Overview of Dominica

The Commonwealth of Dominica is a sovereign island country located northwest of Martinique and southeast of Guadeloupe. The capital of Dominica is Roseau, which is also the largest city and is located on the leeward side of the island. Its area is 750 km2 and the highest point is Morne Diablotins (1,447 m). The two primary population centres are Roseau (14,725 inhabitants in 2011) and Portsmouth (4,167 inhabitants in 2011).

General information

Climate and culture

The island’s name is believed to derive from the Latin word for ’Sunday’. Dominica has also been nicknamed as the “Nature Isle of the Caribbean” due to its natural environment. Dominica is considered the youngest island in the Lesser Antilles, and it is still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity. The island has mountainous rainforests, and it is the home of numerous rare animals, plants, and bird species. Heavy rainfall occurs inland, but there are xeric areas in some of the western coastal regions. The Sisserou parrot is found only on Dominica, and therefore is the island’s national bird as well as featured on the national flag. Dominica’s economy depends on agriculture and tourism.

Great Britain took over the island in 1763 after the Seven Years’ War and gradually managed to establish English as the official language. Dominican culture perfectly represents fusion of a European cultural basis with both African and local culture and beliefs. For example, music, dances and festivals play important role in modern cultural life of Dominican people, despite the fact that the vast majority of population are Christians. Even though local cuisine is quite similar to other Caribbean islands, Dominicans have managed to develop a distinct twist to their dishes, by consuming such food as dried and salted codfish, saltfish, sweet condensed milk, as well as vegetable stews.

Immigration and tourism in Dominica

Dominica has only few beaches and is mostly volcanic; therefore, tourism has developed at a slower pace than on neighbouring islands. Nevertheless, Dominica’s rainforests, mountains, hot springs, freshwater lakes, diving spots and waterfalls make it an attractive eco-tourism destination.

The volcanic nature of the island has attracted scuba divers. Due to the development of waterfront facilities and modern docking in Roseau, cruise ship stopovers have increased greatly. Out of 22 Caribbean islands tracked, Dominica had the fewest tourists in 2008: 55,800 or 0.3% of the total.

The Commonwealth of Dominica offers an official economic citizenship to those seeking a valid second passport. It is possible to acquire citizenship in exchange for a cash contribution. Total costs excluding all fees for a single applicant are 100,000 USD with a discount for additional passports for spouses and children. Alternatively, since 2014, applicants can make a 200,000 USD investment in real estate, in which case the cost of citizenship is 50,000. USD The citizenship program and its new real estate investment option has become the main source of Foreign Direct Investment into Dominica by early 2016.

The Dominica passport holders can travel visa free, or obtain a visa upon entry, to over 100 countries, including the Schengen zone and United Kingdom.

If you want to relocate to Dominica: check available immigration programs here.

Major features

In addition to no requirements on physical residency, the Dominican citizenship by investment program has no age, language, educational or business experience requirements and there is no mandatory interview.

The economically secure country with a parliamentary democracy has no taxes for non-residents, boasts the lowest crime rate in the entire region, enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean and is arguably one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth with countless pristine rivers and waterfalls, lush green mountains, and stunning white and black sandy beaches.

Best of all, Dominica offers the cheapest citizenship by investment program in the world with reputable second passports starting at only 100,000 USD. It is important to note that the citizenship program investment criteria is planned to grow to 175,000 USD in a near future.

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