What is citizenship by investment?
Many countries around the world offer the opportunity to become a citizen via specific investments into the country. The three largest programs in the world are in the U.S.A, U.K. and Canada. Varying levels of investment and residency are required, along with strict criteria that applicants must meet, depending on the jurisdiction.
Five independent Commonwealth and Caribbean nations in the Eastern Caribbean also offer individuals and families from other countries the opportunity to become citizens of their island nations.
A Caribbean citizenship is offered in return for a significant investment into:
– an approved property development to grow the tourism infrastructure or
– an approved business to increase foreign direct investment or
– a government fund. Donations are non-refundable and used for government projects including public-private partnerships and approved charitable investments.
Generally the Caribbean programs are intended to encourage foreign direct investment, predominantly resort development, and stimulate the economy whilst also attracting international wealth and expertise.