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Dominica Citizenship By Investment

The Commonwealth of Dominica developed its highly reputable Citizenship by Investment Programme in 1993, which today is run by the Citizenship by Investment Unit and celebrates more than 20 years of continued success. Dominica is proud to offer one of the world’s most affordable economic citizenship programmes, as it continues to focus on the overall quality and integrity of its applicants.

Benefits

Citizens of Dominica can take advantage of a range of benefits, including:

  • Citizenship for life, with the right to live and work in the country

  • The ability to pass one’s citizenship to future generations by descent

  • The opportunity to maintain dual citizenship under Dominican law

  • Visa-free travel to over 115 countries and territories, including Europe's Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Hong Kong

  • A low tax regime, safeguarding citizens from, for example, net worth, inheritance, gift, foreign income, and capital gains tax

The benefits of Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Programme include:

  • The ability to include family members in the application

  • Fast processing time and transparent requirements

  • No interview requirement

  • No previous business experience requirement

  • No requirement to reside in Dominica before, during, or after the application

Application Process

Applicants under the Programme must be at least 18 years old, of good character, and of sound health. Applicants must also be able and willing to make an investment into the Dominican economy, either in the form of a contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund, or as an investment in local pre-approved real estate. Applicants and their families may all be included in the same application.

The process of applying for citizenship is rigorous and requires diligent preparation in order to gather all the information needed. Application timelines can vary, although they usually depend on how easily an applicant can access the required documentation, as well as the complexity of the application as a whole. Clients will normally take between 1 and 2 months to gather the necessary documentation, and it only takes a maximum of 3 months for the Commonwealth of Dominica to process applications.

The process may be simplified into the following steps:

Step 1: Application preparation and pre-approval by CS Global Partners.

Step 2: Submission of citizenship application.

Step 3: Government processing of the application and due diligence checks, taking at most 3 months for completion.

Step 4: Approval in principle.

Step 5: Investment in real estate or donation to the EDF.

Step 6: Citizenship certificate issued.

Step 7: Passport application and issuance.

Investment Options

Applicants under the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Programme must choose one of two potential routes to citizenship.

  1. Making a one-time contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund (EDF); or
  2. Purchasing pre-approved real estate.

1. The Economic Diversification Fund

Dominica’s Economic Diversification Fund (EDF) is one of many projects launched by the Dominican Government to invigorate its local economy. The EDF has been used to sponsor, among other things, education, tourism, industrialisation, and agriculture. The minimum contribution amount required under this option (currently USD 100,000 for a single applicant) is the most affordable option of any citizenship by investment programme in the Caribbean.

 

Minimum Contribution

Main applicant: USD 100,000
Main applicant and spouse: USD 175,000
Main applicant with up to three dependants: USD 200,000
Per additional dependant: USD 25,000

Due Diligence Fees

Main Applicant: USD 7,500
Spouse: USD 4,000
Dependant aged 16 years or above: USD 4,000

Processing Fees

Per application: USD 1,000

 

Quoting directly from the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CBIU), the following guidance on payment applies.

The applicant is responsible for paying the full minimum contribution amount required under the laws and regulations that govern the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Programme.

Therefore, when making the payment via bank transfer, the applicant must also pay any applicable bank charges, so that the contribution amount is received by the Government in full.

Full minimum contribution amounts are expressed in United States dollars (USD). However, the Government will also accept payments in euros (EUR) and pounds sterling (GBP).

IMPORTANT: Any payment in EUR or GBP must, on the day it is processed by the recipient bank, be equivalent to or greater than the minimum contribution amount in USD. Any payment that falls below the minimum contribution amount in USD will be rejected as insufficient.

2. Pre-approved Real Estate

Under the real estate option, applicants are required to purchase Government-approved real estate. The real estate must be held for a minimum of three years, but, if applicants wish to re-sell their property to another applicant under the Programme, then they must wait at least five years.

 

Minimum Investment

Per application: USD 200,000

Government Fees

Main applicant and spouse: USD 35,000
Family with up to four persons: USD 35,000
Family with up to six persons: USD 50,000
Family with up to seven or more persons: USD 70,000

Due Diligence Fees

Main Applicant: USD 7,500
Spouse: USD 4,000
Dependant aged 16 years or above: USD 4,000

Processing Fees

Per application: USD 1,000

 

Quoting directly from the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CBIU), the following guidance on payment applies.

The applicant is responsible for paying the full fees required under the laws and regulations that govern the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Programme.
Therefore, when paying for fees via bank transfer, the applicant must also pay any applicable bank charges, so that the fees are received by the Government in full.
Full fee amounts are expressed in United States dollars (USD). However, the Government will accept payments in euros (EUR) and pounds sterling (GBP) for any of the following:

• Government Fees (real estate option only)
• Processing Fees
• Due Diligence Fees
• Certificate of Naturalisation Fees
• Expedited Passport Issuance Fees

IMPORTANT: Any payment in EUR or GBP must, on the day it is processed by the recipient bank, be equivalent to or greater than the full fee amount in USD. Any payment that falls below the full fee amount in USD will be rejected as insufficient.

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