Antigua and Barbuda
citizenship by investment

New opportunities for travelling the world for cosmopolitans

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$100,000+ fund contribution
$200,000+ real estate purchase
3—6 months obtaining period
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The Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Programme was launched in 2013. An investor obtains citizenship by making a non-refundable contribution to a state fund, buying real estate or starting a company. In the last case, the business must be registered in Antigua and Barbuda.

The programme has several distinctive features. For example, Antigua and Barbuda have the most beneficial offer for investors who apply with families of up to 4 people. The non-refundable contribution for such families remains the same as for a single applicant — a total of $ 100,000.

Families of 6 or more people can benefit from a special investment option — a contribution to the University of the West Indies Fund. Under the option terms, the investor’s child gets an opportunity to study at the university for 1 year for free.

Participation in the programme takes 3 to 6 months, after which the investor receives the Antigua and Barbuda passport. All programme participants must visit the country and spend five days there during the first five years after the citizenship application approval.

8 main benefits of the Antigua and Barbuda programme

1

Low investment threshold

The Antigua and Barbuda passport can be obtained by investing at least $100,000.

2

Fast processing time

The investor’s application is processed within 3 to 6 months.

3

Visa-free entry to 151 countries

With an Antigua and Barbuda passport, you can visit 151 countries without visas, including the European Union, the UK, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Antigua and Barbuda citizens can get a 10-year visa to the USA within two weeks at the nearest consulate.

4

Preferential education

The investor’s children can be educated in the UK on preferential terms because Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

5

European bank accounts

Antigua and Barbuda citizens can quickly open accounts with European banks. Such accounts help keep savings in hard currency and facilitate currency transactions.

6

Tax optimisation

Antigua and Barbuda has no taxes on wealth, inheritance or capital gains. The purchase of real estate and land is taxed. However, if a property is bought under the citizenship programme, there is no land ownership licence fee.

Tax rates in Antigua and Barbuda:

  • 25% — on the income companies earn in the country;
  • 2.5 to 7.5% — on property transfer;
  • up to 0.5% — on real estate.
7

Investment return

The Antigua and Barbuda programme offers investors to buy shares in tourist infrastructure like hotels. During ownership, the property can be rented out with a yield of 2 to 5% per annum. After 5 years, the property can be sold at a profit.

8

Convenient service

Citizenship is obtained through remote and confidential procedures and with the help of a licensed agent.

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Who gets Antigua and Barbuda citizenship

Investor
  • Over 18 years old
  • Without criminal records
  • Without visa refusals
  • Without citizenship refusals
  • Has passed a Due Diligence check
Spouse
Children under 30
  • Financially dependent on the investor
  • Adult children over 18 study at an institution of higher education
Parents and grandparents of the spouses
  • Over 55 years old
  • Financially dependent on the investor
Siblings of the spouses
  • No age limit
  • Unmarried

Investment options and requirements for obtaining Antigua and Barbuda citizenship

1 option

Non-refundable contribution
$100,000+

A non-refundable contribution goes to the National Development Fund. The fund money is spent on healthcare, education and agricultural support.

Besides investing, applicants pay state, passport and Due Diligence fees. The total expenses amount depends on the family members’ number and age.

Investments in the Antigua and Barbuda state fund, including fees

Contribution to the National Development Fund $100,000 — for an investor

$100,000 — for a family of up to 4 people

$125,000 — for a family of 5 or more people

State fee $30,000 — for a family of up to 4 people

$15,000 — per family member, starting with the fifth one

Due Diligence $7,500 — for an investor

$7,500 — for a spouse

$2,000 — per child or sibling aged 11 to 17

$4,000 — per child or sibling aged 18 and over, parent or grandparent

Passport fee $300 — per applicant
2 option

Contribution to the University of the West Indies Fund
$150,000+

Families of 6 or more people are offered to contribute to the University of the West Indies Fund. The minimum investment is $150,000. A Due Diligence fee is paid additionally.

If the investor chooses the option, one of their children can study at the University of the West Indies for a year free of charge. The bonus is available within the first five years after obtaining citizenship.

3 option

Purchase of government‑approved real estate
$200,000+

The national Government approves real estate projects that are offered to programme participants. An investor can buy a share, an apartment or a villa in five-star hotels or resort complexes, developers of which are renowned international corporations. It is also possible to buy a share in an infrastructure facility, such as a marina project.

Investors can get additional income if they rent the investment property. According to Global Property Guide, real estate in Antigua and Barbuda brings investors 2 to 5% of rental yield per year. Caribbean real estate is popular for holidays all year round. A management company takes care of property maintenance.

Investors can sell their properties profitably and get back most of the invested money in 5 years.

Investments in Antigua and Barbuda real estate, including fees

Investment amount $200,000 — regardless of the number of applicants, for a minimum of 5-year ownership
State fee $30,000 — for a family of up to 4 people
$15,000 — per family member, starting with the fifth one
Due Diligence $7,500 — for an investor
$7,500 — for a spouse
$2,000 — per child or sibling aged 11 to 17
$4,000 — per child or sibling aged 18 and over, parent or grandparent
Passport fee $300 — per applicant
4 option

Business investments
$1,500,000+

Investments must be made in a government-approved business project. An applicant can invest in restaurants, cruise ports and marinas, bridges, roads, and pharmaceuticals.

Examples of investment properties in Antigua and Barbuda

Resort complex with villas

$400,000+ Price
3—5% Yield
5 years Investment return period
22 km from the airport
50 m from the ocean
Object category: ready, new

An investor can purchase a project share, a villa share or an entire villa in full ownership. Villas with an area of 120 m² are fully furnished and equipped with appliances. Each villa has a swimming pool and a garden plot of approximately 930 m².

The complex has a spa, restaurants and bars, a fitness centre and a children’s club. A beach and a national park are close by.

The resort is managed by an international company with more than 30 years of experience in the US, Central American and Caribbean markets. An investor can rent their villa out to the management company or live there for an unlimited time.

Help with the choice

I will tell you which object is of the best quality of construction and in an attractive area for living or renting out.

Natalia Oganesyan Real Estate Chief Operations Officer, RICS certified professional

Expenses on obtaining citizenship for a family of 4 people

Expenses Fund contribution Real estate purchase
Investment amount $100,000 $200,000
Due Diligence $21,000 $21,000
State fee $30,000 $30,000
Passport fee $1,200 $1,200
Total $152,200 $252,200

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6 steps to obtaining Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment

Choosing a licensed agent

Choosing a licensed agent

Only a licensed programme agent, for example, a law or consulting company, can apply for Antigua and Barbuda citizenship on the investor’s behalf.

Immigrant Invest is a licensed programme agent with a Compliance Department. Our AML Officers perform confidential preliminary Due Diligence checks against international legal and business databases. This approach reduces the rejection risk to 1%.

Preliminary Due Diligence

Preliminary Due Diligence

A certified Compliance Anti Money Laundering Officer reviews the investor’s documents and warns of possible risks.

If any issues arise during the review process that may cause the investor’s application to be rejected, we will offer other citizenship by investment programmes.

Entering into an agreement

Entering into an agreement

If the preliminary Due Diligence is successful, the investor enters into a cooperation agreement with Immigrant Invest.

Document preparation

Document preparation

Immigrant Invest lawyers prepare documents for citizenship applications, translate and apostille them, and complete government forms. The list of documents is individual for each investor. The lawyers also prepare an affidavit, if necessary.

Due Diligence by the Antigua and Barbuda CBI Unit

Due Diligence by the Antigua and Barbuda CBI Unit

The process begins when the citizenship application is submitted and takes between 3 and 6 months. The check is remote; the investor does not need to travel to the country before the application is approved.

Receiving citizenship documents

Receiving citizenship documents

When the application is approved, the investor takes an oath of allegiance at the nearest Antigua and Barbuda consulate.

Citizenship Certificates and passports are collected at an Immigrant Invest office or the investor’s preferred address.

Under the terms of the programme, the investor must visit the country and spend at least five days within the first five years after becoming a citizen.

Frequently asked questions

Why is Antigua and Barbuda considered comfortable for a living?

Antigua and Barbuda is one of the most developed countries in the Caribbean. There is an international airport 7 km from the capital. There are Caribbean and US bank branches and many hotels, restaurants and shops on the islands. Antiguan marinas are comfortable and attract yachters from all over the world.

The economy is fuelled by tourism, agriculture and investments from the citizenship programme. Education is free until the age of 16. There are private and public schools with teachers from the USA and the UK.

Many EU, US and Canadian citizens over 50 move to Antigua and Barbuda. They enjoy the beauty of nature, steady pace of life, comfort, and warm climate. The average annual temperature on the islands is around +25 °C.

Does a citizenship programme participant need to visit Antigua and Barbuda?

Investors do not come to Antigua and Barbuda to get citizenship. A licensed agent like Immigrant Invest submits documents on the investor’s behalf, and all procedures are remote. Even the oath can be taken at the country’s nearest consulate. The Citizenship Certificate and passport are sent to the address provided by the investor.

However, the CBI programme has a condition: the investor must visit the country for at least 5 days within the first 5 years of citizenship. In our experience, investors use this time for holidays in a tropical paradise and spend more than 5 days on the islands. Some programme participants plan to visit Antigua and Barbuda aboard a cruise liner.

What makes the Antigua and Barbuda programme stand out from other Caribbean CBI programmes?

The Antigua and Barbuda citizenship programme is notable for its beneficial offer for investors who apply together with a family of up to four. In this case, the minimum investment is $ 100,000, the exact amount for a single investor. The total cost per family will be approximately $ 150,000, including fees.

The programme offers a unique opportunity for families of 6 or more people. They can make contributions of $ 150,000 to the University of the West Indies Fund. The investor contributes an additional $ 15,000 per applicant, starting with the seventh family member. In return, the investor’s child can study at the university for 1 year for free.

What are the minimum expenses for a family of four under the Antigua and Barbuda citizenship programme?

A non-refundable contribution to a state fund requires the least investment amount — $ 100,000, plus additional fees. It is a beneficial option for families of up to four people as they contribute as much as a single applicant — $ 100,000. Under other Caribbean citizenship by investment programmes, the contribution amount increases depending on the number of family members.

For clarity, here is a cost calculation in a table.

Expenses with a non-refundable fund contribution for a family of four: spouses with two children aged 13 and 20

Expenses Amount
Fund contribution $ 100,000
State fee $ 30,000
Due Diligence $ 21,000: 

• $ 15,000 for both spouses

• $ 2,000 for a child aged 12 to 17

• $ 4,000 for a child over 18

Passport fee $ 1,200: $ 300 per family member
Bank fee $ 1,200: $ 300 per family member
Total $ 153,400
What benefits does an investor get by participating in the Antigua and Barbuda CBI programme?

The Antigua and Barbuda CBI programme benefits include:

  1. Low cost of citizenship — from $ 100,000.
  2. Fast processing time of 2 to 6 months. However, the CBI Unit usually decides within 10 weeks.
  3. With the Antigua and Barbuda passport, getting a B-1/B-2 visa to the USA is easier. The procedure usually takes 2 weeks. The visa validity period is 10 years.
  4. Investments in real estate can be returned in 5 years.
  5. Benefits for studying at universities in the UK.
How many countries are visa-free for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda?

Antigua and Barbuda citizens can enter 151 countries without visas. Main visa-free destinations are:

  • the EU states — for 90 days in six months.
  • the UK — for 180 consecutive days a year.
  • Hong Kong — for 90 days a year.
  • Singapore — for 30 days per year.
What does the Antigua and Barbuda passport give if the borders are closed due to a pandemic?

Foreign nationals might not be able to enter Caribbean states due to the pandemic restrictions. However, investors with Antigua and Barbuda passports can visit the country even if its borders are closed to tourists.

How much does Antigua and Barbuda citizenship cost?

A participant in the Antigua and Barbuda citizenship programme fulfils basic investment conditions:

  • invests in the country’s economy — the amount is provided for each option;
  • pays additional fees.

For example, here is the cost calculation for a family of four if they buy real estate in Antigua and Barbuda.

Expenses with a real estate purchase for a family of 6: spouses, two children aged 13 and 20, and the investor’s parents

Expenses Amount
Real estate purchase $ 200,000+
State fee $ 60,000: 

• $ 30,000 for both spouses and two children

• $ 15,000 per parent

Due Diligence $ 29,000: 

• $ 15,000 for both spouses

• $ 2,000 for a child aged 12 to 17

• $ 4,000 per participant over 18

Passport fee $ 1,800: $ 300 per family member
Bank fee $ 1,800: $ 300 per family member
Total $ 292,600+
How long does it take to get an Antigua and Barbuda passport through the CBI programme?

Passport processing takes 3 to 6 months. The time frame includes the entire procedure of obtaining citizenship, including Due Diligence by Antigua and Barbuda government agencies and issuing documents — a Citizenship Certificate and a passport. The CBI Unit processes applications within 10 weeks and plans to reduce it to 45 days.

Which family members can obtain Antigua and Barbuda second citizenship with an investor?

Together with the main applicant, second passports may be obtained by:

  • a lawfully wedded spouse;
  • financially dependent children under the age of 30;
  • spouses’ parents and grandparents over 55, who are financially dependent on one of the spouses;
  • spouses’ unmarried siblings.

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