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Why Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship Should Be Your Next Investment

Guest Post by Moe Alhaj

An Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment program can be your passport to a new world. Located where the Atlantic and the Caribbean meet, this country is known globally for being a tropical paradise – one that could be your future (second) home. 

Read on to learn everything you need to know about why Antigua and Barbuda citizenship should be your next investment.

1. Antigua and Barbuda is a stable long-term plan. 

One of the biggest reasons individuals and families are looking for Antigua and Barbuda citizenship is that they see the country as a stable long-term plan. Not only is it stable, but it is also a prosperous independent country, making it even more appealing. The country has English as its official language, and its currency (the Eastern Caribbean dollar, EC$) is fixed to the US dollar. 

Antigua and Barbuda is politically and economically stable. It has a constitutional Monarchy with its own elected parliament, and a Governor-General represents the British Queen. In addition to being a member of the British Commonwealth, it is also a United Nations member. 

As a result of this, Antigua and Barbuda citizens have special privileges in the UK and other Commonwealth countries. Moreover, individuals with an Antigua and Barbuda passport are able to travel to more than 136 countries, including Hong Kong, the UK and Europe, with visa-free entry or visa on arrival. 

2. There is plenty to do in Antigua and Barbuda. 

Part of the reason why so many people are interested in having second citizenship in Antigua and Barbuda is that there is so much to do in the country. 

In addition to the beaches and other natural beauty spots, the country also has plenty of cultural activities to keep everyone entertained and engaged with the islands’ history. For starters, Nelson’s Dockyard National Park is a must-visit, as this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the world’s lone continuously functioning Georgian dockyard. Elsewhere on the premises, visitors can explore The Dockyard Museum, the 18th-century Clarence House, and Shirley Heights Lookout and browse around a number of businesses, hotels, and shops that are located in the dockyard. 

The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda is another essential attraction as the exhibits chart the history of the islands while being located inside a beautiful 18th-century Courthouse in St. John’s. As one of the first sugar plantations on the island, Betty’s Hope began operation in 1651 and was home to around 400 slaves. Today, it is an open-air museum that seeks to educate visitors on the sugar industry’s important history. While at the museum, you can observe the restored sugar mill towers and sails and learn all about the significant role of sugar in Antigua and Barbuda’s development. 

For many visitors to Antigua and Barbuda, Fort James is one of the highlights. Located in St. John, this 18th-century bastion was initially built to prevent the French from invading the country. Here, you can see the remains of the original cannons, as well as stunning views. And, when you are finished at the Fort, you can easily stop by the nearby Fort James Beach. 

Wallings Dam & Reservoir was built by the British in the early 1900s with the purpose of supplying water to the surrounding villages. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work and was quickly drained, and the area around it reforested. Today, visitors can enjoy the Victorian-style dam along with a wide array of plants and trees. If you are a hiking or nature enthusiast, you will undoubtedly want to spend some time on the Wallings Dam Trail. 

3. Antigua and Barbuda is safe and comfortable. 

In addition to it being a fantastic investment for your family’s future safety and security, Antigua and Barbuda is also an excellent choice because it is an enjoyable place to be in the present. In fact, there is a reason that there is such a large expat community in the country – people really enjoy being here!

Additionally, if you are looking to move your family to Antigua and Barbuda, then you may consider the educational system. In this country, the educational system is based on the British one and has options for both public and private education. In terms of safety, you don’t have to be concerned as the country is known for having an incredibly low crime rate

Antigua and Barbuda’s residents don’t have to pay capital gains tax nor an inheritance tax, making it a desirable option for high-income individuals. Moreover, in 2017, the country abolished all personal income taxes

How to Obtain Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship

Now that you know all the benefits of obtaining Antigua and Barbuda citizenship, you are likely wondering how you can go about getting it. 

When it comes to obtaining an Antigua and Barbuda passport by investment, there are several options. This country offers straightforward, simple investment plans that generally only take around three to six months to process, not to mention that it doesn’t require landing and only has a limited residency requirement of five days in five years. Antigua and Barbuda does allow dual-citizenship and the inclusion of dependent children (under 28) and dependent parents (over 58) when applying for citizenship.  

To have an Antigua and Barbuda citizenship through investment, you will be required to either contribute to the National Development Fund (NDF) or invest in real estate projects or a government-approved business. For a family of four, the required contribution amount to the NDF is US$100,000, while for a family of five or more, it is US$125,000. The other option requires you to invest a minimum of US$200,000 into real estate or government-approved businesses.  

To make sure you are able to obtain your new citizenship and passport as quickly and easily as possible, it is highly recommended that you enlist the expertise of a company that specializes in citizenship by investment programs

Have you ever considered taking part in second passport programs? Why or why not? What do you think the benefits would be? Where would you like to get your second citizenship from? Let us know your thoughts and any additional questions you have about the process in the comments below. 

AUTHOR BIO

Moe Alhaj is the CEO of Migrate World, a citizenship by investment and migration business with headquarters in Dubai whose services include taking care of all the details clients need to take advantage of citizenship by investment, residency programs, legal services, and more. Ultimately, Migrate World helps clients find a home away from home — whether on a permanent or semi-permanent basis.

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