Dominica Halts Passport Processing for Yemeni Nationals Amid Security Concerns

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Dominica has announced the suspension of processing new applications for Dominican passports from nationals of Yemen, effective January 19, 2024. This decision, as indicated in a memo from Marie Therese-Johnson, Director of Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Unit, aims to protect the global community and maintain the integrity of Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Program.

The memo underscores the importance of disseminating this information to all relevant parties, including clients and agents, to ensure promotional materials are updated accordingly. The move reflects Dominica’s response to the complex and ongoing conflict in Yemen, which began in 2014 and has involved Houthi rebels and a Saudi-led coalition, resulting in significant civilian casualties and instability.

This suspension coincides with international developments, including recent actions by the United States. The Joe Biden administration re-designated the Houthis as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist group” (SDGT), citing their attacks on maritime vessels and threats to global trade and navigation. This designation, initially applied by the Donald Trump administration and later lifted by Biden, was reinstated in light of the Houthis’ continued aggressive actions, including against US personnel and partners.

Dominica’s decision reflects a growing international concern about the situation in Yemen and the actions of the Houthi rebels, emphasizing the need for vigilance and careful management of immigration and citizenship programs in the context of global security and terrorism.

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