Citizenship by investment programmes by Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia is gaining fame continuously – CS Global Partners

Programs providing citizenship in exchange for economic investment in small island nations are continuously gaining popularity. During the last decade, these programs have become significant considerations for those individuals who want to diversify their wealth; they provide advantages that most investors look for and cannot find in some parts of the globe. 

Programs providing citizenship in exchange for economic investment in small island nations are continuously gaining popularity. During the last decade, these programs have become significant considerations for those individuals who want to diversify their wealth; they provide advantages that most investors look for and cannot find in some parts of the globe. 

Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis and Saint Lucia are some of the small island nations which provide citizenship by investment (CBI) programmes in the Caribbean region. These nations offer advantageous investment opportunities that are worth considering. 

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The alternative citizenship of Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis and Saint Lucia comes with several benefits for an investor. These include profitable opportunities to plan and spread an individual’s wealth, reduced citizenship application timelines, a wide range of investment programmes, extending citizenship to the family, a high standard of living and relishing the available benefits that come with residing in modern diverse countries. 

Additionally, the investment point is not as high as those of other nations. People invest less to access similar benefits given by relatively large nations. 

When looking for alternative citizenship, the citizenship timeline or the time that it takes for one person to move from investor to citizen makes a massive difference. 

As per the 2021 CBI Index, the speed that it takes to process the citizenship application in small island nations is fast as compared to other nations offering a similar program. As per the same report, fast-track CBI processing possibilities are available at an additional fee. 

This is significant for time-poor investors that look for effective and trusted options with little or no residence. 

It must be highlighted that fast-track options do not lessen the number of due diligence procedures performed on individuals. The same multilayer process performed by different external and local firms along with international police authorities applies to such programmes.

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Obtaining citizenship with family:

The rise of increasingly complex family relationships is driving investors to seek CBI programs that allow for a more diverse range of family members to be included under a primary application. Even though a majority of CBI programmes provide for the inclusion of spouses and minor children, only a handful of countries do so for adult children and extended family. Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia were ranked high in this regard according to the CBI Index of 2021. These countries have multi-family member categories that can be considered with one primary application. The degree of flexibility in these categories means that points are awarded for adult children, parents, grandparents and even siblings. Investors who are seeking a second citizenship in these Caribbean countries do not have to worry about the breaking of family ties that comes with relocation and immigration.

Wide range of investment programmes:

Every investment option is evaluated based on its rate of return. When considering a CBI option, the types of investments are thoroughly scrutinised because they form basis of the income that investors will receive in the foreseeable future. The broader the investment programmes are, the better the diversification of an investor’s portfolio.

Individuals applying for the Dominica CBI can make contributions to the Economic Diversification Fund and Real Estate. The former supports private as well as public projects within the country whereas the latter entails investment in approved real estate projects.

St Kitts and Nevis offers a wide range of CBI options such as the Sustainable Growth Fund. This option follows the Dominica CBI focus which is the public and private real estate development.

Key investments in St Lucia include the National Economic Fund Investment and real estate amongst others. This diversification of investment options is advantageous because it enables investors to select suitable investments that are in line with their risk appetite.

High standard of living:

The United Nations Human Development Index (HDI), which encompasses factors such as life expectancy, education, access to healthcare, safety, and income is used to determine a country’s standard of living. Dominica, St Kitts, and Nevis, and St Lucia have an HDI of 0.742, 0.779, and 0.759 respectively. These country indices are higher than the countries where most investors come from, and they indicate fairly high standards of living.

Outside of economic factors, small island countries rank high in terms of freedom of expression, civil liberties, and political rights which all contribute to a high standard of living. Investments in these countries also tend to offer considerably stable returns because of reduced political risk from upheavals or conflict.

Low minimum investment outlay:

According to the CBI report of 2021, small island countries offer relatively lower investment outlays for their CBI programmes. The minimum investment outlay is an important measure because it is one of the most practical and foremost considerations for all investors. Overall, small island countries had the lowest minimum investment requirements, with some as low as USD 100 000 in Dominica. The low investment outlay means that investors can access similar benefits that come with being a citizen of a country, without paying a fortune.

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