Commonwealth of Dominica

Commonwealth of Dominica, the “Nature Isle of the Caribbean” is an island country situated in East Caribbean in the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, between Porto Riccio, Trinidad & Tobago and closed by Jamaica, Cuba and Miami.

Dominica has a population of  around 74,000 people. Their currency is East Caribbean dollar which is tied to the US dollar. The island state allows dual citizenship by investment for foreign investors.

Dominica is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Commonwealth of Nations.  Dominica is also a member of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Organization of American States (OAS), the United Nations and various other international organizations.

Commonwealth of Dominica Citizenship by Investment Program

The Citizenship by Investment Programme of Dominica has been operating since 1993 and is legally entrenched in the Dominican Constitution and the Citizenship Act. To qualify for the citizenship, the applicant can either make a contribution into the Government Fund or an investment in designated Real Estate.

View the detailed leaflet for Commonwealth of Dominica Citizenship by Investment Program.

There are two options to apply for Commonwealth of Dominica citizenship by investment program and some fees applies as described below.

GOVERNMENT FUND (Option 1)

Category A Single Application US$ 100,000
Category B Main applicant plus spouse US$ 175,000
Category C Main applicant plus spouse and up to 2 children or dependent parents. US$ 200,000
Category D Main Applicant plus spouse and more than 2 children or dependent parents. US$ 200,000 (plus US$ 25,000 for each additional eligible dependent*)

*Eligible dependents could include Spouse, children of below 31, parents and grandparents of the Main Applicant or spouse (while at least one of the parents is above 55yrs) by having all dependency conditions.

REAL ESTATE (Option 2)

Purchase of an authorized real estate with minimum value of US$200,000.

In addition to the real estate investment, the following Government Fees are payable:

  • Single Applicant: US$ 25,000.
  • Couple or up to Family of 4 (Main Applicant + up to 3 dependents): US$ 35,000.
  • Family of 6 (Main Applicant + up to 5 dependents): US$ 50,000.
  • Family larger than 6: add US$ 25,000 for each additional child or dependent parent.

 

The following fees applying to both options:

DUE DILIGENCE FEES (required for both Real Estate and Government Fund options)

  • Main Applicant: US$ 7,500*
  • Spouse: US$ 4,000 per Application**
  • Dependent aged 16 years and above: US$ 4,000.

*In some cases, an enhanced due diligence may be required depending on the citizenship the applicant holds.

OTHER FEES (required for both Real Estate and Government Fund options)

  • Government Processing Fee: US$1,000 per Application**
  • Fee for Certificate of Naturalization: US$250 per Person**
  • Passport issue Fee: US$75 per Person (Expedite US$1,200).
  • Legal fees: Varies on every application. To be discussed.
NOTICE

**Reduced fees only applies to the applications submitted from September 23,2017 until further notice and includes:

  • Reducing the Processing Fee from US$ 3,000 to US$ 1,000 per application.
  • Reducing the Naturalization Fee from US$ 750 to US$ 250 per person.
  • Reducing the spouse due diligence fee from US$ 7,500 to US$ 4,000.
  • Increasing age of eligible children from 28 to 31.
  • Decreasing age of qualifying parents; as far as one of them is 55 there wouldn’t be any age restriction for the other one.

PROCEDURE

  • Completion of citizenship application and supporting documents.
  • Remittance of relevant fees and due diligence fees.
  • Application submission to the Government.
  • Application is vetted through a thorough due diligence background check.
  • Government makes a decision whether application is successful, delayed or rejected.
  • If successful, remittance of investment.
  • Issuance of Certificate of Naturalization.
  • Passport application and issuance.

The due diligence background check takes 90 days only.

Government Circulations and Announcements:

Commonwealth of Dominica Citizenship by Investment Regulations.

Commonwealth of Dominica Citizenship by Investment Amendments. 

Below is the list of documents required for completion of the application. Our paralegal team will assist applicants along with providing all the necessary Government applications required.

1. *QUESTIONNAIRE (DQ).
2. *CLIENT AGREEMENT (DA).
3. *LIMITED POWER OF ATTORNEY (DPOA).
4. *D1 – DISCLOSURE FORM.
5. * TWO (2) SET OF APPLICATION FORM 12 FOR EACH APPLICANT.
6. *D2 – FINGERPRINT AND PHOTOGRAPH VERIFICATION FORM.
7. *D3 – MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE AND CERTIFICATE.
8. URINE & BLOOD TEST + HIV TEST.
9. *D4 – INVESTMENT AGREEMENT (NDF OPTION) or S&P AGREEMENT.
10.*PASSPORT APPLICATION FORM (FORM A).
11. EIGHT (8) PASSPORT SIZE PHOTOS FOR EACH APPLICANT.
12. PASSPORT COPY (RESIDENCE PERMIT/VISA COPY).
13. NATIONAL ID/SOCIAL SECURITY CARD.
14. BIRTH CERTIFICATE.
15. DRIVER LICENSE. (Main Applicant only) other above 18 applicants: Only if interested to receive Dominica Driving License after Citizenship Certificate issued.
16. MILITARY SERVICE or EXEMPTION CARD.
17. MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE/DIVORCE CERTIFICATE (IF REQUIRED).
18. POLICE CLEARANCE RECORD, from country of birth and country of residence (if different) for each applicant sixteen (16) years and over. For children twelve to fifteen (12-15), sworn affidavit by parent that child does not have criminal record.
19. PROOF OF RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS.
20. DETAILED RESUME/BUSINESS BACKGROUND REPORTS (CV).
21. DEGREE CERTIFICATE (Notarized copies of university or college diplomas) Or Enrollment Letter from University, college or international recognized Academic institutes for children aged over 18. Letter from school for children aged from 12 to 18.
22. ONE (1) PROFESSIONAL REFERENCE LETTER OF EMPLOYMENT/FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.
23. BANK REFERENCE LETTER from Personal account. The account must be active and operational for minimum 2 years.
24. BANK STATEMENTS (recent 12 Months).
25. EVIDENCE OF INCOME/ PROFESSION/WEALTH.
26. *LETTERS TO THE CITIZENSHIP UNIT (Affidavit of source of funds, Letter to the Minister, Oath, etc.)
27. PROOF OF PAYMENT OF RELEVANT FEES.

*All documents with (*) will be provided by us once initial payment is received.
Note: Documents provided must be in English or legally translated and attested.

For Application Guide to Citizenship Application, please click here.

Benefits of Dominica Citizenship

The Citizenship Program of Dominica offers investors a number of benefits, such as:

  • No physical residency requirements.
  • Inclusion of dependent children up to 31 years old and parents above 55.
  • No minimum level of education required.
  • No management experience required.
  • Enjoy visa free travel to around 135 Countries.
  • No taxes for non-residents.
  • Dominica recognizes dual/multiple citizenship, therefore investors can still benefit from their other citizenship status.
  • A wider choice of places to live as Dominica is one of the CARICOM Islands.
  • No taxes on foreign income providing you do not reside in Dominica.
  • No taxes on capital gains, gift, wealth and inheritance.

 

List of Visa-free countries for Commonwealth of Dominica passport holders.

* Visa on arrival ** eTA

EUROPE
Serbia Malawi Jamaica
Andorra Slovakia Mauritania * Montserrat
Austria Slovenia Mauritius St. Kitts and Nevis
Belarus Spain Mozambique * St. Lucia
Belgium Sweden Rwanda * St. Maarten
Bosnia and Herzegovina Switzerland Seychelles * St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Bulgaria United Kingdom Somalia * Trinidad and Tobago
Croatia Vatican City St. Helena * Turks and Caicos Islands
Cyprus
ASIA
Tanzania Americas
Czech Republic Bangladesh * Togo * Belize
Denmark Cambodia * Uganda * Bermuda
Estonia Hong Kong (SAR China) Zambia Bolivia *
Faroe Islands Indonesia
OCEANIA
Brazil
Finland Laos * Cook Islands Colombia
France Macao (SAR China) Fiji Costa Rica
Germany Malaysia French Polynesia Ecuador
Gibraltar Maldives * Micronesia French Guiana
Greece Nepal * Niue Guyana
Greenland Philippines Palau Islands * Nicaragua *
Hungary Singapore Samoa * Panama
Iceland South Korea Solomon Islands * Peru
Ireland Sri Lanka ** Tonga * Suriname
Italy Timor-Leste * Tuvalu * Uruguay
Kosovo Armenia * Vanuatu Venezuela
Latvia Iran *
AMERICA
Belize
Liechtenstein Israel Anguilla Bermuda
Lithuania Jordan * Antigua and Barbuda Bolivia *
Luxembourg Palestinian Territory Aruba Brazil
Malta
AFRICA
Bahamas Colombia
Moldova Botswana Barbados Costa Rica
Monaco Cape Verde Islands * Bonaire; St. Eustatius and Saba Ecuador
Montenegro Comoros Islands * British Virgin Islands French Guiana
Netherlands Egypt * Cayman Islands Guyana
Norway Eswatini (Swaziland) Cuba Nicaragua *
Poland Gambia Curacao Panama
Portugal Guinea-Bissau * Dominican Republic Peru
Romania Kenya French West Indies Suriname
Russian Federation Lesotho Grenada Uruguay
San Marino Madagascar * Haiti Venezuela

Visa-free travel to the countries listed above are subject to change. It is strongly advisable that the relevant Government authorities and agencies are contacted prior to travel arrangements made. For updated information, check KNOW BEFORE YOU GO.

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