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What due-diligence standards are there for investment immigrants to Antigua and Barbuda?

I am from Ecuador and have a criminal conviction there from 15 years ago. But I have served my time and become a successful businessman. Can I apply for a passport through an investment? What kind of background checks are there?

  • Citizens International
    November 06, 2018

    The due diligence for applicants to the Antigua & Barbuda CIP is carried out by two third-party security companies and is very thorough. If you have had a previous conviction that would carry a sentence of more than six months in Antigua, then an application will generally not be accepted. The 2013 legislation states "ineligible applicants include an applicant who, not having received a free pardon, has at any time previously been convicted in any country of an offence for which the maximum custodial penalty is in excess of six months imprisonment.” However, your licensed agent would require more detailed information on your previous charge so that he or she can consult with the government unit and take its advice on your specific situation.

  • Caribbean Lifestyle Services
    November 07, 2018

    The success of the application would depend on the nature of the offense. Standard procedure is the application is accepted if the offense would not incur more than a six-month custodial sentence in Antigua. However, most files can be viewed on a case-by-case basis, so please advise the details of the offense.

  • Grant Thornton
    November 07, 2018

    Anyone convicted of a crime that carries a maximum custodial sentence of more than six months is ineligible to apply. Police records are required from a person’s country of citizenship and any countries where they have lived for more than six months.

  • Caribbean Concierge Limited
    January 10, 2019

    All applicants are required to provide police records from the country of citizenship along with any other country where they may have lived for more than six months. In general, the application will be denied if the applicant has previously been convicted of an offense for which the maximum custodial penalty in Antigua for the same crime is in excess of six months imprisonment.