In extraordinary cases, where the nature of the query renders it impracticable for a response to be submitted within the stipulated time frame, a notarized affidavit from the main applicants is required, explaining the reason for the delay and proposing a later date when the query is expected to be satisfied. (Not beyond 60 days). This explanation must be given within forty-five(45) days as well.
Also take note that effective 31st July, 2014, all files within the CIU Unit with outstanding responses to queries as at 31st December, 2013, will be closed at the discretion of the Head of the Unit, if responses are not received.
2. Due Diligence Background Checks for Sponsors of Citizenship by Investment Applicants
Authorised persons are hereby advised that in cases where an applicant is being financially sponsored by a spouse, parent or child who is not a subject of that application or another independent application, or not a citizen of St. Christopher and Nevis, it is also imperative for that sponsor to undergo a background check.
In this regard, to avoid unnecessary delays, the requisite documentation, that is, the completed C1 Form, together with a certified copy of valid passport and national ID, bank statement for the last twelve(12)months, affidavit of financial support and the relevant due diligence fees of US $4000.00, should be submitted at the same time as the applicant’s application.
3. Recording of Names on Certificates of Registration
The Citizenship by Investment Unit acknowledges the number of requests for name changes displayed on Certificates of Registration, even though the information was initially derived directly from submitted certified birth certificates or other relevant certified documentation such as the marriage certificates.
The policy of recording the names of applicants on Certificates of Registration has always been guided according to the birth certificate, which is the governing document of record, unless alternative satisfactory documentary evidence is submitted, such as in cases of marriage and name change by deed poll.
Your attention is also drawn to the final paragraph of the acknowledgment letter, which addresses this issue.
4. Application for Citizenship by Investment for Dependents
All authorized persons are hereby reminded that in cases where a dependent minor forms part of an application, where only one biological parent is applying for citizenship, an Affidavit of Consent together with a certified copy of a government issued picture I.D., bearing the signature of the consenting parent, must accompany the application.
Additionally, both parents are required to sign the C1 Form of the dependent minor’s application. In situations where the main applicant has full legal custody of a dependent minor, or the non-applying parent is deceased, the main applicant must provide the relevant certified documentation in support of the particular circumstances.
Authorised persons are hereby advised that whenever an applicant claims the attainment of a university degree, he/she is required to submit a certified copy. In cases where one is unable to present copies, a notarized statement from the university confirming the degree, is required.
Bank statements spanning at least twelve (12) months must now be submitted by the main applicant, or sponsors of applicants and should clearly reflect the applicant’s/sponsor’s ability to meet the necessary funding requirements. This may take the form of one or a combination of accounts, including Certificates of Deposit.
All applicants who are citizens of countries with mandatory military service are required to submit copies of military records or exemption documentation where necessary.
8. Adjustment in Fees for Addition of Spouses, Minors and Dependents
Please take note that all processing of applications of this nature is now carried out at the Citizenship by Investment Unit and not Homeland Security. The following is the new pricing structure accordingly:
I. Due diligence fees for addition of a spouse, and
dependents to the application $7,500.00
II. Processing fees subsequent to approval
a) For addition of a spouse (after one (1) calendar year) $75,000.00
b) For addition of a spouse (within one calendar year of approval) $75,000.00
c) For addition of a spouse (if married after application) $50,000.00
d) For addition of a dependent parent $50,000.00
e) For addition of a minor (subsequent to approval) $25,000.00
f) For addition of a minor (if child born before and is applying
Subsequent to approval) $35,000.00
Withdrawal of application after completion of processing will incur an administrative fee of US $55,000.00
N.B. Addition by ancestry must be done at Homeland Security
9. Change in Banking Policy
The CIU would like to hereby notify you of a change in our banking policy. Effective July 1, 2014, banking instructions given in the C4 Form should be disregarded. Applicants making contributions into the SIDF Escrow account will now be required to do so at our St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Limited account, by quoting the information below, on the wire transfer document.
Please also be advised that bank charges for the wire transfer transaction, which usually sums up to approximately US$70.00, should be paid separately to avoid any deductions from the total contributions.