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Antigua & Barbuda Passport By Investment 2020 | Ultimate Guide2020-05-11T09:20:00+00:00

Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship Program 2020 – Ultimate Guide

Your definitive guide to obtaining an Antigua and Barbuda Golden Passport.

Looking for the most affordable second citizenship program in the world for families? With government donations for a family of 4 starting from only $100,000 and property based investments from only $200,000 for 5 years, the Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship By Investment Program is the golden passport program of choice for investors from across the globe. Find out more about the benefits of acquiring citizenship by investment in Antigua & Barbuda, or contact us now for a free consultation from anywhere in the world.

The Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship Program at a glance

Established in 2012, this Caribbean Investment Citizenship program offers investors a fast, simple process for obtaining a second passport by investment. By as early as 2017, over 1260 investors with families had become new citizens of Antigua and Barbuda by means of either by means of a donation or eligible investment. The legal basis for the program, as captured in Section 6 of the Citizenship by Investment Act, 2014, can be viewed here.

It is one of the first CIPs in the world to accept direct Bitcoin payments, and is frequently the investment passport destination of choice for investors from across the globe.

Why choose Antigua and Barbuda for Golden Citizenship?

SPEED: With the Antigua CIP, you and your family can all obtain second citizenship and alternative passports in under 4 months.

TRAVEL FREEDOM: The country’s passport affords the bearer visa-free access to 150 countries around the world, including the UK and EU, making it an ideal global mobility solution for business professionals and traders requiring frequent access to Europe, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Israel, Turkey and Iran. 

UNRIVALLED AFFORDABILITY: Even among the Caribbean investment citizenship programs, which are typically far more affordable than their counterpart programs in the rest of the world, The Antigua CIP offers unrivalled value. A non-refundable donation to the Antigua National Development Fund (ANDF) serves as the basis upon which a single applicant, a married couple or a family of 4 can obtain second citizenship.

Should you wish to invest in property to gain citizenship, the minimum capital investment required starts at only $200,000 per primary investor, provided you co-invest with another applicant. If not, the minimum required investment is $400,000. Another benefit of the program is that you can sell your property in only 5 years, while still retaining your second citizenship status.

DISCRETE DUAL CITIZENSHIP: Antigua and Barbuda recognises dual citizenship, and your application and second nationality status is not disclosed to any other countries.

FULLY REMOTE APPLICATION PROCESS: You don’t even need to visit the island nation once  to obtain your second citizenship and passport – the Antigua and Barbuda investor passport program enables you complete your application without leaving your home country. Especially in a time of Covid-19 lockdowns, this is a key benefit of choosing this program. 

PEACE OF MIND: The proven application process also safeguards the investor against risk; the requisite donation or investment only has to be made once your application has been approved.

FULL FAMILY ELIGIBILITY: Second citizenship applications can be extended to include children, parents and grandparents, enabling you to leave a truly global, multi-generational legacy.

LOW MINIMUM RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: The Antigua and Barbuda program is ideal for those seeking a global mobility solution or a potential “Plan B” destination – you only have to spend 5 days per 5 year period on the island, and your passport application and renewals can be done remotely.

ATTRACTIVE TAXATION: Antigua and Barbuda has no income tax, wealth tax or inheritance taxes, making it an attractive destination for investors seeking to optimize their global tax obligations.

TROPICAL PARADISE: Antigua and Barbuda has been setting and breaking tourism records as one of the Caribbean’s hottest destinations in recent years, and with good reason – it is one of them most awe inspiring beach destinations in the world, especially among the affluent sailing jet-set.

Does the Antigua and Barbuda CIP accept cryptocurrency payments in 2020?2020-04-22T09:59:29+00:00

Yes, as of July 2018, the Antigua and Barbuda investment citizenship program accepts direct Bitcoin payments, in addition to a range of global currencies.

What are the investment requirements to gain an Antigua and Barbuda investment passport in 2020?2020-04-22T09:57:44+00:00

As of April 2020, you have two options under the Antigua CIP, namely:

  • DONATION: A minimum non-refundable donation of $100,000 to the Antigua National Development Fund. This amount covers individuals, married couples, as well as 2 dependent children under the age of 28. Dependent parents and grandparents are eligible to apply for citizenship as well.

  • INVESTMENT: Individual investors must make a property investment of no less than $400,000, however if two investors invest together, the minimum capital investment required is $200,000 per family. The investment must be maintained for a minimum of 5 years, after which it can be sold without affecting your second citizenship status.

 

Number of visa free countries for the Antigua and Barbuda Passport 20202020-04-22T09:56:06+00:00

As of 2020, the bearer of an Antigua and Barbuda passport enjoys visa-free travel to or visa-upon-arrival for over 140 countries around the world, including: Armenia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, the Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Montserrat, Panama, Venezuela, the British Virgin Isl., Botswana, Cape Verde Comoros, Djibouti, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Reunion, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Maldives, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore and South Korea.

Additional European visa-free destinations include Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Additional program requirements 2020

As of April 2020, applicants must meet the following criteria, in addition to making the required investment or donation.

  • The primary applicant has to be at least 18 years old

  • The applicant is not allowed to have a criminal record, and must be of good international standing

  • Dependent children must be 28 years or younger

  • Dependent parents or grandparents have to be 58 or older

  • Investment citizens have to spend a minimum of 5 days per 5 year period in-country.

The application process at a glance

  • Get in touch with one of our expert investment immigration consultants

  • Your application and supporting documentation is compiled

  • Your application is submitted via an authorized local agent, as required by the government

  • Your application is appraised and due diligence is conducted. As of April 2020, there is no requirement for an in-person interview.

  • Once a decision has been made on your application, you will receive a pre-approval letter advising you on the outcome.

  • Once you receive your pre-approval notification, you’ll be required to make an eligible investment or a government fund contribution.

  • Once your investment or contribution has been verified, you will receive your citizenship certificate and passport via courier.

Your family’s Antigua and Barbados passport are typically issued in 3 to 4 months.

LOOKING FOR A FASTER SECOND PASSPORT SOLUTION?

If you’re looking for a second citizenship program with a faster application process, be sure to check out the Vanuatu Passport By Investment Program, which features an application period of only 60 days, from first contact to passport delivery.