Antigua and Barbuda Economic Citizenship

$100,000.00

Approval: 2-3 months
No Tax: International Income, Inheritance or Wealth Tax
Visa Free Travel: 149+ Destinations
Investment: Donation, Real Estate, Business

The Antigua and Barbuda economic citizenship program was launched by the government in 2013. The Antigua and Barbuda citizenship benefits are ideally suited for single applicants, large families, real estate investors and entrepreneurs. Indeed, the program was specially structured to appeal to these diverse applicant groups. Additionally, the cost for economic citizenship is extremely competitive – especially for large families. As a result, Antigua and Barbuda citizenship requirements provide investors with these four compelling options:

  1. The single applicant can make a nonrefundable minimum contribution of $100,000 ($125,000 for family of five) to the National Development Fund.
  2. Purchase Antigua and Barbuda CBI approved real estate with a minimum price of $200,000 (shared ownership) or $400,000 (sole ownership).
  3. The University of West Indies Fund option requires a $150,000 minimum contribution for families with six or more members. Additionally, one family member receives one year free tuition!
  4. Entrepreneurs also have the option of investing a minimum of $400,000 (multiple investors) or $1,500,000 (sole investor) into a local qualified business.

National Development Fund Contribution

The Antigua and Barbuda National Development Fund (NDF) requires the main 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.

 Requirements
NDF Costs
Investment Fees
$100,000 single applicant or family of up to four persons
$125,000 family of five or more persons
Due Diligence Fees
$7,500 main applicant
$7,500 spouse
$4,000 dependent parent 58 years and over
$4,000 dependent 18-28 years old
$2,000 dependent 12-17 years old
Government Fees $30,000 single applicant or family of up to four persons
$15,000 each additional person
Passport Fees
$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. Additionally, dependent parents and grandparents can be included who are over the age of 58 years and fully dependent on the main applicant.

Add On Dependents: After the application for citizenship is approved, dependent children of the main applicant (0-5 years old) can be retroactively added for USD $10,000, children (6-17 years old) can be retroactively added for additional fee of USD 20,000 – limited time offer expires October 31, 2020. 

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


Antigua and Barbuda Real Estate Investment

Antigua and Barbuda economic citizenship permits applicants to qualify by investing in CBI approved real estate. Additionally, the property must be valued at a minimum of US$200,000 (shared application) or US$400,000 (sole application) and be located on either Antigua or Barbuda. The full purchase price (minus the down payment of 10% to 20%) is not paid until the application is fully approved.

Antigua and Barbuda citizenship requirements compel the investor to retain ownership of the property for a minimum of five years. At the end of the holding period, investors can sell the property to a new CBI applicant who can use the purchase to qualify for Antigua and Barbuda economic citizenship. However, if the new investor sells the property after the holding period, it can only be sold to a traditional market buyer, not another CBI applicant.

 Requirements
Real Estate Cost
Investment Fees
$200,000 each for two applicants, irrespective of the number of dependents *
$400,000 stand alone applicant, irrespective of the number of dependents
Due Diligence Fees
$7,500 main applicant
$7,500 spouse
$4,000 dependent parent 58 years and over
$4,000 dependent 18-28 years old
$2,000 dependent 12-17 years old
Government Fees $30,000 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.

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. Additionally, dependent parents and grandparents can be included who are over the age of 58 years and fully dependent on the main applicant.

Add On Dependents: After the application for citizenship is approved, dependent children of the main applicant (0-5 years old) can be retroactively added for USD $10,000, children (6-17 years old) can be retroactively added for additional fee of USD 20,000 – limited time offer expires October 31, 2020.


University of West Indies Fund Option

The Antigua and Barbuda citizenship cost requirements now include a compelling option for families of 6 or more members. In addition to significant cost reductions, one family member receives 1 year free tuition at the University of West Indies (UWI). Internationally recognized as an institution of higher learning, UWI is indigenous to Antigua and Barbuda with additional campuses on the neighboring islands of Barbados, Jamaica and also Trinidad and Tobago. Fields of study at UWI include Law, medicine, arts and sciences. 

Requirements
University Fund Costs
Investment Amount
$150,000 family of six (four dependents)
$15,000 each additional dependent
Due Diligence Fees
$7,500 main applicant
$7,500 spouse
$4,000 dependent parent 58 years and over
$4,000 dependent 18-28 years old
$2,000 dependent 12-17 years old
Government Fees waived

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. Additionally, dependent parents and grandparents can be included who are over the age of 58 years and fully dependent on the main applicant.

Add On Dependents: After the application for citizenship is approved, dependent children of the main applicant (0-5 years old) can be retroactively added for USD $10,000, children (6-17 years old) can be retroactively added for additional fee of USD 20,000 – limited time offer expires October 31, 2020.

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


Antigua and Barbuda Business Option

Antigua and Barbuda economic citizenship 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. Government fees are the same as the real estate option.


Antigua and Barbuda Visa-Free Destinations


*Includes, E-Visa, Visa on Arrival


Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship Benefits

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

  • 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 reliable second passport.
  • Member of British Commonwealth: As a Commonwealth Citizen, successful applicants enjoy benefits including assistance at British Embassies and consulates in foreign non-Commonwealth countries where their own country does not have a diplomatic or consular post. Additionally, they can apply for British emergency passports if their passport has been lost or stolen. Also, the children of successful applicants receive preferential treatment inside the UK for student visas and also work visas.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • English Common Law: Antigua and Barbuda 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.
  • Visa Free Travel: 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.
  • 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 over a 90% reduction compared to European competitors such as Cyprus.
  • 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.
  • Additional Dependents: The parents or grandparents of the main applicant who are over the age of 58 who are fully supported and living with the main applicant are permitted as dependents. Plus, children of the main applicant under the age of 29 are permitted as dependents. Additionally, for limited time, dependent children of the main applicant who are under 18 years of age can be retroactively added to the application.
  • Minimal Residency: Antigua and Barbuda citizenship requirements include a minimum five days of residency within the first five years of obtaining citizenship.

Antigua and Barbuda Program Restrictions

In order to protect the international reputation of the Antigua and Barbuda economic citizenship program, the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda, at its meeting held on February 26th, 2020 updated the restricted countries list as follows:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Iran
  3. North Korea
  4. Yemen
  5. Sudan
  6. Somalia

Citizenship applicants who are Nationals of the countries listed above are eligible to apply for the Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment program only if they were born in the listed country but migrated before the age of majority and/or have maintained permanent residence in any country other than those on the restricted country list, for a period of not less than 10 years. Additionally, they maintain no economic ties to any restricted country.


National Development Fund

  1. The applicant signs the professional agreement with iGlobal 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 iGlobal 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 Option

  1. The investor signs the professional agreement with iGlobal 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 iGlobal 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.

The list of required forms and documents 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) SUPPORTING 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.

REAL ESTATE OPTION: Copy of Duly Executed Real Estate Contract / Purchase and Sales Agreement, Copy of Duly Executed Escrow Agreement, Deed of Conveyance / Certificate of Title (if closing completed), Confirmation of deposit of all funds to escrow account


  • 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

Location of Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua & 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. 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. The island of Barbuda 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 the Antigua and Barbuda island group.


Global Access to Antigua and Barbuda

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.

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.