The Best Citizenship By Investment Programs of 2021

02
Jun

Comparing Caribbean Real Estate CBI Programmes

Obtaining second citizenship through Citizenship by Investment Programmes (CBI) is becoming an increasingly popular trend among high-net-worth investors. 

While there are a number of nations around the world offering CBI programs, Caribbean nations like Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, and Dominica are currently setting the standard for these unique economic citizenship schemes. This is largely due to the fact that these CBI programmes not only allow individuals to live, retire, or holiday in the serene and luxurious settings of the Caribbean, but they provide investors with financial and lifestyle benefits few other nations can offer.

Whether you are looking to start a new business, diversify your investment portfolio, obtain financial security, or find relief from the taxation of your assets, the Caribbean CBI programs provide you with some of the best financial perks in the world. They also can give you visa on arrival or visa-free access to more than 140 countries, provide citizenship access for your spouse, children, and parents, and open up work and educational opportunities for your family. Caribbean CBI programmes are also highly discrete and among the easiest programmes for obtaining dual citizenship.

That being said, it may seem like all Caribbean CBI programmes are all the same. Although many do offer similar benefits, there are notable differences between the programmes each country offers that you should be aware of before making your investment. 


To help you understand the differences and choose the best Citizenship by Investment programme in the Caribbean for your unique needs, Range Developments is here. Our comparison guide of the CBI real estate option programmes in the Caribbean lays out the key features and benefits of each option in order to help you make a more informed decision.

Grenada Citizenship by Investment

Grenada currently offers one of the best combinations of business and family-oriented CBI programmes in the Caribbean. 

The minimum required real estate investment falls in the mid-range compared to other Caribbean CBI Programmes with $220,000 USD needed for a joint investment venture and $350,000 USD required for a single investor. Investment in Grenada is a sound choice as the nation’s economy is steadily growing in the tourism, agriculture, and manufacturing sectors. 

Grenada also has the only CBI option in the Caribbean that provides investors with access to the United States via the E2 Visa. It is also the only programme that offers visa-free travel to China. In addition, a Grenadian passport also allows for visa-free, or visa on arrival travel to more than 140 other countries including the European Schengen countries, United Kingdom, Singapore, and Hong Kong. 

The Grenada CBI Programme is also excellent for investors with families as Grenada allows investors to include family members such as spouses, children, parents, and dependent grandparents and siblings on their citizenship applications. As citizens your spouse will have the ability to gain employment in Grenada, and your children will have access to Grenada’s excellent education, including the United States’ best offshore university, St. George’s University.

Key Features

United States E-2 Investor Visa

Grenada is the only Caribbean CBI program that can provide you with access to the United States through the U.S. E2 Visa. Once you become a citizen of Grenada you will also become eligible to apply for the E2 Visa. 

The E2 visa is available to foreign investors who have invested or are in the process of investing in a US-approved business located in the United States. Investors seeking residency and travel privileges to the United States through the E2 Visa must do so for the sole purpose of developing and overseeing business operations. 

Once you acquire the E2 Visa you will have the ability to live, work and travel within the United States. Your spouse will also have the opportunity to obtain work in the U.S. and your children will have access to free public schooling, and reduced tuition at many of America’s coveted universities. Furthermore, those who reside in the U.S. for 122 or less will not be subject to worldwide income taxation.

Key Features

Dominica Citizenship by Investment

Dominica’s CBI programme is the least expensive option available in the Caribbean with a minimum real estate investment of only $200,000 USD required. It also features the lowest application and processing fees of all five programmes as well. 

However, just because the costs are lower, doesn’t mean that you won’t still be getting a great investment. In fact, Dominica’s programme has been ranked the best CBI programme in the world for four years in a row. 

This is in large part due to the very lucrative business and financial benefits that Dominica’s CBI comes with. Dominica has a very minimal overall taxation system with no income, wealth, gift, inheritance, foreign income, or capital gains taxes on individuals. The island nation also offers great corporate tax incentives, full exemption from import duties, tax relief benefits, and export allowances. 

The Dominica Passport also gives you global mobility options with access to over 140 visa-free and visa on arrival countries. Like Grenada, full families are eligible to apply for citizenship including spouses, children, parents, grandparents, and siblings.

Key Features

St. Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment

St. Kitts & Nevis boasts the longest standing and once of the most valued CBI programmes in the Caribbean. Founded in 1983 it has been the standard benchmark for all other Caribbean nations starting CBI programmes. 

One of the main perks of the St. Kitts & Nevis CBI programme is that investors and an unlimited number of dependents can receive citizenship for life. Citizenship can also be passed down through generations, which makes the St. Kitts programme ideal for families.

The St. Kitts & Nevis CBI programme is also arguably the best for global mobility, providing visa-free or visa on arrival access to more than 150 countries including the UK, Schengen Area, Singapore and Hong Kong. 

Furthermore, if you are seeking the most expeditious option to citizenship in the Caribbean, St. Kitts & Nevis is also your best option as the nation offers a fast track application process for an additional fee. This means that your application can be processed in as short as 45 days, or half the time of other CBI programs.

Key Features

Antigua & Barbuda & Saint Lucia Citizenship by Investment

The Caribbean Island nations of Antigua & Barbuda and Saint Lucia also offer Citizenship by Investment programs as well, each of which has its own unique benefits.

While Antigua & Barbuda is one of the more expensive overall investments options, when the price of fees are taken into consideration it can become one of the least expensive choices for a family of 4. They also offer one of the better global mobility options providing visa-free access to 151 nations.

Finally, Saint Lucia’s CBI programme is probably best known for its diversity of investment options. While the real estate option requires a minimum investment of $300,000 USD, the government of Saint Lucia also offers investment options in enterprise projects, donations to the national economic fund, and investment in non-interest bearing government bonds.

Range Can Help You Find The CBI Programme That is Right For You

Range Developments have been leaders in the field of Caribbean Citizenship by Investment real estate development programs for over a decade. We work in close collaboration with the governments of Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, and Dominica to create financially sound, economic development opportunities that benefit investors and communities alike.

 

Our partnerships with some of the finest, award-winning hotel chains like Six Senses, Park Hyatt, and Kempinski, have allowed us to build beautiful, luxurious, and environmentally sustainable resorts throughout the Caribbean. We are the winner of multiple awards and are the only CBI developer who has completed two 5-Star luxury resorts, in the Caribbean, with a third currently under construction.

Six Senses La Sagesse, Grenada

Six Senses logo

Recipient of awards and rave reviews from 8 major publications.

The Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski, Dominica

Cabrits Resort & Spa

The Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski, Dominica, is a hideaway resort ranked one of the best in its class in the Caribbean.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts

A world-renowned 5 star resort located on the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Kitts & Nevis.

We have the experience, expertise, and connections to make the CBI process simple and easy for you. Based on your unique goals and objectives, we can help you find the right CBI program for you, your family, and your financial investment.

If you have any questions about our CBI programmes, or would like to begin your journey to Caribbean citizenship, please feel free to contact us at any time.

Comparisons: Investment Required1

Grenada Dominica St. Kitts & Nevis Antigua & Barbuda Saint Lucia
Minimum Joint Real Estate Investment $220,000 $200,000 $200,000 $200,000 $200,000
Minimum Joint Holding Period 5 Years 3 Years 7 Years 5 Years 5 Years
1 All prices in USD

Comparisons: Eligible Family Members

Grenada Dominica St. Kitts & Nevis Antigua & Barbuda Saint Lucia
Spouse
Children3
Parents3
Siblings3
Grandparents3
3 Additional dependency requirements and age restrictions may apply in each country.

Comparisons: Global Mobility

Grenada Dominica St. Kitts & Nevis Antigua & Barbuda Saint Lucia
Visa on Arrival / Visa Free Travel Countries 143 140 156 151 144
Notable Countries China, UK, EU, Schengen Area, Singapore, Hong Kong UK, EU, Schengen Area, Singapore, Hong Kong UK, EU, Schengen Area, Singapore, Hong Kong UK, EU, Schengen Area, Singapore, Hong Kong UK, EU, Schengen Area, Singapore, Hong Kong
United States E2 Visa Eligibility Yes No No No No
Average Application Processing Time 90-120 Days 90 Days 90-120 Days4 Variable 90 Days
Passport Expiration 5 Years 10 Years 10 Years 10 Years5 5 Years
Residency Requirement No No No No No

4 Can be expedited to 45-60 days via the Fast Track Application Process for an additional fee

5 Passports are valid for 5 years for children under the age of 16

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