Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship By Investment Program Overview

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Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship By Investment Summary

Antigua and Barbuda has raised considerable revenue since opening its doors to immigration investors in 2013, placing it as one of the top Caribbean CBI programs. Like its regional rivals, Antigua and Barbuda offers a CBI program that provides a quick route to a second citizenship and passport, with almost no residency requirement for successful applicants — a combination that has drawn large numbers of “plan B” investors from all corners of the globe.

Applicants generally choose either the non-refundable contribution route or the real estate investment route. Under the contribution option, depending on the family size, applicants must donate between US$100,000 and US$150,000 to the government’s designated fund. Under the real estate investment option, applicants are required to invest at least US$200,000 into a pre-approved real estate project and must maintain that investment for at least five years.

How to apply for citizenship by investment in Antigua & Barbuda

Applicants must work with an authorized representative to prepare their application, for assistance with their paperwork and as a point of contact with the government throughout the process. Antigua and Barbuda require standard biographical documentation, including a police check, and officials pay close attention to the applicant’s background and sources of wealth when considering applications.

Citizenship papers and passports can be expected in 6-8 months from the start of the process, but this can slightly vary depending on the processing unit’s workload and peak periods.

Successful applicants must take an oath of allegiance as soon as practicable in order to confirm their citizenship. This can either be done at overseas embassies or consular offices or can be done on the applicant’s first trip to Antigua while fulfilling their 5-day residency requirement.

It is worth noting that applicants can lodge their application and obtain the full citizenship and valid passport without having to travel to Antigua and Barbuda.


Antigua’s passport allows visa-free travel to more than 150 countries and territories including Hong Kong, Singapore, the U.K., and the Schengen Area. The Antiguan passport is valid for five years but can be renewed if the holder has spent at least five days physically present in Antigua during the term of its validity.


Antigua and Barbuda has been independent from the UK since 1981, still benefit from a parliamentary democratic political system and offer a stable, independent judiciary grounded in British common law. Thanks to the islands’ sunny weather and countless golden beaches, Antigua and Barbuda relies on tourism to drive their GDP, being one of the most visited Caribbean destinations in recent years. 

CBI investors are also attracted to the low tax regime on offer by the nation as there are zero personal taxes – no income tax, no inheritance tax, no capital gains tax, no wealth tax, etc.


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Citizenship By Investment

Antigua and Barbuda’s CBI program is fighting to maintain its position as one of the most popular Caribbean immigration investment initiatives — and in practical terms, that means lowering costs for investors. There are three pathways to an Antiguan passport:

  • Donation to the National Development Fund: By far the most popular option, the donation route confers citizenship on investors who simply cut a check to the islands’ National Development Fund. A U.S.$100,000 donation will cover a family of up to four people, including dependent children aged up to 25, and parents aged 65 or more; for larger families, the donation increases to U.S.$125,000. Investors must also pay U.S.$25,000 in processing fees, plus U.S.$15,000 per additional dependent beyond a family of four.
  • Real estate investment: Investors can also qualify for citizenship by spending U.S.$200,000 or more on qualifying real estate. More than 40 development projects have been approved for CBI funding, of which most are condos, hotels, or resort properties. Investors must also pay a U.S.$30,000 fee for a family of four or less, plus U.S.$15,000 per additional dependent, and can’t re-sell their property for at least five years after gaining citizenship.
  • Business investment: It’s also possible to obtain citizenship through business-related investments, with individuals required to invest at least U.S.$1.5 million to qualify. It’s possible to bring the cost down by clubbing together: multiple investors can obtain citizenship through a single business venture, as long as they invest at least U.S.$5 million in total, and each investor commits to at least U.S.$400,000 to the project. Like real-estate investors, business investors must also pay U.S.$50,000 in processing fees for a family of four, plus U.S.$15,000 for additional dependents. They can’t divest of their investment for at least five years after gaining citizenship. Investors considering the business route are also encouraged to discuss their plans with the Antigua & Barbuda Investment Authority.

Regardless of the investment pathway selected, all applicants must also pay due diligence fees pegged at U.S.$7,500 each for the applicant and their spouse, U.S.$2,000 for minor dependents aged 12-17 years, and U.S.$4,000 for each dependent aged 18 or older. There are no due diligence fees for children under the age of 12 years.

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