The Caribbean island-republic of Dominica is a member of the Commonwealth under a democratic government. It is also a member of regional organizations such as the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and participates as a member in the UN. Historically the economy of this island in the Lesser Antilles region relied heavily on exports of agricultural and manufactured products as well as on fisheries, but today tourism plays an increasingly important role.
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Dominica’s Citizenship-by-Investment Program was launched in 1991 under the Dominican Constitution (Section 101) and governed by the Citizenship Act (Sections 8 and 20 ). Successful applicants enjoy full citizenship which extends to their families, including child dependents up to 30 years old (children aged 18–30 years if they are enrolled as full-time students at a recognized tertiary institution and who are fully financially dependent on the main applicant), and parents or grandparents aged 55 years and older if the main applicant is responsible for housing and fully supporting them financially.
A Dominican passport allows its holder to travel visa-free to some 119 countries, which include not only Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK, but also the Schengen Member States.
To qualify for Dominican citizenship, the main applicant must be 18 years or older and both the applicant and their dependents must have a clean criminal record (and not be under investigation for a major offense).
Applicants may choose between two types of investment:
The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) is the government body responsible for application processing. It may take up to three or four months before a passport is issued. The application comprises the following steps:
|Real estate investment||USD 200 000|
|Non-refundable contribution to EDF: single applicant||USD 100 000|
|Non-refundable contribution to EDF: Main applicant and spouse||USD 175 000|
|Non-refundable contribution to EDF: Main applicant and up to 2 dependents under the age of 18 years||USD 175 000|
|Non-refundable contribution to EDF: Main applicant and up to 3 dependents (spouse and 2 dependents aged 0– 17 years)||USD 200 000|
|Non-refundable contribution to EDF: Dependents aged 18–28 years||USD 25 000|
|Non-refundable contribution to EDF: Dependents aged 55 years and older||USD 25 000|
|Government fees (real estate)|
|Main applicant||USD 25 000|
|Main applicant and Spouse||USD 35 000|
|Family of upto 4 persons||USD 35 000|
|Family of upto 6 persons||USD 50 000|