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Dominica's Second Passport Program
Dominica's second passport programme, also called the Economic Citizenship programme, allows a person who is not a citizen of Dominica to become such a citizen, merely by paying a fee to the Government of Dominica. Caribbean Offshore Services Corporation has a long history of successfully processing such application, and offers convenient services to international applicants looking to obtain a second passport or dual citizenship in an offshore jurisdiction. The services of Caribbean Offshore Services Corporation have resulted in the acquisition of second passports by hundreds of persons from all over the world.
To qualify for a second passport from Dominica the applicants must be of good character and must have the financial means to meet the cost. If these two requirements are satisfied then the other conditions are mere formalities.
The main attractions of a second passport or second citizenship are threefold. Firstly a person acquiring Dominican second citizenship through the second passport programme has virtually the same rights as a person born in Dominica. Secondly, a second passport from Dominica enables the holder to gain visa free entry into a large number of countries. Thirdly, because Dominica has a good reputation internationally, holding a Dominican passport does not attract undue travel problems or attention.
Additionally, other reasons for which persons have applied for Dominica’s passport/citizenship include:
- For tax planning purposes, and
- To give them a country to which they can resort in the event of political or other instability in their native country.
The Dominican Government has created two options for obtaining Dominica citizenship under the second passport programme:
- Your Second Passport: The Family Option
Under this option the applicant pays US$100,000.00 which qualifies the applicant, his/her spouse and two children under 18 years for Dominica citizenship. US$15,000.00 per child is payable for each additional child under the age of 18 years and US$25,000.00 per child is required for every other child between 18 and 21 years. A child above 25 years must make a separate application.
- Your Second Passport: The Single Option
This applies where there is only one applicant for a second passport. The applicant pays US$75,000.00 to the Government.
Other Economic Citizenship/Second Passport Programme fees
In addition to the above, the following fees also apply:
- Application fee: US$1,000.00 per application
- Processing fee: US$200.00 per person
- Naturalization fee: US$550.00 per person
- Stamp fee: US$15.00 per application
The application process takes about 2-3 months. Much of the time is taken up by the background checks on the client. These are undertaken by internationally renowned private investigation agencies on behalf of the Government.
The applicant or, in the case of a family, the head of the household, is required to attend an interview in Dominica. Note however that if an applicant does not wish to, or cannot visit Dominica, the interview may be conducted outside of Dominica but the applicant must pay the cost of travel and accommodation of the Government officials who are required to conduct the interview.
The following documents must be provided:
- Two (2) completed and notarized copies of Application Form 12 for each applicant
- Letter of recommendation from the head of the school/university for children between 18 and 21 years old
- One (1) professional reference
- Letter of Employment/Audited Financial Statement/Financial Statement certified by practitioner with international accepted designation in respect of main applicant
- Recommendation from applicant’s Bankers
- Two (2) Personal references
- Police Record, with fingerprints, from country of birth and country of residence (if different) for each applicant 16 years and over; For children twelve to fifteen (12-15), sworn affidavit by parent that child does not have criminal record
- Four (4) passport size photos for each applicant
- Birth certificate
- Marriage Certificate/Dissolution of Marriage
- Medical certificate (using form provided)
- Letter addressed to the Honourable Minister of Immigration and National Security responsible for citizenship
- Affidavit of source of funds
- Detailed Business Background /Resume
- Notarized copies of University/College diplomas
- Notarized Disclosure Form
- Statutory Declaration
No. If an applicant cannot speak English, then at the interview a translator can be used.
Where the documents of an applicant are in a foreign language, notarized translations must be submitted.
One of the major attractions of Dominica’s second passport programme is that the applicants do not have to reside in Dominica to qualify. Neither do they have to reside in Dominica after they have obtained citizenship.
No. Applications are treated with the strictest confidentiality. No other Government or Government authority is informed that an application is being or has been made.