Interested in how to get citizenship of Antigua & Barbuda? Discover the details of the application process, costs and benefits of Antigua’s Citizenship by Investment Program.

Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment – The Ultimate Guide

In an uncertain world increasing numbers of people are looking for the security of a second citizenship for themselves and their families. A second passport can provide greater freedom to travel internationally, peace of mind, as well as financial benefits. Several Caribbean island nations offer citizenship to eligible applicants including the island of Antigua & Barbuda.

We put together this guide for investors wondering how to get citizenship of Antigua & Barbuda and considering applying for the island’s Citizenship by Investment Program. The Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program enables qualifying investors to apply for full citizenship in exchange for a significant investment in the nation’s economy. There are several approved investment routes available to investors. Our guide covers all aspects of the program from eligibility requirements, investment options and application costs through to the benefits of citizenship.

Find Out More About the Antigua Citizenship by Investment Program

Overview of the Antigua Citizenship by Investment Program

In 2013 Antigua and Barbuda launched a Citizenship by Investment Program which offers eligible applicants full citizenship in exchange for an investment in a designated real estate project or a financial contribution.

Benefits

The Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program offers several benefits to applicants as follows:

Full Citizenship for Life

Successful applicants become full citizens of Antigua & Barbuda with the right to live and work on the island and in other Caricom (Caribbean Community) countries. Antiguan citizens also enjoy all the rights and privileges of citizenship of a Commonwealth country in the UK and other Commonwealth countries.

Minimal Residency Requirement

Successful applicants are only required to reside in Antigua & Barbuda for a minimum period of 5 days during the first five years.

Visa-Free Travel Worldwide

Successful applicants receive an Antiguan passport which offers visa-free or visa on arrival access to approximately 150 countries worldwide, including the EU and the UK.

Attractive Tax Regime

An attractive tax regime offers freedom from inheritance tax, capital gains tax and wealth tax.

Fast Track Application Process

Thanks to a straightforward application process you could receive your new Antiguan passport in 3 to 4 months.

Family-Friendly Program

The program allows for family members to apply together, including spouses, children, parents and grandparents of the main applicant.

Dual Citizenship Permitted

Antigua & Barbuda recognizes dual citizenship so there is no requirement under Antiguan law for applicants to give up their current citizenship.

Who is Eligible? Qualification Requirements

To be eligible for Antigua’s citizenship program, the main applicant must be over 18 years of age, submit an application in accordance with the process and meet the minimum required investment levels of one of the investment options outlined below.

Investment Options

To qualify for Antigua’s Citizenship by Investment Program, applicants are required to make a significant financial contribution to the country via one of the below routes. In addition to the investment, due diligence and government processing fees must also be covered by the applicant.

Real Estate Investment

An investment in an approved Antigua real estate project (N.B. the property must be held for a minimum of 5 years).

Joint investment: Minimum USD $200,000.

Independent investment: Minimum USD $400,000.

Search our Antigua Citizenship by Investment real estate for approved properties in Antigua.

The National Development Fund (NDF)

A non-refundable financial contribution to Antigua’s National Development Fund.

Main applicant: USD $100,000

Family of up to four members: USD $100,000

Family of five members or more: USD $125,000

Business Investment

An investment into an eligible business, either as sole investor or joint investor.

Independent investment: Minimum USD $1,500,000

Joint investment: Minimum USD 400,000 each (with a minimum of 2 persons and a total investment of USD $5,000,000)

How to Apply? The Application Process

Decisions on applications for citizenship of Antigua & Barbuda are typically made within 3-4 months of submission of the application form.

The application process involves the following steps:

  1. Applicants for the Antigua Citizenship by Investment Program are required to complete government forms in the English language which must be submitted, together with all required supporting documentation and fees, to the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) via an authorized Agent. We can introduce you to respected Agents with experience of the CIP Program.
  2. The application will be thoroughly reviewed by the CIU. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and the CIU will conduct strict due diligence in relation to the application.
  3. If approved, applicants are required to pay the remaining fees. The passport(s) will then be available for collection either in Antigua & Barbuda or at an Embassy or Consulate. At this time applicants will take an oath of allegiance.

Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Real Estate

Searching for real estate approved for the Antigua Citizenship by Investment Program? Several of our property listings in Antigua are approved projects under the CIP program.

Several of the listings on our site are officially approved projects which means that an investment in to one of them provides eligibility to apply for citizenship of Antigua & Barbuda.

Search our Antigua Citizenship by Investment real estate options or contact us to discover your options.

What are the Costs? Citizenship by Investment Program Application Fees

Non-refundable government processing fees – 10% payable upon submission of application; remainder payable upon receipt of approval letter:

  • $50,000 USD for the main applicant.
  • $50,000 USD for any spouse, dependent child aged 18-25 or parent aged 65+.
  • $25,000 USD for any dependent child aged under 18.

Non-refundable due diligence fees – payable upon submission of application:

  • $7,500 USD for the main applicant.
  • $7,500 USD for any spouse.
  • $2,000 USD for any dependent child aged 12-17.
  • $4,000 USD for any dependent child aged 18-25.
  • $4,000 USD for any parent aged 65+.

Passport fee:

  • $300 USD per person for issuance of passport.