Why apply for citizenship?

The Caribbean has long been the dream vacation destination for westerners, and generations of visitors and investors have made the archipelago of tropical islands a firstworld paradise and crossroads of international culture.

While the US, Canada and the UK have dominated the flow of investor immigrants since these programs were first introduced over 30 years ago, the Caribbean programs are unique in the world. Qualified applicants can be granted citizenship in as little as 90 days, and no or little residency is required.

This is a very special opportunity and particularly well suited to those not seeking an immediate move of their family, and can be an essential component in an international wealth preservation strategy.

When considering the many faces the future can hold, the Caribbean holds significant advantages as a second home region and sanctuary. The Citizenship by Investment Programs offer affluent individuals the opportunity to apply for citizenship through a luxury property investment, government donation and in some jurisdictions, via a business investment.

The benefits

Wealth Preservation - A second citizenship and property investment in a Caribbean country can be an essential component in an international wealth preservation strategy. With an established history of protecting the privacy of its citizens, both island nations are home to international banks and developed financial services sectors.

Personal Security on the most fundamental level, property and citizenship in the Caribbean represents security for your family. With growing food production and green energy sectors, and the natural ingredients for true sustainability in the future, the Caribbean holds significant advantages as a second home region.

Visa-free Travel with little or no residency requirement, a qualified investor and their family can benefit from numerous privileges including visa-free travel to more than 130 countries.

Business – In addition to some very interesting opportunities based around the principal industries in the host country itself, new business opportunities open up to participants in citizenship by investment programs as they can travel abroad more freely and expand their networks into the international elite, a great number of whom spend time in the Caribbean.

Family & Lifestyle – Most citizenship by investment programs are available to the family members of the main applicant. This means that investors can secure a better future for their spouse and children. Second citizenships offer access to world-class health care, education and an improved lifestyle.

Creating a global lifestyle today, or giving oneself the option for future mobility and resettlement, is a worthwhile investment

Which Investment?

In order to apply for citizenship in the Caribbean, applicants are required to make an investment into an approved property or business, or make a donation to a government fund.

Donation to a government fund

In general, the non-refundable donations to the government are less expensive in the short term than investing in a property or business. They are typically set up as non-profits subject to parliamentary oversight with annual published reports on use of funds.

BUSINESS INVESTMENT

These are referred to as AB9 investments and are early investments into approved businesses. The Citizens International team created one of the very first CIP-approved business funds for international clients and successfully subscribed the first offering in 2017 which was for construction financing of a new hotel project.

Future offerings will mostly focus on commercial development but also in food and energy production which is has unexploited potential in the Caribbean region. The investment can range from US $400,000 and up and the return on investment is quite attractive.

The offer packages are time limited and both the investment funds and projects are managed by third party professional internationally whilst our team helps oversee technical, legal and commercial due diligence for each opportunity in tandem with overall structuring input.

Real Estate Investment

An investment in a real estate project is a direct investment into the tourism infrastructure for these heavily tourism-centric countries, and as a homeowner your connection to the country is robust and you have somewhere to reside when you and your family come to visit.

There is also the possibility of seeing your property value increase in the luxury Caribbean property market, and the chance to recoup your investment after the five-year minimum ownership period.
If clients wish to pursue a citizenship application based on a property investment, Citizens International acts as a property agent and can identify the developers with proven expertise in the region whom we are confident are creating tourism infrastructure with value over and above the citizenship attached to it.

A good way to analyze this is to evaluate whether the property would appeal to an international buyer who is not interested in applying for citizenship. A location not appealing to tourists is probably not going to hold value or appeal to a vacationer or lifestyle buyer when you come to rent out the property or sell it in the future, and of paramount importance is a sustainable development and operations plan.

Having been based in the Caribbean for decades, our team is well-versed in the property market and will ensure you are presented with all the information about each property so you can make the best decision. There are some exceptional opportunities for  value creation over the medium to long term.

Our Process

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APPLICATION

Compile application and determine investment route

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SUBMISSION

Submit application for review and due diligence

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DETERMINATION

Approval in principle or rejection, usually within 90 days

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CONCLUDE INVESTMENT

Balance of investment and fees payable

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CITIZENSHIP GRANTED

Passport issued, usually within 30 days

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Caribbean tourism grew 7% in 2015 and 4.3% in 2016, surpassing world tourism growth.