St. Kitts and Nevis does full background checks, including criminal convictions. While a "criminal conviction" on the face of it does not automatically disqualify a person from being eligible to successfully apply for citizenship, the authorities will look at the nature of the crime convicted and make a determination considering all of the facts of the application. Notwithstanding, however, convictions for serious crimes will likely be considered fatal to the application.
What due-diligence standards, such as prior criminal convictions, are there for investment immigrants to St. Kitts and Nevis?
I am from Ecuador and have a criminal conviction there from 15 years ago. But I have served my time and have since become a successful businessman. Can I apply for citizenship through an investment? What kind of background checks are there?
Please be advised under 7(2) of the St. Christopher and Nevis Citizenship Regulations, No. 52 of 2011. An applicant who has a criminal record, is a subject of a criminal investigation, is a potential national security risk to St. Kitts and Nevis or to any other country, or is involved in any activity likely to cause disrepute to the federation of St. Christopher and Nevis, shall not be approved for citizenship-by-investment. However, if it is that your criminal conviction has been expunged from the records in your country, then you may be able to obtain citizenship of St. Christopher and Nevis.