In a press statement released today in response to statements Saint Lucian Prime Minister Allen Chastanet made in Geneva on June 7th, reported by Investment Migration Insider, the Saint Lucia Labour Party claims the PM’s statements are inconsistent with Saint Lucian law.
“The law presently only allows for one generation only, to inherit citizenship by descent. A descendent of a person who has been granted citizenship through the CIP cannot pass on citizenship to their children.These children must be born in Saint Lucia to be granted citizenship. The SLP calls on the Prime Minister to explain his statements and whether there is an intention to change the laws of Saint Lucia to allow for what he announced.”
Investment Migration Insider, who was present in Geneva and was the original source of the story, notes that the Prime Minister never mentioned anything about the third generation being able to inherit the citizenship if neither they nor the parents are born outside Saint Lucia. Indeed, this would be inconsistent with citizenship law in most jurisdictions, with countries like Ireland, Italy and Isreal among the notable exceptions. The PM’s statements merely indicated that children of CIP applicants would be able to inherit the citizenship, not their children’s children.
Christian Henrik Nesheim is the founder and editor of Investment Migration Insider, the #1 magazine – online or offline – for residency and citizenship by investment. He is an internationally recognized expert, speaker, documentary producer, and writer on the subject of investment migration, whose work is cited in the Economist, Bloomberg, Fortune, Forbes, Newsweek, and Business Insider. Norwegian by birth, Christian has spent the last 14 years in the United States, China, and Spain.