Antigua and Barbuda’s citizenship by investment program (CIP) was launched in 2013, attracting foreign nationals to boost the country’s economic growth by granting Antigua citizenship in return. Also known as the Antigua Golden Visa, by investing, you can obtain Caribbean citizenship and an Antigua passport, increasing your global mobility and providing a solid plan B.

 

⚠️ Caribbean CBI programs price to increase

Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, and St. Kitts & Nevis will increase the minimum investment for their CBI programs to $200,000. St. Lucia is also expected to adopt this new threshold soon.

The minimum investment required for citizenship will rise by $100,000, effectively doubling the current amount. This price change is expected to take effect on June 30th, 2024.

These adjustments will reshape the landscape for future Caribbean CBI applicants. Due to the fast-approaching deadline, we strongly recommend those interested in Caribbean citizenship to secure their spot in the program before the price increases.

Antigua and Barbuda CBI Program Highlights

Antigua citizenship certificate: Antigua’s program offers lifetime citizenship and an Antigua passport in exchange for foreign direct investment, including contributing at least $100,000 to the country’s government fund or purchasing government-approved real estate. 

Visa free access: Antigua and Barbuda passport holders enjoy visa free travel to 151 visa free destinations, including the Schengen Area, the UK, and Russia. The number of visa waiver agreements have increased, with a visa exemption agreement signed in January 2024 between the Antigua and Chinese governments.

Antigua real estate market: Applicants for Antigua’s CBI program have access to premium government-approved properties offered by reputable real estate developers, presenting a valuable investment opportunity alongside acquiring Caribbean citizenship.

Antigua and Barbuda Golden Visa Eligibility

The Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program makes it possible for retirees and high-net-worth individuals to receive citizenship in exchange for an investment in the country.

Applicants must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Apply through a licensed agent
  • Have a clean criminal record
  • Pass stringent background and security tests as directed by the Citizenship by Investment Unit

Antigua and Barbuda Visa Program - Investment Routes

To obtain a Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment and an Antigua and Barbuda passport, an applicant must make a minimum investment under any of the following investment routes:

National Development Fund (NDF)

To obtain a golden visa, applicants must contribute a minimum of $100,000 to the government-led NDF (National Development Fund). This investment option allows you to obtain citizenship of the country for a one-time non-refundable contribution. Other government fees include processing fees and due diligence fees.

Business Investment

Business Investment You are eligible for the business scheme if you can invest at least $1.5 million as a solo investor. Two or more applicants may make a joint investment with an individual minimum of at least $400,000 and a total investment of at least $5 million.

Real Estate Investment

For the real estate option, you must purchase a property with a minimum value of $400,000. The investment must be in a government-approved development real estate project. Alternatively, the applicant can purchase shares or units in an approved property worth at least $200,000. You must maintain your investment for at least five years before selling it.

University of the West Indies (UWI) Fund

 University of the West Indies (UWI) Fund If you choose this option, you must make a non-refundable contribution of  $150,000 to the University of the West Indies Fund (UWI fund) for a family of six members (including processing fees). Families with seven members or more must pay processing fees of $15,000 for each additional dependent.

Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship - Joint Investment

To acquire the Antigua and Barbuda Investor Visa through a business investment or Antigua real estate investment, you can also choose to make a joint investment in them. Just make sure to follow these guidelines:

Joint business investment

You can make a joint investment with a business partner or more in a business that is approved by the government. Applicants must note that each business partner must invest a minimum of $400,000, and the total investment should amount to $5 million.

Joint real estate investment

In this case, the applicant needs to invest with a party in an approved real estate project, where each party needs to invest a minimum amount of $200,000.

Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship Program - Application Process

  1. You must get in touch with an authorized representative licensed agent, such as Global Citizen Solutions.
  2. Complete your application form and gather supporting documents
  3.  Your authorized agent will submit the application on your behalf.
  4. Pay the necessary fees.
  5. Upon application approval, make the required investment in Antigua and Barbuda.
  6. Once citizenship is granted, your Antigua and Barbuda passport will be issued.
  7. Finally, you need to take the Oath of Allegiance.

Authorized representative and Licensed Agent

As the very first step for obtaining citizenship in Antigua and Barbuda, you must contact an established authorized representative and licensed agent. It is through them that you can file your application for the Antigua and Barbuda Golden visa. For this, you can contact Global Citizen Solutions. Our team at GCS works continuously with our clients to ensure a smooth application process and deliver tailor-made solutions as per our client’s needs.

Applicants must note that their authorized representative and licensed agent will be the ones to collect all documentation, apply for the visa, and then share all documents with them once approved.

Complete your application forms

Your authorized representative and licensed agent will hand you all the necessary documentation that you need to complete as part of your Golden visa application process. Do keep in mind that you need to fill out the application form personally and make sure that all the information provided is latest and correct.

Once you are done filling out the application forms, your local agent will forward your application over to the Antigua Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), the government authority responsible for the program. Remember, your local agent will act as a bridge between the Citizenship by Investment Unit and yourself.

Payment of fees

Once you are done with your application, you need to pay your fees as per the Antigua and Barbuda Golden visa guidelines. Initially, you need to pay the diligence fees and 10 percent of the government processing fee. After your application gets approved, you need to make the payment of the pending government processing fees.

Make your investment

As soon as you receive your approval letter from Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), complete your investment by following the guidelines mentioned by CIU. You will get around thirty days to complete your business investments/donations.

If you have opted for the real estate route, then it might take longer to get your investment processed. So, there’s no specific timeline when it comes to real estate investment. But make sure to make the investment as soon as possible so that you have the real estate property purchased in your name.

Take the Allegiance Oath

After your investments have been completed, you (the main applicant) and your dependent family members will get a certificate of registration showing you have been granted citizenship.

For your passport to get processed, you need to submit this certificate of registration.

Your immigration advisers will let you know the date availability for taking the allegiance oath. For taking this oath, you can choose any two of these options:

You can come to Antigua and Barbuda to get your passport and take the Allegiance Oath

You can also go to your nearest Antigua and Barbuda Embassy/Consulate in your country to take the Allegiance Oath and get your passport.

Antigua Program New Regulations

Antigua’s Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) introduced several new regulations to the country’s program in 2023:

  • The main applicant and each family member over 16 must attend a mandatory interview during the citizenship process; however, the interview can be conducted virtually with no requirement to visit Antigua.
  • Successful applicants must reside in Antigua for at least five days in the first five years.
  • Investors can contribute to the University of the West Indies (UWI) Fund, open to a family of six or more.
  • An Oath of citizenship can be taken at overseas Antigua and Barbuda Embassies or Consulates.
  • The investment threshold is final, and there are no applicable discounts or financing options.

Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship Cost

Once you have chosen your investment route, you will need to pay additional costs (such as a processing fee, due diligence fees, and a government fee) in addition to the minimum required investment.

Antigua and Barbuda: Due diligence and passport fees

Individual

Due diligence fee

Passport fee

Primary applicant

$7,500

$300

Spouse

$7,500

$300

Dependent child (12-17 years old)

$2,000

$300

Dependent (18 years and older)

$4,000

$300

Antigua and Barbuda: Addition of dependents

The following family members are eligible for Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment: Spouse, dependent children, financially dependent parents and grandparents, and unmarried siblings of the primary applicant or spouse.

Including additional family members as dependents can result in the following fees:

Individual

USD

ECD

Spouse

$75,000

$202,500

Dependent children (0-17 years old)

$25,000

$67,500

Dependent parent (55 years old and above)

$75,000

$202,500

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Citizenship by Investment Antigua and Barbuda Requirements

You will need the following documents if you are applying for the Antigua and Barbuda Golden Visa:

Application forms

  • Application form
  • Photograph and signature certificate
  • Medical certificate
  • Investment confirmation form
  • Agent form
  • Passport application form

Personal documents

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • National identity card
  • Passport-size photographs
  • Police certificate

Documentation Rules

All documents must be certified by a suitable person and according to the laws of the country that the individual is residing in. It should cover the following details:

  • Full name of the individual(in capital letters)
  • The role that the individual is acting in
  • The individual’s home or business address
  • Phone number and email ID

Please note that your documents can also be certified by a notary public and should be authenticated by appropriate legal authorities.

Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship benefits

Advantages-for-investorsThere are many benefits that come with obtaining Antigua citizenship. They include:

  • Amazing beach lifestyle
  • Tropical climate
  • Thriving economy and real estate market
  • No travel requirements to obtain citizenship
  • Visa free access to over 150 countries across the world
  • Family members are eligible for the citizenship by investment program
  • Antigua citizenship in return for a minimum investment of $100,000
  • The country allows dual citizenship
  • Good location with established air connections to popular cities worldwide
  • Antigua and Barbuda tax benefits include no personal income tax on worldwide income, no inheritance or capital gains tax

Antigua and Barbuda Visa Requirements

This is a list of all the countries to which Antigua passport holders have visa-free access or visa-on-arrival access.

Countries that do not allow visa-free travel (i.e., that require a visa) are also included.

CountryAntigua and Barbuda
Afghanistanvisa required
Albaniavisa free (90 days)
Algeriavisa required
Andorravisa free (90 days)
Angolavisa free (30 days)
Argentinavisa required
Armeniavisa on arrival
Australiae-visa
Austriavisa free (90 days)
Azerbaijanvisa required
Bahamasvisa free (240 days)
Bahraine-visa
Bangladeshvisa on arrival
Barbadosvisa free
Belarusvisa free (30 days)
Belgiumvisa free (90 days)
Belizevisa free
Benine-visa
Bhutane-visa
Bolivia, Plurinational State ofvisa on arrival
Bosnia and Herzegovinavisa free (90 days)
Botswanavisa free (90 days)
Brazilvisa free (90 days)
Brunei Darussalamvisa required
Bulgariavisa free (90 days)
Burkina Fasoe-visa
Burundivisa on arrival
Cambodiavisa on arrival
Cameroone-visa
Canadavisa required
Cabo Verdevisa on arrival
Central African Republicvisa required
Chadvisa required
Chilevisa free (90 days)
Chinavisa required
Colombiavisa free (90 days)
Comorosvisa on arrival
Congovisa required
Congo, The Democratic Republic of thee-visa
Costa Ricavisa free (30 days)
Côte d'Ivoiree-visa
Croatiavisa free (90 days)
Cubavisa free (30 days)
Cyprusvisa free (90 days)
Czechiavisa free (90 days)
Denmarkvisa free (90 days)
Djiboutie-visa
Dominicavisa free
Dominican Republicvisa free
Ecuadorvisa free (90 days)
Egyptvisa on arrival
El Salvadorvisa free (90 days)
Equatorial Guineae-visa
Eritreavisa required
Estoniavisa free (90 days)
Eswatinivisa free (30 days)
Ethiopiae-visa
Fijivisa free (120 days)
Finlandvisa free (90 days)
Francevisa free (90 days)
Gabone-visa
Gambiavisa free (90 days)
Georgiavisa free (360 days)
Germanyvisa free (90 days)
Ghanavisa on arrival
Greecevisa free (90 days)
Grenadavisa free
Guatemalavisa free (90 days)
Guineae-visa
Guinea-Bissauvisa on arrival
Guyanavisa free (180 days)
Haitivisa free (90 days)
Hondurasvisa free (90 days)
Hong Kongvisa free (90 days)
Hungaryvisa free (90 days)
Icelandvisa free (90 days)
Indiae-visa
Indonesiavisa required
Iran, Islamic Republic ofe-visa
Iraqvisa required
Irelandvisa free (90 days)
Israelvisa required
Italyvisa free (90 days)
Jamaicavisa free
Japanvisa required
Jordanvisa on arrival
Kazakhstane-visa
Kenyae-visa
Kiribativisa free (90 days)
Kuwaitvisa required
Kyrgyzstane-visa
Lao People's Democratic Republicvisa on arrival
Latviavisa free (90 days)
Lebanonvisa on arrival
Lesothovisa free (90 days)
Liberiavisa required
Libyavisa required
Liechtensteinvisa free (90 days)
Lithuaniavisa free (90 days)
Luxembourgvisa free (90 days)
Macaovisa on arrival
Madagascarvisa on arrival
Malawivisa free (90 days)
Malaysiavisa free (30 days)
Maldivesvisa on arrival
Malivisa required
Maltavisa free (90 days)
Marshall Islandsvisa required
Mauritaniavisa on arrival
Mauritiusvisa free (90 days)
Mexicovisa required
Micronesia, Federated States ofvisa free (30 days)
Moldova, Republic ofvisa free (90 days)
Monacovisa free (90 days)
Mongoliae-visa
Montenegrovisa free (90 days)
Moroccovisa required
Mozambiquevisa on arrival
Myanmarvisa required
Namibiavisa required
Nauruvisa required
Nepalvisa on arrival
Netherlandsvisa free (90 days)
New Zealandvisa required
Nicaraguavisa free (90 days)
Nigervisa required
Nigeriae-visa
Korea, Democratic People's Republic ofvisa required
North Macedoniavisa free (90 days)
Norwayvisa free (90 days)
Omane-visa
Pakistane-visa
Palauvisa on arrival
Palestine, State ofvisa free
Panamavisa free (90 days)
Papua New Guineae-visa
Paraguayvisa required
Peruvisa free (180 days)
Philippinesvisa free (30 days)
Polandvisa free (90 days)
Portugalvisa free (90 days)
Qatarvisa on arrival
Romaniavisa free (90 days)
Russian Federationvisa free (90 days)
Rwandavisa on arrival
Saint Kitts and Nevisvisa free
Saint Luciavisa free
Samoavisa on arrival
San Marinovisa free (90 days)
Sao Tome and Principee-visa
Saudi Arabiavisa required
Senegalvisa required
Serbiavisa free (90 days)
Seychellesvisa free (90 days)
Sierra Leonevisa on arrival
Singaporevisa free (30 days)
Slovakiavisa free (90 days)
Sloveniavisa free (90 days)
Solomon Islandsvisa on arrival
Somaliavisa on arrival
South Africavisa free (30 days)
Korea, Republic ofe-visa
South Sudane-visa
Spainvisa free (90 days)
Sri Lankae-visa
Saint Vincent and the Grenadinesvisa free
Sudanvisa required
Surinamevisa free (180 days)
Swedenvisa free (90 days)
Switzerlandvisa free (90 days)
Syrian Arab Republicvisa required
Taiwan, Province of Chinavisa required
Tajikistane-visa
Tanzania, United Republic ofvisa free (90 days)
Thailande-visa
Timor-Lestevisa on arrival
Togovisa on arrival
Tongavisa required
Trinidad and Tobagovisa free
Tunisiavisa free (90 days)
Turkmenistanvisa required
Tuvaluvisa on arrival
Turkeyvisa on arrival
Ugandavisa free (90 days)
Ukrainevisa free (90 days)
United Arab Emiratesvisa required
United Kingdomvisa free (180 days)
United Statesvisa required
Uruguayvisa required
Uzbekistanvisa free (30 days)
Vanuatuvisa free (30 days)
Holy See (Vatican City State)visa free (90 days)
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofvisa free (90 days)
Viet Name-visa
Yemenvisa required
Zambiavisa free (90 days)
Zimbabwevisa free (90 days)

Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship - Restricted Countries

antigua and barbuda citizenship by investmentIf you are a citizen of any of the following restricted countries, then you cannot apply for Antigua and Barbuda citizenship:

  • Afghanistan
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Somalia
  • Yemen
  • Sudan

If you are from one of the above-mentioned countries but have migrated to another country and lived there for a minimum of 10 years and have no economic ties with these countries, then you are qualified to apply for Antigua and Barbuda citizenship.

Reasons to Invest in Antigua and Barbuda

  • You can invest and obtain an Antigua and Barbuda passport that offers several benefits like visa-free travel.
  • Owing to world-class education and infrastructure, the country has a skilled workforce in place.
  • Antigua and Barbuda is one of the most tax-friendly countries in the world. No tax is levied on personal income.
  • Owing to its stunning natural landscapes, white sand beaches, rich cultural history, and more, the country attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world and thus has a thriving tourism sector.
  • Since the country has relatively low crime rates, it is quite peaceful, safe, and secure.

How Can Global Citizen Solutions Help You?

Global Citizen Solutions is a boutique investment migration consultancy firm focused on finding the right residency or citizenship by investment program for individuals wishing to secure their future and become global citizens. With offices in Portugal, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and Brazil, our multilingual team guides individuals and families from start to finish, providing expert advice considering freedom, mobility, taxation, and security.

  • We have helped hundreds of clients from 35+ countries in all the top residency by investment and citizenship by investment programs. With an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the area, we provide our clients with solid guidance. 
  • Our team has never had a case rejected. Our 100 percent approval rate sets us apart from our competitors and guarantees that you can expect a successful application.
  • Our transparent pricing covers all the processes from opening your bank account, document certification, and legal due diligence to investment and submission. As there is one fee for the entire process, you can be confident that you will not face any hidden costs later.
  • All data is stored within a GDPR-compliant database on a secure SSL-encrypted server. You can be safe knowing that your personal data is treated with the utmost security.
  • Global Citizen Solutions provides an all-encompassing solution. Our support can continue even after you receive your passport. We offer additional services such as company incorporation, Trusts, and Foundations formation.
  • The BeGlobal Onboarding System® allows you to access the status of your application every step of the way, something that sets us apart from our competitors.

Frequently Asked Questions about Antigua Golden Visa

What is the Antigua and Barbuda passport rank?

As per the Global Passport Index, the Antigua and Barbuda passport ranks at 63rd position in terms of global mobility and other benefits. It allows visa free travel to more than 150 countries, including the Schengen area, the UK, Singapore, and Hong Kong. 

Can I get Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by marriage?

Individuals married to an Antigua and Barbuda passport holder for a minimum of three years and have been living together can apply for Antigua and Barbuda citizenship through naturalization.

Can I get Antigua citizenship by parents?

Yes, you can obtain Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by birth, descent, or naturalization.

How long does it take to get a Golden Visa for Antigua and Barbuda?

It can take around three to four months for your Antigua and Barbuda citizenship application to be processed.

What are the investment options in Antigua and Barbuda?

Through Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment program, you can invest in the country under the following routes:

  • You can donate to the National Development Fund
  • You can invest in pre-approved real estate projects
  • You can invest in a business that is based out of Antigua and Barbuda. You can invest alone or in a joint investment.
  • You can donate to the University of the West Indies Fund

What is the Antigua and Barbuda Golden Visa Program?

The Antigua Golden Visa is an alternative term for the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment scheme.

Are family members eligible to be included in the Antigua and Barbuda Golden Visa application?

The main applicant investing can include your spouse, dependent children up to 30 years old, parents above 55 years old, and unmarried siblings of the applicant or spouse.

Do I need to reside in Antigua and Barbuda to maintain my Golden Visa status?

No, you do not need to reside in the country to maintain Antigua citizenship under the Antigua and Barbuda citizenship program.

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