Citizenship of Dominica: the amount of investment in the state fund for families of 4 people has been reduced by $ 25 thousand

July 13, 2020
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Dominica gave a family benefit and clarified the state fees
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The Dominica Programme Department clarified the information about the changes in the programme.The minimum threshold for investments in the state fund was reduced, the list of the investor’s family members was published, and the amounts of contributions and fees were set.

Family members who can participate in the programme

The list of family members of the main applicant who can obtain citizenship has been adjusted earlier. The last report of the Department clarifies that brothers and sisters of the investor and his/her spouse aged from 18 to 25 years, financially dependent, childless and unmarried may also participate in the program.

The category “unmarried daughters under 30 years of age” has been excluded from the rules of the program – it has been included in the category of the investor’s adult children or his/her spouse.

Investments and fees

The cost of participation of all family members in the program for the options of subsidizing the Dominican Economic Diversification Foundation (EDF) and the purchase of real estate was announced.

Contribution to EDF and benefits for families of 4 people

The amount of the state fund contribution for the main applicant’s spouse has been changed. The cost of participation in the program of brothers and sisters of the investor has also been announced.

EDF contribution amounts

Category of applicants Contribution under the old program terms Contribution under new programme conditions
Main applicant $100 тыс. $100 тыс.
Spouse of the main applicant $75 тыс. $50 тыс.
Children under 18 years old $25 тыс. $25 тыс.
Children between 18 and 30 years old $25 тыс. $25 тыс.
Parents and grandparents $25 тыс. $25 тыс.
Brothers and sisters under 18 $25 тыс.
Brothers and sisters from 18 to 25 years old $50 тыс.

In addition, there is a benefit for a family of 4 persons – the investor, his/her spouse and two other applicants, except siblings – under the option of a gratuitous contribution to the state fund. Expenses will be reduced by $25 thousand – the subsidy will amount to $175 thousand instead of $200 thousand.

The privilege is applicable if there are no brothers or sisters in the family. You have to pay extra for them separately.

Example of calculation
If the investor includes a spouse, child, mother and adult brother in the citizenship application, the contribution amount will be:

$175,000 for a family of 4 people, except for brothers and sisters + $50,000 for a brother = $225,000.

Real Estate Investment

The minimum threshold of investments in real estate remained at the level of $200 thousand.

The amounts of fees for single applicants and families have not changed. However, if the application includes brothers and sisters, their participation in the program is paid separately:

  • $25,000 for a brother or sister of an investor or his/her spouse under the age of 18;
  • $50,000 for a brother or sister of an investor or his/her spouse aged between 18 and 25 years.

Example of calculation
If the investor includes a spouse, child, mother and adult brother in the citizenship application, the fee will be paid:

$35,000 for a family of 4, except for brothers and sisters + $50,000 for a brother = $85,000.

Charges and fees

The remaining costs of the Dominica citizenship programme remained the same.

Fees for participating in the Dominica citizenship program

Item of expenditure Amount
Information Processing Fee $1 000
Registration of a naturalization certificate* $250
Due Diligence fee of the main applicant $7 500
Due Diligence fee for a family member older than 16 years** $4 000

* To be paid for each applicant.
** There is no Due Diligence fee for a family member under 16 years old.

Participation of family members in the programme

The program department specified the costs of family members’ joining after the investor received Dominica’s passport.

Newborn children

Any family member who had already obtained a Dominica passport could join the programme with a child born or adopted after citizenship. You must pay for this:

  • $500 — the information processing fee;
  • $250 — naturalization certificate fee;

There is no time limit for children to join the program.

New spouses

Any family member who had already obtained a Dominica passport could join a spouse who had been married after the original application. A fee of $75,000 and several fees must be paid to join. The fees were the same as those paid on initial application.

Family members who may have been included in the application

Family members who may have been included in the original application can also be added to the programme. They are subject to additional contributions. The amount depends on the date on which the application is submitted.

Fee for participation family members

Family members category The accession fee if more than 1 year has passed* The accession fee if less than 1 year has passed*
Spouse $75 тыс. $50 тыс.
Brother or sister from 18 to 25 years old $75 тыс. $50 тыс.
Other family members $50 тыс. $25 тыс.

* From the moment citizenship is granted to an investor

The state fees for each family member are the same as those that would have been paid if the initial application had been made.

Only the investor may apply for the accession of family members who were initially eligible for citizenship.

Due Diligence for an Investor

The main applicant repeats the Due Diligence check with each new adult family member who joins the program. Exception – if 1 year has not passed since the last check. The standard fee is $7500.

With the new rules, Dominica’s program became even more attractive. Previously, we told you what Dominica was spending money on from the citizenship investment program. Contributions go to education, medicine, construction and green energy.

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