Citizenship of Dominica: nuances of conditions for members of the investor’s family

August 5, 2020
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Dominica clarified the conditions for family members to participate in the citizenship programme for investment
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The government of Dominica has specified the conditions for the participation of the investor’s family members in the citizenship programme for investments. The concept of financial support was explained, as well as opportunities for the investor’s parents, grandparents and his/her spouse.

We have earlier published a new list of investor family members who can participate in Dominica’s citizenship program. Among the conditions for children and parents and grandparents 一 are their financial support by the investor or his or her spouse.

The last clarification from the programme department specifies that it is not full, but substantial financial support. There is no definition of substantive support.

The second important point of 一 is that spouses of parents and grandparents can participate in the program. Clarification is relevant if there is no blood link. For example, the parent of an investor has registered a new marriage after the birth of the investor. Or the grandparents have registered a new marriage after the birth of the parent. The clarification applies to the relatives of the investor as well as to the spouse of the investor.

The essence of clarifications for family members

Family members Clarification Previous formulation
Children between 18 and 30 years old

Children over 18 years of age with physical or mental development features

Parents, grandparents
Significant, but not necessarily complete, financial support from the investor or his or her spouse Financial support from the investor or his spouse
Spouse of a parent, grandmother or grandfather Clarification is relevant if the family member is not a blood relative of the investor or his/her spouse It wasn't specified before

We specify the full list of the investor’s family members taking into account the latest program updates and clarifications.

Family members who can obtain a Dominica passport with an investor

Investor family members Conditions of participation in the program
Spouse
Children of the investor
or his/her spouse under 18 years old
Children of the investor
or his/her spouse from 18 to 30 years old
Significant material support from parents
Children of an investor or his/her spouse older than 18 years with special developmental needs Significant material support from parents
Parents, grandparents of the investor or his/her spouse Significant material support from the investor or his/her spouse
Spouses of the investor's parents and grandparents or the investor's spouse
Brother or sister of the investor
or spouse from 18 to 25 years old
  • Biologically or legally adopted
  • Not married, childless.
  • Significant financial support from the investor or his/her spouse
Brother or sister of an investor
or spouse under 18 years of age
  • Biologically or legally adopted
  • Not married, childless
  • Significant financial support from the investor or his/her spouse
  • Parental or guardian consent to participate in the program*

*Consent is obtained from all persons who have parental or guardianship responsibility for the brother or sister of the investor or his/her spouse under 18 years.

Earlier we talked about the cost of participation of the investor’s family members in the citizenship program of Dominica. In July 2020, the amount of investment in the state fund for a family of 4 people decreased by $ 25 thousand.

Changes in Dominica’s citizenship programme were related to the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are designed to make the investment programme more competitive. Other Caribbean States were easing conditions for the same reason.

  • Kitts and Nevis have reduced the number of subsidies to the state fund for families to 4 people. Now it is $150,000. The rule is valid until December 31, 2020.
  • Saint Lucia has alleviated the requirements for family members of the investor and extended the delay to pay for the investment. In addition, by the end of 2020 it is possible to buy bonds for $250,000 instead of $500,000 for participation in the program. Family investors now contribute less to the state fund.
  • Antigua and Barbuda has launched a new option to donate to the University of the West Indies Foundation. It benefits families of 6 people or more. The bonus is a year of free education in the British system for one of the family members.

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