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Antigua and Barbuda

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The Antigua and Barbuda citizenship program by investment is one of the newest in the Caribbean and was launched in 2013.

A passport by investment costs $100,000. There are four options offered: contribution to the state fund or a university fund, purchase real estate or invest in a business.

Family members can obtain citizenship at the same time as the investor. The program allows the main applicant’s spouse, children, parents, brothers and sisters to participate.

The property purchased to participate in the citizenship program can be sold five years later and the money returned to the investor. During ownership of the property, the investor can earn rental income on it.

The Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship Program provides a special option for families of six or more: a minimum contribution of $150,000 to the University of the West Indies Foundation. This is less than large families are required to invest in any other Caribbean country’s citizenship programs. One family member can enroll at the university free of charge for one year.

What does Antigua and Barbuda citizenship offer the investor?

Visa-free travel to the Schengen zone and the UK

The Antigua and Barbuda passport is not only a substitute for the Schengen visa, allowing travel to the Schengen countries for visits of up to 90 out of 180 days, it also permits holders to stay for up to 180 days per annum in the UK and visit 150 countries visa-free.

10-year U.S. tourist visa

Antigua and Barbuda citizens are eligible to apply for a 10-year U.S. B-1/B-2 tourist visa. In contrast, applicants from a number of other countries are only offered a maximum of 3 years. The B1/B2 visa allows the holder to spend up to 180 days a year in the United States, participate in and attend conferences, hold business meetings, and receive medical treatment at clinics in the U.S.

Safe haven

Antigua and Barbuda passport allows holders to leave their country of origin at any time without a visa at short notice. This can turn out to be useful in the event of an unforeseen political or economic crisis, pandemic, or threat to the safety and well-being of family members.

Tax optimization

Antigua and Barbuda has no tax on personal income, wages, inheritance or capital gains. Tax residents of the country do not pay taxes on dividends, interest or royalties.

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Who is eligible for Antigua and Barbuda citizenship?

Investor with documented legal income

18 years of age or older
no criminal record
not gravely ill


under 30
those over 18 must be financially dependent on the main applicant

Parents of the investor and their spouse

over 55
financially dependent on the investor

Siblings of the investor and their spouse

not married

Costs for an investor

Antigua and Barbuda offers four options for citizenship by investment, and it is the only country in the Caribbean offering an option specially designed for large families.

1 Option

Non-refundable contribution


A non-refundable contribution to the National Transformation Fund is the cheapest option available in the Antigua and Barbuda program for single investors and families of up to five people.

Investor Married couple Family of 4, excluding siblings Family of 5 or more
Contribution to the fund $100,000 $100,000 $100,000 $125,000
Government fee $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 $60,000
Due Diligence $7,500 $15,000

$7,500 each for the investor and spouse

+$2,000 per child 12 to 17 years old

+$4,000 per adult family member

$7,500 each for the investor and spouse

+$2,000 per child 12 to 17 years old

+$4,000 per adult family member

Other fees and charges $600 $1,200 $1,800 $2,400
2 Option

Real estate purchase


Investors buy shares in state-approved properties. The property can be sold after 5 years and the money returned to the investor.

Investor Married couple Family of 4, excluding siblings Family of 5 or more
Real estate purchase $200,000 $200,000 $200,000 $200,000
Government fee $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 $60,000
Due Diligence $7,500 $15,000

$7,500 each for the investor and spouse

+$2,000 per child 12 to 17 years old

+$4,000 per adult family member

$7,500 each for the investor and spouse

+$2,000 per child 12 to 17 years old

+$4,000 per adult family member

Other fees and charges $600 $1,200 $1,800 $2,400
3 Option

Contribution to the University of the West Indies Fund


This option is designed for families of at least six people. Any family member under the age of 29 can study for a year at the University of the West Indies for free. The contribution is non-refundable.

Family of 6
Contribution to the fund


+$15,000 per family member, starting from the seventh

Due Diligence

$7,500 each for the investor and spouse

+$2,000 per child 12 to 17 years old

+$4,000 per adult family member

Other duties and fees $3,600
4 Option

Investment in business


An individual investment of at least $1.5 million in a company in Antigua and Barbuda or a group investment of $5 million, with each investor in the group contributing at least $400,000.

Investors additionally contribute $150,000 for each family member included in the application, starting from the fifth member. They also pay a state fee of at least $30,000.

Cost of citizenship for a family of 4

Investor, spouse and children 13 and 20 years old
Contribution to the state fund Real estate purchase
Investment $100,000 $200,000
Government fee $30,000 $30,000
Due Diligence $21,000 $21,000
Other fees and duties $1,800 $1,800
Total $152,800 $252,800

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Why do applicants for citizenship by investment need to contact a licensed agent?

According to the local law, a citizenship by investment application in Antigua and Barbuda cannot be submitted directly by the investor. The application must be submitted by a licensed program agent — a law firm that helps the investor with the citizenship procedure and submits the application on their behalf.

Immigrant Invest is a licensed agent for the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship Program.

Step-by-step procedure for obtaining Antigua and Barbuda citizenship

1 day Preliminary check

Preliminary check

1 day

In order to prepare the applicant for the Due Diligence check that will be carried out by the relevant government department, Immigrant Invest conducts a preliminary check of its own. It helps identify the risk of the application for citizenship by investment being rejected and find alternative solutions when required.

The check conducted by Immigrant Invest is completely confidential. The investor only provides their passport.

Immigrant Invest is the licensed agent of the Antigua and Barbuda program, that has its own compliance department.

Pre-screening reduces the risk of an application for citizenship by investment being rejected to 1%.

2 to 4 weeks Preparation of documents

Preparation of documents

2 to 4 weeks

Immigrant Invest’s lawyers provide the investor with a list of personal and financial documents required to participate in the program. On receipt of these documents, they prepare a package of documents for filing an application for citizenship by investment: this includes making translations and notarized copies, as well as filling out government forms.

Approximately 3 months Due Diligence check

Due Diligence check

Approximately 3 months

The prepared package of documents is sent to the Antigua and Barbuda government department dealing with citizenship by investment. The department then carries out a Due Diligence check. This includes examining the investor’s documents and checking information about them and their family in international databases. All family members over 12 years old must undergo the Due Diligence check.

Due Diligence is a crucial stage of the application for citizenship by investment. Citizenship cannot be granted without the applicant satisfactorily completing the check.

Up to 30 days Approval of application and fulfillment of the investment condition

Approval of application and fulfillment of the investment condition

Up to 30 days

Once Immigrant Invest receives notification of the approval of the application, the applicant must fulfill the investment condition within 30 days: make a contribution to the selected fund, buy real estate, or invest in a business.

Up to 4 weeks Getting a passport

Getting a passport

Up to 4 weeks

The passport and certificate of naturalization are produced within 4 weeks from the date that the government receives the investment funds. They are sent by courier to the investor’s address.

1 day Naturalization oath of allegiance

Naturalization oath of allegiance

1 day

The investor and all adult members of their family included in the application must take the oath of allegiance to Antigua and Barbuda. This can be done by video link, at a consulate or in person in Antigua and Barbuda. Citizens are required to visit Antigua and Barbuda for at least 5 days within 5 years after receiving their passport.

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Do you guarantee that I will receive an Antigua and Barbuda passport?

A licensed agent cannot guarantee the receipt of a passport. Any offer guaranteeing receipt of citizenship is most likely fraudulent.

Immigrant Invest is the only licensed agent in Russia for the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship Program with its own compliance department. We conduct a preliminary screening check on applicants to identify the risk of rejection of their citizenship application and find alternative solutions when necessary. As a result, most of our clients pass the Due Diligence test and receive citizenship.

How can we coup our investment?

Choose the option to participate in the citizenship program by purchasing real estate. The property can be sold after 5 years and the investment is returned to you. Moreover, during the 5-year ownership period, the investor can also earn rental income. Some developers forecast rental income of 8% per annum.

Do I need to come to Antigua and Barbuda to get a passport?

The passport can be obtained remotely. However, you are normally required to visit the country for at least 5 days within 5 years of being granted citizenship.

Due to the pandemic, the rules have changed. Investors do not need to visit the country if the 5-year period expires before August 31, 2022. This period may be extended if the threat from the pandemic in the world does not ease.

What are the additional costs of the program?

In addition to the main investment, the applicant pays government fees, as well as fees for legal and administrative services. The amount depends on the specific situation, for example, the composition of the family. We can calculate it for you.

The largest fee is for the Due Diligence check. It costs $7,500 each for the investor and their spouse, $4,000 for each adult family member and $2,000 per child 12 to 17 years old. Applicants also pay a passport fee and a bank charge of $600 per person.

Can I apply for Antigua and Barbuda citizenship myself?

No, by law, only a licensed agent of the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship Program can submit an application for citizenship by investment on behalf of the investor.

Is it possible to add family members to the application after the main applicant has received an Antigua and Barbuda passport?

An investor can add additional eligible family members to the citizenship by investment application even after receiving their passport.

A future spouse of the investor, children and grandchildren under 17 years old, parents and the future spouses of the investor’s adult children, provided that the children are financially dependent on the investor, are eligible to join the citizenship by investment application.

There is no time limit within which additional family members can join the program.

However, there is a fee for each family member joining the program at a later date. It costs $50,000 for a spouse or parent, $10,000 for a child under 5 years old and $20,000 for a child from 6 to 17 years old.

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