Effective December 15, 2023, the Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) has implemented mandatory interviews for all citizenship applicants. This significant change to the application process aims to enhance the integrity and thoroughness of the citizenship assessment.
Purpose of Mandatory Interviews
The introduction of mandatory interviews serves several key purposes:
Interview Process and Requirements
All principal applicants and their dependents aged 16 or above will be required to participate in an interview. Interviews will be conducted virtually by independent service providers contracted by the CIU, ensuring objectivity and consistency in the assessment process.
To ensure a smooth and efficient interview experience, applicants are advised to:
Cost of Interviews
The cost of mandatory interviews is US$1,500 per application. This fee covers the expenses associated with engaging independent service providers to conduct the interviews.
Impact on Application Processing
The implementation of mandatory interviews is expected to have a slight impact on the overall processing time for citizenship applications. However, the CIU remains committed to maintaining efficient and streamlined processing procedures while ensuring the integrity of the citizenship program.
The introduction of mandatory interviews for Antigua & Barbuda citizenship applicants reflects the CIU's commitment to upholding the highest standards of due diligence and ensuring that only individuals who meet the country's citizenship requirements are granted this privilege. By conducting thorough interviews, the CIU can make informed decisions that safeguard the integrity of the citizenship program and contribute to the country's overall well-being.