Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship

Antigua and Barbuda
Citizenship By Investment

Visa-free travelling to 150 countries
and opportunities to decrease tax burden

Download the guide Calculate the cost
$100,000+
Investment amount
3–6 months
Obtaining period
5 years
Real estate
investment return
License
IMA AB

The Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment program is one of the newest in the Caribbean. It was launched in 2013.

Cosmopolitans can get a passport by investments of at least $100,000. There are four options: contributions to a state or university fund, real estate purchase or business investments.

Family members can obtain citizenship with the investor. The program allows the main applicant’s spouse, children, parents and siblings to participate.

 

The property purchased to participate in the citizenship program can be sold five years later to return the money. The investor can also earn rental income during ownership.

Antigua and Barbuda offers a special investment option to families of six or more. They can contribute $150,000+ to the University of the West Indies Fund. Thus, a large family spends less than under any other Caribbean CBI program. One family member can enrol in the university and study for a year free of charge.

 

Benefits of Antigua and Barbuda citizenship

1
Visa-free travel
to the Schengen Area
and the UK

The Antigua and Barbuda passport equals to a Schengen visa, allowing cosmopolitans to enter the Schengen countries and stay in the region for up to 90 out of 180 days. The investors can also stay in the UK for up to 180 days a year. The complete list of visa-free destinations includes 150 countries.

2
10-year US tourist
visas

Antigua and Barbuda citizens can get a 10-year B-1/B-2 tourist visa to the USA. The visa allows the holder to spend up to 180 days a year in the United States: travel, attend conferences, hold business meetings, and receive medical treatment at US clinics.

3
“Safe haven” abroad

With the Antigua and Barbuda passports, investors can leave their countries of residence at any time without a visa and at short notice. It might be helpful in case of an unforeseen political or economic crisis, pandemic, or threat to the family’s safety and well-being.

4
Tax optimisation

Antigua and Barbuda has no taxes on personal income, inheritance or capital gains. Tax residents don’t pay taxes on dividends, interest or royalties.

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  • Step by step procedure
  • Requirements for applicants
  • Required documents
  • Answers to frequently asked questions
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Immigrant Invest
is a licensed agent
of the Antigua and Barbuda
CBI program
(License IMA AB)

Who can get Antigua and Barbuda citizenship

Investor
  • Over 18 years old
  • No criminal record or prosecution
  • Capable of confirming the legality of the income
  • No serious illnesses
Spouse
Children under 30

Fully financially dependent on the investor if over 18

Parents
  • Over 55
  • Fully financially dependent on the investor
Siblings

Unmarried

Investment options
for Antigua and Barbuda citizenship

Antigua and Barbuda offers four investment options, and it is the only Caribbean country providing an option specifically designed for large families.

1 option

Non-refundable contribution

$100,000+

A contribution to the National Development Fund is the least costly option for single investors and families of up to five people. The contribution is non-refundable.

Investor Married couple Family of 4, excluding siblings Family of 5 or
more people
Contribution
to the fund
$100,000 $100,000 $100,000 $100,000
State fee $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 $30,000
Due Diligence $7,500 $15,000

$15,000 for the spouses

+$2,000 per child 12 to 17 years old

+$4,000 per adult family member

$15,000 for the spouses

+$2,000 per child 12 to 17 years old

+$4,000 per adult family member

Other fees $600 $1,200 $1,800 $2,400
2 option

Real estate purchase

$200,000+

Investors buy shares in government-approved real estate projects. They can sell the property in 5 years and return the money.

Investor Married couple Family of 4, excluding siblings Family of 5 or
more people
Real estate purchase $200,000 $200,000 $200,000 $200,000
State fee $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 $30,000
Due Diligence $7,500 $15,000

$15,000 for the spouses

+$2,000 per child
12 to 17 years old

+$4,000 per adult family member

$15,000 for the spouses

+$2,000 per child
12 to 17 years old

+$4,000 per adult family member

Other fees $600 $1,200 $1,800 $2,400
3 option

Contribution to the University of the West Indies Fund

$150,000+

The option is designed for families of at least six people. Any family member under 29 can study for a year at the University of the West Indies for free. The contribution is non-refundable.

Family of 6 or more people
Contribution to the fund

$150,000

+$15,000 per family member, starting from the seventh

Due Diligence

$15,000 for the spouses

+$2,000 per child 12 to 17 years old

+$4,000 per adult family member

Other fees $3,600+
4 option

Business investments

$400,000+

There are two investment paths. The applicant can become a sole investor, spending at least $1.5 million developing a company in Antigua and Barbuda. A group investment of at least $5 million is allowed if each investor contributes at least $400,000.

Investors pay $150,000 per family member included in the application, starting at the fifth relative. A state fee of at least $30,000 is also charged.

Expenses for a family of 4

The spouses and two children of 13 and 20 years old
Contribution to the state fund Real estate purchase
Investment $100,000 $200,000
State fee $30,000 $30,000
Due Diligence $21,000 $21,000
Other fees $1,800 $1,800
Total $152,800 $252,800

Individual
cost calculation
for Antigua and Barbuda
citizenship

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Immigrant Invest
is a licensed agent
of the Antigua and Barbuda
CBI program

Why do applicants need
a licensed agent’s help?

The Antigua and Barbuda law prohibits investors from applying for citizenship by investment on their own. A licensed program agent must apply on the investor’s behalf. The licensed agent is a consulting company that assists applicants at every stage of obtaining citizenship by investment.

Immigrant Invest is a licensed agent of the Antigua and Barbuda citizenship program.

Real estate under
the Antigua and Barbuda citizenship
by investment program

The Immigrant Invest property database includes five-star hotel complexes in Antigua and Barbuda.

We offer real estate projects from reliable developers. Such properties are more likely to bring profits to investors.

A boutique hotel with 40 rooms in Saint Philip

Investors buy shares for at least $200,000 or rooms for at least $250,000. The penthouse suites costing $600,000 have fully equipped kitchens and access to a roof garden and a small swimming pool.

A developer and a management company are responsible for hotel maintenance. The investor doesn’t have to monitor the property condition or look for tenants themselves.

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5 years
Investment
return
horizon
2—4%
Annual
rental
income
2022
Year of
completion

Step-by-step procedure for obtaining Antigua and Barbuda citizenship

1 day Preliminary Due Diligence

Preliminary Due Diligence

1 day

Immigrant Invest conducts a preliminary Due Diligence to prepare for the check at the CBI unit. The preliminary check helps lawyers identify the rejection risks in advance and find an alternative solution. 

The preliminary Due Diligence is entirely confidential. The investor only provides their passport.

Immigrant Invest has its own Compliance Department. A certified Anti-Money Laundering Officer checks investors’ documents considering the nuances of the Due Diligence procedures in different countries.

The preliminary Due Diligence reduces the risk of a  citizenship application being rejected to 1%.

Pass a quick test and learn the nuances that can prevent you from obtaining a second citizenship

2 to 4 weeks Preparation of documents

Preparation of documents

2 to 4 weeks

Immigrant Invest lawyers provide the investor with a list of personal documents and financial records required to participate in the CBI program. They translate and notarise the copies on receipt of the documents and fill out government forms.

At least 3 months Due Diligence

Due Diligence

At least 3 months

The prepared documents are sent to the Antigua and Barbuda CBI unit. The CBI unit carries out a Due Diligence check by examining the investor’s documents and checking information against international databases. All family members over 12 years old must undergo the Due Diligence check. 

Due Diligence is a crucial stage of the CBI program. Its results define whether the applicants get citizenship or not.

Up to 30 days Approval and fulfilment
of the investment condition

Approval and fulfilment
of the investment condition

Up to 30 days

Once Immigrant Invest receives approval notification, the applicant must fulfil the investment condition within 30 days: contribute to the selected fund, buy real estate, or invest in a business.

Up to 4 weeks Getting a passport

Getting a passport

Up to 4 weeks

The passport and naturalisation certificate are issued within 4 weeks after investing. The applicant receives the documents at a convenient address.

1 day Oath of allegiance

Oath of allegiance

1 day

The investor and all adult family members must take the oath of allegiance. They can do it via videoconference, at a consulate or in person in Antigua and Barbuda. 

The new citizens should visit Antigua and Barbuda for at least 5 days within 5 years after getting their passports.

 

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Zlata Erlach
Caribbean Investment Program Expert
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Answers to frequently asked questions

Does Immigrant Invest guarantee that I will get an Antigua and Barbuda passport?

No licensed agent can guarantee a passport. You probably deal with scammers if you are offered a 100% guarantee. 

Immigrant Invest is a licensed agent of the Antigua and Barbuda CBI program with its own Compliance Department. We conduct a preliminary Due Diligence check to identify the rejection risks and find an alternative solution when necessary. As a result, most of our clients pass Due Diligence and obtain citizenship.

 

Is there a way to return the investments?

You can return the invested money if you have chosen a real estate purchase. The investor can sell the property in 5 years. Moreover, the investor can also earn rental income during the 5-year ownership period. Some developers forecast rental income of 8% per annum.

Do I need to come to Antigua and Barbuda to get a passport?

The passport can be obtained remotely. However, you usually are required to visit the country for at least 5 days within 5 years after obtaining citizenship.

However, the rules have changed due to the pandemic. Investors don’t need to visit the country if the 5-year period expires before August 31st, 2022. The period may be extended if the epidemic situation in the world does not improve.

Are there any additional expenses under the program?

Yes, there are. The applicant pays government fees and fees for legal and administrative services. The amount depends on the specific situation, for example, the family composition. We can calculate the final cost for your family individually.

The most considerable fee is for the Due Diligence check. It costs $7,500 each for the investor and their spouse, $4,000 per adult family member and $2,000 per child 12 to 17 years old. Applicants also pay a passport fee and a bank charge of $600 per person.

 

Can I apply for Antigua and Barbuda citizenship myself?

No, you cannot. By law, only a licensed agent of the Antigua and Barbuda CBI program can apply for citizenship by investment on the investor’s behalf.

Is it possible to get citizenship for family members after the investor has received an Antigua and Barbuda passport?

The investor can add additional eligible family members to the citizenship by investment application even after receiving the passport. 

The eligible family members are:

  • a new spouse;
  • children and grandchildren under 17;
  • parents;
  • spouses of the investor’s adult children provided that the children are financially dependent on the investor.

Additional family members have no time limits to join the CBI program.

However, there is a fee per family member joining the program later. It costs $50,000 to add a spouse or a parent, $10,000 to add a child under 5 years old and $20,000 to add a child from 6 to 17 years old.

 

Schedule a meeting

Let’s discuss the details

Schedule a meeting at one of the offices or online. A lawyer will analyze the situation, calculate the cost and help you find a solution based on your goals.

Zlata Erlach
Caribbean Investment Program Expert
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