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About the Economic Diversification Fund
All money generated for the EDF fund goes towards improving projects in the public and private sector which are in need of financial support. These include building schools, renovating hospitals, and the creation of a national sports stadium, as well as a variety of other undertakings across numerous industries such as tourism, information technology and agriculture.
Minimum EDF Contribution Requirements
The cost of your contribution will be determined by the number of dependents included in the application—this refers to anyone who relies on you as a primary source of income, including children. Spouses, parents or other family members may also qualify.
US$100,000 (one hundred thousand United States dollars) for the main applicant;
US$150,000 (one hundred and fifty thousand United States dollars) for the main applicant and spouse;
US$175,000 (one hundred and seventy-five thousand United States dollars) for the main applicant and up to three dependants;
US$25,000 (twenty-five thousand United States dollars) for any additional dependant under the age of eighteen;
US$50,000 (fifty thousand United States dollars) for any additional dependant eighteen years of age or older;
Additional EDF Fee
Per application – USD 1,000
DUE DILIGENCE FEES*
Main applicant – USD 7,500
Spouse – USD 4,000
Dependant aged 16 years or above – USD 4,000
*Enhanced due diligence checks and fees may sometimes be required, depending on the applicant’s current citizenship status, and other personal circumstances.
Certificate of Naturalisation fee – USD 250 per person
Expedited passport issuance fee – USD 1,200 per person
NOTE: ADDITIONAL ‘GOVERNMENT FEES’ ARE NOT REQUIRED BY THOSE APPLYING FOR DOMINICAN CITIZENSHIP WITH AN EDF CONTRIBUTION. THESE FEES ARE ONLY RELEVANT TO APPLICANTS WHO INVEST IN REAL ESTATE.
Economic Diversification Fund Payment Information
Full minimum EDF contribution amounts are expressed in United States dollars (USD). However, the Government will also accept payments in euros (EUR) and pound sterling (GBP).
IMPORTANT: Any payments in EUR or GBP must be equivalent to or greater than the minimum EDF contribution amount in USD. Any payment that falls below this on the day the payment is processed will be rejected as insufficient.
Individuals applying for the Dominica Citizenship by Investment (CBI) program can make their financial contribution one of two ways:
Economic Diversification Fund
The Economic Diversification Fund (EDF) supports public and private projects within Dominica, covering industries such as education, healthcare, sport, and tourism. A single applicant must contribute USD $100,000 to the EDF, though fees will increase if they wish to apply for additional dependents to join them in Dominica.
To view changes to fees effective 15 September visit the Economic Diversification Fund.
Real estate is another investment option for Dominica CBI applicants. The property must be held for at least three years and be authorised by the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica, with all approved real estate projects listed here. This must be valued at a minimum of USD $200,000. Government fees starting from $25,000 per applicant also apply.
To view changes to fees effective 15 September, visit Real Estate page.
What do these Dominican investment options achieve?
Dominica is creating a modern, diverse, and sustainable economy to meet the demands of a highly competitive global environment. The Government invites investments that will generate consistent economic growth and prosperity while creating jobs and business opportunities for its citizens. The institution is committed to providing the legislative and administrative framework with the fiscal and technical support necessary to encourage investments and attain these goals. More information about the investment opportunities available in Dominica can be found at the links below.
Approved Real Estate Projects
Anichi Resort & Spa
Anichi Development, Dorset House, 14 Hanover Street, Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica
+1 (767) 448 5775
Ay Ay Holdings Caribbean Ltd.
Jungle Bay Resort
11 Great George Street, Roseau,
Commonwealth of Dominica
+1 (767) 446 1789
+1 (767) 275 2369
Soufriere, P.O Box 2375,
Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica,
+1 (767) 277 9509
CH Holdings Ltd
+1 767 615 0495
Grande Anse Holdings – Timbo’s Downtown
Grande Anse Holdings - Timbo's Downtown 58 River Bank, Roseau Commonwealth of Dominica Hours Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Ocean Edge Development
Beau Bois, Castle Comfort, P.O Box 495, Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica
Boulevard PlazaTower 2, Office 1104,
Burj Khalifa Community, Downtown,
P.O. Box 450341, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 325 3447
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Sanctuary Rainforest Eco Resort and Spa Inc.
3, Morne Daniel, Canefield, Dominica
+1 767 618-2301
+1 767 315-3488
The Residences at Secret Bay
Tibay, Portsmouth, Commonwealth of Dominica
+1(767)2754042/ +971 4 556 1529
Tranquility Beach Resort
38 Cork Street – Top Floor
Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica
1 (264) 235-7667
+ (767) 449-3666
+ (767) 440-3666
Applying for Citizenship by Investment of Dominica
Step 1 - Choose an authorised agent
The first step for applying for citizenship is to choose an agent from the list of authorised agents. These are people who have been officially licensed by the Citizenship by Investment Unit to be given the authority to act on behalf of the main applicant in relation to a citizenship by investment application.
Authorised agents are the only people who can handle applications for citizenship by investment, and the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Unit (CBIU) will not accept direct submissions.
Step 2 - Contact your authorised agent
Getting in touch with your authorised agent will allow you to discuss the best way to prepare the required documentation you need to submit as your application to the CBIU. You will need to complete all official forms, attend a medical examination and obtain certain supporting documents for your CBI application. All of this paperwork will need to be submitted in English and with the appropriate notarisation and legalisation. If you are purchasing property, this will need to be reserved through a sales and purchase agreement.
Step 3 - Background checks
Your application will need to be vetted in a thorough due diligence background check in order to verify the information that you have provided. The CBIU will consider your file in light of the due diligence report and make a recommendation on your application to the Government accordingly. You will then receive a letter through your authorised agent, which will inform you on the status of your application. This will let you know whether it has been successful (known as “approval in principle”),
delayed for further processing or rejected.
Step 4 - Further discussion with the Dominica CBIU
When all of your forms have been completed, and all documentation collected, your authorised agent will submit your application to the CBIU and liaise with them on your behalf. The authorised agent will attend to all correspondence, queries or questions which the CBIU may have during that time. Unlike other countries offering CBI programmes, Dominica does not currently require a mandatory interview, though the Government may ask for one at their discretion.
Step 5 - Payment and certification
If your application is approved in principle, the CBIU’s letter will also instruct you to make your contribution payment for the Economic Diversification Fund option or complete the payment on the real estate property. Upon receiving proof of payment, the CBIU will then issue your certificate of registration, which stands as evidence of your citizenship and can be used by yourself or your authorised agent to apply for your Dominican passport.
For any further information, please contact Ganji Immigration Services +982122895496 or +14382387020
CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT DOMINICA?
The Commonwealth of Dominica is a Caribbean republic with a parliamentary democracy. The capital city is Roseau and the population is approximately 73,500. Dominica’s official language is English, although French Patois is also spoken. The local currency is the East Caribbean dollar, which is pegged to the United States dollar.
WHAT IS THE CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT PROGRAMME?
The Citizenship by Investment Programme allows reputable investors and their eligible family members to legally obtain citizenship in return for a significant investment in Dominica, as determined under the Commonwealth of Dominica Citizenship by Investment Regulations. Presently, there are two qualifying investments: a direct contribution to the Government (commonly known as the contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund route), starting at USD 100,000 for a single applicant, or the purchase of pre-approved real estate at a minimum value of USD 200,000.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP?
A detailed breakdown of the steps for applying for citizenship can be found on Ganji Immigration Services
WHO IS AN AUTHORISED AGENT?
An Authorised Agent is a person licensed by the Government to act on your behalf when you apply for Citizenship by Investment in Dominica.Call Ganji Immigration Services
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP?
As an applicant for citizenship, you must be at least 18 years of age, of good character, without a criminal record, and able and willing to make the required contribution. You must engage an Authorised Agent who will assist you in preparing the required forms and supporting documents. There are also limitations if you are citizen of Iran, North Korea, Sudan. Syria, Russia or Belarus.
HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAMME COST? WHAT ARE THE FEES?
The total cost will be made up of either (1) the contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund or (2) the investment in pre-approved real estate, plus fees relating to due diligence and the processing of the application. Some fees apply to both citizenship routes, while others depend on whether you choose to obtain citizenship through the Economic Diversification Fund option or the real estate option.
DOES CITIZENSHIP EXTEND TO MY FAMILY?
Yes, subject to the fulfilment of certain requirements, citizenship can be extended to your spouse, dependent children, dependent parents and grandparents. Fees vary according to the number of family members you include in your application for citizenship.
WHO QUALIFIES AS A DEPENDANT?
A spouse of the main applicant.
A child under eighteen years of age of the main applicant or the spouse of the main applicant.
A child of the main applicant or the spouse of the main applicant between eighteen and thirty years who is in attendance at a recognised institution of higher learning and substantially supported by the main applicant or the spouse of the main applicant.
An unmarried daughter of the main applicant or the spouse of the main applicant who is under twenty-five years of age and is living with and fully supported by the main applicant or the spouse of the main applicant.
A child of the main applicant or the spouse of the main applicant who is eighteen years of age or older and physically or mentally challenged and who is substantially supported by the main applicant or the spouse of the main applicant.
Parents or grandparents of the main applicant or the spouse of the main applicant above the age of sixty-five years who are substantially supported by the main applicant or the spouse of the main applicant.
A ‘child’ means a biological or legally adopted child
By “eighteen (18) to thirty (30) years” it is intended that a child who is 30 can be included in an application, but not a child who has turned 31
Please contact an Authorised Agent for questions relating to which of your family members may be included in your application.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Once you receive citizenship of Dominica you will have the same right to live, work, and study in Dominica as any other citizen. With a Dominican passport, you will be able to travel visa-free or with a visa-on-arrival to around 140 countries and territories, including major business hubs. For more information about the benefits of Dominican citizenship, please Call Ganji Immigration Services
WILL I BE LIABLE TO ANY TAXES IN DOMINICA?
There is no wealth, gift, inheritance, foreign income, or capital gains tax in Dominica. As a citizen, you would be liable to pay personal tax if you resided in Dominica.
CAN I SUBMIT THE APPLICATION TO THE CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT UNIT MYSELF?
No. You must submit your application through an Authorised Agent.
HOW LONG DOES THE APPLICATION TAKE?
From submission of the application to an approval in principle, applicants are generally expected to wait three months.
HOW DOES THIS PROGRAMME COMPARE TO OTHER CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT PROGRAMMES?
Our Programme has been running since 1993 and our Citizenship by Investment Unit is highly experienced in processing applications. Our Programme has efficient processing times and offers one of the most affordable routes to citizenship in the Caribbean. Dominica’s Programme has been ranked number one in the world’s most comprehensive study of the citizenship by investment industry for three consecutive years.
IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS CONFIDENTIAL?
The application process itself is confidential, except where necessary checks are carried out by authorised due diligence agencies and international partners.
DO I HAVE TO ATTEND AN INTERVIEW?
No, you don’t have to attend a mandatory interview. However an interview may be required at the discretion of the Government.
DO I HAVE TO TRAVEL TO DOMINICA?
No, you don’t have to travel to Dominica as part of the application process. However, we always encourage you to visit our beautiful Dominica. In exceptional circumstances where an interview is required, we would usually like to meet you face-to-face in Dominica. However, should you be unable to attend an interview in Dominica, we may decide to interview you in certain centres outside of Dominica, subject to you being able and willing to pay applicable costs.
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.
IS THE APPLICATION FORM AVAILABLE ONLINE?
No. All application forms for the Citizenship by Investment Programme can only be obtained through an Authorised Agent.
CAN I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION IN ANY LANGUAGE?
No. You must submit your application in English.
WHAT IS A POLICE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE?
A Police Clearance Certificate is a document provided by a law enforcement agency confirming the absence of a criminal record.
WHAT IS THE OATH OF ALLEGIANCE?
Upon receiving 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 the Peace, or Commissioner of Oaths.
HOW DO I GET 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. For more information on your trip to Dominica,Please call Ganji Immigration Services
WHERE WILL MY DOMINICAN PASSPORT BE RECOGNISED?
Everywhere. The passport that you obtain as an economic citizen is a fully legal passport, and is universally recognised by all state parties to the United Nations.
DOES DOMINICA RECOGNISE DUAL CITIZENSHIP?
Yes, the laws of Dominica recognise and allow dual citizenship and you are not required to renounce your other citizenships. You are not required to reside in Dominica to keep your citizenship status.
WHERE CAN I TRAVEL TO ON MY DOMINICAN PASSPORT WITHOUT OBTAINING A VISA IN ADVANCE?
You will have the right to live, work, and study in Dominica at any time. Holders of a Dominican passport, like holders of passports from any Caribbean country, require a visa to enter the United States, because we are not part of the Visa Waiver Programme.
FOR HOW MANY YEARS IS A DOMINICAN PASSPORT VALID?
Dominican passports are generally valid for up to 10 years. Passports for children under 16 years old are issued for 5 years.
HOW DO I RENEW MY PASSPORT WHEN IT EXPIRES?
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 its Consulates).
HOW CAN I BE SURE THAT MY PASSPORT WILL BE RENEWED UPON EXPIRY?
As part of the laws of Dominica, and as a citizen of Dominica, you would be entitled to a 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 the Passport and Immigration Department in Dominica or through any Dominican Consulate, and may simply give your primary residence as your address.
CAN I RENEW MY PASSPORT IF I HAVE ALREADY SOLD THE INVESTMENT PROPERTY?
Yes, as long as you held the property for the required number of years after obtaining your citizenship. For more details call Ganji Immigrtion Services