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 or entities officially licensed by the Citizenship by Investment Unit to act on behalf of the main applicant in relation to a citizenship by investment application.
Authorised Agents are the only entities that can handle applications for citizenship by investment, and the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Unit (CBIU) will not accept direct submissions from applicants.
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 part of 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 - Application Submission
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 the CBIU on your behalf. The Authorised Agent will attend to all correspondence, queries or questions that the CBIU may have during that time. Unlike other countries offering CBI programmes, Dominica does not require a mandatory interview, though the Government may ask for one at its discretion.
Step 4 - Background Checks
Your application will be vetted and the the information that you have provided will be verified. The CBIU will consider your file in light of a report submitted by an external, international due diligence agency as well as a review by the CARICOM Joint Regional Communications Centre. The CBIU will then make a recommendation on your application to the Minister. 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 5 - Payment and Certification
If your application is approved in principle, the CBIU’s letter will also instruct you to either make a direct contribution to the Government or complete the investment in real estate. Upon clearance of the funds, the CBIU will then issue your Certificate of Naturalisation, which stands as evidence of your citizenship and can be used by yourself or your Authorised Agent to apply for your Dominican passport.
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