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Antigua & Barbuda - How To Get A Second Passport

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Antigua & Barbuda - How To Get A Second Passport

If you are interested in a second passport, you must consider Antigua & Barbuda. In this article, we will talk about your ability to obtain citizenship by investment in this beautiful country where you can visit a new beach every day of the year! Using our services at Expat Money, you can obtain citizenship here In Antigua & Barbuda to travel without visas to 160 countries around the globe.

Antigua And Barbuda

Antigua & Barbuda is a sovereign island country in the West Indies lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The two major islands, Antigua and Barbuda are separated by around 40 km and smaller islands. 

The capital and largest port is St. John’s on Antigua, and Codrington on Barbuda with the population of Antigua and Barbuda today being just under 100,000 people.

 

Why Antigua and Barbuda

Legend has it that when Christopher Columbus was near Redonda on November 11th 1493, he sighted the island and named it ‘Santa Maria de la Antigua’, supposedly after a chapel dedicated to a famous miracle-working virgin in Seville Cathedral, Spain. Antigua means ‘ancient’ in Spanish. Despite giving it a name, Columbus never actually landed on the island.

Today, the island enjoys good financial services and advanced communications infrastructure that sets it apart from other destinations that offer similar Citizenship by Investment services.

The brand new V.C Bird International Airport is a hub for international flights that arrive daily and direct from the United Kingdom, United States and Canada, servicing onward travel to the smaller islands in the region.

 

Antigua and Barbuda passport

Antigua & Barbuda passport

Antigua And Barbuda Passport

Your passport is an official travel document issued by your government that identifies you as a citizen, certifying your nationality and formally requesting admittance and safe passage from foreign countries.  

A standard passport contains your full name, a photograph, place and date of birth, signature, and the passport's expiration date.

Since 2013, the country of Antigua & Barbuda has been offering an economic citizenship program, otherwise known as Citizenship by Investment, to foreigners willing to invest in the country either through a donation or by purchasing real estate. 

 

What Are The Benefits Of Having A Passport From Antigua & Barbuda

There are several benefits to having a passport from Antigua & Barbuda, the main reason is visa-free travel to 160 countries, including the Schengen area, the UK, almost all of Europe basically, Hong Kong and Singapore. 

In the UK, Antigua's citizens can spend up to 180 consecutive days due to the fact that Antigua & Barbuda are part of the British Commonwealth of Nations. This is one of the privileges for citizens of Commonwealth countries, they get visa-free travel to all other Commonwealth countries. 

As a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda, you can use your passport to enter all countries other than OECS Countries such as Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Lucia, Saint Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. A driver’s license or any other issued Government Identification with your place of birth may be used to travel to OECS Countries other than a passport.

One of the main reasons we promote Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment program to our clients is because it is the most cost-effective option among other such programs for families of 4 or more seeking secondary citizenship and a second passport.

The country also has a very favourable taxation system, with no wealth or personal income taxes, local or foreign, even if you live there full time, and when working together, we will help you create the most efficient tax strategies.

 

 

What Happens In Antigua And Barbuda When You Buy Your Citizenship?

Simply put, for smaller nations like Antigua & Barbuda, each donation or real estate purchase helps to bolster the economy, with a large part of the funds accumulated being directed to enhance the tourism infrastructure.

CBI or Citizenship by Investment is a window of opportunity for investors and business owners to live and conduct their business at an international level. Most importantly, it protects you and your family against any problems associated with your home country during uncertain times. Moreover, having a second citizenship allows you permanent access to that country and possibly additional countries that your original passport does not allow access to

 

Investment Options

DONATION
REAL ESTATE

CONTRIBUTION

Donation of at least US $100,000 to the National Development Fund (NDF)

Purchase of real estate, with a value of at least US $200,000 plus additional expenses

The contribution of at least US $150,000 to the University of the West Indies Fund, Is applicable to a family of 6 or more.

*Legal Fees and additional expenses are not included in these Investment Options

 

Requirement of Documents

The list of documents required for citizenship by investment in Antigua and Barbuda is long and can be challenging to fill out, and it is important to work with a professional that has a proven track record in applying for your citizenship. Our team here at Expat Money will help you to organize and apply for the documents that are required for the Citizenship by Investment Unit. We’ve found that if these documents are not done correctly, the process can take considerably longer than expected and, in the end, cost you more money than expected.

These documents are to be submitted in English with an apostille stamp, which we will also assist you with.

 

INCLUDING FAMILY

What my private clients love most about Antigua and Barbuda’s citizenship by Investment program is that it allows the main applicants to include their family members in the application. These can be a spouse, children below the age of 30 and are financially dependent, parents/grandparents above the age of 55 that are also financially dependent on the main applicants, and unmarried siblings of both – the main applicants and their spouses.

A passport from Antigua and Barbuda will be granted to each individual included in the applications.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

There are no language, history or cultural requirements for participation. You must be a law-abiding and trustworthy citizen.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Over the past several years of working with my clients to obtain Antigua's second passport through the citizenship by investment program, we have found that the time from start to finish is between 3 to 5 months. This gives us enough time to prepare your application, submit it to the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), get a certification for naturalization and, as a result, get you Antigua and Barbuda’s citizenship. As beneficiaries of the program, you do not need to renounce your original nationality, as dual citizenship is permitted here.

We will assist you with the stringent due diligence and background checks. If you provide false facts or omit relevant information, be assured that your application will be denied. 

Once you become a citizen, you must spend at least 5 days in the country during the first 5 years.

If you have opted for the real estate option under the CBI program, the application timeline will differ depending on the project you selected. You will be required to obtain very specific documentation, and we will work with our approved real estate developer to save time and energy. 

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA'S CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT PROGRAM

  • The main applicants must be at least 18 years old 

  • Have a clean criminal record 

  • Good health

  • Pass due diligence procedures 

  • Not be on a sanctioned list or have entry restrictions or visa denial in the EU, the UK, the USA or Canada

If you need more questions answered about Antigua & Barbuda and how to get a second passport, and would like to work one-on-one with me, then read the important letter below. From there, you can fill in an application to become a Private Client.

 

 

Conclusion

Honestly, the best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to have a second citizenship, especially from Antigua & Barbuda. It’s a really smart move financially and is something that your children will benefit from and their children to come.

If you are sitting waiting for the world to get calmer and better, you may be waiting a long time. Now is the time to get a new passport. Please don’t wait. If you wait, so many things can happen. 

  • The price can go up (it never comes down), 

  • they can dismantle the program (Cyprus did it), 

  • and they can modify the requirements (Panama did it with their Friendly Nations Visa). 

This will not get better, so act now.

Every day we get a call regarding second residencies and second passports, and those numbers are coming in faster day by day. Antigua & Barbuda has an amazing program, and with our assistance here at Expat Money, you could possibly have your new passport in as little as 5 months.

 


WORK WITH ME

I help my clients to move offshore for freedom, privacy and autonomy by focusing on the immigration, legal, and tax issues that you will face when becoming an expat. If you would like to work one-on-one with me on getting out of your home country (or setting up a Plan-B location), then read this important letter and fill in an application form to become a Private Client. My fees are not cheap; however, I can assure you that when you work with a professional firm like ours, the results will be worth it.

 

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Mikkel Thorup

Written by Mikkel Thorup

Mikkel Thorup is the world’s most sought-after expat consultant. He focuses on helping high-net-worth private clients to legally mitigate tax liabilities, obtain a second residency and citizenship, and assemble a portfolio of foreign investments including international real estate, timber plantations, agricultural land and other hard-money tangible assets. Mikkel is the Founder and CEO at Expat Money®, a private consulting firm started in 2017. He hosts the popular weekly podcast, the Expat Money Show, and wrote the definitive #1-Best Selling book Expat Secrets - How To Pay Zero Taxes, Live Overseas And Make Giant Piles Of Money, and his second book: Expats Guide On Moving To Mexico.

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