Citizenship in St Lucia

St Lucia offers quickest citizenship to foreign investors against $240,000 one time donation to Government fund or $300,000 in Govt bonds or $300,000 property investment in St Lucia real estate.

St Lucia Passport

St Lucia passport ranked 31st in world passport rankings in2021 with visa free travel to 146 countries in the world including United Kingdom, Europe, Switzerland etc.

Property investment citizenship

Buying a property in St Lucia USD 300,000 also qualifies for fast track citizenship. Only Government approved hotels and resorts qualifies for citizenship. Processing time is 3 months.

CIP Government Bonds

National Action Bonds! Investors qualify for citizenship in St Lucia for buying Government treasury bonds at discounted price for USD 300,000. After 5 years you get the entire $300,000 back and you keep the citizenship for life. No additional costs to family members.

Business Investment

Investment in approved enterprise projects by Government qualifies for St Lucia citizenship under the citizenship-by-investment programme. The minimum investment required  is $1,000,000 in a joint venture.

Processing Time

The Average processing time is 2-3 months. You will get citizenship and passport from approved by St Lucia Government within that time frame. Mandatory interviews required for applicant and family members.

CIP Saint Lucia

Why St Lucia?

  • St Lucia ranked as No.1 CBI program for 2021 (A cut above the rest)
  • Unspoiled exotic beaches, a great country for holidays.
  • Visa free travel to over 145 countries including United Kingdom, EU Schengen states, Switzerland, Germany etc.
  • Lifetime citizenship for family and children
  • Confidential application process with no exchange of information with other Governments.
  • Only CBI nation offering government bonds for citizenship (fully refundable after 5 years without interest)
  • Cheapest citizenship program for single or one person who have no family.
  • No residency requirements. No interviews. No language tests.
  • No requirement to visit St Lucia.
  • Very fast citizenship approval within 70 days
  • Citizenship through property investment in St Lucia real estate
  • No interviews, No language tests, No military service, No business experience needed for citizenship
  • Saint Lucia passport valid for 5 years initially after can be renewed at any consulate abroad..
  • No income, wealth or inheritance taxes.


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Qualifying investments

Price Hike from July 1

The Saint Lucia Citizenship by Investment Unit (“The Unit”) in a memo sent to agents and stakeholders, wishes to inform of changes to the minimum legislative prices of qualifying investment options effective July 1, 2024. These adjustments are in keeping with the Memorandum of Agreement signed between the five OECS territories operating Citizenship by Investment Programmes which calls for a minimum investment threshold of US two hundred thousand dollars (USD 200,000.00).

As a signatory to the agreement, Saint Lucia will be making the following changes effective July 1, 2024

Potential applicants who wish to make last minute applications are given 30 days grace time under previous $100,000 pricing structure must make payment and submit application before Jult 30 to apply.

St Lucia Citizenship by Investment

The  Citizenship by Investment Program of St Lucia was launched in December 2015 following the passage of Act No. 14 of 2015, the Citizenship by Investment Act on 24th August 2015 enabling foreign investors and families acquire citizenship of Saint Lucia through these investment routes. According to St Lucia CIP Changes 2024, the minimum investments are

  1. USD 240,000 to National Economic Fund (one time non-refundable)
  2. USD 300,000 in approved Real estate projects (hotels, resorts, boutiques, holiday homes)
  3. USD 300,000 in non-interest bearing Special Discount Government bonds (Fully Refunded in 5 years) (Limited offer extended for 2023)
  4. USD 3,500,000 in joint enterprise business projects (universities, ports, research, oil, processing plans, highways, agriculture)

CIP Investment Routes

Saint Lucia Government has announced significant changes to the citizenship by investment program for 2023.  Saint Lucia is much more cheaper now for families! Prices have been reduced for families and real estate option.

All applications can now be filed online through dedicated digital CBI platform. Additional agency fee applies for all investment route charged by law firms.

1. National Economic Fund

Contributions to National fund are the cheapest and affordable investment routes for applicants. These are one time non-recoverable investment paid to Government of St Lucia. Prices for donation for applying as family were reduced to invite more investment into the country.

  • Applicant applying with up to three qualifying dependents – US$240,000
  • Each additional qualifying dependent (under 18 years of age) – $10,000
  • Each additional qualifying dependent (above 18 years of age) – $20,000
  • Newborn child of a citizen who is 12 months of age or below – $5,000
  • Spouse of a citizen – $35,000
  • Qualifying dependents of a citizen other than a spouse – $25,000

Siblings can be included in the family application but must be below 18 years of age, unmarried and childless. Please see the family requirements below.

Additional Fees

CIP Application fee: $2000 (main applicant), $1000 (dependent)
CIP Due diligence fee: $8000 main applicant, $5000 (dependent)
Bank fee: $1000

Adding Dependants Later

It is also possible for children, spouse and dependants can be added later within 3 years of receiving approval by just paying a flat fee for passports

  • New born child – $5000
  • Spouse – $35,000
  • Dependent – $25,000

2. Real Estate

St Lucia requires USD 300,000 to be invested in real estate for 5 year period . This can be in shares or full titled property. Financing can be arranged for real estate through local banks.

3. National Action Government Bonds

Saint Lucia is the only caribbean country offering non-interest bearing zero coupon government bonds/ treasury securities for citizenship by investment. Fully refundable, risk free investment guaranteed return by government after five years with no interest giving you full peace of mind with the investment.

Effective from Jan 1, 2023, New Government issued bonds introduced $300,000 (irrespective of dependants) held for 5 or more years for Non refundable with Government processing fee of $50,000. Non refundable processing fee, with regard to an investment by the purchase of Government bonds under regulation 12(3), is waived.

The holding period for bonds is below

  • Single applicant applying alone - $300,000 (5 years)
  • Families (no limit on dependants) -US$300,000 (5 years)

No application fee for bonds. Lawyer fee apply.

Kindly note Government administrative fee of USD 50,000 plus due diligence fee($7,500) apply. The bond investment is fully refunded by government without interest after 5 years of holding period.


Effective September 1st, 2023, applications to the Saint Lucia Citizenship by Investment Programme will be subject to an interview in person or virtually, allowing for an additional layer of protection. This identity verification process will commence upon the compliance of an application and at the Due Diligence Process stage. A $500 fee is applicable charged to main applicant only.

Canada Visa Waiver

Canada has granted partial visa waiver through electronic travel authorization to all nationals of St.Lucia. Effective Jun 6, 2023, St.Lucia citizens who have either held a Canadian visa in the last 10 years or who currently hold a valid United States non-immigrant visa can now apply for an eTA ($7) instead of a paper visa, when travelling to Canada by air.

Eligible Family Members

Note the age limit requirement

  • A spouse of the applicant;
  • A child of the applicant or of his or her spouse who is 21 years of age or below;
  • A child of the applicant or of his or her spouse who is no more than 30 years of age and who is fully supported by the applicant;
  • A child of the applicant or of his or her spouse, of any age, who is physically or mentally challenged and who is fully supported by the applicant;
  • A parent of the applicant or of his or her spouse who is above 55 years of age and who is fully supported by the applicant;
  • A parent of any age who is physically or mentally challenged and who is fully supported by the applicant;
  • An unmarried sister or brother (sibling) of the applicant who is below 18 years of age and who has received the consent of his or her parent or guardian to make an application for citizenship by investment.

CIP Amendments 2024

Saint Lucia recently made several key amendments to its legislation to make its citizenship-by-investment program even more attractive to investors and families.

  1. Real estate investment increased to US$ 300,000 (shares in a resort)
  2. New net worth requirement and annual quota to be introduced.
  3. Government bonds now cheaper for families set at US$ 300,000 (any number of dependents)
  4. St Lucia now issues biometric passports to all citizens from 2022 upgrading passport security.
  5. New born child can be added post receiving citizenship within 12 months by paying $5000 to government.
  6. Average CIP application processing times cut making Saint Lucia fastest CIP in the Caribbean.
  7. New e-payment payment platform rolled out for faster receipt payments avoiding bank delays
  8. The category of ‘qualifying dependant’ has been expanded and now includes the option to “add-on” qualifying dependants in all investment options for the granting of citizenship. Besides your spouse, you can now include children up to the age of 30 as well as parents over 55 if they are fully supported by you. An unmarried sister or brother who is under 18 can also be included in your application.

St Lucia has amended Citizenship by investment program (CIP) Act 2019 making it simple to applicants.

From now on family members of CBI citizens also receive citizenship with ease and without complications if applied within five years of their citizenship.

  • New born children can be added as dependant of CBI citizens within 5 years
  • New Spouses can also added as dependant of CBI citizens within 5 years
  • Processing time of applications significantly reduced averaging 80 days.
  • CIP Board to grant authorized agent licenses. All agents must undergo due diligence checks, pay USD 10,000 agent fee and must not have criminal background or bankrupt
  • Applicants who cannot make payments within 90 days for citizenship program can be extended with written request to the Board
  • Another very important change is, if St Lucia revokes/deprives citizenship for CBI citizen, then all or any dependants also lose citizenship under citizenship scheme.
  • CBI applicants can also make use of government bonds option which require $500K fully refunded after five years.

Dependants need to pay only $1000 processing fee and due diligence fee $5000

St Lucia has one of the best citizenship by investment schemes in the Caribbean. The citizenship option starts with $100,000 donation to the state


Initial Documents

Be ready with the following documents for the local lawyer to file your initial application with the citizenship unit.

  1. Certified copy of Birth certificate
  2. Certified copy of all passport pages
  3. Provide a Police (If In USA need FBI not local police report ) for anyone 16 and over
  4. Provide a CV / Resume for anyone 18 and over
  5.  Original birth certificate needed when applying for passport

In addition the documents  must be accompanied with

  • Lawyers credential – this is the lawyer who is certifying all the documents as true copies
  • The medical examiners credentials – this is for the medical examiner who is doing the SL 8 form
  • Translators credentials – if there are any translations to be done , then these must be provided

Application forms

Attach the above documents with the CIP checklist application form which can can be downloaded here

Citizenship process

How to Apply?

We work with several authorized agents and real estate developers in Saint Lucia. All applicants have to apply for citizenship in St Lucia through authorized agent or service provider, which is recommended by the Government.

  1. Sign a retainer agreement with the agent and pay a initial deposit (5%-10%). The agent will do a initial compulsory due diligence check and will request for documents before starting the process.
  2. The authorized agent will sign client-professional agreement and ensuring the confidentiality of the documents and information and will give a green signal to start the application process.
  3. Pay the agent service fee, Government due diligence, registration fee (real estate only) . The agent will handle everything between Government and the Client. At this point on, the agent will check and verify all documents and will launch an application with St Lucia Citizenship Unit on behalf of the client. Only licensed agents can apply on behalf of the client.
  4. St Lucia citizenship unit  will take 60 days to approve the application. Once the application is approved, they will issue “Letter of Approval” to the agent who will instruct you to make the remaining investment amount.  You are not required to pay the full amount before receiving approval letter.
  5. Once the letter of approval is received, you are required to make the remaining full investment within 21 days (bonds, real estate, business, in case of donation - payment must be made to government fund account)
  6. St Lucia citizenship unit verifies that the appropriate investment has been completed and the investor and family will be promptly issued a Certificate of Naturalization and you will receive a St Lucia passport within 7 days.
  7. Authorized agent will collect naturalization certificate and passport and will hand over to you.

Saint Lucia Economy

Saint Lucia, which became an independent country/state on February 22, 1979. Saint Lucia economy is mainly based on tourism and agriculture. Tourist industry accounts for approximately 65% of GDP and has been established as the highest foreign exchange earner. Saint Lucia currently ranks 77th  out of 183 economies in the Doing Business Report published by the World Bank.

Saint Lucia

St Lucia Passport

Saint Lucia passport is one of the best travel documents in the world with visa free travel to 145 countries and territories including United Kingdom, Ireland, Israel, South Korea, Cuba, and EU schengen states etc. You can also apply for separate US/Canada visa at any nearest american embassy where you live..

As of 2022, Saint Lucia citizens had visa free access to 146 countries in the world. Saint Lucia is one of the most visited tourist country in the Caribbean.

Saint Lucia

Real estate

The Government has approved two real estate resorts for the purpose of citizenship by investment program. Investing a minimum of $300,000 ONLY in these approved projects will qualify for citizenship.

  1. Canelles Resort
  2. Alpina St Lucia Hotel


Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia, which became an independent country/state on February 22, 1979. Saint Lucia economy is mainly based on tourism and agriculture. Tourist industry accounts for approximately 65% of GDP and has been established as the highest foreign exchange earner. Saint Lucia currently ranks 77th  out of 183 economies in the Doing Business Report published by the World Bank.

Quick Facts

Saint Lucia
Flag of Saint Lucia
Coat of arms of Saint Lucia
Flag Coat of arms
Motto: "The Land, The People, The Light"
Anthem: Sons and Daughters of Saint Lucia
Location of  Saint Lucia  (circled in red)in the Caribbean  (light yellow)

Location of  Saint Lucia  (circled in red)in the Caribbean  (light yellow)

Location of Saint Lucia
and largest city
14°1′N 60°59′W
Official languages English
Saint Lucian Creole French[1]
Ethnic groups(2010[2])
  • 85.3% Black
  • 10.9% Mixed
  • 2.2% Indian
  • 1.6% other
  • 0.1% unspecified
Demonym Saint Lucian
Government Parliamentary democracy under constitutional monarchy
• Monarch
Elizabeth II
• Governor-General
Pearlette Louisy
• Prime Minister
Philip J. Pierre
Legislature Parliament
• Upper house
• Lower house
House of Assembly
• Associated State
1 March 1967
• from the United Kingdom
22 February 1979
• Total
617 km2 (238 sq mi) (191st)
• Water (%)
• 2015 UN estimate
• 2010 census
• Density
300/km2 (777.0/sq mi)
GDP (PPP) 2016 estimate
• Total
$2.083 billion[3]
• Per capita
GDP (nominal) 2016 estimate
• Total
$1.439 billion[3]
• Per capita
HDI (2014) Steady 0.729[4]
high · 89th
Currency East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Time zone (UTC−4)
Drives on the left
Calling code +1 758
ISO 3166 code LC
Internet TLD .lc