The result of this year’s U.S. presidential election has some American citizens talking about moving to another country and changing their nationality. Maybe more will take action this year after watching the 2017 New Year’s Day episode of 60 Minutes. Correspondent Steve Kroft travels to the Caribbean to find out how easy it is.
Kroft explains that small, cash-starved countries including the island nations of Antigua and Dominica are offering citizenship for cash. It costs $100,000 to buy citizenship in Dominica. You don’t have to live in Dominica or even go to Dominica to get the citizenship. Kroft describes the process or transaction as “mail-order citizenship.” The first step to buying/gaining citizenship in Dominica is to choose an Authorized Agent from the government’s list. You must use an agent; you cannot submit an application directly. (The new passport/citizenship business has become a $2 billion industry.) The Authorized Agent will help prepare your application and submit to the CBIU of Dominica. Documentation of a medical examination is required but an interview is not. Your agent will receive a letter regarding the CBIU’s decision of acceptance. If you are accepted you will receive an invoice. Once the payment is received, you will receive your new passport. 60 Minutes airs New Year’s Day at 7:30pm on CBS.