Residence by Investment: Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda, islands that form an independent state in the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea, at the southern end of the Leeward Islands chain. There is one dependency, the small island of Redonda. The capital is St. John’s, on Antigua. Antigua’s coastline is intricate, with bays and headlands fringed with reefs and shoals; several inlets, including Parham and English Harbour, afford anchorage for shipping, and St. John’s has a deep water harbour. The island has an area of 108 square miles (280 square km). It is mostly low and undulating, but in the west there are volcanic rocks that rise to 1,330 feet (405 metres) at Mount Obama (formerly Boggy Peak). An absence of mountains and forests distinguishes Antigua from the other Leeward Islands. Because there are no rivers and few springs, droughts occur despite a mean annual rainfall of some 40 inches (1,000 mm). Barbuda, formerly Dulcina, lies 25 miles (40 km) north of Antigua. A coral island, flat and well-wooded, with highlands rising to 143 feet (44 metres) at Lindsay Hill in the northeast, it is 62 square miles (161 square km) in area. Barbuda is without streams or lakes and receives less rainfall than Antigua. Codrington, the only settlement, lies on a lagoon to the west. The climate is similar to that of Antigua. The majority of the population is of African descent. Most of Antigua’s inhabitants live in St. John’s. The language is English, and some two-thirds of the people are Christian. The single largest denomination is Anglicanism. There are also large proportions of Seventh-day Adventists, Pentecostals, Moravians, and Methodists.


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Citizenship by investement (CBI)

Antigua and Barbuda commenced its CBI programme in the middle of 2013 when it passed its Citizenship by Investment Act. The long title to the Act describes it as ‘an Act to enable persons to acquire citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda by registration following investment in Antigua and Barbuda and for incidental and connected purposes’. The Act and its implementing Regulations make provision for acquiring Antiguan and Barbudan citizenship: by contributing to the NDF; by contributing to the UWI fund; by investment in an approved real estate project in Antigua and Barbuda (the minimum investment now permanently includes a co-application option); and by investing in an approved business in Antigua and Barbuda. With effect from 1 April 2020, one more pathway has been introduced under the real estate option, where the full purchase price of a real estate unit shall be no less than US$200,000. Children under the age of 28 years who are dependent and studying full-time may be included in the parent’s citizenship application. Parents or grandparents of the main applicant or his or her spouse above the age of 58 years, living with and fully supported by the main applicant, may be included in the citizenship application.

Antigua & Barbuda Investment Programs

Government aplication processing time3-4 Months
minimun CapitalUSD 100,000
Investing Holding period5 YEARS
Key Visa-free Travel destinations
Schengen Area, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapure, the UK
The right to live,work and study without restriction in
12 CARICOM member contries
Free Public Education for CitizensYES
Dual citizenship permittedYES


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