Dominica

Established in 1993, the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Program stands as one of the longest-running programs of its kind. Over the years, Dominica has remained dedicated to enhancing its economic citizenship program significantly to ensure a swift streamlined process and a high return on investment. Dominica, a proud member country of the British Commonwealth of nations, bestows its citizens with various benefits, including a powerful passport that gives its holders visa-free access to over 150 countries, such as the UK and Schengen countries.

The regulations sets out in the Citizenship by Investment Program stipulate that persons who have been a continuous resident in Dominica for five years are eligible to apply for naturalization, with citizenship attainable upon payment of prescribed fees. The Dominica Economic Citizenship Program is a legal naturalization program firmly rooted in the law and backed by the government since 1991. Your Dominican citizenship is a lifelong commitment and may not be revoked, regardless of changes in officials or shifts in Dominica’s governmental policy.

Country Highlights

Capital

Roseau

Population

72,412 (2021)

Language

English (official), Dominican Creole and French Patois

Currency

East Caribbean dollars (XCD)

Exchange Rate

1 USD = 2.7 XCD

Government Type

Parliamentary democracy (Parliament) under a constitutional monarchy and Commonwealth realm

Global Ranking

31th

Time to Citizenship

8-9 Months

Minimum Investment

US$ 100,000

Type of Investment

Donation or real estate

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Benefits

Dominica boasts a pleasant climate, especially during the cooler months between December and March. Travelers have described Dominicans as being the friendliest people in the Caribbean, a claim supported by the country’s almost non-existent crime rate. Due to its mountainous terrain, only about a quarter of the island is cultivated; however, the fertile soil yields abundant domestic and export crops.
Notably, Dominica actively promotes organic agriculture, recognizing its substantial economic potential. Established in 1993, Dominica’s citizenship by investment program is aimed at boosting the country’s largely agriculture-based economy. In recent years, spurred by increased real estate investments, the country’s economy now relies heavily on tourism.

  • Global Ranking: The Dominican passport is ranked the 31th most powerful passport in the world.
  • Tax Advantages: No taxes are levied on gifts, inheritance, or personal income.
  • Global Mobility: Enjoy visa-free travel to over 150 countries, including Schengen countries, the UK and Hong Kong.
  • Commonwealth Nationt: Dominica is a parliamentary democratic, independent and sovereign State within the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • Dual citizenship: This means you can obtain your Dominican passport while retaining your original citizenship.
  • Waiting Period: Gain your passport and citizenship within 8 to 9 months from the date of application submission.
    1. Inheritance: Dominicans will receive lifelong citizenship that can be passed down to future generations.
    2. Easy Criteria: No minimum level of education.
    3. No Residency Requirement: Citizenship is granted without the need to reside in Dominica, as required by several countries across the globe.

    Required Documentation/Paperwork

    • Birth certificate
    • Personal identification card
    • Residence card, if applicable
    • Personal photos measuring 5×5 cm
    • Valid passport
    • Electricity bill for the last 3 months
    • Marriage certificate
    • Divorce certificate
    • Reference letter from a lawyer
    • Reference letter from the bank
    • Bank account statement for the last 12 months
    • Educational certificate for the latest degree/certificate obtained
    • Non-criminal certificate
    • Fingerprints

    Eligibility Criteria

    1. All applicants must possess passports with a validity of at least 6 months.
    2. Applicants must have a clean criminal record.
    3. All applicants must complete a mandatory medical examination.
    4. Applicants should have a minimum of $200,000 in their bank account.
    5. All applicants should not have been refused entry to the Schengen or UKregions in their previous visa applications. In case of a rejection, applicants must reapply and receive approval before applying for any Caribbean programs.
    6. Grandparents above the age of 55 may be included as dependents.
    7. Children up to the age of 30 may also be included as dependents, provided they are

    Steps

    • Step 1: Take advantage of the free consultation with AZUR CBI.
    • Step 2: Prepare the necessary paperwork and documents required to obtain the nationality.
    • Step 3: AZUR CBI will certify, translate, and attest the required documents and complete the application.
    • Step 4: AZUR CBI will send the documents and application to the designated legal consultant in Dominica.
    • Step 5: The designated legal consultant will submit your application to the Citizenship by Investment Unit in Dominica.
    • Step 6: Submit your application form and pay the required security inquiry fees; if opting for the real estate option, it’s essential to reserve your desired property. Note that the real estate investment can be refunded in the event of a rejection.
    • Step 7: The government will issue the necessary inquiry report and will accordingly make a final decision.
    • Step 8: Once your application is accepted, you will be required to make the donation payment, or if choosing the real estate option, then you must pay the balance of the purchase process.
    • Step 9: Receive your nationality certificate and passport upon approval.

    Costs

    1) Citizenship & Passport

    • Economic Diversification Fund Donation, Single Applicant: $100,000
    • Economic Diversification Fund Donation, Applicant & Spouse: $130,000

    2) Real Estate Investment

    • Required investment: At least $200,000 plus additional government fees.

     

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