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Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Real Estate Investment Program

Antigua and Barbuda is a twin island independent British Commonwealth member state which can be found between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The islands of Antigua and Barbuda are an inviting paradise which many claim to be of the most beautiful places on Earth. It is a lush tropical island which has clear blue waters and a beach for every day of the week (365 beaches). To qualify for Citizenship by Investment in a matter of months you are required to make an investment into the country. Click here for more details about Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program.

Key points about the real estate option to qualify for Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by Investment program:

  • The minimum investment in the real estate is US$ 400,000.
  • Real estate shall be in a Government-approved development.
  • Acquired real estate shall not be sold within five (5) years.
  • Beneficial ownership of real estate is permissible through a non-profit company which shall meet certain corporate requirements.

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Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship By Investment Program Key Facts

  • Almost all nationalities are eligible (contact us for current restrictions)
  • Any information supplied for an Antigua and Barbuda citizenship and passport is totally confidential
  • One application can include a whole family
  • Only approved and Licensed Agents such as CREI can accept an application
  • Citizenship is granted for life in Antigua and Barbuda
  • Passports issued by the Antigua and Barbuda government are valid for a five year term
  • The only requirement to maintain your citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda is that within the first five years of gaining citizenship, you spend five days in the country.
  • Residents and non residents of Antigua and Barbuda are not subject to any tax on foreign income, estate tax or capital gains tax.

Advantages Of Economic Citizenship Antigua and Barbuda

  • The application process is fast and your citizenship is irrevocable
  • No requirement to renounce your home country citizenship as Antigua and Barbuda permits dual citizenship
  • Security and Personal Freedom
  • Travel instantly to over 130 countries and territories, which includes European Union countries (Schengen), Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and most Caribbean countries
  • In more than 130 countries and territories you will have the right to visit as a tourist for up to 90 days during a half year
  • Right to stay as a tourist up to ninety (90) days during a half year in more than 130 countries and territories
  • Antigua and Barbuda permanent residence is your right.

Options For Investment

Qualifying for the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship is based upon investing in the country. A choice is provided that includes donating to the National Development Fund, investing in a relevant business that provides employment opportunities for the nation or investing in an approved real estate development.

Real Estate Is The Preferred Option

The real estate option is chosen by most applicants and to qualify for citizenship you must make an investment in officially approved real estate which has a minimum value of US$400,000 and the additional payments of government processing fees, fees for due diligence checks and licensed agent fees. Any real estate purchased cannot be sold until five years after the original purchase date. Real estate beneficial ownership is allowed via a non-profit company that meets specific corporate requirements.

Who Is Eligible For Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship?

To become an investor you must:

  • be 18 years old or older
  • invest at least the minimum authorized amount
  • have a licensed and bonded local agent to represent you with your application. We at CREI can provide this service to you.

Only one application is required for the main applicant and their and their dependants (the entire family). No limits exist for the number of dependants that can be included on the application.

Dependants may be:

  • The main applicant’s spouse (please note that same sex marriages are not recognized in Antigua and Barbuda)
  • A child of the main applicant or spouse (either biological or adopted legally):
    • The child is under 18 years of age; or is at least 18 years of age and less than 26 years of age and who attends full time a recognized higher learning institute and is fully dependant on the main applicant;
    • The child is at least 18 years of age but mentally or physically challenged, and who resides with and is fully dependent upon the main applicant.
  • If grandparents or parents who are over the age of 65 and they are living with and fully dependent upon the main applicant then they can be included.

Additional Fees

There are additional fees to be paid as well as the primary investment and these apply to every family member. These fees are as follows:

I. Fees To The Government

Upon submission of the application there is a 10% non refundable fee payable to the government. Once an approval letter is received by your local agent (CREI) the remainder must be paid. Fees to the government are charged per family member:

  • US$50,000 payable for the main applicant
  • US$50,000 payable for the spouse
  • US$50,000 payable for an over 65 dependent parent
  • US$25,000 payable for a 0-25 years old dependent child
  • US$25,000 payable for a 0-17 years old dependent child

II. Fees For Due Diligence Checks

No applicant will be granted a citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda without thorough due diligence checks. Fees for the due diligence checks are charged for each person who is over 11 years of age. These fees are non refundable and must be paid as soon as the application is submitted by the licensed agent:

  • US$7,500 for the main applicant
  • US$7,500 for the spouse
  • US$4,000 for each dependent parent over 65 years of age
  • US$4,000 for each dependent child between 18-25 years of age
  • US$2,000 for each dependent child between 12-17 years of age
  • US$0 for each dependent child between 0-11 years of age

III. Professional Services Fees

You cannot make a personal application for an Antigua and Barbuda citizenship and passport; this has to be managed by a licensed agent such as CREI. The fee charged by CREI will provide the following services:

  • Providing advice on document preparation
  • Providing original application forms
  • Provision of other document samples
  • Checking all application documents for correctness
  • Final submission of the application and related documents to the government

Citizenship Timeline

It takes approximately from three (3) to (6) months from the moment you submit a complete application until you become naturalized as an Antigua and Barbuda citizen and can apply for your passport. However processing times may vary depending on each individual case and the Government policy.

Antigua And Barbuda Passport Requirements

A Certificate of Naturalization is provided to the applicant after approval of the application which confirms that citizenship has been granted. Once this is received an Antigua and Barbuda passport may be applied for in the same way that a normal citizen would make an application. CREI as your on-island representative can arrange this process with a power of attorney.

Antigua and Barbuda passport can be renewed through one of the embassies, consulates or high commission offices of Antigua and Barbuda in:

  • Washington DC (USA)
  • London (UK)
  • Toronto (Canada)
  • London (UK)
  • New York (USA)
  • Havana (Cuba)
  • Miami (USA)

NB: CREI shall not be responsible for any information in this document as official legislation and policy is subject to change without prior notice. Note that the Fixed Fees (Government Fees and Due Diligence Fees) are quoted in the A&B CBI Act 2013 in EC dollars. The Fixed Fees are indicated here for your convenience in US dollars.

Start your Antigua citizenship by investment journey by contacting us here today.

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