The direct purchase of an eligible business for a minimum amount of USD 1.5 million as an individual, or a joint purchase involving at least two persons, with each individual contributing at least USD 400,000, to fulfill the minimum purchase amount of USD 5 million, would also qualify as an eligible investment under the programme.
In addition to fulfilling one of the three economic contributions above, main applicants and their dependants must have clean personal backgrounds. The Citizenship-by-Investment Unit (CIU) is the government authority responsible for processing and examining all applications and will perform strict due diligence checks. An applicant will be denied citizenship if he/she has been denied a visa to a country that has a visa-free travel arrangement with Antigua and Barbuda, is identified as a potential national security risk, a reputational risk or is subject to a criminal investigation.
The process will take between three and six months from submission of the application to issuance of the passport, assuming the application has no areas of concern.
Antigua and Barbuda has no restrictions on dual citizenship.