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Description

QUICK FACTS
Location Dominica lies in the middle of the Lesser Antilles between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique.
Political Status Parliamentary democracy
Capital Roseau
Population 73, 643
Size 750 km2
Language English is the official language, but most locals speak a type of French patois (Creole) at home.
Currency Eastern Caribbean Dollar (US, British and Euro currency widely accepted)
Time GMT-4
DATE OF INDEPENDENCE 3 November 1978 (from the United Kingdom)
GOVERNMENT TYPE Unitary parliamentary republic
LEGAL SYSTEM Based on English Common Law

INTRODUCTION:
Dominica is one of the Caribbean islands, the nickname (Nature Land) derives from the pure natural beauty while the island deemed as the smallest island among the others. Roseau is the capital of the country where it’s located in the west of Dominica with the fabulous colorful timber houses and botanic gardens.

The island considers as a Mountainous area in the majority part, Furthermore its comprise Moran the tropical forest which inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995. Moreover, it includes Morne Diablotin the highest mountain summit on the island rises to about 1.447 meters.

It is worth saying that the island is home of the Sperm Whale(whales’ amber) which is the focus of many seekers who desire to buy the expensive whales amber along with a huge number of whales and dolphins, as a result, it brings a great economic importance. 

The Commonwealth of Dominica has been offering a citizenship by investment programme since 1993 making it one of the oldest citizenship programmes.

The programme is regulated under the guidelines of the Commonwealth of Dominica Citizenship by Investment Act. An investor may qualify for citizenship through a donation to the government fund or investment in real estate.

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

  • Making a donation one-time as a contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund (EDF); or
  • Buy an approved real estate with a deed restriction not able to sell for 3 years.

Application criteria:
Applicant must be at least 18 years

  1. Valid passport.
  2. Travel document.
  3. Documents supporting the source Proof that the applicant has no criminal record.
  4. Good Health, applicants should have excellent health and must show that they do not suffer from any contagious diseases
  5. Payment of application fees.
  6. Good character
  7. Able to provide proof of source of funds
  8. Approved certificate or certified document (passport copy, university certificate, …etc).

Benefits of Dominica citizenship program: 

  1. Access more than 117 countries with the Dominica passport without the need to apply for a visit visa, including Europe’s Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
  2. No residency required.
  3. A low tax regime, safeguarding citizens from( ex: net worth, inheritance, gift, foreign income, and capital gains tax)
  4. The ability to pass one’s citizenship to future generations by descent.
  5. The ability to Include the spouse and children under the age of 18 in the main applicant application.
  6. First class citizenship with the right to live and work in the country.
  7. No requirement to reside in Dominica before, during, or after the application.
  8. Obtain the citizenship and second passport in a short time.
  9. Dual Nationality. 
  10. Full confidentiality in carrying out the procedures.
  11. Easy to renew.
  12. Ownership of the 34th ranked passport in the world.
  13. No interview requirement
  14. No previous business experience requirement.

Benefits of the program:

  1. A fast process to residency (6-9 months);
  2. Guaranteed investment and available Financing option.
  3. No language requirements for residence or citizenship.
  4. No obligation to relinquish current nationality.
  5. Lowest tax rates and free trade environment.
  6. Fast processing time and transparent requirements

The Features of Dominica passport:

  • Good visa – free travel: 

Currently, Dominica citizens can travel to more than 117 countries without the need to follow a cumber some visa application process. A vast majority of these countries allow Dominica citizens to stay 30 to 90 days without any visa requirement while some countries grant visas upon arrival or issue electronic visas upon online application.

DOMINICA PASSPORT ALLOWS VISA-FREE AND VISA ON ARRIVAL TRAVEL TO MORE THAN 117

THE MAIN STEPS TO GET THE DOMINICA CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTING:

Step 1
Document Preparation; prepare the required documents and Government application forms. NTL will guide you through the citizenship documents. 

Step 2
Due Diligence; When we submit your application documents to the Government your file processing fee and due diligence fees are payable in full. The fees for due diligence are the same whether you choose donation or the real estate option. 

NTL will connect on your behalf with the citizenship by investment unit and keep you informed of progress and let you know if any further documents are required. 

Once the process of due diligence is completed, the background report is sent directly to the Dominica Government for review by the committee. 

Step 3
Citizenship Committee Approval ;After a successful due diligence report, your file will progress to the Citizenship Committee who will consider your application based upon the documents submitted and findings in the due diligence report. We will receive written confirmation and forward a copy of the letter to you to advice if you have been successful in your application or if they require any additional information 

Step 4
Payment; after the citizenship application is approved the applicant will receive written confirmation requesting to pay the Government Investment fees directly to the Government of Dominica. 

Step 5
Naturalization of Dominica; the applicants will naturalized citizen of Dominica and will receive a naturalization certificate after the investment has arrived at the Dominican bank

Step 6
Obtaining Dominica Passports; upon receipt of your Naturalization Certificate signed by the Labor and Immigration Minister of Dominica, the Dominica passport application will be submitted and the Dominica passport will be issued within 7 – 10 working days.

TWO OPTIONS FOR CITIZENSHIP:
To qualify for acquiring the Dominican citizenship by investment, an applicant has two options: 

Government Fund “Donation”:
Make a significant economic contribution to a Government Fund:

  • This option involves making a non-refundable payment to The Commonwealth of Dominica  minimum of USD 100,000 for a single applicant, and increasing depending on the number of dependents included in the application as following: 
  1. USD 100,000 Single Applicant
  2. USD 175,000 Applicant and Spouse
  3. USD 200,000 Family option (includes two children below 18 year)
  4. Any qualifying dependent of the main applicant, other than a spouse: a non-refundable contribution of USD 25,000 per dependent (for any dependent up to the age of 28 in full-time education, or dependent parents over the age of 55).

REAL ESTATE OPTION

Purchase approved real estate on the island:
To qualify for acquiring the Dominican citizenship under the real estate investment option, an applicant must buy approved real estate in the island for at least USD $200,000 and maintain ownership of the property for a minimum period three years.

Government Fees

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

FAQ

  1. Will Dominica require me to renounce my current citizenship?
    No Dominica does not require you to renounce your current citizenship.
  2. Am I granted citizenship in Dominica for life?
    Yes, you are granted official citizenship for life and it is not revocable.
  3. Can I renew my passport if it expires in 10 years?
    Yes, the process to renew an expired passport is straightforward. It can easily be renewed for a one time low fee at the immigration and passport office in Dominica or at any Dominica consulate worldwide for another 10 years of validity.
  4. There is no catch? What if the program is stopped?
    There are provisions in law that state you keep your citizen’s status even if the Dominica economic citizenship program is stopped.
  5. The passport issued with citizenship is valid for 10 years and then would just be renewed like any other passport.
    Passports for children under 16 years old are being issued for 5 years.
  6. Is any residence in Dominica required?
    No, you are not required to live in Dominica to keep citizen status. You do, however get the same rights as someone born in Dominica.
  7. Can I purchase property?
    Yes, you can purchase property in Dominica if you wish; however, you are not required to reside in Dominica to keep your citizen’s status.
  8. What’s the tax situation?
    As an official citizen of Dominica you enjoy tax-free status, meaning there is no tax on foreign income, capital gains, gifts or wealth and inheritance tax. Your only tax obligation on worldwide income occurs when you physically reside in Dominica.
  9. Can I change my name?
    Yes, you can legally change your name after one year of citizenship. The country roster will also reflect the change in identity.
  10. How long does it take to get a passport in Dominica?
    It takes approximately 3-6 months to get a passport from Dominica. It is one of the quickest passport programs available that grants you official citizenship by naturalization.
  11. Do I have to give up my original citizenship?
    No you do not, as Dominica recognizes dual citizenship.
  12. Do I need to Speak English?
    No knowledge of English necessary or required.