Antigua & Barbuda citizenship by investment 2024

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Antigua and Barbuda emerged in 2023 as one of the top countries offering a citizenship by investment program in the world. It is anticipated that 2024 will be another record year for the Antigua & Barbuda citizenship program. It is the most cost effective option for citizenship for families. 

General Overview of the Country 

Antigua & Barbuda is located in the Eastern Caribbean. The twin island country is a popular tourist destination and international hub for business. There are over 365 beautiful beaches, one for every day of the year.  There are several direct flights daily to Antigua making it an easily accessible place to travel. 

History of the Antigua & Barbuda 

The Antigua & Barbuda citizenship by investment program first started in 2013 and has emerged as an excellent option for investors looking for a family inclusive option for citizenship. The National Development Fund and the University of the West Indies fund are some of the most competitive options for citizenship through investment on the market. 

Advantages of Antigua & Barbuda citizenship

There are many benefits of citizenship by investment. Here are some of the reasons why Antigua & Barbuda is a top choice CBI program option: 

  • Visa free travel: With a passport from Antigua & Barbuda you have a high level of visa-free travel to over 140 countries including visa free access to Hong Kong amongst other major countries. Passport holders can feel confident in being a citizen of a country that is well respected and has ease of travel. For the most up to date list of visa-free destinations please get in touch with us. 
  • Potential Tax advantages: Antigua & Barbuda has an attractive tax regime with no personal income tax, no capital gains tax, no estate taxes. Becoming Antiguan you have the right to live and work in the country with the possibility of becoming a tax resident. There is no tax on worldwide income. 
  • Dual Citizenship: Antigua & Barbuda permits dual citizenship. This means that Antigua & Barbuda do not restrict the citizenships you can hold. 
  • Family friendly: Antigua & Barbuda is the most family friendly option for citizenship. You often have the possibility of including your entire family provided they meet the age and other requirements. Adult children between the ages of 18 and 30 can be included in an application provided they are financially dependent on the main applicant. Minor children can also be included in the application. Parents and grandparents above the age of 55 can be included in the application provided they are financially dependent on the principal applicant or spouse. Future children can also become citizens of Antigua, meaning the citizenship can be passed onto future generations. 
  • Quality of Life: There are some celebrity residents that are proud to call Antigua home. If you are someone that loves beautiful sandy beaches, a laid back peaceful lifestyle and a family friendly environment then Antigua could be a place you might want to call home. As a citizen of Antigua, you can have access to quality education for your children. 
  • Citizenship for Life: There is no residency requirement. However, new citizens must visit the country in person for 5 days during the five-year period after receiving citizenship. You maintain Antiguan citizenship for life. Similar to Canada and the United States, before your passport expires you can submit a passport renewal application to have your passport renewed so that you can continue to use it when you travel. 

Eligibility 

– The principal applicant must be above the age of majority 

– Excellent health 

– Have no criminal record 

– Not be from a restricted country 

Investment Options for Citizenship: 

1) National Development Fund: Non-refundable contribution starting at US$100,000 for a single applicant or a family of 4 or less 

2) University of the West Indies Fund: US$150,000 for a family of 6 (inclusive of government processing fee). Under this option one member of the family is entitled to a one year tuition only scholarship to the University of West Indies. The University of West Indies is known as a top educational institution in the Caribbean. 

3) Government approved Real Estate starting at US$200,000 to US$400,000 be maintained for a minimum of five years. After the period of time (expiry of period), the investor has the option to sell their share/real estate. Under the real estate option, there is the ability to make a joint investment. We can provide you with a list of real estate projects and options. It is very important that it is a Government-Approved Real Estate Project for citizenship and not just any real estate. Real Estate Purchases have increased over the last two years with many opting for buy back options for citizenship. 

Application Process: Simplified steps 

  • Step 1: Provide an electronic copy of your passport 
  • Step 2: We will prepare the initial documentation for you to start the process. You will receive an engagement letter that will detail all the fees. Provided you will be doing the real estate route, you will also need to enter a real estate contract at the earlier stages of your application 
  • Step 3: We will go over all the documents that you need to complete and obtain. We will help you gather documents, review documents and provide detailed guidance. 
  • Step 4: Payment of due diligence & processing fees once your file is near completion 
  • Step 5: Send us the completed citizenship application once the file is complete and reviewed by us
  • Step 6: Your full citizenship by investment application will be submitted to the citizenship by investment unit and we will follow up with the citizenship by investment unit on a regular basis. Your file will undergo a due diligence process and due diligence checks will be carried out on all individuals included in the file. 
  • Step 7: Once approved, you will either make the donation or minimum investment required depending on the option selected. Once the fees are paid in full you will be issued a Certificate of Registration. 
  • Step 8: Grant of Citizenship: We will prepare documents and collect your passport(s). Successful applicants can opt to come and collect their passport(s) in person or have their passport(s) couriered to them. 

 

We will guide you throughout the application process and as a client you can call or email at any time for assistance. 

New Interview Component: As of December 2023 Antigua and Barbuda has introduced a new mandatory interview component. Please reach out to us for more information about 

Frequently Asked Questions

While some sources might indicate that the citizenship process takes 3-4 months or 4-6 months the entire process generally takes 6-8 months to complete due to the high volume of citizenship by investment applications. The processing time varies on a case by case basis. 

There are due diligence fees, processing fees, passport fees, government fees, agent fees in addition to the larger economic contribution. As of December 2023, an interview fee has been introduced. There are also additional fees to add additional dependents. Costs will depend on the number of persons per application and their ages and relationship to the principal applicant. For a detailed cost quote specific to your case please get in touch with us. At the moment, Antigua & Barbuda citizenship is the cheapest option for large families. 

Antigua and Barbuda is often the most affordable option for citizenship for families. It is also well priced for a single applicant in comparison to other citizenship programs. 

Antigua & Barbuda citizenship through investment is just one  Caribbean option for citizenship. Other Caribbean islands offering citizenship through investment programs include; Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Kitts & Nevis. 

– Birth certificate

– Valid passport 

– Bank statements (primary applicant only) 

– Health records (completing an HIV test and a medical form) 

– Marriage certificate (if applicable) 

We provide you with a complete list of documents, sample documents and help you throughout the process when you become a client.

The best citizenship program depends on your unique situation, goals and objectives. As a single investor, often the top citizenship programs selected include; St Lucia, Antigua & Barbuda and Saint Kitts & Nevis. 

An individual investor or a family applying for citizenship can expect quality service and responsiveness with JH Marlin. We have successfully helped applicants from over 40 countries obtain citizenship by investment and will be attentive to your needs. Our local experience can also help you navigate different Caribbean Islands and relocating to the country. We have tried to make it the most hassle-free experience for clients guiding them through every step of the way.

Conclusion 

Antigua & Barbuda Economic Citizenship Program is one of the top in the world and is a trusted citizenship option for foreign investors. If you are looking to make a real estate investment or make a monetary contribution in exchange for citizenship, the Caribbean Country of Antigua & Barbuda might be a great solution. 

For immigration solutions, JH Marlin Citizenship Advisors can gladly provide you with more information about different options or help you to find an alternative solution to your situation. 

For more information contact: jennifer@jhmarlin.com