Antigua and Barbuda

Why Antigua

Antigua and Barbuda is an independent Commonwealth state in the Eastern Caribbean.  With 365 beaches of clean turquoise waters, the vibrant tropical islands of Antigua and Barbuda are an inviting paradise and considered one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the United Nations, the British Commonwealth, CARICOM and the Organization of American States (OAS) among many other international organizations. Holders of the Antigua and Barbuda passport enjoy visa free travel to approximately one hundred and thirtytwo (132) countries, including the U.K. and the countries of the Schengen area.

Location

Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) and Barbuda are in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, roughly 17 degrees north of the equator.  To the south are the islands of Montserrat and Guadeloupe and to the north and west are Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts, and St. Martin.

Antigua, the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, is about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, encompassing 108 square miles.  Its highest point is Mount Obama (1319ft., 402m), formerly known as Boggy Peak, located in the south-western corner of the island.  Barbuda, a flat coral island with an area of only 68 square miles, lies approximately 30 miles due north.  Antigua also includes the tiny (0.6 square mile) uninhabited island of Redonda, now a nature preserve.  The current population for Antigua is approximately 80,000 and its capital is St. John’s.

Climate

Temperatures generally range from the mid-seventies in the winter to the mid-eighties in the summer.  Annual rainfall averages only 45 inches, making it the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean islands, and the northeast trade winds are nearly constant, flagging only in September.

Investment Options

The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) was established in 2013 under the Citizenship Act and the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) is the Government Authority responsible for processing all applications for Agent’s Licenses, and all applications for Citizenship by Investment by applicants and their family.

All Applications are presented through a Licensed Agent of the Government to the Citizenship by Investment Unit.  The Licensed Agent assists the applicants with all documentation, application completion and the issuance of the passport(s).

Investment Opportunities Come in three (3) Main Forms;

  • The National Development Fund (NDF): a non-profit fund that is subject to parliamentary oversight.  Acquisition of citizenship under the NDF investment option requires a contribution in the minimum sum of $100,000 USD per application for a family of four or less and US$125,000 per application of a family of more than four (4) persons.  The contribution is in the form of a one-time payment.
  • Real Estate Investment: to qualify for citizenship under the real estate option, the Government requires applicants to make an investment in designated, officially approved real estate with a value of at least US$400,000 plus the payment of Government processing fees and Due Diligence fees.
  • Business Investment:  the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) shall after consultation with the Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority (ABIA) approve businesses, whether existing or proposed, for the purposes of investment in business under the Citizenship by Investment Program.  The two business investment options are:
    • Where a person proposes to make an investment in an approved business of at least US$1,500,000 on their own behalf.
    • At least two persons propose to make a joint investment in such an approved business totalling at least US$5,000,000, and each of those persons individually propose to contribute at least US $400,000 to the joint investment an application or application for Citizenship by Investment may be submitted on his, her or their behalf through an agent.

Fee Structures

In addition to the funding of the selected investment option, additional fees are payable by each family member. These comprise of the following:

  • Government Fee

The fees applicable are stated in the table below, 10% of the government fee is payable (and non-refundable) upon submission of your application.  The balance is due following receipt of an approval letter sent to the authorised Agent who submitted the application.  A Government fee is charged for each family member.

  • Due Diligence Fee

All applications are subject to rigorous due diligence to ensure that only meritorious applicants are granted citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda. The due diligence fee is charged for each family member above the age of 11 years as prescribed in the table below. The due diligence fee is payable upon submission of the application by the appointed agent and is non-refundable.

Passport Fee

Each family member is required to pay the sum outlined for issuance of their passport. Currently passport fees are a sum of US$300 per passport.

The National Development Fund (NDF)

Processing fees $25,000 $25,000 for a family of up to 4 persons $25,000 for a family of up to 4 persons
with incremental payments of $15,000
for each additional dependent.
Contribution $100,000 $100,000 $125,000
Due Diligence $7,500 $7,500 + $7,500 for spouse,
$2,000 per dependent 12-17,
$4,000 per dependent 18 and over
$7,500 + $7,500 for spouse,
$2,000 per dependent 12-17,
$4,000 per dependent 18 and over

* Other fees payable include passport fees. These fees are subject to change.
* All fees quoted are in US dollars

The Real Estate and Business Investment options

Processing fees $50,000 $50,000 for a family of up to 4 persons $50,000 for a family of up to 4 persons
with incremental payments of $15,000
for each additional dependent.
Contribution $400,000 $400,000 $400,000
Due Diligence $7,500 $7,500 + $7,500 for spouse,
$2,000 per dependent 12-17,
$4,000 per dependent 18 and over
$7,500 + $7,500 for spouse,
$2,000 per dependent 12-17,
$4,000 per dependent 18 and over

* Other fees payable include passport fees. These fees are subject to change.
* All fees quoted are in US dollars

Due Diligence and passport fees

*USD *ECD
Principal applicant $7,500 $20,250
Spouse $7,500 $20,250
Dependent child aged 0-11 $0 $0
Dependent child aged 12-17 $2,000 $5,400
Dependent aged 18-25 $4,000 $10,800
Dependent parent aged 65 and over $4,000 $10,800
Passport fee – each person $300 $810

*Please Note: ECD = Eastern Caribbean Dollars and USD = United States Dollars

Applicable Forms and Requirements: 

IAS will provide expert guidance, explain the application process in detail, and assist you in preparing your application and associated documentation.

We will engage with a licensed agent based in Antigua and Barbuda who will review your application and arrange to submit in person along with the required payments due. IAS will act as your point of contact with the CIU and will be advised of the decision in regards to your application.

The main documentation that you require is as follows:

General Forms

  • Form AB1 – Citizenship by Investment Application
  • Form AB2 – Photograph and Signature Certificate
  • Form AB3 – Medical Certificate
  • Form AB4 – Investment Confirmation Form
  • Form AB5 – Agent Form

Passport Application Forms

  • Antigua & Barbuda Passport L Form (16 and older)
  • Antigua & Barbuda Passport M Form (Under 16)

Citizenship by Investment – Investment Options

  • Real Estate Developer Application Form AB8
  • Business Investment Application Form AB9

Forms for Agents & Representatives

  • Representatives and Service Providers Form AB6
  • Agent’s License Form Form AB7

IAS will provide you with a checklist of documents that must be provided and verify some of the information provided.

Application Forms – (These are available from IAS )

Police Certificates

Individuals over the age of 18 must provide a confirmation from a national law enforcement authority (usually the police or a department at the Ministry of Justice or a similar government body) that they have no criminal record. These documents are required for each country in which the person lived for 6 consecutive months or longer since reaching the age of 18.

These records may be known as a‘police certificate’, ‘police clearance’ or ‘record of no information’ depending on the country. In most countries, such certificates are easily available upon request from a central police/government office.

In some countries, the police authorities will only send this certificate directly to the foreign government requesting the certificate. In this case, the certificate should be sent to the following address:

“The Citizenship by Investment Unit, 3rd Floor, ABI Financial Centre, Redcliffe Street, St John’s, Antigua”.

Certain other countries will require a Police Certificate Request Letter from Antigua and Barbuda. The Licensed Agent handling your file can obtain this from the Citizenship by Investment Unit and forward it to you for submission to the relevant police authorities.

It is highly recommended that applicants should request their police certificate prior to making their application for Citizenship. It is also recommended that such applicants include with their application, a copy of the receipt for the requested police certificate (if this is available) to assist the Citizenship by Investment Unit in tracking their certificate.

If you cannot get police certificates from any of the countries where you have lived, it is imperative you provide a written explanation and an original letter from the police authority confirming that they will not issue a certificate.

  • Certification of Documents

Where a document is required to be produced in support of the application for Citizenship by Investment, it must be certified and authenticated in accordance with the law of the jurisdiction from where the document originates.

The person certifying the document must provide the following information; full name in capitals, the capacity in which the person is acting, residential or business address, telephone number and e-mail address.

Where a notary public certifies a document to be a true copy of the original, that document must be authenticated by:

  • An apostille in accordance with the provisions of the Hague Convention of 5th October 1961 abolishing the requirement for legislation for foreign public documents, in the case of a jurisdiction that is a party to that convention.
  • Validation of the certificate of the notary public by the appropriate government department in the case of a jurisdiction that is not a party to that convention.

 For additional Information, Visit http://cip.gov.ag

 

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