1. How much time does it take for Saint Lucia Passport?
It takes from 3 to 4 months to get the citizenship certificate and passport in case your registration is approved.
2. What is the reputation of Saint Lucia Passport?
Saint Lucia passport is ranked 31st of Passport Index with visa-free travel to 145 countries in the world according to IATA in 2019. The visa-free travel access includes the United Kingdom, European Schengen states, Hong Kong, Singapore and many more such as Germany, France, Switzerland, Ireland, etc. However, Economic Citizens of Saint Lucia (passport holders) still need a visa to travel to Canada and the United States.
3. What if Citizenship is refused?
You are only required to pay the full amount, only after receiving “Letter of Approval” from Government. You will have 60 days time to commit to the investment. If you are refused, it could be of the following reasons:
You have not passed background and due diligence checks done by the Government.
You have prior criminal convictions or visa denials.
You have lied or provided false information in your application.
Have been convicted of a criminal offense except for a minor traffic offense.
Have been denied any category of visa to a country to which Saint Lucia has visa-free access and been unsuccessful in subsequently obtaining visa.
Have been declared bankrupt by a court; and
Have been declared, by a court or qualified health practitioner to be mentally incapacitated.
4. Can I apply directly to the Citizenship Unit of Saint Lucia without approaching authorised agents?
Every applicant MUST use a licensed Authorised Agent to submit their application to the Citizenship by Investment Unit. The Unit will not process any application which has been submitted by anyone other than a licensed Authorised Agent.
5. What if application for Citizenship by Investment is denied?
You can appeal the denial of your application if you feel that there are good grounds to do so. Your Authorised Agent can advise you on how to make an appeal.
6. Is it possible to get citizenship under fast track option under the investment program?
There is no accelerated processing of an application. The maximum time frame is 4 months.
7. What is National Economic Fund?
Saint Lucia National Economic Fund is a special fund established under Section 33 of the Citizenship by Investment Act No. 14 of 2015. The National Economic Fund is established for the sole purpose of receiving qualifying investments of donations under the Citizenship by Investment Programme. Funds collected via the National Economic Fund will be used for purposes which have been approved by the Cabinet as part of the national development agenda.
8. How is the health care in Saint Lucia?
St Lucia has thirty-three (33) Health Centers, three (3) public hospitals, one (1) private hospital, and one (1) psychiatric hospital.
9. How is the climate in Saint Lucia?
The local climate is tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds, with a dry season from 1 December to 31 May, and a wet season from 1 June to 30 November.
10. Do Saint Lucia has tax treaty with US Government?
On June 30, 2014, St. Lucia signed a Model 1 agreement with the United States of America in relation to Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). As at September 1, 2016, the status of the agreement is listed as “In Force”.