Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment

153

visa-free countries

$100,000

minimum requirement

5-7

months processing time

Chiefly, Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment is an increasingly popular option for savvy entrepreneurs keen to establish themselves with a tropical base.

Often referred to as the Land of 365 Beaches, the island of Antigua is also famous for its deepwater port, English Harbour. Furthermore, these Leeward Islands also provide an attractive climate for investors seeking favourable tax schemes.

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Antigua & Barbuda passport holders can enjoy visa-free travel to over 150 countries and benefit from judicial and governmental stability as well. Moreover, a $100,000 donation to the National Development Fund provides Antiguan citizenship for a family of up to four.

In terms of the application process, you can complete Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment in five to seven months, provided that all requirements and checks are met.

 

Benefits of Antigua and Barbuda

The Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Programme requires you, above all, to spend five days in the country over the course of five years.

You will receive full citizenship, along with a passport for you, your spouse, children, parents, and grandparents.

The average processing time for the Antigua and Barbuda Programme typically ranges from five to seven months.

Take advantage of 153 visa-free countries for Antigua & Barbuda citizens around the world, which includes many popular tourist destinations.

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

Who Can Get Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship

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

  • First, be aged at least 18 years old
  • Also, with no criminal record
  • Furthermore, take a health assessment

  • Fully financially dependent on the investor

  • Fully financially dependent on the investor

  • Firstly, over 55
  • Also, fully financially dependent on the investor

  • Unmarried

  • Either, of the investor
  • Or, of a dependent child

  • Of child dependant

Programme Requirements

To apply for the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Programme, applicants must 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 donation to the National Development Fund (NDF). Furthermore, there is a $30,000 processing fee for a family of up to four, along with a $15,000 for each additional dependant.

In addition to these fees, due diligence fees apply: $7,500 for the primary applicant, $7,500 for a spouse, $2,000 per dependant aged 12-17, and $4,000 per dependant aged 18 and over.

OPTION 2. Purchase a Property

Alternatively, you can buy 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 at least five years.

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

OPTION 3. Invest in a Business

The third option is to make a direct investment of at least $1,500,000 into an approved business as a sole investor. Alternatively, you can take part in a joint investment in an eligible business worth at least $5,000,000.

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

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

A $150,000 contribution for a family up to six, with processing fees of $15,000 for each additional dependent, guarantees citizenship for all. Additionally, one family member qualifies for a one-year, tuition-only scholarship.

You must also pay due diligence fees of $7,500 for you and your spouse, $2,000 per dependent aged 12-17, and $4,000 per dependent aged 18 and above, as well.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS AND BENEFITS

Another key point is that you must meet the following requirement:

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

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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

    We begin our onboarding, naturally enough, with Form 1. This, above all, enables us to carry out the initial RIF Trust due diligence. Once we complete this screening, we provide you with a Client Agreement (CA) to review and sign.

    Next, upon receiving the signed agreement and retainer, our processing team helps you complete the forms and collate documents. If investing in property, as a result, you need to set a sales and purchase agreement with the developer. Then, we will liaise with the property developer and 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 2-4

    Application review and submission

    First, before submitting your application, we review this to ensure you comply with the CIU's requirements.

  • MONTHS 5-7

    Citizenship issued

    Next, the CIU will assess your application. Once approved, you must make all necessary contributions and pay any government fees. Upon receiving these payments, the CIU sends out Certificates of Naturalization.

Frequently Asked Questions

Antigua & Barbuda belongs to the Lesser Antilles group of islands, in the Eastern Caribbean Sea, to be precise. A year on from sailing the ocean blue in 1492, Christopher Columbus also discovered Antigua and named it after the Church of Santa Maria de la Antigua in Spain’s Seville. It’s situated 3,995 km (2,482 miles) south-east of the United States.

Simply put, anybody over the age of 18 who fulfills the requirements is eligible to apply for the Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Programme.

Antigua & Barbuda citizens gain access to 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.

Additionally, the programme also provides you with the option to include a spouse and other family members in the application.

The application process takes between five and seven months. Once you have received your citizenship, then you can apply for a Antigua and Barbuda passport.

The minimum donation required is $100,000. In addition, there are government fees.

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

Your initial Antigua & Barbuda passport will be valid for five years, before renewal, which will then extend it to a total of ten years. This is only if the necessary visa requirements have been met, including spending a minimum of five days in Antigua and Barbuda after gaining citizenship.

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

The Antigua and Barbuda passport is among the world’s 30 most powerful travel documents. Furthermore, the passport allows visa-free and visa-on-arrival travel to 153 countries, including the EU Schengen Area, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the UK.

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  • Visa-free travel to 153 countries
  • 5-7 months application processing time
  • $100,000 minimum requirement

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