In addition to its position as a top western destination for recreational travel, Antigua & Barbuda is a utopia for those seeking a secure and stable second home nation.
The Citizenship Act of 2013 allows eligible individuals and their families to apply for citizenship by making either:
- a US $400,000 investment into approved real estate,
- a US $250,000 non-refundable donation to the National Development Fund, or
- a minimum US $1,500,000 investment into an Approved Business.
Similar to many other immigrant investor programs, the qualified investments range from government funds to independent businesses to property purchase. Citizens International believes strongly that property is the best form of citizenship investment.
From the late 1990′s property prices across the affluent world soared relentlessly upwards, in great part supported by cheap capital, and despite the economic downturn of the last few years, the one segment of the property industry that remained more active and retained better investment value has been high-end luxury property.
Antigua, in particular, is already established as a luxurious Caribbean destination with an ever-growing international community attracted to the island’s spectacular natural beauty and relaxed lifestyle.
The Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship Act passed both houses of Parliament in March 2013. The regulations regarding Citizenship by Investment in Antigua and Barbuda are contained in Section 6 of the Citizenship by Investment Act, 2013. These provisions allow the government to operate a program under which citizenship is granted to persons who qualify under criteria set by parliamentary decision.
The government authority responsible for administering the program and processing all applications is the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), which opened in December 2013.
Foreign nationals including their spouse, dependent children as well as parents and grandparents over 65 years can obtain citizenship via one simultaneous application. There are no specific requirements pertaining to business experience, and there is a residency requirement of 5 days in the first five years of citizenship.
For detailed information on the prescribed applications forms and required accompanying documents, please view
Fees and Costs
Government Application Fees
- US $50,000 for the main applicant
- US $50,000 for the spouse of main applicant
- US $25,000 for each child of the main applicant under 17 years or under
- US $50,000 for each qualified dependent of the main applicant over 18 years other than his spouse
Government Due Diligence Fees
- US $7,500 for the main applicant and spouse
- US $2,000 for dependents 12 to 17 years of age
- US $4,000 for each dependent 18 years or over
Other fees include passport application fees, government transfer tax (2.5% of property price), escrow fees (usually approximately 1%), and legal fees.
Citizens International Legal Fees
Citizens International’s fees vary depending on the case and the number of persons included in the application. Fees include citizenship file administration, legal representation in citizenship procedure, legal representation in property purchase and the processing of citizenship application through government.
Please contact us for further information on fees applicable to your case.
The Antigua & Barbuda government allows citizens to hold dual citizenship, and the acquisition of citizenship is not reported to other countries.
It is estimated that the application process will take about three to five months from the submission of the application to the approval and issuance of the passport, assuming there are no areas of concern with the application.
The regulations specify that, within three months of the submission of an application to the Citizenship Investment Unit (CIU), the CIU shall notify in writing to the licensed agent on behalf of the main applicant that the application has been approved, denied or delayed for cause and is still being processed.
More detailed information is available in the Application Process section
The benefits of citizenship in Antigua & Barbuda are multiple, not least the opportunity to reside in one of the most elite destinations in the west, and the taxation and travel benefits hold substantial appeal.