Dominica citizenship is the status of a person recognized under the law of Dominica as being a legal member of the Commonwealth of Dominica (do NOT confuse with the Dominica Republic) and vested with the rights, duties and privileges of being a Dominican citizen. Citizens of Dominica can count on the help and protection of the Commonwealth of Dominica either directly or any diplomatic institutions of the country abroad. As of January 24, 2019, Dominica’s diplomatic missions operate in 7 countries: USA, Canada, UK, China, Belgium, Cuba and the UAE. Additionally, Dominica has consular officers in various other countries.
With Dominica citizenship obtained, a person has the right to apply for a Dominica passport and other necessary documents: social security number, driver’s license, tax number, etc. By investing in Anichi Resort & Spa, you will receive Dominica citizenship and a full range of citizenship services that may be available to a citizen of Dominica.
Dominica Citizenship by Investment Programme (CBI) was established in 1993 and is one of the longest, running programmes in the world.
In Dominica, the Citizenship by Investment Programme is managed by the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CBIU) – a government authority. His Excellency Ambassador Emmanuel Nanthan has been heading the CBIU since February 2015, and at the same time has held the position of Ambassador-at-Large for the Office of the Prime Minister of Dominica. He has extensive experience in diplomacy and international affairs, serving as Ambassador to Libya, as well as the role of Special Advisor to two former Heads of the Dominica Government.
Over the years, the programme has been refined and enhanced to meet the evolving needs of the market, and to strengthen its due diligence and approval process. Some of these improvements done in isolation by the unit and with other government entities include:Implemented the real estate option Reduced the cost of citizenship Strengthened its due diligence process Improved its efficiency and reduced its approval processing time Increased visa-free travel benefits Established offshore passport renewal services Implemented an online portal to facilitate application submission
The Dominica citizenship by investment programme plays a significant role in the country’s economy, and for almost three decades has proved its practical value in the development of the island and the transformation of the life of its residents.
The Dominica Government announced that more than 1,000 jobs were created during the construction phase of the approved citizenship by investment hotels, and approximately 900 permanent jobs are expected to be created after construction will be finished.
On February 2020, foreign investment has helped 3,896 Dominicans to obtain jobs, of which two-thirds were in the field of community projects.
The citizenship programme has funded over 4,500 business owners and supported 32 projects in the island’s agricultural and fisheries sector, resulting in increased employment through targeted training programmes.
In order to minimize potential threats due to global warming, in 2017, the Prime Minister of Dominica announced the government’s policy of modernizing the island’s infrastructure and planning to become the world’s first climate resilient nation by 2030.
The funds received from the citizenship by investment programme are invested in many capital projects: construction of resilient roads and bridges, creation of walls along river banks, modernization of infrastructure, renovation of one of Dominica’s regional airports, construction of buildings for hospitals, schools and residencies. Part of the capital goes to the development of information technology, tourism, agriculture, manufacturing and other industries that contribute to the economic well being of the island.
The Government of Dominica consistently emphasizes its commitment to the citizenship by investment programme and plans for the development of the island, which serves as an additional guarantee of its successful work in the future.
Initially, the programme was called the “Dominica Economic Citizenship Programme” and offered only one investment option – a non-refundable contribution to the economy of Dominica. Observing a growing demand by investors for a real estate option, in January 2014, the Dominica Government revised the conditions for obtaining citizenship, adding the option of investing in real estate and changing its official name to “Dominica Citizenship by Investment Programme”.
Currently, you can obtain Dominica citizenship through two options:
An applicant for citizenship transfers capital to the fund used by the Government of Dominica for the development of the country's economy. After approval of the application and obtaining the Dominica citizenship, the investor loses the right to a refund. The option through a donation to the economic diversification fund does not grant any dividends.
An applicant for citizenship can invest in an approved real estate project such as Anichi Resort & Spa, a member of Marriott International’s premium brand – the Autograph Collection. Annual returns are paid during the construction stage. After 5 years, real estate can be resold, thereby returning the originally invested capital and significantly reducing the overall cost of obtaining citizenship.
The table below shows the cost for citizenship via the real estate option. It does not include the costs of agent services and real estate returns paid during the construction stage.
|Amount of investment in Anichi Resort & Spa||$ 220,000|
|Taxes and legal fees||$ 9,250|
|Family of up to 4: main applicant and 3 dependants, excluding siblings||$35,000|
|Family of up to 6: main applicant and 5 dependants, excluding siblings||$50,000|
|Family of 7 or more: main applicant and at least 6 dependants, but excluding siblings||$70,000|
|Sibling aged 18 to 25||$50,000|
|Sibling below the age of 18||$25,000|
|Due Diligence Fee:|
|Dependant age 16 and over||$4,000|
|Processing Fee||$1,000 per application|
|Naturalization Fee||$250 per person|
|Child under 16 years old||$28|
|Expedited passport||$1,200 per person|
Take a look at the cost difference in obtaining citizenship through different investment options for the most popular cases:
|Real Estate Options||Single Application||Family of 4 people
(the main applicant, his wife and two children under the age of 16)
|Amount of real estate investment||$220,000||$220,000|
|Taxes and legal fees||$9,250||$9,250|
|Due Diligence Fee||$7,500||$11,500|
|Actual costs when selling real estate after 5 years at the same price.||$43,156*||$58,018*|
* When calculating the example, the real estate returns was not deducted. During construction, this is a fixed percentage. After opening, the percentage will be based on the operational performance of the resort.
To obtain Dominica citizenship is not difficult: there is no requirement to ever visit the island, undergo interviews or pass English exams. Applicants for citizenship must be prepared to provide all the necessary documents and information, pay the costs and at least meet four basic requirements:
The government of Dominica reacts expeditiously in crisis situations. After Hurricane Maria in 2017, when the island was supposed to restore almost all of its infrastructure from scratch, the Citizenship by Investment Unit closed the physical office and began to accept all citizenship applications through an online portal.
During the global crisis of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Unit once again proved its reliability: the citizenship programme did not stop for a day, all work was transferred online instantly and applications continued to be processed.
Dominica remains the best option for obtaining citizenship by investment in the world. With a well regarded programme from 1993 to present, it combines low costs fees, minimum investment amounts with the speed of processing citizenship applications and proper due diligence.
Contact Agent or Developer
Submit subscription agreement and pay the 5% reservation fee & the 5% deposit
Within 60 days, submit all required documents & citizenship forms to the Government & pay Due Diligence and processing fees
Await Government Decision
Deposit the investment balance into an escrow account and pay Government and Certificate of Naturalisation fees to the government account.
Certificate of Naturalization, Passport, Certificate of Ownership
Receive refund, less Non-Refundable contribution
Five years after becoming a Dominican citizen by purchasing real estate, citizens are allowed to sell their shares or suites to individuals also seeking citizenship from Dominica through its Citizenship by Investment Programme. Oriental Developers (Caribbean) Ltd. will use its network to assist owners throughout this process.
Official Language: English
Population: 72,293 (2011)
Literacy Rate: 97.8%
Time Zone: (GMT -4)
Total Area: 751 km2 (290 sq mi)
Location: 15.4150° N, 61.3710° W
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD)