Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment and Passport Guide

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For the whole family

$100,000

Minimum investment

$100,000

Family of four

3+ months

Obtaining period

The Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program (sometimes called the Antigua and Barbuda Investor Visa) offers foreign investors the opportunity to obtain Caribbean citizenship in exchange for a minimum investment in the country. Investment options include a non-refundable contribution to the National Development Fund or the University of the West Indies Fund, a real estate investment, or an enterprise investment. 

Keep reading to discover the best investment option to contribute to Antigua and Barbuda’s economic growth and obtain citizenship and an Antigua second passport for you and your family.

⚠️ Antigua and Barbuda Extends Deadline for CBI Price Increase

Following the MoU Agreement, Antigua and Barbuda announced a one-month extension to the deadline for implementing the new minimum investment threshold for its citizenship by investment program.

Antigua and Barbuda will implement the new threshold by July 30, 2024. This extension benefits potential applicants by providing additional time to submit their Caribbean Citizenship applications under the current investment threshold of $100,000.

With the new deadline, we strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications promptly to lock in the current rates and avoid the forthcoming price increase.

Overview of Antigua Citizenship by Investment

Also known as economic citizenship or golden visa programs, five Caribbean countries offer citizenship by investment (CBI) programs, and the Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment program is one of the most renowned investment programs worldwide.

Introduced under the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Act, Act No. 2 of 2013, the country’s program promotes economic development by attracting monetary contributions to the national development fund, property purchases in approved real estate projects, and business investments.

The Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) oversees and regulates its CBI program, processing each application received from authorized agents, assessing the documentation provided, and conducting stringent due diligence checks to confirm the identity, financial profile, and security profile of all applicants aged 16 and over. 

The investment routes for obtaining citizenship under the Antigua CBI program start from $100,000 and include:

  • Non-refundable donation to the National Development Fund (NDF)
  • Government-approved real estate investment
  • Non-refundable contribution to the University of the West Indies Fund
  • Business investment

Family members can be included in your Antigua and Barbuda citizenship application, and once granted citizenship status, it can be passed down to future generations.

10 Benefits of the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship Program

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1
Ultimate plan B

Having a second citizenship gives you and your family the freedom and flexibility of global mobility.

2
Family inclusion​

Your spouse (or even future spouse), dependent children, siblings, parents, and grandparents can be included in your application to obtain Antigua and Barbuda passports. 

3
Dual citizenship

Antigua and Barbuda recognizes dual nationality, meaning you obtain Antigua and Barbuda dual citizenship with your original citizenship. 

4
Affordable investment options

The minimum investment amount is $100,000 for a solo applicant or family of up to four. For a family of six or more, this amount is $150,000.  

5
Fast application process

Your application will be processed, citizenship granted, and your Antigua passport issued within four to five months.  

6
Attractive tax regime

Antigua and Barbuda citizens benefit from no income tax, wealth, capital gains, or inheritance tax.

7
Limited residency requirements

You do not need to visit Antigua and Barbuda at any point during your application process, which can be completed remotely. During the first five calendar years after being granted citizenship, you only need to spend five days in the country.  

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No language tests or academic requirements

Applicants to the Antigua citizenship program are not required to sit and pass any language tests or meet any kind of academic requirements.

9
Visa-free travel

Antigua passport holders enjoy visa free access to 150 Antigua visa free countries, including Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, the Schengen Zone, and the UK. The Antigua and Barbuda passport ranking is 59th on the Global Passport Index.

10
US visa opportunity

Antigua and Barbuda citizens are eligible to apply for a ten-year B-1/B-2 Visa to the US. This visa enables you to spend up to 180 days each year in the US, during which you can travel, conduct business conferences and meetings, and obtain treatment in clinics if necessary. 

Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship Eligibility Criteria

To apply for citizenship by investment in Antigua and Barbuda, you must:

  • Be over 18 years of age 
  • Prove you are of excellent character with bank statements and employer references. 
  • Have a clean criminal record 
  • Be in excellent health 
  • Be able to make the required qualifying investment 
  • Partake in a mandatory virtual interview (applies to applications submitted on or after 15 December 2023)
  • Spend at least five days in Antigua and Barbuda during the first five calendar years of registering as a citizen of the nation. 
  • Be able to take the Oath of Allegiance in Antigua and Barbuda or at a Consulate, Embassy, or High Commission of the country. 
Antigua and Barbuda restricted countries list

Individuals from a restricted country are not eligible to apply to the citizenship by investment program: 

  • Afghanistan 
  • Iran 
  • North Korea 
  • Somalia 
  • Sudan 
  • Yemen 

Important note: Individuals born in a restricted country can apply for the program under the following circumstances: 

  1. They migrated prior to the age of majority, and/or 
  2. They have maintained permanent residence in any country not on the restricted list for at least ten years and have no economic ties to any country on this list. 

The following family members are eligible to be included in your Antigua and Barbuda citizenship application: 

  • Spouse or future spouse 
  • Children below the age of 18 
  • Children between 18 and 30 who are supported by the main applicant or spouse (including their spouse and dependent children) 
  • Dependent children aged 18 or older who are mentally/physically challenged 
  • Parents or grandparents of the main applicant or spouse aged 55 and over who are financially supported by the main applicant or spouse 
  • Unmarried siblings of the main applicant or spouse 

Note: For applications submitted on or after 15 December 2023, all family members aged 16 and above will take part in a virtual interview.

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Our team of industry-leading experts will help you with everything from filing your immigration application to providing professional legal and tax advice. We are wholly committed to your success. 

Documents Required for Citizenship by Investment

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The following list is an indication of the documents required to submit your Antigua citizenship by investment application. The CIU may request additional documents if necessary.

  • Citizenship by Investment Application Form AB1 
  • Photograph and Signature Certificate Form AB2 
  • Medical Certificate Form AB3 
  • Investment Confirmation Form AB4 
  • Agent Form AB5 
  • Antigua and Barbuda Passport L Form – 16 and older 
  • Antigua and Barbuda Passport M Form – under 16 
  • Real Estate Developer Application Form AB8 
  • Business Investment Application Form AB9 
  • Representatives and Service Providers Forms AB6 
  • Agent’s License Form AB7 
  • Completed application forms – AB1-5 
  • Completed citizenship by investment forms (depending on chosen investment route) – AB8-9 
  • Original police certificate from your country of citizenship/residence (required for each country in which you have lived for six or more consecutive months since the age of 18) 
  • Original excerpt of full birth record or certified copy of birth certificate 
  • Certified copy of proof of name change (if applicable) 
  • Certified copy of current passport(s) showing: 
  • Name 
  • Photo 
  • Citizenship/nationality 
  • Date and place of issue 
  • Expiry date 
  • Passport number 
  • Country of issue 
  • Eight original passport-sized photos of each applicant taken within the last six months (One in each set of eight must be certified) 
  • Medical certificate including original results of an HIV test (not older than three months). HIV tests are required for all applicants aged 12 and older. 
  • At least one original bank reference letter issued by an internationally recognized bank (not older than six months) 
  • At least one original professional reference from an attorney, notary public, official accountant, etc. (not older than six months) 
  • Proof of residential address (original document, e.g., certified copy of a recent utility bill/bank statement showing full name and address, written confirmation from an attorney, bank, chartered accountant, or notary public, etc.) 
  • Original excerpt of marriage record or certified copy of marriage certificate (if applicable) 
  • Certified copy of divorce documents (if applicable) 
  • Statement of the source of funds to be invested in Antigua and Barbuda 
  • Affidavit of support for each dependent over 18 years old (excl. spouse) 
  • Certified copy of Military Records or exemption from military service (if applicable) 
  • Copy of duly executed real estate contract, i.e., Purchase and Sale Agreement (submitted with application forms) 
  • Evidence of title transfer (submitted once applicant receives approval in principle) 

Supporting documents included in your application for citizenship must be certified and authenticated according to the law of the document’s jurisdiction of origin. 

The individual certifying the document must provide the following information: 

  • Full name (in capitals) 
  • Capacity in which they are acting 
  • Residential or business address 
  • Telephone number 
  • E-mail address 

If a notary public certifies a document as a true copy of the original, the document must be authenticated by an apostille according to the provisions of the Hague Convention, which abolish the requirement for legislation for foreign public documents (if the jurisdiction is party to the convention). The relevant government department must validate the notary public’s certificate if the jurisdiction is not party to the convention.

Investment Routes to Acquire Citizenship in Antigua

Antigua and Barbuda offers four investment options under the Citizenship by Investment Program: The National Development Fund, real estate investment, the University of the West Indies Fund, or business investment. In this section, we look at the Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment cost, which includes the minimum required investment and other fees, such as due diligence fees, processing fees, passport fees, etc.

1. National Development Fund (NDF) donation

One way of obtaining Antigua and Barbuda citizenship is by making a monetary contribution to the National Development Fund. The non-refundable contribution starts at $100,000 for families of up to four.  

By contributing to the fund, investors are contributing directly to the growth and development of this stunning Caribbean nation. Money from the fund is used to support government-sponsored projects, public-private partnerships, and approved charitable investments that improve the living conditions of the nation’s inhabitants.

Single applicant or Family of up to four 

Family of five or more 

Minimum donation

$100,000

$125,000 

Processing fees

$30,000

$15,000 for each additional applicant

Due Diligence fees

Main applicant and spouse:

$7,500 each 

Family member older than 18:

$4,000 each 

Family member aged 12 to 17:

$2,000 each 

Main applicant and spouse:

$7,500 each 

Family member older than 18:

$4,000 each 

Family member aged 12 to 17:

$2,000 each 

Passport fee

$300 per passport 

$300 per passport 

Interview fee

$1,500 per application 

$1,500 per application

2. Approved real estate purchase

Investing in real estate projects is the perfect way for you to enjoy the benefits of Antigua and Barbuda’s thriving and profitable tourism industry. Investment options include shares in government-approved high-end tourist accommodation projects that can be resold after five years. 

Single applicant or Family of up to four 

Family of five or more

Minimum value

$200,000

$200,000

Processing fees

$30,000

$15,000 per additional applicant

Due Diligence

Main applicant and spouse:

$7,500 each

Dependant older than 18:

$4,000 each 

Dependant aged 12 to 17:

$2,000 each

Main applicant and spouse:

$7,500 each

Dependant older than 18:

$4,000 each 

Dependant aged 12 to 17:

$2,000 each

Passport fee

$300 per passport 

$300 per passport 

Interview fee

$1,500 per application 

$1,500 per application 

3. University of the West Indies Fund donation

Contributing to the University of the West Indies (UWI) Fund is an affordable option for families of six or more looking to obtain citizenship through Antigua and Barbuda’s CBI program. A unique benefit of choosing this option is that one of the family members is entitled to a one-year tuition-only scholarship to the University of the West Indies. 

Family of six or more

Additional family member

Minimum donation

$150,000

$150,000

Processing fees

No fee 

$15,000 per additional applicant

Due Diligence fees

Main applicant and spouse:

$7,500 each

Family member older than 18:

$4,000 each 

Family member aged 12 to 17:

$2,000 each

Main applicant and spouse:

$7,500 each

Family member older than 18:

$4,000 each 

Family member aged 12 to 17:

$2,000 each

Passport fee

$300 per passport 

$300 per passport 

Interview fee

$1,500 per application

$1,500 per application 

4. Business investment

Under this route, you can invest in a local government-approved business project in areas including commerce, engineering, and tourism. There are two business investment options – a solo investment or joint investment – that encourage foreign direct investment in the country. Both options have a minimum contribution amount to qualify for citizenship. 

Family of six or more

Additional family member

Minimum investment

Option 1:

$1.5 million as a solo investor 
Option 2:

$400,000 in a joint enterprise of $5 million

Option 1:

$1.5 million as a solo investor 
Option 2:

$400,000 in a joint enterprise of $5 million

Processing fees

No fee 

$15,000 per additional applicant

Due Diligence

Main applicant and spouse:

$7,500 each

Dependant older than 18:

$4,000 each 

Dependant aged 12 to 17:

$2,000 each

Main applicant and spouse:

$7,500 each

Dependant older than 18:

$4,000 each 

Dependant aged 12 to 17:

$2,000 each

Passport fee

$300 per passport 

$300 per passport 

Interview fee

$1,500 per application 

$1,500 per application 

Including family members at a later stage

The Antigua and Barbuda CBI program is the only one allowing applicants to include additional family members after the conclusion of the citizenship process, such as a future child or spouse. Dependents must, of course, meet the Antigua and Barbuda citizenship requirements, and the applicant will need to pay an inclusion fee: 

  • $10,000 for a dependent child up to five years old 
  • $20,000 for a dependent child between the ages of six and 17 
  • $50,000 for a spouse or dependent aged 18 and older 

Calculate the cost of citizenship for you and your family, including all associated fees.

Antigua and Barbuda CBI Pros and Cons

Any country has its advantages and disadvantages, and Antigua and Barbuda is no different. However, it is up to you to decide whether the pros outweigh the cons based on your individual circumstances. 

Pros

Family-friendly

The most affordable program for large families, starting at just $100,000 for a family of four (National Development Fund contribution), or $150,000 for a family of six (University of the West Indies Fund option).

International connection

Direct flight to major cities across the globe, including London, Miami, Montreal, New York, and Toronto.

Several investment options

Four investments: Two fund donation options, real estate investment, and enterprise investment.

Tax optimization

No personal income tax, wealth, inheritance, capital gains taxes, or tax on dividends, royalties, and interest.

Dual citizenship

Antigua and Barbuda recognizes dual citizenship, enabling greater visa-free travel opportunities.

US visa opportunity

Antigua and Barbuda citizens can apply for a ten-year US B-1/B-2 Visa.

Cons

Travel requirement

Antigua and Barbuda is the only Caribbean citizenship by investment program that requires applicants to fulfill a residency requirement.

Weather conditions

Like other islands in the Eastern Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda can experience extreme weather in the form of hurricanes.

Citizenship is not inherited

Antigua and Barbuda citizenship cannot be passed down to future generations without paying an additional government fee.

Limited double tax treaties

Antigua and Barbuda has double tax treaties with other CARICOM countries, Germany, and the UK. This means you may be required to pay tax other countries.

Step-by-Step Citizenship Application Process​

After making your decision to pursue Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment, Global Citizen Solution’s team of experts will take you through each step of the application process, as outlined here: 

1. Choose your investment route​

Assess and choose the investment option to best serve the needs of you and your family - a donation to the National Development Fund or University of the West Indies Fund, investing in shares of an approved real estate project, or making a business investment.

2. Document preparation

Global Citizen Solutions will provide you with all the necessary forms you need to complete for your application. In addition to this, you must collect all the supporting documents required to submit your application.

3. Submit your application through GCS

Our expert team will submit your application on your behalf in accordance with the requirements of the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU). The CIU will not accept applications submitted directly by applicants and requires that you submit yours through an Authorized Agent.

4. Receive approval from the CIU

The CIU will conduct a thorough due diligence check, which involves a mandatory virtual interview, to ensure that your application meets their requirements. Within 60 to 90 days of submission, successful applicants will receive an approval letter stating their application is 'approved in principle'.

5. Make your investment and send confirmation

Once you have received your confirmation letter, you must make the required minimum investment and send proof to the CIU.

6. Become an Antigua and Barbuda citizen

The final step in the citizenship process is to take the Oath of Allegiance at an Antigua and Barbuda Consulate, Embassy, or High Commission. Once you have been granted Antigua citizenship, you and your family members will receive your passports at an address of your choice.

Mandatory interview

The CIU, the government authority responsible for processing applications, announced that applicants must undergo a mandatory interview. Any additional dependent aged 16 or over must be interviewed, which can be conducted remotely or an Antigua and Barbuda Embassy or Consulate.

Taxes in Antigua and Barbuda

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Antigua and Barbuda tax implications favor foreign investors obtaining direct citizenship. Antigua and Barbuda’s tax scheme allows residents and citizens to benefit from no capital gains tax, inheritance tax, income tax, or wealth tax.

Tax rates in Antigua and Barbuda are as follows: 

  • Antigua and Barbuda sales tax (ABST) is typically fixed at 15 percent and is levied on local consumption. Hotels pay a lower rate of 10.5 percent, and holiday accommodations pay a rate of 12.5 percent. 
  • The business and corporate tax rate is 25 percent of net profits. Companies can qualify for concessions such as a 20-year tax holiday on profits. 
  • Properties are subject to an annual property tax of 02. to 0.5 percent.

Antigua and Barbuda CBI vs other Caribbean Programs

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The Antigua and Barbuda CBI program is one of five Caribbean economic citizenship programs.

  • Antigua and Barbuda: The most affordable program for family applications.
  • Dominica: The cheapest economic citizenship for single applicants.
  • Grenada: The only Caribbean CBI nation offering eligibility to the US E2 Visa Program.
  • St Kitts and Nevis: The first nation to establish citizenship by investment. It provides the most powerful Caribbean passport by investment.
  • St Lucia: Offers the most investments, including a $100,000 investment in infrastructure projects.

Why work with Global Citizen Solutions?

  • Global approach by local experts. We are corporate members of the Investment Migration Council, with local expertise in all five Caribbean CBI programs.
  • 100 percent approval rate. We have never had a case rejected and will offer you an initial, free-of-charge, due diligence assessment before signing any contract.
  • Independent service and full transparency. We will present to you all the investment options available, and all expenses will be discussed in advance, with no hidden fees.
  • An all-encompassing solution. A multidisciplinary team of immigration lawyers, investment specialists, and tax experts will take into consideration all of your and your family’s mobility, tax, and lifestyle needs.
  • Confidential service and secure data management. All private data is stored within a GDPR-compliant database on a secure SSL-encrypted server.
  • Authorized International Marketing Agent. Global Citizen Solutions is licensed by the Antigua and Barbuda government to promote the country’s CBI program and act as a CIP International Marketing Agent for Antigua and Barbuda.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment

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It’s not possible to buy Antigua citizenship but you can invest in the Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment program from $100,000 for a single applicant or family of up to four through the National Development Fund route. Other fees include processing fees, due diligence fees, an interview fee, and passport fees, which can vary depending on the number of family members included in the application.

Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment Program (sometimes called the Antigua and Barbuda Investor Visa) offers four investment routes: A donation to the National Development Fund (NDF), a donation to the University of the West Indies (UWI) Fund, a real estate investment, or a business investment. To qualify, the investor must be over 18, pass a background check, and be able to make the qualifying investment. Once you obtain citizenship, the personal visit required is only five days during the first five years of citizenship.

There are many benefits to the Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment (CBI) program. For example, investors can include family members in their application as well as at a later date following the granting of citizenship. Antigua and Barbuda passport holders also enjoy visa free travel to 150 countries, including the UK, Singapore, South Korea, and the Schengen Zone. Citizens enjoy no worldwide income tax. 

This will depend on your individual circumstances and the benefits you would like to enjoy. Overall, however, it is worth obtaining Antigua citizenship. The passport is ranked 59th on our Global Passport Index, as it offers exceptional visa-free access, tax benefits, dual citizenship, quality of life, a sustainable future, and more. You can also include dependents (unmarried siblings, dependent children, spouse, etc.) in your Antigua citizenship application at a later date, an option not offered by other Caribbean CBI programs.

The Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment requirements include making an investment in an approved real estate project, donating to a government fund or university fund, or investing in an eligible business. Minimum investments starts from $100,000. You can’t be from (or have economic ties to) any restricted country to apply.

The official website of the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), cip.gov.ag, lists all licensed agents for the country’s citizenship program.

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