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