Update Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program A New Path to Acquiring Citizenship – University of the West Indies Fund Option

On May 11, 2020, Mrs. Charmaine Donavan, the Chief Executive Officer of the Citizenship by Investment Unit announced a new path to acquiring Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship under the Citizenship by investment Program, The University of West Indies Fund Option.

With this option, Applicants can contribute $150,000 USD inclusive of processing fees for a family of six (6) persons. If the total number of applicants in an application exceeds six, for each additional family member, a fee of $15,000 US per person is applicable. All other fees such as Due diligence and passport fees remains the same.

Let’s take a look at three scenarios, the first scenario illustrates the new option and the second and third examples illustrates the National Development Fund option, one with a family of four (4) persons and the other with a family of (6) persons.

Example 1: New University of West Indies Fund Option

Mr. Smith is applying to the program and he has a family of six persons (Himself, his spouse, and 4 children ages 10, 14, 18 and 22 years old).

Subject Matter
Total Government Fees
Initial Deposit Required to Begin Application
Final Payment Upon Approval
Contribution and Processing Fees
$150,000
$15,000
$135,000
Due Diligence
  • Mr. Smith: $7,500
  • Spouse: $7,500
  • Dep. Child 10yrs: $0
  • Dep. Child 14yrs: $2,000
  • Dep. Child 18yrs: $4,000
  • Dep. Child 22yrs: $4,000
$25,000
$25,000
$0
Passport Fee: $300 per person
$1800
$0
$1800
Total Fees Payable to the Citizenship by Investment Unit
$176,800
$40,000
$136,800

Example 2: The National Development Fund Contribution – Family of Four (4):

Mr. Smith is applying to the program and has decided to proceed with the National Development Fund Contribution option. He has a family of four (4) persons, Himself, his spouse, and 2 children ages 14 and 18 years old).

Subject Matter
Total Government Fees
Initial Deposit Required to Begin Application
Final Payment Upon Approval
Contribution and Processing Fees
$30,000
$3,000
$27,000
Due Diligence
  • Mr. Smith: $7,500
  • Spouse: $7,500
  • Dep. Child 14yrs: $2,000
  • Dep. Child 18yrs: $4,000
$21,000
$21,000
$0
National Development Fund Contribution
$100,000
$0
$100,000
Passport Fee: $300 per person
$1200
$0
$1200
Total Fees Payable to the Citizenship by Investment Unit
$152,200
$24,000
$128, 200

Example 3: The National Development Fund Contribution – Family of Six (6):

Mr. Smith is applying to the program and has decided to proceed with the National Development Fund Contribution option. He has a family of six (6) persons, Himself, his spouse, and 4 children ages 10, 14 18 and 22 years old).

Subject Matter
Total Government Fees
Initial Deposit Required to Begin Application
Final Payment Upon Approval
Government Processing Fees
  • $30,000 for family of 4
  • $15,000 per additional family member
$60,000
$6,000
$54,000
Due Diligence
  • Mr. Smith: $7,500
  • Spouse: $7,500
  • Dep. Child 14yrs: $2,000
  • Dep. Child 18yrs: $4,000
  • Dep. Child 22yrs: $4,000
$25,000
$25,000
$0
National Development Fund Contribution (If more than 4 persons = $125,000)
$125,000
$0
$125,000
Passport Fee: $300 per person
$1800
$0
$1800
Total Fees Payable to the Citizenship by Investment Unit
$211,800
$31,000
$$180,800

Please be advised that the fees above does not include the licensed agents and representative fees and all fees are in United States Dollars.

From the above three illustrations, it is obvious that if Mr. Smith has a total of 4 members in his application, it will be cheaper to proceed with the National Development Fund Contribution but if Mr. Smith has a family of more than four (4) persons in his application, it will be cheaper to proceed with the New University of the West Indies Fund Option

Another advantage of proceeding with the University of the West Indies Fund Option, one family member of the principal applicant is entitled to one year of full tuition scholarship at the University of West Indies in Antigua.

Please be advised that the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda, at its meeting held on February 26, 2020 eased the rules regarding nationals of the restricted countries. If you are a citizen of Afghanistan, North Korea, Sudan, Somalia, Iran or Yemen, you will be eligible to apply to the Citizenship by Investment Program as long as:

  1. You migrated to another country which is not on the restricted countries list before the age of majority;
  2. You have maintained permanent residence for a minimum of 10 years in any country other than those on the restricted countries list; and
  3. You maintain no ties to any country on the restricted country list.

Be further advised that the Citizenship by Investment Unit is now accepting applications from Iraq nationals without limitations.

 

We look forward to representing you. To start the process, please contact me at rbrown@paceimmigration.com or call me directly at +1416 389 3427 (WhatsApp)

Antigua and Barbuda, a secret paradise awaits you…

Antigua and Barbuda: Your Passport is Just The Beginning

I am pleased to advise that last month, my client’s Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment application was approved and last week, we were notified of two other approvals. The two applications were submitted in January 2020. My clients are so excited. The fact that the globe is on a temporary pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic does not mean we have to fold our hands and be idle. Government agencies and organizations continue to work; businesses continue to operate on a low scale and life is picking up. The Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Unit continues to receive and accept applications.

Our clients understand the importance of moving forward and these clients are taking advantage of this rare opportunity to move forward with their applications. The economy will bounce back, travel restrictions will be lifted, and life will go on.

The Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship offers visa free travel to 165 jurisdictions around the world. Located in the Eastern Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda is an independent Commonwealth country with some 365 beaches of clean turquoise waters, the lush tropical islands is an inviting paradise and considered one of the most beautiful places in the world. Some benefits of the program includes:

There are three ways of acquiring citizenship:

From experience, most of my clients opt for the contribution to the National Development Fund, as this is the most convenient way but if you prefer “four walls, brick and mortar”, you may choose the real estate option. Both options are great, it all depends on how much you are willing to spend.

On the global scale, Antigua and Barbuda is an active member of various international organizations such as: the United Nations, the British Commonwealth, the Caribbean Community (Caricom), the Organization of American States (OAS), World Trade Organization, United Nations among many other international organizations.

As a result of the pandemic, the Citizenship by Investment Unit is showing flexibility on the required documentation and application process. Why not take advantage of this rare opportunity, you have nothing to loose. On a personal note, please accept my sincere wishes to you and your loved ones that you remain safe and healthy always. 

We continue to be open for business and if you are a business executive, senior management staff, entrepreneur and would like us to proceed with your application, please reach out to us.

 Contact Rachel Eta Brown Directly by email or call at +14163893427.