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
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
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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