[ Published January 17, 2018 by Natalia Zakharova ]

In the first half of 2017, Antigua Citizenship Program received 27% more applications – 187 compared to 147 – than in the first half of 2016, shows the Citizenship by Investment Unit’s 6-month report, published this week.

Between January 1st and June 31st 2017 Chinese nationals were, by far, the greatest investor group, accounting for 51% of all applicants and about 43% of the total since the program opened. Bangladeshi applicants, the runners-up, made up 7% of CIP participants, followed closely by Syrians (4.28%), Indians (3.74%), and Saudis (3.74%).

Interestingly, 38% of applicants chose the NDF contribution option, a much lower figure than the 114 seen during the same period a year before.

Meanwhile, the number of applicants choosing real estate investment rose from 20 to 38 making up a fifth of the total, and business investment rose by 600%, from 13 to 78 applicants, thus becoming the most popular option.

Contact the Citizens International team for more information on approved business investments, the top real estate projects and all other information about the program.