Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas is not of the view that the visa requirement imposed by Canada on nationals of St Kitts and Nevis will make the federation’s citizenship by investment (CBI) programme less competitive to that of Antigua and Barbuda that still has visa-free access to Canada.
The question was put to the prime minister in a recent press conference and he said the government will do all that it can to ensure the CBI programme remains attractive. He conceded that Canada is one of the three countries to which passport seekers want to have visa free travel but that the programme still has attractive features.
Since November 22, St Kitts and Nevis joined Caribbean countries that require a visa to travel to Canada. The Canadian government said that Canada has implemented the visa requirement on St Kitts and Nevis due to concerns about the issuance of passports and identity management practices within its CBI programme.