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Antigua and Barbuda

About Antigua and Barbuda

Dubbed ‘The Slow Sunset’.

Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the United Nations, the British Commonwealth, Caricom and the Organisation of American States (OAS) among many other international organisations. Holders of the Antigua and Barbuda passport enjoy visa free travel to approximately 135 countries, including the U.K., Canada, and the countries of the Schengen area.

The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) was established by the Honourable Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda and is the Government authority responsible for processing all applications for Agent’s Licenses, and all applications for Citizenship by Investment by applicants and their family.

Key Program Highlights

  • Single applicant starts from $200,000.
  • 135 Visa-free countries.
  • 3-4 months to complete.
  • Family qualifies under one investment.

Benefits of Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship

Regulations governing the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship By Investment Program are contained in Section 6 of the Citizenship by Investment Act, 2014. To qualify for citizenship, the primary applicant must be over 18 years of age and meet all application requirements, including being of good character and sound health.

  • Straightforward and speedy application process.
  • Citizens need to spend 5 days in Antigua and Barbuda over a 5-year period.
  • Antigua and Barbuda allows dual citizenship.
  • No taxation on worldwide income.

Investment Options

Applicants can pursue three investment routes. Individuals can make a non-refundable contribution to the National Development Fund, invest in an approved Real Estate project or invest in an approved Business. The real estate must be held for a minimum period and can be resold after five years of obtaining legal citizenship.

Brief Facts

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Visa Free Countries

135

Include EU and UK

Population

93,659

Approximately as of 2017

Capital

St. John's

It is the nation's largest port

Currency

Eastern Caribbean Dollar

Pegged to the US Dollar at USD $1=EC$2.7

Official Language

English with French Patois commonly spoken

Religion

Predominately Roman Catholic

Package Options and Pricing

Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment programs involves 3 options:

1

The National Development Fund

The National Development Fund (NDF) is a non-profit fund that is subject to parliamentary oversight by way of a six monthly report to be presented to Parliament in sufficient detail to allow for transparency and accountability. The fund will also be audited by an internationally recognised accounting firm.

The National Development Fund

A. For a single applicant, or a family of 4 or less

USD $100,000 investment plus the following contribution and processing fees:

USD $50,000 for the main applicant

USD $50,000 for a spouse

Up to two dependents pay no processing fees

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B. A family of 5 or more:

USD $250,000 investment plus contribution and processing fees of:

USD $50,000 for the main applicant

USD $50,000 for a spouse

Up to three dependents pay no processing fees

2

Real Estate Investment

This particular investment option is an investment in property. The process can take slightly longer than government bond option due to the steps required to purchase a property.

Real Estate Investment

USD $400,000 is the initial investment needed excluding the government processing and due diligence fees.

3

Business Investment

The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) shall after consultation with the Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority (ABIA) approve businesses, whether existing or proposed, for the purposes of investment in business under the Citizenship by Investment Program.

Business Investment

Option 1: Where a person proposes to make an investment in an approved business of at least USD $1,500,000 on their own behalf.

Option 2: At least two persons propose to make a joint investment in such an approved business totalling at least USD $5,000,000, and each of those persons individually propose to contribute at least USD $400,000.

Additional Fees

All of the options above exclude processing, due diligence and application fees

Additional Fees

USD $7,500 government and due diligence fees per main applicant.

USD $4,500 government and due diligence fees per spouse.

USD $4,000 government and due diligence fees per dependent, over 16 years of age.

Dependents under 16 are free

Required Documents

  • Copy of your: Passport, ID, Driver’s License, and Birth Certificate
  • Copy of Proof of Address (Utility bill, Tenancy Contract or House registration)
  • Copy of Marriage Certificate/Dissolution of Marriage (if required)
  • Police Certificate from (Country of birth, Citizenship, and Residence)
  • Letter of Employment Or Trade License and company registration
  • Twelve (12) passport size photos for each applicant (white background)
  • One Professional reference letter (Doctor, Lawyer, or Certified Accountant)
  • Two (2) Personal references letters
  • Bank Reference Letter
  • 12 Months Bank Statement stamped (original)
  • Medical Exams Report
  • All Government Forms (We will supply you with them to be signed)
  • Copy of University Degree/ College Diploma
  • Copy of your Resume
  • School/University enrolment confirmation for dependents

Visa Free Countries

Anguilla
Antigua & Barbuda
Armenia
Aruba
Austria
Bahamas
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Bermuda
Bolivia
Bonaire, St. Eustatius &
Saba
Botswana
Bulgaria
Burundi
Cambodia
Canada
Cape Verde
Cayman Isl.
Chile
Colombia
Comoros
Cook Isl.
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Curacao
Cyprus
Czech Rep.
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Rep.
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Estonia
Fiji
Finland
France
French Guiana
French Polynesia
French West Indies
Georgia
Germany
Gibraltar
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong (SAR China)
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland (Rep.)
Italy
Jamaica
Jordan
Kenya
Kiribati
Korea (Rep.)
Kosovo (Rep.)
Lao People & s Dem. Rep.
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macao (SAR China)
Macedonia (FYROM)
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Mauritius
Mayotte
Micronesia
Montserrat
Mozambique
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
New Caledonia
Nicaragua
Niue
Norway
Palau
Panama
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Reunion
Romania
Samoa
Seychelles
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Isl.
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Maarten
St. Vincent & The Grenadines
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Tanzania
Timor-Leste
Togo
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turks and Caicos Isl.
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Kingdom
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Virgin Isl. (British)
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Citizenship By Investement Program?

The Citizenship by Investment Programme allows foreign investors to obtain full legal citizenship and passports for an investor and their family where that investor has made a significant investment in Saint Lucia which qualifies under the Citizenship by Investment Regulations. This investment can be real estate based, an enterprise, government bonds or done through a national economic fund.

How Do I Apply for Citizenship?

A detailed breakdown of the steps for applying for citizenship can be found on our About Us page under "The Process". However all the requirements you need to know about are in the section just above this, contact one of our citizenship by investment experts for consultation on what your options can be.

How Much Does The Programme Cost? What Are The Fees?

The total cost will be made up of the investment, and then other fees relating to the processing of the application. These will depend on whether you choose to obtain citizenship through the Government Fund option or the Real Estate Investment option. This will also depend on the number of individuals applying, sole applicants and their additional family members will naturally increase the investment structure.

What Are The Benefits?

Once citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda has been granted, you will have the all of the same rights as any citizen. You will have the right to live and work in Antigua and Barbuda at any time. As Antigua and Barbuda is a member of CARICOM, you can also live in any other member nation. With visa-free travel or visa on arrival to to over 120 countries. For more information about the benefits have a look at our benefits page or contact us so that we sort your options out for you and your family.

What is my client UCI?

Your client UCI is a Unique Client Identification number which has been assigned to an applicant for Citizenship by Investment in Saint Lucia. Your UCI or client ID will be used to reference your application in all communication between the Citizenship by Investment Unit and the us (the authorised agent).

How do I get my citizenship application processed faster?

Please be sure that your application is submitted as per the guidelines published by the Citizenship by Investment Board. Failure to do so would mean a delay in the amount of time the Citizenship by Investment Unit takes to accept your application for processing.

Once an application has been accepted for processing, it will be treated on its merit by the Citizenship by Investment Unit. Where there are abnormalities to be addressed, the Unit will contact us (your authorised agent) directly.

Otherwise, your application cannot be expedited. All application must go through the process as established by the legislation and the Citizenship by Investment Board.

Can my friend or family member handle my citizenship application for me?

No. Only a licensed authorised agent (Karibi) can act on your behalf and handle your citizenship application for you.

How can I help with my application?

You can help with your application by making sure that all the information and supporting documents you provide as part of your application is correct and in keeping with the guidelines published by the Citizenship by Investment Board.

Incorrect and/or incomplete information will delay the processing of your application.

You can also help by meeting the qualifying investment within the time allocated to do so. Failure to meet qualifying investment once your application has been approved with delay the granting of your Certificate of Citizenship.

How long does it take to process my citizenship application?

The Citizenship by Investment Unit will inform Karibi once your application has been accepted for processing. In order to be accepted for processing by the Unit, your application MUST be fully compliant as per the legislation and guidelines published by the Citizenship by Investment Board.

From the date of notifying your agent that your application has been accepted for processing, it will take approximately three months to process your application. Should there be any extenuating circumstances that would cause a delay in the processing of your application, we will be informed directly by the Unit.

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Our global team of citizenship by investment experts will aid you in finding the best possible package/option that would suit you and your family's needs.

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