The recent discussions of birth certificates and citizenship have rekindled my interest in living and working abroad, and, consequently, my frustration at just very how hard this is for the average person to accomplish. Each government jealousy guards its citizenship and work permits, even from friendly countries with whom it shares close cultural and economic ties. “I want to immerse myself in Europe’s culture and history,” I reflected, “not pop its cherry. Is there any country in the world which is even a little, you know…easy?” That’s how I learned about St. Kitts and Nevis.
If my coveted United Kingdom is an ice princess that does not deign to look down upon me from her ivory tower, St. Kitts and Nevis is her busty niece who is a sucker for men with flashy cars. St. Kitts and Nevis is a tiny English-speaking island state in the Caribbean; an independent Commonwealth realm whose Governor-General answers to Queen Elizabeth II. If you Google citizenship for that country, you do not immediately come across an government site, as you might expect, but a host of shady businesses operating under domain names like “offshoreinfo.com” and “offshore-services.biz.” The latter purports to teach you “how to legally escape taxes of your home country, and how to get a new life and citizenship in St. Kitts and Nevis.”
St. Kitts and Nevis boasts the world’s oldest “citizenship-by-investment” program. With a clean background/HIV check, the purchase of some real estate on one of the country’s two tropical islands, and an investment of $250,000, these companies will put you on the fast track to citizenship. Many countries now have some type of citizenship-by-investment program—the UK sells her wares for £1,000,000 or more—but she has a right to expect nice things from her suitors, doesn’t she? As an offshore tax shelter, St. Kitts and Nevis’s citizenship program is more about what your country can do for you. Escapeartist.com writes:
As a citizen of St. Kitts & Nevis, you can live and work in the islands anytime, although there is no obligation to so. You also enjoy special rights and privileges in the United Kingdom. You are not liable to taxation in St. Kitts & Nevis as there is no income tax, capital gains tax, wealth tax or inheritance tax!
The whole procedure—from submitting the application up to the issue of the citizenship certificate and passport—takes about three months. You don’t need to travel to St. Kitts & Nevis for this purpose, but we highly recommend that you do so you may personally choose the property you would like to invest in.
Your St. Kitts and Nevis citizenship is not only a shrewd financial investment, but it affords you the opportunity to travel without the hassle of acknowledging your true nationality:
A passport from a peaceful, neutral and non-controversial country…carries many benefits. It lets you travel more freely and discreetly; protect yourself and your affairs from privacy invaders…And if you’re ever in the hands of someone with a grudge against your home nation, being able to present yourself as a citizen of another country may even save your life.
In an unsettled world, acquiring real estate outside your home country, along with an alternative citizenship and passport, is a wise investment in your personal security, freedom and privacy.
Think of how easily you will sleep knowing that the door is always open for you to abandon your home country in its time of need.
St. Kitts and Nevis probably has some sort of culture and history. Offshoreinfo.com gives brief mention to a “well-educated, English speaking and friendly” workforce that offers “good opportunities for investors and manufacturers,” but little else said of the people who actually inhabit the tiny islands. After all, what does a love of a country for its people and culture have to do with earning citizenship?