Advantages of Antigua and Barbuda citizenship
- Dual citizenship is permitted
- Dependents included:
- Children up to 30 years old
- Parents above 55 years old
- Unmarried siblings of the main applicant or Spouse
- Ability to add future spouse and future children
- Visa-free travel/entry to over 165 countries
- No language requirement
- Attractive tax regime; no capital gains or inheritance taxes
- Possibility to apply for an online visa for Australia
- Fast physical processing times
- No education or management experience required
- Ability to live, work and settle in any other member of the CARICOM
1. The Donation option
Make a minimum contribution to the National Development Fund (NDF)
• USD 100,000 for families of up to 4 persons
• USD 125,000 for families of 5 or more
Make a minimum contribution to the University of the West Indies (UWI) Development Fund
• USD 150,000 for families of up to 6 persons
• USD 15,000 for each additional dependent
2. The Real Estate option
Make a minimum investment of USD 200,000 as a joint investment or USD 400,000 as a single investor in a government-approved real estate project, to be maintained for 5 years
3. The Business option
Make an investment in an approved business of at least USD 1,500,000 for a single investor; or
Make an investment in an approved business of at least USD 5,000,000 for 2 or more joint investors, whereas each investor individually must contribute at least USD 400,000
- Be aged 18 years or older
- Have no criminal record
- Have not been denied a visa to a country with which Antigua and Barbuda has visa-free travel, with no subsequent visa approval
- Make a qualifying donation or investment
- The application must be submitted through a government-authorised agent
Process (between 3-6 months)
- Prepare all the documents required, submit them via an authorised agent, and pay due diligence fees and 10% of government fees
- Upon approval-in-principle, the applicant will need to complete the required investment and pay remaining government fees
- Upon approval of the citizenship, the applicant and all adult dependents will be required to visit Antigua & Barbuda 5 days during the 5-year period in order to be eligible to renew their passport
What is the Citizenship-by-Investment Programme?
Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship-by-Investment Programme (“CIP”) offers eligible individuals and their families the opportunity to obtain full legal citizenship and passports upon making a qualifying significant investment in Antigua and Barbuda.
Currently, there are four qualifying investment options:
National Development Fund
- USD 100,000 contribution for a family of up to 4
- USD 125,000 contribution for a family of 5 or more
- USD 400,000 investment into an approved real estate project to be held for a minimum of 5 years
- USD 200,000 per applicant for a joint investment
- USD 1,500,000 investment into a qualifying business as a sole investor
- USD 400,000 per applicant for a joint investment into a qualifying business totaling at least USD 5,000,000
Processing, due diligence, and government fees are additional, and excluded from the cited investment amounts above. Please use the most updated Caribbean fee table for a more comprehensive and customizable quote.
Who is eligible to apply for citizenship?
To qualify for citizenship, the primary applicant must be over 18 years old, of good character, without a criminal record, and make an investment or contribution in one of the qualifying investment options.
Ineligible applicants are those who:
- Provide false information on their application
- Are or have family members who are suffering from a contagious disease and/or have serious health problems, as stated by a medical practitioner
- Have not received a pardon, and have been convicted, in any country, of an offence for which the maximum custodial penalty is in excess of 6 months imprisonment
- Are the subject of a criminal investigation
- Pose a national security risk to Antigua and Barbuda, or any other country
- Are involved in any activity likely to cause disrepute to Antigua and Barbuda
- Have been denied a visa to a country with which Antigua and Barbuda has visa-free travel and who have not subsequently obtained a visa to the country that issued the denial.
Restricted applicants are those who are nationals of:
- North Korea
Nationals of the listed restricted countries are eligible to apply for citizenship through the Antigua and Barbuda CIP if they meet the following:
- Migrated before the age or majority; and/or
- Have permanent residence in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, UAE, UK, or USA for a period of not less than 10 years and maintain no economic ties to any restricted country.
Who qualifies as a Dependent on the application?
- Spouse of the main applicant
- Dependent children of the main applicant or spouse up to 30 years old (proof of full-time attendance at a recognized educational institution required for children between 18-30 years old)
- Dependent children at least 18 years old and physically and/or mentally challenged who are living with and fully supported by the main applicant
- Parents or grandparents of the main applicant or spouse above 58 years old living with and fully supported by the main applicant
What are the benefits of citizenship in Antigua and Barbuda?
Antigua and Barbuda’s passport allows visa-free travel to 165 countries including Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, the UK, and the Schengen Area. A full list can be accessed on the CIP website here: https://cip.gov.ag/visa-free-countries-list/
Dual citizenship is permitted and citizenship is valid for a lifetime.
What is the usual processing time?
The processing time is approximately 6 months.
Do I need to travel or reside in Antigua as part of the citizenship application process?
No, there is no requirement to travel or reside in Antigua prior to obtaining citizenship. However, citizens should spend at least 5 days in Antigua and Barbuda within 5 calendar years after obtaining citizenship.
Do I need to show the source of Funds for my investment?
Yes, applicants are required to show that they have enough funds to make the investment. The type of documents required will vary depending on the source of the investment funds.
Can I use money that has been gifted to me by a friend or family member for the investment?
Yes, applicants can include money that has been gifted by a friend or family member for the investment. In most cases, additional documents will be required from the sponsor regarding their source of funds. The type of documents required will vary depending on the source of the investment funds.
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The present document is intended for guidance and general information only and does not constitute or purport to provide you with legal advice. Such information is subject to changes without notice. Each case is unique and depends on the facts and circumstances of the individual and due consideration should be taken if applying the general information to your personal situation. For an evaluation of your personal circumstances one of our legal team would be happy to assist.