A Favourite of European Royalty
Truly a world-class destination as evidenced by its growing multi-national population over the last decade, Antigua is also steeped in history dating back thousands of years. The island was famously the major British Naval base for more than two centuries due to its expansive winding coastline and large natural harbours.
Today, Antigua is an independent member state of the Commonwealth with Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State. The year-round tropical climate attracts varied international residents, and together with the friendly local population of 85,000, this makes the country a very comfortable place to integrate, and Antiguan citizenship one of the most desirable in the world. With daily direct air access from North America and Europe and being the hub of Caribbean yachting, Antigua is a crossroads of the world albeit natural, simple and protected.
The favorable growing conditions and plentiful marine life make the country’s culinary experiences fresh and delicious, and the abundance of outdoor activities make for a very healthy lifestyle. It is no surprise a mix of internationally famous politicians, entertainers, and fashion designers live here in some of the most beautiful homes in the Caribbean. Antigua levies no capital gains or inheritance taxes and there is no tax on income generated outside the country.
A member of the United Nations (UN), British Commonwealth, Caricom and the Organization of American States, among many other international organisations, the nation’s currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$), pegged to the US$ at EC$2.7/US$1.
Citizenship by Investment
The opportunity to become a citizen of Antigua & Barbuda is truly unmatched. Thousands of international travellers visit annually and leave the islands habouring dreams of having a home here.
In 2013 the government of Antigua & Barbuda announced the Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) for individuals investing in approved businesses, a government fund, or approved property developments making these properties very special and singular investment vehicles.
Applicants must prepare thorough application packages and be prepared to pass through stringent third party security background and medical checks.
Citizenship in Antigua & Barbuda presents diverse benefits such as visa-free travel to approximately 131 countries including the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and the countries of the Schengen area, and the opportunity to reside in one of the most desirable destinations in the Americas.
Dual and lifetime citizenship for you and eligible family members
Tax advantages - No capital gain or estate taxes; income generated outside the country is not taxed
Minimal residency - 5 days residency in the first five years
The Antigua & Barbuda Program is the most sought after for its flexibility and value but also for the opportunity to become a citizen of one of the world's top international destinations
Resale option - after five years of ownership, properties are eligible for resale
Lifestyle – New citizens can spend as much time in Antigua & Barbuda as they wish. The nation offers a stress-free lifestyle in one of the most comfortable climates in the world
Confidentiality – Information on persons who acquire citizenship is kept completely confidential and is not reported to your present country of citizenship
Visa-free Travel with little or no residency requirement, a qualified investor and their family can benefit from numerous privileges including visa-free travel to more than 130 countries.
Many of the documents you will be required to submit will require certification by a notary, a lawyer, or other recognized legal entity. The prescribed forms for application are as follows:
• Citizenship by Investment Applications Form AB1
• Photograph and Signature Certificate Form AB2
• Medical Certificate Form AB3
• Investment Confirmation Form AB4
• Agent Form AB5
• Passport Application Forms
Accompanying and specific documentation is also required such as original signed recent medical certificate by approved medical practitioner, police certificate, passport, photos, HIV tests, proof of marriages, divorces, name changes, residences etc.
The Citizenship Investment Unit (CIU) examines the application thoroughly and, if deemed necessary, may request the applicant to attend an interview. The CIU undertakes strict due diligence checks and will decline an application if the applicant makes a false statement or omits any relevant information in the application.
Citizens International’s legal and accounting professionals will guide you through the application process with great care and attention to detail in order to streamline your processing time.
Approved Real Estate
National Development Fund
The National Development Fund (NDF) is a non-profit fund that is subject to parliamentary oversight to allow for transparency and accountability. The fund is also audited by an internationally recognized accounting firm and reports on use of funds by the Government of Antigua & Barbuda are published annually.
It is established under section 42(2) of the Finance Administration Act 2006 for the purpose of funding government sponsored projects, including public-private partnerships and approved charitable investments.
The primary applicant may include spouse, dependent children and dependent parents over 65 years of age within the application with no additional NDF contribution required, although government and due diligence fees will be payable for each individual.
Acquisition of citizenship under the NDF investment option requires a contribution to the National Development Fund in the minimum sum of US $100,000 per application for a family of up to four (US $150,000 for a family of five or more). The contribution is in the form of a one-time payment.
In addition to the donation amount, investors pay the Government Processing, Due Diligence and Passport Fees.
- Maintain a permanent place of abode in Antigua & Barbuda (either leased or purchased);
- Spend at least 30 days a year in Antigua & Barbuda;
- Annual income must exceed US$100,000;
- Pay a flat tax of US$20,000 per annum.