St Kitts and Nevis is rolling out biometrics-based background checks this year as part of the mandatory due diligence process applicants need to pass when applying for the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) program.
To protect the immigration program’s integrity, following second citizenship demand, the government says it is committed to devoting funding for more robust security checks.
Prime Minister Timothy Harris believes the two islands are “the best in the industry worldwide,” which is why under the due diligence process each applicant for citizenship is thoroughly screened.
After becoming independent, the islands introduced the CBI program in 1984. It is an economic-citizenship program, which Harris claims is “considered the most attractive, and that is demonstrated by the confidence of our clients and agents.”
Individuals contributing at least $150,000 to the Sustainable Growth Fund and who have passed the diligence checks, can obtain second citizenship. The program aims to facilitate socio-economic initiatives. Economic citizens can travel visa free or get visa on arrival for more than 150 countries and territories.
Canada, the US and most European Union countries have adopted similar citizenship by investment programs.