St. Lucia Has Officially Joined The Four Caribbean CBI Programs In Signing the MoA

Saint Lucia has announced its decision to join Antigua & Barbuda, Grenada, Dominica, and Saint Kitts & Nevis in signing the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programs. Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre’s statement marks a key step in aligning the pricing, regulations, and vetting practices across these five Caribbean nations.

Understanding the Decision

Unlike the other four countries that signed the MoA in March, Saint Lucia took additional time to address legal and administrative matters. Last week, Mc Claude Emmanuel, head of Saint Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), hinted at the imminent signing during an industry summit. The latest statement, however, did not specify an exact date.

Strengthening the MoA

Saint Lucia proposed enhancements to the MoA, including:

  • Implementing an annual quota on CBI approvals.
  • Setting a minimum net worth requirement for applicants.
  • Requiring escrow accounts to be held on each island.
  • Barring unlicensed promoters from submitting applications.
  • Mandating international promoters to submit separate due diligence reports.

These measures aim to reinforce the agreement’s integrity and governance.

Compliance and Innovation

Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre emphasized that Saint Lucia has already implemented six principles agreed upon with the United States Government last year, which are:

  • Banning Russian and Belarusian applicants.
  • Implementing mandatory applicant interviews.
  • Subjecting applicants to enhanced vetting processes.
  • Sharing rejection cases with other islands.
  • Inviting an international third party to review the program.
  • Seeking international support for the recovery of revoked passports.

These steps emphasize Saint Lucia’s commitment to maintaining high standards in its CBI program.

Future Implementation

The MoA’s measures, including raising the minimum donation amount to $200,000, are scheduled to take effect at the end of this month. This increase aims to enhance the value and competitiveness of the region’s CBI offerings. By setting a higher benchmark for investment, the participating countries intend to attract more affluent and serious investors, which in turn can lead to greater economic benefits and development opportunities for the local communities.


By June 30, 2024, the minimum investment for all Caribbean Citizenship by Investment programs, will increase to $200,000 USD. Take advantage of this limited window to apply before the price increase is effective


Saint Lucia’s decision to join the MoA marks a significant move in the Caribbean’s efforts to create a unified and robust framework for citizenship by investment programs. This collaboration aims to enhance the credibility, transparency, and attractiveness of their CBI programs and position them as premium options in the global market, ensuring they appeal to high-net-worth individuals seeking not only citizenship but also meaningful investment opportunities.

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