How long is a passport valid for?
Passports are generally valid for up to 10 years. Passports for children under 16 years old are issued for 5 years.
What is the difference between citizenship & immigration?
The Citizenship by Investment Programme allows you and your family to obtain full legal citizenship and passports when you make a significant investment in the country of choice which qualifies under the Citizenship by Investment Regulations. Presently, there are two qualifying investments: a contribution to the government donation option starting or the purchase of authorised real estate.
Who can I add to my citizenship application?
Citizenship is extended to your spouse, dependent children and dependent parents and on some programs unmarried siblings. Fees vary according to the number of family members you include in your application for citizenship.
Where can I travel to with my new passport?
With your new passport, you can travel visa-free or with a visa-on-arrival to over 120+ countries or territories, including many important business hubs. You will have the right to live, work, and study in your newly aquired country of citizenship at any time. Holders of all citizenship by investment program passports, except Malta, require a visa to enter the United States, because they are not part of the Visa Waiver Programme. A visa is required for Canada as well.
Who can apply for a 2nd Passport?
As an applicant for citizenship, you must be at least 18 years of age, of good character, without a criminal record, and able and willing to make the required contribution. There are also limitations if you are a citizen of Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. Find out more here.
You can add your spouse, dependent children & parents (age dependent).
Siblings can be added for specific programs.
What is the minimum investmnt required for the citizenship programs?
The total cost will be made up of the contribution to the Government via a donation or the investment in authorised real estate, plus fees relating to the processing of the application. Some fees apply to both citizenship routes, while others depend on whether you choose to obtain citizenship through the government donation option or the real estate option. The mimimum donation amounts starts at $100,000 for a single applicant and $200,000 for the real estate option.
Is my new citizenship for life?
Once you receive your new citizenship you will have the same right to live, work, and study in Dominica as any other citizen. With a the new passport, you will be able to travel visa-free or with a visa-on-arrival to over 120 countries and territories, including major business hubs. Your citizenship is for life.
Can I travel to Canada & the USA?
Holders of all citizenship by investment program passports, except Malta, require a visa to enter the United States, because they are not part of the Visa Waiver Programme. A visa is required for Canada as well.
Can my 2nd Nationality & Passport be revoked?
Yes, if you commit crimes that warrant a revocation.
What is the quickest way to get a passport/citizenship?
This depends on your personal circumstances. The quickest route to citizenship currently is 60 Days. Please get in-contact with us to discuss the options available to you.
What docuemnts are needed to apply for a 2nd passport?
- Citizenship and signature forms.
- Professional reference banker, lawyer, chartered accountant
- Letter of Employment/ Financial Statements for source of funds
- Recommendation from applicant’s Bankers
- Police certificate from all countries where you have stayed more than 6 months in all countries. Must be less than 3 months validity.
- Passport size photos for each applicant
- Marriage Certificate/Dissolution of Marriage if required
- Birth Certificate
- Medical Certificate (HIV clearance)
- Letter of recommendation from the head of the school/university for children between 12 and 18 years old
- Proof of Address
- Detailed Business Background Reports/Resume
- Notarized copies of University/College diplomas.
How can I start the process to apply for a 2nd passport?
The first step for applying for citizenship is to choose an agent. Applications for citizenship cannot be submitted directly to the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CBIU) and must only be handled by an Authorised Agent.
The second step is to contact your chosen Authorised Agent, who will provide you with assistance in preparing your forms and documentation for submission to the CBIU. You will need to complete the official forms, attend a medical examination, and obtain certain supporting documents, all of which need to be submitted in English and with the appropriate notarisation and legalisation. If you are purchasing property, this will need to be reserved through a sales and purchase agreement.
Your application will be vetted through a thorough due diligence background check which will verify the information that you have provided. The CBIU will consider the file in the light of the due diligence report, and will make a recommendation on your application to the Government.
You will receive a letter through your Authorised Agent that will inform you as to whether your application was successful (‘Approval in Principle’), delayed for further processing, or rejected.
If your application was approved in principle, the letter issued by the CBIU will also instruct you to make the contribution payment (for the donation option) or to complete the payment of the real estate property.
Upon receiving proof of payment, the CBIU will issue your certificate of registration, which stands as evidence of your citizenship and which will then be used to apply for a your passport.
Can I apply from abroad?
Yes, you can apply from abroad. Mirabello Consultancy will manage the whole process with you remotely.
Do I need to travel to the country that I have obtained the 2nd passport from?
No, you don’t have to travel to any of the countries as part of the application process. However, we always encourage you to visit your new country of citizenship. In certain countries, 1 visit is required within 5 years to meet the citizenship conditions and be-able to renew your passport.
What is the difference between a donation to the respected governments and an Investment?
The donation to the government is non-refundable and will be used for the economic upliftment of the country in the form of infrastructure spend. The investment option is via the acquisition of real estate that can be sold after holding it for 5 years.
Will I have problems with immigration?
You should not have any problems with any immigartion authority, provided you have not committed any crimes or are wanted.
What is the best citizenship program?
This depends on your specific needs and finances. All citizenship programs have similar requirements and benefits in that they allow easy travel, easy banking, respect and human rights. Please speak to us so that we can understand your specific needs in-order to recommend the best program for you.
Who qualifies as a dependent?
By “between eighteen (18) and thirty (30)” or “up to thirty (30)” is intended a child who is 30, but not a child who has turned 31.
- A spouse of the main applicant;
- A child under eighteen (18) years of age of the main applicant;
- A child of the main applicant between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) who is in full-time attendance at a recognised institution of higher learning after his or her eighteenth birthday and fully supported by the main applicant;
- A child of the main applicant or spouse of the main applicant who is above the age of eighteen (18) years and physically or mentally challenged and who is fully supported by the main applicant;
- Parents of the main applicant or his or her spouse above the age of fifty-five (55) years living with and fully supported by the main applicant.
Can my children study and work in Europe/UK with the 2nd passport?
if you aquire European citizenship or residency, yes.
With the Caribbean passports, they can apply as an international student and study in the EU/UK. Working in the UK/EU would be dependent on them obtaining a work permit.
How long does it take to get the 2nd passport?
From submission of the application to an approval in principle, it
usually takes four months for the Caribbean Programs.
For the European Programs, the fastest is 9 months.
How do I get my passport after I have been approved?
This will be couriered to Mirabello Consultancy who will then deliver the passports to you.
Can I live in the country that I have the 2nd passport from?
Yes, Once you receive your new citizenship you will have the same right to live, work, and study in Dominica as any other citizen. You would be liable to pay personal tax if you resided in the country.
What happens if I lose my passport?
Lost, expired or those with no free pages can be easily renewed for a fee at the Passport and Immigration Department of your new country or through any Consulate (with no need to personally travel to the country).
Do I need to give up my exsisting passport?
No, the laws of the country’s citizenship by investment recognise and allow dual citizenship and you are not required to renounce your other citizenships. You are not required to reside in the countries to keep your citizenship status.
Do my unborn/future children aquire the new nationality?
Yes they do.
Can I add my spouse if I get married?
Yes you can. Additional fees will apply.
What are the payment terms ?
Please get in-touch with us and we will send you a full breakdown of the costs and payment timeline.
Which countries can I visit visa free?
Please click on the link below to see the countries you can visit visa free with the different passports
Am I liable to pay tax in the country that I have the 2nd passport from?
There is no wealth, gift, inheritance, foreign income, or capital gains tax for new citizens of any one of the programs, however as a citizen, you would be liable to pay personal tax if you resided in the country.
Can these citizenship by investment programs stop?
The citizenship by investment industry has been around since 1984 when Saint Kitts & Nevis introduced the concept to the world. Since them the industry has grown and many counries in differentregions have come up with their own programs. Can the programs stop? Yes, depending on the government’s of those countries and their constitution. This will not affect you if you are already a citizen.
I’ve had a visa rejection. Can I apply?
If you had an EU or UK visa rejection then you cannot apply unless you re-apply and get the Visa for which you were rejected for. Please get in-touch with us so that we can help you if you find yourself in this predicament.
Can I pay for the citizenship program in installments?
No. Payments are made in stages as to where the application process is. The final large amount is only paid on approval for the donation option and real estate option for the Caribbean Programs.
For the Europran Programs, the real estate purchase happens before approval but help in escrow with authroised companies.
How long have the citizenship by investment programs been running?
The citizenship by investment industry has been around since 1984 when Saint Kitts & Nevis introduced the concept to the world.
Is the Program Confidential?
The application process itself is confidential, except where necessary checks are carried out by authorised due diligence agencies and international partners.