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Residency Guide to Antigua & Barbuda

Looking for guidance on obtaining residency in Antigua & Barbuda? Discover the steps involved and read advice from expats, nomads, and others already in Antigua & Barbuda.
|-Residency Guide to Antigua & Barbuda

Obtaining a residency visa in Antigua & Barbuda is not always easy, but our Guide to Residency in Antigua & Barbuda gives newcomers an overview of the steps involved and advice from others who have already navigated the process.

  • Gather the necessary documents to apply for residency status in Antigua & Barbuda. These documents include:
    • A valid passport
    • Proof of financial means
    • A police clearance certificate
    • A medical certificate
  • Complete the application form for residency status. This form can be found on the Antigua & Barbuda Immigration Department website.
  • Submit the application form and the necessary documents to the Antigua & Barbuda Immigration Department.
  • Pay the applicable fees for the application.
  • Wait for the application to be processed. This can take up to six months.
  • If the application is approved, you will be issued a residency card.
  • Apply for a Tax Number.
    • Visit the Inland Revenue Department in Antigua & Barbuda.
    • Complete the application form for a Tax Number.
    • Submit the application form and the necessary documents to the Inland Revenue Department.
    • Wait for the application to be processed. This can take up to two weeks.
    • If the application is approved, you will be issued a Tax Number.

What tips do expats have about residency and visas in Antigua & Barbuda?

“If you plan to stay in Antigua & Barbuda for an extended period of time, you will need to apply for a residency visa. Depending on your nationality, you may also need to obtain a work permit. Additionally, you may need to provide proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay,” said one expat living in Antigua & Barbuda.

“Visiting Antigua & Barbuda requires a valid passport and proof of pre-booked accommodations for the entire stay. Additionally, some travelers may need to obtain a visitor’s visa before entry. The visitor’s visa can be applied for in advance by submitting a completed application form, along with a valid passport, a 2-inch head and shoulders photograph, proof of onward or return flight, and a letter of invitation if needed. The visa, if issued, will be valid for tourism, business or transit purposes. Those who wish to apply for residency in Antigua & Barbuda must first establish a business or purchase property in the country before applying. Applicants must provide a copy of their passport and two passport photos, a completed residency application form and any other supporting documents specified by the government in order to qualify for residency. Additionally, the applicant may need an affidavit, police certificate, a non-refundable application fee, proof of medical insurance and other financial documents depending on the type of residency desired,” commented one member living in Antigua & Barbuda.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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