The cost of citizenship under Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Program is to remain unchanged in 2016, an agent approved by the government has revealed.
Earlier this year news circulated that fees for Dominican citizenship, the cheapest in the Caribbean, under programme were going to increase effective August 2016. According to the reports, the new fees would be as follows:
-US$ 175,000 for a single applicant;
-US$ 225,000 for an applicant and spouse;
-US$ 225,000 for an applicant and up to two children below 18 years;
-US$ 250,000 for applicant, spouse, and up to two children below 18 years (currently US$ 200,000, plus US$ 50,000 per additional dependent); and
-US$ 50,000 for any additional dependent
However, in a press release on July 27, 2016, Savory & Partners, a Dubai-based Dominica Government Approved Citizenship Agent, said the prices will remain the same.
“Dominica citizenship will continue to start from $100,000 and therefore remain as the least expensive of all the Caribbean citizenship programs, in most instances as much as half the cost of its peers,” the release said.
The release made reference to Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit’s budget presentation on Wednesday where he outlined that the economic citizenship program has raised more than USD $200 million dollars, surpassing all expectations.
“The funds raised from the program have been a major source of funding in the recovery efforts raised after tropical storm Erika,” the release noted.
Savory & Partners said Dominica citizenship fees start at $100,000 for a single person and $200,000 for a family of four persons and are as follows:
-$100,000 for a single applicant;
-$175,000 for applicant and spouse ;
-$200,000 for applicant, spouse and up to 2 children below the ages of 18 years old;
-$50,000 for any additional dependents of the main applicants other than spouse (unchanged)
Jeremy Savory, CEO & Founder of Savory & Partners said the unchanged fees keep a second citizenship accessible.
“This announcement is extremely positive as it keeps second citizenship accessible for a greater share of the region’s population seeking a second passport,” he said. “In particular single applicants, or families with children over 25 who would be double, triple or multiple applications it is a cost effective alternative to other citizenship by investment jurisdictions. Over the last 12 months, we have successfully processed almost 100 high-quality applications in anticipation of a price increase, so this extension will come as welcome relief to those who were concerned they could not submit their application before the 1st August 2016.”