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How to obtain Dominica citizenship: All Possible Ways

There are several ways to obtain Dominica citizenship: birth, marriage, and naturalisation. The fastest and the easiest one is by investment. Applicants need to invest at least $100,000. And then, they can obtain a Dominica passport in 3—6 months.

Ways to obtain Dominica citizenship

Ways to obtain Dominica citizenship

Citizenship by birth or descent. A child born on the territory of Dominica can automatically get Dominica citizenship no matter the nationality of their parents. A person can also obtain citizenship if at least one of their parents is a Dominica citizen.

Citizenship by marriage. A person that marries a Dominica citizen can obtain citizenship. However, it is required that the couple is married for three years before a person can get a passport.

Citizenship by naturalisation. The citizenship of Dominica is granted to someone who lives permanently in the country. The required period is at least seven years.

7 years
The required period of living in Dominica to obtain citizenship by naturalisation

Those seeking citizenship by naturalisation must also meet other requirements. The following are among them:

  • be of a good character;
  • know Dominica citizen’s rights and responsibilities;
  • have knowledge of English at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR);
  • has resided in Dominica for 12 months immediately preceding the date of the application;
  • have the intent to live in Dominica after obtaining their passport.

Document requirements to apply for citizenship

When applying for citizenship by naturalisation, the applicant needs to gather and then provide a package of the documents. That include:

  • completed application forms;
  • a letter addressed to Minister for Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Labour requesting citizenship;
  • a police record;
  • a birth certificate;
  • 4 passport-sized photos;
  • a medical certificate including an HIV test;
  • a bank statement or a recommendation from a banker;
  • a marriage certificate, if applicable;
  • two testimonials;
  • a treasury receipt as proof of payment of the application fee;
  • a recent copy of work or residence permit, if applicable;
  • copy of the bio-data page of the passport and the pages with a date of issue and expiry date.

If the application is approved, the applicant must take an oath at the registry and pay a registration fee of EC $2000 at the Treasury Department.

Dominica passport by investment 

Investment is the fastest way to obtain Dominica citizenship: the process usually takes 3 to 6 months. The investor needs to either make a non-refundable contribution to a state fund or buy real estate in Dominica.

Real estate purchase is $200,000+, and the government must approve the chosen property. It can be sold three years after if the investor sells it to someone who does not participate in the CBI program and after five years if the person who does participate.

All possible ways to obtain Dominica citizenship

Shares and villas in a five-star resort can be bought for $208,000—$3,800,000. The project consists of 42 villas represented by a 5‑star spa resort

All possible ways to obtain Dominica citizenship

A share in the hotel complex of 72 eco‑cottages in the rainforest can be purchased for $200,000. The resort consists of 72 eco‑cottages and spreads over more than 4 hectares

How to get a Dominica passport

A share in a five-star hotel managed by Kempinski costs $220,000. The hotel is located in the separate resorts that are among the best in their class in the Caribbean

Contribution to the Dominica Economy Diversification Fund must be $100,000+. It is not refundable.

Besides investment, there are other expenses, such as Due Diligence, passport fees, issuing of the naturalisation certificate, etc., that the investor needs to pay. The total cost depends on the number of people included in the citizenship application. 

Expenses for citizenship by investment: the investor only

ExpenditureContribution to the state fundReal estate purchase
Minimum investment$100,000$200,000
Due Diligence$7,500$7,500
State fee$25,000
Other fees$1,800$1,800
Total$108,500$233,500 

If the investor adds their spouse or partner to the application expenses for Due Diligence, state and other fees and contribution to the state fund increase. However, the minimum sum of investment in real estate stays the same. 

Expenses for citizenship by investment: a married couple

ExpenditureContribution to the state fundReal estate purchase
Minimum investment$150,000$200,000
Due Diligence$11,500$11,500
State fee$35,000
Other fees$2,600$2,600
Total$164,100$249,100

A family of four consisting of a married couple and their children has higher expenses than a married couple alone. For example, every family member over 16 must pay the Due Diligence fee — additionally, state fees and investments in the state fund increase.

Expenses for citizenship by investment: a family of 4 

ExpenditureContribution to the state fundReal estate purchase
Minimum investment$175,000$200,000
Due Diligence$7,500 for the investor
+ $4,000 per family member over 16
$7,500 for the investor
+ $4,000 per family member over 16
State fee$35,000
Other fees$4,200$4,200
Total$186,700+$246,700+

Requirements for obtaining Dominica citizenship by investment

An investor who seeks to obtain Dominica citizenship has to meet several requirements:

  • be over 18 years old;
  • have no criminal records or prosecutions;
  • be able to prove the legality of the income; 
  • have no severe illnesses (HIV-positive people can not participate in the program).

The application can include some family members of the investor. These include:

  • a spouse of the opposite sex and with no criminal records;
  • children under 30 years old, if they are over 18 years old, they must be dependent on the investor;
  • parents over 65 years old, who are financially dependent on the investor;
  • siblings under 25 years old who are unmarried, childless and dependent on the investor.

The required documents depend on each situation and background of the applicant.

A step-by-step procedure for obtaining Dominica citizenship by investment

The process of obtaining Dominica citizenship usually takes around 3—6 months and consists of several steps. Immigrant Invest agents accompany the investor through the whole procedure.

  1. Preliminary Due Diligence: 1 day. During it, agents check the investor and their family members against different databases. It helps to reduce any refusal risks. If the risks can’t be avoided, we offer some solutions: for example, choose another program or gather additional documents.
  2. Preparing documents: from 2 to 4 weeks. Immigrant Invest gives the investor a list of required documents that must be gathered. When the package is ready, we translate, notarise, and fill in the government forms.
  3. Main Due Diligence: from 2 to 6 months. The main Due Diligence is conducted by the Dominica authorities. They check that the investor and their family members over 16 comply with the program terms.
  4. Fulfilment of investment options: up to 30 days. The investment must be made only after the approval. The investor makes a contribution or buys real estate.
  5. Collecting passports: up to 4 weeks. After the investment option is fulfilled, the Dominica authorities prepare passports and naturalisation certificates. They are issued within 4 weeks, and the investor can receive them by courier.

How long is a Dominica passport valid?

The Dominica passport is valid for 10 years for people over 16 years and 5 years for those under 16. Citizenship is given for life, so the only thing you need to do is update your passport.

When a passport is expired, it must be renewed, as using an expired one is against the law and can lead to imprisonment.

10 years
The validity period
of the Dominica passport

The applicant does not need to come to Dominica to renew a passport. The procedure can be done in the Dominica consulate in your country of origin. The application must be filed two months before the passport expires.

It is necessary to provide the following documents:

  • a completed application form;
  • an old Dominica passport;
  • a copy or an original of the birth certificate or an extract from the birth record;
  • a certificate of naturalisation;
  • two photos sized 4.5 × 3.8 cm;
  • a confirmation of the fee payment from the treasury.

The copies of documents must be notarised and translated into English. The adult passport renewal fee is $150 and $75 for children.

Does Dominica allow dual citizenship?

Dominica fully recognises dual citizenship. It means the country does not require people to renounce their existing citizenship when obtaining a passport of Dominica.

However, some countries do not allow their citizens to have dual citizenship. Among them are Afghanistan, Iran, Thailand and others, so if you come from one of them, you will need to renounce your first citizenship.

Benefits of Dominica citizenship

Travels to 145 countries visa-free. Dominica citizens can travel freely to countries like the UK, the Schengen countries, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. A visa-free stay in the Schengen Area is 90 days in 180 days. Dominica citizens can stay in the UK for up to 6 months. China and Singapore are open for 30 days of visa-free entry, and Hong Kong is available for 90 days.

A business visa to the USA for 10 years. Dominica citizens can obtain a B‑1/B‑2 visa to the US for 10 years at once. The allowed period of stay is 180 days in year. The visa allows investors to travel around the US, attend business meetings and conferences and get treatment in US clinics.

A backup plan. Dominica citizens can enter Dominica anytime, even if the borders are closed to foreigners. Therefore, Dominica can become the investor’s safe haven, so to speak, allowing moving there if something happens in the investor’s country of origin.

Tax optimisation. Dominica citizens do not pay taxes on dividends, interests, or royalties from abroad. There are also no taxes on capital gains or inheritance in the country.

The investor can open a bank account in Dominica in person or remotely. To do that, they must fill in the application form at the bank or on its website and undergo banking Due Diligence. If you are a citizen of Dominica, the process can take a few minutes, and foreigners must wait for several days.

Among the reliable Dominica banks are the National Bank of Dominica, Commonwealth Bank and Trust and Paxum Bank.

Business development. With Dominica citizenship, the investor can open an international company on the country’s territory. It protects the company, its assets and the owner as the founder’s data is not recorded in the commercial register, and their name cannot be found upon request.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get citizenship in Dominica?

The time the person will need to get citizenship in Dominica depends on the way of getting it. For example, to become a citizen by naturalisation, you must live in the country for seven years.

The fastest way to obtain a Dominica passport is by investment. The whole process usually takes from 3 to 6 months.

How to get a Dominica passport?

A Dominica passport can be obtained by:

  • birth;
  • marriage;
  • naturalisation;
  • investment.

All these ways have different requirements.

The fastest way is to get a Dominica passport by investment. It will take from 3 to 6 months.

There are two investment options: 

  • a non-refundable contribution to the Dominica Economy Diversification Fund must be $100,000+;
  • a real estate purchase is $200,000+.
How much does Dominica citizenship by investment cost?

There are two investment options under the Dominica citizenship by investment program

Non-refundable contribution to the state fund is the first option. The minimum investment is $100,000.

The second option is a purchase of real estate. The investor needs to invest at least $200,000 in the government-approved property.

How many countries can a Dominica passport holder enter without a visa?

A Dominica passport allows its holder to enter 145 countries without a visa. Among visa-free destinations are the UK, the Schengen countries, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Does Dominica allow dual citizenship?

Yes, Dominica allows dual citizenship. That means you do not need to renounce your first citizenship when you obtain a second passport in Dominica. However, some countries do not allow their citizens to have dual citizenship. Therefore, you should check it in advance.

How long is a Dominica passport valid?

A Dominica passport is valid for 10 years if it is owned by a person over 16 years old and for 5 years if it is owned by someone under 16 years old.

How to obtain Dominica citizenship: All Possible Ways
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