Case Studies

Antigua and Barbuda passports for visa-free travelling to Europe

It was difficult for me to keep my feet on the ground in my country, but I was lucky. And now I look at my children and see how they grow up quickly, what kind of big dreams and how much potential they have. I want to give my children everything they need to make their life paths happy as a parent.

Antigua and Barbuda citizenship
Palo
42 years old,
the owner of several companies providing sports equipment

Palo is an investor from Zambia. He is a former professional footballer and now the owner of several sports equipment companies.

The investor decided to get passports for his family with visa-free access to European countries. First, the family wanted to travel, explore different countries, and then choose a state to settle down.

In this case, we will tell you how Immigrant Invest helped the investor obtain second passports for his family.

Preliminary Due Diligence

Palo turned to Immigrant Invest for advice on October, 21, 2021.

Before signing the contract with the investor, Immigrant Invest lawyers conduct preliminary Due Diligence. The check helps see all the investor's application rejection risks for a Citizenship by Investment Program.

Our in-house Certified Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer carries out a preliminary Due Diligence check. The lawyers consider the legality of income sources and the investor and his family’s biography and warn them about any potential risks.

Zlata Erlach
head of Caribbean citizenship by investment programs

Palo gets his income only from his companies. He has a clean tax story and has had no criminal record or visa denials in the past. The Immigrant Invest team was 99% sure that any citizenship program would approve Palo's application.

What citizenship program did Pole choose

The leading investor’s goal was to have visa-free access to European countries. The family had not yet decided which country they wanted to settle in: first, they wanted to see the world.

Also, visa-free entry to European countries would help their eldest son, David, get to know European universities better and choose one if he finds them appropriate.

The investor’s budget was up to $300,000. Palo wanted his whole family to get the second passport — all six people.

Within Palo’s budget, there were five Caribbean Citizenship by Investment programs. The minimal investment is $100,000. The investor gets a Caribbean passport in 2—6 months.

The Caribbean passport holders travel visa-free to the Schengen area, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, and hundreds of other countries. They get a 10-year tourist visa to the US.

Dominica and Grenada citizens can stay in China for up to 30 days a year without a visa. Grenada citizens get a E-2 visa to the US as well. An investor and his family can move to the US with a visa.

All programs have two options: 

  1. $100,000 contribution to a state fund; 
  2. $200,000 or more investment into real estate. 

The investors’ costs increase if they add a family member to the application.

Antigua also offers an investor to contribute $150,000 to the University of the West Indies Foundation for a family of 6 or more. Saint Lucia — buy government bonds for $250,000 or more. Also, the investors can obtain the citizenship of Antigua or St Lucia if they invest $1,500,000 in a local business.

Antigua's option of contributing to the University of the West Indies Foundation was the most beneficial for Pal’s family. Immigrant Invest experts suggested that Palo consider the option.

The Caribbean citizenship programs: the final minimal costs for a family of six

The country with the citizenship programProgram minimal costsProgram benefits
Antigua and Barbuda$170,800A free year at the University of the West Indies
Saint Lucia$206,050The fastest program — from 3 to 4 months to obtain a passport
Saint Kitts and Nevis$231,000The largest number of visa-free countries among the Caribbean citizenship programs — 157
Dominica$245,30030 days visa-free a year in China
Grenada$276,80030 days visa-free a year in China; a E-2 visa to the US.

Palo no doubt chose a contribution to Antigua university.

The benefit for Pole’s son: free year at Antigua university

The University of the West Indies was founded as a division of the University of London in 1948. The university uses British educational standards and cooperates with Harvard. The university diploma is quoted in Europe and the US.

Among the graduates and professors of the university are Nobel laureates and politicians. Alumnus Derek A. Walcott received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. Professors Anthony Chen and John Agard, and Dr Leonard Nurse were the Nobel Peace Prize winners in 2007. Prime ministers of Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Jamaica, Belize and other Caribbean countries have graduated from the university.

The family decided to send David to the university. If he likes the uni, he will continue his education there. If not — he will enter another university.

To be close to their son, the family decided to move to Antigua.

Up to now, we couldn’t decide which country to move to. But now it’s settled. If the chance comes up, why not try? Let Antigua be the first country we move to. David will be with his family, and we can explore the new country. We’ll just move somewhere else if we don’t like it here.

Antigua and Barbuda citizenship
Palo
42 years old,
the owner of several companies providing sports equipment

What stages Pole went through to get Antigua citizenship

Participation in the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment program is a five-step process.

1. Preparing the documents. Immigrant Invest lawyers collected and uploaded the copies of the documents to the program unit’s secure online portal. They sent the originals to the Antigua and Barbuda CBI unit by mail immediately after the application submission.

The Antigua and Barbuda CBI unit begins to consider the application once the scanned documents are received.

The documents Immigrant Invest lawyers attached to Palo’s application.

  1. Passports.
  2. Police clearance certificates.
  3. Constituent documents of Palo's business — to confirm the legality of income and money for investment.
  4. A letter of recommendation from the bank.
  5. Palo's bank statement for the last two years.
  6. Marriage certificates.
  7. Medical insurance.
  8. Birth certificates of the children.

Palo paid the Due Diligence fee in advance to the program unit — $19,000 for himself, his wife, the eldest son and his daughter. There was no need to pay for the other three children, as they were younger than twelve. The lawyers attached a receipt for payment to the application as well.

2. Due Diligence in Antigua and Barbuda's CBI unit takes typically three to four months. Palo received department approval four months after applying. There were no additional requests.

3. Fulfillment of the investment condition. Along with the approval, the Antigua and Barbuda CBI unit sent details to contribute to the University of the West Indies Foundation. The fee was $150,000 for a family of six. Separately, Palo paid a bank fee of $1,800.

$150,000
contribution to the University of the West Indies Foundation

Three weeks later, the program department confirmed the payments and began to produce naturalization certificates and second passports for Palo’s family.

4. Oath. New citizens of Antigua and Barbuda over 18 take an oath before obtaining their passports. The investor can take the oath in Antigua or its official representations in other countries.

Immigrant Invest lawyers helped the investor book an appointment at the High Commission of Antigua and Barbuda in Zambia, where Palo and Nandi took the oath.

5. Naturalization certificates and second passports were sent by mail three weeks after the oath. Participation in the citizenship program took six months after contacting Immigrant Invest.

7 months took participation in the Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment program for Palo

1
1.5 weeks
Preparation of documents and submission of an application to the CBI unit
2
+4 months
Due Diligence in the CBI unit
3
+3 weeks
Investment condition fulfilment
4
+2.5 weeks
Oath of allegiance in the representative office of Antigua and Barbuda
5
+4 weeks
Obtaining naturalization certificates and second passports

Living in Antigua

The family lives now in Five Islands Village, which is 20 minutes by car from Saint John, Antigua and Barbuda's capital.

Immigrant Invest keeps in touch with its clients. We are always interested in how their lives have changed with a second passport. So, we asked Palo and Nandi to tell us about their life in Antigua.

We’ve settled in the village close to the sea and David’s university. We have a lot of time ahead to explore the island and get used to it. For now, I like everything: the comfortable and familiar to us climate, the local people, the infrastructure and the prices!

Antigua and Barbuda citizenship
Nandi
38 years old,
Investor’s wife

Especially for our clients, we asked Nandi to tell us about prices to show the average living standards in Antigua. She made a list of their monthly family expenses for us.

Cost of Living in Antigua And Barbuda

Accommodation
Rent of an apartment with five bedrooms in Five Island village per month $2,000
Apartament utilities monthly $220
Internet monthly $60
Children education
International primary school, yearly for one child $3,900
Markets
Milk (0.5 gallons) $4
Loaf of bread $2.5
Local cheese (1lb) $3
Eggs (a dozen) $4
Chicken fillets (1lb) $4
Beef round $7
Rice (1 lb) $1
Apples (1lb) $6
Banana (1lb) $1,6
Tomato (1lb) $2
Potato (1 lb) $2,5
Lettuce (1 head) $2,6
Water (1.5 liter bottle) $1
Bottle of wine $12
Restaurants
Meal for two people, three-course $100
Street food restaurant, one course  $10
Cappuccino (regular) $5
Leisure activities
Fitness club, monthly fee for one adult $70
Cinema, 1 seat $7
Transportation
One-way ticket $1
Monthly pass $36
Gasoline (1 gallon) $5
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In the Immigrant Invest practice, it is a rare case. Palo's family of six chose the contribution to the University of the West Indies Foundation. His son took advantage of a free year at the uni, and the whole family moved to Antigua. We are happy to change people's lives for the better.

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Zlata Erlach
Caribbean Investment Program Expert
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