Applicants wishing to qualify for citizenship under the real estate option may choose from one of three pathways. An applicant may purchase property valued at minimum US$400,000 and hold title to same through single ownership. Alternatively, two applicants may choose to make a joint purchase of property valued at minimum US$400,000 by each making an investment of no less than US$200,000. Title to the property will be held jointly. An applicant may also purchase property valued at minimum US$200,000 through single/individual ownership.
For a single applicant, or a family of 4 or less
- Processing fees: US$30,000
For a family of 5 or more:-
- Processing Fees: US$15,000 for each additional dependent
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.
The list of approved real estate projects is available under the Approved Development Projects page.