Enamel blue waters and white, sandy bays play home to the English-speaking islands of Antigua and Barbuda. Life is a party and once here, you may find yourself rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of Hollywood. Be a part of this prestigious Commonwealth country where the frigid Atlantic meets the warm Caribbean.
The Citizenship by Investment program allows interested parties to gain secondary citizenship in the host country with a minimum investment. This program is ideal for those who wish to start a business overseas or who are looking to start a new life abroad.
- The 9th largest Caribbean country, with an application processing time of 3-4 months
- Visa-free travel to 150 countries
- Citizenship coverage may include spouse, dependent children, and dependent parents over 55 years of age
- Option to apply for citizenship from their home country
- Education and work applications are not required for citizenship
- Tax-free global income
The Commonwealth nation of Antigua and Barbuda established the Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program in 2012, in an attempt to encourage more investment in the Caribbean islands. Qualifications for citizenship are:
- Persons who are of sound mind and body
- Persons with sound, ethical character
- Persons with no criminal record
- Persons with a high net worth
Once the application is approved, holders of the Antigua & Barbuda passport through the citizenship by investment scheme must prove a minimum residency of five days in Antigua & Barbuda in the first five years.
Non-Eligible Countries: Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan.
Antigua and Barbuda is a country with 170 sq miles of lush greenery and pristine, sandy beaches. This exotic landscape brings with it numerous investment opportunities for interested parties. The country invites interested persons to apply for the Citizenship by Investment program.
The investment opportunities in Antigua and Barbuda are:
- Real estate
Each year, the number of residents migrating from the rural regions to the urban centers of the country is increasing, leading to an increase in job creation. Requirements for homes and commercial centers are also on the rise, making real estate a highly lucrative avenue for interested investors. The growing population of residents under age 15 indicates a boom in real estate in the future.
Applicants are allowed to purchase real estate in pre-approved developments at a minimum value of US $400,000 (can be reduced to $200,000 for connected investors) plus the payment of government processing fees and due diligence fees. Two applicants can make a joint investment with each applicant investing a minimum of USD 200,000 in order to qualify. They are required to hold the property for a minimum of five years, before resale. Currently, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda is constructing a multi-resort project, Callaloo Cay, which is open for foreign investment.
- Commercial business investment
Individual investors must invest a minimum of US $1.5 million to start commercial business establishments in the country. Multiple investors can jointly invest USD $5 million and upward in commercial business ventures.
- Donation to the National Development Fund (NDF)
Interested applicants have the option of investing in the National Development Fund a minimum non-refundable donation of USD $100,000. All donations must be directed towards the National Development Fund.
Solo applicant – $100,000
Family of 4 or less – $100,000
Family of 5 or more – $125,000
In addition to making a qualifying real estate investment, business investment, or monetary contribution, all Antigua Economic Citizenship Program participants must pay the following fees.
Solo applicant – $30,000
Family of 4 or less – $30,000
Family of 5 or more – $30,000 for family of 4 plus $15,000 per additional dependent
Government due diligence fees:
Main applicant – $7,500
Spouse – $7,500
Children <12 – Free
Children 12 to 17 – $2,000 each
Children 18 to 28 – $4,000 each
Dependent parents & grandparents – $4,000 each
Passport fee – $300 per person
FAQs about Antigua and Barbuda & The Citizenship Investment Programme
- Can my family also become citizens?
Applicants for citizenship by investment in Antigua may include all dependent children under 18 years of age. Children up to 30 years of age may also apply if they are unmarried and financially dependent on the main applicant. Dependent parents and grandparents who are at least 55 years old can be included in an application for economic citizenship. Citizenship by investment in Antigua will also be available to a brother or sister of an applicant as siblings and can now be included in the citizenship application in 2022.
- Do I have a guarantee of approval if I make an investment?
It is not necessary for investors to pay for their Antigua investment properties or make financial contributions to the Antigua Development Fund until they receive an Approval-in-Principle letter from the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program. Should a candidate have already invested money but not qualify for Antiguan economic citizenship, he or she may qualify for a full refund minus appropriate fees.
- What is the University of West Indies Fund (UWI)?
New investment options were introduced to the Antigua Economic Citizenship Program in May 2020 to help attract large families to the island. By investing USD $150,000 into the University of West Indies Fund (UWI), a family of six can now apply for Antigua passports. Should any member of the family be interested in studying at the University of West Indies, they would also be eligible for a 1-year scholarship.
- What about tax incentives?
Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda do not have to pay capital gains taxes or estate taxes, making it a great place to live for an international entrepreneur. Income taxes can vary, but cannot exceed 25%. Only income generated within Antigua and Barbuda is taxed. This means worldwide investments do not result in additional taxes to be paid to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.
Make Antigua & Barbuda your second home
GDP (per capita)
US$2. 731 Billion
GDP (purchasing power parity)
Eastern Caribbean Time Zone
English (official), Antiguan creole
ECD $ (East Caribbean dollar)
EU travel –Visa Free
- Modern international airport and hub
- Affordable option for families
- Favorable tax regime
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