Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment

Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment

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Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment

The Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) was founded regarding parliamentary agreement to the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship through Investment regulation 2014.

The provisions in relate to Citizenship through Investment in Antigua and Barbuda are controlled in Section 6 of the Citizenship through Investment Act, 2014. These rules let the government to act on a program under which citizenship is given to persons who is eligible under framework set by parliamentary decision.

Antigua and Barbuda is an independent Commonwealth state in the Eastern Caribbean. With some 365 beaches of pure turquoise waters, the dense tropical islands of Antigua and Barbuda are an inviting paradise and regarded to be one of the most resplendent locations all across the world. Therefore, tourism is the key driver of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and produces about 60% of the island’s income, with important objective markets being the U.S., Canada and Europe.

People owning the Antigua and Barbuda passport can travel without visa to approximately 132 countries, such as the U.K. and the countries of the Schengen zone.

Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the United Nations, the British Commonwealth, Caricom and the Organization of American States (OAS) among number of other international organizations.

The Citizenship via Investment Unit (CIU) was founded by the esteemed Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda and is the Government authority duty to process all applications for broker’s Licenses, and all applications for Citizenship through Investment by applicants and their family.

LOCATION
Caribbean island between the Caribbean Sea & North Atlantic Ocean

CAPITAL
Saint John’s

DIFFERENCE
UTC-4

TOTAL AREA
442.6 sq. km.

GOVERNMENT TYPE
Parliamentary democracy (Parliament)

LANGUAGE
English (official), Antiguan creole

CURRENCY
East Caribbean dollars (XCD)

EXCHANGE RATE
1 USD = 2.7 XCD

Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment

92,581
Population Growth: 1.23%

24,100 USD
GDP (per capita)
GDP (purchasing power parity)
2.171 billion USD

126
Visa free countries

The National Development Fund (NDF)

The National Development Fund (NDF) is a non-profit fund that is subject to parliamentary oversight by way of a six monthly report to be presented to Parliament in sufficient detail to allow for transparency and accountability. The fund will also be audited by an internationally recognised accounting firm.

It is established under section 42(2) of the Finance Administration Act 2006 for the purpose of funding government sponsored projects, including public-private partnerships and approved charitable investments.

Acquisition of citizenship under the NDF investment option requires a contribution to the National Development Fund in the minimum sum of US$100,000 per application. The contribution is in the form of a one-time payment.

The primary applicant may include spouse, dependent children and dependent parents over 65 years of age within the application with no additional NDF contribution required, although government and due diligence fees will be payable per each individual which are outlined within the fees section.

The application process is fairly straightforward and application forms can be obtained from a local authorized agent, whom has been licensed by the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU).

Real Estate Option

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.

In addition, two or more applicants who have executed a binding sale and purchase agreement may apply jointly for citizenship by investment provided that each applicant contributes the minimum investment of US$ 400,000.

Beneficial ownership of real estate is permissible through a non-profit company provided that the company has issued all of its authorized shares to the applicant(s), is established and is in good standing under the laws of Antigua and Barbuda, is not an exempt or offshore entity and submits irrefutable evidence as to its beneficial ownership, which evidence shall be certified by the Registrar of Companies.

As the application procedure under this option involves the purchase of real estate, this can lengthen the processing time depending on the chosen property. The real estate cannot be re-sold until 5 years after the purchase, unless purchasing an alternate officially approved real estate property in Antigua and Barbuda.

An application for citizenship by investment under the real estate investment option can be submitted to the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) when a binding purchase and sale agreement has been signed with the developer of an approved project, which will be subject to the granting of the citizenship application.

Upon submission of your application you will be asked to pay the due diligence fees and 10% of the government processing fee. On receipt of a letter of approval you will be asked to pay the balance of the government processing fee  and all sums due to the developer under the sale and purchase agreement to enable title to be registered in your name and allow for implementation of the proposed real estate investment in accordance with the guidelines established by the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU).

Once received, a certificate of registration will be issued for both the primary applicant and their family members which will need to be submitted to the passport office with their application and any accompanying documentation.

Your authorized agent/representative will advise you of dates available to either;

  • Visit Antigua and Barbuda to collect your passport and to take the oath or affirmation of allegiance
  • Visit an Embassy, High Commission or Consular Office of Antigua and Barbuda to collect your passport and to take the oath or affirmation of allegiance.  Link to Embassies/High Commissions/Consular Offices shown on an alternate page.

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.

Any potential applicant(s) under this investment option is/are advised to make contact with the ABIA to discuss their proposal.

Once approval of the business investment has been given, the CIU will consider applications for citizenship. The application process is similar to that of the NDF, namely, upon submission of your application you will be asked to pay the due diligence fees and 10% of the government processing  fees. Upon receipt of a letter of approval you will be asked to pay the balance of the government processing fees and your business investment amount within a 30 day period.  Due to the potential varied nature of such investments any escrow agreement will be negotiated between the parties yet transfer of the investment sums must be made within a 30 day period from issuance of an approval letter.

Once received, a certificate of registration will be issued for the both the primary applicant and their family members which will be submitted to the passport office with their application and any accompanying documentation.

Your authorized agent/representative will advise you of dates available to either:

  • Visit Antigua and Barbuda to collect your passport and to take the oath or affirmation of allegiance.
  • Visit an Embassy, High Commission or Consular Office of Antigua and Barbuda to collect your passport and to take the oath or affirmation of allegiance.  Link to Embassies/High Commissions/Consular Offices shown on an alternate page.

Who Can Apply

Following requirements are necessary for anyone who wants to submit an application to citizenship based on investing plan:

  • Minimum 18 years of old.
  • Meet the least possible investment requirement
  • Delivering facts and data of the suggested suitable investment
  • Being confirmed of hardworking history.
  • Qualified dependents must be upper than 16 years of old
  • To be sincere and honest in related to application
  • Settlement of all necessary government fees.

Application Process

Process of the Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship via Investment application
we explain the stages of the procedure for application of citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda:

  • arranging and completing of application forms
  • to submit the applications and backing up documents
  • Governmental procedure of the applications and due diligence investigations by authorities
  • confirmation of application by government
  • finance on real estate, business or help the NDF
  • citizenship certificate issued by the authorities
  • applying for passport and passport issuance

Regarding the submission of the applications to the Government Antigua and Barbuda. The procedure to receive the citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda takes up to 5 months

Benefits

  • Personal Income tax free revenues all across the world.
  • Inclusion of dependent children under 26 and dependent parents or grandparents over 58.
  • No Inheritance Death, Estate, or Capital revenues Tax.
  • No limitation on the payback of interest and imported capital.
  • Strong country with robust economy part of the Commonwealth with democracy according to British parliamentary system.
  • Safety from possible taxation modification in Europe and North America.
  • DUAL CITIZENSHIP: You can have dual citizenship. So you can enjoy the advantageous and benefits of being part of the citizenship by finance plan there is no need to state your current citizenship.
  • NO VISA NEED TO TRAVEL: Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda can freely travel to 115 countries across the world with no visa, these contains countries including Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the UK.
  • TAX ADVANTAGES: no direct taxes in Antigua and Barbuda for citizens confirmed under this suggested plan, for instance personal income tax on worldwide revenues, net worth tax, gift tax, or estate duty tax.

Application Fees

The following fees have been prescribed under the Citizenship by Investment Regulations of 2013.

Non-refundable processing fees

Principal applicant: US $25,000
Each qualifying dependent: US $15,000

Due diligence fees

Principal applicant: US $7,500
Each qualifying dependent (between 12-17 years of age): US $2,000
Each qualifying dependent (over 18 years of age): US $4,000

Non-refundable administration fees

(applicable for government bonds and approved real estate or enterprise project investment)
Per bond application: US $50,000

Approved real estate or enterprise project investment

Principal applicant & for a family of up to 4 persons: US $50,000
Each qualifying dependent: US $15,000 (18 years of age and over)
Each qualifying dependent: US $15,000 (under 18 years of age)

Why Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship

The twin island nations of Antigua & Barbuda comprise an independent Commonwealth state in the Eastern Caribbean. A quintessential tropical hideaway, they comprises about 365 dreamy white and pink sand beaches—one for every day of the year. Saint John’s, the capital and largest city in the country, has a laid-back vibe with all the essential amenities like financial institutions, services, education, and more.
Below are some reasons as to why someone would need another passport?:

  • Your passport has to be renewed or extended contantly
  • Your passport could be renounced or nullified by your Government
  • Your nationality restriction your investment and business abilities
  • Your Government levies taxation on your income, assets and capital worldwide
  • Your nationality makes you a mission for terrorists
  • Your Government controls, restricts and requires that you register your traveling
  • Your passport shows that you are a citizen of an unpopular country that brings about a preconceived or negative attitude towards you
  • Your nationality forces you and your children to serve in the army
  • Your nationality or passport limits your freedom of traveling
  • Your state is politically not stable
  • You would like to change the address of your permanent residency
  • You want to be sure your family against unforeseeable misfortune
  • Convenience: High net worth citizens of some countries spend significant amounts of time obtaining visas from other countries. In addition to the time involved in the process, and the uncertainty, is the fact that some countries only offer single entry visas. Where travel may be required on short notice, accessibility to another passport may be very important such as in the case of civil unrest. Furthermore, a second passport may afford the holder visa-free travel to jurisdictions not accessible to his or her country of birth.
  • Tax Planning: Several countries levy income tax on non-resident citizens. optional citizenship has consequently become increasingly important as an effective tool for international tax planning. As a national of two or more states, an individual generally has more planning options as well as more privacy in banking and investment.
  • Personal Security: Citizenship and a passport from a small peaceful country is regarded by some as a form of protection when travelling, particularly in times of political unrest, civil war, terrorism or other delicate situations. Many international business runs consider an alternative passport as the best life insurance.

Investment in the Future: In a dynamic political and economic environment, receiving a second citizenship may be considered an investment for the future and in many instances, there is no need to give up one’s present nationality while one, along with his family, enjoys the advantages of a legal second passport.

Visa Free Travel

Successful applicants can take advantages of visa-free visit to more than 130 countries, as listed below. It should be noted that visa-free travel to the countries listed below are subject to change. It is firmly advisable that the related Government authorities and agencies are contacted prior to travel coordination made.

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