The Gaston Browne Administration has announced plans of rescinding on a 2015 decision which stripped the requirement for citizens of several countries to possess lawful permanent residence in the USA, Canada, the UK and the EU states, as one of the requirements to acquire Antigua and Barbuda citizenship.
According to Government’s Spokesperson Lionel Hurst, the July 2015 decision was made as a means of attracting more investors from countries such as Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, Iran and Iraq.
He said however, that based on no benefits being reaped from the move, they will be returning to what he termed as the status quo ante of the 2015 decision.
“Well having tried it for a year, nothing has happened ..We haven’t enjoyed any Iraqi’s coming to Antigua for the purpose of acquiring our citizenship. We have decided to revert to what we call the status quo ante which existed before so what it means that those nationals of Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, Iran and Iraq will be allowed to become citizens of Antigua and Barbuda only if they are lawful permanent residents of the USA, Canada, the UK and the EU states,” he said.
The acquisition of a visitor’s visa to those countries will no longer be sufficient as a prerequisite to CIP for citizens of the mentioned countries.