Con­di­tions un­der which Cit­i­zen­ship by In­vest­ment De­ci­sions may be Re­voked

The Star (St. Lucia) - - BUSINESS MATTERS -

In light of the re­cent Press Re­lease re­gard­ing the Cit­i­zen­ship by In­vest­ment Pro­gramme, please be in­formed that a Cit­i­zen­ship by In­vest­ment once granted, may be re­voked sub­ject only to the pro­vi­sions of sec­tion 38 (1) of the Cit­i­zen­ship by In­vest­ment Act No.14 of 2015, on the fol­low­ing grounds: 1. Such reg­is­tra­tion as a cit­i­zen was ob­tained by false rep­re­sen­ta­tion or fraud or will­ful con­ceal­ment of ma­te­rial facts; or 2. the per­son has been con­victed of an of­fence; or 3. the per­son has per­formed any other act which, within the opin­ion of the Min­is­ter, has the po­ten­tial to bring dis­re­pute to Saint Lu­cia.”

The Min­is­ter with re­spon­si­bil­ity for Cit­i­zen­ship by In­vest­ment shall in writ­ing spec­ify the grounds for the re­vo­ca­tion of Cit­i­zen­ship by In­vest­ment and the in­di­vid­ual whose cit­i­zen­ship has been re­voked has the right of ap­peal to the High Court.

Fur­ther, and with re­gard to the in­vest­ment re­quire­ments, and as per sec­tion 38 (7) of the In­ter­pre­ta­tion Act Cap 1.06, all cit­i­zen­ships granted pur­suant to the pro­vi­sions of the Statu­tory In­stru­ment No. 1 of 2017, shall re­main valid even if the Cit­i­zen­ship Amend­ment Reg­u­la­tions are re­voked and or re­placed by any other Reg­u­la­tions.

Agents, Cit­i­zen­ship by In­vest­ment ap­pli­cants and other stake­hold­ers can thus main­tain con­fi­dence in the pro­gramme and be as­sured of its ef­fi­cacy and cer­tainty.

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