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Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua & Barbuda By Investment

Antigua and Barbuda is an independent Commonwealth state in the Eastern Caribbean. With some 365 beaches of clean turquoise waters, the lush tropical islands of Antigua and Barbuda are an inviting paradise and considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. As a result, tourism is the key driver of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and generates around 60% of the island’s income, with key target markets being the U.S, Canada and Europe.

Antigua & Barbuda is a member of the United Nations, the British Commonwealth, Caricom and the Organisation of American States (OAS) among many other international organisations. Holders of the Antigua and Barbuda passport enjoy visa-free travel to approximately 150 countries, including the U.K. and the countries of the Schengen area.

The Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) was established following parliamentary assent to the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Regulations 2014.

The passport will be valid for a period of 5 years and will be considered for renewal subject to the recipient having spent a total of 5 days in Antigua and Barbuda, since gaining citizenship, within the 5-year period. 

Eligibility to Antigua & Barbuda CBI:

  1. The primary applicant must be over 18 years of age
  2. Family members should not be suffering from a contagious disease and/or serious health problems
  3. Should have received a free pardon, if at any time previously been convicted in any country of an offence for which the maximum custodial penalty is in excess of six months imprisonment
  4. Should not be subject to a criminal investigation
  5. Should not have been denied a visa to a country with which Antigua and Barbuda has visa-free travel and has not subsequently obtained a visa to the country that issued the denial
  6. Restricted Countries: Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan. (Nationals of these countries are eligible if they migrated before the age of majority and/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)

Investment Options:

  1. University of the West Indies (UWI) Fund: A contribution of US$150,000 for a family of six (6) or more (i.e. minimum number of persons per application is 6)
  2. National Development Fund (NDF)Donation starting from $100,000
  3. Real Estate Investment in Approved projects: for a minimum of $200,000

Benefits of Antigua and Barbuda:

  • DependentsSpouse, Children till 30Y age who are financially dependent, parent/grandparent of main applicant or spouse who are 55Y or above and financially dependent, Sibling of main applicant or spouse if unmarried
  • You can add dependents including spouse, daughter-in-law, and grandparents
  • A future spouse of the main applicant. (A fee of $50,000 is payable upon application)
  • A future spouse of dependent children where the dependent child is financially dependent on the main applicant
  • A future child of a dependent child. (A fee of US$10,000 is to be payable for children under 6 years of age and US$20,000 for children 6-17 years of age)
  • Dual citizenship Allowed
  • Visa-free and visa-on-arrival travel to over 150 Countries worldwide including Hong Kong, the UK, EU and Schengen countries
  • The Passport will be valid for 5 years initially and will be renewed on the condition that the applicant has spent a minimum of 5 days in these 5 years
  • The tropical climate is a perfect vacation spot
  • Easy and fast application process
  • Citizenship in 3-4 months
  • Passport within one month from the date of citizenship approval
  • No tax on worldwide income, no income tax, inheritance or wealth tax

FAQ:

Can I change my name on my new Antigua & Barbuda Passport?

The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda at its meeting held on 11th December, 2014 agreed that successful Citizenship by Investment applicants shall not be allowed to change their name via Deed Poll or any other means for the issuance of the Antigua and Barbuda passport.

Is Antigua and Barbuda safe?

Antigua and Barbuda is considered to be quite safe, and its an attractive destination for vacation.

Are Antigua and Barbuda the same country?"

Yes, Antigua and Barbuda is a single island nation in the Caribbean

Does Antigua and Barbuda allows Dual Citizenship?

Yes, Antigua and Barbuda allows dual citizenship.

How long does it takes to get the citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda?

It only takes a few months after application to be awarded citizenship by Antigua and Barbuda – between 4 to 6 months.

Can I visit UK using Antigua passport without UK visa?

Yes, you can up to 6 months maximum for tourism, business conferences, visiting family and friends etc.

Are there any residency requirements?

Just 5 days. This is only needed when renewing your passport after 5 years.

Do I need to give up my existing citizenship?

Antigua & Barbuda has no restrictions on dual citizenships. However your home country may prohibit it. Countries such as India, Saudi Arabia, China, Russia do not allow dual citizenships.

Can I visit Schengen countries with Antigua passport?

Yes, you can stay or visit Schengen countries including Switzerland for upto 90 days in 180 period (sliding window)

Who are qualifying dependents?

A spouse of the main applicant

A child of the main applicant or his or her spouse who is less than 18 years of age

A child of the main applicant or his or her spouse who is at least 18 years and less than 26 years of age and who is in full time attendance at a recognised institution of higher learning and fully supported by the main applicant

A child of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant who is at least 18 years of age, who is physically or mentally challenged, and who is living with and fully supported by the main applicant

Parents or grandparents of the main applicant or his or her spouse above the age of 65 years living with and fully supported by the main applicant.

Do I need to come to Antigua to for the application process?

No. You can get the passport without setting foot in Antigua soil.

What is the validity of Antigua and Barbuda passport?

5 years initial, renewed 10 years

Are there any taxes?

Antigua has no capital gains, gifts, wealth, estate, personal income or inheritance taxes, and income generated outside of the country is not taxed.

What if I don’t visit Antigua for 5 days?

You won’t be able to renew your passport after 5 years of expiry.

What is the time taken by CIP unit for approvals?

Within 90 days.

Is the due diligence carried out for children?

Children above 12 years must go through due diligence and background checks. Dependent children under 11 requires no due diligence but requires a sworn affidavit from parents and there is no due diligence fee to be paid.

Do children need HIV clearance and medical tests?

All children must undergo medical tests and HIV clearance.

Can I apply directly to the Citizenship unit in Antigua (CIU) without involving agent?

No, CIU does not accept applications directly. It must go through authorized agents.

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