The Citizenship by Investment Unit in January 2016 announced that the holder of Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship obtained through the Citizenship by Investment Program can pass on citizenship to his or her spouse and children without any cost. Before this can be realized, it is incumbent upon the holder of the passport to conduct himself or herself in a fit and proper manner such as not engaging in criminal activity and adhering to the laws of the country and any conditionalities placed on his or her citizenship. While an initial passport is issued upon the grant of citizenship by investment for a period of five years, subsequent passports will be issued for a ten-year term and the holder of the passport will be conferred with full citizenship rights at the end of the 5-year period. With full Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship rights bestowed on the passport holder, he or she can then apply for citizenship for his or her spouse and children free of charge.
In November the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Act was passed, authorizing citizenship-by-investment (CBI) for qualifying spouses and children of investors. This new program offers a number of benefits, including visa-free travel to over 100 countries, the right to work and study in any member state of the European Union, and access to consular services worldwide. To qualify for CBI under the new program, applicants must be married to or have children with a national of Antigua and Barbuda or be an investor themselves. The investment requirement is US$200,000 for single applicants and US$400,000 for applicants with dependents. These investments can be made in real estate, government bonds, or a combination of both. The Antigua and Barbuda CBI Program is a great opportunity for qualified spouses and children of investors to obtain citizenship in a friendly jurisdiction with easy access to many desirable destinations.