Officially named the Commonwealth of Dominica, Dominica is located in the eastern Caribbean Sea and was formed by volcanic activity over 26 million years ago.
The island country is known as the ‘Nature Island of the Caribbean’ due to its natural beauty. Almost the entire country is forested with remarkable waterfalls, hiking trails and glorious beaches. The country is also home to fascinating wildlife and sea life.
Dominica is committed to being at the forefront of the fight against climate change by becoming the world’s first climate-resilient nation.
Introduced in 1993, the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Programme is one of the longest-running citizenship schemes in the world. The government launched the programme to help provide financial support for the country’s economy through foreign investment.
Since its launch, the Dominica Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme has become one of the world’s foremost CBI schemes. The CBI Index ranked it the number one CBI programme for six consecutive years.
The programme offers a cost-effective route to citizenship. A single applicant can secure citizenship in the country with only a $100,000 donation. The process is also straightforward and quick, with applications being processed within 90 days on average.
A quick and straightforward application process
Visa-free travel to over 140 countries
A favourable tax system
Affordable investment options starting from only $100,000
The programme grants citizenship to the investor's family
No minimum stay or interview requirements
Make a non-refundable contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund (EDF).
The EDF is a government programme that aims to drive national development. Money generated from the fund has been used to assist private and public sector projects, such as building schools, hospitals and sports stadiums.
The required contribution amounts are as follows:
For this option, no government fees apply.
Invest in a government-approved real estate project with a minimum value of $200,000.
This must be held for at least three years from the date citizenship is granted or for a minimum of five years from the date of citizenship if the future purchaser is also a citizenship by investment applicant.
Government fees apply on top of the required real estate investment amount for those who choose a real estate investment option.
The Dominica Citizenship by Investment Programme offers the most affordable route to citizenship for a single applicant, with investments starting at $100,000.
The programme also offers a quick and simple process for gaining Dominican citizenship. Applications are processed within 90 days of the submission date, on average. Donations/investments are only payable once the application has been approved.
Once Dominican citizenship has been approved, applicants are issued a passport from the country. Dominica passport holders are granted visa-free travel to over 140 countries, including China, the Schengen Area, the UK, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Dominica recognises dual citizenship. This allows individuals to retain their original citizenship while becoming citizens of Dominica.
To be eligible for the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Programme, the primary applicant requirements are:
Be over 18 years old
Be in good health
Have a clean criminal record
Be of good character and pass detailed due diligence and background checks
Have enough funds to make the investments and be able to provide proof of funds from a legal source
Not be from a banned nation, including Northern Iraq, North Korea, Syria, Sudan, Russia, Kurdistan and Belarus (apart from certain exceptions)
Family members can be included in the application. The principal investor can include:
Children under the age of 18
Children between the age of 18 and 30, as long as they are students and financially dependent
Dependent unmarried daughter under the age of 25 years old who is living with the applicants
Dependent children over the age of 18, provided that they have a physical or mental disability
Dependent Parents or Grandparents of either spouse over the age of 65
Dominica offers an attractive tax regime. For non-tax residents, there is no capital gains, inheritance tax, income or wealth tax on worldwide income or assets.
|Citizenship or Residency Programme?||Citizenship or Residency Programme?Citizenship|
|Minimum Investment Amount||Minimum Investment Amount$100,000|
|Minimum Stay Requirement||Minimum Stay RequirementNo|
|Initial Permit Duration||Initial Permit DurationN/A|
|Time to Residence||Time to ResidenceN/A|
|Time to Citizenship||Time to Citizenship3 months|
|Family Inclusion?||Family Inclusion?Spouse, children under 30 and parents/grandparents over 65|
|Right to Work?||Right to Work?Yes|
|Type of Document Received||Type of Document Received?Certificate of citizenship and passport|
|No. of Visa-Free Countries with Passport?||No. of Visa-Free Countries with Passport?143|