Dominica has been welcoming families for almost three decades through its Citizenship by Investment Programme. The Nature Isle has become increasingly popular for families, as there are numerous benefits to acquiring second citizenship. Successful applicants can go on and apply for a Dominican passport, which allows them retaining citizenship for life, the right to live and work in the country, the ability to pass on citizenship to one’s descendants and global mobility.   

Changes to the meaning of ‘dependant’

In 2020, Dominica amended the meaning of ‘dependant’ to include a wider range of family members. Published in the country’s Official Gazette on July 29, 2020, the Commonwealth of Dominica Citizenship by Investment (Amendment) Regulations, 2020 (S.R.&O. 33 of 2020) broadened the scope of eligible ‘dependants’ and post-citizenship additions amongst other significant measures.

“The changes are meant to accelerate family reunification in a world where togetherness, and the right to all be able to live in a safe, stable, and welcoming environment is more important than ever,” announced Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. 

Below, we explore who qualifies as a dependant, post-citizenship additions, due diligence procedures, and fees and requirements.  

Who qualifies as a dependant? 

The following dependants may be added to an application: 

– A spouse of the main applicant 

– A child of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant who is below the age of 18 

– A child of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant aged 18 to 30 who is substantially supported by the main applicant or the spouse of the main applicant 

Importantly: 

  • It is no longer required that an adult child dependant be in attendance at an institution of higher learning, although this may assist a showing of ‘substantial support’ 
  • There must be a showing of ‘substantial’ support – not ‘full’ support 
  • Substantial support must be provided by the main applicant or the main applicant’s spouse 

A child of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant aged 18 years or over and physically or mentally challenged and who is substantially supported by the main applicant or the spouse of the main applicant 

Importantly: 

  • There must be a showing of ‘substantial’ support – not ‘full’ support 
  • Substantial support must be provided by the main applicant or the main applicant’s spouse 

A parent or grandparent of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant who is substantially supported by the main applicant or the spouse of the main applicant 

Importantly: 

  • It is no longer required that qualifying parents and grandparents be aged 55 or over, or live with the main applicant 
  • There must be a showing of ‘substantial’ support – not ‘full’ support 
  • Substantial support must be provided by the main applicant or the main applicant’s spouse 

A spouse of a person who qualifies as a dependant parent or grandparent, who is substantially supported by the main applicant or the spouse of the main applicant 

A biological or legally adopted sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant who is aged 18 to 25, single, childless, and who is substantially supported by the main applicant or the spouse of the main applicant

A biological or legally adopted sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant who is below the age of 18, single, childless, substantially supported by the main applicant or the spouse of the main applicant, and in receipt of consent to make an application under the Programme from all individuals with parental responsibility for that sibling 

Importantly: 

  • Biological or legally adopted siblings of the main applicant or the main applicant’s spouse may now be included as dependants 
  • The sibling must be aged 25 or under, single, childless, and substantially supported by the main applicant or the spouse of the main applicant 
  • ‘Single’ includes people who have never been married, were married but subsequently divorced, or have lost their spouse 
  • Additionally, if the sibling is under 18, there must be a showing of consent to make an application under the Programme by all individuals with parental responsibility for that sibling 
  • Provision of consent is therefore not limited merely to parents of the underage sibling, as parental responsibility may be held by an individual other than a parent 

Dominica Dependant Definitions

Spouse

Of the main applicant (partner of the opposite sex by marriage in accordance with the Marriage Act, and the Marriage (Prohibited Degrees of Relationship) Act of Dominica)

Children under 18

Biological or adopted of the main applicant or the main applicant’s spouse

Children 18-30

Biological or adopted of the main applicant or the main applicant’s spouse. Includes age 30. Must be substantially supported by the main applicant or the main applicant’s spouse.

Mentally or physically challenged children

Biological or adopted of the main applicant or the main applicant’s spouse. Over 18. Must be substantially supported by the main applicant or the main applicant’s spouse.

Parents/grandparents

Of the main applicant or the main applicant’s spouse. Any age. Must be substantially supported by the main applicant or the main applicant’s spouse.

Spouse of a qualifying parent or grandparent

Of any age. Must be substantially supported by the main applicant or the main applicant’s spouse.

Siblings

Biological or adopted of the main applicant or the main applicant’s spouse. Aged 25 or under. Single. Childless. Must be substantially supported by the main applicant or the main applicant’s spouse. If under 18, must have consent to make application from all individuals with parental responsibility.

Dependant Inclusion Fees: 

Pre-Approved Real Estate Investment option fees include:  

  • US$25,000 for the main applicant 
  • US$35,000 for a family of up to four persons, including the main applicant and up to three dependants but excluding any dependant who is a sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant 
  • US$50,000 for a family of up to six persons, including the main applicant and up to five dependants but excluding any dependant who is a sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant 
  • US$70,000 for a family of seven persons or more, including the main applicant and at least six dependants but excluding any dependant who is a sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant 
  • US$50,000 for each dependant who is a sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant and who is eighteen to twenty-five years 
  • US$25,000 for each dependant who is a sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant and who is below the age of eighteen years 

Economic Diversification Fund fees include:  

  • US$100,000 for the main applicant 
  • US$50,000 for the spouse of the main applicant 
  • US$50,000 for each dependant is a sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant and who is eighteen to twenty-five years 
  • US$25,000 for each dependant of the main applicant other than the spouse of the main applicant and any sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant who is eighteen to twenty-five years, except that US$175,000 shall be payable for a family of four including the main applicant, the spouse of the main applicant, and two other dependants other than a dependant who is a sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant 

Additional fees (on submission of an application) include: 

  • US$1,000 for processing; 
  • US$7,500 for due diligence background checks on the main applicant; and 
  • US$4,000 for due diligence background checks on each dependant who is sixteen years or over, and if considered appropriate an enhanced due diligence report may be required 

Where a person who has already received citizenship through a cash investment under the Citizenship by Investment Programme makes an application in respect to a dependant who did not form part of the person’s original application and who was a dependant at the time the application was made, the minimum investment payable to the Unit shall be an additional fee of US$50,000 per each such dependant other than a spouse for whom the fee payable shall be US$ 75,000. 

Post-Citizenship Additions in Dominica: An Easy Flowchart 

Dominica’s 2020 Regulations have expanded the ways in which an economic citizen can make a post-citizenship addition for his or her family members. This includes additions of new born children and newly married spouses. For economic citizens who were main applicants in an original application, it also includes additions of family members who are dependants and who would have qualified as dependants at the time of the original application. 

The examples below clarify how this can be achieved: 

Jane obtained citizenship of Dominica under the CBI Programme. Jane wants to make a post-citizenship addition in respect of her new born child, new spouse, and mother.

Example 1: Can Jane add her new spouse? 

Example 2: Can Jane add her new born child? 

Example 3: Can Jane add her mother? 

Note that, for all these examples, Certificate of Naturalisation Fees also apply, and both Passport Fees and Professional Fees may also apply. 

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Post-Citizenship Additions Fees 

A person who applied for citizenship by investment as a main applicant and obtained citizenship through the Programme may make an application in respect to a dependant who did not form part of that person’s original application and who was a dependant at the time the original application was made. Fees include: 

  • US$75,000 for the spouse 
  • US$75,000 for each dependant who is a sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant and who is eighteen to twenty-five years  
  • US$50,000 for siblings of the main applicant or of the spouse aged 18 and under 
  • US$50,000 for each dependant other than the spouse or a sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant who is eighteen to twenty five years 
  • US$1,000 for processing 
  • US$7,500 for due diligence background checks on the original main applicant for an application submitted more than one year after the date of submission of the original application 
  • US$4,000 for due diligence background checks on each dependant who is sixteen years or over 
  • US$250 for the Certificate of Naturalisation Fee 

Where an application is made within a period of one year from the granting of citizenship or within a period of one year from the date in which these Regulations are gazetted, whichever is later, the following fee are required: 

  • US$50,000 for the spouse 
  • US$50,000 for each dependant who is a sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant and who is eighteen to twenty-five years 
  • US$25,000 for each dependant other than the spouse or a sibling of the main applicant or of the spouse of the main applicant who is eighteen to twenty-five years 
  • US$1,000 for processing; 
  • US$7,500 for due diligence background checks on the original main applicant for an application submitted more than one year after the date of submission of the original application 
  • US$4,000 for due diligence background checks on each dependant who is sixteen years or over 
  • US$250 for the Certificate of Naturalisation Fee 

What are the Due Diligence Requirements?  

Applicants and their family members must all first pass a series of multi-tiered due diligence checks.  

For post-application additions, main applicants must repeat them along with any new dependant other than a new born child, if a calendar year has passed since the date of their original submission..  

This is because integrity and transparency are the hallmark of Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Programme. The CBI Index, published by the Financial Times’s Professional Wealth Management magazine, ranked Dominica the best country for citizenship by investment for five consecutive years. 

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