Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment


visa-free countries


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months processing time

With Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment, you not only enhance your global mobility, you’re also able to operate from this tropical base, should you choose.

The Land of 365 Beaches, the island of Antigua is also celebrated for its deepwater port, English Harbour. As part of the Leeward Islands, Antigua and Barbuda also provide an attractive Caribbean climate for entrepreneurs seeking favourable tax schemes.

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Antigua & Barbuda passport holders can enjoy visa-free travel to over 150 countries and take advantage of establishing a base in a country that avoids the turbulence of other countries thanks to its political stability. With a $100,000 donation to the National Development Fund, you can secure Antiguan citizenship for a family of up to four.

In terms of the application process, you can complete Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment in 6-12 months, ensuring that you satisfy all requirements, of course.


Benefits of Antigua and Barbuda

The Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Programme requires you to spend 5 days in the country, at the very least, over the course of 5 years.

You will receive full citizenship for you and your family too, along with a passport for you, your spouse as well, along with children, in addition, parents, and grandparents as well.

The average processing time for the Antigua and Barbuda Programme ranges from a minimum of 6 months, rising, to a maximum of 12 months.

Take advantage of being able to visit 157 countries without a visa, which includes many popular business travel and tourist destinations as well.

Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the United Nations, the Commonwealth countries as well, also, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, the Organization of American States, and, lastly, the WTO.

Who Can Get Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship

  • Firstly, be over 18
  • Next, have a clean criminal record
  • Moreover, undergo a health assessment

  • First, be aged at least 18
  • Also, have no criminal record
  • Furthermore, pass a health assessment

  • Fully dependent on you

  • Fully dependent on you

  • Firstly, 55+
  • Also, financially dependent on you

  • Unmarried

  • Either, of you
  • Or, of a dependent child

Programme Requirements

To apply for the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Programme, you must, above all, fulfill ONE of the following investment options in addition to meeting other requirements:

OPTION 1. Make a Donation

The first investment option is a $100,000, one-off, donation to the National Development Fund. There’s a $30,000 processing fee for a family of up to 4, along with a $15,000 for each additional dependant, as well.

In addition to these fees, due diligence fees apply: $7,500 for you, then, $7,500 for your spouse, next, $2,000 per dependant aged 12-17, and, finally, $4,000 per dependant aged 18+.

OPTION 2. Buy a Property

Alternatively, you can purchase property or invest in approved development projects. In this case, it entails buying $200,000 worth of real estate or a share of a project that must be held for 5 years, at the very least.

Additionally, you must pay a $30,000 processing fee for a family of up to 4, along with a $15,000 charge for each additional dependent. There are due diligence fees of $7,500 for you and your spouse. too, then, $2,000 per dependent aged 12-17, and, finally, $4,000 per dependent aged 18 and above.

OPTION 3. Invest in a Business

The third, penultimate, option is to make a direct investment of at least $1.5 million into an approved business. Alternatively, jointly invest in a qualifying business worth at least $5 million.

In either case, you will be liable for a $30,000 processing fee for a family of up to 4, in addition to a $15,000 charge for each extra dependant. Furthermore, there are due diligence fees amounting to $7,500 for both you and your spouse, too, then, $2,000 per dependant aged 12 up to 17, and, lastly, $4,000 per dependent 18 and over.

OPTION 4. Contribute to the University of the West Indies (UWI) Fund

A $150,000 contribution for a family up to 6, with processing fees of $15,000 for each additional dependent, confirms citizenship for each and everyone. Additionally, 1 family member qualifies for a 1-year, tuition-only scholarship at the University of West Indies.

Due diligence fees of $7,500 for you and your spouse, too, apply, then, $2,000 per dependant aged 12-17, and, lastly, $4,000 for dependants aged 18 and over, as well.


A further, final, key consideration is that you must meet the following requirement:

Within your first 5 years of obtaining Antigua & Barbuda citizenship, you need to be present in your new host country for at least 5 days, at the very minimum.

Speak to a global expert

The RIF Trust team has global experts in over 20 countries. We can advise in 14 languages. Let us help you find the perfect investment migration solution.

The RIF Trust team has global experts in over 20 countries. We can advise in 14 languages. Let us help you find the perfect investment migration solution.

Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Application Process

  • MONTH 1

    Client onboarding

    Form 1, naturally enough, marks the start of our onboarding. This ensures we meet our RIF Trust due diligence requirements, from the very beginning. Screening complete, we hand you a Client Agreement (CA) to, first, review and, then, sign.

    With the signed agreement and retainer in our possession, next, our case processing team helps you complete the forms and collate the required documents. If you're investing in property, you'll also need to set up a sales and purchase agreement. Lastly, we'll liaise with the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) in capital St John's.

    The country's Prime Minister established the CIU. This is the Government authority that processes all CBI applications.

  • MONTHS 2-5

    Reviewing and submitting your application

    Before submitting your application, our case processing team will comprehensively review this to in order that it meets the CIU's guidelines, and, only then, will we send it.

  • MONTHS 6-12

    Issuing your citizenship

    Next up, it's the turn of the CIU to go over your application with a fine tooth-comb. Once approved, you must make all necessary contributions and pay any government fees. Upon receiving these payments, the CIU sends out Certificates of Naturalization, to you and any qualifying dependants. With these in your possession, you're now eligible to apply for an Antigua and Barbuda passport, for you and your family.

Frequently Asked Questions

You’ll find Antigua & Barbuda in the Lesser Antilles group of islands, in the Eastern Caribbean Sea, to be exact. A mere year on from sailing the ocean blue in 1492, Christopher Columbus anchored in Antigua and, what’s more, named it after the Church of Santa Maria de la Antigua in Spain’s Seville. It’s positioned 3,995 km (2,482 miles) south-east of the United States, to give you an idea of where to find it on a world map.

In a nutshell, anybody over the age of 18 who fulfills the stipulations qualifies to apply for the Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Programme.

Antigua & Barbuda citizens can tap into a favourable tax regime, with no capital gains or inheritance taxes, and no tax on foreign-sourced income, if they reside on the islands for over 183 days a year.

In addition, the programme also affords you the opportunity to add a spouse and other family members to your application.

The application process can be as short as 6 months and as long as a year. Once you receive your citizenship, you can then apply for a Antigua and Barbuda passport.

The minimum donation required is $100,000, no more; no less. Yet, there are some extra, minimal government fees you will need to pay on top of that.

You can add dependent children and stepchildren (under the age of 30), alongside any dependent grandparents and parents 55 and over, as well. Furthermore, you can include unmarried siblings and physically or mentally challenged children or stepchildren, of any age, as dependants.

Your first Antigua & Barbuda passport will be valid for 5 years, before renewal. Then it becomes a 10-year passport, if you meet the qualifying condition. If you spend a minimum of 5 days in Antigua and Barbuda after becoming a citizen, that is.

No, you’re not required to be able to speak English.

The Antigua & Barbuda passport is in the world’s top 30 most powerful travel documents, according to our Passport Index. That’s because the passport allows visa-free and visa-on-arrival travel to 157 countries, including the EU Schengen Area, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the UK. Currently, we rank the Antigua and Barbuda passport in 21st place.

Talk to one of our investment migration experts and begin your Antigua and Barbuda journey today

Our team operates in over 20 countries worldwide, securing second citizenship or a new residency in desirable locations and, also, delivering a plan B.

  • Visa-free travel to 157 countries
  • 6-12 months application processing time
  • $100,000 minimum investment

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