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Ultimate Guide to Getting Your Dominican Republic Residency Effortlessly

Dominican Republic Residency

There you are, fuming.

You just read another crappy article posing as ‘useful information’.

You smash the back button frantically to give the next search result a try.

No! Next result was just as bad as the previous one.  Can this be it? 

Time wasted. And,  you’re still clueless. There must be a residency program guide available. It has to be.

You called your local Dominican Republic Embassy and left countless voicemails. Nobody is in a hurry to call you back. 

The wait is agonizing.

Hooray! Finally someone calls you back. Feeling of excitement is overwhelming. You’re about to get all the answers you are seeking! Then reality sets in… 

The voice on the other line is directing you to the same useless website you’ve visited a day ago.  Pffttt…

Sadly, you quickly realize you know more than they do 🙁

Your frustration has reached a boiling point.  You’re about to explode! 

Wait.. before you do. 

Here’s a very useful-straight-to-the-point guide you’ve been longing for to apply for a residence! 

How To Get Your Dominican Republic Residency Guide

This guide is a result of me spending 2 years banging my head against the wall, losing money and patience. 

I hope it will serve you well.

I’ve broken out the process into 3 major chapters to obtain your visa and residency painlessly.

  • How To Apply For Dominican Republic Visa 
  • Starting The Temporary Residency Process in Dominican Republic
  • Taking The Last Few Steps To Becoming A Dominican Republic Resident

Already have your temporary resident visa?

But, are stuck in Dominican Republic not knowing what to do next? 

Go straight to Process of Residency Application in Dominican Republic.

Chapter 1: How To Apply For Dominican Republic Visa

  • You must start the process in your own country

Quick steps overview

  •  Contact the Dominican Republic embassy in your area.
  • Select which of the 4 types of residency applications. Investment through real estate, retirement and investing offshore. Check here which to apply for.

  • Check the list of required documents. Such as original birth certificate, marriage certificate, bank statements, police certificate with criminal record also called certificate of good conduct in some countries.

  • Confirm which documents require original or certified copy.

  • Ask for a detailed list of all of the costs associated with the application.

  • Confirm the payment method, I know I had to send a certified cheque so make sure you know the exact amount.
  •  Fill out the temporary visa application form
  •  Gather all the necessary documents.
  •  Send documents to Embassy
  • Remember to include your valid passport
  •  Processing time varies between 2-3 weeks

So, all in all you can get everything done in about 2 months

Now comes the fun part, pack your suitcase you are going to Dominican Republic. 

Remember, bring everything with you. It would suck if you left one of these documents at home.

  • You have 60 days to enter the country or your will visa expires. 
  • The old tourist card for  $10 has been abolished. Yay!!!

Chapter 2: Starting The Process of Residency Application in Dominican Republic

Exciting, you are finally here ready to start the next stage.

But, still nervous because you are not sure where to start.

Don’t worry. Read on to find out what you have to do. I’ve outlined all the steps necessary for this leg of the race.

With the new online process it is amazingly easy.

 Quick steps overview

  •  Create an account with the Dominican Republic Immigration.
  • Website is in Spanish
  •  Start your application form.
  • Use the same type as you used for your temporary residency visa. Here are the 4 types of residency applications
  •  Gather documentation
  •  Track the status of your residency status on the online portal.
  • You will required to bring all the documentation to the Santo Domingo Immigration office.
  • If you use an attorney, he/she will be able to bring the documents on your behalf.
  •  You will get an appointment for a medical examination.
  • Includes blood test, chest X-ray and medical interview.
  •  Payment options
  • Pay the application fee online or in person in Santo Domingo.
  •  Appointment date for Santo Domingo

Hopefully, I have demystified the process and you feel confident you can succeed.

Be brave.

Start your provisional residency application immediately. 

If you still feel overwhelmed or scared.

Don’t worry.

I have dealt with an exceptionally professional lawyer after the fiasco of my first attempt at getting my residency.

Chapter 3: What to expect at the Department of Immigration in Santo Domingo

How thrilling, you are a few hours away from being finally done with it.

  • Before you go to Santo Domingo

Make a copy of your valid passport. Print out your online payment receipt. This will save you waiting time and frustration.

Step 1: Getting your Celuda for foreigners.

  1. Go to the Immigration Department  as per your appointment date.
  2. Upon arrival you will be given a number.
  3. They will take your passport and ask you to go to the Office for Foreigners (Extranjería / Cédulas para extranjeros residentes)
  4. Application process takes under 1h. Process is quick.
  5. Drive back to the department of immigration office.

Step 2: Getting your Dominican Republic residency card.

  1. Go straight to window #12, #13 or #14 with your Cedula card.
  2. You will have to wait for the picture taking and fingerprints. Be patient, this can take up to 1h.
  3. After picture and fingerprint is completed. You have to wait again to receive your residency card.

The fun part in Santo Domingo is the wait. 

Ha ha, I’m joking of course. 🙂

But, I’m telling you this because the employees of the dominican government work at turtle speed. I’m telling you this from experience so lower your expectations and avoid unnecessary frustrations. 

If you know in advance the procedure can take up to 4 hours and you are lucky enough to finish in 2 hours, you will be exceptionally happy.

I know I would.

Now, what’s next?

You have the complete road map in front of you to get your legal residence.

Are you ready to start? 

Quick overview of the residency options.

  • Get temporary residency when you arrive in Dominican Republic.   
  • Renew your temporary residency yearly for the next 5 years.
  • Apply for permanent residency after 5 years of living in Dominican Republic. Which is good for 2 years.
  • Apply for citizenship after you have resided in the Dominican Republic for 7 years. At this point you can obtain your second passport. 

Now, just imagine bragging to your friends about how you got it done like a Pro in record time. 

Imagine telling them how amazingly simple it actually was. 

Your temporary residency is within reach if you follow the foolproof steps in this ultimate guide. Give it a chance, you can do it.

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