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Dominica: Whether a woman married to a Dominican citizen is entitled to citizenship; procedures required for such a woman to obtain citizenship

Publisher Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ottawa
Publication Date 6 November 2007
Citation / Document Symbol DMA102664.E
Cite as Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Dominica: Whether a woman married to a Dominican citizen is entitled to citizenship; procedures required for such a woman to obtain citizenship, 6 November 2007, DMA102664.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/47d6544bc.html [accessed 16 April 2014]
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According to a consular official at the Consulate of the Commonwealth of Dominica in New York, a woman married to a Dominican citizen is not automatically entitled to citizenship (1 Nov. 2007a). The Consular Official explained that the woman must live in Dominica for five years continuously, after which she may submit a citizenship application to the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Immigration in Dominica (Dominica 1 Nov. 2007a). The Consular Official stated that the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Immigration can provide the woman with appropriate application forms to obtain citizenship (ibid.).

An official from the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Immigration corroborated that a woman married to a Dominican citizen may obtain citizenship by completing application forms that are distributed by the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Immigration (Dominica 1 Nov. 2007b). The Official stated that, in certain cases, the requirement of five years of residence in Dominica may be waived if the woman makes a formal request to the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Immigration (ibid.).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection.

References

Dominica. 1 November 2007a. Consulate of the Commonwealth of Dominica, New York. Telephone interview with a consular official.
_____. 1 November 2007b. Ministry of Legal Affairs and Immigration. Telephone interview with an official.

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