Does the Government does background checks on individuals?
Dominica economic citizenship program will only accept individuals of outstanding character and repute in order to protect the integrity of the country. To ensure only credible persons of impeccable standing are given citizenship, the Government of Dominica performs a comprehensive due diligence procedure on all applicants older than 18 years of age through Interpol or other private detective agencies. Only individuals with no criminal record and whose funds have been legally derived will be permitted to acquire citizenship in the country.
What is the minimum required for real estate purchase?
USD 200,000 is the minimum. Dominica real estate minimum requirement very cheap almost half the price ,compared to St Kitts or Antigua, where they ask for $400,000 minimum.
Do i have to be resident in Dominica in order to obtain citizenship?
No. You do not have to reside in Dominica before or after citizenship is granted under the Programme.
Who is eligible to apply for citizenship under investment?
Applicants for citizenship must be at least 18 years of age, of good character, without criminal records and who are able and willing to make the required contribution. Applicants must engage an authorised agent who will assist them to prepare the required forms and supporting documents.
Can i change my name after becoming dominica citizen?
You can legally change surname via a Deed Poll procedure once they have been a citizen for more than one year
How much does the programme cost? What are the fees?
The total cost will be made up of the investment, and then other fees relating to the processing of the application. These will depend on whether you choose to obtain citizenship through the Government Fund option or the Real Estate Investment option.
Does citizenship of dominica extend to my spouse and children?
Yes, citizenship is extended to your spouse, dependent children and dependent parents. Fees for family members are provided with the application form.
Are there any restrictions on who can apply?
No. This citizenship scheme has no country restrictions. Nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan can also apply.
Can i invest in hotels?
Yes, you can invest in hotels, resorts buying a equity share or full deed. The prices for equity share start from $200,000
Do i need to visit in person for Dominica citizenship?
No, usually the interviews are waived but you are welcome to visit Dominica anytime
Does dominica passport has lifetime validity?
Citizenship from Dominica is valid for life. The certificate of naturalization is the proof that you have become dominica citizen. Dominica passport issued is valid for ten years at a time, and can be renewed for life since citizenship is permanent for life. Dominica passports issued to children under 16 years old are valid for a duration of 5 years.
All expiring Commonwealth of Dominica passport can be easily renewed for a small fee $40 at any Dominica consulate or embassy or at the Dominica passport office in capital Roseau. The agent can also help you to facilitate the renewal process. No requirement to come to Dominica in person. You also dont need to have local registered address in Dominica.
Do i need visa to visit USA and Canada as Dominica citizen? dominica passport?
Yes, visa is required for US, Canada.
Is dual citizenship allowed?
Yes, dual citizenship is allowed on dominica and there are no restrictions. However you will need to be careful with the immigration rules of your home country. In some countries dual nationalities are illegal or criminal offense. We askour clients to consult a immigration lawyer in your country and seek professional advice.
Where is DOMINICA?
The Commonwealth of Dominica is a Caribbean republic with a parliamentary democracy. The capital city is Roseau and the population is approximately 70,000. The language is English. French Patois is also spoken and the currency is the East Caribbean Dollar.
Dominica should not be confused with “The Dominican Republic” which is a completely different country.
Dominica is the member of CARICOM, Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Commonwealth of Nations, United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank and Organization of American States (OAS) and Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in Canada.
What is Dominica Citizenship by investment program (CIP)?
The Citizenship by Investment Programme allows foreign investors to obtain full legal citizenship and passports for an investor and their family where that investor has made a significant investment in Dominica which qualifies under the Citizenship by Investment Regulations. Presently the qualifying investments are a contribution to the Government Fund of a minimum amount of US$100,000 or the purchase of a property to the value of US$200,000.
How do i travel to Dominica?
International travellers from Europe and the USA arrive in Dominica through transit hubs in Antigua, Barbados, St Maarten, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe and Martinique. Dominica’s main and larger airport is Melville Hall (DOM) which accommodates commercial airlines and has an updated terminal. Canefield Airport (DCF) currently serves only courier services and private charters.
Where is Dominica passport recognized?
Everywhere. The passport that you obtain as a Citizen by Investment is a fully legal passport, and is universally recognised by all state parties to the UN.
Do i get right to vote in elections?
The citizenship of dominica will give you full right to vote in political elections.
What is “Certificate of naturalization”?
The cerificate of naturalization is the proof that you have become “Citizen of Commonwealth of Dominica”. Citizenship from Dominica is valid for lifetime. They will ask for this certificate when you apply or renew the dominica passport.
Do i need an address in Dominica to renew my passport?
No, you do not need an address in Dominica. You can renew your passport at Passport and Immigration Department in Dominica or through any Dominican Consulate and may simply give your primary residence as address.
How many dependents can be included in citizenship application?
Unlimited, as long as the family members are fully supported financially by main applicant.
Can i include brothers and sisters in family application?
No you may include, mother, father, spouse and children under family citizenship application.
Do i have to attend an interview?
There is currently no mandatory interview requirement for the Dominican Citizenship by Investment Program, however an interview may be required at the discretion of the government.
Does Dominica recognize dual citizenship?
Yes, the laws of Dominica recognise and allow dual citizenship and you are not required to renounce your other citizenships. Further more, Dominica does not notify authorities of your country of residence or citizenship on your Dominican citizenship. You are not required to reside in Dominica to keep your citizen’s status.
How do i reach Dominica by air and sea?
By Air: International flights from US and Europe are connected to the island through hubs in Antigua, Barbados, St. Maarten, Guadeloupe and Martinique. The Leeward Island Transport (LIAT) and Caribbean Star usually complete the Dominican leg. LIAT and American Eagle also provide connecting flights to the island out of Puerto Rico.
By Sea: A 300-seat catamaran operated by L’Express des Îles ferries passengers between Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Lucia. The ferry service in Dominica also includes 400 capacity Catamaran operated by Jeans, traverses from Guadeloupe to Dominica into the town of Portsmouth. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors arrive on the island from Cruise Ships berthed at the Bayfront, Woodbridge Bay, and Cabrits. Captains of Yachts and Sailboats can also anchor their private yacht at any of the island’s official ports, but they should check in with customs and immigration on arrival. see: http://www.dominica.dm/index.php/how-to-get-here
Where can i travel with my new dominican passport without obtaining visa in advance?
With a Dominican passport, you can travel visa-free to over 95 countries, including the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and Ireland. You will have the right to live and work in Dominica at any time. As Dominica is a member of CARICOM, you can also live in any other member nation. Holders of a Dominican passport, like all Caribbean countries, do require a visa to enter the United States, as they are not a member of the Visa Waiver Program.
How many years is the Dominica passport valid?
All Dominican passports are valid for up to 10 years. Passports for children under 16 years old are issued for 5 years.
Can i travel to UK with Dominica passport?
You dont need UK visa with dominica passport for short visits less than 6 months for tourism, visiting friends/family, business trip for conferences or meetings. You can check here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa
Do i need a visa to travel to USA and Canada with dominica passport?
Yes, you will need a separate visa to visit these countries, despite holding Dominica passport.
How many days i can stay in Schengen countries with Dominica passport?
You can stay maximum upto 90 days in 180 day in schengen countries, combined under sliding window.
Can children from previous marriage apply under my present family application?
What are the must see places in Dominica?
The Trafalgar Falls, Emerald Pool, and Cabrits National Park are very popular. Dominica has an organized tour operations system for cruise visitors.
Does Dominica have beaches?
Dominica is mainly of lush tropical forests and waterfalls. Dominica is not a typical Caribbean destination of white sand beaches, however there are many beaches within coves with glistening volcanic sand along the island’s west coast. Beaches at Mero, Macoucheri, and Portsmouth are splendid.
What are the investment opportunities available in Dominica?
Fishing, green tourism, soft adventure projects, highend boutique hotels, exclusive villas and nature related activities, manufacturing, shipping, banking and insurance.
How do i renew my dominica passport after expiry?
Expired passports or those with no free pages can be easily renewed for a fee at the Passport and Immigration Department in Dominica or through any Dominican Consulate (with no need to personally travel to Dominica or to its Consulates).
Are there any other ways to get citizenship in Dominica besides investment route?
Yes, right by birth or blood or naturalize by living 7 years in Dominica.
Can i renew my passport if i have already sold the real estate investment property?
Yes, as long as you held the property for the required number of years after obtaining your citizenship.
Are you an authorized agent of Dominica CIP?
We work with approved agents and lawyers authorized by Dominica citizenship by investment unit. “authorised agent” is a person licensed by the Government to act on behalf of applicants for Citizenship by Investment.
What is economic citizenship?
Foreign investor pays or donates cash to country’s economic fund or does a investment in the economic activity in that country. In exchange, citizenship is granted immediately within months, waiving the residency requirements and naturalizing them for citizenship against the monetary contribution.
What are the benefits of dominica citizenship?
Once citizenship of Dominica has been granted, you will have the all of the same rights as any Dominican citizen. You will have the right to live and work in Dominica at any time. As Dominica is a member of CARICOM, you can also live in any other member nation. With a Dominican passport, you can travel visa-free to over 95 countries, including the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and Ireland.
Will i be liable to any taxes in Dominica?
There is no wealth, gift, inheritance, foreign income or capital gains tax. You are only liable to pay personal tax if you reside in the country.
How does the Dominica CIP compare to other citizenship by investment programs in other countries?
This reputable programme has been running since 1993 and is established and experienced in processing applications. It is the cheapest of all, quick processing times and offers the most affordable route to full, legal citizenship of any of the Citizenship by Investment Programmes in the world.
Does Dominica recognize unisex?
Unisex marriage is not recognized in Dominica and therefore does not qualify for citizenship.
How safe is Dominica?
Dominica is like any other safe country, has the lowest crime rates in the caribbean.
Can i bring pets to Dominica?
Visitors wishing to enter the country with their pets must obtain an Import Permit. The Veterinary Office of the Ministry of Agriculture can assist with the requisite guidelines.
Does Dominica has hurricane season?
The peak of hurricane season is late August to early September. The dry season is usually between January and June, with the wet months between August and October.
Does Dominica have tax treaties?
Dominica has a tax treaty with Great Britain, the United States, and CARICOM countries to prevent double taxation of income earned in Dominica.
Is the application process confidential?
The application process is confidential, with no disclosure of or exchange of information, except where necessary checks are to be carried out by an authorised due diligence agency.
Does land transfer tax apply on real estate transactions?
Assurance Fund Fee, 1% of value, Judicial Fee 2.5% of value, Stamp Duty (buyer) 4% of value
Stamp Duty (vendor) 2.5% of value, Solicitor’s Fee 3% of value on which a 15% VAT is payable.
What are the corporate and VAT rates in Dominica?
28% corporate taxes apply and VAT is levied at 15% on all goods and services, except hotel accomodation 10%.
Are the application forms available online?
The application forms for Citizenship by Investment can only be obtained through an authorised agent.
Can i submit my application in other languages, other than english?
No. All applications must be in English.
Will my passport be taken away, if Dominica decides to close the citizenship program in the future?
No, you are entitled to 100% life time citizenship, backed by Constitution and necessary legislation of the country.
What is Police clearance certificate (PCC)?
A Police Clearance Certificate is a document provided by a law enforcement agency confirming the absence of a criminal record. It should be less than 6 months old.
What is the Oath of allegiance?
Upon final approval of citizenship, each applicant is required to sign an Oath of Allegiance to the Commonwealth of Dominica. The oath must be signed before a Notary Public, Justice of Peace or Commissioner of Oaths.
Is it possible to open bank account in Dominica?
Just show your passport to open a bank account. You can open account with any of these commercial banks: Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Nova Scotia, First Caribbean International Bank, Royal Bank of Canada
Is Dominica passport real and legally obtained?
Absolutely! The Citizenship Program of the Commonwealth of Dominica qualifies investors for passport, was established by an Act of Parliament of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Citizenship Act, Chapter 1:10, Section 8 (2) (e). Infact if you do proper research, Dominica citizenship program appeared in CNN, BBC, Khaleej times news and several other newspaper publications.
Is Dominica a “tax haven”?
Absolutely, there are no taxes on income originated outside Dominica. Dominica is ideal country for setting up International Business Companies (IBC) are setup as offshore companies.
Do i need to pay withholding tax if i buy a property?
If you buy a property and you reside in Dominica for less than 6 months of the year, you are liable to pay withholding tax of 15%. If you decide to rent it, this will be paid to you outside of Dominica.
Can foreigners freely hold real estate in Dominica?
Yes, foreign buyers can freely buy real estate, without even having a visa. If you are not citizen of OECS countries, have to pay additional 10% license fee upon purchasing a land. OECS countries are Anguilla, Antigua, British virigin islands (BVI), Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent)
The real estate transactions are done as follows: Foreign buyer pays: 10% of the value of the land, legal fees 3%, judicial fees 2.5%, assurance fund fee 1%, stamp duty 4%. Vendor pays: stamp duty 2.5%, realtor’s fees 5%
Foreigners can buy upto 1 acre of land (residential) and 3 acres of land (commercial) purposes. Alien Landholding License is required if purchasing more than 1 acre of land for residential purposes, or 3 acres of land for commercial purposes.
What are the taxes on rental income?
Rental income earned by nonresidents is taxed at progressive rates from 15% to 35%. And VAT is also levied on rental income at a flat rate of 15% (a special rate of 10% can apply under certain conditions).
Rental yields are relatively low on residential and commercial properties in Dominica usually around 4% to 5%. The average rent in coastal areas start from $800.
What is the requirement for obtaining residence permit in Dominica?
If you plan to live for 6 months or more, you have to apply for residence permit in Dominica. If you are already a Dominica citizen holding passport, you dont need residence permit. You can live in Dominica indefinitely.
Can i buy a land and apply for citizenship in Dominica?
No. Only Government approved real estate projects qualify for Dominica citizenship. Land costs in beach front near the shores, cost upward from $200 per square metre.
What if i retire in Dominica, will i be taxed on my pension?
If your pension is paid from outside Dominica, you will not be taxed.
Does Dominica have any tax exchange agreements with other countries?
According to OECD, Dominica has signed tax information exchange agreements (TIEA) with these countries.
- Portugal – Dominica (5 October 2010)
- Germany – Dominica (21 September 2010)
- Canada – Dominica (29 juin 2010)
- Finland – Dominica (19 May 2010)
- Faroe Islands – Dominica (19 May 2010)
- Denmark – Dominica (19 May 2010)
- Iceland – Dominica (19 May 2010)
- Sweden – Dominica (19 May 2010)
- Greenland – Dominica (19 May 2010)
- Norway – Dominica (19 May 2010)
- Australia – Dominica (31 March 2010)
- United Kingdom – Dominica (31 March 2010)
- New Zealand – Dominica (16 March 2010)
- Belgium – Dominica (26 February 2010)
Can foreigners apply for loan to purchase real estate in Dominica?
Yes, it is possible with banks such as National bank of Nova Scotia, National bank of Dominica. If you dont have bank account with Dominica banks, you may have to talk to your local banks in your country.
Are there any death duties in Dominica?
There are no death or capital gain duties apply upon death.
What are the best places to buy real estate in Dominica?
Castle comfort and Wall house areas in Roseau. Luxury villas with great views available in Sandy beach, islands of Marie Galante and Guadeloupe. Secret bay, Kempinski hotel are the best options if you want also a citizenship in dominica.
How is the health care system in Dominica?
Dominica has a basic healthcare system with 52 health centres and two district hospitals. The Princess Margaret Hospital is the national capital hospital in Roseau providing complex medical services. There also smaller Portsmouth and cottage hospitals at Marigot and Grand Bay. Foreigners have to pay 4 times the price paid by Dominica citizens.
What are the major towns in Dominica?
Roseau is the capital city and Portsmouth on the North West coast is the second biggest town.
How is the real estate market in Dominica?
Dominica has a quiet and stable real estate market. The introduction of citizenship scheme has brought big demand for housing in the islands. Tourism is a big money spinner as hotels, villas and resorts are on demand during summer with surge in rental prices. Americans, Chinese and British are main investors in real estate market. Dominica has infact very affordable prices right now, compared to other expensive countries such Antigua, St Kitts, Belize, where the real estate prices are on sky high.
What is the current pricing per square metre for houses in Dominica?
According to global property guide, pricing for single houses cost $1200 per sq.m ( upto 100m2), $1800 (200m2), $1200 (upto 300m2), $700 (400m2). Two to three-bedroom houses can be bought for an average price of US$500,000, depending on the location, area, quality of construction materials
How is the education system in Dominica?
Education is provided at primary, secondary and college level. There are 64 primary schools, 15 secondary schools and 1 college. Many young dominicans are university graduates in disciplines such as medicine, law, engineering, economics, management, with natural talents.
What are the languages spoken in Dominica?
English, French patois. English is the official language of Dominica, however, many locals communicate in a hybrid language known as Creole French.
What is the currency and payment systems used in Dominica?
ECD – East Caribbean dollar the local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$). The rate is set at EC$2.68 to US$1.00. Many businesses accept US Dollars, but you will get the most favorable exchange rate at the banks. Major Credit Cards are accepted in most places.
What is the time zone settings in Dominica?
Dominica is GMT-4 or one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time on Atlantic Standard Time. Dominica does NOT observe Daylight Savings.
How is the public transport system in the islands?
Mini-buses (look for the number plate that starts with an ‘H’) serve routes from Roseau, Marigot / Douglas Charles Airport, Ross University and other prominent island locations… and to all villages they are a cheap (often exciting) way to get around the island. Prices are fixed by the government.
Taxis are readily available for reasonable prices and can either be arranged from your location of stay or from the street. Inquire about destination prices with someone before hailing a cab. Drivers most generally will take both US and EC dollars. If possible pay with EC. Riders will find most drivers very friendly.
What is the country code and dialing code for Dominica?
The country code is DM and phone dialing code is +1 -767 for Dominica. Internet domains used as .dm
What can you tell me about Dominica for first time travelers?
Dominica has some of the richest mountain rainforest in the Caribbean. Dominica’s beaches generally consist of shimmering black sand or rocks. There are few expansive beaches. The island has over 360 rivers. There are 9 volcanoes on the Dominica. Dominica’s Morne Trois Pitons National Park has been inscribed by UNESCO world heritage site. Throughout the island, the nature lover can see flora, fauna, and about 130 species of birds including the Sisserou Parrot (Amazona Imperialis) which is on the endangered species list. Dominica has received great acclaim for its underwater “treasures” and picturesque qualities. The majority of the island is covered by densely wooded mountains and rain-forest. The overall terrain is very steep, and extremely rugged.
Why invest in Dominica?
The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica invites investments that will generate sustained economic growth and prosperity, and create jobs and business opportunities for their people.
- Dominica ranked #6 by FDI Intelligence for cost effectiveness in the Caribbean & Latin America
- “Gateway to Europe” 15 minutes by air to the French Overseas Departments of Martinique and Guadeloupe and less than 2 hours to the nearest US port.
- Free movement of profit and dividends with no capital gains, estate or death taxes
- An English speaking, educated, and trainable workforce with 95% literacy.
- Safe and good quality of life, with lower crime rate than the other Caribbean islands.
- Great opportunity to invest in green field operations in several investment sectors.
- A stable macroeconomic environment and mature democracy.
- Unrestricted foreign ownership of businesses.
- Concessions for large and small investment projects.
- Highly talented and multi lingual work force.
- Regular sea and air transportation to major markets and destination.
- Preferential access to major international markets and agreements with Europe (EPA) and CARICOM.
How is the economy in Dominica?
Dominica has GDP 1 billion with GDP growth of 1.1%. Inflation is at 1.8%. Dominica has population of 71,200 (2013) and has total area of 751 km2. The Commonwealth of Dominica has become in recent years a major international financial hub, and is quickly becoming one of the largest offshore banking centres in the world, and offshore services are also becoming its main source of income. Major industries are tourism, agriculture and light manufacturing. Major exports are bananas, citrus fruits, plantains, coconuts and tropical fruits. Exported manufactured products are soaps, paints and varnishes. Local production include water plants. Tourism and agriculture are big earners. About 25% of americans, 18% europeans visit Dominica every year. Over 250,000 visitors arrive by cruise ships every year.
Can i apply for citizenship for my son and daughter who are 25 and 28 years old?
Adult children under 25 years of age, enrolled in educational institution full time can be included in family citizenship. Unmarried daughter under 25 years living with main applicant, can also be included in the family application. All must be fully supported by main applicant.
Can my parents and grandparents qualify for citizenship under family option?
Yes, parents or grandparents above 65 years old, can qualify for citizenship but must be fully supported by main applicant.
I have a 2 legally adopted children 10 and 12 years old. Will they be accepted?
What are the benefits of becoming a Dominican citizen?
As a citizen of Dominica, personal benefits include:
- Second citizenship through the oldest and most trusted citizenship by investment programmes
- Visa-free travel to over 115 countries, including the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong and Ireland
- Minimal taxation – no wealth, gift, inheritance, foreign income or capital gains tax
- Full residence status, with the right to live and work in Dominica
- Dual citizenship is allowed
- There is no requirement to reside in Dominica before or after citizenship is granted
- The application process is confidential.
What is the difference between the two countries, “Commonwealth of Dominica” and “The Dominican Republic”?
Both are 2 different countries. Only Commonwealth of Dominica has the citizenship by investment program. The Dominican Republic does not have one. It is very common to confuse both the countries.
What must be validity of police clearance and HIV medical test certificates?
Police clearance document must be obtained from your home country and all countries you have lived in the past 10 years for more than 6 months old. It must be less than 6 months old . HIV clearance and medical tests from doctor must be less than 3 months old , before launching the application for citizenship with the Dominica CBIU. FBI clearance certificate may be needed if you have lived in the US. Please contact us and we will be able to advise you specifically what is needed.