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What is the citizenship by investment programme?
The Citizenship by Investment Programme allows you and your family to obtain full legal citizenship and passports when you make a significant investment in Dominica which qualifies under the Citizenship by Investment Regulations. Presently, there are two qualifying investments: a contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund starting at USD 100,000 for a single applicant, or the purchase of authorised property valued at least USD 200,000.
Who is eligible to apply for citizenship?
As an applicant for citizenship, you must be at least 18 years of age, of good character, without a criminal record, and able and willing to make the required contribution. You must engage an Authorised Agent who will assist you in preparing 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 contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund or of the investment in authorised real estate, plus fees relating to the processing of the application. Some fees apply to both citizenship routes, while others depend on whether you choose to obtain citizenship through the Economic Diversification Fund option or the real estate option
Does citizenship extend to my spouse and children?
Yes, citizenship is extended to your spouse, dependent children and dependent parents or grandparents. Fees vary according to the number of family members you include in your application for citizenship.
Who qualifies as a dependant?
Please contact your Licensed Immigration Consultant/Authorised Agent for questions relating to which of your family members may be included in your application.
What are the benefits?
Once you receive citizenship of Dominica you will have the same right to live, work, and study in Dominica as any other citizen. With a Dominican passport, you will be able to travel visa-free or with a visa-on-arrival to more than 120 countries and territories, including major business hubs.
Will I be liable to any taxes in dominica?
There is no wealth, gift, inheritance, foreign income, or capital gains tax in Dominica. As a citizen, you would be liable to pay personal tax if you resided in Dominica.
Can I submit the application to the citizenship by investment unit myself?
No. You must submit your application through a Licensed Immigration Consultant / Authorised Agent.
How long does the application take?
From submission of the application to an approval in principle, it normally takes less than three months.
How does this programme compare to other citizenship by investment programmes?
Our Programme has been running since 1993 and our Citizenship by Investment Unit is highly experienced in processing applications. Our Programme has quick processing times and offers the most affordable route to full, legal citizenship of any of the citizenship by investment programmes in the Caribbean. We were recently ranked number one in the world’s most comprehensive study of the citizenship by investment industry.
Is the application process confidential?
The application process itself is confidential, except where necessary checks are carried out by authorised due diligence agencies and international partners.
Do I have to attend an interview?
No, you don’t have to attend a mandatory interview. However an interview may be required at the discretion of the Government.
Do I have to travel to Dominica?
No, you don’t have to travel to Dominica as part of the application process.
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.
Is the application form available online?
No. All application forms for the Citizenship by Investment Programme can only be obtained through an Immigration Consultant / Authorised Agent.
Can I submit my application in any language?
No. You must submit your application in English.
What is a police clearance certificate?
A Police Clearance Certificate is a document provided by a law enforcement agency confirming the absence of a criminal record.
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 the Peace, or Commissioner of Oaths.
How do I get 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. Cane field Airport (DCF) currently serves only courier services and private charters.
Where will my Dominican passport be recognised?
Everywhere. The passport that you obtain as an economic citizen is a fully legal passport, and is universally recognised by all state parties to the United Nations.
Does Dominica recognise dual citizenship?
Yes, the laws of Dominica recognise and allow dual citizenship and you are not required to renounce your other citizenships. You are not required to reside in Dominica to keep your citizenship status.
Where can I travel to on my Dominican passport without obtaining a visa in advance?
With a Dominican passport, you can travel visa-free or with a visa-on-arrival to over 120 countries or territories, including many important business hubs. You will have the right to live, work, and study in Dominica at any time. Holders of a Dominican passport, like holders of passports from any Caribbean country, require a visa to enter the United States, because they are not part of the Visa Waiver Programme.
For how many years is a Dominican passport valid?
Dominican passports are generally valid for up to 10 years. Passports for children under 16 years old are issued for 5 years.
How do I renew my passport when it expires?
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, and as a citizen of Dominica, you would be entitled to a 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 the Passport and Immigration Department in Dominica or through any Dominican Consulate, and may simply give your primary residence as your address.
Can I renew my passport if I have already sold the investment property?
Yes, as long as you held the property for the required number of years after obtaining your citizenship.
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