The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) was established by the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda in 2012 to stimulate economic growth, promote new developments, increase foreign investment, improve infrastructure and create a sustainable future. The Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment program is one of the fastest ways to legally secure a second passport within 3-5 months and offers several different investment pathways to citizenship.
Antigua and Barbuda is a twin-island nation nestled between the Caribbean Sea and
It boasts economic and political
The Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment program offers three qualifying options for investors and their families to secure an irrevocable second passport and dual citizenship.
The National Development Fund (
This contribution amount was reduced by 50% in October of 2017, and will only be offered until October 31, 2019, so we recommend taking advantage of it while you can.
These designated development projects offer investment opportunities in government-approved real estate. This includes hotels & spas, resorts, villas, yacht clubs, gated communities, townhouses, and other real estate development projects. The real estate investment must be held for 5 years.
The real estate development option requires an investment of at least $400,000 in approved government property.
Two or more applicants who have fulfilled a binding sale and purchase agreement can apply jointly for Antigua citizenship by investment as long as each applicant contributes the minimum investment of $400,000.
In addition to the investment, the following government and due diligence fees are required:
Due Diligence Fees:
Please note that the applicant is also required to pay registration, processing fees, and taxes on the property.
The real estate option provides an easy exit strategy as the property can be resold 5 years after purchase.
Note: A limited-time Real Estate investment option is available until October 31, 2019. Two applicants from related parties can make a joint investment, with each applicant investing a minimum of $200,000.
All processing and due diligence fees remain the same.
This option requires an investment of at least $1.5 million to establish or contribute to an existing business.
Any applicants opting for this investment option are advised to discuss their proposal with the Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority (ABIA).
Two or more applicants can apply for citizenship by investment together by making a joint business investment, provided that each applicant contributes at least $400,000 and the total investment is at least $5 million.
In addition to the investment, the following processing fees are required:
Single applicant, or a family of up to 4: $50,000
Family of 5 or more: $15,000 for each additional dependent.
Due Diligence Fees:
*Dependent children below 11 years old are not subject to government application fees or due diligence fees.
Legal fees will be determined based on the number of people included per application. This applies to all of the investment options.
The University of the West Indies Fund (UWI) was established to generate funding for UWI’s fourth campus in Antigua and Barbuda.
This investment option requires a non-refundable contribution of at least $150,000 for a family of 4 or more.
Investing in this fund entitles one family member on the application to receive a one-year, tuition-only scholarship to the University of West Indies.
In addition to the investment, the following fees are required:
Due Diligence Fees:
In addition to the monetary investment requirements, there are several other conditions that applicants must meet in order to apply to the Antigua Citizenship by Investment program:
Currently, citizens of Afghanistan, Iraq, North Korea, Somalia, the Yemen, or Iran are not allowed to apply for the citizenship by investment program. For more information on the subject check this article.
The application process for the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program is thorough in its due diligence checks, yet quick and efficient. One of the fastest ways to secure a second passport in the Caribbean, the application processing time is currently 3-5 months regardless of which investment option you choose.
The application, in order to be considered complete and admissible, should include:
Form AB1 – Citizenship by Investment Application
Form AB2 – Photograph and Signature Certificate
Form AB3 – Medical Certificate
Form AB4 – Investment Confirmation Form
Form AB5 – Agent Form
Passport Application Forms:
Antigua & Barbuda Passport L Form (16 and older)
Antigua & Barbuda Passport M Form (Under 16)
Citizenship by Investment Forms (Real-estate investment option only)
Form AB8 - Real Estate Developer Application
Form AB9 - Business Investment Application
*All original documents originating outside of Antigua must be certified.
The Antigua and Barbuda Biometric Passport fee
The passport is valid for 5 years and can be renewed, provided that you’ve spent at least 5 days out of the 5 years in Antigua and Barbuda. The renewal fee is $300. Our team at HNWI can take care of the renewal on your behalf when the time comes.
Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment offers a world of wonderful benefits. Not only do you get to live in a gorgeous paradise, surrounded by beautiful beaches and tropical forests, but there are also many pragmatic advantages including increased mobility, financial advantages, as well as security and business expansion. Here are some key benefits:
LifestyleVisa-free travel to approximately 150 countries, including the UK, Schengen area, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Russia.
Paradise awaits you in Antigua and Barbuda, where the views are breathtaking, the beaches are picturesque, and the business environment is ripe for expansion. A premium destination in the Caribbean due to its prime location and increasing development, it’s no wonder that this island nation is home to many celebrities and successful entrepreneurs. When it comes to expanding your mobility, protecting your wealth, increasing your freedom and improving your quality of life, securing a second passport in Antigua and Barbuda is the perfect avenue to check all of those boxes.
If you are interested in learning more about the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program, please contact us today for your free initial consultation.