ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT
About Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda is a twin-island country located in the Eastern Caribbean Sea. It is a tropical paradise with clear blue waters and over 365 beaches (one for each day of the year).
With a year-round temperate climate, Antigua and Barbuda is a popular tourist destination. The country is also known for hosting the famous maritime event ‘Antigua Sailing Week.’
Antigua and Barbuda has been an independent Commonwealth state since 1981, and it is a member of several international organisations such as the United Nations (UN), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), and the Organization of American States (OAS).
The Government of Antigua and Barbuda offers a generous tax legislation and an attractive business environment.
Situated in the middle of the Leeward Islands, Antigua and Barbuda is on the border between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
Antigua and Barbuda’s international airport is located in the nation’s capital, St John’s. It allows direct access to the island from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Citizenship by Investment
Inaugurated in 2013, the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Programme is one of the world’s newest economic programmes. Applicants and their families may acquire citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda in exchange for a significant economic contribution to the country.
Applicants for the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Programme must fulfil the following conditions:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be of good character
- Have no criminal record
- Pass a detailed background check
- Be able to provide proof of source of funds
- Be healthy
All applicants are required to spend a minimum of five days in Antigua and Barbuda during the five-year period after their registration as citizens. Citizens are required to provide proof of their five-day stay in the country in order to apply for the renewal of their citizenship after the five-year period.
Investors may apply with their spouse and dependent children, and, in some cases, dependent elderly parents or grandparents as well as siblings.
Benefits of Antigua and Barbuda citizenship
- Full citizenship status for life:
Antigua and Barbuda citizenship gives you the right to live and work in the country for life, plus civic entitlements like voting, free healthcare and the right to hold an Antigua and Barbuda passport.
- Entitlement to dual citizenship:
Antigua and Barbuda has no restrictions on dual citizenship. Consequently, you don’t need to relinquish your original nationality in order to become an Antigua and Barbuda citizen.
- Ability to pass on citizenship:
As an Antigua and Barbuda citizen, you’ll also be able to pass on your citizenship rights to your descendants. This allows them to enjoy all the same benefits and in turn safeguards your family’s future.
- Global mobility:
Antigua and Barbuda citizenship allows higher global mobility worldwide.
- No interview requirement
- No English language requirement
Citizenship by investment in Antigua and Barbuda is available through one of four options. Please note that due diligence and government processing fees apply to all.
- A one-time contribution to the National Development Fund (NDF)
- A real estate investment in an approved project
- A contribution to the University of the West Indies Fund (UWI Fund)
- An investment in an approved business
THE NATIONAL DEVEOPMENT FUND (NDF)
The non-profit National Development Fund (NDF) finances government projects, public-private partnerships, and other charitable investments in Antigua and Barbuda. Applicants must make the legally prescribed amount of contribution to the NDF according to the number of dependants they have.
- Single applicant: US$ 100,000
- Family of up to four persons: US$ 100,000
- Family of five or more persons: US$ 125,000
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Applicants may make a real estate investment of at least US$ 200,000 in an approved project, regardless of the number of dependants included. Applicants may make an independent investment or a joint investment together with one or more other main applicants.
The following processing fees apply:
- Single applicant: US$ 30,000
- Family of up to four persons: US$ 30,000
- Each additional dependant: US$ 15,000
You may instead choose to invest in an approved business duly approved by The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda. This can be done individually or with a partner.
- Independent investment: US $1,500,000
- Invest at least US $400,000 in a joint investment with another applicant, so long as the joint investment totals at least US $5,000,000
UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES FUND (UWI FUND)
The University of the West Indies Fund finances the institution’s fourth landed campus in Antigua and Barbuda. It is only available to families composed of at least six members, and entitles one member to a year of tuition-only scholarship at the university.
- Family of six members: US$ 150,000 (including government processing fees)
- Family of seven members or more: US$150,000 + US$15,000 processing fees for each additional dependant