There is almost nothing that screams “this is a very globalized 2018 world” more than the fact that many people are looking into obtaining a second citizenship.
For most of them, there is nowhere more beneficial for second citizenship than Antigua, a Caribbean island with stunning beaches, as well as forward-thinking financial services and communications infrastructure.
In other words, you can have all the beauty of island life with the support of more industrial nations.
If you are considering Caribbean citizenship, or want to know why other people are thinking of doing it, read on to discover four reasons why well-heeled travelers are calling Antigua their second home.
1. The powerful passport makes travel much easier.
For frequent travelers, attempting to find ways to make life and travel easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable is a constant search. In this globalized world, one of the newer techniques that travelers are incorporating to make their lives more manageable is to obtain a second travel document which can be utilized when jetting the globe.
There is no denying that one of the most powerful passports in the Caribbean today is the Antigua passport. In fact, it is one of the most powerful passports in the world.
How do you know if a passport is “powerful”? Well, you look at the benefits it brings and in how many places it makes travel more efficient, i.e. visa-free entry to other countries. No more sending your passport away to foreign embassies for weeks at a time.
With an Antigua passport in hand, a person has visa-free entry or visa on arrival access to over 130 countries, including:
- The United Kingdom
- EU Schengen zone
- Hong Kong
- Other Caribbean countries
- Other British Commonwealth countries
This means that you never have to be concerned or stressed out about applying for (and receiving) a visit or tourist visa before you board your flight. All you have to do is enter the details of your Antigua passport when booking your trip and then show up at the airport ready to go!
Additionally, Antigua now offers e-passports, or digital passports, which store biometric data. Not only do these decrease your chances of falling prey to identity theft, but they also make travel time a lot more efficient.
2. Antigua permits dual citizenship.
Now, for many people, getting another passport seems like a strange option — after all, why would you want to give up your home passport? However, one of the reasons people are flocking to Antigua is because the country allows dual citizenship.
In other words, your Antigua passport can be your second passport, and you don’t have to give up or legally change your present nationality. You have both!
By calling Antigua your second home, you still have the freedom to come and go from your first home and live between the two. Most countries allow dual citizenship and you can ask a citizenship consultant if your home country permits it and whether or not you are obliged to declare it.
3. It is the Caribbean!
Who hasn’t secretly (or maybe not so secretly) dreamed of having a second home in the stunning Caribbean? After all, Antigua is an island paradise where every day feels like a dream.
The cost of living in Antigua is reasonable, especially when you consider that your days can be filled with moments spent sailing along the coast, diving, eating al fresco every night under the stars, or savoring the hundreds of white sand beaches. And you can almost guarantee sunshine every single day, which may not necessarily be the case in your first home.
4. Antigua is already home to a large expat community.
For frequent travelers, establishing a “home” can be a challenging undertaking. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they (or you) don’t want to have one.
For this reason, many travelers are intrigued by Antigua because there is already a large multinational expat community that resides in the country. Not only does that prove that there is plenty to do and satisfy you on the islands, but it also means that you can find others who are like you — a well-heeled traveler!
Many parents are happy with their decision to make Antigua the family’s second home, as the education system in Antigua is stellar, the crime rate is low, and the way of life is nothing short of a dream.
How do you make this happen?
About five years ago, the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship-by-Investment (CBI) Act was passed by Parliament, enabling foreign nationals to become citizens of Antigua.
This act allows foreigners to acquire Antigua citizenship by investment through acquiring property or investing in a business in the country. They then have the opportunity to become a citizen and reap all the benefits listed above.
So, what do you think? Sound good to you?
Kal Kennard is the co-founder of Citizens International, a white-glove specialist firm offering private client services necessary for citizenship investment into the Caribbean. Based in the Caribbean for the past 15 years, she is an experienced consultant who works directly with many professional partners and advises clients worldwide.