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Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment

Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program was launched in 2013 on the islands to attract foreign investments and boost national economy. Antiguan passport can be acquired through making a required investment. Apart from that, all applicants must follow a certain application procedure, including due diligence checks.

Once the citizenship is granted it is for lifetime, unless a naturalised citizen spends less than 5 days in the country in five years after having obtained citizenship. In this case neither contributions nor other payments can be recovered.

Benefits of investing in Antigua

There are many reasons why it is beneficial to become an Antiguan. Principal advantages include dual citizenship and favourable tax system. Other pluses include:

  • Passport in 3 to 4 months
  • Citizenship for the whole family for life
  • Full confidentiality
  • Visa-free travel to over 130 countries
  • Investment recoverable after 5 years
  • Qualified English-speaking workforce
  • High standards of healthcare and education
  • Economic, political and social stability
  • Beneficial taxation system: no wealth, inheritance or capital gains tax
  • No income tax
  • No restriction on the repatriation of profits and imported capital

Eligibility and requirements

Apart from a required investment, the following criteria must be met:

  • Main applicant must be 18 or older.
  • Applicants over 12 must pass Due Diligence checks.
  • All applicants must be in good health.
  • Clean criminal and immigration record.
  • 5-day residency requirement over first 5 years for adult applicants.

Dependants

  • Spouse and minor children.
  • Children from 18 to 28 years of age who are full-time students.
  • Mentally or physically disable children.
  • Parents and grandparents aged 58 and above.

Investment options

A candidate must invest in one of the 4 options below in order to apply for naturalisation.

1. Donation to National Development Fund

Foreigners may qualify for Antigua passport through a one-off non-refundable donation of $100,000 or more to the National Development Fund (NDF) or approved charity plus payment of processing fees.

2. Investment in real estate

Foreign investors can invest at least $400,000 in approved real estate plus the payment of processing charges, taxes and due diligence fees. The property must be maintained for 5 years before it can be sold to recover investment.

Limited time offer:The Program allows a joint investment from 2 related parties with each party contributing at least $200,000. This 50% discount is applicable till 1 November 2019.

3. Investment in business

Wealthy foreigners can invest $1,500,000 in approved business, whether existing or new. Business can be disposed of to recover investment 5 years after getting a passport.

The Program allows two or more applicants to invest into a business and apply for citizenship jointly. In this case each applicant must contribute at least $400,000 with the total amount adding up to at least $5,000,000.

4. Contribution to the UWI Education Fund

The University of the West Indies Education Fund was set up to finance a University’s campus.

A family of four people or more can make a contribution of at least $150,000 to the UWI Education Fund.One family member will be entitled to get free tuition in the UWI (Antigua campus) for one year.

Your 5 steps to Antigua and Barbuda passport

Standard application process takes 3 to 4 months. It may take longer depending on your circumstances.

Step 1: Book an appointment with our specialists and sign a client agreement.

Step 2: We prepare and send all forms and documents.

Step 3: Due diligence checks and processing of application by the government.

Step 4: On approval, making an investment and paying the government fees.

Step 5: Obtaining passports.

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