual Citizenship?

Yes, St. Lucia does allow dual citizenship. According to the Citizenship by Investment Program of St. Lucia, applicants are allowed to maintain their original citizenship when applying for St. Lucian citizenship. This makes it very convenient for those looking to become citizens of St. Lucia without sacrificing their original citizenship. Furthermore, dual citizens of St. Lucia can benefit from multiple visa-free traveling and other citizenship-related benefits.

Are any nationalities restricted from applying for Citizenship By Investment in St Lucia?

Yes, The St Lucia Citizenship By Investment Unit is currently prohibiting Russian and Belarusian nationals from applying for citizenship in St. Lucia under the St Lucia CBI Program.

How long does the Saint Lucia CBI process take?

The St Lucia Citizenship by Investment Program official website states that the process can take less than 90 days. However, the reality is that it takes an estimated 6-9 months for the entire process of obtaining a St Lucia passport. This is due to the fact that all documents submitted need to be translated to English, notarised and apostilled. When everything is up to code and there are no doubts from Immigration, the process is easily completed.

Can I add-on future dependents after receiving my economic citizenship in St. Lucia?

Yes, please see our ‘adding on future dependents’ section above’ for more details.

When can I sell my investment?
Investors must maintain their investment for 5 years. Investors who purchase real estate through the Saint Lucia CBI program sell their investment after 5 years of citizenship. Investors who choose the government bond option can redeem their bonds after 5 years.
Is there a minimum stay requirement to maintain citizenship?

No,  citizenship is for life. Investors can come and go as they please to St. Lucia. However, there is no minimum stay requirement to maintain citizenship in the country.

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