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Antigua & Barbuda

Citizenship by Investment Program

Antigua & Barbuda

Citizenship by Investment Program

Nestled in the heart of the Eastern Caribbean’s Leeward Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, known as the ‘Land of 365 Beaches,’ offers an English-speaking paradise with a year-round temperate climate. The islands thrive on tourism, contributing around 60% to the GDP.

Independently governed since 1981, Antigua and Barbuda pride themselves on judicial and governmental stability. Passportholders enjoy visa-free travel to approximately 152 countries,including the European Schengen Area, the UK, South Africa,Hong Kong, Singapore, and benefits associated with Caricom citizenship.

Requirements

The Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship-by-Investment Programinvites applicants to make a substantial financial investment in the country to secure citizenship for themselves and their families. Eligibility criteria for the main applicant include

  • Being over 18 years of age
  • Meeting due diligence requirements
  • Committing to at least five days of visits within the first
    five years of obtaining citizenship.

Selecting one of the three main options

  1. A non-refundable donation to the National Development Fund (NDF), starting from USD 100,000.
  2. Purchase of qualifying real estate with a minimum value of at least USD 200,000 in a government-approved project.
  3. A USD 150,000 non-refundable donation to the University of the West Indies (available for families of six or more only).

Donation

The National Development Fund (NDF) finances governmentprojects, requiring a USD 100,000 contribution for a singleapplicant or a family of up to four, along with a USD 30,000processing fee. Eligible dependentsinclude financiallysupported children up to 30, unmarried siblings, andparents/grandparents over 55 who are financially dependent.

Realestate

Investment options in approved real estate start at USD 200,000, with properties held for five years. This choice offers tangible assets and potential rental income. Property management is assured, with varying closing costs. A visit to view options is recommended for ease in bank account opening and providing an address.

University of West Indies Fund Option

For families of six or more, a cost-effective University Fund starting at USD 150,000 (inclusive of government processing) is available, with an additional USD 15,000 fee per dependent beyond six.

Other Requirements

Clean backgrounds are essential for applicants and dependents, verified through thorough due diligence by the Citizenship-by-Investment Unit (CIU). Denial reasons include visa rejections from visa-free countries, potential security or reputational risks, or being under criminal investigation.

Taxation

Antigua and Barbuda offer a tax regime characterised by:

  • No personal income tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax, or tax on foreign income.
  • Holding Antiguan citizenship does not trigger tax residency.
  • A corporate tax rate of 25%, with potential taxreductions for certain companies for up to 20 years.
  • A standard 15% sales tax calculated on localconsumption

MILESTONES

Month 1

Commence initial due diligence.

Sign the client agreement and complete government forms, accompanied by the necessary supporting documentation.

If opting for real estate, sign an agreement with the developer.

Months 2 – 4

Application review and submission, followed by government-conducted due diligence.

Months 4 – 5

Government application review.

On approval, make the required contributions and government fees, leading to passport issuance.

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Antigua & Barbuda citizenship by investment plan expenditure table
Antigua & Barbuda citizenship by investment plan expenditure table

Summary of Key Advantages

  • Visa-free travel to 152 countries, including the EU, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Africa.
  • Full citizenship with passports granted to the main applicant, spouse, children, parents, or grandparents.
  • Financially dependent children up to 30 years old may be included without the need for full-time school enrollment. Unmarried siblings may also be included
  • No personal income, capital gains, inheritance tax, or tax on foreign income.
  • A minimal presence requirement of at least five days within the first five years of obtaining citizenship.
  • Antigua and Barbuda offer an exceptionally beautiful place to live or visit year-round, with over 365beaches and a temperate climate that makes the country a Caribbean gem

Dual Citizenship

Antigua & Barbuda has no restrictions on dual citizenship

Process Overview

The application process is expected to take betweenfourto fivemonths, fromsubmission to passport issuance, provided there are no areas of concern.

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