POLICY STATEMENT REGARDING APPLICATIONS TO RESIDE IN
DOMINICA AND CONDITIONS GOVERNING THE ISSUE OF WORK
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
(1) 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 appli-
cant'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 coun-
try is the best approach where redence 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 not 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
letter. At the time that sale is being negotiated, or when information is sought from land developers
by interested persons, it is essential to draw to the attention of those persons the conditions which
must be fulfilled before any steps are taken to settle here. Further, no transaction regarding sale of
building lots or other land to an alien should be completed before permit has been granted to reside
and an Alien's Land Holding Certificate obtained.
5. Persons who desire to visit 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 facili-
tate them and no prior application need be made in that respect. Once that is done and plans for
engaging in any activity are contemplated then steps should be taken to clear 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,
expedition can be achieved in processing the application. In those cases, it is essential to provide
information to satisfy Government that the individual or firm has the capacity financially and otherwise
to undertake 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 individual who desires to settle for other purposes it is essential to comply with the Immigration re-
quirement that evidence is provided that the applicant has enough mears 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 mustfirst 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
Ordinance, 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 :-ch 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 professions, businesses 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
(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 of 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 objec-
tions, 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
Ministry with an indication as to whether any local candidates have applied and if so, the grounds
for their non-acceptance.
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 terms of the agreement will be followed in dealing with t he 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
encouraged 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 ob-
served, 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 a minimum of delay in dealing with appli-
cations. Any points that need to be clarified or any further information required will be supplied on
Issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs
File No. H. 11/28/02m1
1st March, 1969.
THE IMMIGRATION AND PASSPORT ORDINANCE, CAP 157
APPLICATION TO RESIDE IN DOMINICA
Name of Applicant:
Names and Ages of Children accomping 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 the offer:
Have you any special Skills or Training ?
Professional or other qualifications:
Deposit for Passage:
Can you meet this ?