Non-nationals requiring Dominican citizenship status will have to pay more to the island’s Immigration Department come September 01st, 2012.
This was announced by Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit during his presentation of the 2012/13 Budget earlier this week.
Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit says these adjustments are necessary at this time and is intended to address the increasing administrative cost associated with these services.
Regarding the Economic Citizenship Program, Prime Minister Skerrit announced that a number of fees will be increased.
A single applicant will be required to make a non-refundable investment of US $100,000 rather than the usual US $75,000; while a family applicant requesting “Package B” will pay US $175,000. These recent fee increases are among others.
In relation to immigration services, the application fee for Dominican citizenship will be increased from $100 to $250.
The cost of obtaining a Certificate of Registration for Citizenship will go from $1,000 to $2,000.
Other measures as outlined by the Hon. Prime Minister will include adjustments in fees relating to the issuance of work permits.
- Application for Work Permit and Temporary Resident Permits; for CARICOM citizens from $90 to $250 and for all other persons from $500 to $800.
- Permanent Residence Permits; for CARICOM citizens from $90.00 to $400.00 and for all other persons from $500 to $800.
- Student Visas from $100 to $250.
- Domestic or Visitor’s Visa Processing Fee from $133 to $200.”
The Prime Minister also announced a 25 percent increase in the import duty on tobacco.
“The import duty rate applied to tobacco is 45 percent. Effective September 1st 2012 the rate of import duty on tobacco will be increased to 75 percent,” he said.