Antigua and Barbuda Programme
With hundreds of beaches, year-round sunshine, and some of the most welcoming people you could wish to meet, Antigua and Barbuda is heaven on earth. You can make this popular holiday location the home of your dreams by applying to the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment programme. Established in 2013, the scheme grants you citizenship in exchange for an economic donation to this celestial Caribbean country.
Benefits of Antigua and Barbuda citizenship
The Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment programme offers a huge range of benefits. There is also the opportunity to apply for an Antigua and Barbuda passport some of the benefits include:
- Citizenship for life, with the right to live and work in the country
- Entitlement to dual citizenship
- Ability to pass on citizenship to future generations
- Visa-free travel to around 150 countries and territories
Please note that due diligence and government processing fees also apply to all Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment options.
Option 01 The National Development Fund
The non-profit National Development Fund finances government projects, public-private partnerships, and other charitable investments in Antigua and Barbuda. Applicants must contribute a set amount to the fund according to the number of dependants they have. Due diligence and government processing fees apply.
- Family of up to 4 members USD 100,000
- Family of 5 members or more USD 125,000
Option 02 Real Estate
Qualifying real estate projects must be approved by The Cabinet upon receiving a recommendation from the Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority (ABIA). Applicants must commit to holding the real estate for at least five years and can invest individually or with a partner. Due diligence and government processing fees apply.
- Minimum Investment USD 200,000
Option 03 Business Investment
You may instead choose to invest in a business that has been pre-approved by The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda. This can be done individually or with a partner. Due diligence and government processing fees apply.
- Independent investment USD 1,500,000
- Joint investment USD 400,000 (with a total investment of USD 5,000,000)
Option 04 University of the West Indies Fund
The University of the West Indies Fund finances the University of the West Indies’ fourth landed campus in Antigua and Barbuda. It is only available to families composed of at least six members. It entitles one member of the family to a year of tuition-only scholarship at the university.
Family of six members: USD 150,000 (including government processing fees for a family of six)
The following government processing fees are applicable for all the options:
- Family of 4 or less USD 30,000
- Any additional dependent USD 15,000
Antigua and Barbuda Passport
What are the benefits of an Antigua and Barbuda passport?
Antigua and Barbuda passports are CARICOM passports that are issued to citizens of Antigua and Barbuda for international travel. They are biometric documents, ensuring a greater level of safety and facilitating cross-border procedures. Antigua and Barbuda passport holders enjoy visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to almost 150 countries and territories worldwide.
How long are Antigua and Barbuda passports valid for?
First-time passports of Antigua and Barbuda issued to economic citizens are only valid for five years. This is to ensure that proper checks are performed on whether the economic citizen has fulfilled the five-day residence requirement and travel requirement to complete the Oath of Allegiance in Antigua and Barbuda.
The validity of second-time passports depends on whether the passport is issued to someone aged 16 or over. If the person is 16 or over, then Antigua and Barbuda passports are valid for 10 years. If the person is a child aged less than 16, then the passport is only valid for five years.
What is the Antigua and Barbuda passport application process?
The passport application process is separate from the citizenship by investment process, and requires the applicant to present a number of documents. These documents vary according to whether the application is a first-time application, a first-time renewal, or a later renewal. In all cases, a certified copy of the applicant’s Certificate of Registration – the document that is issued to an economic citizen at the end of the citizenship by investment process – must be provided.
Every time Antigua and Barbuda passport holders re-apply for a passport (for example, because their old passport has expired), they must present their old Antigua and Barbuda passport. This will be cancelled upon issuance of the new passport.
To renew a first-time passport that has expired, an economic citizen must first send a request to the Citizenship by Investment Unit through his or her Licensed Agent. All other renewals after that can be made directly at the Passport Office (a department within the Prime Minister’s Ministry) located on Queen Elizabeth Highway in St John’s (Antigua and Barbuda’s capital city). Alternatively, applications can be made at an Antigua and Barbuda High Commission, Embassy, or Consulate.
Visa Free Travel
- Africa Show
- Cape Verde
- Americas Show
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Cayman Islands
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- French Guiana
- St Eustatius and Saba
- St Lucia
- St Maarten
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Isl.
- Virgin Isl. (British)
- Asia Show
- Hong Kong (SAR China)
- South Korea
- Europe Show
- Czech Republic
- Ireland (Rep.)
- Macedonia (FYROM)
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
- Middle East Show
- Oceania Show
- Cook Island
- French Polynesia
- New Caledonia
- Solomon Isl.
The Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment application process consists of seven steps, which are:
- Step 1: Pre-approval by an Authorised Agent and preparation of the application.
- Step 2: Submission of citizenship application.
- Step 3: Application processing by the Citizenship by Investment Unit and internal and external due diligence checks.
- Step 4: Approval in principle.
- Step 5: Investment in Pre-Approved Real Estate, contribution to the National Development Fund, investment in a business, or contribution to the University of the West Indies Fund.
- Step 6: Citizenship certificate issued.
- Step 7: Passport application.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a residency requirement?
Successful applicants are required to reside in the country for a minimum of five days within five years after receiving citizenship. However, this requirement has been temporarily suspended until 31 August 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
How long does it take to process a citizenship by investment application?
From submission of the application to an approval in principle, applicants are generally expected to wait between six and seven months.
What are the investment options under the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Programme?
- A direct contribution to the country’s National Development Fund
- An investment in pre-approved real estate
- A business investment
- An contribution to the University of the West Indies Fund
Applicants for citizenship should be at least 18 years of age, of good character, without a criminal record, and be able and willing to make the required contribution.
Which family members can I include in my application for economic citizenship?
You can include:
- Your spouse
- Children (yours or your spouse’s) under 18
- Children (yours or your spouse’s) aged 18-30 who are financially dependent on the main applicant
- Children (yours or your spouse’s) aged 18 or over who are physically or mentally disabled, living with and fully supported by the main applicant
- Parents or grandparents (yours or your spouse’s), who is 55 years of age or older and financially dependent on the main applicant
- Siblings (yours or your spouse’s), if unmarried
After receiving citizenship, the post-citizenship additions of certain family members can also be made.
What does the due diligence process in Antigua and Barbuda entail?
You will be vetted by multiple entities:
- KYC (know-your-client) checks performed by local Licensed Agents
- The Citizenship by Investment Unit carries out internal checks including AML (anti-money laundering) and CTF (counter-terrorism financing) vetting
- Mandated international due diligence firms perform online and on-the-ground checks
- Regional and international law enforcement agencies check that you aren’t on any wanted or sanctions lists
Are citizens of certain countries not allowed to apply?
Nationals of Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan are not allowed to apply unless they:
- migrated before the age of majority or have maintained permanent residence in any country other than those on the restricted country list, for a period of not less than 10 years; and
- maintain no economic ties to any restricted country.
Is This Programme for Me?
The Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Programme is good value for money for both individual applicants and families looking to apply for second citizenship.
The following is also a good fit for the programme:
- Larger families looking to apply together
- Professionals who want to expand their career opportunities
- Businesspeople interested in investing in an approved business
- Individuals who want greater global mobility
Where Your Funds Go
The contributions to the National Development Fund, a nonprofit fund, are used for funding government projects, public-private partnerships, and other charitable investments approved by the government.
Proceeds from the University of the West Indies Fund go to the development of the university’s fourth campus.
Investments in real estate and business provide wider benefits for the economy of Antigua and Barbuda through direct and indirect job creation.