St Kitts vs Antigua Citizenship by Investment passports

St Kitts & Nevis has the oldest running citizenship by investment programme running since 1984 requires applicants and families to make an economic contribution to the country (donation or real estate).  Antigua and Barbuda is a new citizenship program since 2014, also offers economic citizenship by investment programme for investors 2014. One main important difference is Antigua passport offers visa free travel to Canada while St Kitts passport do not.

St Kitts and Antigua Passport

We will compare the differences between the two citizenship by investment programmes.

  St Kitts and Nevis Antigua and Barbuda
 Started in  1984 2014
Population 54,191  89,985
GDP (PPP)  $1.45 billion  $2.1 billion
 Public Debt  74.5% of GDP (2015)  105% of GDP (2015)
Geography The islands are of volcanic origin, with large central peaks covered in tropical rainforest and beaches.  White sandy beaches of clean turquoise waters, the lush tropical islands of an inviting paradise
Citizenship by Investment Act Section 3 (5) of the Citizenship Act, 1984 Citizenship by Investment Regulations 2014.
Donation (one time)  $150,000 (one time)

 Hurricane Relief Fund

  • Single applicant: a non-refundable contribution of US$150,000 is required
  • Main applicant, spouse and 2 children  US$150,000 is required
  • Additional dependents, regardless of Age: US$25,000

 

$250,000 (one time)

Contribution to the SIDF fund

  • Single applicant: a non-refundable contribution of US$250,000 is required
  • Main applicant with up to three dependents (for example, a spouse and two children): a non-refundable contribution of US$300,000 is required
  • Additional dependents, regardless of Age: US$25,000

 

$200,000 (one time)

Contribution to the National Development Fund 

A. For a single applicant, or a family of 4 or less

       US$200,000 Contribution and processing fees of :-

       Main applicant                  US$50,000

       Spouse                              US$50,000

       Up to two dependents pay no processing fees

        

B. Family of 5 or more:-

       US$250,000 Contribution and processing fees of :-

       Main applicant                  US$50,000

       Spouse                              US$50,000

       Up to three dependents pay no processing fees

Government fee  included Principal Applicant $50,000
Spouse $50,000
Dependent child aged 0-11 $25,000
Dependent child aged 12-17 $25,000
Dependent child aged 18-25 $50,000
Dependent parent aged over 65 $50,000
Due diligence fee US$7,500 for the main applicant, and US$4,000 for each dependent of the main application who is over the age of 16 years. Principal Applicant $7,500
Spouse $7,500
Dependent child aged 0-11 $0
Dependent child aged 12-17 – $2,000
Dependent child aged 18-25 – $4,000
Dependent parent aged over 65 – $4,000
Passport fee $350 $300
 Processing time  3 months  2-3 months
 Accelerated Processing option  60 days ($25,000 fee)  na
 Real estate investment  $400,000  $400,000
Business investment   option not available  $1,500,000 (per person) or $400,000 per person totalling $5,000,000
Visa free travel countries  132  134
Passport rank  32  30
 Residence requirements  none  5 days
Personal visit, Language tests   not required   not required
 Passport validity  10 years   5 years
 Dual citizenship  allowed  allowed
Visa required countries United States, Canada, China, Russia, Mexico, Australia (Online Visitor e600 visa), Thailand, South Africa, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Japan, Vietnam, Morocco. United States, China, Canada, Russia, Argentina, Israel, New Zealand, Morocco , Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Paraguay, Qatar, Serbia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Vietnam
Visa not required countries  United Kingdom, EU schengen states, Switzerland, South Korea, Israel, Brazil, Argentina,Australia (Online Visitor e600 visa), Cuba  United Kingdom, EU schengen states, Switzerland, Brazil, Australia (online e600 visa), South Korea, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba

Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_requirements_for_Antigua_and_Barbuda_citizens
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_requirements_for_Saint_Kitts_and_Nevis_citizens
https://www.henleyglobal.com/international-visa-restrictions/

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