Commonwealth of Dominica Citizenship by Investment (Amendment) Regulations, 2020

On 29 July 2020, the Commonwealth of Dominica Citizenship by Investment (Amendment) Regulations, 2020, were gazetted. The 2020 Regulations, deemed to have entered into force on 9 July 2020, implement significant changes to Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Programme.

The changes encompass key areas such as dependants, investment costs, and post-citizenship additions.


Dependants

The following dependants may now be added to an application:

  • A spouse of the main applicant
  • A child of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant who is below the age of 18 years
  • A child of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant who is 18 to 30 years and substantially supported by the main applicant or the spouse of the main applicant
  • A child of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant who is 18 years or over and physically or mentally challenged and who is substantially supported by the main applicant or the spouse of the main applicant
  • A parent or grandparent of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant who is substantially supported by the main applicant or the spouse of the main applicant
  • The spouse of a person who qualifies as a dependent parent or grandparent who is substantially supported by the main applicant or the spouse of the main applicant
  • A biological or legally adopted sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant who is 25 years or under, single, childless, substantially supported by the main applicant or the spouse of the main applicant, and if under 18 years, in receipt of consent to make an application under the Programme from all individuals with parental responsibility for that sibling

In essence, for adult dependants (other than a spouse), Dominica now requires a showing of “substantial support” by the main applicant or by the spouse of the main applicant. Before, adult dependants also had to show attendance at an institution of higher learning or that they lived with the main applicant, and that they were fully supported by the main applicant only (not the spouse). The minimum age for parents and grandparents was also removed and eligible siblings may now be included in an application.

What does this update mean for me?

The changes significantly expand the categories of eligible dependants under Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Programme. If you are considering applying under the Programme and wish to include your family members, it is now more likely that you will be able to do so.

Investment Costs

Economic Diversification Fund (EDF) Option

The following contributions are now payable to the EDF:

Applicant/Application TypeAmount
Main applicantUS$100,000
Spouse of the main applicantUS$50,000
Sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant aged 18 – 25US$50,000
Any dependant other than the spouse of the main applicant or a sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant aged 18 – 25US$25,000 each
Family of four including the main applicant, the spouse of the main applicant, and two other dependants other than a dependant siblingUS$175,000

Real Estate Option

The minimum threshold for real estate investment remains US$200,000. However, the following Government Fees now apply:

Applicant/Application TypeAmount
Main applicantUS$25,000
Family of up to four persons, including the main applicant and up to three dependants other than a dependant siblingUS$35,000
Family of up to six persons, including the main applicant and up to five dependants other than a dependant siblingUS$50,000
Family of seven persons or more, including the main applicant and at least six dependants other than a dependant siblingUS$70,000
Sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant aged 18 – 25US$50,000
Sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant below the age of 18US$25,000

What does this update mean for me?

The changes specify costs for siblings across both arms of the Programme and implement reduced costs under the EDF for spouses and families of up to four including the main applicant, the spouse of the main applicant, and two other dependants other than a dependant sibling. If you are considering applying under the Programme and wish to include your family members, it may now be cheaper for you to do so, particularly under the EDF option.

Post-Citizenship Additions

Under Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Programme, the following post-citizenship additions are now permitted:

Family MemberApplicable Costs and Fees
Children born or adopted after citizenship was obtainedProcessing Fees: US$500
Spouses married after the original application was madeUS$75,000;
Processing Fees: US$1,000;
Due Diligence Fees for the original applicant (if submitted more than 1 year after the date of submission of the original application): US$7,500; and
Due Diligence Fees for the spouse: US$4,000.
Any dependant who would have qualified as a dependant at the time the original application was madeIf the application is submitted within 1 year of either (1) the granting of citizenship or (2) the date the Regulations were gazetted:
• Spouse: US$50,000;
• Sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant aged 18 – 25: US$50,000;
• Any other dependant: US$25,000;
If the application is submitted more than 1 year after either (1) the granting of citizenship or (2) the date the Regulations were gazetted:
• Spouse: US$75,000;
• Sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant aged 18 – 25: US$75,000;
• Any other dependant: US$50,000;
The following fees also apply in either scenario:
• Processing Fees: US$1,000;
• Due Diligence Fees fot the original applicant (if submitted more than 1 year after the date of submission of the original application): US$7,500; and
• Due Diligence Fees for each dependant aged 16 or over: US$4,000.

What does this update mean for me?

The changes significantly expand the scope of post-citizenship additions under Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Programme. Post-citizenship additions only apply to family members of applicants who have received citizenship.

If you received citizenship of Dominica through the Programme as a main applicant, as per the above, you are now eligible to make a post-citizenship application in respect to:

    1. children born or adopted after citizenship was obtained;
    2. a spouse married after the original application was made; and
    3. any dependant who would have qualified as a dependant at the time the original application was made (‘pre-existing dependants’).

Please note, however, if you received citizenship of Dominica through the Programme as a dependant, you are not eligible to make a post-citizenship application in respect to a dependant who would have qualified as a dependant at the time the original application was made.

Further note that for post-citizenship additions of pre-existing dependants, a one-year ‘grace period’ applies in which pre-existing dependants may be added at the same cost as the original application under the direct contribution route. The ‘grace period’ has been defined in the 2020 Regulations as the later of:

    1. the date citizenship was obtained; or
    2. the date the Regulations were gazetted, i.e. 29 July 2020

This means that even if you have been a citizen of Dominica for a long time, you can still take advantage of this lower cost for one year from 29 July 2020.

How can I find out more?

If you want to learn more about the recent changes to the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Programme, please contact CS Global Partners.