Investors have invested $1.2 billion in Dominica's citizenship programme over the 2017-2020 fiscal years. Proceeds from the programme are being used to repair the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. In September 2017, it destroyed and damaged 15 schools, nine hospitals and 100 homes on the island.
The investment from the citizenship programme enables the construction of earthquake-resistant houses and infrastructure: hospitals, schools and a geothermal plant. The plant will produce green energy.
Dominica aims to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, which the UN developed in 2015, to eradicate poverty and hunger, conserve the planet's resources, and protect the environment and human rights. Every investor who chooses Dominica citizenship helps the country move closer to a decent standard of living.
What the investment from the citizenship programme is spent on
Eradicating poverty. 4,000 Dominicans got jobs through the citizenship programme.
1,000 jobs have sprung up in the construction sector. Locals are building properties in which investors are buying shares or apartments to participate in a citizenship programme. The government has also funded 32 agricultural and fisheries projects, helping to create additional jobs.
Eradication of hunger. The Ministry of Agriculture organised support for local farms and bought new equipment for them. Locals received vegetable and fruit seedlings to harvest for the next season.
Good health and well-being. 14 new polyclinics and the Marigot Hospital are being built with money from the programme. The new hospital will include an emergency station, an intensive care unit, a trauma centre, paediatrics and radiology departments and a diagnostic laboratory. The hospital will be able to accommodate 75 patients in need of continuous care and monitoring.
Nine health centres that were affected by the hurricane were also repaired with money from the programme. And 16 Dominican children received treatment abroad.
Quality education. Dominica has allocated $26 million to educate young people. Locals have received grants to universities in Canada, the USA and the UK. The government has spent some of the money on a mentoring programme: 169 extracurricular tutors provide extra help to students in the island's schools.
Inexpensive and clean energy. Right now, Dominica gets its electricity from a power plant that runs on oil. This is not safe: oil pollutes the environment.
With funds from the programme, the government is building a geothermal power plant that will completely eliminate the use of oil. The plant will run on steam and water from natural thermal springs.
Decent jobs and economic growth. The island has a National Employment Programme, which helps young professionals to undertake internships and improve their skills. Since 2013, the employment programme has financially supported 3,896 trainees and 4,500 businesses.
Investment from the citizenship programme has increased the country's GDP by around €150 million, according to estimates by the business lobbying group CBI.
Industrialisation, innovation and infrastructure. Dominica built 1,000 earthquake-resistant houses with funds from the programme and also repaired 15 roads and 19 bridges. In August 2020, the government bought 411 acres of land to build an international airport.
Reducing inequalities. The government is developing a new approach to protecting certain social groups. For example, people affected by natural disasters receive special payments and benefits.
Responsible consumption and production. Dominica has abolished the import tax on biodegradable materials. This encourages citizens to buy products in environmentally friendly packaging, which reduces the amount of non-degradable waste. Disposable plastic is also banned in the country.
Conservation of marine ecosystems. The government invests in preserving beaches and reefs, cleaning the searnfrom pollution, and supporting fishers and the tourism business.
Conservation of terrestrial ecosystems. Dominica is rehabilitating an island ecosystem. The country has a project called "Roots" to plant 1 million trees. The wise use of land initiative teaches how to properly care for the land and plan construction on plots.
Peace, justice and effective institutions. Dominica is a safe country with strong legal institutions. The government's citizenship programme procedures are a case in point. Investors undergo a thorough due diligence process. This is confirmed by the CBI index ranking: Dominica scored the highest for strict procedures.
Marigot Hospital project, funded by the citizenship programme
Source: Housing Dominica
Thermal Springs in the Desolation Valley of Mou e-Trois-Piton National Park in Dominica
The earthquake-resistant homes of the Cotton Hill housing complex. The complex consists of 9 homes, each with 24 flats
Source: Housing Dominica
How to obtain Dominica citizenship by investment
An investor receives Dominican citizenship by investment in one of the options:
- from $100,000 - non-refundable contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund;
- from $200,000 - purchase of real estate under a government-approved project.
In February 2021, Dominica received the international Safe Travels Stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council. The mark means the country is safe to visit during a coronavirus pandemic.
About 200,000 tourists come to Dominica every year to admire the tropical nature, bays and waterfalls, relax on the beach and go yachting.
Yachting on the island is one of the most popular sports. Yachtsmen from all over the world come to Dominica to watch humpback whales. Dominica citizenship comes in handy for yachtsmen to register their boat on the island.
Navigation in Dominica continues all year round. In January 2021, the government opened the new yachting season and approved safety protocols. All cruisers and yachtsmen fill in an online health questionnaire, take a test and remain quarantined for 5 days. No more than 30 liners are allowed into port and yachts are sent to the Cabrits jetty in Prince Rupert Bay.
Citizens of Dominica also visit 140 countries without visas, including the Schengen states, the UK, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Immigrant Invest is a licensed agent of the Dominica citizenship programme by investment. If you wish to obtain a second passport, seek advice from investment programme experts.