Dominica Citizenship by Investment

Donation
Government Fund
$100,000
Property Investment
Real Estate
$200,000

Dominica has the oldest and most trusted “Economic citizenship by investment” program since 1993 which allows granting citizenship to those who make a contribution to the development of the country or in real estate. Dominica is the only country where you can get a second citizenship, cheapest among the other economic citizenship programs in Europe and Caribbean.

Dominica is a 751 sq.km island nation in the eastern Caribbean. The economy is primarily agriculture based and Roseau is the capital city. The currency is EC$ and the country has both tropical humid and wet rainy seasons. Dominica is the “Nature Island of the Caribbean” is a green tropical paradise and one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. It is practically untouched nature with countless rivers and waterfalls, and emerald green mountains dropping dramatically into the turquoise sea. Dominica has world’s second-largest hot spring, with mountainous rainforests, home to many rare plants, animals, and birds. Morne Trois Pitons National Park is a UNESCO World heritage site.

Citizenship Benefits

  • One time investment against lifetime citizenship
  • Cheapest citizenship program in Caribbean
  • No requirement to live in Dominica before or after citizenship.
  • Travel visa free to over 90 countries including UK, Ireland and EU schengen.
  • No mandatory interviews or language tests
  • No personal visit to Dominica required.
  • Passport issued with 10 year validity
  • Citizenship program open to all country nationals.
  • Citizenship for family and children.
  • No interviews. No residency requirements.
  • Residence status to live and work in Dominica.
  • No wealth, gift, inheritance, foreign income or capital gains tax and no personal income tax for residents.
  • No restriction on the repatriation of profits and imported capital for business.
  • Corporate tax incentives, full exemption from import duties.

Citizenship investment

The Dominica citizenship-by-investment Programme is set out in the the legislation published pursuant to Section 101 of the Constitution and Sections 8 and 20 (1) of the Citizenship Act of Dominica. Under this scheme, you will need to make minimum investment of

  • USD 100,000 donation to Government (given back if citizenship not approved)
  • USD 200,000 real estate investment >

There are 2 options to qualify for economic citizenship in Dominica.

EDF Fund

The investment amount is non-refundable if the passport is issued, however it is refunded if the application is refused.

Single Applicant USD 100,000
Family Application (Applicant plus spouse) USD 175,000
Family Application (Applicant plus two children below the age of 18 years) USD 175,000
Family Application (Applicant plus spouse and two children below the age of 18 years) USD 200,000
Family Application (Applicant plus spouse and more than two children below the age of 18 years)  USD 200,000 and USD 50,000 for every additional child below the age of 18 years

Real Estate

A minimum investment in a government approved real estate project of USD 200,000 is required for each main applicant. Two or more applicants may apply for citizenship by investment together by purchasing one piece of real estate, provided that each main applicant contributes the minimum investment of USD 200,000 towards the investment.  The real estate must be held for 3 years and may be eligible for re-sale under the Citizenship by Investment Programme after 5 years from the original purchase date. You can invest in Cabrits resort Kempinski project.

Real Estate

Minimum Investment USD 200,000
Government fees for real estate
The following government fees are applicable for the main applicant and any accompanying dependents:

  • USD 25,000 for the Main Applicant
  • USD 35,000 for Family of Four
  • USD 50,000 for a Family of Six
  • USD 70,000 Family of Seven or more

Additional Fees

The following fees apply for both real estate and government fund contribution

Due Diligence Fees Main Applicant – USD 7,500*
Spouse – USD 7,500
Dependant aged 16 years and above – USD 4,000
Fee for Certificate of Naturalisation USD 750 per person
Processing fees USD 3,000 per application
Expedited passport fee USD 1,200 per application

Dominica has a stable real estate market which is expect to grow by 2.8% by the end of this year. Most property costs are from $400,000 to $500,000. The minimum real estate investment $200,000 qualifies for Dominica passport and citizenship. Foreigners can freely acquire upto 1 acre of land for residential and 3 acres for commercial purposes. Rental yields are around 4-5% but can go up as high as 7% in capital Roseau around Castle Comfort and Wall House areas during peak season. Calibishie and Woodford Hill are very popular places to buy a real estate in Dominica among foreigners. Please note only government approved real estate projects qualify for citizenship of dominica.

Government Approved Real estate projects

Bois Cotlette The Silver Beach Development
Cabrits Resort Kempinski
(Range developments)
Tranquility Beach Dominica
Jungle Bay Villas  Secret Bay Residences

For eg. To buy a share of real estate in Kabrits Resort Kempinski, the cost for family for 4 will be

Cost of share US$ 220,000
Main applicant’s government fees US$ 50,000
Spouse’s government fees US$ 25,000
2 children’s government fees US$ 40,000 (US$ 20,000 for each child)
Due Diligence Fees (for dependents above the age of 16 years old) US$ 23,000 (US$ 7,500 for the main applicant+ US$ 7,500 for the spouse
+ US$ 4,000 x 2 for dependents)
Share Registration Fees US$ 8,800
Government processing fees US$ 3,000
Certificate of Naturalisation, including stamp fees US$ 3,000 (US$ 750 x 4)
Total Cost for a Family of 4 US$ 372,800

Real estate application process

  • Step 1. Sign initial reservation form and pay initial deposit 10% of the real estate price.
  • Step 2: Initial application and required documents for citizenship through agent. You also have to pay due diligence fees ($7500). Investor will execute sale of purchase agreement.
  • Step 3: After 3-4 months, approval letter is given by Government and within 7 days you are required to pay the balance for real estate and government fees.
  • Step 4: The proof of ownership is handed over to Government and within 3-4 weeks you will be issued “citizenship certificate”.
  • Step 5: Using “certificate of citizenship” apply for Dominica passport which takes about 1 week.

Citizenship Refusal

The granting of citizenship is a the sole discretion of the Government and the Council of ministers. The citizenship may be refused under the reasons.

  • The Government may reject or refuse granting of citizenship under the following reasons.
  • False or concealment of information in the application.
  • Failing due diligence and background checks done by Government.
  • Criminal record or financial fraud.
  • Previous visa denial to a country with visa waiver agreements with.
  • Country national subjected to international sanctions (OFAC).

Visa free travel

With dominica passport, you can travel visa free to over 100 countries including the UK, EU Schengen, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Singapore over 90 countries.

 

Dominica taxes

There are no capital gains, inheritance, gift or wealth taxes in dominica. Unless you live in dominica as a resident, there are no income taxes on your worldwide earnings.

Processing time

It takes about 2-6 months of processing time to get the passport and citizenship. The dominica passport is valid for 10yrs and the government allows dual nationality and does not report your citizenship to other countries.

No interviews. No requirement to visit Dominica.

  • The Applicant must have a clean no criminal record.
  • Good references.
  • Good references, financial and business background

Documents Required

The documentation required is extensive and paperwork with the Government is very delicate and time consuming. We need the following documents for main applicant and family members. All original documents must bear Apostille (*).

  1. Application form (Form 12)
  2. Due diligence form/declaration
  3. Personal information and disclosure forms
  4. Business background information
  5. Citizenship application letter
  6. Passport application form
  7. Birth certificate (certified copy)
  8. Marriage certificate* (certified copy) or divorce certificate
  9. Professional references (known for 3 years)
  10. Medical certificate including HIV-Test (originals)
  11. Certificate of no criminal record or Police clearance* in original in countries lived 6 months or more. Must be less than 6 months old.
  12. Two (2) personal references (originals)
  13. Bank references (original and must be client of bank atleast 2 years)
  14. Copy of passport or ID document (certified copy) of each person including children
  15. Twelve (12) colour passport photographs Each person including children

    Dominica Citizenship – FAQs

The following questions are frequently asked by clients applying for Dominica citizenship by investment program.

Are there any restrictions on who can apply?

No. This citizenship scheme has no country restrictions. Nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan can also apply.

Is the investment amount refundable?

yes, the investment amount paid to government is refundable, only if the application is refused. However other fee and charges are not refundable.

Do i need to vist in person for Dominica citzenship?

No, usually the interviews are waived but you are welcome to visit Dominica anytime

Do i need visa to visit USA and Canada as Dominica citizen? dominica passport?

Yes, visa is required for US, Canada.

Is dual citizenship allowed?

Yes, dual citizenship is allowed on dominica and there are no restrictions. However you will need to be careful with the immigration rules of your home country. In some countries dual nationalities are illegal or criminal offense. We askour clients to consult a immigration lawyer in your country and seek professional advice

Where is DOMINICA?

The Commonwealth of Dominica is a Caribbean republic with a parliamentary democracy. The capital city is Roseau and the population is approximately 70,000. The language is English. French Patois is also spoken and the currency is the East Caribbean Dollar.

Dominica should not be confused with “The Dominican Republic” which is a different country.

 

What is Dominica Citizenship by investment program (CIP)?

The Citizenship by Investment Programme allows foreign investors to obtain full legal citizenship and passports for an investor and their family where that investor has made a significant investment in Dominica which qualifies under the Citizenship by Investment Regulations. Presently the qualifying investments are a contribution to the Government Fund of a minimum amount of US$100,000 or the purchase of a property to the value of US$200,000.

How do i travel to Dominica?

International travellers from Europe and the USA arrive in Dominica through transit hubs in Antigua, Barbados, St Maarten, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe and Martinique. Dominica’s main and larger airport is Melville Hall (DOM) which accommodates commercial airlines and has an updated terminal. Canefield Airport (DCF) currently serves only courier services and private charters. For more information your trip to Dominica, please see www.dominica.dm

 

Where is Dominica passport recognized?

Everywhere. The passport that you obtain as a Citizen by Investment is a fully legal passport, and is universally recognised by all state parties to the UN.

Do i need an address in Dominica to renew my passport?

No, you do not need an address in Dominica. You can renew your passport at Passport and Immigration Department in Dominica or through any Dominican Consulate and may simply give your primary residence as address.

 

Does Dominica recognize dual citizenship?

Yes, the laws of Dominica recognise and allow dual citizenship and you are not required to renounce your other citizenships. Further more, Dominica does not notify authorities of your country of residence or citizenship on your Dominican citizenship. You are not required to reside in Dominica to keep your citizen’s status.

Where can i travel with my new dominican passport without obtaining visa in advance?

With a Dominican passport, you can travel visa-free to over 95 countries, including the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and Ireland. You will have the right to live and work in Dominica at any time. As Dominica is a member of CARICOM, you can also live in any other member nation. Holders of a Dominican passport, like all Caribbean countries, do require a visa to enter the United States, as they are not a member of the Visa Waiver Program.

 

How many years is the Dominica passport valid?

All Dominican passports are valid for up to 10 years. Passports for children under 16 years old are issued for 5 years.

Can i travel to UK with Dominica passport?

You dont need UK visa with dominica passport for short visits less than 6 months for tourism, visiting friends/family, business trip for conferences or meetings. You can check here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

How many days i can stay in UK/Schengen countries with Dominica passport?

You can stay maximum upto 90 days in 180 day in schengen countries, combined under sliding window.  For stays over 180 days, you have to request a residence permit.

How do i renew my dominica passport after expiry?

Expired passports or those with no free pages can be easily renewed for a fee at the Passport and Immigration Department in Dominica or through any Dominican Consulate (with no need to personally travel to Dominica or its Consulates).

How can i be sure that my passport will be renewed upon expiry?

As part of the laws of Dominica, citizens are entitled to a passport.

Can i renew my passport if i have already sold the real estate investment property?

Yes, as long as you held the property for the required number of years after obtaining your citizenship.

What are the steps for applying for Dominica citizenship?

STEP 1

The first step for applying for Citizenship is through an Authorized agent.  Applications for citizenship cannot be submitted directly to the Citizenship by Investment Unit and must only be handled by an Authorised Agent.
An “authorised agent” means a person licensed by the Citizenship by Investment Unit who has paid the authorised agent’s fee pursuant to paragraph 1(1) of the Schedule to these Regulations and is authorised to act on behalf of the main applicant in relation to a citizenship by investment application.

STEP 2
The second step is to contact your chosen Authorised Agent who will provide you with assistance in preparing your documentation for submission to the CBIU. You will need to complete the official forms, attend a medical examination and obtain certain supporting documents, all of which need to be submitted in English and with the appropriate legalisation. If you are purchasing property, this will need to be reserved through a sales and purchase agreement at this point. We will be able to advise you on the preparation of the documents and how to have them legalised.

STEP 3
When all of your forms are complete, the Agent will submit the application to the CBIU of Dominica and will liaise with the Unit relating to all correspondence, queries or questions on your file that may arise in due course. There is currently no mandatory interview requirement for the Dominican Citizenship by Investment Program, however an interview may be required at the discretion of the government.

STEP 4
Your application will be vetted through a thorough due diligence back ground check which will verify the information that you have provided. The CBIU will consider the file in the light of the due diligence report, and will take a decision about your application. You will receive a letter through your agent which will inform you whether your application has been successful, has been delayed for further processing or has been rejected.

STEP 5
If your application is successful, the CBIU will issue a letter instructing you to make the investment payment (for the Government Fund option) or to complete the payment of the real estate property. Upon receiving proof of the payment, the CBIU will issue the certificate of registration which will be able to be used by your agent to apply for a Dominican passport.

Are you an authorized agent of Dominica CIP?

We work indirectly with Goverment approved authorized by Dominica citizenship by investment unit.  “authorised agent” is a person licensed by the Government to act on behalf of applicants for Citizenship by Investment.

What are the required documents and forms?

  • Disclosure Form
  • Verification form
  • Two (2) completed and notarized copies of Application Form 12 for each applicant
  • One (1) professional reference
  • Letter of Employment/ Financial Statements
  • Recommendation from applicant’s Bankers
  • Two (2) Personal references
  • Police Record, with fingerprints, 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
  • Eight (8) passport size photos for each applicant
  • Marriage Certificate/Dissolution of Marriage if required
  • Birth Certificate
  • Medical Certificate
  • Letter of recommendation from the head of the school/university for children between 12 and 18 years old
  • Proof of payment of relevant fees.
  • Affidavit of Source of Funds.
  • Detailed Business Background Reports/Resume
  • Notarized copies of University/College diplomas.

Who is eligible to apply for citizenship under investment?

Applicants for citizenship must be at least 18 years of age, of good character, without criminal records and who are able and willing to make the required contribution. Applicants must engage an authorised agent who will assist them to prepare the required forms and supporting documents.

How much does the programme cost? What are the fees?

The total cost will be made up of the investment, and then other fees relating to the processing of the application. These will depend on whether you choose to obtain citizenship through the Government Fund option or the Real Estate Investment option.

Does citizenship of dominica extend to my spouse and children?

Yes, citizenship is extended to your spouse, dependent children and dependent parents. Fees for family members are provided with the application form.

 

Who qualifies as dependents?

A ‘’dependent’’ means:
  • A spouse of the main applicant;
  • A child under eighteen (18) years of age of the main applicant or his or her spouse;
  • A child of the main applicant or his or her spouse between eighteen (18) and twenty five (25) who is in full time attendance at a recognised institution of higher learning after his or her eighteenth birthday and fully supported by the main applicant;
  • An unmarried daughter of the main applicant who is under twenty five (25) years of age and is living with and fully supported by the main applicant;
  • A child of the main applicant or spouse of the main applicant who is above the age of eighteen (18) years and physically or mentally challenged and who is fully supported by the applicant;
  • Parents or grandparents of the main applicant or his or her spouse above the age of sixty five (65) years living with and fully supported by the main applicant.

A ‘’child’’ means a biological or legally adopted child of a main applicant, or of the spouse of the main applicant.
For more information, contact an authorised agent for questions relating to which of your family members may be included in your application.

 

What are the benefits of dominica citizenship?

Once citizenship of Dominica has been granted, you will have the all of the same rights as any Dominican citizen. You will have the right to live and work in Dominica at any time. As Dominica is a member of CARICOM, you can also live in any other member nation. With a Dominican passport, you can travel visa-free to over 95 countries, including the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and Ireland.

 

Will i be liable to any taxes in Dominica?

There are no wealth, gift, inheritance, foreign income or capital gains tax. You are only liable to pay personal tax if you reside in the country.

Can i submit the citizenship application myself to the CIP unit?

No. Applications must be submitted through authorized agents.

How long does the application process take?

From submission of the required documents to the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica, the processing time is approximately 8-12 weeks.

How does the Dominica CIP compare to other citizenship by investment programs in other countries?

This reputable programme has been running since 1993 and is established and experienced in processing applications. It is the cheapest of all, quick processing times and offers the most affordable route to full, legal citizenship of any of the Citizenship by Investment Programmes in the world.

Is the application process confidential?

The application process is confidential, with no disclosure of or exchange of information, except where necessary checks are to be carried out by an authorised due diligence agency.

Do i have to attend an interview?

There is currently no mandatory interview requirement for the Dominican Citizenship by Investment Program, however an interview may be required at the discretion of the government.

 

Do i have to travel to Dominica to submit the application?

There is no requirement to travel to Dominica as part of the application process, however we encourage individuals to visit Dominica. If an interview is required, it would usually be held in Dominica. However, should the applicant be unable to attend an interview in Dominica, interviews may be held at certain centres outside of Dominica, subject to the applicant paying the applicable costs.

Do i have to be resident in Dominica in order to obtain citizenship?

No. You do not have to reside in Dominica before or after citizenship is granted under the Programme.

Are the application forms available online?

No. The latest application forms for Citizenship by Investment can only be obtained through an authorised agent.

 

Can i submit my application in other languages, other than english?

No. All applications must be in English.

What is Police clearance certificate (PCC)?

A Police Clearance Certificate is a document provided by a law enforcement agency confirming the absence of a criminal record. It should be less than 6 months old.

 

What is the Oath of allegiance?

Upon final approval of citizenship, each applicant is required to sign an Oath of Allegiance to the Commonwealth of Dominica. The oath must be signed before a Notary Public, Justice of Peace or Commissioner of Oaths.

 

What are the steps for applying for Dominica citizenship?

STEP 1: Sign a retainer agreement with the agent and pay a small initial deposit. The agent will do a compulsary due diligence check and will request for documents before starting the process. The authorized agent will sign client-professional agreement and ensuring the confidentiality of the documents and information.

STEP 2: Pay the agents service fee, due diligence, registration fee, application fees. Government fee is needed only for real estate. The agent will handle everything between Government and the Client. At this point on, the agent will check and verify all documents and will launch an application with CBIU for citizenship on behalf of the client.

STEP 3: CBIU unit in Dominica will take 60 to 90 days to arrive at a decision. Once the application is approved, they will issue “Letter of Approval” to the agent who will instruct you to pay the remaining investment amount the Government escrow account within 30 days of time.

STEP 4: CBIU verifies that the appropriate investment has been completed, a signed and notarized Oath of Allegiance will be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Labour

STEP 5: The client will be promptly issued a Certificate of Naturalization and you will receive a Dominica passport within 7 days. The agent wil collect naturalization certificate and passport and will hand over to you.

What are the required documents and forms?

  • Disclosure Form
  • Verification form
  • Two (2) completed and notarized copies of Application Form 12 for each applicant
  • One (1) professional reference
  • Letter of Employment/ Financial Statements
  • Recommendation from applicant’s Bankers
  • Two (2) Personal references
  • Police Record, with fingerprints, 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
  • Eight (8) passport size photos for each applicant
  • Marriage Certificate/Dissolution of Marriage if required
  • Birth Certificate
  • Medical Certificate
  • Letter of recommendation from the head of the school/university for children between 12 and 18 years old
  • Proof of payment of relevant fees.
  • Affidavit of Source of Funds.
  • Detailed Business Background Reports/Resume
  • Notarized copies of University/College diplomas.

Why dominica is the most popular citizenship program in the world?

Over 5000 individuals apply for dominica passport every year. The Dominica citizenship program has raised over $200 million dollars, that has helped dominica to reshape its economy. The funds from citizenship program are spent on public and private sectors in Dominica economy such as tourism, agriculture, travel, schools, sports, research, education etc.. Dominica has sold over 12000 passports since 2003.

Dominica passport holders enjoy access to UK (scotland, ireland, wales), 26 European countries (Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark etc). Dominica passport holders are allowed to stay maximum 180 days in UK for business, tourism etc, and 90 days out of 180 days in EU schengen zone.

Other caribbean nations also run citizenship programs, but they are much more expensive, where with Dominica it is half the price . For example, Antigua costs ($200,000), St Kitts ($250,000), Grenada ($200,000), St Lucia ($200,000).

What is the reputation of Dominica passport?

Dominica passport is ranked 41st best passport in the world with visa free access to 119 countries in the world, according to the statistics from Henley restrictions index 2016. Dominica offers a good, easy second citizenship option and powerful second passport, cheapest of all citizenship programs running in Antigua, St Kitts, Grenada and St Lucia, Malta, Cyprus, Portugal.

Do i have to pay the investment amount again after the expiry of passport?

No. It is just one time investment. After expiry you can renew your Dominica passport just by paying a small passport fee ($38)

How does the Government donation fund work?

Donation route is the cheapest and fastest route to get the citizenship.

Applicants applying under the Government donation option must agree to pay the investment amount $100,000, specified by the program within 30 days of receiving an Approval in Principle letter from the Citizenship by investment unit (CBIU).

Will the price of dominica passport increase in the future?

It can. On July 28, 2016, Prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, announced that current pricing remains unchanged, despite rumours that that prices will hike by $75,000

Could the citizenship be refused by Dominica?

Yes, it is possible. The granting of citizenship is a the sole discretion of the Government and the Council of ministers. The citizenship may be refused under the reasons.

  • False or concealment of information in the application.
  • Failing due diligence and background checks done by Government.
  • Criminal record or financial fraud.
  • Previous visa denial to a country with visa waiver agreements with.
  • Country national subjected to international sanctions (OFAC).
  • Disrepute to Dominica.

Those who are involved in organized crime, financial crimes, money laundering, or terrorism will be denied citizenship. The Government may also revoke citizenship after granting the passport.

Does Dominica report my citizenship to other countries?

No. The citizenship granted is fully confidential. The Government does not publish names of Citizenship by investment candidates and does not share it with other Governments.

Is it possible to get a diplomatic passport from Dominica?

Currently no. Diplomatic passport will not give you citizenship in Dominica. Diplomatic passports only issued to government employees for work-related travel officially representing Dominica. Carrying a diplomatic passport does not entitle someone to diplomatic immunity. Unless you have high level government or political contacts, it is not possible to get one.

Do i need visa to enter Dominica?

Please see: http://www.dominica.dm/index.php/entry-requirements

Does Dominica give citizenship against buying Government bonds?

No.

Is it possible to permanent residence card after getting citizenship in dominica?

Yes, however you wont need this as dominica passport is much more identification document than the permanent residence card. Please note in some cases, the authorities will ask for 5 years of living to give you the PR card.

What are tax consequences after becoming citizen of dominica?

Dominica has friendly tax regime, and citizens of dominica who dont live in the country, does not have any tax liabilities and enjoy a tax free foreign income status. There are no wealth, gift or inheritance taxes.

What are the benefits of incorporating an offshore company in Dominica?

Dominica is popular offshore company formation of IBC’s because of the high confidentiality of real owners and directors. There are no financial reporting requirement, noimport duties and no restriction on the repatriation of corporate profits or imported capital.

Do i have to travel to Dominica to submit the application?

There is no requirement to travel to Dominica as part of the application process, however we encourage individuals to visit Dominica. If an interview is required, it would usually be held in Dominica. However, should the applicant be unable to attend an interview in Dominica, interviews may be held at certain centres outside of Dominica, subject to the applicant paying the applicable costs.

Does the Government does background checks on individuals?

Dominica economic citizenship program will only accept individuals of outstanding character and repute in order to protect the integrity of the country. To ensure only credible persons of impeccable standing are given citizenship, the Government of Dominica performs a comprehensive due diligence procedure on all applicants older than 18 years of age through Interpol or other private detective agencies. Only individuals with no criminal record and whose funds have been legally derived will be permitted to acquire citizenship in the country.

What is the minimum required for real estate purchase?

USD 200,000 is the minimum. Dominica real estate minimum requirement very cheap almost half the price ,compared to St Kitts or Antigua, where they ask for $400,000 minimum.

Do i have to be resident in Dominica in order to obtain citizenship?

No. You do not have to reside in Dominica before or after citizenship is granted under the Programme.

Who is eligible to apply for citizenship under investment?

Applicants for citizenship must be at least 18 years of age, of good character, without criminal records and who are able and willing to make the required contribution. Applicants must engage an authorised agent who will assist them to prepare the required forms and supporting documents.

Can i change my name after becoming dominica citizen?

You can legally change surname via a Deed Poll procedure once they have been a citizen for more than one year

How much does the programme cost? What are the fees?

The total cost will be made up of the investment, and then other fees relating to the processing of the application. These will depend on whether you choose to obtain citizenship through the Government Fund option or the Real Estate Investment option.

Does citizenship of dominica extend to my spouse and children?

Yes, citizenship is extended to your spouse, dependent children and dependent parents. Fees for family members are provided with the application form.

Are there any restrictions on who can apply?

No. This citizenship scheme has no country restrictions. Nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan can also apply.

Is the investment amount refundable?

yes, the investment amount paid to government is refundable, only if the application is refused. However other fee and charges are not refundable.

Do i need to vist in person for Dominica citzenship?

No, usually the interviews are waived but you are welcome to visit Dominica anytime

Does dominica passport has lifetime validity?

Citizenship from Dominica is valid for life. The cerificate of naturalization is the proof that you have become dominica citizen. Dominica passport issued is valid for ten years at a time, and can be renewed for life since citizenship is permanent for life. Dominica passports issued to children under 16 years old are valid for a duration of 5 years.

All expiring Commonwealth of Dominica passport can be easily renewed for a small fee $40 at any Dominica consulate or embassy or at the Dominica passport office in capital Roseau. The agent can also help you to facilitate the renewal process. No requirement to come to Dominica in person. You also dont need to have local registered address in Dominica.

Do i need visa to visit USA and Canada as Dominica citizen? dominica passport?

Yes, visa is required for US, Canada.

Is dual citizenship allowed?

Yes, dual citizenship is allowed on dominica and there are no restrictions. However you will need to be careful with the immigration rules of your home country. In some countries dual nationalities are illegal or criminal offense. We askour clients to consult a immigration lawyer in your country and seek professional advice.

Where is DOMINICA?

The Commonwealth of Dominica is a Caribbean republic with a parliamentary democracy. The capital city is Roseau and the population is approximately 70,000. The language is English. French Patois is also spoken and the currency is the East Caribbean Dollar.

Dominica should not be confused with “The Dominican Republic” which is a completely different country.

Dominica is the member of CARICOM, Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Commonwealth of Nations, United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank and Organization of American States (OAS) and Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in Canada.

What is Dominica Citizenship by investment program (CIP)?

The Citizenship by Investment Programme allows foreign investors to obtain full legal citizenship and passports for an investor and their family where that investor has made a significant investment in Dominica which qualifies under the Citizenship by Investment Regulations. Presently the qualifying investments are a contribution to the Government Fund of a minimum amount of US$100,000 or the purchase of a property to the value of US$200,000.

How do i travel to Dominica?

International travellers from Europe and the USA arrive in Dominica through transit hubs in Antigua, Barbados, St Maarten, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe and Martinique. Dominica’s main and larger airport is Melville Hall (DOM) which accommodates commercial airlines and has an updated terminal. Canefield Airport (DCF) currently serves only courier services and private charters.

Where is Dominica passport recognized?

Everywhere. The passport that you obtain as a Citizen by Investment is a fully legal passport, and is universally recognised by all state parties to the UN.

Do i get right to vote in elections?

The citizenship of dominica will give you full right to vote in political elections.

What is “Certificate of naturalization”?

The cerificate of naturalization is the proof that you have become “Citizen of Commonwealth of Dominica”. Citizenship from Dominica is valid for lifetime. They will ask for this certificate when you apply or renew the dominica passport.

Do i need an address in Dominica to renew my passport?

No, you do not need an address in Dominica. You can renew your passport at Passport and Immigration Department in Dominica or through any Dominican Consulate and may simply give your primary residence as address.

How many dependents can be included in citizenship application?

Unlimited, as long as the family members are fully supported financially by main applicant.

Can i include brothers and sisters in family application?

No you may include, mother, father, spouse and children under family citizenship application.

Do i have to attend an interview?

There is currently no mandatory interview requirement for the Dominican Citizenship by Investment Program, however an interview may be required at the discretion of the government.

Does Dominica recognize dual citizenship?

Yes, the laws of Dominica recognise and allow dual citizenship and you are not required to renounce your other citizenships. Further more, Dominica does not notify authorities of your country of residence or citizenship on your Dominican citizenship. You are not required to reside in Dominica to keep your citizen’s status.

How do i reach Dominica by air and sea?

By Air: International flights from US and Europe are connected to the island through hubs in Antigua, Barbados, St. Maarten, Guadeloupe and Martinique. The Leeward Island Transport (LIAT) and Caribbean Star usually complete the Dominican leg. LIAT and American Eagle also provide connecting flights to the island out of Puerto Rico.

By Sea: A 300-seat catamaran operated by L’Express des Îles ferries passengers between Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Lucia. The ferry service in Dominica also includes 400 capacity Catamaran operated by Jeans, traverses from Guadeloupe to Dominica into the town of Portsmouth. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors arrive on the island from Cruise Ships berthed at the Bayfront, Woodbridge Bay, and Cabrits. Captains of Yachts and Sailboats can also anchor their private yacht at any of the island’s official ports, but they should check in with customs and immigration on arrival. see: http://www.dominica.dm/index.php/how-to-get-here

Where can i travel with my new dominican passport without obtaining visa in advance?

With a Dominican passport, you can travel visa-free to over 95 countries, including the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and Ireland. You will have the right to live and work in Dominica at any time. As Dominica is a member of CARICOM, you can also live in any other member nation. Holders of a Dominican passport, like all Caribbean countries, do require a visa to enter the United States, as they are not a member of the Visa Waiver Program.

How many years is the Dominica passport valid?

All Dominican passports are valid for up to 10 years. Passports for children under 16 years old are issued for 5 years.

Can i travel to UK with Dominica passport?

You dont need UK visa with dominica passport for short visits less than 6 months for tourism, visiting friends/family, business trip for conferences or meetings. You can check here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

Do i need a visa to travel to USA and Canada with dominica passport?

Yes, you will need a separate visa to visit these countries, despite holding Dominica passport.

How many days i can stay in Schengen countries with Dominica passport?

You can stay maximum upto 90 days in 180 day in schengen countries, combined under sliding window.

Can children from previous marriage apply under my present family application?

Yes, possible.

What are the must see places in Dominica?

The Trafalgar Falls, Emerald Pool, and Cabrits National Park are very popular. Dominica has an organized tour operations system for cruise visitors.

Does Dominica have beaches?

Dominica is mainly of lush tropical forests and waterfalls. Dominica is not a typical Caribbean destination of white sand beaches, however there are many beaches within coves with glistening volcanic sand along the island’s west coast. Beaches at Mero, Macoucheri, and Portsmouth are splendid.

What are the investment opportunities available in Dominica?

Fishing, green tourism, soft adventure projects, highend boutique hotels, exclusive villas and nature related activities, manufacturing, shipping, banking and insurance.

How do i renew my dominica passport after expiry?

Expired passports or those with no free pages can be easily renewed for a fee at the Passport and Immigration Department in Dominica or through any Dominican Consulate (with no need to personally travel to Dominica or to its Consulates).

Are there any other ways to get citizenship in Dominica besides investment route?

Yes, right by birth or blood or naturalize by living 7 years in Dominica.

How can i be sure that my passport will be renewed upon expiry?

As part of the laws of Dominica, citizens are entitled to a passport.

Can i renew my passport if i have already sold the real estate investment property?

Yes, as long as you held the property for the required number of years after obtaining your citizenship.

Are you an authorized agent of Dominica CIP?

We work with approved agents and lawyers authorized by Dominica citizenship by investment unit. “authorised agent” is a person licensed by the Government to act on behalf of applicants for Citizenship by Investment.

Who qualifies as dependents?

A dependent’ means:

  • A spouse of the main applicant;
  • A child under eighteen (18) years of age of the main applicant or his or her spouse;
  • A child of the main applicant or his or her spouse between eighteen (18) and twenty five (25) who is in full time attendance at a recognised institution of higher learning after his or her eighteenth birthday and fully supported by the main applicant;
  • An unmarried daughter of the main applicant who is under twenty five (25) years of age and is living with and fully supported by the main applicant;
  • A child of the main applicant or spouse of the main applicant who is above the age of eighteen (18) years and physically or mentally challenged and who is fully supported by the applicant;
  • Parents or grandparents of the main applicant or his or her spouse above the age of sixty five (65) years living with and fully supported by the main applicant.

A ‘’child’’ means a biological or legally adopted child of a main applicant, or of the spouse of the main applicant. For more information, contact an authorised agent for questions relating to which of your family members may be included in your application.

What is economic citizenship?

Foreign investor pays or donates cash to country’s economic fund or does a investment in the economic activity in that country. In exchange, citizenship is granted immediately within months, waiving the residency requirements and naturalizing them for citizenship against the monetary contribution.

What are the benefits of dominica citizenship?

Once citizenship of Dominica has been granted, you will have the all of the same rights as any Dominican citizen. You will have the right to live and work in Dominica at any time. As Dominica is a member of CARICOM, you can also live in any other member nation. With a Dominican passport, you can travel visa-free to over 95 countries, including the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and Ireland.

Will i be liable to any taxes in Dominica?

There is no wealth, gift, inheritance, foreign income or capital gains tax. You are only liable to pay personal tax if you reside in the country.

Can i submit the citizenship application myself to the CIP unit?

No. Applications must be submitted through authorized agents.

How long does the application process take?

From submission of the required documents to the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica, the processing time is approximately 8-12 weeks.

How does the Dominica CIP compare to other citizenship by investment programs in other countries?

This reputable programme has been running since 1993 and is established and experienced in processing applications. It is the cheapest of all, quick processing times and offers the most affordable route to full, legal citizenship of any of the Citizenship by Investment Programmes in the world.

Does Dominica recognize unisex?

Unisex marriage is not recognized in Dominica and therefore does not qualify for citizenship.

How safe is Dominica?

Dominica is like any other safe country, has the lowest crime rates in the caribbean.

Can i bring pets to Dominica?

Visitors wishing to enter the country with their pets must obtain an Import Permit. The Veterinary Office of the Ministry of Agriculture can assist with the requisite guidelines.

Does Dominica has hurricane season?

The peak of hurricane season is late August to early September. The dry season is usually between January and June, with the wet months between August and October.

Does Dominica have tax treaties?

Dominica has a tax treaty with Great Britain, the United States, and CARICOM countries to prevent double taxation of income earned in Dominica.

Is the application process confidential?

The application process is confidential, with no disclosure of or exchange of information, except where necessary checks are to be carried out by an authorised due diligence agency.

Does land transfer tax apply on real estate transactions?

Assurance Fund Fee, 1% of value, Judicial Fee 2.5% of value, Stamp Duty (buyer) 4% of value
Stamp Duty (vendor) 2.5% of value, Solicitor’s Fee 3% of value on which a 15% VAT is payable.

What are the corporate and VAT rates in Dominica?

28% corporate taxes apply and VAT is levied at 15% on all goods and services, except hotel accomodation 10%.

Are the application forms available online?

The application forms for Citizenship by Investment can only be obtained through an authorised agent.

Can i submit my application in other languages, other than english?

No. All applications must be in English.

Will my passport be taken away, if Dominica decides to close the citizenship program in the future?

No, you are entitled to 100% life time citizenship, backed by Constitution and necessary legislation of the country.

What is Police clearance certificate (PCC)?

A Police Clearance Certificate is a document provided by a law enforcement agency confirming the absence of a criminal record. It should be less than 6 months old.

What is the Oath of allegiance?

Upon final approval of citizenship, each applicant is required to sign an Oath of Allegiance to the Commonwealth of Dominica. The oath must be signed before a Notary Public, Justice of Peace or Commissioner of Oaths.

Is it possible to open bank account in Dominica?

Just show your passport to open a bank account. You can open account with any of these commercial banks: Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Nova Scotia, First Caribbean International Bank, Royal Bank of Canada

Is Dominica passport real and legally obtained?

Absolutely! The Citizenship Program of the Commonwealth of Dominica qualifies investors for passport, was established by an Act of Parliament of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Citizenship Act, Chapter 1:10, Section 8 (2) (e). Infact if you do proper research, Dominica citizenship program appeared in CNN, BBC, Khaleej times news and several other newspaper publications.

Is Dominica a “tax haven”?

Absolutely, there are no taxes on income originated outside Dominica. Dominica is ideal country for setting up International Business Companies (IBC) are setup as offshore companies.

Do i need to pay withholding tax if i buy a property?

If you buy a property and you reside in Dominica for less than 6 months of the year, you are liable to pay withholding tax of 15%. If you decide to rent it, this will be paid to you outside of Dominica.

Can foreigners freely hold real estate in Dominica?

Yes, foreign buyers can freely buy real estate, without even having a visa. If you are not citizen of OECS countries, have to pay additional 10% license fee upon purchasing a land. OECS countries are Anguilla, Antigua, British virigin islands (BVI), Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat,  St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent)

The real estate transactions are done as follows: Foreign buyer pays: 10% of the value of the land, legal fees 3%, judicial fees 2.5%, assurance fund fee 1%, stamp duty 4%. Vendor pays: stamp duty 2.5%, realtor’s fees 5%

Foreigners can buy upto 1 acre of land (residential) and 3 acres of land (commercial) purposes. Alien Landholding License is required if purchasing more than 1 acre of land for residential purposes, or 3 acres of land for commercial purposes.

What are the taxes on rental income?

Rental income earned by nonresidents is taxed at progressive rates from 15% to 35%. And VAT is also levied on rental income at a flat rate of 15% (a special rate of 10% can apply under certain conditions).

Rental yields are relatively low on residential and commercial properties in Dominica usually around 4% to 5%. The average rent in coastal areas start from $800.

What is the requirement for obtaining residence permit in Dominica?

If you plan to live for 6 months or more, you have to apply for residence permit in Dominica. If you are already a Dominica citizen holding passport, you dont need residence permit. You can live in Dominica indefinitely.

Can i buy a land and apply for citizenship in Dominica?

No. Only Government approved real estate projects qualify for Dominica citizenship. Land costs in beach front near the shores, cost upward from $200 per square metre.

What if i retire in Dominica, will i be taxed on my pension?

If your pension is paid from outside Dominica, you will not be taxed.

Does Dominica have any tax exchange agreements with other countries?

According to OECD, Dominica has signed tax information exchange agreements (TIEA) with these countries.

  • Portugal – Dominica (5 October 2010)
  • Germany – Dominica (21 September 2010)
  • Canada – Dominica (29 juin 2010)
  • Finland – Dominica (19 May 2010)
  • Faroe Islands – Dominica (19 May 2010)
  • Denmark – Dominica (19 May 2010)
  • Iceland – Dominica (19 May 2010)
  • Sweden – Dominica (19 May 2010)
  • Greenland – Dominica (19 May 2010)
  • Norway – Dominica (19 May 2010)
  • Australia – Dominica (31 March 2010)
  • United Kingdom – Dominica (31 March 2010)
  • New Zealand – Dominica (16 March 2010)
  • Belgium – Dominica (26 February 2010)

Can foreigners apply for loan to purchase real estate in Dominica?

Yes, it is possible with banks such as National bank of Nova Scotia, National bank of Dominica. If you dont have bank account with Dominica banks, you may have to talk to your local banks in your country.

Are there any death duties in Dominica?

There are no death or capital gain duties apply upon death.

 What are the best places to buy real estate in Dominica?

Castle comfort and Wall house areas in Roseau. Luxury villas with great views available in Sandy beach, islands of Marie Galante and Guadeloupe. Secret bay, Kempinski hotel are the best options if you want also a citizenship in dominica.

How is the health care system in Dominica?

Dominica has a basic healthcare system with 52 health centres and two district hospitals. The Princess Margaret Hospital is the national capital hospital in Roseau providing complex medical services. There also smaller Portsmouth and cottage hospitals at Marigot and Grand Bay. Foreigners have to pay 4 times the price paid by Dominica citizens.

What are the major towns in Dominica?

Roseau is the capital city and Portsmouth on the North West coast is the second biggest town.

How is the real estate market in Dominica?

Dominica has a quiet and stable real estate market. The introduction of citizenship scheme has brought big demand for housing in the islands. Tourism is a big money spinner as hotels, villas and resorts are on demand during summer with surge in rental prices. Americans, Chinese and British are main investors in real estate market. Dominica has infact very affordable prices right now, compared to other expensive countries such Antigua, St Kitts, Belize, where the real estate prices are on sky high.

What is the current pricing per square metre for houses in Dominica?

According to global property guide, pricing for single houses cost $1200 per sq.m ( upto 100m2), $1800 (200m2),  $1200 (upto 300m2), $700 (400m2). Two to three-bedroom houses can be bought for an average price of US$500,000, depending on the location, area, quality of construction materials

How is the education system in Dominica?

Education is provided at primary, secondary and college level. There are 64 primary schools, 15 secondary schools and 1 college. Many young dominicans are university graduates in disciplines such as medicine, law, engineering, economics, management, with natural talents.

What are the languages spoken in Dominica?

English, French patois. English is the official language of Dominica, however, many locals communicate in a hybrid language known as Creole French.

What is the currency and payment systems used in Dominica?

ECD – East Caribbean dollar the local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$). The rate is set at EC$2.68 to US$1.00. Many businesses accept US Dollars, but you will get the most favorable exchange rate at the banks. Major Credit Cards are accepted in most places.

What is the time zone settings in Dominica?

Dominica is GMT-4 or one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time on Atlantic Standard Time. Dominica does NOT observe Daylight Savings.

How is the public transport system in the islands?

Mini-buses (look for the number plate that starts with an ‘H’) serve routes from Roseau, Marigot / Douglas Charles Airport, Ross University and other prominent island locations… and to all villages they are a cheap (often exciting) way to get around the island. Prices are fixed by the government.

Taxis are readily available for reasonable prices and can either be arranged from your location of stay or from the street. Inquire about destination prices with someone before hailing a cab. Drivers most generally will take both US and EC dollars. If possible pay with EC. Riders will find most drivers very friendly.

What is the country code and  dialing code for Dominica?

The country code is DM and phone dialing code is +1 -767 for Dominica. Internet domains used as .dm

What can you tell me about Dominica for first time travelers?

Dominica has some of the richest mountain rainforest in the Caribbean. Dominica’s beaches generally consist of shimmering black sand or rocks. There are few expansive beaches. The island has over 360 rivers. There are 9 volcanoes on the Dominica.  Dominica’s Morne Trois Pitons National Park has been inscribed by UNESCO world heritage site. Throughout the island, the nature lover can see flora, fauna, and about 130 species of birds including the Sisserou Parrot (Amazona Imperialis) which is on the endangered species list.  Dominica has received great acclaim for its underwater “treasures” and picturesque qualities. The majority of the island is covered by densely wooded mountains and rain-forest. The overall terrain is very steep, and extremely rugged.

Why invest in Dominica?

The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica invites investments that will generate sustained economic growth and prosperity, and create jobs and business opportunities for their people.

  • Dominica ranked #6 by FDI Intelligence for cost effectiveness in the Caribbean & Latin America
  • “Gateway to Europe” 15 minutes by air to the French Overseas Departments of Martinique and Guadeloupe and less than 2 hours to the nearest US port.
  • Free movement of profit and dividends with no capital gains, estate or death taxes
  • An English speaking, educated, and trainable workforce with 95% literacy.
  • Safe and good quality of life, with lower crime rate than the other Caribbean islands.
  • Great opportunity to invest in green field operations in several investment sectors.
  • A stable macroeconomic environment and mature democracy.
  • Unrestricted foreign ownership of businesses.
  • Concessions for large and small investment projects.
  • Highly talented and multi lingual work force.
  • Regular sea and air transportation to major markets and destination.
  • Preferential access to major international markets and agreements with Europe (EPA) and CARICOM.

How is the economy in Dominica?

Dominica has GDP 1 billion with GDP growth of 1.1%.  Inflation is at 1.8%.  Dominica has population of 71,200 (2013) and has total area of 751 km2. The Commonwealth of Dominica has become in recent years a major international financial hub, and is quickly becoming one of the largest offshore banking centres in the world, and offshore services are also becoming its main source of income. Major industries are tourism, agriculture and light manufacturing. Major exports are bananas, citrus fruits, plantains, coconuts and tropical fruits. Exported manufactured products are soaps, paints and varnishes. Local production include water plants. Tourism and agriculture are big earners. About 25% of americans, 18% europeans visit Dominica every year. Over 250,000 visitors arrive by cruise ships every year.

Can i apply for citizenship for my son and daughter who are 25 and 28 years old?

Adult children under 25 years of age, enrolled in educational institution full time can be included in family citizenship. Unmarried daughter under 25 years living with main applicant, can also be included in the family application. All must be fully supported by main applicant.

Can my parents and grandparents qualify for citizenship under family option?

Yes, parents or grandparents above 65 years old, can qualify for citizenship but must be fully supported by main applicant.

I have a 2 legally adopted children 10 and 12 years old. Will they be accepted?

Yes.

What are the benefits of becoming a Dominican citizen?

As a citizen of Dominica, personal benefits include:

  • Second citizenship through the oldest and most trusted citizenship by investment programmes
  • Visa-free travel to over 115 countries, including the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong and Ireland
  • Minimal taxation – no wealth, gift, inheritance, foreign income or capital gains tax
  • Full residence status, with the right to live and work in Dominica
  • Dual citizenship is allowed
  • There is no requirement to reside in Dominica before or after citizenship is granted
  • The application process is confidential.

What is the difference between the two countries, “Commonwealth of Dominica” and “The Dominican Republic”?

Both are 2 different countries. Only Commonwealth of Dominica has the citizenship by investment program. The Dominican Republic does not have one.  It is very common to confuse both the countries.

What must be validity of police clearance and HIV medical test certificates?

Police clearance document must be obtained from your home country and all countries you have lived in the past 10 years for more than 6 months old. It must be less than 6 months old . HIV clearance and medical tests from doctor must be less than 3 months old , before launching the application for citizenship with the Dominica CBIU. FBI clearance certificate may be needed if you have lived in the US. Please contact us and we will be able to advise you specifically what is needed.