Established in 1993, the Commonwealth of Dominica's Economic Citizenship Program is designed to allow qualified investors and their families to apply for Dominican citizenship via a non-refundable investment made to the Financial Services Unit of Dominica Ministry of Finance.
The investment proceeds provided to the Ministry of Finance from the program are used to fund both public and private sector projects such as building schools and renovating hospitals, as well as funding tourism and information technology projects.
The Economic Citizenship Program of Dominica is based on Section 101 of the Constitution and Sections 8 and 20 (1) of the Citizenship Act.
Officially, the Commonwealth of Dominica is an island nation in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea with a population of 71,293 and area of 751km2. An English speaking country, Dominica was a British colony until its independence in 1978. Often referred to as the Nature Island, tourism and agriculture are large contributions to the country's economy.
Citizens of Dominica do not have to pay tax on any income earned outside of the nation, except if they choose to reside there. They can also travel to more than 50 countries including UK and other EU countries using their Dominican passport without the need for a visa.
The Economic Citizenship Program of Dominica offers investors a number of benefits, such as:
The investment options available for obtaining citizenship are as follows:
A) Single Applicant
Single applicant will be required to make an investment of US$ 100,000.
B) Family Application - I
(Applicant + Spouse) An investment of US$ 175,000 qualifies the applicant and his or her spouse for citizenship.
C) Family Application - II
(Applicant + Spouse + 2 children under 18) An investment of US$ 200,000 qualifies the applicant, his or her spouse and two children under 18 years for citizenship.
D) Family Application - III
(Applicant + Spouse + 3 children under 18) A investment of US$ 350,000 qualifies the applicant, his or her spouse and three children under 18 years for citizenship. An investment of US$ 50,000 is required for each additional child above 18 and under 25 years.
The application process summarized below is based on the required process that should be followed by all applicants for the Economic Citizenship Program in Dominica. The procedure follows 9 basic steps, which are dependent on the successful completion of the previous step.
|Dominica Economic Citizenship Programme|
|Month 1||Step 1||File preparation. Advisory, government and due diligence fees are due at this stage.|
|Step 2||Citizenship application submission.|
|Month 4||Step 3||Comfort Letter is issued by the Dominican Authorities.|
|Step 4||Applicant transfers Investment.|
|Month 7||Step 5||Interview appointment and attendance by applicant.|
|Month 8||Step 6||Interview results are provided by the Dominican Authorities.|
|Step 7||Upon approval, applicant and family must take the Oath of
|Month 9||Step 8||Application and reception of Passports.|
|Step 9||Certicate of Naturalisation is issued.|
The above timeline is an estimate based on our experience with previous clients and is provided for information purposes only. Any changes that may occur, which may or may not affect an applicant's processing, will not be the responsibility of Garth Coates Solicitors. Government can experience large volumes of applications, local authorities can modify required documents and/or processing delays, are some of the factors that may affect timings. For the latest up-to-date information, please contact us.
Applicants and dependents above 16 years are also liable to pay due diligence, security and background verification fees, which may vary depending on the profile, nationality
and country of residence(s) of the applicants. Application fees are subject to change, therefore always contact us for the most up-to-date information.
Applicants must attend a compulsory interview. Interviews are usually held in Dominica, which requires the applicant to travel. In some circumstances an interview in an alternative country can be arranged, which will be at the expense of the applicant.
Please contact us for more information, to book an appointment, or to start the process.