The warm and welcoming people of Dominica invite individuals and their families to become citizens of their Caribbean island-nation. The Dominica Citizenship by Investment Program was first established in 1993 (Economic Citizenship Program) with a distinguished reputation and one of the most affordable legal Citizenship by Investment programs.

The Dominica Citizenship by Investment Program, requires making an economic contribution to the country (either a contribution into the Economic Diversification Fund or an investment in designated Real Estate) and in exchange, individuals and their families obtain an irrevocable citizenship for life with no need to reside in the country and most importantly no need to give up their current nationality.

The recent evolution is that the European Union abolished the visa requirement for Dominica nationals.

Dominica is a member of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and of the Commonwealth of Nations. Is also a member of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Organization of American States (OAS).

PERMANENT RESIDENCE PERMIT

Who is eligible for this Residence Permit?

This permanent residence permit is granted to foreign nationals coming from specific countries that have friendly, professional, economic and investment relations with the Republic of Panama and whose intent is to carry out economic or professional activities.

Foreign nationals wishing to benefit from this Permanent Residence Permit shall comply with all legal and statutory laws of Panama on business, labor or any kind of issues, depending on the professional or economic activities to be carried out. It is important to point out that they need to clearly understand that they shall be subject to all general legal and statutory laws, with special consideration for laws regulating business, professional and labor issues, as for example, not engaging in retail business, as this is reserved exclusively to Panamanian citizens, obtaining a work permit if they are to work within the national territory, or not practicing any professions requiring qualification that may be granted only to Panamanian citizens, among others. The countries that specifically may apply for this permanent residence permit are: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Greece, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Principality of Andorra, Principality of Liechtenstein, Principality of Monaco, Republic of Malta, Republic of San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United States, and Uruguay.

Documents required for immigration processing:

  1. Power of attorney granted by the applicant and each family member of legal age in favor of our correspondent which provides the text of such power.
    A statement of facts drafted by our correspondent 3. Certified or Cashier’s check from a bank in Panama in the amount of two hundred fifty dollars (US$250.00) in favor of Tesoro Nacional (the National Treasury), for each family member.
  2. Certified or Cashier’s check issued by a bank in Panama in the amount of eight hundred dollars (US$800.00) in favor of Servicio Nacional de Migraci’n (National Immigration Service), as a repatriation deposit for each family member who is 12 years old or older.
  3. Medical certificate evidencing good health for each family member, issued within three (3) months prior to the date of application. This certificate needs to be issued by a Panamanian physician.
  4. Personal police record of each family member over 18 years of age, from the country of origin or the country of residence (only if the interested party has lived for less than two continuous years in the Republic of Panama). See explanatory note No.4 below.
  5. Original passport of each family member from the country of origin, valid for a minimum of three (3) months. Important: Applicants must be present in the country at the time applications for the residence permit are filed.
  6. Copy of the whole passport for each family member, certified by a Panama Public Notary.
  7. Three (3) current passport-size photos of each family member (facing front, not wearing any hat or veil). 10. Sworn Affidavit on Personal Background, duly signed by the applicant (one for each family member of legal age). form provided by the National Immigration Service.
  8. Documentation evidencing the intent to apply for permanent residence according to the economic or professional activity to be carried out, in any of the following ways: a. Original employment agreement in favor of the applicant, duly approved by the Ministry of Labor and Development, and a letter of employment. The following needs to be obtained from the employer: certificate of good standing by the Public Registry and a copy of the Operation Notice; OR, b. Certificate of Good Standing by the Public Registry showing that the applicant is a director/officer of the company and a certified copy of the share certificate in favor of the applicant that indicates the applicant is a shareholder having at least FIFTY-ONE PERCENT (51%) of the company’s capital.
  9. Proof of the applicant’s financial ability to cover his expenses, including a bank certification or bank statement of the previous month reflecting a balance of not less than four medium figures or other proof of his income that is acceptable to the National Immigration Service. Four medium figures is estimated to be the equivalent to US$5, 000.00 in an account in the applicant’s name.
  10. Copy of the personal identity document or residence card of his/her country.
  11. Financial responsibility letter by the applicant where he/she declares himself/herself to be financially responsible for the relative he/she will support as his/her dependent and will assume the obligation to provide economic support and other general expenses, including the commitment to assume repatriation of the relative if necessary.
    This letter must include the telephone numbers and home address where the applicant can be found.
    Note: Any financial responsibility letter must be accompanied by a public utility receipt, lease agreement, evidence of hotel reservation or any other document evidencing the applicant’s domicile during his/her stay within Panama’s national territory.
  12. Evidence of kinship (marriage certificate and/or birth certificate of each of the children for whom a permit is being applied for, as the case may be). See explanatory note No.4 below.
  13. Any dependent who is of legal age but less than twenty-five (25) years of age shall submit: “Certification of studies from institutions approved by the Ministry of Education evidencing his/her status as a regular university student.
    ‘ Evidence of his/her civil status (Certificate of Unmarried State).