passport stampAlthough the United States government said it understands the potential benefit of the Caribbean countries offering the Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP), it has issued a word of caution concerning individuals who apply for the program.

In a statement issued through the US Embassy in Barbados it said that Caribbean governments should refrain from issuing citizenships to applicants
“unless the issuing government is confident, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the individual is a bona fide applicant”.

The statement said the US government does not approve or disapprove individual aspects of the CIP but countries must ensure that applicants are fully validated and they lack ties to transnational criminal or terrorist organizations.

“The United States strongly believes that all countries have an inherent responsibility to their citizens and the international community to review fully all applicants who seek a nation’s citizenship,” the statement from the US government said. “While the United States government is willing to consult with governments on their citizenship investment programs, the ultimate decisions to offer and how to operate such a program, including the issuance of citizenship and related identifying documents, such as passports to applicants, lie with each individual government and not with the United States.

Countries in the region that have implemented the CIP are Dominica, St. Kitts, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Lucia.