November 2, 2020

Antigua and Barbuda Suspend Issuing Work Permits

To further encourage the hiring of local workers, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda has announced a suspension of initial work permits for foreign nationals until further notice.

The Caribbean Islands have been hit hard by the economic fallout and decline in tourism due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting travel restrictions. The suspension of initial work permits follows quickly on the heels of another initiative designed to bolster the region’s economy: The Nomad Digital Residence (NDR) program announced earlier this year. The NDR is designed to encourage non-nationals who are employed or self-employed in a country other than Antigua and Barbuda and their dependents to live and work in the country for up to two years.

The NDR visa does not allow the holder or dependents to work for any company or organization doing business in Antigua and Barbuda.

Who is affected?

All companies wishing to apply for work permits for foreign nationals in Antigua and Barbuda.

What you need to do

For further information on travel and entry into the Caribbean, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team.


Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.

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