Antigua Citizenship & Passport

CIP Application – ANTIGUA

The Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) requires a person to make a significant economic contribution to the Country. In exchange, and subject to stringent application procedures, including thorough background checks, the applicants and their families are granted citizenship. To qualify for citizenship, the primary applicant must be over 18 years of age, meet the application requirements and select one of the following three investment options:

1.  A contribution to the National Development Fund (NDF) of a minimum non-refundable amount of US$250,000 for a family of five(5) or more with Government fees for Principal Applicant $50,000, Spouse $50,000 and Three dependents free  or  US$200,000  for a family of up to four(4) with Government fees for Principal Applicant $50,000, Spouse $50,000 and Two dependents free   (applies to the NDF investment option only)

2. An investment of at least US$400,000 into one of the approved real estate projects and to be held for a minimum period of 5 years.

3. An investment of a minimum of US$1,500,000 directly into an eligible business as a sole investor or a joint investment involving at least 2 persons in an eligible business totaling at least US$5,000,000 and each of those persons individually invests at least US$400,000.

All three investment options are subject to government processing and due diligence fees.

Ineligible applicants are as follows;

Where an applicant has provided false information on his or her application

Where a medical practitioner states that any of the family members is suffering from a contagious disease and/or serious health problems

Not having received a free pardon, has at any time previously been convicted in any country of an offense for which the maximum custodial penalty is in excess of six months imprisonment

Is the subject of a criminal investigation

Is a potential national security risk to Antigua and Barbuda or to any other country

Is involved in any activity likely to cause disrepute to Antigua and Barbuda

Has been denied a visa to a country with which Antigua and Barbuda has visa-free travel and who has not subsequently obtained a visa to the country that issued the denial

Deprivation of citizenship may occur if the citizen does not spend at least 5 days in Antigua and Barbuda during the period of five calendar years after having obtained citizenship and they will not be entitled to repayment of any investment, contribution or purchase price made by them in their original application for citizenship.

Deprivation of citizenship will occur where such registration as a citizen was obtained by false representation or fraud or willful concealment of material facts or the person has been convicted in Antigua and Barbuda of an act of treason or sedition.

GENERAL OUTLINE:

Family applications will be considered to include the following family members;

A spouse of the main applicant

A child of the main applicant or his or her spouse who is less than 18 years of age

A child of the main applicant or his or her spouse who is at least 18 years and less than 26 years of age and who is in full time attendance at a recognized institution of higher learning and fully supported by the main applicant

A child of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant who is at least 18 years of age, who is physically or mentally challenged, and who is living with and fully supported by the main applicant

Parents or grandparents of the main applicant or his or her spouse above the age of 65 years living with and fully supported by the main applicant.

For the purposes of the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program ‘child’ means a biological or legally adopted child of the main applicant, or of the spouse of the main applicant.

THE PASSPORT:

The passport will be valid for a period of 5 years and will be considered for renewal subject to the recipient having spent a total of 5 days in Antigua and Barbuda, since gaining citizenship, within the 5 year period. The passport does not afford automatic voting rights.

The passport will afford the holder visa free travel to 131 countries that includes Hong Kong, Singapore, U.K. and the European Union.

OPTIONS

1. NDF:

Acquisition of citizenship under the NDF investment option requires a contribution to the National Development Fund in the minimum non-refundable amount of US$250,000 for a family of five(5) or more with Government fees for Principal Applicant $50,000, Spouse $50,000 and Three dependents free or US$200,000 for a family of up to four(4) with Government fees for Principal Applicant $50,000, Spouse $50,000 and Two dependents freeUS$250,000 per application. The contribution is in the form of a one-time payment upon file approval. 

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 straight forward and application forms can be obtained from a local authorized agent, whom has been licensed by the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU).

Upon submission of your application you will be asked to pay the due diligence fees and 10% of the government processing fee. Upon receipt of a letter of approval you will be asked to pay the balance of the government processing fee and your USD$200,000 or USD$250,000 contribution which will be paid separately to the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) escrow account within a 30 day period and the Passport Fees.

Once received, a certificate of registration of Citizenship will be issued for both the primary applicant and their family members which will be submitted to the passport office with their passport application and any accompanying documentation. Your authorized agent/representative will forward your Passports and Citizenship Certificate document to you.

On the first occasion that you visit Antigua and Barbuda you can take the oath or affirmation of allegiance or you can visit an Embassy, High Commission or Consular Office of Antigua and Barbuda to fulfill the requirement to take the oath or affirmation of allegiance.

  1. REAL ESTATE:

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.

     3. BUSINESS:

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 totaling 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 Investors under this investment option, can get assistance with accomplishing their proposal. There are services offered Locally in Antigua to help you through this process. Ask your representative if you require help with this service.

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.

NEW APPLICANTS:

Authorized representatives are appointed due to their ability to market, promote and disseminate information on the Citizenship by Investment Program. Due to their extensive global reach, professionalism and ability to pre-screen applicants prior to submission we would recommend that you approach a representative in the first instance.

They will provide you with their expert guidance explain the application process in detail and assist you in preparing your application and associated documentation.

They 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. The agent will act as your point of contact with the CIU and they will be advised of the decision outcome of all applications.

Please note that there may be occasions when additional information is requested and/or an interview may be required.

The documentation that you require is as follows:

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 – (All these applications are available from your representative/agent)

POLICE CERTIFICATE:

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.

DOCUMENT CERTIFICATION:

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;

  1. full name in capitals
  2. the capacity in which the person is acting
  3. residential or business address
  4. 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:

a)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.

b)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.

Caution!

R.11 of the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Regulations 2014 restricts the promotion, dissemination and advertisement of the Citizenship by Investment Program to those persons who have not been approved to act in these capacities. Persons who fail to comply with this Regulation are potentially liable to conviction and fine.

Advertising and promotion, including on-line content about the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program is strictly prohibited unless specific authorization has been sought and received from the Citizenship by Investment Unit.

Persons who wish to promote, market or advertise the investment program must make formal application to the Citizenship by Investment Unit.

Potential applicants to the Program are cautioned that they may only submit their application through a Licensed Agent. Information provided to prospective applicants must also come from approved representatives and service providers.

Potential investors must ensure that they are only dealing with properly approved agents and service providers in order to protect and safeguard their personal and financial information.

FEES:

In addition to the funding of the selected investment option (NDF USD$200,000/USD$250,000,REAL ESTATE USD$400,000 ,INVESTMENT USD$1.5 mill/$5 mill), additional fees are payable by each family member. These comprise of the following:

1. 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 with the balance due following receipt of an approval letter sent to the authorized agent who submitted the application.

A government fee is charged for each family member.

2. 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.

3. Passport Fee

Each family member is required to pay the sum outlined for issuance of their passport.

4. Authorized REPRESENTATIVE fee – (contact your Representative for this information)

The Representative is responsible to help you make the best option by educating you on the facts. They are responsible for overseeing the application and ensuring it is complete prior to sending to the Licensed Local Agent.

5. Licensed LOCAL AGENT fee – (contact your Agent for this information)

They are required to run due diligence on every client prior to submission. They oversee the post submission process of all applications. They communicate directly with the Unit and also contact your Representative if any additional documents are required.

Schedule of Fees

Government fee – Principal Applicant 

$50,000

Government fee – Spouse

$50,000

Government fee – Dependent child aged 0-11

$25,000

Government fee – Dependent child aged 12-17

$25,000

Government fee – Dependent child aged 18-25

$50,000

Government fee – Dependent parent aged over 65

$50,000

Due diligence fee – Principal Applicant

$7,500

Due diligence fee – Spouse

$7,500

Due diligence fee – Dependent child aged 0-11

$0

Due diligence fee – Dependent child aged 12-17

$2,000

Due diligence fee – Dependent child aged 18-25

$4,000

Due diligence fee – Dependent parent aged over 65

$4,000

Passport fee – each person

$300

 

                                                                    FAQ:

Change of name?

The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda at its meeting held on 11th December, 2014 agreed that successful Citizenship by Investment applicants shall not be allowed to change their name via Deed Poll or any other means for the issuance of the Antigua and Barbuda passport.

Do you offer a Visa on Arrival (VOA) service?

Persons traveling to Antigua and Barbuda who would normally require a Visa to enter, may obtain a Visa waive on Arrival provided that they hold one of the following valid travel documents at a cost of US$ 100 valid for 30 days.

USA Visa or ‘Green Card’

UK Entry certificate or residence permit

Canadian Visa or Permanent Residence card

Schengen Visa or residence permit

Restricted Countries List

The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda, at its meeting held on Thursday, 11th December 2014, decided that the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Programme will not accept applications from nationals of the following countries:

Afghanistan

Iran

Iraq

North Korea

Somalia

Yemen

As an exception, nationals of the above-mentioned countries who are lawful permanent residents of Canada, the United States of America or the United Kingdom, will be allowed to make application providing that their status as lawful residents is established.

In addition, all applicants will be required to fully comply with the Programme’s due diligence requirements.

Applications that have been submitted for consideration prior to this decision will be honoured by the Unit.

The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda has taken this position to safeguard the integrity of the Antigua and Barbuda passport and ensure that only persons whose past behaviour will not threaten the very well-being of the Citizenship Programme, can be accepted.

What Canadian police certificate is required for a CIP application?

All applicants 16 years and older, who have resided in Canada for more than 6 months are required to produce a Canadian police certificate.

There are two national police certificates available in Canada. One is a name and date of birth check through the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC). The other a certified criminal history check conducted by the RCMP Real Time Identification system (RTID).

CIP applicants who require Canadian police certificates are must provide the RCMP check. CPIC checks or local police clearances provided by municipal or provincial police forces are not sufficient.

To obtain a RCMP police certificate, CIP applicants should refer to and follow the instructions provided on the RCMP RTId web site. All information regarding this program can also be found on cip.gov.ag.