Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment

Antigua Citizenship Program

Dr. Antoine Saliba Haig | Published on 20 Sep 2015 | Updated on 11 Feb 2019

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Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment programme was established following parliamentary assent to the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Regulations of 2014. Antigua and Barbuda is an Independent Commonwealth state located in the Caribbean Sea, consisting of two islands: Antigua and Barbuda and a number of smaller islands. Its capital is St.John's on Antigua with a population amounting to circa 91,000 persons and the main language is English.  Christopher Columbus sighted the islands in 1493 and named it after a church in Seville: Santa Maria de la Antigua. 

With over 300 beaches of clean waters, the tropical islands of Antigua and Barbuda are an inviting paradise and considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. As a result, tourism is the key driver of GDP and generates around 60% of the island's income. Other economic contributing factors include government services, agriculture, fishing, forestry, mining, financial services and retail. 

Legal Basis for Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment 

The Citizenship by Investment Program Regulations is contained in Section 6 of the Citizenship by Investment Act 2014. These provisions allow the government to operate a program under which citizenship is granted to persons who qualify under criteria approved by parliament. The regulations require a person to make a significant economic contribution to the country. In exchange, and subject to stringent application procedures, including thorough background checks, the applicants and their families are granted citizenship. 

Eligibility for Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment 

Under current regulations, to qualify for citizenship of Antigua & Barbuda under its Citizenship-by-Investment Program, the Government requires, either:

  1. An investment of a minimum of US$ 400,000 in an approved real estate project to be held for a minimum of 5 years; or
  2. A minimum non-refundable contribution to the National Development Fund of: 
    • US$100,000 for Single Applicants or a family of four or less, or;
    • US$125,000  for a family of five and over.
  3. An investment of US$1.5 million to set up a business. Two or more applicants may make a joint business investment with an individual threshold of at least US$400,000 and a total investment of at least US$5 million.

Benefits of Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment 

Benefits of acquiring Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship include:

  • Visa free travel to 130 countries that includes, Hong Kong, Singapore, UK and the EU.
  • Direct flights from Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and EU Schengen States. 
  • Application process within 4 months
  • No tax on worldwide income
  • Economically stable country 
  • No estate, death, inheritance tax
  • Dual citizenship allowed
  • Citizenship can be passed to future generations.
  • Minimal residency of 5 days in the first five years.
  • Collection of Passport can be done by visiting an Embassy, Consular Office or High Commission of Antigua & Barbuda. 

Taxation of New Citizens

  • No tax on worldwide income
  • No capital gains tax
  • No inheritance tax

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Senior Lawyer

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