In a move to bolster Dominica’s tourism offering, the Caribbean island has launched its innovative Work In Nature (WIN) visa for remote workers, digital nomads and families.

Since the coronavirus pandemic outbreak in early 2020, the ways we live and work have completely shifted, with many now centring their health, safety, and wellness at the core of everything they do. With the need for physical presence now removed from our life’s everyday operations, the option to live abroad in a nation that fits your lifestyle and values is now attainable.

Dominica’s Work in Nature Visa enables tourists to relocate to the nation for a period of up to 18 months, either individually or with families and dependants. After paying the $100 application fee, single applicants must pay $800 while families are required to pay $1200. Dominica’s family bundle encourages children to attend school on the island while enjoying the many activities the island offers. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, with no criminal record and expected to make $50,000 over the next 12 months or provide evidence on how they will support themselves and/or their families.

The newly launched stay-in visa offers an attractive option for workers to take advantage of. It also supports tourism stakeholders on the island whose travel restrictions over the last year have impacted. While international borders to the island have been open for several months, the visa ensures that operators on the island continue to bolster economic recovery and further strengthens Dominica’s tourism sector.

The Nature Isle of the Caribbean

Known as the ‘Nature Isle of the Caribbean’, Dominica is unlike its Caribbean neighbours. The island is volcanic and is still being formed by geothermal activity. It is home to several volcanoes, mountains and a river for each day of the year. Holders of the Work in Nature visa can take advantage of the various natural sights across the island, from the world’s second-largest Boiling Lake to the UNESCO-certified Morne Trois Pitons National Park.

Due to its vast natural topography, the island champions the protection of its environment, committing to implementing sustainable infrastructure across the island. This means constructing thousands of weather-resistant homes, a geothermal plant that will boost renewable energy on the island and other resilient infrastructure.

Dominica has also pledged to become the world’s first climate-resilient nation. In recent years, it has introduced initiatives like the Go Green programme, one of the most comprehensive plastic bans in existence, as highlighted by National Geographic.

Citizenship by Investment

For those who want to make Dominica their permanent home, the island operates one of the oldest Citizenship by Investment Programmes on the market. Introduced in 1993, the programme enables foreign investors to become citizens of Dominica once making an economic contribution to either a government fund or through an investment of pre-approved real estate.

Qualifying applicants also gain access to visa-free travel to over 140 countries, including major business hubs. The advantages also consist of educational opportunities, alternative business prospects and the ability to pass citizenship down for generations to come.