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Last week, I visited the Labour and Immigration office at the government ministry building, to find out some information on how someone can apply for permanent residency status in Dominica. Often enough I have had readers of DW ask me this question, so I thought the best way to answer this questions is to go the government ministry which handles immigration and post my findings. Well so I thought.

After being sent back and forth between the ministries of Legal Affairs and Immigration, to my astonishment no one could give me a definite answer on the subject. Both ministries where giving conflicting information on how someone can apply for permanent residency in Dominica. I couldn’t believe our governmental system and the employees. Let me just say this, I’ve worked at FedEx Dominica for 5 years now. It’s not the best job in the world, but I take time to learn as much about my job. You know why I try to learn as much about my job? Because more knowledgeable I’m of my job the better I will be at ANSWERING customer questions without making a complete fool of myself 🙄

Anyway, after all the conflicting information – here is what I grasp from all of the different conservations. One way is to have legal working permits for five years, indicating that you’re been working legally in Dominica for the pass five years, then you can apply for permanent residency via the ministry of Labour and Immigration. Another way is in the event that you get married to a Dominican. After two – three years you can apply for citizenship. During that time in other to remain living in Dominica legally you’ve to keep extending your stay in Dominica through immigration office. Hope you find this information helpful in anyway.

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4 Comments »

Comment by Dan
2007-10-30 12:51:09

I can’t get that question answered either, Chris. And we don’t fit either of the categories you wrote about: we are already married and we will be retired and not working.

We’re about to receive 1-year residency, which will permit us to hold a year-round driver’s license and import our household 1-time duty-free.

 
Comment by Queen Subscribed to comments via email
2009-02-25 22:30:29

Hi,
Your information was useful but not it does match my circumstances. I am a Dominican Citizen, and I have adopted children from Nigeria. I would like to know how I could get them citizenship and possible a passport. Apparently, having a Nigerian passport is like having a curse. The British Embassy in Nigeria has denied them there in transit visa to travel through London, onto Dominica.

I currently reside outside of Dominica, but do not have citizenship here.

Please help if you can. I would greatly appreciate it.

On a side note. I totally agree with you. Our folks do not take enough pride in their work. They think that what they do is all they should do. They have no clue where and how they fit into the big picture.

It is ridiculous and frustrating EVERY TIME !!!

 
Comment by Maria Subscribed to comments via email
2011-09-29 20:23:25

Hi Chris;
I am from UAE and tired of city life. I found no proper info about how to get a visa for traveling to Dominica and how can I apply for residency visa if I am a self-employed and would like to bring my job with me to the Island.

If you have some information, please do share with me.

Thanks
Maria

 
Comment by Chris
2011-10-08 21:09:59

Maria…. to be honest “I have no idea”…but here is the contact information for the Dominica Labour Division office.

Labour Division
2nd Floor, Government Headquarters
Kennedy Avenue
Roseau
Commonwealth of Dominica
Telephone: (767) 266-3553
Fax: (767) 448-5200
E-mail: labourcommissioner@dominica.gov.dm

 
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