RIF Trust - Dominica Citizenship by Investment


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Dominica, not to be confused with the Dominican Republic, is among the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. However, its stunning setting is not the only reason for obtaining Dominica citizenship.

That’s because Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Programme has simple physical residency requirements and offers many benefits.

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Dominican CBI helped fund the Housing Recovery Project, where over 600 homes were built to accommodate residents who lost their homes to Hurricane Maria. It has also bankrolled the Future Housing Programme, to make more affordable property available to younger generations.

Benefits of Dominica Passport

Before, during, or after the Dominica Citizenship by Investment application process, there is no required minimum physical presence on the island.

Dominica has one of the lowest crime rates of all the Caribbean islands.

Enjoy visa-free access or visa-on-arrival travel to more than 150 countries around the world. Avoid the hassle of obtaining a visa in advance.

If you spend more than 183 days in the country, you will be considered a tax resident. Thus you can take advantage of an advantageous Caribbean tax residency.

Who Can Get Dominica Citizenship

  • 18 years old or over
  • Have a clean criminal record
  • Be of good character
  • Free of contagious illnesses

  • At least 18 years old
  • Have a clean criminal record
  • Be of good character
  • Free of contagious illnesses

  • Of investor or spouse

  • Attend a recognized institution of higher learning and are substantially supported by the investor or spouse

  • Living with investor and spouse and fully dependent on either

  • Substantially supported by investor or spouse

  • Over 65
  • Substantially financially dependent on the investor or spouse

Programme Requirements

To apply for the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Programme, applicants must fulfil ONE of the following investment options AND other requirements:

OPTION 1. Donate to the Economic Diversification Fund (EDF)

The first Citizenship by Investment option is an EDF contribution of $100,000 for you, in addition to $150,000 for you and your spouse, furthermore, $175,000 for you and up to three dependants, moreover, $25,000 for any additional dependant under the age of 18, and lastly, $50,000 for any additional dependant 18 or older.

In addition to these financial considerations, you must also pay processing fees of $1,000 per application, as well as due diligence fees of $7,500 for you, $4,000 for your spouse, and $4,000 for your dependents 16 and above. Moreover, there are additional S$250 Certificate of Naturalisation fees, as well as $1,200 expedited passport issuance fees per person.

OPTION 2. Purchase A Property

The second way you can fulfil the Dominica citizenship requirements is to purchase property valued at least $200,000 in a government-approved real estate development. You must maintain the real estate investment for at least three years. The property will be eligible for resale under the citizenship programme after five years.

Other Requirements and Benefits

To qualify for the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Programme you must firstly, sign an oath of allegiance to the Commonwealth of Dominica before a notary public, justice of the peace, or commissioner of oaths. Furthermore, while you do not have to move to Dominica to become a citizen, there is no personal income, wealth, gift, inheritance, foreign income, or capital gains tax for residents.

As a Dominica citizen, you don’t need a Schengen visa. You can spend 90 days in any 180 days or up to 3 months in any 6 months without a visa. A Dominica passport is valid for a longer time than a Schengen visa and easier to renew, too.

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The RIF Trust team has global experts in over 20 countries. We can advise in 14 languages. Let us help you find the perfect investment migration solution.

The RIF Trust team has global experts in over 20 countries. We can advise in 14 languages. Let us help you find the perfect investment migration solution.

Application Process

  • MONTH 1

    Client onboarding begins

    Firstly, we begin our Dominica Citizenship by Investment process with Form 1. This enables us to carry out the initial RIF Trust due diligence. Following the successful screening, we will provide you with a Client Agreement to review and sign.

    Upon receiving the signed agreement and retainer payment, subsequently, our processing team will complete all necessary government forms and supporting documents. Additionally, if you make a property investment, you will need to execute a sales and purchase agreement with the developer. Furthermore, we will liaise with the property developer and the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Unit (CBIU) on your behalf.

  • MONTHS 2-3

    Application review and submission

    Before submitting your documents included in the application, our processing team will review everything to ensure your file complies with the CBIU's requirements.

    Following this initial review process, the CBIU will undertake its own due diligence on you, the main applicant, and all dependants aged 12 and above. In addition, you and all dependants over the age of 16 will attend a mandatory interview, which can be done in person or online.

    We will continue to work closely with the CBIU throughout the process to ensure your application is timely and efficiently processed. Once the CBIU has completed their review of the paperwork, we move on to the next stage.

  • MONTHS 6-12

    Citizenship issued and route to Dominica passport smoothed

    The CBIU will assess your application. Upon approval, you must make all necessary contributions and pay any applicable government fees. Following the completion of these final payments, the CBIU will send out Certificates of Naturalization. You can now apply for a Dominica passport and take advantage of visiting visa-free countries and those accessible via Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA).

Frequently Asked Questions

Think Dominica, think luscious green landscapes and serene, sandy beaches. As well as it tax benefits, Dominican citizenship is a passport to a country of unparalleled beauty.

It’s an island of remarkably unspoiled land, where lush, green forests roll across hills that stretch from shore to shore. English is the nation’s official language, but most locals also speak French.

As a member of CARICOM, Dominican citizens can travel freely within the 20 countries, with no visa required. Among many other Dominican citizenship benefits, Dominican passport holders can also travel visa-free to 154 countries, including China, Hong Kong, and Singapore, or easily get visas on arrival.

You will also receive additional identification documents with biometrics, including a national ID, a tax ID, and a driver’s license.

The programme is the lowest-priced option in the Caribbean for a single applicant.

To qualify for the Dominican “Citizenship-by-Investment Program”, firstly, you must be over 18 years of age, secondly, be of outstanding character, thirdly, be in good health, and fourthly, have a clean criminal record.

Furthermore, you must also be able to prove that you have sufficient funds to make the required financial investment, whether that be through a donation or a real estate investment.

In Dominica, they offer fast-track citizenship by investment. Dominica is quicker than Europe. You can receive your Dominica citizenship between four and five months from your initial application, and then secure a Dominica passport. This means you will not require a visa to enter 154 countries.

There are two ways to obtain Dominica nationality. To elaborate, you must be able to fulfill one of these requirements:

  1. Firstly, you can donate to the Economic Diversification Fund, making a non-refundable contribution to the EDF. This finances public and private sector projects in Dominica that boost national development. For instance, for a single applicant, the minimum donation is $100,000. Subsequently, this amount increases according to the number of family members you include as part of your application.
  2. Alternatively, you can purchase property as another way to gain Dominican citizenship. In this case, you must purchase property from a real estate development that has been pre-approved by the Dominican government, valued at a minimum of $200,000. Afterwards, you will have to maintain this investment for at least three years.


No. You do not need to live in Dominica before or after you receive citizenship.

You may include the following in your Dominica citizenship programme application:

  • Your spouse
  • Dependent children
  • Dependent parents and grandparents over 65
  • Dependent siblings, aged 18 to 25 who are unmarried and have no children.


Your Dominica passport will remain valid for 10 years before it needs to be renewed. Passports issued to children under 16 years old are only valid for five years, so will need to be renewed more frequently. As of July 2021, biometric passports will also be available to those with Dominican citizenship.

No. Dominica’s CBIU will still process your application if you are not a native English speaker.

Once you gain Dominican nationality, you can then pass on your citizenship status by marriage, as well as to future generations by descent.

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  • 6-12 months application processing time
  • $100,000 minimum requirement

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