Policy and Procedures
“A One Stop Shop Striving to Serve All Returning
Nationals in Every Way Possible

The establishment of the Returning Nationals Secretariat serves to facilitate the smooth flow of essential information, to provide critical guidance, and to help eliminate any delays associated with the relocation process. The Government has always been aware of the important role returning nationals have played in the socio-economic development of St. Kitts and Nevis. Thus, the Secretariat was established to assist returning nationals in obtaining up-to-date information to make their resettlement process less stressful. Assistance is given to persons who are eligible to receive duty-free concessions on selected personal and household effects imported into the country, also in relaying pertinent information to obtaining housing, land, investment, advice, etc.

Duty-Free Concession Policy
Duty-Free Concession Application

Returning Nationals Secretariat
3rd Floor Government Headquarters,
Church Street, Basseterre
St. Kitts

Tel: +1 869 467 1167/ +1 869 467 1034
Email: rns@gov.kn

Who Can Benefit?

Returning Nationals

Any national of St Kitts and Nevis who has lived abroad for at least ten years and is desirous of relocating to his/her birth place, along with his/her spouse and dependant (s).


The Returning Nationals Secretariat will provide support to nationals returning home as Deportees from the United States, Canada, St Maarten, and any other country. The Secretariat will offer assistance in finding jobs, locating housing, and utilising other social services. Provisions will be made for counselling, where necessary.

  • Duty-Free Concessions
  • Small Business
  • Investments
  • Employee Assistance
  • Employment Referral Service
  • Housing
  • Counselling
  • Health
  • Pension

NB: Returning students who have been abroad for less than ten (10) years are required to show (for duty-free concession) to the Customs Officer, some form of documentation from the college/university they attended. Concession is given at the discretion of the Comptroller of Customs.