Citizenship of Saint Lucia may be acquired either by birth in Saint Lucia, or by birth outside of Saint Lucia, to a parent or parents who are not themselves Saint Lucian citizens by descent. An adopted child may also become a Saint Lucian citizen given that one of the adoptive parents is a Saint Lucian citizen.
Foreign individuals may also apply for Saint Lucian citizenship subject to the full requirements laid down in Article 102 of the Citizenship Act. These circumstances include marriage to a Saint Lucian citizen; a Commonwealth citizen who has been an ordinarily resident in Saint Lucia; and an alien of full age and capacity who has resided in Saint Lucia for a period exceeding twelve months immediately preceding the date of his or her application; and who has resided or performed government services for periods amounting to no less than seven years. In the latter, alien refers to a person who is not a Commonwealth citizen, a British protected person nor a citizen of the Republic of Ireland. Such an alien must first renounce the citizenship of any other country he or she may possess before being naturalised as a Saint Lucian citizen.
Under the Citizenship by Investment Act of 2015, applicants who satisfy the requisite investment and eligibility criteria are rewarded citizenship through the Saint Lucia Citizenship by Investment Programme. The minimum investment requirement of the programme is a USD 100,000 non-refundable contribution to Saint Lucia’s National Economic Fund. A variety of other options, however, are also available, including investment in real estate, government bonds, or approved enterprise projects.
Furthermore, dual citizenship is allowed in Saint Lucia. Saint Lucian citizens, hence, do not lose their citizenship upon acquisition of the citizenship of another country. Persons who acquire Saint Lucian citizenship are also not required to renounce their original citizenship save in the one instance mentioned above.