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The CEO of Antigua Citizenship by Investment Program Answers Applicant’s Top Queries
April 2, 2018 - Antigua and Barbuda
Charmaine Quinland-Donovan, CEO, Citizenship by Investment Unit, Antigua and Barbuda speaks to PassPro to answer some frequently asked questions from new citizens
Q Is there any difference between a citizen by birth and a citizen by investment in the eyes of the government and the law?
A A citizen by investment is equivalent to a citizen by birth before the law, bar a few exceptions. Unlike a natural-born Antiguan & Barbudan, citizenship by investment cannot be obtained by descent, unless the child is born in Antigua. A child of a citizen by investment who is born abroad can, however, easily be registered by paying the required investment amount and fees. Additionally, citizens by investment are not eligible to vote unless they have resided on the island for a stipulated period of time.
Q What is the government’s commitment to citizens in terms of their rights, duties and the protection they receive from the state, within the nation’s borders and abroad?
A By law, all citizens, whether by birth, registration or naturalization, are entitled to protection by the state. They are entitled to due process under our legal system. As citizens, should any emergency arise, they are also entitled to reside on the island. And, of course, they can choose to settle on our twin-island paradise at any time.
Q What does the government of Antigua & Barbuda do to protect the accessibility rights to destinations that its citizens currently enjoy, such as to theUK and Schengen Zone?
A The Due Diligence process we employ is multi-tiered and stringent, and we try and go above and beyond normal global best practice. For instance, we operate with a Restricted Country list – nationals of restricted countries are only eligible to apply for citizenship in Antigua & Barbuda under the Citizenship by Investment program if they migrated before the age of majority and/or have maintained permanent residence in Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, for no less than 10 years. They should also have no economic ties to any restricted country.
We continue to stay abreast of the ever-evolving issues regarding security and border control. We feel it is our responsibility not only to the people of Antigua & Barbuda but to the international community, to ensure that the process we employ consistently and adequately meets their border security standards.
For more information on the Antigua citizenship by investment program, please visit: https://passpro.co/countries/antigua-and-barbuda-citizenship-by-investment/