The Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Program of Dominica has expanded its definition of “qualifying dependents” to allow the inclusion of previously unqualifying adult children, parents, grandparents, and siblings.
The changes intend to improve the inclusivity of the Program and to make a second citizenship in the country more attractive without altering the existing donation or investment requirements.
“The changes we are announcing are exciting. They are meant to accelerate family reunification in a world where togetherness and the right to all be able to live in a safe, stable, and welcoming environment is more important than ever,” commented Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.
The permissible age ranges for parents and children have not changed, but the definition of “qualifying dependents” has been expanded.
Here are the major changes:
Whether the sibling is biological or adopted of the main applicant or their spouse, they can now be included in the application, provided the sibling is over 18 years of age, single and childless.
Adult children of the main applicant need no longer demonstrate that they are currently attending an institution of higher learning, nor that they live with their parents. Demonstrating that the main applicant or spouse financially supports their child is now sufficient.
Parents and grandparents
Likewise, parents and grandparents of the main applicant or spouse, need no longer demonstrate that they live with the main applicant to qualify. Now, they need to merely show that they are financially supported by the main applicant.
Children and spouses after attainment of citizenship
Children born and spouses married after the main applicant has received citizenship are now eligible for naturalisation based on the original application. These provisions are valid for children born to or spouses married to anyone included in the original application, regardless of whether that person was included as a main applicant, spouse, or dependent.
In the event of including additional family members at the post-naturalisation stage, all dependents aged 16 and up must undergo the normal due diligence checks, while the main applicant must repeat them if more than a calendar year has passed since the original submission.
To qualify for citizenship of the Commonwealth of Dominica under its Citizenship by Investment Programme, the Unit requires either a contribution made into the government fund amounting to USD100,000 depending on the number of dependents included in the application or investment in designated real estate with a value of USD200,000. Successful applicants can pass the citizenship down generations and earn the right to forever live, work and study on the Nature Isle of the Caribbean.
The Unit exercises strict regulatory controls over the Programme and is dedicated to streamlining the process for applicants seeking to obtain the citizenship of Dominica. The Unit ensures the highest professional standards and is committed to strict enforcement of the regulations.
Source: Citizenship by Investment Unit – Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica