Procedures and Timelines
Step 1. Preparation of Applications
The first step in an application for citizenship is to contact ICB, whose role is to provide the applicant with assistance in preparing documents for submission to the Saint Lucia government. The applicant will need to complete official forms, complete a medical examination, and obtain certain supporting documents – all of which must be submitted in English and be appropriately legalised. If the applicant is purchasing real estate, this will need to be reserved through a sale and purchase agreement. ICB will be able to advise the applicant on the preparation of the documents and on how to have them legalised.
Step 2. Documents Submission
When all forms are complete, ICB submits the application and associated documents to the government of Saint Lucia. We are responsible for liaising with the government in relation to all correspondence, queries, or questions that may arise with respect to the applicant’s file. There is currently no mandatory interview requirement for the Saint Lucia Citizenship by Investment Programme.
Step 3. Due-Diligence
Each application is vetted by the Government through a thorough due diligence background check, during which time submitted information is examined and verified. The government considers application files in light of this due diligence check, and then issues a recommendation about the application. Final approval is in the hands of the Minister, who generally follows the government’s recommendation. Upon the Minister making a decision, the applicant is issued a letter via ICB detailing whether the application was successful, delayed for further processing, or rejected.
Step 4. Certificates of Naturalisation and Procurement of Passports
If the application is successful, the Saint Lucia government issues a letter instructing the applicant, via ICB, to either make the donation, or complete the purchase of his or her real estate. If real estate is purchased, then the applicant must demonstrate completion, as well as the execution of all necessary documents. Upon receiving proof of payment, the government issues the certificate of naturalisation, establishing that the applicant has received Saint Lucian citizenship. ICB then use this certificate to apply for a Saint Lucia passport on behalf of the applicant.
Time necessary to obtain Saint Lucian citizenship and passport
The effective time needed for the whole procedure vary from case to case. The law provides for the minimum period of two (2) months. In practice, it may take up to 4 months. You should be aware, however, that a significant part of time is needed for due diligence agency vetting procedures and depends on your particular circumstances.