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Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship By Investment

The lush tropical islands of Antigua and Barbuda are widely considered to be among the most beautiful places on the planet. A hedonist’s paradise, there is quite literally a beach for every day of the year with some 365 white sand coves nestled into the corrugated coastline of the two islands. Away from the beach, Antigua is brimming with historic forts from its colonial past, candy-coloured villages and bright-eyed locals with wide grins spread across their faces.

Antigua & Barbuda first established its Citizenship by Investment Programme in 2013, before amendments to the Programme were implemented a year later. Applicants may choose between a contribution to the National Development Fund (NDF), purchasing Government-approved real estate, or investing in a pre-approved business when submitting an application.

How to apply for citizenship in Antigua & Barbuda

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, be of a good character with no criminal record, and have good health. An applicant may apply together with his or her spouse and dependent children, and, in some cases, dependant elderly parents or grandparents.

The process of applying for citizenship in Antigua and Barbuda is rigorous and requires diligent preparation in order to gather all the information needed. Application timelines can vary and be difficult to predict, although they usually depend on how easily an applicant can access the required documentation, as well as the complexity of the application as a whole.

The process may be simplified into the following steps:

Step 1: Application preparation and pre-approval by CS Global Partners.

Step 2: Submission of the application to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda

Step 3: Government processing of the application and due diligence checks, taking between 4 and 6 months for completion.

Step 4: Approval in principle.

Step 5: Investment in a business, purchase of real estate, or donation to the NDF.

Step 6: Citizenship certificate issued.

Step 7: Passport application and issuance.

Investment Options

Antigua and Barbuda offers three types of investment that may qualify an individual for citizenship under the Programme. The first is a donation to the National Development Fund, the second is the acquisition of pre-approved real estate, and the third is an investment in a Government-approved business.
Main applicants alone, but not their families, must spend a minimum of five days on Antigua and Barbuda over a period of five years. All five days may be spent on the island at the end of the five year period.

1. The National Development Fund (NDF)

Under this option applicants must make a non-refundable donation to the NDF, with minimum contributions starting at USD 200,000. Families of up to four people also need only contribute USD 200,000, but families of five or more must contribute at least USD 250,000.

Minimum Required Donation100,000 USD100,000 USD125,000 USD
Due Diligence7,500 USD7,500 USD plus, 7,500 USD for spouse,
plus 2,000 USD per dependant aged
12 - 17, plus 4,000 USD per dependant
aged 18 and over
7,500 USD plus, 7,500 USD for spouse,
plus 2,000 USD per dependant aged
12 - 17, plus 4,000 USD per dependant
aged 18 and over
Government Fees25,000 USD25,000 USD25,000 USD for a family of four, plus 15,000 USD for each additional dependent

* Other fees payable include legal fees and passport fees. Fees are subject to change.

2. Real Estate

Applicants wishing to make a real estate purchase in Antigua and Barbuda must invest at least USD 400,000 in an approved real estate project. Real estate projects are approved by the Cabinet, following a recommendation by the Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority (ABIA).

Generally, real estate purchased under this option must be held for a minimum of five years. However, during those five years the investor may instead either purchase another real estate property of equal or higher value, or make an investment under the business investment option. If these rules are not adhered to, investors may lose their passports.

Minimum Required Investment400,000 USD400,000 USD400,000 USD
Due Diligence7,500 USD7,500 USD plus 7,500 USD for spouse,
plus 2,000 USD per dependant aged
12 - 17, plus 4,000 USD per dependant
aged 18 and over
7,500 USD plus 7,500 USD for spouse,
plus 2,000 USD per dependant aged
12 - 17, plus 4,000 USD per dependant
aged 18 and over
Government Fees50,000 USD50,000 USD50,000 USD for a family up to four
plus 15,000 USD for each dependant

* Other fees payable include legal fees and passport fees. Fees are subject to change.

3. Business

The final option available to applicants for citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda is an investment in a business that has been pre-approved by the Cabinet. Approval by the Cabinet follows a recommendation by the ABIA, which in turn makes its recommendation after consulting with the CIU.

Applicants may choose to invest as single investors, or together with other investors. As single investors, applicants must invest a minimum of USD 1.5 million. As joint investors, applicants must personally invest a minimum of USD 400,000, but the joint investment as a whole must be of USD 5 million.

Benefits

Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda can take advantage of numerous benefits, including:

  • Citizenship for life, with the right to live and work in the country

  • The opportunity to maintain dual citizenship if so desired

  • Visa-free travel to more than 125 countries and territories, including the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and Singapore

  • A low tax regime

  • No restriction on the repatriation of profits and imported capital

  • Life in an economically, legally, and socially stable country that belongs to the Commonwealth of Nations, and whose political system is based on the British parliamentary system

  • Life in a tropical paradise, with appealing lifestyle and retirement options

The benefits of the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Programme include:

  • Low residency requirement

  • No interview requirement

  • No minimum level of English requirement

  • No previous education or management experience requirement

How we can help

CS Global Partners has been officially authorised by the Government of Antigua & Barbuda to promote its Citizenship by Investment Programme across the globe.

At CS Global Partners we understand that applying for an alternative citizenship can be a complex and daunting process. This is why we make the application process as easy for our clients as possible.

We offer the following standard services:

  • A dedicated relationship manager as your single point of contact throughout your application.
  • Professional guidance on the application procedure and support throughout the process.
  • Documentation preparation and validation.
  • Representation on your behalf before the Government.
  • Management and resolution of any legal queries related to the application.
  • Additional services available on request for clients wishing to utilise our partner network to support their application, including the following:
    • Concierge services
    • Property investment and advice
    • Notary Public services
    • Relocation assistance
    • Translation services
    • Tax planning
    • Medical services
    • Trust planning
    • Banking services
    • Fiduciary services

The Law

Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment Programme was first established under the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Act, 2013 (Act No. 2 of 2013). The Act was amended in 2014, and is compounded by the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Regulations. These draw authority from Section 6 of the Act.

Why choose Antigua and Barbuda?

Aside from having all of the qualities of the quintessential Caribbean idyll, Antigua and Barbuda is also one of the region’s most prosperous nations. Expensive yachts float in its glamorous harbour, honeymooners indulge in its luxury and thrillseekers make the most of high-octane zip-line adventures and nature treks. The country also boasts well-preserved coral reefs in its crystalline waters, as well as many historical points of interest – take Nelson’s Dockyard, where Lord Horatio Nelson was stationed between 1784 and 1787.

Antigua and Barbuda obtained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1981, and has since been a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II as the country’s head of state. The Queen is represented by the Governor General.

Geography

Separated by a few nautical miles in the eastern Caribbean Sea, Antigua and Barbuda are the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands. Antigua is the largest of the two islands at around 281 km² in size, while Barbuda covers 161 km². The uninhabited island of Redonda is also considered an Antiguan territory. Both Antigua and Barbuda are generally low-lying, with terrain that has been influenced by limestone formations.

Antigua and Barbuda enjoys a tropical climate with warm temperatures year round, moderated by fairly constant northeast trade winds.

Getting to Antigua & Barbuda

Only a short flight away from the United States, Antigua and Barbuda is easily accessible. V. C. Bird International Airport is located on the island of Antigua, close to its capital city St John’s. The airport currently welcomes direct flights from the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Germany, Italy and several Caribbean neighbours. Barbuda Codrington Airport is a much smaller airport located on Barbuda. Direct flights here are either from Antigua, or charter services from nearby Anguilla or Saint Barthélemy.

Antigua also has a long tradition with sailing. Please visit the Antigua Marine Guide website for more information on yacht entry and clearance procedures, ports of entry and safety and security.

Economy

Antigua and Barbuda’s economy is largely dependent on the provision of its services. Tourism accounts for around 60% of the nation’s income – with the majority of visitors coming to the islands from the United States, Canada, and Europe. The country has also been diversifying its economy, with financial services, communications and transportations becoming important sources of income.

Some 30% of Antiguan land  is under crops or potentially arable. Sea-island cotton and sugar are among the country’s largest agricultural exports, while plans for the production of ethanol from sugarcane are well developed. Many vegetables, including beans, carrots, plantains, squash and yams, are grown mostly for local markets.