Dominica Citizenship by Investment FAQ

Please find below our Dominica citizenship by investment FAQ. There is indeed much to like about Dominica citizenship for those who yearn for global access and economic freedom. Dominica has also been voted #1 in the world for six consecutive years by the Financial Times.

As a result, you can choose the best plan B passport with confidence to secure the future of your family, your freedom and your assets. Here is everything you need to know about the world’s best citizenship by investment program.

The answers were meant to be all inclusive. Simply hover over the most pertinent question for your situation and click the link. However, do not hesitate to contact me directly for further clarification.

Dominica Citizenship by Investment FAQ List

What makes Dominica citizenship by investment unique in comparison to other CBI programs?

Investors can rely on legally sound, time tested constitutional protections which are lacking in similar CBI programs. This is because the Dominica government has nurtured the integrity of the program over many years by following strict due diligence protocol.

Dominica has not followed the price dilution tactics of the competition. Instead, they have steadily increased the value of the program with additions. This includes new visa free travel options, but also the scope for eligible dependents has been significantly increased.

As a result, the Dominica program is considered to be of significantly higher value than competing Caribbean programs and vastly superior other citizenship by investment programs found outside of the Caribbean e.g. Cyprus, Malta.

Since its inception in 1993, the Dominica citizenship by investment program remains as the most economical choice while giving investors the most rewards in return for their investment. It is indeed the most secure citizenship by investment program in the world that consistently outperforms the competition.  

What are the primary advantages of Dominica citizenship by investment?

  • Dual citizenship is allowed with no requirement to renounce your current citizenship.
  • Enjoy the right to live and work in any of the CARICOM or OECS countries.
  • The application is strictly confidential with no requirement to notify your country of origin.
  • Dominica citizens are eligible to apply for the long term US visas. This includes B-1, B-2, H-1B and also the L-1 visa to enter the United States for pleasure, work or residency.
  • Easily acquire the US B-1 visa 10 year visa which allows multiple entry, 6 months stay permitted each entry.
  • The Dominica passport is issued by a neutral country with a noninvasive foreign policy.
  • Dominica’s legal system is based on English Common Law.
  • There is no requirement to ever visit the island or reside there in order to retain citizenship.
  • No tax on overseas income plus no capital gains tax, wealth or inheritance tax.
  • There is no personal interview requirement for the application process.
  • Visa free or visa on arrival access to 144+ countries.
  • English is the national language and there are no fluency requirements.
  • As a citizen of the British Commonwealth you may receive assistance at British Embassies and consulates plus preferential treatment inside the UK.

If I choose the real estate option when can I sell the property?

You are initially permitted to sell the property after a 3 year holding period if you sell to a non applicant investor. But a 5 year holding period if you wish to sell to another applicant for the Dominica citizenship program.

After the holding period is satisfied investors retain Dominica citizenship in perpetuity with the opportunity to recoup your investment capital.

What is due diligence and why is it necessary?

Due diligence is the process of checking all of the information that you entered on your application. It is imperative to verify things like your identity, employment, education, funding source, residency and also criminal history – including INTERPOL. The process is required on all applicants 16 years and older. 

How long does it take to acquire Dominica citizenship?

The government review of your application is usually completed within 1-3 months.

Can my new citizenship ever be revoked?

The citizenship rights granted are embedded in the constitution of Dominica. Furthermore, Dominica has a stringent due diligence process which prevents the wrong type of applicant from ever being granted citizenship. No revocations have occurred since the program was established in 1993.

What is the non-refundable investment used for?

The donation option requires applicants to contribute a minimum $100,000 nonrefundable deposit into the government’s Economic Diversification Fund (EDF). This allows the government to use the funds from your EDF contribution to develop the local economy and also provide benefits to the local communities. 

For example, infrastructure to facilitate tourism, preparations for climate change, hurricane relief, geothermal power utilization, education and medical facilities are some common EDF program themes.

Can I submit the application myself?

Applicants cannot submit their applications directly to the Dominica CBIU.

What is considered a family unit for the application?

A family unit consists of the main applicant and spouse, plus their dependent children. Dependents may also include their parents, grandparents, newborns, new spouses and siblings.

Can my descendants be granted citizenship?

Newborn or legally adopted children of any successful applicant (not only the main applicant) are eligible for Dominica citizenship by descent.

Can children from a previous marriage be included on the application?

Yes. A certified letter of authorization from the other biological parent is required.

What is your refund policy?

The full amount of the contribution for the EDF is not due until after approval. However, the commitment deposit and fees for other services already performed are not refundable after the application has been submitted.

The same refund policy also exists for the real estate program with the exception of the 10% down payment. The down payment used for the property is received in advance of the application being submitted to the government. However, it is 100% refundable if the application is rejected.

Rest assured that our approval ratio is 100% after our legal review has been completed. Therefore, it is extremely unlikely that your application would be rejected by the government for any reason. Any issues that may arise will be noted and corrected during our legal review process.

How long is the passport valid before it needs to be renewed?

Dominica passports are issued with 10 years validity for adults and 5 years for children under 16 years.

If my passport or certificate of naturalization is lost or stolen can it be replaced?

Yes. It is required that you obtain a police report/statement which validates your claim.

Does my police background check need to be from both my country of original citizenship and residency?

Yes, the criminal background check is for all countries that you have recently resided in for over 6 months duration and also your country of original citizenship.

Can I renounce my previous citizenship after I have received my new passport?

Yes, renunciation is permitted after you have been issued your new citizenship. However, dual citizenship is also allowed.

What advantages does iGlobal offer to investors who are interested in obtaining Dominica citizenship?

At iGlobal we are true believers in the benefits of global citizenship. Rest assured that we have walked in your shoes to participate in the best citizenship by investment programs.

In addition, we have implemented the optimal offshore tax residency plan.  As a result, I am intimately familiar with all of the questions and answers contained in this Dominica citizenship by investment FAQ but also much more! 

In further benefit, iGlobal is well integrated locally and we have a combined 35+ years of experience working with the Caribbean citizenship programs.

Choose iGlobal with confidence to ensure your citizenship application is successfully completed at the lowest possible cost. Also receive follow up support as you make the important transition outside your country of origin.

Edwin Morgan, Managing Director Go Global Corporation PTE LTD