Antigua and Barbuda is an independent Commonwealth state in the Eastern Caribbean.

Our law firm is an Authorized Representative and Service Provider of the Citizenship by Investment Program of the Antigua and Barbuda Government and the past years we have assisted a few HNWI to obtain the Antigua Citizenship.

With some 365 beaches of clean turquoise waters, the lush tropical islands of Antigua and Barbuda are an inviting paradise and considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. As a result, tourism is the key driver of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and generates around 60% of the island’s income, with key target markets being the U.S., Canada and Europe.

The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) was established by the Honourable Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda and the Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) requires a person to make a significant economic contribution to the Country through Financial contribution to the National Development Fund (NDF) or an investment in an approved Real Estate Development or an investment in approved business. In exchange, and subject to stringent application procedures, the applicants and their families are granted citizenship.

CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT

Individual Freedom

  • Instant and Irrevocable Citizenship
  • Dual Citizenship
  • No Residence requirement
  • Open to most nationalities

Business Advantages

  • Tax-Free Status – on Foreign Income, Capital Gains, Gift, Wealth and Inheritance Tax
  • No Personal Income tax
  • Duty-Free Trading in the Caribbean
  • Security

Visa Free Travel

  • Instant travel to more than 120
    Countries including Schengen Visa
    Countries of Europe, the United
    Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong
    and Ireland.
  • Where a visa is required, they are
    relatively easy to obtain.
  • Passport Validity

How to Apply

STEP 1

Appointment of Authorized Agent VARDIKOS & VARDIKOS

Applications for citizenship cannot be submitted directly and must only be handled by an Authorized Agent. An “authorized agent” acts on behalf of the main applicant in relation to a citizenship by investment application.

STEP 2

Applicant’s Authorized Agent provides him / her with assistance in preparing the documentation for submission.

Applicant must complete the official forms, attend a medical examination and obtain certain supporting documents, all of which need to be submitted in English and with the appropriate legalization.

For purchasing property, this will need to be reserved through a sale and purchase agreement at this point.

STEP 3

When all of Applicant’s forms are complete, the Agent will submit the application to Dominica competent Authority and will liaise to all correspondence, queries or questions on the file that may arise.

STEP 4

The application will be vetted through a thorough due diligence background check which will verify the information that Applicant has provided.

The Dominica competent Authority will consider the file in the light of the due diligence report and will take a decision about the application.

The applicant will receive a letter through the authorized agent who will inform the Applicant whether the application has been successful, has been delayed for further processing or has been rejected.

STEP 5

If the application is successful, then the Applicant will receive a letter instructing them to make the investment payment (for the Government Fund option) or to complete the payment of the real estate property.

Upon receiving proof of the payment, the Authority will issue a certificate of registration which will be able to be used by the agent to apply for a Dominican passport.

The Applicant/Agent is entirely responsible for the securing of passports.

No government officer or department is responsible for applying for passports for any individual.

Real Estate Property Application Process

STEP 1

Reservation Form

The investor signs a reservation form and submits a deposit of $22,000 against the investment of $220,000 to secure their interest in the investment.

The Agent could assist the investor to process the application.

STEP2

Application Forms and Document Submission

The investor collates the required documents and completes the required application forms with the assistance of their service provider. Processing fees and due diligence fees must be paid along with the application directly to the service provider. The investor will execute the Sale & Purchase Agreement at this stage.

STEP3

Application Processing and Payment

Application processing takes approximately 90-120 days from filing an application. Within 7 days upon approval of the application, the investor will pay the remaining balance of $198,000 and applicable government fees and share registration fees. Real Estate Agent will issue an Ownership Certificate to the investor.

STEP4

Closing and Transfer

Proof of ownership will be submitted to the government and the Citizenship Unit will issue the Certificate(s) of Citizenship and subsequently Passport(s). This usually takes 3-4 weeks.

This highly reputable program invites investors of good character to make an economic contribution to the country and in exchange, the applicant and their family can obtain full citizenship of Dominica.

VARDIKOS & VARDIKOS a Dominica Government Approved Citizenship by Investment Agent, is offering a full service to all prospective applicants. For more information, kindly visit our website at www.vardikos.com

H.E. Lennox Lawrence is a Barrister at law, accredited Non Resident Ambassador of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the Hellenic Republic and Former Ambassador of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Christos Vardikos is an Attorney at law and the Consul of the Commonwealth of Dominica in the Hellenic Republic. All the required legalizations, administrations of oaths and fingerprints retrieval can be conducted at our office premises. For more information, please visit the Consulate’s website at www.dominicaconsulategreece.com or http://dominicaconsulate.ae

1. Why should I consider a second citizenship?

Being a citizen of a country, as opposed to a temporary resident, provides more than just a sense of belonging – it invites you to engage with the country completely, including its economy, laws and investment potential. Indeed, obtaining citizenship as a permanent legal status puts you in a position of strength whereby you enjoy equality with all other citizens of the nation, for the rest of your life. You will have the same rights and opportunities as someone who was born there. This includes the right to travel freely overseas and return on the passport of that country, and to take up opportunities available to nationals. Put simply, obtaining a second citizenship can be a life-changing move that opens the door to better prospects around the globe. It comes as no surprise, then, that it is increasingly being viewed as one of the most powerful investments you can make. While the motivations vary according to the applicant, for many people, enjoying visa-free travel to up to 80% of the world (depending on the program you choose) is a major draw card, which can allow you to be much more flexible when it comes to living your life and running your business.

2. What are the various ways of obtaining citizenship?

It may surprise you to learn there are a number of different ways that citizenship can be recognized or granted. What’s more, each country has its own policies, regulations or criteria as to who is entitled to citizenship, and how to obtain it. We highlight a selection of the most common ways you can be granted citizenship…

Place of birth. A common way for citizenship to be determined is by place of birth – this is called jus soli (a Latin phrase meaning ‘right of soil’). A selection of countries currently offer unrestricted jus soli, including Canada and the US. Restricted jus soli is practiced in a number of other destinations, requiring that at least one of the child’s parents be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the country at the time of the child’s birth, or that at least one parent has resided in the country for a specified period of time. The rules vary from country to country.

3. What does the typical application involve?

It may surprise you to learn there are a number of different ways that citizenship can be recognized or granted. What’s more, each country has its own policies, regulations or criteria as to who is entitled to citizenship, and how to obtain it. We highlight a selection of the most common ways you can be granted citizenship…

Our handy guide outlines the typical journey and how PassPro helps you every step of the way…

4. What are the ways in which I can invest?

Depending on the country, applicants can generally pursue three investment routes: making a non-refundable contribution to a Government Fund, investing in an Approved Real Estate Project, or investing in an Approved Business.

Contributing to a Government Fund will see your investment go to a fund designed to support the development of selected enterprises, which can include financing infrastructure projects, as a contingency or resilience fund against natural disasters or to deliver important services such as healthcare and education. These funds can only be utilized for specific purposes that have been laid out by the government. Fund utilization is often discussed as part of the annual budget plans.

Our handy guide outlines the typical journey and how PassPro helps you every step of the way…

5. How do I choose the best program for me?

Depending on the country, applicants can generally pursue three investment routes: making a non-refundable contribution to a Government Fund, investing in an Approved Real Estate Project, or investing in an Approved Business.

The program you choose will depend on your individual circumstances. However, there are three key factors to consider when choosing a second citizenship program that will bring you and your family value in the long run.

Our handy guide outlines the typical journey and how PassPro helps you every step of the way…