Second Citizenship

About Dominica

Citizenship Program in Commonwealth of Dominica

Economic Contribution Option

Real Estate Option

Citizenship by Investment Program Summary in Four Caribbean Countries

Benefits of Obtaining Second Citizenship from Dominica

Required Documents, Forms

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About Dominica

Located along the Eastern Caribbean archipelago, with four (4) hour flight from New York City, Dominica is sitting just a few miles from Martinique to the south and Guadeloupe to the north. Stretching 751 km² (290 square miles) the island asserts 148 km (91 miles) of coastal line.

The island was originally inhabited by the Kalinago/Arawak. Discovered by Christopher Columbus in Sunday of November 3, 1493 and named it after the day of the week itself (“Sunday” = “Domenica” in Italian).

Known as the “Nature Island of the Caribbean” due to its spectacular natural beauty, with its vast rain forest, beautiful and breath-taking waterfalls, and wonderful 365 rivers. Dominica is home to the world’s second largest thermally active lake, and boasts hot and cold sulphur springs with healing properties. The highest peak in the Caribbean can also be located in the island that is, MorneDiablotins, which stands at 1,447m high.   Addition to that, it is the home of many rare plants and animals and bird species, where the Sisserou parrot can only be found; it is the country’s national bird and the centerpiece on the country’s national flag.

The country is considered as one of the best tourist destination in the world with its beautiful beaches and magnificent diving spot. Tourist will also enjoy whales watching and for adventure lover, the island is also largely popular location for hiking. That is why, the country becomes major ecotourism destination in the Caribbean region.

The country has been named as one of the world’s happiest place to live, evidence is the high number of people who have lived to be older than 100 years.

English is the official language of Dominica, universally spoken and understood. However, Antillean Creole, based on French, is also spoken by many people on the island.  According to July 2015 Central Intelligence Agency report, the country’s population is 73, 607. The vast majority of Dominicans are of African descent, which comprised 86.6% of the entire population. There is a growing mixed nationalities which consist of 9.1% of the entire population, along with a significant Indo-Caribbean or East Indian groups, about 2.9% of the population, a small European origin minority (descendants of French, British, and Irish colonists) and there are small numbers of Lebanese, Syrians and Asians which is about 1.4% of the entire population.

About 62% of the population is Roman Catholic, nevertheless in the recent years a number of Protestant churches have been established in the country. There is also a small Muslim community in Dominica, and the nation’s first mosque was built recently near Ross University.

Commonwealth of Dominica was a former British colony and on 3rd November 1978, the country was granted independence with a Republican Constitution. The British Crown was no longer the Head of State. From then on Dominica became a politically stable country, it adapted the parliamentary democracy form of government whereby the President is the Head of State while the Prime Minister is the Head of Government and exercises the executive power.

Dominica is a proud member of the Commonwealth of Nations, a voluntary organization of 53 countries (Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, United Kingdom, and more) which share no legal commitment to each other but have a common goal of enhancing the “development of free and democratic societies” and “promoting peace and prosperity to improve the lives of all peoples of the Commonwealth.” There are many benefits to Commonwealth members such as easier travel between Member Countries, protection of all Members by other embassies and commissions around the world. Aside from being member of Commonwealth of Nations, Dominica is also Member of different association in the Caribbean Region, one of those is Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (with eight participating countries, namely: Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Commonwealth of Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Anguilla, Montserrat) founded in October 1983 in order to maintain the stability of the East Caribbean dollar (EC$) and the integrity of the banking system in order to facilitate the balanced growth and development of member states. Another is Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) a development of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States; this organization is composed of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It is under the supervision of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank

The official currency used in Dominica is Eastern Caribbean Dollar, the currency being circulated in all eight member countries of the ECCU which is pegged at 2.7169 against US Dollar since 1977. This means that the currency power of Dominica is stable and will is not be affected by fluctuating exchange rate in the money market.

Banana and other fresh fruits are the country’s major source of income for the export industry; it comprises 39% of the total exports of the country. Moreover, Commonwealth of Dominica is becoming major international financial center; in the recent years offshore services are also becoming the country’s main source of income. The country also relies on ecotourism to support project of the government. Addition to that, in 1993 the government introduce the Economic Citizenship Program that aims to augment the government spending in terms of infrastructure in different projects.

Seeking education is not a problem in Dominica, the Ross University School of Medicine pre-clinical campus is in Dominica with administrative bases located in both Iselin, New Jersey and Miramar, Florida in the United States. The campus features a medical and anatomical imaging laboratory, a simulation center, and classrooms equipped with plasma screens. In May 2015, Ross officially opened a new Student Center, a 50,000 square feet facility housing the library, student study spaces and student services.

Citizenship Program in Commonwealth of Dominica

Commonwealth of Dominica offers second citizenship to different nationalities who successfully pass the sets of standards given by the Government under its Citizenship by Investment Program. In return, applicants are expected to provide economic contribution to the Government of Dominica which will fuel the infrastructure on educational facilities, renovation hospitals, building of national sport stadium and promotion of offshore sector.  In general, the applicants provide a better standard of living for their future country which they can be proud of.

Commonwealth of Dominica Citizenship by Investment Program began since 1993. The program is legal pursuant to Section 101 of the Constitution of Dominica and Sections 8 and 20 (1) of the Citizenship Act, in which the government allows other nationalities to become Dominican Citizen and be able to hold passport from the government.

Applicants have two options to become eligible to the program:

The First option is by providing direct Economic Contribution to the Government Fund with a minimum amount of USD100,000.The Second option is through investing a minimum of USD200,000 in Real Estate Project approved by the government.

Under Economic Contribution you can see the Table 1 for schedule of non-refundable Economic Contribution depending on number of applicant.

Table 1 Schedule of Economic Contribution

Amount of Economic Contribution Due Diligence Fee Number of Applicant and Dependents
US$100, 000 USD7,500 -Processing Fee: USD3,000
-Certificate of Naturalization: USD 750
-Expedited Passport Issue Fee: USD 1,200
Single Applicant
USD175,000 USD7,500 x 2 -Processing Fee: USD3,000 per application
– Certificate of Naturalization: USD 750 x 2
Expedited Passport Issue Fee:  USD 1,200 x 2
Main Applicant plus Spouse
USD200,000 USD7,500 x 2
Note: Additional payment of USD4,000 for each dependent 16 years old and above
-Processing Fee: USD3,000 per application
– Certificate of Naturalization: USD750 x 4
-Expedited Passport Issue Fee: USD 1,200 x 4
Main Applicant plus Spouse and Two Dependents (below 18 years old)
USD200,000
Note: Additional payment of USD50,000 for each dependent below 18 year of age
USD7,500 x 2
Note: Additional payment of USD4,000 for each dependent 16 years old and above
Processing Fee: USD3,000 per application
– Certificate of Naturalization: USD750 per applicant
– Expedited Passport Issue Fee:  USD 1,200 per applicant
Applicant plus spouse and more than two children below the age of 18

Consultation Fee: is depending on the number of applicants which is not included on the above schedule of payment.

Note: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/her spouse between 18 and 25 years, who is in full time attendance at a recognized institution of Higher Learning and is fully supported by the main applicant;
  • An unmarried daughter of the main applicant under 25 years of age and is living with and fully supported by the main applicant
  • Parents or grandparents of the main applicant or spouse who are above 65, living with and fully supported by the main applicant.

A “child’’ means a biological or legally adopted child of a main applicant or his or her spouse.

Due Diligence is a process of investigation commissioned by the government to verify the information written on DisclosureForm filledby the applicant, it focuses but not limited on the following: Family background, criminal record and financial capacity.

Another alternative for Economic Contribution is the Real Estate Option. Under the Citizenship by Real Estate Investment Program, an applicant must investment a minimum of USD200,000 on an approved project.

In addition, the projects will be strictly under government monitoring and supervision which is being applied on construction process as well. During the construction the funds will be controlled by the government. Fund will be deposited in an escrow account and will be drawn in tranches.In this way, the government acts as trustee of the people.

Table 2 below shows the schedule of government contribution depending on the number of applicants.

Table 2. Schedule of Government Contribution through Real Estate Investment Option.

Minimum Real Estate Additional Government Contribution Due Diligence Fee Additional Fees Number of Applicant and Dependents
USD 200,000 USD50,000 USD7,500 -Processing Fee: USD3,000
-Certificate of Naturalization: USD 750
-Expedited Passport Issue Fee: USD 1,200
Main Applicant
+ USD25,000 + USD7,500 + Certificate of Naturalization: USD 750
-Expedited Passport Issue Fee: USD 1,200
Spouse
USD20,000 Additional payment for each dependent below 18 years’ old Additional payment of USD4,000 for each dependent 16 years’ old and above -Certificate of Naturalization: USD 750per applicant
-Expedited Passport Issue Fee: USD 1,200per applicant
Each dependent below 18 years’ old
USD50,000 Additional payment for a dependent aged 18-25 years  Additional payment of USD4,000 for each dependent 16 years old and above -Certificate of Naturalization: USD 750 per applicant
-Expedited Passport Issue Fee: USD 1,200 per applicant
Each dependent aged 18-25 years

Consultation Fee: is depending on the number of applicants which is not included on the above schedule of payment.

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/her spouse between 18 and 25 years, who is in full time attendance at a recognized institution of Higher Learning and is fully supported by the main applicant;
  • An unmarried daughter of the main applicant under 25 years of age and is living with and fully supported by the main applicant
  • Parents or grandparents of the main applicant or spouse who are above 65, 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.

***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.

 

Four CARICOM members have legally adopted the Citizenship by Investment Program, however each countries varies on the amount of minimum required Economic Contribution and/or minimum Real Estate Investment. Table 4 shows the summary of programs in Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Barbuda and Antigua.

Table 4. Citizenship by Investment Program Summary

Country Minimum Amount of Economic Contribution Minimum Real Estate Investment Residency Requirement Interview Minimum Processing Period Number of Visa-Free
Dominica USD100,000.00 USD200,000.00 No Need Not Required 2 to 3 Months 95 Countries and Territories
Grenada USD200,000.00 USD350,000.00 No Need Not Required 3 Months 115 Countries and Territories
St. Kitts & Nevis USD250,000.00 USD400,000.00 No Need Not Required 4 to 6 Months 130 Countries and Territories
Antigua and Barbuda USD200,000.00 USD400,000.00 At least 5 days in 5 years Not Required 3 Months 131 Countries and Territories

Figure 1 below shows how the cost of the program varies in each four countries. Green line, shows the difference in minimum Real Estate Investment required for each countries while the blue line shows the minimum Economic Contribution required.

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*Financially, among four Caribbean Country which offers Citizenship by Investment Program (second passport) the Nature Island of Dominica is the most affordable one.

Benefits of Obtaining Second Citizenship from Dominica

Being one of the oldest program in the Caribbean Community, which started in 1993, Commonwealth of Dominica Citizenship by Investment Program boast of being one of the most trusted and reputable citizenship program in the world.

Applicants have nothing to worry about the confidentiality of their application. The grant of citizenship is for a lifetime; children have the right to inherit the Dominican nationality regardless of whether born in the Dominican Island or not it becomes the heir’s right.

The Citizenship by Investment Programme is set out in the regulations published pursuant to Section 101 of the Dominica Constitution and Sections 8 and 20 (1) of the Citizenship Act.

Visa-Free to 95 Countries

One of the advantages of becoming citizen from Dominica is the visa-free access to 95 Countries around the globe! This includes the Visa-Free Access to Schengen Area.  Below is the list of visa-free countries for a Commonwealth of Dominica Passport:

Schengen Area—Visa Not Required

On 28 May 2015 Commonwealth of Dominica and signed a Schengen Visa-Waiver Agreement with 26 member countries, allowing Dominica Passport Holder to travel visa free!

  1. Austria
  2. Belgium
  3. Czech Republic
  4. Denmark
  5. Estonia
  6. Finland
  7. France
  8. Germany
  9. Greece
  10. Hungary
  11. Iceland
  12. Italy
  13. Latvia
  14. Liechtenstein
  15. Lithuania
  16. Luxembourg
  17. Malta
  18. Netherlands
  19. Norway
  20. Poland
  21. Portugal
  22. Slovakia
  23. Slovenia
  24. Spain
  25. Sweden
  26. Switzerland

Caribbean Community—Visa Not Required and Allowed to Reside

Special preferences are given to Dominican citizen and passport holder in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Aside from Visa-Free on CARICOM, Dominican are also allowed to reside and work in the CARICOM member territories.

  1. Antigua and Barbuda
  2. Bahamas
  3. Barbados
  4. Belize
  5. Grenada and the Grenadines
  6. Haiti
  7. Jamaica
  8. Montserrat
  9. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  10. Saint Lucia
  11. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  12. St. Maarteen
  13. Trinidad and Tobago

Other Countries Visa Free

Below is the list of other countries and territories that allows Commonwealth of Dominica Citizens to enter visa-free.

  1. Anguilla
  2. Aruba
  3. Belarus
  4. Bhutan
  5. British Virgin Island
  6. Brunei
  7. Burundi
  8. Cape Verde
  9. Cayman Islands
  10. Colombia
  11. Comoros
  12. Cook Island
  13. Costa Rica
  14. Cyprus
  15. Dominican Republic
  16. East Timor
  17. Egypt
  18. El Salvador
  19. Fiji
  20. Gibraltar
  21. Hong Kong
  22. Ireland
  23. Jordan
  24. Laos
  25. Leeward Islands
  26. Lesotho
  27. Malaysia
  28. Maldives
  29. Marshal Islands
  30. Mauritania
  31. Mauritius
  32. Namibia
  33. Netherland Antilles
  34. Norther Mariana Islands
  35. Panama
  36. Peru
  37. Philippines
  38. Romania
  39. Samoa (Western)
  40. Sao Tome and Principe
  41. Seychelles
  42. Singapore
  43. Solomon Islands
  44. South Korea
  45. Tanzania
  46. Timor-Leste
  47. Togo
  48. Tonga
  49. Turkey
  50. Turks and Caicos
  51. Tuvalu
  52. United Kingdom
  53. Vanuatu
  54. Venezuela
  55. Zambia
  56. Zimbabwe

*It must be noted that 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. Please visit   http://cbiu.gov.dm/citizenship/benefits/

Dual Citizenship is Allowed: Reside whenever you want

Aside from Visa-free and visa on arrival to 95 countries an applicant or even citizen is not required to visit nor to reside on the country. Doing business is also easy, not only in the island, but also within the neighboring Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Dual Citizenship is allowed in Dominica so the applicants is not obliged to give up their other nationality.

Tax Free Status

If a dual-citizen choose not to reside on the Dominica, they can rest assured that their income outside Dominica will not be taxed. If a citizen who is resident, earns income from the island of Dominica, then their domestic income will be tax.

There is no wealth tax, tax on gifts, inheritance tax foreign income tax or capital gains tax in Dominica.

Business Opportunities

Being part of the Caribbean Community allows Dominica Citizen to conduct business in the 15 Member countries. At present time, the world has been recognizing the beauty and magnificence of the whole Caribbean particularly the island of Dominica, and regarded it as prime tourist destination; evidence of this are the number of resorts and spa are built in the country and in Caribbean in general.

Foreign Exchange Stability

The currency used in Dominica is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, a common currency issued by The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) to all eight members of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU).  The Eastern Caribbean Dollar has been pegged to the US Dollar at the rate of USD1= XCD 2.7169 since 1977, providing certainty and stability in exchange transactions.

Politically Stable Economy

Dominica became a politically stable country. At Independence, Dominica adopted the parliamentary democracy form of government.  The President is the Head of State, while the Prime Minister is the Head of the Cabinet and of Government business.

Dominica is a Member of different international organizations inclusive of:

  • The United Nations (UN) with 193 members,
  • The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with 15 Member Countries and Territories within the Caribbean Archipelago,
  • The CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), which broadens Dominican citizens’ access to the Market in terms of demand and supply of service and commodities.
  • The Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean (ALBA)
  • UNESCA
  • PAHO
  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and

The World Bank (WB).

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LIST OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Table 3 Below shows the list of documents required from the applicant to proceed with the application on application for Citizenship.

Table 3. Commonwealth of Dominica Citizenship List of Required Documents

REQUIRED FORMS REQUIRED FORMAT
1.1 D1 FORM – DISCLOSURE FORM Original
1.2 D2 FORM – FINGERPRINT AND PHOTOGRAPH VERIFICATION Original
1.3 D3 FORM – MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE Original
Medical Questionnaire completed by a Registered Medical
 Health Professional.  In addition, original result for:
(a) HIV Test, only applicants 12 years old and above
(b) Blood Test and Urine Test
All Tests should be dated within Three(3) months from
submission and must be completed in English
by a Registered Medical Practitioner.
1.4 D4 FORM – INVESTMENT AGREEMENT Original
1.5 FORM 12 – RESIDENCY WAIVER Original
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FORMAT
1 PERSONAL DOCUMENTS
1.1 Birth Certificate True Copy
1.2 Marriage Certificate True Copy
1.3 Passport Copy True Copy
1.4 National ID True Copy
1.5 Curriculum Vitae Original
1.6 Driver’s License True Copy
2 EDUCATION CERTIFICATE
2.1 University Diploma True Copy
2.2 Military Service Letter True Copy
3 PROOF OF FINANCIAL CAPACITY
3.1 Bank Letter Original
3.2 24 months Bank Statement Original
3.3 Title Deed True Copy
3.4 Employment Letter/Trade License/Letter of Incorporation True Copy
3.5 Affidavit Stating Source of funds Original
4 REFERENCES
4.1 One Professional Reference Original
5 POLICE RECORDS Original
Police Clearance is required for each applicant above 16.
5.1 Police Record from Country of Birth
5.2 Police Record from Country of Citizenship
5.3 Police Record from each country where the applicants hold
permanent residency
5.4 Police Record from each country the applicant resides for
more than 6 months for the last 10 years.
5.5 A sworn affidavit from parent for dependent 12-15 years
stating no criminal record
6 OTHER SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
6.1 Letter to Minister Original
6.2 Statutory Declaration Original
6.3 8 Passport size photos (35X45mm) white background Original
7 PROOF OF ADDRESS
7.1 Utility Bill or Copy of Lease
7.2 Proof of residential address Original

Required Documents, Forms

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