Everything You Need to Know About The Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program

Antigua & barbuda citizenship by investment program

The Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program offers a pathway for individuals seeking citizenship in this beautiful Caribbean nation through investment. This program has gained significant attention due to its straightforward process and the plethora of benefits it offers to successful applicants. In this comprehensive guide, we delve into the details of the program, elucidating its requirements, benefits, and the process of acquiring citizenship through investment.

Understanding Citizenship By Investment

Citizenship by investment serves as an expedited route for individuals seeking to obtain citizenship in a foreign country through financial contribution or investment. This approach offers access to various benefits such as visa-free travel, favorable tax arrangements, citizenship for family members, and enhanced global mobility, providing a secure future for applicants and their families.

The Citizenship by Investment Process

  • Contact an authorized agent or attorney to begin the process of your citizenship by investment application.
  • Undergo a due diligence process to ensure you are eligible for citizenship this includes accessing your financing options and checking your criminal history.
  • Submit all relevant forms with the help of your attorney. These will be sent to Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment unit and you will likely experience a long processing time of around 3-4 months. During this time you and any additional family will have to undergo interviews.
  • If your application is successful, you’ll receive a letter of approval and your new passport and citizenship will be issued.


Requirements for Citizenship by Investment in Antigua & Barbuda

To gain unprecedented access to the beautiful beaches and visa-free international travel offered by Antigua & Barbuda citizenship by investment program, there are some minimum requirements that you will have to meet.

Here are some of the requirements you will need to fulfill as a foreign investor:

  • Investment Options: Applicants can opt for one of the following minimum investment routes:
    • Contribution to the National Development Fund.
    • Investment in government-approved real estate projects.
    • Contribution to The University of West Indies.
    • Direct business investment of a business worth 1.5 million USD or more, or a joint investment where the collective worth of the business is 5 million USD.
  • Processing Fees: The service is run by the government, meaning you will pay fees to them throughout the process. This includes costs such as diligence fees, passport fees, government processing fees, and interview fees before being granted a successful application
  • Diligence Checks: Applicants must undergo diligence checks throughout the citizenship process to ensure they meet the program’s integrity standards. 
  • Age of Majority: Adult applicants must be of legal age to apply. However, primary applicants can also include their dependent children under 31, spouses, and grandparents. 
  • Interview Process: During the application for citizenship certificates, all applicants will be required to undergo interviews with immigration agents. 

Benefits of Citizenship by Investment in Antigua and Barbuda 

If you’ve had the pleasure of visiting Antigua and Barbuda for a personal visit, you are aware of the immense beauty and unrivaled hospitality the country offers. Couple that beauty with the financial and travel benefits afforded by the country, and you’ll begin to see why it is one of the best citizenship-by-investment programs available.

Visa-Free Travel

Holders of Antigua & Barbuda passports revel in seamless travel access to over 150 countries, embracing expedited entry into the Schengen Area, the UK, and dynamic business hubs like Hong Kong, fostering global mobility and facilitating international business engagements. As of recently, Antigua and Barbuda citizens have also been afforded visa-free access to China, making it an extremely popular choice for principal applicants who have business projects in China, which is otherwise a relatively restricted country.

Attractive Tax Regime

Antigua & Barbuda’s tax system presents an enticing proposition, with no capital gains tax, estate tax, or personal income tax burdens on worldwide income, ensuring optimal wealth retention and maximizing financial freedom for investors and their families. Your non-refundable contribution will therefore be paid back by the additional money you keep by avoiding wealth tax. 

Minimal Residency Requirement 

A big benefit of the Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment program is the fact that you only need to live in the country for a period of 5 days for approval. You can keep permanent residence elsewhere and still retain all the benefits of the citizenship program. However, the warm climate, white sand, and tropical paradise of this Caribbean country might make it hard not to live here. 

Economic Growth Opportunities

Citizenship by investment serves as a catalyst for infrastructural advancement and economic vitality, propelling the nation towards prosperity by attracting foreign direct investment and stimulating sustainable development initiatives, ensuring a thriving environment for business and innovation. This ultimately benefits the country and the primary investor as legal citizenship presents additional business investment options outside of the economic contribution. 

Dual Citizenship

Antigua & Barbuda’s policy of dual citizenship affords investors the invaluable privilege of retaining their original citizenship status while enjoying the benefits and opportunities conferred by their new Antiguan citizenship, offering unparalleled flexibility and global mobility. You can therefore enjoy this beautiful island nation whilst keeping other citizenships, meaning you have additional passports and can easily access more countries. 

Residency for Future Generations

The legacy of citizenship endures across generations, as the mantle of Antiguan citizenship is passed down to descendants, securing a lasting heritage and affording future generations the same opportunities and privileges bestowed upon their predecessors. Single applicants who have successful citizenship applications can add additional dependents such as current and future children, spouses, or grandparents, ensuring citizenship for life for all of them as well as citizenship for the entire family of future generations. 

Quality of Life

Antigua & Barbuda is a destination that promises a superior quality of life enriched by blue waters, quality education institutes, elite tourism experiences, and a tropical climate, offering residents an unparalleled lifestyle replete with leisurely pursuits, cultural enrichment, and unparalleled tranquility amidst azure waters and pristine beaches.

Encompassing 365 sun-kissed beaches and crystalline turquoise waters, Antigua & Barbuda epitomizes a haven of natural beauty, offering potential investors an idyllic retreat amidst breathtaking landscapes, fostering a serene lifestyle infused with the wonders of nature.

Secure Your Citizenship By Investment with JH Marlin

At JH Marlin, our attorneys, who specialize in citizenship by investment, offer a comprehensive range of services to assist individuals in acquiring citizenship in a wide range of countries through investment.

Our services encompass:

  • Legal Expertise: JH Marlin provides expert legal guidance throughout the citizenship application process, ensuring compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.
  • Application Assistance: We assist clients in completing and submitting citizenship by investment applications, streamlining the process, and minimizing errors.
  • Investment Guidance: We offer tailored advice on investment options, including contributions to the National Development Fund and real estate investments, helping clients make informed decisions.
  • Documentation Support: JH Marlin assists clients in gathering and organizing the necessary documentation required for the citizenship application, ensuring all requirements are met.
  • Government Liaison: We act as intermediaries between clients and government authorities, facilitating communication and expediting the approval process.
  • Interview Preparation: JH Marlin prepares clients for any required interviews as part of the citizenship application process, ensuring they are fully prepared and confident.
  • Post-Approval Services: After approval, they continue to provide support and assistance, ensuring a smooth transition to citizenship and addressing any follow-up requirements.


Overall, we offer comprehensive and competitive legal services to guide clients through every step of the citizenship by investment process, making the journey towards citizenship seamless and efficient.