Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program

Country at a glance

First sighted in the 15th century by Christopher Columbus, the turquoise waters and tropical climate of twin islands Antigua and Barbuda have for decades attracted a discerning clientele of wealthy vacationers, driving a tourism sector that accounts for as much as 60% of the country’s GDP.

Continent: Americas (Caribbean)
Population: 90,000
Official language(s): English
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar
Form of government: Parliamentary Democracy
Member of: CARICOM, OECS
Independent since: 1981

Programs at a glance

Parliamentary assent to Section 6 of the Citizenship by Investment Regulations Act of 2014 established the legal basis for the Antigua CIP. Due to its fast processing time and stringent due diligence, the program swiftly became the most competitive of the Caribbean CIPs, welcoming several hundred applicants annually.

Inaugural year: 2014
Visa-free travel to: 136 countries and territories
Grants right of settlement in: Antigua and Barbuda and 14 other CARICOM member states
Time to citizenship: 3-4 months
Investment type(s): Cash contribution/real estate/business investment
Minimum investment (not including fees): US$100,000
Investment recoverability: Investments in real estate and business are recoverable
Application-related fees: Starting at US$32,800 for a single applicant
Residence requirements: 5 days in first five years

MAIN BENEFITS

Antiguan passport holders have visa-free travel to 136 countries and territories, including the Schengen countries and UK. By virtue of its CARICOM membership, Antigua and Barbuda also provides its citizens with the right to settle permanently in 14 other Caribbean nations.

Investment Requirements

To qualify for the Antigua and Barbuda CIP, applicants must make one of the following investments:

 

  • A real estate investment amounting to no less than US$ 400,000

 

  • For a family of up to four members, a US$100,000 non-refundable cash contribution and US$125,000 for a family of five or more.

 

  • An investment in an Antigua and Barbuda based business of at least US$1.5M or US$400,000 if investing as part of a collective investing at least US$5M.

Fees

For the NDF contribution: The main applicant and 3 dependents are subject to a US$25,000 processing fee, plus US$15,000 each for any additional dependents.

 

For the Real Estate Investment: The main applicant and 3 dependents are subject to a US$50,000 processing fee, plus US$15,000 each for any additional dependents.

Due diligence fees amount to US$7,500 for a single applicant, US$7,500 for a spouse, US$ 2,000 for dependents aged 12-17 and US$4,000 for adult dependents (18-25 and 65+).

TIMELINE & REQUIREMENTS

  • All applicants must have a clean criminal record and be in good health.
  • Under ordinary circumstances, applications are processed within 3-4 months. 10% of government fees are payable upon submission of the application. Under the program’s real estate option, applicants must enter into contractual agreements to buy property before submitting the citizenship application. Upon approval, the government will request that the applicant complete either the property transaction or the cash contribution, as applicable, before issuing the Certificate of Naturalization.
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