Dominica

Dominica Citizenship Acquisition Process

Our citizenship advisers will evaluate your personal circumstances and assist you in selecting investment options most suitable for you, matching the required criteria to ensure a successful application.

Who is eligible: Applicant can include his/her entire family in the application: the spouse, children (including adult children up to the age of 30), as well as dependent parents over the age of 55.

The applicant must have a clean criminal record and a legitimate source of funds.

Citizenship by investment in Dominica is available through two options.To qualify for citizenship, you can either make a donation of up to $100,000 to the government or by purchasing real estate on the island starting from $200,000.

Option 1 $100,000 – Donation to the government fund.
Contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund (EDF) is non-refundable.

Option 2 $200,000 — Investment in Government Approved Real Estate.
Investment period — 3 years.

A detailed checklist will be provided, and you will be guided through the documents collection stage. Experienced citizenship advisers will collect and check all the documents for compliance and ensure all requirements are met.

Once all your original documents are collected and sent to us, citizenship specialists will review your file and prepare it for submission. The complete file will be submitted to the Government of Dominica via an authorised local agent, as required by law.

Each application is vetted by the Government through a thorough due diligence background check, during which time submitted information is examined and verified. There is currently no interview requirement.

Once the application is reviewed by the Government and the decision is made, the applicant will be issued a letter advising of the decision.This letter will be forwarded to you.

Once your application has been approved, you will be required to transfer the final amount under your chosen option (non-refundable contribution or purchase price of the property) to Dominica.

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Dominica Citizenship by Investment

The Dominica citizenship program was launched in 1991 and has been in great demand since then. This program is considered to be one of the top citizenship schemes of Caribbean countries and other countries such as Bulgaria, Malta, Cyprus. The route suggests that an individual makes an investment into property or makes a non-refundable contribution to the country’s charity fund, and as a result the said individual and their entire family are granted Dominica citizenship. The citizenship program has been implemented for over 27 years; it is well-established and managed by leading experts. And though it is the most affordable and fast processed, due diligence of an investor is carried out very carefully. The overview is done by the Director of CBIU first-hand or by the senior experts.

The Dominican citizenship program by investment is enshrined in law and regulated by the constitution of the country (Section 8 and 20(1) of the Citizenship Act and Section 101 of the Dominica Constitution). All citizenship processes are managed by the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Unit (CBIU), which operates under the Dominica Ministry of Finance. The unit is in control of all citizenship applications, due diligence processes and a citizenship approval, it ensures compliance with regulatory legal acts, manages the promotion and marketing – all in all, it deals with everything related to the Dominica citizenship program.

Conditions for getting a citizenship and general requirements for an investor:

  • An investor must be 18 and above.
  • An investor must pass a due diligence. Only individuals with a clear past and unblemished business reputation as well as with high personal qualities are approved. A private investigation agency conducts a comprehensive check of all applicants on behalf of the Government of Dominica.
  • An investor must have a proof of positive credit history.
  • An investor should have no prohibitions and restrictions on entry into the EU countries, the United States of America, Great Britain and Canada.
  • An investor must confirm the source of the funds.
  • An investor must be of good health. To prove that they do not have any contagious diseases they must undergo a medical examination.
  • An investor and their family members must provide fingerprints.
  • An investor cannot sell the acquired property for 3 years.
  • An investor must pay the state fee.

Original documents to be provided:

  • One professional reference from a business partner who has known an investor for more than 3 years;
  • Letter of employment or financial statements for business, if the investor is the owner of the business. If the investor is the owner of several companies, then statements for the main business ventures are required;
  • Business background report;
  • Bank statement for the last 12 months;
  • Tax return;
  • HIV test results for all family members as well as blood and urine tests results;
  • Resume/CV for all family members;
  • 8-12 photos for each family member;
  • Written consent of a parent or legal guardian for all applicants under the age of 18.

Colour certified copies to be provided:

  • marriage or divorce certificate (2 copies)
  • birth certificates of all family members (2 copies)
  • all travel and national passports
  • College or University Diploma  and all education certificates
  • driving license
  • military service and discharge documents, if available

All listed copies of documents must be translated into English and notarized with the signature: “I certify this is a true likeness of”, including the notarized signature of the applicant. Apostille certification is not required.

Dominica laws offer two options for obtaining citizenship by investment.

Donation to the Economic

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Donation to the Economic Diversification Fund, the so-called non-refundable donation

This state fund was established to support the Dominican economy. The fund provides money for building hospitals, schools, sports facilities, as well as financial support for agriculture and tourism development.

The amount of investments depends on the number of people applying for citizenship. If only one investor is applying, then $100,000 is required. If there is a family of two people, $175,000 is required. For a family of four there should be $200,000. The application for a family of more than four people requires $200,000 plus $25,000 for each additional dependant.

Moreover, there are additional fees:

  • Processing fee – $3,000
  • Due Diligence fees for the main applicant – $7,500, for a spouse – $4,000, for dependants aged 16 years or above – $4,000
  • Certificate of Naturalisation fee – $750
  • Passport issuance fee – $60
  • Stamp duty – $15

Real estate investment

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Real estate purchases are approved by the government. Property acquired through investment can be sold after 3 years.

The minimum value of real estate investments is $200,000. We should point out that when choosing a project to invest, you must make an initial 10% deposit to reserve the property.

There are also additional fees:

  • Processing fee – $3,000
  • Due Diligence fees for the main applicant – $7,500, for the family of two – $15,000, for dependants aged 16 years or above – $4,000
  • Government Fees for the main applicant are $25,000, for the family of two – $35,000, for the family of more than four people – $70,000 plus $25,000 for each additional dependent
  • Certificate of Naturalisation fee – $750
  • Passport issuance fee – $60
  • Stamp duty – $15

Taking all the aforesaid into consideration, we can claim for sure that Dominica is a peaceful country with mild and attractive climate. Dominican passport is almost one of the most affordable. All financial and business relations in the country are transparent and are conducted in accordance with British standards.

It is worth mentioning that Dominican Citizenship by Investment Program also has a positive effect on the economy of the country: for the first half of 2015 Dominica managed to raise $46 million, which contributes greatly to further economic development.

Benefits of Dominican citizenship

  • The minimum amount of investment in a government fund is $100,000. This is the main positive point of Dominican citizenship program.
  • The minimum term for application processing under the program is about 3 months.
  • There are no requirements for living in Dominica and visiting it when applying for a passport.
  • The Citizenship by Investment route does not require the investor to undergo interviews.
  • The citizen is granted a visa-free travel to more than 135 countries of the world, including Schengen countries and the UK
  • Citizens who have received a passport by investments have the same duties and rights as the indigenous people of the country.
  • The citizenship process is confidential.
  • Dominican citizenship is granted for life and the passport is valid for 10 years. Later it is renewed. You know that the Dominican citizenship cannot be canceled under any circumstances. It is also possible to renew the passport using the address in the country of permanent residence if there is no residence in Dominica.
  • Dominica is a safe country, there are low crime rates.
  • There is no income tax, inheritance and gift taxes, funds received in another country are not taxed as well. Dominican citizens pay reduced taxes and moreover, there is a simple and convenient tax planning.
  • You can register companies and assets on a second passport.
  • Dual citizenship is available.
  • There is minimum property tenure (approximately 3 months).

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