Citizenship by Investment

Citizenship by Investment

Seychelles’ Citizenship by Investment program is available for an investor who has undertaken an investment of over USD 1 million or more in the country towards starting or expanding a business and has been supporting him/herself for 11 years.

Key Benefits

Steps to apply

Assess your eligibility

An investor is eligible to apply for Citizenship by Investment by meeting all the requirements below:

  • Have made an investment of USD 1 million or more in a business in Seychelles.
  • Have resided in Seychelles for an aggregate period of 11 years as a legal resident and has been supporting him/herself.
  • Have not been absent from Seychelles for a continuous period of one year or more, without consent from the Minister of Internal Affairs.
  • Have not been sentenced with an imprisonment of more than 1 year or more under any laws of Seychelles.
  • Score a minimum mark of 80% in one of the three national languages (Creole, English or French) in the Citizenship Qualifying Examination.
  • Is not a prohibited immigrant.
Sit for the citizenship qualifying examination

The investor must pass the examination where he/she will have to answer 25 out of 100 questions in one of the three national languages (Creole, English or French). The examination has a pass mark of 80% and is scheduled by the Department of Immigration and Civil Status every two months.

Obtain your application form

The application form must be personally collected from the Department of Immigration and Civil Status located on the First Floor, Independence House, Victoria, Mahé.

Gather your documents
  • A police Character Certificate not more than six months
  • A copy of passport’s bio-data page
  • One recent passport-size photograph
  • Documentary evidence of investment
  • A copy of Birth Certificate
  • A copy of the Marriage Certificate

 

** All Birth and Marriage Certificates must be translated in English or French. **

Have your documents signed and stamped

This may be done by either three of the following sponsors: 

  • A Judge
  • A Magistrate
  • Senior Government Official (either a Principal Secretary of a Government Ministry or Director General in a Ministry or Department)
  • Head Teacher of a school
  • Ambassador or High Commissioner of Seychelles who is a Seychelles citizen by birth
  • A Medical Practitioner

 

Publicly advertise your intention to apply for a Seychelles citizenship

This must be done for two consecutive days in a daily newspaper with high readership and once in the Official Gazette. A copy of the two adverts must be submitted along with your application.

Submit your application

Submit your application at the Immigration Office, First Floor, Independence House, Victoria, Mahé along with all supporting documents and the non-refundable processing fee of SCR 1,000 in cash.

Sit for your interview

Applicant must sit for an interview with the Citizenship Committee. The interview will be scheduled by the Department of Immigration and Civil Status.

Get your application outcome

The Department of Immigration and Civil Status will inform you of the outcome of your Citizenship application. An application fee of SCR350,000 must be paid upon approval of Citizenship. If your application is denied, the department will inform you of the reason.

For more information, contact the Immigration Department on prcitsection@immigration.gov.sc or call +248 4293600.

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