Work in nature in Dominica

Are you fed up with wave after wave of lockdown, continual uncertainty, and staring at the same four walls every day? We get you. That’s why we have created a Work In Nature (WIN) Extended Stay Visa – so that you and your family can come to the Nature Island of the Caribbean and live and work here for a while instead.

Cost

The application fees for this visa would be $900.

Income

The minimum required monthly income for this visa is $4166.

Duration

This visa allows you to stay in the country for a duration of 18 months.

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Eligibility

You may apply for a WIN visa if:

  • You are at least 18 years old
  • You are of good character, without a criminal record
  • You are able and willing to make the required financial contribution
  • You can work remotely
  • You can expect to earn an income of US$50,000 or more over the next 12 months and/or have the means to support yourself, your spouse/partner, and their other family members accompanying you during your extended stay in Dominica

As the main applicant, you may apply for your family members via the same application.

Eligible family members include:

  • your spouse or partner
  • your children or stepchildren under the age of 18 years
  • any other relative who is, by reason of age or any infirmity of body or mind, wholly dependent on you for his/her subsistence

Application Process

STEP 1: You must submit your WIN Extended Stay Visa Application Form online and pay the non-refundable Application Fee

STEP 2: You must also upload the following documentation for yourself and any family member who is accompanying you, where relevant:

  1. Bio data page of valid passport (for yourself and all your family members)
  2. Proof of relationship of dependants (i.e. your family members). This can include, for example, a marriage, birth, or adoption certificate, depending on which family member is joining you.
  3. Police record(s) (for yourself and all your family members over the age of 18). A police record must be obtained from all the jurisdictions in which you/your family member lived in the past five years
  4. Bank reference letter
  5. Employment letter. If your income is not from a regular employment salary, then you must also provide a recent bank statement and certificate of good standing and/or credit report
  6. Passport-sized photos (for yourself and all your family members over the age of 18)
  7. Visa to Dominica (only if you/your family member is a passport holder of a country where a visa is required for entry to Dominica)
  8. Health insurance valid in Dominica and covering you and all your family members

For documents not in English, a translated and certified copy is required.

Once your application is received by a WIN Tourism Technical Officer, you will be automatically assigned an ID number.

STEP 3: Your application is reviewed for completeness by the WIN Tourism Department. A WIN Information Officer will liaise with you if necessary.

STEP 4: Once your application has been checked for completeness, it is submitted to the Permanent Secretary or Tourism Authority for recommendation, and to the Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC) for due diligence processing.

STEP 5: Your application, the recommendation, and the JRCC Report is reviewed by the National Security and Home Affairs Department. Your application will be then approved or disapproved by the Minister for National Security and Home Affairs.

STEP 6: If you are successful, you will receive an approval letter from the Permanent Secretary or the Tourism Authority.

STEP 7: You will then be asked to pay the relevant WIN Visa Fee online within 30 days. Once the payment is verified, you will receive an automated receipt.

STEP 8: Travel to Dominica, letting your WIN Information Officer know your flight and arrival details.

Fees

Application Fee (non-refundable): US$100

WIN Visa Fee

  • Single Applicant: US$800
  • Family Application: US$1,200
  • One Business, Multiple Applicants: US$800 plus US$500 for each additional employee for a business applying for four or more employees

Processing times

After submission of the Application Form, you will receive an approval letter within 7 days and have 30 days to make the WIN Visa Payment. Alternatively, you may apply for an extension.

If a payment extension is needed, you must indicate the reasons by email within the 30-day period. Your request will be reviewed and, if approved, the payment period will be extended by a further 30 days.

After approval of the WIN Visa application, you will have 90 days to arrive in Dominica.

The WIN Visa Stamp is issued on arrival in Dominica and is valid from that date for up to 18 months.

During pre-arrival and on arrival, WIN Visa holders must adhere to all COVID 19 travel protocols (including health screening upon arrival).

I am a passport holder of a country where a visa is required for entry to Dominica. Do I have to complete that application process separately before I can apply for the WIN Visa?

Yes, you must complete the normal visa application process before applying for the WIN Visa.

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