Time To Citizenship
- Antigua & Barbuda Country profile
- Benefits of the program
- Investment requirements
- Visa-free and visa-on-arrival country list
About the program
The Antigua and Barbuda Government launched the citizenship by investment program in 2013, making it one of the newer Caribbean programs.
To be able to apply for this program you should be at least 18 years of age, in good health, and without a criminal record. Unlike other Caribbean programs, as a future citizen of Antigua and Barbuda, you are required to reside at least 5 days within the first 5 years to retain your citizenship. Within this visit, you and any dependents above 18 years are also required to complete the oath of allegiance ceremony.
Additionally, you are required to make a non-refundable donation to the National Development Fund or make an investment in government-approved real estate projects.
Visa-free access to the Schengen States, UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong & most British Commonwealth member countries.
Guaranteed by law
The program is based on the law & is guaranteed by the government since 2013.
Designed to be a smooth and straightforward process with a timeframe of 6 months to your new citizenship.
Antigua & Barbuda has no taxes on worldwide income, capital gains, dividends, gift, wealth and inheritance.
Minimal residency required
A 5-day physical residency is required over the five-year period. (This requirement could be satisfied all at once or in parts.)
Dual Citizenship permitted
There is no need to renounce your current citizenship(s), and your home authorities are not notified of your new citizenship.
Main applicant requirements
- 18+ years of age
- Good health
- No criminal record
- Successfully pass due diligence checks
- Receive approval by the Government
- Confirmed investment sources
- Reside for five days within 5 years from the naturalization
- Spouse of the main applicant
- Adult children (biological or adopted) under 28 years of age
- Parents above 58 years of age
*Parents and children older than 18 must be dependent on the main applicant.
The expected timeframe for the application process is 6 months. The first stage of the document collection can differ in length depending on the applicant’s ability to gather the documents. Our team guides this process with samples and best practice advice.
The reviewal stage is subject to the respective Government schedule and can be impacted by factors which we, as authorised agents have no control over. Savory and Partners collaborates with the Government throughout the entire process, and we aim to provide the quickest and smoothest experience for the applicant.
Read about the process steps in detail here.
The Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program is one of the top-rated options for obtaining new citizenship and a second passport.
The Citizenship by Investment Program was established following parliamentary approval and can be found in Section 6 of the Citizenship by Investment Act, 2013 (Act No. 2 of 2013). The Act was amended in 2014 and is compounded by the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Regulations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I include my family?
Yes, you can include qualified members of your family in the application or add them after you have obtained your citizenship for an additional fee. A qualified family member can be a child not older than 18 years, a child up to 28 years old that is currently enrolled in an educational institution, a spouse, and parents above the age of 65.
Q: Are there any interviews, language tests, or work experience requirements?
The Antigua and Barbuda Government does not require you to pass any interviews, language tests or have previous work experience to be able to apply for this program.
Q: Do I need to visit Antigua & Barbuda before obtaining my citizenship?
You are not required to visit Antigua & Barbuda before obtaining your citizenship, you are, however, required to visit for five days within the first five years after obtaining your citizenship. You can complete the Oath of Allegiance ceremony with all adult members of your family within this five-day period.
Q: Does Antigua & Barbuda provide a biometric (ePassport) passport?
Yes, the passport of Antigua & Barbuda is now a biometric passport, also known as an ePassport.
Q: How many pages does the Antigua & Barbuda passport have?
The new biometric passport of Antigua & Barbuda has 48 pages with each page containing watermarks depicting national images.