Nomad Digital Programme applicants to get more time


The Nomad Digital Programme launched by the government in 2020 continues,

despite a decline in applicants.


The programme was introduced in an attempt to take advantage of the COVID-19

pandemic, when millions were working from home in the United States, Europe

and Canada.


The idea was to offer the country as an alternative to working from

home in their native countries, but to do so from Antigua and Barbuda with its

tropical climate and other attractions.


Chief Immigration Officer, Katrina Yearwood in an update recently, stated that the

Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda has agreed to extend the time successful

applicants are allowed to stay in the country, from two to possible three years

without the need for work permits and so on.


Yearwood said the drop in applications may be related to the fact that the world

has opened up, since the pandemic and so many persons are reporting to work at

their jobs, rather than working from home.


Successful applicants of the NOMAD Programme receive a stamp from the

Immigration Department, which allows them to work in the country, utilizing the

available internet services to connect with their home offices remotely.


Antigua and Barbuda is one of at least eight Caribbean countries that is offering

the programme.


However, she said most countries have offered only a one-year

stint as opposed to Antigua and Barbuda’s two years.


The addition of an extra

year is expected to give Antigua and Barbuda an edge over the competition.

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