Looking to Work Remotely in the Dominican Republic? Here’s What You Need to Know

Looking to Work Remotely in the Dominican Republic? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Working remotely has never been easier thanks to significant technological innovations such as cloud storage, video teleconferencing, and portable smart devices. The Dominican Republic has emerged as a popular destination for remote employees. This Caribbean paradise is perfect for those looking to ditch the office. Working remotely allows you to take part in a “working getaway” in the Dominican Republic. Spend your mornings in conference calls and meetings and then in the afternoon, hit the beach and enjoy the refreshing ocean breeze. 

As a foreign investment-friendly country that excitedly welcomes newcomers, the DR is exactly what remote workers who wish to enjoy the benefits of paradise are looking for. At Casa Linda, we want to make your island dreams a reality. We’re excited to help expatriates explore their new life on the island by offering custom villas to call home. If you’re ready for a change of pace while working from home, consider some of the following logistics first before packing your bags for the Dominican republic. Continue reading to learn more!

You’ll Need a Work Visa

Compared to many other countries, the Dominican Republic is very accessible to foreign workers. However, you still need a business/ work visa to conduct business in the country legally. Work visas come in two varieties: one that allows entry into the country for 60 days or multiple entries for a single year period (this maxes out at two months at a time), or a full-business visa. A complete work visa is typically granted under a fixed-term contract. It allows you to have more freedom, such as getting a driver’s license or opening a bank account. The process of applying for a visa is pretty straightforward. Still, you’ll need to have the proper documentation ready, including proof of self-sufficiency while in the Dominican Republic. 

Residency Permits Protect You

To work in the Dominican Republic for longer than two months at a time, you’ll be required to obtain a residency permit. A residency permit will grant you the same rights as a Dominican citizen under the country’s national Labour Code. It will also register you in the Social Security System. This is important as you’ll need this to pay your taxes correctly. A residency permit can be renewed yearly for up to four years; after that, you’ll be qualified to apply for permanent residency. While the residency process can be complicated, with a bit of guidance and patience, you should be able to meet the requirements quickly. It’s essential to familiarize yourself with the visa and residency requirements before you decide to move to the Dominican Republic. 

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A Written Work Contract is Required

The Dominican Republic also requires employees to have a written contract from their employer that contains your contract terms, compensation details, and grounds for termination. This contract needs to be signed, and two copies are required to be filed with the corresponding DR labour department.

Get to Know Your Rights

While working in the DR, you’ll retain access to the same labour rights as the average Dominican National. Some of these rights include the right to unionize, strike, bargain, limited work hours, a minimum wage, and specific health and safety regulations. Sound familiar? It should! These are essentially the same labour rights you have back home. It’s crucial to be acquainted with your workers’ rights so that you can protect your best interests. 

Ready to Work Remotely in the Dominican Republic?

The DR has excellent infrastructure. If you can work remotely, technology is on your side here with excellent Internet services and access to technical support. Please look at our expat resources for more information and contact Casa Linda today to learn more about working remotely in the Dominican Republic.

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Consider Working From The Dominican Republic

Consider Working From The Dominican Republic

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The current pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives. Going out, mingling with people and doing your day-to-day activities has been halted for quite some time. Since 2020, it has been advised to avoid crowded places, isolate yourself and work from home to maintain social distancing. 

However, working from home (WFH) has made people feel alienated, lonely, and estranged in their own homes. In order to keep their mental and emotional well-being healthy, many have resorted to moving to warmer, sunnier countries with large landscapes and beautiful scenery. The Dominican Republic has been home to many expatriates these past few years, offering sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and delicious cuisines. Discover a few benefits of WFH in the Dominican Republic below! 

Social Distancing Done Right

Picture this, you’re up for your 9-5 job, but instead of rolling out of bed and barely making it to your working desk, you will step out onto a beautiful yard filled with luscious green trees and birds chirping in the background as you set up your laptop onto the patio, facing an enormous pool with the sun shining onto your face. Does it sound like paradise? Well, it sure is. Residential villas with Casa Linda are fully equipped to make your day as relaxing and heavenly as possible. You can now practice social distancing in your own home without feeling trapped in a 4×4 box all day long. 

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Don’t Hold on to The Past.

Most companies have mandated WFH and several countries still have restrictions and lockdowns in place. It is still undecided as to whether these measures will remain permanent or temporary. So why hang on the hope that you might be able to roam around freely, meet your family and friends without restrictions or simply enjoy a cocktail without a curfew? 

Moving to the Dominican is not only a sunny getaway; it’s a lifestyle you will enjoy. You can enjoy the relaxing beach vibes all year round with your family and even make friends with the members of our expatriate community. The DR Has excellent international schools catered to kids from age three to high school. Both American and Canadian curriculums are followed and taught in the English Language. You can fully own real estate in the DR and insure your property and vehicle as you would in North America. Healthcare is affordable and can be purchased from local companies, offering world-class medicine and English-speaking doctors/specialists.

It’s Time For A Change

If you are interested in relocating to the Dominican Republic to WFH and enjoying a better lifestyle, contact Casa Linda today and learn more about our custom-built luxury villas. 

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How To Get Dominican Republic Citizenship by Investment

How To Get Dominican Republic Citizenship by Investment

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Are you ready to take a vacation that never ends? Casa Linda villas in the sun-soaked northern tip of the Dominican Republic are your dream destination! Enjoy all the same amenities you’re used to on a beach in paradise. Casa Linda is excited to offer you idyllic island living at an affordable price. Are you ready to pack your bags and head to the Dominican Republic? Keep reading to learn more about life in the Dominican Republic and Casa Linda’s range of luxury villas.

The Dominican Republic is Calling!

Living on a tropical island sounds like a fantasy life you’d only find in books or movies. But, the opportunity is closer than you may realize! Very few tropical countries can compete with the various benefits offered by the Dominican Republic. With perks like a foreign investment-friendly government, affordable cost of living, higher than average safety index rating, and a world-class healthcare system, it’s no wonder that the DR is considered the Jewel of the Caribbean. The ever-growing expatriate community would agree that life in the DR is life in paradise. Days in the DR are full of stunning beaches, with plenty of time for other activities, like kitesurfing, tennis, or hiking. The DR is also well known for its welcoming community of natives and expatriate residents. So whether you’re looking for a lifestyle change or preparing to retire in luxury, the DR is an excellent option for escaping the snow!

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Live in Affordable Luxury

Casa Linda villas celebrate the stunning views that make the Dominican Republic so picturesque. Large, expansive windows bring the outdoors inside, while private outdoor pools let you dip your toes into a life indulgence. Each of our ten incredible villas is created to be as comfortable as possible without sacrificing luxury or functionality. At Casa Linda, we’ve been constructing homes in paradise for over 20-years! So if you’re looking to add a personal touch to your villa, you have plenty of options available. Below are some of the most popular customization options:

  • Guest Home
  • Custom sized pool
  • Outdoor Kitchen
  • Rooftop Terraces
  • Living walls
  • A swim-up bar and more!

Suppose you have a particular vision in mind for your villa. In that case, Casa Linda has a team of experienced in-house architects who can work with you to build a custom villa from the ground up. Living in paradise means loving every square foot of your home. Let Casa Linda’s team create the luxury villa of your dreams in the Dominican Republic!

Pack Your Bags Today!

Casa Linda has been building luxury villas for over 20 years. Our team of in-house architects and designers can make you the island home of your dreams without breaking your budget. With our expertise and commitment to ensuring your happiness, you can trust us to help you make life in the Dominican Republic a breeze. 

At Casa Linda, we want you to live a life of luxury free from the troubles of snow and ice. Life in paradise is calling your name! Are you ready to answer? Contact our team at Casa Linda to learn more about living in the Dominican Republic.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Live in Cabarete, Dominican Republic

3 Reasons Why You Should Live in Cabarete, Dominican Republic

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Cabarete in the Dominican Republic first garnered attention as one of the world’s premier spots for kiteboarding and windsurfing, but that’s not all Cabarete has to offer. At Casa Linda, we want you to soak up paradise. From beautiful beaches and warm weather to luxurious island living, Cabarete has something for everyone. For nearly 30 years, Casa Linda has welcomed homebuyers looking for fresh island living. Located on the northern end of the Dominican Republic, our community in Cabarete has everything you need to settle down and live like a local. Read on to learn more about why you should live in Cabarete in the Dominican Republic.

Laid Back Island Living

Island living means setting your own pace and enjoying the small things in life. Cabarete offers plenty of options, from soaking up the sun on the beach to leisurely hikes or staying active through various sports and activities like tennis or windsurfing. And if sports aren’t your thing, consider visiting a local rum distillery, a coffee factory, or wander through the different historical developments the Dominican Republic has to offer. Regardless of whether you’re here to relax or adventure, you’ll always find something new to do!

Even though Cabarete is popular with tourists, you still get that small-town vibe from the small yet tight-knit community of expats. At Casa Linda, our gated community offers familiarity and comfort all in one. We believe in treating you like family, which means enjoying private residences, a VIP Beach Club and more. 

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Year-Round Warm Weather

Does the thought of shovelling snow make you shiver? Us too! Thankfully in Cabarete, you’ll never have to worry about snow, ice, sleet, or the other problems winter brings with it. Instead, you can look forward to an average of 200 days of sunny 28℃/82℉ weather all year round! At Casa Linda, we can build your dream villa so you can take advantage of the beautiful weather from the comfort of your own island home. Also, since Cabarete is located on the north end of the Dominican Republic, extreme weather like hurricanes are no concern. So you can rest easy knowing your island villa will be safe and secure.

Low Cost Of Living

Living in Cabarete has more benefits than just beautiful beaches; the cost of living is also incredibly reasonable. For example, a retired couple can live comfortably within their means and without sacrificing fun, for about $2,500 USD a month. There are also plenty of well-stocked grocery stores that can get all of your favourites imported in for about the same price as you would pay back home. 

Settling into a new home abroad can be daunting, but with Casa Linda finding your dream villa is easy. Our affordable floor plans make it easy to find a suitable layout for your needs without compromising luxury. With homes starting as low as $200,000 USD, living the island life is closer than you think! There are also plenty of opportunities to make your villa a custom fit for you. From infinity pools to guest houses, lush gardens and more, making your new home just right is easy with our team of builders. 

Ready to Live Like a Local?

Cabarete in the Dominican Republic has so much to offer. Contact Casa Linda today to learn more about your dream villa. 

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Types of Taxes in the Dominican Republic

Types of Taxes in the Dominican Republic

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Daydreaming of daiquiris on the beach and saying goodbye to long nasty winters forever? Casa Linda Quality Communities is here to help make your vision of life in tropical paradise a reality! Located on the northern end of the Dominican Republic just outside Cabarete and Sousa, our luxury villa community is the perfect place for ex-pats from all walks of life to settle in and enjoy the many perks of island living. From long sunny days with soaring temperatures (the DR averages over 300 days of sun each year and daily temps around 24°C or 82°F) to a vibrant community of welcoming friends, there’s no better place to call home and start a new life full of adventure and relaxation!

Relocating Basics: A Quick Look at DR Taxes

Moving abroad is an incredibly exciting process, and with a little homework and extra knowledge on your side, you can make the transition easier! At Casa Linda, we often get questions about the quality of life in the DR, as well as what to expect when it comes to taxes when you settle down in the Dominican. Below, we’ve put together a quick list of 5 basic taxes you can expect to encounter within the Dominican Republic.

Income Tax

Thanks to the country’s openness to foreign investors, and entrepreneurs and the recent surge in WFH friendly workplaces, the Dominican has become an increasingly popular destination for ex-pats looking to earn income while they enjoy the perks of paradise. It is important to note that those residing in the DR for more than 182 days a year will be considered taxable residents and you will need to get a tax number to file accordingly.

Those who earn $8,671 USD or more annually ($722 USD monthly) will need to prepare to file taxes, but the good news is, that your income is only taxed based on what you make in the DR exclusively. Once you’ve been a resident for over 3 years, you’ll also have to pay taxes on overseas investments, but pensions or social security funds are not considered within this category.

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Capital Gains Tax

Capital gains refer to money made during the sale of an asset, and the tax placed upon the profit to adjust for inflation. Capital gains are taxed like regular income (0 % – 25 % for individual taxpayers and 27 % for companies). Worth noting is that there is an adjustment in place to account for the depreciation in value of an asset (i.e. vehicles) over time, so your inflation value is related to the overall salvage value and the overall value is assessed in Dominican Pesos opposed to USD.

Property Tax

Property taxes are assessed at 1% of the total value of your home for dwellings exceeding $135K USD. Those who own bare land and intend to build you will still be subject to the 1% assessment without the minimum threshold. Property tax is dues by March 11 each year and can be paid in either one or two instalments.

Inheritance Tax

All estates of those residing within the Dominican are subject to inheritance tax, regardless of the nationality of the owner. Inheritance taxes in the DR are 3% of the overall value after deductions including medical and funeral expenses, as well as outstanding debts and mortgages. Beneficiaries should be aware that they must file a declaration within 90 days, though in complex cases you can gain an additional 3-month extension where warranted.

Double Taxation

Most expatriates are (rightfully) concerned with knowing whether or not they will be subject to double taxation when they move to the DR. In simple terms: unless you are a Canadian or Spanish citizen, the answer is yes. At present the DR only has ratified treaties with Canada and Spain, therefore other nations are still subject to double taxes (sorry!).

Learn More about Life in the DR Today!

At Casa Linda, there’s nothing we love more than welcoming you to our sunny shores. With beautiful custom villas available at affordable prices, your life in paradise is closer than you think! Contact us today to learn more!

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Here’s to Your Health! Expatriate Healthcare in the DR

Here’s to Your Health! Expatriate Healthcare in the DR

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Are you planning on relocating to the Dominican Republic and wondering what you can expect once you relocate abroad? As one of the most popular destinations for retirees as well as entrepreneurs from all over the world, the DR attracts adventure seekers looking for a beautiful, warm, and safe place to call home. With advanced infrastructure, a stable economy and government, and an extremely affordable cost of living, the Dominican Republic is a wonderful place to settle down and embrace the joy of island living.

As one of the DR’s most trusted and longstanding builders (30+ years and counting!), Casa Linda Quality Communities knows how important it is to have the right information on your side before making the leap to moving abroad. Our biggest passion, aside from building luxurious and affordable villas here in the Dominican, is making sure you have everything you need to succeed in paradise. Below, we’ll talk about one of the most important expat details you’ll want to have in mind when moving: health insurance. Read on to learn more!

Healthcare in the Dominican Republic

One of the most attractive aspects of moving the to Dominican is that you can adapt to island living without having to give up a top-tier medical system. The DR has an exceptional medical care system designed to provide quality and affordable care to all citizens and residents. At present the medical system in the DR operates under a 3-tier basis:

  1. Contributive (for those working in the Dominican and operating with a plan provided by employers)
  2. Subsidized (for low income, unemployed, or those unable to work due to an existing condition)
  3. Contributive subsidized (where most foreign residents will fall with private insurance plans etc).

Each tier has its own baselines and parameters, but by and large, the majority of expatriates tend to fall under the third category.

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What is Covered by State Healthcare

Over the past few decades, the Dominican government has made significant strides towards universal healthcare, with today’s State coverage extending to primary and hospital care in most cases. Most significant and unanticipated expenses are part of this level of care, but to ensure that you have the coverage you need when it matters most (i.e. prescriptions, surgeries and comfort base treatments, etc.), having some form of privatized insurance is advisable for your own health and peace of mind.

Types of Insurance Coverage in the Dominican

The Dominican Republic has a wide range of insurance options available for expatriates, many of which fall under an “international” category. There is also local health insurance, as well as traveller’s insurance for snowbirds or those who are looking to vacation on the island first before making their big move.

Regardless of what option you choose, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that finding comprehensive and reliable healthcare is incredibly affordable, with some plans starting as low as $100 USD every 3 months!

Living in Paradise is Easy!

Casa Linda Quality Communities is here to help you make the most out of your time in paradise. With affordable custom villages located in our beautiful Cabarete community, the life you’ve always dreamed of is only a call away! Contact us today to learn more!

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