Columbus named the largest of the islands after the Virgin of the Old Cathedral, Maria de la Antigua, when he settled there in 1493. Center of the once thriving sugar industry and a former colony of both France and Britain, Antigua and Barbuda won independence in 1981 and became a Commonwealth member.
The Finance Administration Act of 2006 established the NDF as a vehicle for raising funds for social improvement projects, charities, and public-private initiatives.
In order to qualify for citizenship under the program’s NDF option, an applicant with a spouse and up to two dependents must donate a minimum of US$100,000 to the NDF and pay a US$25,000 processing fee. A family of more than five must donate a minimum of US$125,000 and pay a processing of US$25,000 for the first four applicants plus US$15,000 for each additional dependent.
Applicants may qualify for citizenship by investing in ventures approved by the Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority (ABIA), either as individuals or as part of a consortium. For a list of approved businesses, visit: http://cip.gov.ag/investment-options/business-investment/approved-business-projects/0
Applicants investing alone must commit no less than US$1.5M. If investing as part of a consortium, each applicant must commit no less than US$400,000 and the consortium’s total invested capital must amount to at least US$5M.
Once the investment proposal is approved, applicants may submit a citizenship application with the payment of all due diligence fees and 10% of the government processing fees.
Within 3-4 months, successful applicants will receive an Approval in Principle, at which point he/she must pay the remaining balance of the government fees and finalize the business investment before obtaining the Certificate of Citizenship.
Applicants may qualify for citizenship by investing a US$400,000 or US$200,000 if made jointly with a related party in CIU-approved real estate projects. For a list of approved projects, see http://cip.gov.ag/investment-options/real-estate/approved-development-projects/
Before submitting a citizenship application, the investor and property developer must enter into a binding purchasing agreement, subject to citizenship application approval. The applicant must also pay due diligence fees and 10% of government fees in order for the CIU to consider the application.
Within 3-4 months, successful applicants will receive an Approval in Principle, at which point he/she must pay the remaining balance of the government fees and finalize the property purchase before obtaining the Certificate of Citizenship.
|Fees (in USD)||Due Diligence||Passport|
|Dependants Age 0-11||No Fee||$300|
|Dependants Age 12-17||$2,000||$300|
|Dependants Over 18||$4,000||$300|