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Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment

Visa-free access to more than 150 countries for Antigua and Barbuda passport holders. Popular destinations: the EU and UK. Crystal CBI is a representative of Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship Program. When you engage with us, you can expect:

Obtain your citizenship in
3-4 months.

Apply directly with an authorized agent.

Become a citizen from 100.000$ donation or from $200.000 real estate investment.

Confidential Application Process. We take your privacy seriously.

Benefits of Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship

Citizenship Application Process

Immigration Expert Consultation
We will conduct a detailed analysis of your situation, advise on the application process and compile a list of required documents.
Financial Intelligence Unit Background

Our Citizenship Specialists provide clients with both comprehensive application kits (comprising application forms, checklists, notes and sample documents to guide the preparation of their applications) as well as other assistance and guidance as required. We undertakes a robust review of each client’s documents before the application is submitted to the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU).

Committee Screening & Approval

At this stage, the CIU will conduct its due diligence exercise in relation to the application. Any queries emerging from the due diligence process are responded to effectively and quickly. At the end of this process, the CIU will issue one of the following decisions: Approved in Principle; Delayed for Cause or Denied.

Issuance of Certificate of Citizenship & Passport

Once a client’s application has been approved in principle, the balance of the Government processing fees becomes payable as well as the investment or donation amount. The passport application is submitted to the CIU. Upon satisfaction of these requirements, the CIU issues the Certificate of Registration and passport for the client. We ensure that these documents are safely and securely delivered to the client.

Business in Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda is a captivating island nation located in the Caribbean Sea that consists of two main islands and several smaller ones. With its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and thriving tourism industry, Antigua and Barbuda offer a plethora of opportunities for business ventures. That’s not all!

Business

Antigua and Barbuda offers a favourable business environment with various incentives for companies, such as tax benefits and streamlined procedures. The country is renowned for its robust tourism industry, beautiful beaches, and luxury resorts, making it an attractive destination for businesses in the hospitality and tourism sectors. Additionally, Antigua and Barbuda has a growing financial services sector, offering opportunities for offshore banking, insurance, and investment activities.

CRYPTO

The island nation offer a unique advantage to crypto enthusiasts as they were one of the first countries to embrace digital currencies by implementing the Digital Asset Business Act in 2020. This act allows the establishment and regulation of crypto-related businesses, making it a favourable environment for crypto startups and entrepreneurs. Additionally, the country offers a beautiful tropical setting and a relaxed lifestyle, making it an attractive destination for those interested in combining their passion for cryptocurrencies with a high quality of life.

Antigua and Barbuda Investment Options And Fees

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda determines which real estate projects meet the established threshold to be designated as approved projects following which they become eligible to participate in the Citizenship by Investment Program. An applicant is only required to make the minimum investment irrespective of the number of dependents that are included in the application. Two or more applicants may together invest in one real estate property on condition that each applicant contributes an amount at least equal to the minimum investment required under the Option. A property acquired under the Real Estate Option may be resold after 5 years following the grant of citizenship or if the owner wishes to sell before the expiration of that period, he or she must purchase another property in an Approved Project.
Minimum Investment – Payabale upon grant of approval in principle. $200,000
– Irrespective of the number of dependents that are included in the application.
Due Diligence Fees – Payable on submission of application –No Due Diligence Fees are payable in respect of dependents 0 – 11 years
-$7,500 – Principal Applicant
–$7,500 – Spouse
-$4,000 – Parent 58 years and over
-$4,000 – Dependent 18+ years
-$2,000 – Dependent 12-17 years
Government Fees – Payable on submission of application –10% payable upon submission of the application and 90% upon the grant of approval in principle
– $30,000 – Single person or a Family of up to 4 persons
– $15,000 -Each additional person
Other Applicable Fees
– Passport Fees
– Professional Fees
The National Development Fund (NDF) is a non-profit fund that is subject to parliamentary oversight. It has its legal foundation in Section 42(2) of the Finance Administration Act of 2006 which provides for the funding of Government sponsored projects such as but not limited to public-private partnerships and approved charitable investments.
Minimum Investment – Payabale upon grant of approval in principle.
– $100,000 – Single Applicant or a Family of 4 or less persons.
-$125,000 – Family of 5 or more persons
Due Diligence Fees – Payable on submission of application – No Due Diligence Fees are payable in respect of dependents 0 – 11 years
– $7,500 – Principal Applicant
– $7,500 – Spouse
– $4,000 – Parent 58 years and over
– $4,000 – Dependent 18+ years
– $2,000 – Dependent 12-17 years
Government Fees –10% payable upon submission of the application and 90% upon the grant of approval in principle – $250 Per person in the application
Other Applicable Fees
– Passport Fees
– Professional Fees
Under this Option, an applicant makes an investment in either an existing or proposed business which has been approved by the Citizenship by Investment Unit. There are two pathways under this Option: (a) Single Person Investment in an approved business; or (b) Multiple Person Joint Investment in an approved business.
Minimum Investment – Payabale upon grant of approval in principle.
– $1,500,000 – Single Person Investment in an approved Business –$5,000,000 – Two or More Persons making a joint Investmen
Due Diligence Fees – Payable on submission of application
–$7,500 – Principal Applicant – $7,500 – Spouse $4,000 – Dependent 18+ years
– $4,000 – Dependent 12-17years
Government Fees –10% payable upon submission of the application and 90% upon the grant of approval in principle – $30,000 – Up to family of 4 – $150,000 – Family of 5 or more –$15,000 Each Additional Dependent
Other Applicable Fees
– Passport Fees
– Professional Fees

This option allows the client family to invest in the University of the West Indies Fund to obtain citizenship for the entire family. The fund is only open to minimum family sizes of six persons – if there are less than six persons in the family the client must choose one of the other three investment options. This option also entitles one member of the family to a one year tuition only scholarship at the University of the West Indies.

 

Minimum Investment

– Payabale upon grant of approval in principle.

$150,000 – Family of 6

$15,000 – Each Additional Dependent

Due Diligence Fees

– Payable on submission of application

–$7,500 – Principal Applicant

$7,500 – Spouse

-$4,000 – Dependent 18+ years

-$2,000 – Dependent 12-17years

Government Fees

–10% payable upon submission of the application and 90% upon the grant of approval in principle

– $30,000 – Already included in the investment amount
Other Applicable Fees
– Passport Fees
– Professional Fees

Other perks of Antigua and Barbuda

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Stable temperature all year around.

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Full of organic free-range livestock.

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Organic year around fruits and vegetables. 


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Fish and coral reefs in all the colours of the rainbow.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Antigua Citizenship by Investment Program

The Antigua passport ranks 29th in the world, 3rd in the Caribbean, and 2nd among countries offering Caribbean citizenship programs. It allows visa-free travel to 151 countries worldwide, including Canada.

No, a name change is not allowed

Currently, over 90% of our clients choose the $100,000 donation route, as real estate investment at $200,000 is expensive. Investments of $200,000 in government-approved real estate projects qualify. This includes the purchase of condos, villas, shares in hotels or resorts. Hold for at least 5 years and then sell and get free passport.

Visas are required for both Canada and the USA when using an Antiguan passport.

Yes, you can visit the UK for up to 6 months for tourism, business conferences, visiting family, etc. More information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y.

Only 5 days of residency are required when renewing your passport after 5 years

Antigua & Barbuda allows dual citizenship, but your home country may have restrictions. Countries such as India, Saudi Arabia, China, and Russia do not permit dual citizenship.

Yes, you can stay or visit Schengen countries, including Switzerland, for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

Yes, we accept payments made in cryptocurrencies.

Family members and dependents, including children and those over 65 years old, can be included in one citizenship application. This includes spouses, children under 18, children aged 18-26 in full-time education, physically or mentally challenged children fully supported by the main applicant, and parents or grandparents above 65 years old.

No, you can obtain the passport without visiting Antigua.

Yes, your main investment is only required if the government issues an approval letter. You do not need to pay if you are not approved. Typically, the investment is made after receiving the letter of approval.

The initial validity is 5 years, and it can be renewed for 10 years.

Antigua does not impose capital gains, gifts, wealth, estate, personal income, inheritance taxes. Additionally, income earned outside of the country is not taxed.

No, but if you purchase real estate, you will have a local address.

No, there are no interviews or tests required.

The application typically requires citizenship and signature forms, completed and notarised copies of Application Form 12 (for each applicant), a professional reference (banker, lawyer, chartered accountant), a letter of employment/financial statements for source of funds, a recommendation from the applicant's bankers, police certificates from countries stayed in for more than 6 months, passport-size photos (8 per applicant), marriage certificate/dissolution of marriage (if applicable), birth certificate, medical certificate (HIV clearance), letter of recommendation from the head of the school/university (for children aged 12-18), proof of payment of relevant investment fees, affidavit of source of funds, sale deed of real estate property, detailed business background reports/resume, and notarised copies of university/college diplomas. All original documents from outside of Antigua must have an apostille.

If you do not visit Antigua within 5 years of your passport's expiry, you will not be able to renew your passport.

Yes, business investments of $1.5 million USD in approved projects as a single investor or a joint business investment of at least $400,000 per person (totalling $5 million) qualify.

The approval process usually takes within 90 days.

No, the government does not publish the names of approved investors.

The baby can obtain citizenship if they are born after the date of issue of the "Certificate of Naturalisation."

Children above 12 years old are subject to due diligence and background checks. Dependent children under 11 do not require due diligence but need a sworn affidavit from parents. No due diligence fee is required for dependent children.

All children must undergo medical tests and obtain HIV clearance.

Additional fees include a due diligence fee ($7,500), a government fee ($30,000 for business or real estate investments), passport fee ($300), and professional fee (as mentioned in the quote).

No, the Citizenship Unit does not accept direct applications. They must be submitted through authorised agents.

The real estate market is experiencing growth, with new construction projects such as hotels and resorts on the rise. Examples include Singulari mega resort, Beau panel homes, Robert De Niro's hotel worth $250 million, and South Point boutique hotel. Twobedroom houses cost $420,000, with rental yields ranging from 4-5%.

Yes, obtaining citizenship through the program grants you full residency status and the right to live and work in Antigua.

Applicants must have a clean criminal record, a sound financial background, excellent references, no visa denials from countries like the UK, Schengen zone, or the USA, no fraud or concealment of information in the citizenship application, and must not pose a threat to the safety and integrity of the country. They must also engage in economic activities outside countries hit by sanctions as listed by OFAC. Additionally, all applicants, dependents, and children must undergo thorough background and due diligence checks. The government reserves the right to deny citizenship and will issue a letter of refusal if necessary.

The Antigua program generally has faster processing times compared to the St. Kitts program. The costs are similar, and St. Kitts passports have a 10-year validity, while Antigua passports have a 5-year validity.

No, only children who are adults under the age of 26 and studying full-time in college or university can apply under the family application. If they don't meet this criteria, they can apply as dependents but will need to pay dependent fees or file a separate citizenship application.

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda introduced a 5-day residency requirement by amending citizenship laws. Initially, you could obtain a passport valid for 5 years without visiting Antigua. However, when renewing the passport after 5 years, you must have spent at least 5 days in Antigua. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the passport not being renewed and the investment not being refunded.

Updates and changes to the Antigua CBI program's requirements or benefits may occur over time, underscoring the importance of staying informed through official sources.

No, the Antiguan passport obtained through the Citizenship by Investment Program does not grant automatic voting rights. Individuals would need to meet the qualifications outlined in the Representation of the People Act.

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