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Antigua & Barbuda
Investment Immigration Program

Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda has raised more than U.S.$200 million since opening its doors to immigration investors in 2013, placing it as one of the top Caribbean CBI programs in 2017.

Benefits of Antigua & Barbuda Program

As globalization paves the way for borderless opportunities, countries around the world have embraced citizenship by investment programs to attract foreign individuals seeking a new home and enhanced global mobility. In the Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda has emerged as an enticing destination, offering a prestigious citizenship by investment program that comes with a plethora of benefits.

Citizenship Program Options

National Transformation Fund

By far the most popular option, the donation route confers citizenship on investors who simply contribute to the islands’ National Development Fund. A U.S.$100,000 donation will cover a family of up to four people, including dependent children aged up to 25, and parents aged 65 or more; for larger families, the donation increases to U.S.$125,000. Investors must also pay U.S.$25,000 in processing fees, plus U.S.$15,000 per additional dependent beyond a family of four.

Real Estate Investment

Investors can also qualify for citizenship by spending U.S.$200,000 or more on qualifying real estate. More than 40 development projects have been approved for CBI funding, of which most are condos, hotels, or resort properties. Investors must also pay a U.S.$30,000 fee for a family of four or less, plus U.S.$15,000 per additional dependent, and must hold their property for at least five years after gaining citizenship.

Business Investment

Citizenship can be obtained through business-related investments, with individuals required to invest at least U.S.$1.5 million to qualify. It’s possible to bring the cost down by clubbing together: multiple investors can obtain citizenship through a single business venture, as long as they invest at least U.S.$5 million in total, and each investor commits to at least U.S.$400,000 to the project. Like real-estate investors, business investors must also pay U.S.$50,000 in processing fees for a family of four, plus U.S.$15,000 for additional dependents. They must keep their investment for at least five years after gaining citizenship. Investors considering the business route are also encouraged to discuss their plans with the Antigua & Barbuda Investment Authority

General Requirements, Eligible & Process

General Requirements

In order to protect its people and Antigua and Barbuda’s international standing, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, will only grant citizenship to individuals who are truly deserving of that honour. Therefore, the Government will deny the application of any applicant who:

  • Provides false information on his or her application form.
  • Has at any time previously been convicted in any country of an offence for which the maximum custodial penalty for the same or similar offence in Antigua and Barbuda, is in excess of six months imprisonment (unless he or she received a free pardon).
  • Is the subject of a criminal investigation.
  • Is considered to be a potential national security risk to Antigua and Barbuda or to any other country.
  • Is involved in any activity likely to cause disrepute to Antigua and Barbuda,
  • Has been denied a visa to a country with which Antigua and Barbuda has visa-free travel and who has not subsequently obtained a visa to the country that issued the denial.
  • Applied for citizenship in any Caribbean program and was denied

Moreover, the main applicant must demonstrate that he or she:

  • Is at least eighteen years old.
  • Is in good health; and
  • Has enough funds to make the required investment. The source of these funds must be legal.

In order to ensure that the requirements listed above are fully adhered to, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda subjects each applicant to strict due diligence procedures. Moreover, each applicant must supplement his or her application with supporting documents. These include, but are not limited to, original or certified copies of:

  • A five day residency is required during the first five years of acquiring this passport.
  • A certificate by a medical practitioner, indicating that the main applicant and his or her applying family members are not suffering from any communicable disease and that they are otherwise in good health; and
  • A police certificate.
Who else is Eligible under your application
  • A spouse of the main applicant.
  • Children under the age of 17 of main applicant or spouse.
  • Children between the age of 17 -30 who are fully supported by the main applicant.
  • A child of the main applicant who is physically or mentally challenged. The dependent must be fully supported by the main applicant.
  • Dependent parents or grandparents of the main applicant and spouse above the age of 55. (*Under 55 is also eligible but contribution amount is 50K instead of 25K)
  • Siblings of the main applicant who are not married and do not have any children can apply for citizenship
The Process
  1. To begin the process, engage authorized agent ATB. You will be guided step by step through the various requirements and advised on correct documentation and procedures.
  2. Through ATB’s assistance, relevant documents will be collected and forms completed then submitted to bank for clearance
  3. Pay Government fees and local agent fees
  4. Submit file to the citizenship by investment Unit
  5. A due diligence progress will then be carried out on you and your family members by the local Goverments officials
  6. Conditional Approval receipt
  7. On successful acceptance of your application, you would then make the National Transformation Fund Donation or the investment into Real estate (this will be paid into an escrow account and drawn down by the project according to the progress of the property/properties

Preparation of Certification of Registration and passport
* All applications are first vetted by the receiving bank in Antigua & Barbuda. Only applications that are cleared

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