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Dominica Citizenship By Investment

Known as the Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica is famed for its magnificent unspoilt scenery – quite unlike any of its Caribbean neighbours. Its national parks and forest reserves cover over 40,000 acres, and its lush forests are bisected by 365 rivers, tumbling waterfalls and enchanting lakes abundant in exotic flora and fauna.

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

How to Apply for Citizenship in Dominica

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. The first route is a contribution to the country’s Economic Diversification Fund, while the second route is an investment in pre-designated 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 Required Contribution100,000175,000200,000 for main applicant and up to three dependants200,000 for family of four
25,000 for each additional dependant
Processing Fee3,000 per application3,000 per application3,000 per application3,000 per application
Due Diligence7,5007,500 plus 7,500 for spouse7,500 plus 7,500 for spouse 4,000 for dependants aged 16 or over7,500 plus 7,500 for spouse 4,000 for dependants aged 16 or over

* Other fees payable include professional, naturalisation certificate, and passport fees. Fees are subject to change.

* All fees are in USD (United States dollars).

2. 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 Required Investment200,000200,000200,000200,000
Processing Fee3,000 per application3,000 per application3,000 per application3,000 per application
Due Diligence7,500 for
main applicant
7,500 plus
7,500 for spouse
7,500 plus
7,500 for spouse and
4,000 for each dependant aged
16 or over
7,500 plus
7,500 for spouse and
4,000 for each dependant aged
16 or over
Government Fees25,00035,000 for family
up to 4 persons,
including the main applicant
50,000 for family
up to 6 persons,
including the main applicant
70,000 for a family of 7 persons or more, including the main applicant.

* Other fees payable include professional, naturalisation certificate, and passport fees. Additional transaction costs may also apply for the purchase of real estate. Fees are subject to change.

* All fees are in USD (United States dollars).

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

How We Can Help

CS Global Partners has been officially authorised by the Government of Dominica to promote its Citizenship by Investment Programme across the globe.

At CS Global Partners we understand that applying for an alternative citizenship can be a complex and daunting process. This is why we make the application process as easy for our clients as possible.

We offer the following standard services:

  • A dedicated relationship manager as your single point of contact throughout your application.
  • Professional guidance on the application procedure and support throughout the process.
  • Document preparation and validation.
  • Representation on your behalf before the Government.
  • Management and resolution of queries related to the application.

Additional services available on request for clients wishing to utilise our partner network to support their application include the following:

  • Concierge services
  • Property investment and advice
  • Notary Public services
  • Relocation assistance
  • Translation services
  • Tax planning
  • Medical services
  • Trust planning
  • Banking services
  • Fiduciary services

The Law

Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Programme is enshrined in section 101 of the nation’s Constitution, which requires Parliament to provide for the acquisition of Dominican citizenship for persons otherwise ineligible. The Programme is detailed in Sections 8 and 20(1) of the Commonwealth of Dominica Citizenship Act. The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CBIU), which processes all applications under the Programme, was formed pursuant to Regulation No. 3.

Why Choose Dominica?

Dominica is one of the most distinctive islands of the Caribbean, with its rugged volcanic terrain, verdant rainforest cover, and unspoilt black sandy coastline. With volcanic activity still raging in its core, Dominica can boast the world’s second largest boiling lake and many other hot springs. Buoyed by its burgeoning ecotourism industry, the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Programme offers one of the highest potential returns on investment of all economic citizenship programmes.

Dominica was a British colony until it gained independence in 1978, and it remains a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. Dominica’s legal system finds its roots in the common law, a system it inherited from Great Britain. The country’s currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar, which is pegged to the United States dollar.

Geography

Dominica is the largest and northernmost of the Windward Islands, lying halfway along the Eastern Caribbean archipelago between Guadeloupe to the north and Martinique to the south. The island faces the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Caribbean Sea to the west. Slightly smaller than New York City, Dominica is oblong-shaped and covers an area of 750 square kilometres (290 square miles).

The island has a tropical rainforest climate, enjoying characteristically warm temperatures year round, offset by northeast trade winds and rainfall. The heaviest rainfall usually falls within the months of September and November.

Getting to Dominica

The Government of Dominica is planning to to build a new international airport to welcome direct flights from the United States and Europe. Currently, foreign visitors must make a layover in transit hubs such as the airports of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, St Maarten, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, and Martinique.

The island is well connected to the other islands of the Caribbean, with commercial airlines regularly departing from and landing at Melville Hall Airport (airport code: DOM). Canefield Airport (airport code: DCF), the nation’s smallest airport, currently serves courier planes alone.

Visitors may also reach the island by boat, with large cruise ships setting anchor at the Cabrits Cruise Ship Berth, the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth, and Woodbridge Bay.

Economy

Although Dominica’s financial services industry is fast becoming a large source of income, agriculture remains the country’s economic mainstay with almost one-third of its labour force working in the industry. Bananas are Dominica’s principal export, while coffee, cocoa, patchouli, aloe vera, citrus fruits and tropical fruits also provide revenue, as do manufactured exports rum, timber and soap.

Dominica’s diverse landscapes, abundance of wildlife, and tropical reefs make it one of the world’s best diving spots, and eco-tourism is one of the fastest growing industries on the island.