Dominica CBI Programme
Launched in 1993, Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Programme has been ranked as the number one CBI initiative for three consecutive years by the CBI Index. This is a publication by the Financial Times’s Professional Wealth Management (PWM) magazine.
The CBI scheme focuses on the overall quality and integrity of its applicants, only accepting individuals of outstanding character and repute. To ensure credible persons of excellent standing are granted citizenship, comprehensive due diligence checks are performed on all applicants over 18 years of age.
For those who meet Dominica’s citizenship requirements, the idyllic Caribbean island offers one of the best standards of living in the region. Dominica is politically and economically stable, with a low crime rate and rich investment opportunities. Nicknamed the “Nature Island”, it is also one of the most beautiful places on earth. Dominica boasts a pristine coastline, acres of unspoiled tropical rainforest, incredible marine biodiversity and a number of natural hot springs thanks to its volcanic origin.
Benefits of Dominica Citizenship
As well as the many advantages of living in Dominica, Dominica citizenship confers many benefits in its own right. These include:
- Visa-free travel to around 140 countries and territories
- Ability to pass on citizenship to future generations
- Citizenship for life, with the right to live and work in the country
- Right to hold dual citizenship
Citizenship by investment in Dominica is available through two options:
Option 01 The Economic Diversification Fund
Applicants can make a substantial contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund (EDF), a government fund that supports socio-economic initiatives in Dominica. Due diligence and processing fees apply.
- Single applicant USD 100,000
- Spouse of the main applicant USD 50,000
- Sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse aged 18-25 USD 50,000
- Per additional dependant (excluding the spouse of the main applicant and siblings of the main applicant or of the spouse aged 18-25) USD 50,000
- Family of four (excluding siblings of the main applicant or of the spouse) USD 175,000
Option 02 Pre-approved Real Estate
Under the real estate option applicants are required to purchase Government-approved property. This must be held for a minimum of three years.
Minimum investment: USD 200,000
The following Government Fees apply:
- Single applicant USD 25,000
- Family with up to four members, including the main applicant and up to 3 dependants (excluding a dependant sibling) USD 35,000
- Family with up to six members, including the main applicant and up to 5 dependants (excluding a dependant sibling) USD 50,000
- Family of seven members or more, including the main applicant and at least 6 dependants (excluding a dependant sibling) USD 70,000
- Sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse aged 18-25 USD 50,000
- Sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse aged under 18 USD 25,000
Dominica Passport Application
As soon as an individual’s application for citizenship by investment is approved, they can apply for a Dominica passport at the national Passport Office in Roseau (the capital). Ordinarily, Dominican passports are valid for 10 years if issued to a person aged 16 or over and five years for children under the age of 16. They can be renewed at the Passport Office or at a Dominica high commission, embassy or consulate.
The passport application is separate from the citizenship by investment process and requires the applicant to present a number of documents. These include a birth certificate and a certified copy of the applicant’s Certificate of Naturalisation, which is issued to an economic citizen at the end of the CBI process. Every time Dominican passport holders reapply for a new one, they must present their old passport, which will be cancelled upon issuance of the new document.
CS Global Partners helps clients obtain citizenship of Dominica by guiding them through the application process. Our team can then help our clients apply for and receive Dominican passports.
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The Dominica Citizenship by Investment Application Process
Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment application process consists of seven steps, which are:
- Step 1: Application and pre-approval by CS Global Partners
- Step 2: Submission of citizenship application
- Step 3: Government processing and due diligence checks
- Step 4: Approval in principle
- Step 5: Investment in real estate, contribution to the fund option or other available routes
- Step 6: Citizenship certificate issued
- Step 7: Passport application
How long does it take to process a CBI application
From submission of the application to approval in principle, applicants are generally expected to wait around three months. You are not required to attend an interview, pass tests, or even travel to or reside in Dominica, which helps speed up the process.
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Dominica CBI FAQs
What are the investment options under the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Programme?
- A direct contribution to the Government of Dominica
- An investment in pre-approved real estate
Which family members can I include in my application for economic citizenship?
You can include:
- Your spouse
- Children (yours or your spouse’s) under 18
- Children (yours or your spouse’s) aged 18-30 who are substantially supported by either you or your spouse
- Children (yours or your spouse’s) aged 18 or over who are physically or mentally disabled and substantially supported by either you or your spouse
- Parents and grandparents (yours or your spouse’s) substantially supported by either you or your spouse
- Spouses of qualifying parents or grandparents who are substantially supported by either you or your spouse
- Siblings (yours or your spouse’s) up to the age of 25 who are single and childless. If under 18, you require consent from all persons with parental responsibility to make an application
What does the due diligence process in Dominica entail?
You will be vetted by multiple entities:
- Local authorised agents perform KYC (know-your-customer) checks
- The Citizenship by Investment Unit carry out internal checks including AML (anti-money laundering) and CTF (counter-terrorism financing) vetting
- Mandated international due diligence firms perform online and on-the-ground checks
- Regional and international crime prevention bodies check that you aren’t on any wanted or sanctions lists
Are citizens of certain countries not allow to apply?
Citizens of Iran, North Korea, or Sudan are not allowed to apply unless they:
- Have not lived in these countries for the last 10 years
- Have no substantial assets there
- Are not performing and have not performed any business (or similar activity) in or with these countries
Is the CBI programme right for me?
The Dominica Citizenship by Investment Programme is great value for money for those looking to gain second citizenship. The following are particularly good fits for the scheme:
- Single professionals who want to broaden their horizons
- Families of four who would eventually like to add dependants such as grandparents or siblings
- Individuals looking to study abroad
- Digital nomads who want greater global mobility