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FeaturedDominica, St Kitts and Nevis and Saint Lucia lead CBI Index 2022, securing top three ranks

The sixth edition of “A Guide to Global Citizenship: The CBI Index” on August 22, 2022,” was released by the Professional Wealth Management (PWM) Magazine of the Financial Times on August 22, 2022. While showing incredible results for the two Caribbean countries, the CBI Index 2022 ranked Dominica and St Kitts and Nevis as the top countries in the Citizenship by Investment Industry. 

The Citizenship by Investment Programme of Dominica and St Kitts and Nevis managed to retain their position in the CBI Index 2022 as both the countries ranked as the world’s best for having the programme.  

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Dominica, which launched the CBI Programme in 1993, has remained a champion in the industry as it attained the top rank in the Index for the sixth consecutive year. On the other hand, Dominica has shared the top spot with St Kitts and Nevis as Index ranked its programme as the world’s best for the second year in a row. 

Now, the newest in the CBI Industry, Saint Lucia, has joined the two countries while showing significant improvement in the Citizenship by Investment Programme. It jumped from fourth to the third position in the CBI Index 2022. 

While acing the top three position in the CBI Index, three of the Caribbean nations left behind ten other countries offering similar programmes in the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and beyond and secured the top positions in the CBI Index 2022. 

It is Dominica’s sixth consecutive year sitting atop the overall rankings, and it once again maintains a perfect score of 10 in six of the nine pillars under assessment. The CBI Index report outlined the efficiency of Dominica’s CBI programme and stated that due to robust due diligence, a streamlined application process and sustainable development projects assisted by the CBI funds remained the strength of the programme. 

The CBI Index stated,” Dominica’s consistency is a combination of an affordable minimum investment outlay, thorough and comprehensive due diligence, a streamlined application process, as well as its reputation for investing into the real economy of Dominica through ambitious, sustainable development projects facilitated by CBI funds.”

Dominica Citizenship by Investment Programme scored 81 points and 90 per cent in the report, and it climbed the top spot in the following six out of nine pillars of the CBI Index 2022: 

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  • Minimum Investment Outlay
  • Mandatory Travel or Residence
  • Ease of Processing
  • Due Diligence
  • Family
  • Certainty of Product

The index report added that Dominica continues to offer a minimum investment outlay followed by a smooth application process that provides certainty to the investors. First established 28 years ago, the Citizenship by Investment Programme of Dominica continues to lead the path in providing clarity in terms of usage of CBI funds, the report added.

The top place with perfect ten scores is retained by the Caribbean jurisdictions of Dominica, which has no travel or residency requirements from CBI applicants. 

On the other hand, the Citizenship by Investment Programme of St Kitts and Nevis again joined Dominica in first place overall, making Dominica and St Kitts and Nevis the best CBI programmes the industry had to offer in 2022.  

Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis and Saint Lucia lead CBI Index 2022, securing top three ranks

Since the inception of the report in 2017, this is for the second consecutive year that St Kitts and Nevis’ CBI Programme topped the Index, scoring ten marks in six pillars of the Index. Like Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis also scored 81 points and 90 percent in the report. The full marks in the six pillars of excellence reflected the priorities of the investors, which are as follows: 

  • Mandatory Travel or Residence
  • Citizenship Timeline
  • Ease of Processing
  • Due Diligence
  • Family
  • Certainty of Product 

Citizenship by Investment Programme of St Kitts and Nevis was the only programme to get full points in the “Citizenship Timeline” pillar of the CBI Index, where the report recognized its Accelerated Application Process as it offers for an additional fee, an applicant can obtain their citizenship within a maximum of 60 days instead of the standard processing time of approximately three months.

The report further added that Dominica is met this year by St Kitts and Nevis in attaining a perfect score for the Certainty of Product Pillar due to the programme’s longevity, popularity, renown, stability and adaptability. 

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The CBI Index remarked, “As the only programme with an accelerated application process ensuring a decision within 60 days, St Kitts and Nevis retains its title of having the fastest overall processing time of all jurisdictions, with a perfect score of 10 for the Citizenship Timeline Pillar. In addition, St Kitts and Nevis received perfect scores for minimum travel requirements, ease of processing, due diligence, family and certainty of product.”

This year, the CBI index witnessed significant modification with the securing of the third position by the Citizenship by Investment Programme of Saint Lucia. The country moved one step forward as it stood fourth in the Index, and the development has happened with the change of the administration. 

Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis and Saint Lucia lead CBI Index 2022, securing top three ranks

The Citizenship by Investment Programme of Saint Lucia secured the third position as it remained at the top spot in three out of the nine pillars of the CBI Index 2022. 

The Index mentioned, “As the newest Caribbean programme, Saint Lucia is now in its sixth year and jumps from fourth to third overall in this year’s CBI Index, ahead of Grenada’s score of 78. This increase in the overall score relates to improvements in due diligence — in particular, the introduction of biometric passports and increased popularity and adaptability while remaining competitive with a minimum investment outlay in line with Dominica of US$100,000 for a single applicant.” 

Saint Lucia’s CBI programme scored 78 points and 87 percent in the report. The CBI Index 2022 report stated that Saint Lucia tops these three pillars of excellence: 

  • Minimum Investment Outlay
  • Mandatory Travel or Residence
  • Ease of Processing

The Caribbean jurisdictions of Dominica and Saint Lucia maintain the top spot with a perfect score of 10 due to their minimum investment outlay of US$100,000. 

The report stated that Saint Lucia retained a perfect score of 10 for the Ease of Processing Pillar for the sixth year in a row.

The CBI Index is an annual report published by the Financial Times’ Professional Wealth Management (PWM) magazine. The ranking is based on nine pillars: ease of processing, due diligence, citizenship timeline, family, and Mandatory Travel or Residence. 

The CBI Index is the world’s most reliable comparison tool for active citizenship by investment programmes. It serves as a practical guide for individuals and entities wishing to learn more about Economic Citizenship, displaying a data-driven study of the CBI Industry.

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