Dominica IMPLEMENTS NEW CBI Due Diligence and Mandatory Interview in 2023

Being the frontrunner of the World Citizenship by Investment Programs, Dominica is on a course to increasing the integrity and uprightness of its Citizenship by Investment Program. The country has taken a position to do deeper due diligence investigations and background checks on Iranian Nationals applying for the country’s citizenship. Dominica also introduces a mandatory interview process for all applicants. This means that the five Caribbean Countries having the Citizenship by Investment Program must hold interviews with all CBI applicants. We dealt with this in our previous newsletter. We now concentrate on the deeper due diligence investigation with the corresponding increase in due diligence fees for Iranian Nationals. It is widely believed that the implementation of these measures Wasa request of the US. On February 23, 2023 saw Dominica Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance Hon. Dr. Irving McIntyre, Financial Secretary Ms. Denise Edwards and Head of CBI Unit Ambassador Emmanuel Nanthan attend a US-Caribbean Roundtable on Citizenship by Investment meeting with US Senior Consular Officials in Saint Kitts and Nevis with fellow Eastern Caribbean States, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, and St Lucia in attendance. It is said that an agreement was reached whereby six Citizenship by Investment  principles were adopted as the way forward to improve the soundness of the Caribbean Citizenship by Investment Programs.

Dominica, as usual, has started the implementation of the principles. CBI: Leading the Way

The First Eastern Caribbean country to put policy into action was Dominica. The country’s parliament IN JULY 2023 enacted the Commonwealth Of Dominica Citizenship by Investment (Amendment) Regulations, 2023.


Emmanual Nanthan and his CBI team took the lead and ran with it. They have started with the Iranian Nationals. With Iranian applicants, they “mandate one or more professional firms to conduct enhanced due diligence background checks on the main applicant and all dependants aged twelve and over”. 


With respect to Iranian applicants, the CBI Unit has commissioned the due diligence authorities to deepen their due diligence and background checks on the main applicant and on all other dependants aged twelve and above.


The increased due diligence fees for Iranian Nationals are as follows:

As stated earlier, there is mandatory interview for all applicants from any country; this is not limited to only Iranians. The main applicant and all dependants who are sixteen years of age and over must attend the interview. Dominica welcomes in person interviews but if you are unable to travel to Dominica for the interview, there is the option of online interviews.   Hon. Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit in announcing the changes said, “We understand that this step will add another layer to our due diligence process and is a risk management framework to strengthen and safeguard the integrity of our CBI Program.”   Once you have decided to apply for Dominica Citizenship; we are here to assist you through a progressive and swift journey. You can count on us WhinChester Corporate & Immigration Services PowerHouse. Talk with our WhinChester Immigration Specialists today!.

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