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Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment: requirements for applicants, expenses and benefits

Antigua and Barbuda offers several investment options: in business, a state fund or real estate. You can get citizenship in a few months without leaving your home. It is also possible to immediately include a family in the application or add them later.

With Antigua and Barbuda citizenship, you can travel without visas to the Schengen countries and the UK, and get a tourist visa to the United States for 10 years. In addition, the state offers favourable tax rates, e.g. on international income.

Antigua and Barbuda citizenship requirements: cost, terms, family members

Requirements and investment options under the CBI program

Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment program was launched in 2013. To obtain a second passport, an investor must stay in Antigua and Barbuda for 5 days during the first 5 years and take an oath of allegiance. The oath in the islands is an official ceremony in the presence of a notary.

Antigua and Barbuda citizenship requirements

Participation of family membersThe application may include:
• a spouse;
• children under 30;
• parents, grandparents over 55;
• brothers and sisters — no age limit
Due DiligenceFor all adult participants
Passport obtaining period3—6 months
Obtaining an intermediate residence permit, permanent residenceNot required, the investor immediately receives citizenship
Knowledge of the state language, historyNot required
Confidentiality of obtaining a passportYes
Place of obtaining a passportAt the office of Immigrant Invest or through a courier
Passport validityThe first passport is issued for 5 years, subsequent ones for 10 years
Citizenship by inheritanceNo

The choice of investment depends on the investor’s goals and capabilities. The easiest option is to make a non-refundable contribution of $100,000 to a government fund. If you want to return the investment over time, you can invest in real estate: the minimum amount is $200,000. It is also possible to invest at least $1,500,000 in a business.

For large families of six or more, Antigua and Barbuda has a special offer to make a non-refundable contribution to the University of the West Indies Fund in the amount of $150,000. At the same time, one of the family members will be able to study at the university for free for a year.

A non-refundable contribution to a state fund

Non-refundable investments are suitable for those investors who want to quickly and easily obtain citizenship for themselves or all family members. 

The amount of the non-refundable contribution depends on the number of applicants. Here are examples of calculations for one investor, a family of four and five.

Antigua and Barbuda non-refundable contribution expenses

ExpensesInvestorFamily up to 4 peopleFamily from 5 people
Non-refundable contribution$100,000 $100,000 $125,000
Government fee$30,000 $30,000 $30,000
Due Diligence fee$7,500 $15,000 for a couple
 
$2,000 for children aged 12 to 17 years


$4,000 for children over 18 years old
$15,000 for a couple

$2,000 for children from 12 to 17 years old

$4,000 for children over 18 years old

Purchase of a real estate in Antigua and Barbuda

In Antigua and Barbuda, the construction of hotels is actively developing, the developers of which are international holdings. You can purchase a share in the resort complex, as well as the entire property: a villa or an apartment.

Buying a share in real estate is a less expensive option. The only thing is that the government must approve this property. The amount of investments is $200,000, regardless of the number of participants. In this case, the investor will have a proportional part of the rental income of 3-5% per annum. You can also stay in your hotel for a couple of weeks a year for free.

A purchase of an apartment for $400,000, regardless of the number of applicants is also an option. A comfortable villa on the primary or secondary market for $1,000,000 or $2,000,000. An important point: the property must remain in the investor's ownership for 5 years after obtaining a passport. After that, it can be sold.

Antigua and Barbuda real estate purchase expenses

ExpensesInvestorFamily up to 4 peopleFamily from 5 people
Investment in real estate$200,000+$200,000+$200,000+
Government fee$30,000 $30,000 $30,000 for spouses and two children

$15,000 for each additional family member
Due Diligence$7,500 $15,000 for a couple 

$2,000 for children aged 12 to 17 years

$4,000 for children over 18 years old
$15,000 for a couple 

$2,000 for children aged 12 to 17 years

$4,000 for children over 18 years old

Business investment under the program

One way to get an Antigua and Barbuda passport is to invest at least $1,500,000 in a business project. There is the possibility of group investment, but then the total amount must be $5,000,000, and each participant must contribute at least $400,000.

In Antigua and Barbuda, most of the businesses are related to construction, agriculture and the organization of call centres.

Antigua and Barbuda passport benefits for cosmopolitans

Travel to 150 countries without visas: the Schengen countries, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, the UAE and many others.

Quick relocation to another country in case of political, economic and other unforeseen circumstances.

Long-term visa to the USA: citizens of Antigua and Barbuda are issued a visa to the USA for 10 years.

Savings in international banks. Foreign banks treat Antigua and Barbuda passport holders more favourably than most third-country nationals. You can also register any movable and immovable assets in your name in almost any country in the world.

Benefits for teaching children in the UK. Antigua and Barbuda is part of the Commonwealth of Nations, so its citizens have the same rights as British citizens.

Benefits for business: low cost of establishing an international company and exemption from taxes for 50 years if the company operates outside of Antigua and Barbuda, as well as the rest of the Caribbean.

Antigua and Barbuda does not require the filing of annual accounting or audit reports. In this case, the documents must be stored at the company's office in the country.

Vacation in luxury apartments. Antigua and Barbuda has a warm climate, beautiful nature, a wealthy tourist contingent, as well as 365 exotic beaches. If an investor chooses a real estate investment option he can purchase an apartment or villa and spend time on his own resort.

Example of an Antigua and Barbuda residential property

Antigua and Barbuda citizenship requirements — buying real estate

Shares, apartments, townhouses or villas in a resort on the coast of the island with the starting cost of $200,000. The project is situated on the eastern coast of Antigua and has been successfully operating since 2010. Investors can buy apartments with one, two or three bedrooms, villa plots and three-bedroom townhouses

Antigua and Barbuda citizenship requirements — buying real estate

Shares, apartments, townhouses or villas in a resort on the coast of the island with the starting cost of $200,000. The project is situated on the eastern coast of Antigua and has been successfully operating since 2010. Investors can buy apartments with one, two or three bedrooms, villa plots and three-bedroom townhouses

Antigua and Barbuda citizenship requirements — buying real estate

Shares, apartments, townhouses or villas in a resort on the coast of the island with the starting cost of $200,000. The project is situated on the eastern coast of Antigua and has been successfully operating since 2010. Investors can buy apartments with one, two or three bedrooms, villa plots and three-bedroom townhouses

Antigua and Barbuda citizenship requirements — buying real estate

Shares, apartments, townhouses or villas in a resort on the coast of the island with the starting cost of $200,000. The project is situated on the eastern coast of Antigua and has been successfully operating since 2010. Investors can buy apartments with one, two or three bedrooms, villa plots and three-bedroom townhouses

Conclusions on the Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment program

The passport of Antigua and Barbuda makes it possible to travel without visas to 150 countries: any of the Schengen countries, Hong Kong, Singapore and many others. In the UK, you can live almost continuously and enjoy all the benefits that citizens of this country have. Also, with the citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda, you can get a US visa for 10 years.

There are several investment options:

  • non-refundable contributions — from $100,000;
  • buying real estate — from $200,000; 
  • investing in a business — from $1,500,000.

You can immediately apply for citizenship for family members or add them later.

Frequently asked questions

Which countries can you visit with an Antigua and Barbuda passport?

Antigua and Barbuda citizens can visit 150 countries, including Schengen states, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, UAE, and many others.

Who can participate with investors in the Antigua and Barbuda citizenship program?

The application can include a spouse, children under 30 years old, parents over 55 and unmarried siblings. Children over 18 and parents must depend financially on the investor and live with him.

Is it necessary to reside in the country to get citizenship by investment?

The required stay in Antigua and Barbuda is five days during the first five years. An investor must visit the country to take an oath of allegiance.

What is a minimum investment to get Antigua and Barbuda citizenship?

The minimum investment will be if you choose a contribution to the state fund option. For a family of four, investors will spend approximately $150,000, including taxes and fees.

After how many years can I sell a property purchased under the citizenship by the investment program?

Property can be sold after 5 years. Find out more about citizenship by investment program in Antigua and Barbuda, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada and Dominica.

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Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment: requirements for applicants, expenses and benefits