Citizenship by Installment
The government of Antigua & Barbuda has been advised that the country could be missing out on the chance to add rare professionals to the workforce by not having a “skilled persons” option in the Citizenship by investment Programme (CIP).
The advice comes from Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) Chisanga Puta-Chekwe, who argued that the proposal if taken up could benefit the country.
“One of the recommendations that I made at a recent conference was adding the skilled person category. So that a person who might not have the $1.5 million to invest in a business and might not even have the 200,000 to invest in the national development fund – but a person who has skills that are badly needed by Antigua & Barbuda,” he said.
Puta-Chekwe was speaking on OBSERVER radio alongside the Deputy CEO Thomas Anthony who said, “To capture that category of skilled individuals the plan is to make an amendment to the existing Permanent Residency Act.”