WHY ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
The tropical Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda are north of Montserrat & Guadaloupe with St Martin, St Kitts, St Barts and Nevis to the west.
Famous for its sailing and world-class regattas, this Island of Beaches, lapped by clear turquoise waters and surrounded by unbroken coral reefs, attract a large number of tourists who contribute much to the island’s economy.
The currency is the East Caribbean Dollar ECD which is pegged to the U.S. Dollar.
The Antigua Citizenship by Investment program was established in 2013 and governed by Section 6 of the Citizenship by Investment Act, 2014. Qualifying investors can obtain irrevocable citizenship and passport in 3 months and need only visit for 5 days in 5 years. There is no tax on foreign income.
There are a number of investment options that we explore below. Property is the least expensive and costs from $400,000 or $450,000 for a family of 4, including children under 29.
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA CITIZENSHIP BENEFITS
- Irrevocable Citizenship
- Citizenship in just 3 months
- No Residency Requirement
- Dual & Multi citizenships are permitted
- Citizenship for the investor, spouse and children under 30. Siblings and parents above 58 can be added
- Citizenship by Property Investment from $450,000. For a family of 4. $15,000 for each additional dependent
- National Development Fund. A non-refundable contribution of $100,000 + $25,000 for a family of 4.
- Business Investment into an eligible business from a minimum of $1,500,000
- Visa-free travel to over 158 countries, including the UK, EU, Singapore, Schengen countries, Hong Kong. Russia and China are not included.
- Eligible to operate a business and reside in the U.S. via E-2 Treaty Visa
ACCESS TO THE U.S. – E-2 TREATY VISA
Once you receive your Antigua & Barbuda Passport, you will also be eligible to apply for an E-2 Visa to the U.S. (as Antigua & Barbuda is an E-2 Treaty Country). The E-2 Visa is a continuously extendable temporary U.S. working visa. which allows investors with citizenship from a Treaty Country to set up a new U.S. business, or invest in an existing U.S. business. Once the E-2 Visa is approved, the investor will have the right to live in the U.S. with their spouse and any children under 21 years old. To learn more about the E-2 Visa, please visit our E-2 Visa page here.
Applicants have 3 investment type options: Approved real estate project; a non-refundable contribution into the National Development Fund, or an eligible business.
Approved Property Investment – $400,000
A minimum of $400,000 must be invested into a property plus government fees of $50,000 for a family of 4 plus $15,000 per additional dependent. The property can be rented for income and must be kept for a minimum of 5 years following attainment of citizenship.
Cash Contribution – from $100,000 + $25,000 if family of 4
A National Development Fund non-refuinable contribution of $100,000 for an individual; plus $25,000 for a family of 4; $15,000 for each additional dependent.
Business Investment – from $1,500,000
An investment of a minimum of $1,500,000 into an eligible business as a sole investor. Details on request.
TOTAL APPLICATIONS 2018-20
MONTHS PROCESSING TIME
ANTIGUA CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT PROCESS
Step 1 – Choose your investment option
During our initial conversations with you, our Antigua & Barbuda specialist will help you identify the right investment route for you. We will send you a selection of qualifying investment options.
After an internal due diligence is complete and your application intent approved, 50% of the legal fee is required to proceed. Our team will assist in preparing all documents to support your application and investment choice
Step 2 – Due Diligence Checks
Once the application file is complete and if necessary, translated accordingly, the balance of the legal fee becomes payable, plus any due diligence fees, 10% government fees and real estate deposit if applicable.
Step 3 – Document filing 1 month
Your application file is sent to Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship Unit for processing
Step 4 – Complete Property Purchase 2 to 3 months
After 2 to 3 months, the government will notify you of their background checks and give formal approval, pending the final payment of your investment and any government fees which remain.
Step 5 – Certificate of Registration Issued. 3 to 4 months
Once your funds are received, the government will issue a Certificate of Naturalisation and prepare your passport application with the Passport Office.
Step 6 – Submit Citizenship Application 3 to 6 months
You and all parties on your application receive passports with the entire process taking typically 3 to 6 months. This term is not guaranteed and may vary depending on government workload.
Once you receive the Antigua & Barbuda Passport, you will be able to travel visa-free to 158 countries:
|Akrotiri and Dhekelia
|Aruba St. Eustatius
|Trinidad and Tobago
|Turks and Caicos
|Bonaire St. Maarten
|Saint Kitts and Nevis
|United Arab Emirates
|Isle of Man
|Saint Pierre & Miquelon
|Uzbekistan (effective 1st ,2020)
|British Virgin Islands
|Isle of Man
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
|French Southern and Antarctic Lands
|Wallis & Futuna