Antigua and Barbuda Economic Citizenship

$100,000.00

Approval: 2-3 months
No Tax: International Income
Visa Free: 149+ countries
Options: Donation, Real Estate, Business

The Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment program was launched by the government in 2013. Since inception, significant cost reductions and economizing has resulted in the most cost competitive Caribbean citizenship program. As a result, it is now possible for global investors to obtain Antigua and Barbuda economic citizenship for less than half the original cost.

However, the program does come with a minor caveat. Antigua and Barbuda economic citizenship requires a minimum five days of residency within the first five years of obtaining citizenship. If this isn’t an issue, applicants will enjoy a passport from a politically neutral country with no income tax, no personal interview requirement and visa free travel to 149+ countries including Russia, EU, UK, Brazil and South Africa. In addition to the Caribbean lifestyle, investors will secure their family, their wealth and their freedom.

  1. Personal and Professional Benefits
  2. Antigua’s Competitive Advantages
  3. National Development Fund
  4. Real Estate Investment Options
  5. Business Investment Options

Antigua and Barbuda Location

antigua and barbuda area map

The island nation of Antigua and Barbuda is located in the Leeward islands in the upper half of the Lesser Antilles island chain. The islands are situated right on the boundary between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

Furthermore, Antigua was originally of volcanic origin but the volcanoes are long since dormant. As a result, the highest point of the island is only 400 meters.

The neighboring island of Barbuda is a coral atoll which is located 48 kilometers to the northeast of Antigua. As a result, the island is mostly flat and sparsely populated. Additionally, the uninhabited Redonda Island is located west of Antigua and is considered part of the same island group. Plus, there are many additional tiny islands that are part of Antigua and Barbuda.

Total Surface Area: 440 sq kilometers/190 sq miles
Capital City: St Johns located is on the Island of Antigua
Total Population: About 90,000 (2014)
Gross Domestic Product: $1,300,000,000 (USD)
Main Industry: Tourism
Spoken Language: English
Legal System: English Common Law
Political System: Constitutional Monarchy


Traveling to Antigua and Barbuda is a lot easier now with the new terminal at VC Bird International Airport. The new wing opened in 2015 on Antigua. As a result, there are now direct flights from London, Toronto, New York, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte and Porto Rico. Additionally, VC Bird International Airport is the Caribbean regional hub for local commuter flights.

International access to antigua and barbuda

Indeed, the tropical location of Antigua and Barbuda has always been popular with tourists. The island paradise was already known as the “land of 365 beaches”. This is because of the multitude of beaches that are featured around the islands. Additionally, there is also a multitude of different colored sand to choose from – gold, white and pink.

Antigua and Barbuda beach

Antigua and Barbuda Economic Citizenship Benefits

Completing the Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment program will provide a multitude of benefits. These Antigua citizenship benefits will effect each person differently, but they are all indispensable. Here is short list for your consideration.

  1. Financial Freedom and Security: The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was enacted in 2010 by then President Obama as part of the HIRE Act. Indeed, FATCA is strangling the global financial system and and many foreign banks simply will not allow US citizens to open accounts. The only way to avoid this is through renunciation of US citizenship, for which you will need a second passport.
  2. Personal Safety: The Foreign policy of your government may make you unwelcome around the world. It is much safer to travel with a neutral 2nd passport.
  3. Low Tax: Successful applicants only pay income tax if they derive income from Antigua and Barbuda. There is no tax on international income, this includes capital gains, inheritance and wealth tax.
  4. Business Opportunities: As a citizen of the US or many western European countries you have limited business opportunities in the Middle East and Russia, plus certain countries in Africa and Asia. A second passport from a neutral country allows you to avoid political obstacles when conducting business offshore.
  5. English Common Law: Antigua citizenship benefits include its English legal system and heritage. The island nation achieved independence from British rule in 1981. However, it proudly remains part of the Commonwealth with Queen Elizabeth II as the reigning Queen.

Antigua and Barbuda Economic Citizenship Advantages

The Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment cost is arguably the most competitive (after the recent reduction). However, each program has additional advantages that make it more competitive against other programs. Indeed, there is a program that is specially suited for each individual, couple or family.

  1. Excellent Visa Free Travel Opportunities: There are 149+ Antigua and Barbuda passport visa free countries including all of the European Union, Commonwealth Nations, South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Caribbean countries, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Additionally, in recent months Russia, Kosovo, India and the United Arab Emirates have been added to the list.
  2. Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship Cost: The government has significantly lowered the Antigua and Barbuda citizenship cost since inception. Indeed, it is very competitive with other Caribbean programs and is priced at nearly a 90% reduction compared to European competitors such as Cyprus.
  3. Easy Processing: The Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Act 2013 has been simplified for the convenience of applicants. Benefits include – no personal interview, no need to visit the islands during the application process, no managerial experience, no minimal education level and quick 2-3 month processing time.
  4. Additional Dependents: The parents or grandparents of the main applicant are permitted as dependents up to the age of 65. Plus, children of the main applicant under the age of 26* are permitted as dependents. *restrictions apply

Antigua and Barbuda Passport Visa Free Countries 2020

Akrotiri and Dhekelia, Albania, Andorra, Anguilla, Armenia [visa on arrival], Aruba, Ascension Island [eVisa], Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain [eVisa], Bangladesh [visa on arrival], Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin [eVisa, visa on arrival], Bermuda, Bolivia [visa on arrival], Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Bulgaria, Cambodia [visa on arrival], Cape Verde, Caribbean Netherlands, Chile, Columbia, Comoros [visa on arrival], Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire [eVisa], Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti [visa on arrival], Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt [visa on arrival], El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Ethiopia [visa on arrival], Faroe Islands, Greenland, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French West Indies, Gabon [eVisa], Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau [visa on arrival], Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India [eVisa], Indonesia, Iran [visa on arrival], Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan [visa on arrival], Kenya [eVisa], Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan [eVisa], Laos [eVisa, visa on arrival], Latvia, Lebanon [visa on arrival], Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau [visa on arrival], Madagascar [eVisa, visa on arrival], Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives [visa on arrival], Malta, Mauritania [visa on arrival], Mauritius, Mayotte, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique [visa on arrival], Nepal [visa on arrival], Netherlands, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Niue, Northern Cyprus, North Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan [online visa], Palau [visa on arrival], Palestine, Papua New Guinea [visitor’s permit on arrival], Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn Islands, Portugal, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Russia, Rwanda [eVisa, visa on arrival], St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa [entry permit on arrival], San Marino, Sao Tome Principe [visa on arrival], Senegal [visa on arrival], Serbia, Seychelles [visitor’s permit on arrival], Sierra Leone [visa on arrival], Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands [entry permit on arrival], Somalia [visa on arrival], Somaliland [visa on arrival], South Africa, South Korea, South Ossetia, Spain, Sri Lanka [eVisa], Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan [eVisa], Tanzania, Timor-Leste [visa on arrival], Togo [visa on arrival], Transnistria, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey [eVisa], Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu [visa on arrival], Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Wallis and Futuna, Zambia, Zimbabwe


National Development Fund Contribution

The Antigua and Barbuda National Development Fund (NDF) requires each applicant to make a non refundable contribution to non profit, designated development projects. However, the investor’s funds are not transferred into the NDF until the application has been submitted and approved by the government. After due diligence is completed, a letter of approval is sent to the applicant with instructions to send the rest of the funds. After which, the passports will be issued. Below is a categorized breakdown of the Antigua and Barbuda citizenship cost under the NDF program.

Program Fees NDF Donation
Investment $100,000 single applicant or family of up to four persons
$125,000 family of five or more persons
Due Diligence $7,500 main applicant
$7,500 spouse
$4,000 parent 65 years and over
$4,000 dependent 18-25 years old
$2,000 dependent 12-17 years old
Government Fees $25,000 single applicant or family of up to four persons
$15,000 each additional person
Passport $300 per person

Dependent Qualifications: The primary applicant may include his or her spouse, children under 18 and also adult children between 18-28 who are enrolled full time at a recognized institute of higher learning.

Professional fees are required on all applications and will vary in relation to the number of dependents and the complexity of the application.


The National Development Fund Application Process:

  1. The applicant signs the professional agreement with New Passport Pro and submits portion of the professional fee.
  2. Application forms are completed and supporting documents collected.
  3. The applicant then pays the due diligence fees in full + 10% of the government processing fee. Afterwards, the completed application forms and supporting documents are submitted to the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CBIU) for review.
  4. Next the due diligence process begins and it is expected to take a minimum of 90 days to complete.
  5. After due diligence is successfully completed a letter of approval is received from the CBIU.
  6. Then the successful applicant pays the remainder of the government processing fees, the remaining agent professional fee and sends the investment funds to the designated CBIU account.
  7. The CBIU issues the certificate of naturalization to the New Passport Pro agent who then submits the passport application and certificate of registration to the immigration department.
  8. The passport documents are then issued and will be sent to the investor by a reliable overnight delivery service.

Real Estate Investment Option

The Antigua citizenship by investment real estate purchase option was included under Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment act 2013. Applicants can qualify by purchasing approved real estate valued at a minimum of $200,000 USD on either Antigua or Barbuda. Additionally, the full purchase price (minus the down payment of 10% to 20%) is not paid until the application is fully approved. Please note that the purchase can be made contingent upon approval of the citizenship application.

Program Fees Real Estate Cost
Investment $200,000 irrespective of the number of dependents included on application*
Due Diligence $7,500 main applicant
$7,500 spouse
$4,000 parent 65 years and over
$4,000 dependent 18-25 years old
$2,000 dependent 12-17 years old
Government Fees $50,000 single applicant or family of up to four persons
$15,000 each additional person

*Minimum purchase price of $400,000 can be split between two related parties represented by the same agent for $200,000 each.

Professional fees are required on all applications and will vary in relation to the number of dependents and the complexity of the application.


The Real Estate Approval Process:

  1. The investor signs the professional agreement with New Passport Pro and pays a portion of the professional fee. Also, the investor enters into a purchase and sale agreement for approved Antigua citizenship by investment real estate.
  2. The investor completes the application, collects the supporting documents and pays the required deposit to the developer. Additionally, the due diligence fees are paid in full along with a portion of the government processing fee.
  3. The application is then submitted to the CBIU and due diligence can take up to 90 days.
  4. After the due diligence checks are completed then the approval is received from CBIU
  5. The investor then needs to pay the remainder of the government processing fees, agent professional fee and must also pay the remainder of the purchase price to the developer.
  6. The CBIU issues the certificate of naturalization to the New Passport Pro agent who then submits the passport application and the certificate of registration to the immigration department.
  7. The passport documents are then issued and will be sent to the investor by a reliable overnight delivery service.

Antigua and Barbuda Business Option

Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by Investment offers a business option to acquire citizenship for individuals and also for multiple investors. The individual option requires a single applicant to make a minimum USD $1,500,000 investment into a local qualified business. Additionally, a second option allows multiple investors to contribute a minimum of USD $400,000 each to reach a USD $5,000,000 total investment amount.


Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship Requirements

The list below is a general overview and it is not exhaustive. Therefore, CBIU may request additional documentation and/or verification. Additionally, after the application process is initiated we will provide clarification about document format, duplicates, supplementary materials, number of passport photos et cetera.

APPLICATION PACKAGE FORMS

  1. AB1 Application Form
  2. AB2 Photograph and Signature Certificate
  3. AB3 Medical Certificate
  4. AB4 Investment Confirmation Form
  5. AB5 Agent Form
  6. Application for Antigua and Barbuda Passport for applicants 16 years and older (FORM L)
  7. Application for Antigua and Barbuda Passport for applicants under 16 years (FORM M)

Applicant(s) Documents for Submission

Passport forms, Birth Certificate, National ID Forms, Marriage Certificates, Divorce Certificates, Military Records, Photos, Medical HIV Test, Professional Character Reference Letter, Bank Reference Letters, Evidence of Residential Address, Police Clearance Certificate, Source of Funds, Name Change Forms, Dependent Children Verification Forms.