Step 1 – Choose an authorised agent
The first step for applying for citizenship is to choose an agent from the list of authorised agents. These are people who have been officially licensed by the Citizenship by Investment Unit to be given the authority to act on behalf of the main applicant in relation to a citizenship by investment application.
Authorised agents are the only people who can handle applications for citizenship by investment, and the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Unit (CBIU) will not accept direct submissions.
Step 2 – Contact your authorised agent
Getting in touch with your authorised agent will allow you to discuss the best way to prepare the required documentation you need to submit as your application to the CBIU. You will need to complete all official forms, attend a medical examination and obtain certain supporting documents for your CBI application. All of this paperwork will need to be submitted in English and with the appropriate notarisation and legalisation. If you are purchasing property, this will need to be reserved through a sales and purchase agreement.
Step 3 – Background checks
Your application will need to be vetted in a thorough due diligence background check in order to verify the information that you have provided. The CBIU will consider your file in light of the due diligence report and make a recommendation on your application to the Government accordingly. You will then receive a letter through your authorised agent, which will inform you on the status of your application. This will let you know whether it has been successful (known as “approval in principle”), delayed for further processing or rejected.
Step 4 – Further discussion with the Dominica CBIU
When all of your forms have been completed, and all documentation collected, your authorised agent will submit your application to the CBIU and liaise with them on your behalf. The authorised agent will attend to all correspondence, queries or questions which the CBIU may have during that time. Unlike other countries offering CBI programmes, Dominica does not currently require a mandatory interview, though the Government may ask for one at their discretion.
Step 5 – Payment and certification
If your application is approved in principle, the CBIU’s letter will also instruct you to make your contribution payment for the Economic Diversification Fund option or complete the payment on the real estate property. Upon receiving proof of payment, the CBIU will then issue your certificate of registration, which stands as evidence of your citizenship and can be used by yourself or your authorised agent to apply for your Dominican passport.