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Dominica is already established as a eco-retreat Caribbean destination with an ever-growing tourism industry for European and North American travellers.

Dominica’s Economic Citizenship Program allows eligible individuals and their families to apply for citizenship by making either:

  • a US $200,000 investment into approved real estate, or
  • a min. US $100,000 non-refundable donation to the Government Fund (increases with no. applicants).

Legal Basis

The program was established in 1993 and is enshrined in the constitution (Section 101). Dominica’s citizenship may be obtained without language, residence or visitation requirements.

The government authority responsible for administering the program and processing all applications is the Citizenship By Investment Unit (CBIU), which opened in December 2013.

Requirements

Foreign nationals including their spouse, dependent children up to 28 years as well as parents and grandparents over 55 years can obtain citizenship via one simultaneous application. There are no specific requirements pertaining to business experience, and there is no residency requirement.

Fees and Costs

Government Application Fees in the event of Real Estate investment

  • US $50,000 for the main applicant
  • US $25,000 for the spouse of main applicant
  • US $20,000 for each dependent under the age of 18
  • US $50,000 for each qualified dependent 18-28 years
  • Special offer: For a family of 4, the application fee is US$ 75,000. For a family of 6 the application fee is US$ 100,000.

Government Due Diligence Fees

  • US $7,500 for the main applicant
  • US $7,500 for the spouse
  • US $4,000 for each dependent 16 years or over
  • US $2,000 for each dependent 12 to 16 years *In some cases, an enhanced due diligence may be required depending on the citizenship the applicant holds.

Government Processing Fee

  • US $3,000 per family application

Other fees include passport application fees (US $750 per person), government transfer tax or share registration fees (6.5%), escrow fees, and legal fees.

Citizens International Legal Fees

Citizens International’s fees vary depending on the case and the number of persons included in the application. Fees include citizenship file administration, legal representation in citizenship procedure, legal representation in property purchase and the processing of citizenship application through government.

Please contact us for further information on fees applicable to your case.

Dual Citizenship

The Commonwealth of Dominica government allows citizens to hold dual citizenship, and the acquisition of citizenship is not reported to other countries.

Timeframe

It is estimated that the application process will take about three to five months from the submission of the application to the approval and issuance of the passport, assuming there are no areas of concern with the application.

More detailed information is available in the Application Process section.