POLICY STATEMENT REGARDING APPLICATIONS TO RESIDE IN DONINICA AND
CONDITIONS GOVERNING THE ISSUE OF WORK PERMITS
Applications for residence for whatever reason should be made from the applicant's country
of origin. The application must be made on the prescribed form (a copy of which is attached) which
can be obtained from the Ministry of Home Affairs. Applicants must, in addition, supply the following
(I) A medical certificate certifying that the applicant is in good health and has not in the past
three years suffered from any communicable disease.
(2) Two testimonials one of which shall be from the last employer.
(3) Statement of financial position from a reputable Banker.
(4) A statement from the Chief of Police of the applicant's home state setting out the applicant's
police record .
(5) Proof that the applicant has a return ticket to his normal place of residence or has made a
deposit to cover the cost of such a ticket.
2. It is essential that the application form be completed and other requisite data be supplied
before non-residents take any steps to establish themselves here. Application from one's home country
is t!.e best approach where residence is contemplated. Visitor's permits are not, of course, subject to
these procedures. It must be, however, clearly emphasized that it will be exceptional for visitors to
be considered for permits to reside unless application is made from the country of origin.
3. There have been many cases where persons come here as visitors and take steps to establish
themselves. This creates a great number of problems and it must be stated clearly that adopting
such steps will nct commit Government to the grant of a permit to reside unless all the requisite pro-
cedures have been followed.
4. It is essential that land developers should study-carefully the policy communicated in this
statement. At the time that sale is being negotiated, or when information is sought from land devel-
opers by interest persons, it is essential to draw to the attention of those persons the conditions which
mist be fulfilled before any steps are taken to settle here. Further, no transaction regarding sale of
building lots or cther land to an alien should be completed before permit has been granted to reside
and an Alien's La id Holding Certificate obtained.
5. Persons who desire to v:sit the territory to explore the investment opportunities in any direction
can be granted visitors permits to enable them to do so, and the Immigration authorities would facilitate
them and no prio application n.ed be made in that respect. Once that is done and plans for engaging
in any activity ar. contemplated then steps should be taken to c'ear both with the Ministry of Trade
and Industry and Ministry of Home Affairs, the conditions necessary for setting up business here.
This ensures that once the application is received and the preliminary steps have been cleared, expedi-
tion can be achieved in processing the application. In those cases, it is essential to provide information
to satisfy Govern nent that the individual or firm has the capacity financially and otherwise to under-
take the project contemplated and that the Immigration requirements can be met. Here, suitable
Bank references and statements are necessary as proof of financial suitability. In the case of an indivi-
dual who desires to settle for other purposes it is essential to comply with the Immigration requirement
that evidence is provided that the applicant has enough means to support himself and is not likely to
become a charge on the public. A Police record is also considered essential. Non-residents who wish
to take up employment here must first apply for a work permit on the prescribed Form. They may
apply themselves or their prospective employer on their behalf. It is important to note that on no
account may non-residents take up employment here before the permit is granted and in that respect
attention is drawn to section 5 of the Trade and Professional Licences (Amendment) (No. 2) Act, 1968
which states as follows:-
No non-resident person shall follow any calling, business or profession set out in the Ordin-
ance, or any business or calling whatsoever, either on his own behalf or on the behalf of a
principal who is resident in the island or not, unless he first obtains the consent of the Minister
for Home Affairs and pays the Accountant General in respect of each such calling, business or
profession a fee, in addition to the fees set out in the Schedule to the Ordinance, as follows:
(a) in respect of a profession, business or calling listed in
Schedule A. $250.00 a year
(b) in respect of other profession, business or callings not
so listed -- $50.00 a year
Provided that any person exercising any calling, business or profession mentioned in this
subsection in the service of the Government shall not be called on to pay any fee.
(2) A travelling agent or a professional entertainer, shall be required to pay only the fee set out at
paragraph 5 of Schedule A to the principal Ordinance.
(3) The Minister may exempt from the provisions of this section any non-resident person who
bonafide comes to Dominica for the purpose cf investing in Agriculture.
(4) Any person who contravenes the provisions of this section or any term or condition of any
consent given thereunder shall be guilty of an offence.
The normal procedures where a work permit is sought would be for the prospective employer
to satisfy Government that the particular skill to be imported is not available locally. The following
steps must, as a rule, be followed. Employers must submit along with applications for allowing non-
residents to take up jobs, details of job, responsibilities, salary and other perquisites. Notice with
such details to be published by employer. After a specific period, if employer claims he is unable to
recruit a suitable candidate in Dominica, the Ministry of Home Affairs should issue a notice stating its
intention to issue a permit to such employer to recruit somebody from abroad and asking for objections,
if any. If it is still desired that a work permit be granted after advertisement has been published (in at
least two issues of a local newspaper), a clipping of the advertisement should be submitted to the Minis-
try with an indication as to whether any local candidates have applied and if so, the grounds for their
6. Where it is clear that the skill is not available locally every effort will be made to achieve speed
in dealing with an application if the circumstances warrant it. But the clear policy objective must be
preserved, namely, that preference must be given to local persons for jobs available where they have the
requisite expertise. In that connection, it should also be noted that it is possible to assist employers
in finding suitable local persons who are studying abroad to fill vacancies where a local person may not
be available on the spot. This is an approach that would be welcome and more details can be supplied
on this if necessary.
Where there is an agreement subsisting between Government and another party regarding
employment of non-residents, the term of the agreement will be followed in dealing with the issue of
work permits. But as all such Agreements are and must be subject to the Immigration Laws, full
particulars must be supplied of the persons who are to be employed (as required on the form) and the
Permit issued before persons are brought in by the firm. It is essential that this procedure be observed.
The policy contained here is intended to achieve two objectives. On the one hand to ensure
that all the requisite data is available before any steps are taken by non-residents to settle here, or take
up employment in the state in order to enable Government to be satisfied regarding the purpose for
which residence is sought and to enable credentials to be checked. On the other hand the policy is
such that would-be investors can be allowed all the scope necessary to explore the field and to be encour-
aged to make use of the investment opportunities available.
It must be emphasized that visitors permits can be made easily available to potential investors
who want to view the opportunities for investment. The procedures outlined will normally be observed
but if there is any doubt about their operation or any hardship that would result when applied, this
should be drawn to the attention of Government. But it is most important that those who have to
deal with non-residents who desire to settle here should at an early stage, draw to their attention the
requisite formalities. If this is.observed there will be minimum of delay in dealing with applications.
Any points that need to be clarified or any further information required will be supplied on request.
Issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs
File No. H. 11/28/02111
Ist March, 1969.
THE IMMIGRATION AND PASSPORT ORDINANCE, CAP. 157
APPLICATION TO RESIDE IN DOMINICA
Name of Applicant:
Names and Ages of Children accompanying you:
Nationality: At Birth if different:
Place of Birth:
Date of Issue:
Place of Issue:
Reasons for wishing to settle here:
Have you been offered appointment ?
Name of Firm or Agency making th: offer:
Have you any special Skills or Training?
Professional or other cu ilific-tions:
Deposit for Passage:
Can you meet this'.