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Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda is a twin island state in the eastern archipelago of the Caribbean.

CIP Programme

What is the Citizenship by Investment Programme?

Antigua and Barbuda has, in October 2013, introduced a Citizenship by Investment Programme, with the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) being the government authorized body responsible for the administration and processing of all applications. The CIU conducts due diligence on all applicants and reserves the right to request the applicant(s) attend an interview.

Antigua and Barbuda Citizen by Investment Programme is considered “top tier of Citizenship-by-Investment programs,” according to Henley & Partners.

The Citizenship by Investment Program allows persons over 18 years of age and their dependents who qualify to obtain Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by making an investment in the country.  You cannot have a criminal record or having been denied a visa to a country with which Antigua and Barbuda as visa-free travel, with no subsequent visa approval. Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment may be obtained through either of the following three investment options under the program:

(a) Investment in the National Development Fund (NDF)
(b) Investment in Real Estate
(c) Investment in a Business

(d) Investment in University of the West Indies (UWI) Fund

(a) Investment in the National Development Fund

This investment option requires the main applicant (only) to pay US$100,000 into a National Development Fund (NDF), which is a special fund established for the purpose of funding government-sponsored projects and includes public-private partnerships and approved charitable investments. Charitable investments will come from the NDF and these will be granted to approved, non-profit organizations that deliver services in health care, education, environmental management, youth development or the promotion of sport or culture in Antigua and Barbuda.

Contribution to the National Development Fund

  1. For a single applicant, or a family of 4 or less
  • US$100,000 contribution
  • Processing fees: US$30,000
  1. Family of 5 or more:-
  • US$125,000 Contribution
  • Processing Fees: US$ 30,000 plus US$15,000 for each additional dependent in above 4.

Due Diligence and Passport fees can be found here.

Agent fees US$ 20,000 for the principal plus US$2,500 for each additional dependent.

(b) Real Estate Investment

There are various approved development areas and projects in Antigua and Barbuda within which the main applicant for Antigua and Barbuda citizenship may invest. Through this option, the main applicant may invest in the purchase of real estate valued at no less than US$400,000 and must hold the investment for a minimum of 5 years.

For a single applicant, or a family of 4 or less

  • Processing fees: US$30,000

For a family of 5 or more:

  • Processing fees: US$30,000 plus US$15,000 for each additional dependent above 4

Two (2) applications from related parties can make a joint investment, with each applicant investing a minimum of US $200,000 in order to qualify. All processing and due diligence fees remain unchanged.

In addition, two or more applicants who have executed a binding sale and purchase agreement may apply jointly for citizenship by investment provided that each applicant contributes the minimum investment of US$ 400,000.

Due Diligence and Passport fees can be found here

Agent fees US$ 20,000 for the principal plus US$2,500 for each additional dependent.

 

WE WILL ASSIST YOU TO FIND THE BEST PROPERTY FOR YOUR NEEDS, TAKING INTO NOTICE IF THE PURPOSE OF THE ACQUISITION IS FOR YOUR OWN LIVING OR RENTAL OR BOTH.

List of approved Development Areas can be found here.

List of approved Development Projects can be found here.

c) Investment in a Business

The two business investment options are:

  • A principal applicant, on his own behalf, makes an investment in an approved business of at least US$1,500,000
  • A minimum of two persons to make a joint investment in an approved business totaling at least US$ 5,000,000. Each person is required to contribute at least US$400,000 to the joint investment. An application for Citizenship by Investment may be submitted on his, her or their behalf through an agent.

For a single applicant, or a family of 4 or less

  • Processing fees: US$30,000

For a family of 5 or more:

  • Processing fees: US$30,000 plus US$15,000 for each additional dependent in above 4

 

Due Diligence and Passport fees can be found here.

Agent fees US$ 20,000 for the principal plus US$2,500 for each additional dependent.

 

When you are interested in to make a Business Investment please have a look to the Business Opportunities currently available (link under ‘Business Opportunities’ to Business Opportunities page)

If you are interested in to establish your own investment company in Antigua and Barbuda please contact us and we will advise you how to make it on the best possible terms.

d) University of the West Indies (UWI) Fund

The University of the West Indies Fund (UWI) option is a mechanism for financing UWI’s fourth landed campus.

Applicants to the Citizenship by Investment Programme who choose this option will be required to make an investment of US$150,000 for a family of six (6) or more (i.e. minimum number of persons per application is 6).

Participation in the option will entitle one member of the family to a one year, tuition only, scholarship at the University of the West Indies.

Contribution to the University of the West Indies (UWI) Fund

  1. For a family of 6:
  • US$150,000 contribution (inclusive of processing fees)
  1. Family of 7 or more:
  • US$150,000 Contribution
  • Processing Fees: US$15,000 for each additional dependent

Due Diligence and Passport fees can be found here.

Agent fees US$ 20,000 for the principal plus US$2,500 for each additional dependent.