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.
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.
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.
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 $1,000,000, while creating a minimum of six permanent jobs. Investing in an approved Enterprise Project may result in the granting of citizenship under the Citizenship by Investment Programme.
National Economic Fund Contribution:
National Action Bond Investment:
Real Estate Investment Option:
Adding on Newborn Children
A newborn child of a citizen (under 12 months of age) may qualify for the addition of a dependent to a citizenship grant by investing US$ 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.
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:
*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.
N.B. Main Applicant + ANY number of applicants: $300,000
Bond is fully refundable after 5 year holding period
For a full quotation, please contact email@example.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.
Key Requirements for the main applicant
Dependent rules – Who can apply as a dependent?
As part of your Saint Lucia Economic Citizenship application you will need to provide the following documents:
In order to have your application for citizenship by investment considered, you must also provide supporting documents that include:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, please see our ‘adding on future dependents’ section above’ for more details.
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.