Residing in the Dominican Republic: What to Know About Moving

Residing in the Dominican Republic: What to Know About Moving

Are you fed up with endless snowstorms, busy commutes, and a fast-paced day to day routine that leaves you drained? Dreaming of the day you can leave it all behind and escape to paradise for good? If you’ve been contemplating taking the plunge and embracing expat life to relocate to the Dominican Republic, there’s never been a better time to take the next step and seriously consider moving forward. With long sunny days, miles upon miles of white sandy beaches, an affordable cost of living and a dependable infrastructure grid, many people are surprised to find that moving to the Dominican is just like home…only better!

For over two decades, Casa Linda has welcomed visitors and soon to be residents to our sunny shores and helped them build the perfect life in paradise, starting with their dream home. Below, we’ll chat about a few aspects to consider when looking at relocating to the DR permanently. Read on to learn more!

Paradise Made Easy

As any expat will tell you, one of the trickiest aspects of moving abroad is finding a location that makes it easy to do so. Fortunately, the Dominican government is very friendly towards foreign investors, both as entrepreneurs and homeowners. When deciding to move forward with a permanent relocation, it’s important to know which category you fit into in order to secure the right visa. If you plan to do any work while you reside in the Dominican Republic, you will need to get a Visa de Negocios or a Visa de Negocios con Fines Laborales depending on your line of work. This is not a concern for retirees, though you will need a residence visa as well as a passport that has at least 18 months of validity left. Additional documents required include:

  • A criminal record certificate
  • Proof of identity and citizenship
  • Statement of financial solvency
  • Medical history,
  • Letter from a national of the Dominican Republic.

It is also crucial that you remember to ensure that all documents are translated to Spanish prior to submission to your local Dominican Embassy. Failure to do so can be a costly mistake and create several problems. You’ll also want to bear in mind that these same documents also need to be resubmitted (in Spanish) to the Consulate in Santa Domingo upon your arrival in the DR.

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Let Us Help with Your Relocating to the Dominican Republic

Feeling a tad overwhelmed? While the above list can certainly feel like a lot of work, the reality is, once you get started, the process is relatively straight forward all the way through, especially with the right help on your side. Our team is able to recommend several reputable agents to help navigate all legal aspects of your residency and ensure you’re able to settle down on the island in no time!

Put Casa Linda at the Top of Your DR List!

At Casa Linda, we understand what ex-pats are looking for in a luxury villa that allows them to fully realize their dream of living in paradise. Our talented team of builders is happy to work closely with you to design the perfect fit, with floor plans starting as low as $199,900 USD and each home featuring full landscaping and your very own private pool. We’re also proud to have a brand new condo development upcoming located just a stone’s throw from Encuentro Beach for those who thrive on being right next to the action.

With gorgeous architecture, a vibrant community, and so much more waiting for you, there’s never been a better time to heed the island’s call. Take the first step and contact Casa Linda today to learn more!

Discover the Joy of Full Time Caribbean Living With Casa Linda

Discover the Joy of Full Time Caribbean Living With Casa Linda

Are you ready to make the exciting leap from part-time snowbird to full-time homeowner in paradise? For individuals looking to move abroad, the Dominican is an incredibly welcoming destination that offers foreign investors a relatively straight forward path for homeownership. While there is some paperwork involved in the overall process, the Dominican government strives to make homeownership for everyone. The staff at Casa Linda is well-versed in the process and does all that it can to help you to purchase your home as easily as possible.

Kiss Frigid Winters Goodbye

Even if you love to stay active during the colder months, winter can start to feel long and unnecessary after a while, as well as present increased health risks for seniors. Short summers lead to a feeling of dread when the chill starts to fall, and you know that the upcoming cold weather will bring icy streets and sidewalks along with snow to shovel. When it’s time to retire, or you need a change of pace, life in a tropical paradise is a fantastic way to start fresh.

A Stable Economy and a Strong Infrastructure

One of the most attractive features of moving to the Dominican Republic is the ability to keep working if you want to. This is ideal for entrepreneurs and investors, as well as the increasing amount of workers that are able to take advantage of today’s mobile office trend. The DR’s relaxed attitude towards foreign work means that many workers just need a reliable internet connection in order to continue making a good living. As such, the DR is perfect for entrepreneurs, retired members of the military, or anyone on a pension or budget.

Casa Linda: Affordable Luxury Living

Buying a home in the Dominican Republic with Casa Linda makes it easy to live the life you’ve always wanted in paradise. Our team provides a secure, welcoming, and active community alongside gorgeous floor plans that allow you plenty of room to relax in comfort. Each of our homes are fully customizable and are reasonably priced for your convenience.

Choose from villas that range from two-bedroom bungalows, all the way to spacious four-bedroom beauties. There are villas with courtyards for those who love to spend the evening outdoors, and each home includes a stunning pool for you to enjoy.

The Dominican Republic government welcomes foreign residents who are looking to establish their lives in their country. Working with a knowledgeable partner such as Casa Linda makes the home buying process, safe, simple, and rewarding. Learn more about beginning your life in paradise by contacting our team today!

How To Buy A Home in the Dominican Republic

How To Buy A Home in the Dominican Republic

If you’re planning on embracing ex-pat life in the near future and relocating to the Dominican Republic, you liking have a few logistical questions about how to get your new life abroad started. Fortunately, buying a home in the Dominican Republic is a relatively straight forward process due to the country’s open attitude towards foreign investment. At Casa Linda, we’re happy to help couples from all over the world rediscover themselves in paradise. Known for beautiful weather, white sandy beaches and natural wonders, the Dominican is a stable option that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Learn how you can get started buying a property in the DR below!

Buy in The Dominican Republic Today

Whether you’re looking to relocate full-time to the island or you are interested in buying property in the DR as an investor, there’s never been a better time to take the first steps. Financing in the Dominican is simple with the assistance of an international bank and typically requires you to put down a minimum of 30% of the cost of the home. There is a verification process that will need to happen prior to the approval of your mortgage, and in most cases, you will need to be present when buying property to facilitate the signing of all relevant documents.

Mortgage terms in the Dominican Republic are 20 years long, and lending rates are higher than those available in Canada and the United States. At the end of 2019, the typical rate for a mortgage on a property in the Dominican Republic was between 4% and 7% (as quoted by Scotiabank).

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Why Buy With Casa Linda

Located on the gorgeous northern end of the island, Casa Linda is a luxury villa community just outside of Cabarete and Sousa. This area is filled with many ex-pats who are attracted to the region’s beautiful weather, as well as the reasonable cost of living the DR offers. Our villas start at $199,900 USD, and include ten different floor plans to choose from.

Each of Casa Linda’s villas features high-quality finishing touches, as well as an amazing outdoor space for you to enjoy as well. The home can be built in-line with the template, or you can choose to upgrade some of the fixtures and finishes if that is your desire. The sky is truly the limit!

Casa Linda is a favorite of ex-pats from all over the world because of its welcoming community and amenities. The villas at Casa Linda include private swimming pools and the property comes fully landscaped. You can design your villa and create a custom home by choosing your finishes and fixtures. There are so many reasons to choose the luxury villas at Casa Linda when you are buying property in DR!

Contact us today if you are ready to make a move and are interested in learning more about buying property in the DR. Casa Linda is the perfect home for anyone looking to relocate to the Dominican Republic!

The Beginner’s Guide To Dominican Republic Residency

The Beginner’s Guide To Dominican Republic Residency

If you’ve been considering making your dreams of transitioning from being a snowbird couple to becoming full-time island residents in the Dominican Republic, you likely have a few questions about what the process of becoming ex-pats entails. Moving abroad is an incredibly exciting (not to mention rewarding) experience, and with a little research and patience, you can settle into your new home with confidence. At Casa Linda, we’re proud to welcome home buyers from all over the world to our sunny shores and to help them settle into their new lives in paradise.

Below, we’ll cover a few of the basics of one of the most important topics for ex-pats to consider: gaining permanent residency abroad. Read on to learn more!

What Does Having Permanent Residency Mean?

As the name suggests, being a permanent resident of the Dominican Republic is a way for foreign nationals to gain a status that declares them as legal, full-time, residents of the island. Those with PR status are afforded additional privileges and benefits over individuals merely visiting on an extended visa, and is an important asset for retirees or anyone who wishes to stay in the country year-round.

 

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Do I Need It?

While this can be a tricky question to answer depending on your specific circumstances, if you wish to transition to full-time living in the DR, obtaining resident status is eventually going to be necessary. For those who plan to come and go frequently throughout the year or to snowbird for a few months during the winter, residency may be less of a concern, but once you plan to stay in the country permanently, you’ll need to take those next steps towards being able to remain in the DR legally.

What Does The Process Looks Like

While Casa Linda offers a more comprehensive overview of obtaining residency here, it’s worthwhile to note that the Dominican’s residency application process is fairly straight forward to approach. The first step is to obtain a residency visa, and then to apply for temporary (provisional) residence once you arrive in the country (you have 6 days to do so upon arrival). Provisional residency is granted for a period of 1 year and allows you to live and work in the country during this time. This visa can be renewed for up to 4 years, at which point you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence status.

Throughout the process, you can expect to provide multiple documents to prove to the government you are capable of sustaining yourself, are in good physical health, and have no criminal record. Such documents include:

  • Bank statements for the last three months.
  • Two frontal photos (2×2).
  • Lab Test (HIV, drug test) and a letter from a doctor stating that you do not have communicable diseases. For those already in the D.R., we provide information on facilities that perform the medical test and provide the medical certificate.
  • Birth certificate (apostille or legalized)
  • Certificate of good conduct from the police (apostille or legalized)
  • Copy of valid passport
  • Provide the required documentation according to the visa category. (Work, retired, investment, married to a Dominican or a resident; proof that you have been living in the country for a long period). If you are a missionary or NGO you will need a letter confirming your status from your organization.

Want More Information?

Casa Linda is here to help! Contact us today to learn more about purchasing your dream home in paradise.

Preparing To Relocate To Paradise: A Few Basics To Have In Mind

Preparing To Relocate To Paradise: A Few Basics To Have In Mind

Are you getting ready to make the leap to ex-pat life and embrace your newfound life in paradise? Deciding to move abroad is one of the most exciting decisions you’ll ever make, and is an adventure you’re sure to remember forever. Once you’ve chosen to leave winter behind for a life in a tropical paradise, you’re sure to have a few questions regarding what to expect when you arrive in the Dominican. As a premier builder located on the northern end of the island, Casa Linda is proud to help owners from all walks of life find the perfect custom villa to suit their needs. Learn more about what you can expect from life in the Dominican, including a few tips for relocating below.

Your New Home Awaits

With miles upon miles of white sandy beaches and a stunning tropical landscape around every corner, it’s no wonder that the Dominican Republic is often considered the jewel of the Caribbean. As many expats from around the world have discovered, there’s so much more to the DR than meets the eye. In addition to its natural beauty, the Dominican features endless ways to explore including historical centres, cigar and coffee factories, and more.

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Planning to Relocate

For those planning to settle into life in the Dominican, you’ll be pleased to know that relocating here is fairly straight forward thanks in part to the Dominican is made relatively straight forward due to the government’s interest in attracting foreign homeownership. Before you arrive, you will need to ensure you have the right documentation on hand, regardless of whether or not you plan to work once you reside in the country. For those who do plan on doing some work once they arrive (semi-retired individuals, or investors) you will need a Visa de Negocios or a Visa de Negocios con Fines Laborales depending on the type of work that you are planning to do. A criminal record certificate will also need to be obtained before applying for your visa.

For those who don’t plan to work but wish to remain in the country full-time, you will still require residency, which involves submitting a criminal record certificate along with proof of your identity and confirmation of your citizenship for your Visa de Residencia. This visa includes a statement of financial solvency, a medical history statement, and a letter from a national of the Dominican Republic. Each of these documents, along with a letter expressing your interest in obtaining residency are all addressed to the Consular Section.

All of these documents, once translated into Spanish, are submitted to the Dominican Republic Embassy or consulate that is located in your home country. The same package of documents must then be resubmitted to the Consulate in Santo Domingo once you arrive in the Dominican Republic.

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Need Help Getting Started?

If you’re feeling a little lost in the process of getting your application for residency sorted, there’s hope! There are many agencies in the DR designed to help prospective residents with the paperwork and assist with all the documents needed. Casa Linda is happy to recommend reputable agents to help you navigate the residency process and make your move stress free.

Find Your Dream Dominican Home With Casa Linda

Ready to embark on an adventure you’ll remember for the rest of your life? Stop dreaming of your life in paradise and make things a reality with Casa Linda. Situated on the north end of the island, our development features stunning homes with customizable floor plans that make it easy to create the villa you’ve always wanted. In addition to stunning properties, we offer a vibrant community as well as access to perks like private restaurants, our VIP beach club, and more!

Contact Casa Linda today to find out more about our custom-built luxury villas, life in the Dominican, and everything in between!

What to Expect When Moving to the Dominican Republic

What to Expect When Moving to the Dominican Republic

If you’re in the process of getting ready to move abroad, there’s no doubt you’re experiencing a wide range of emotions. Excitement, exhilaration, and even fear are common as you prepare to uproot your “norm” and settle in somewhere else. At Casa Linda, we’re proud to help expats from all over the world embrace their new life in paradise. From custom villas designed to meet your every need to a bustling community that makes it easy to find your next adventure, life with Casa Linda is simple.

If you’re feeling nervous about your upcoming move to the Dominican, below we’ve included a few tips of what to expect to help ease your transition and make you feel at home faster. Read on to learn more!

Get Ready To Embrace The Life “Tranquilo”

One of the most rewarding, but also the most challenging aspects of adapting to island life is accepting that the locals often move at a much…slower pace than us westerners might be used to. Expect things to move a much more leisurely pace, from appointments to bus schedules and more, and remember, it’s just more time to enjoy the sun!

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Your Health and Wellness Are in Good Hands

One of the most daunting aspects of moving abroad is ensuring you’ll be properly cared for when it matters most. An often pleasant surprise for our US-based expats is how efficient the Dominican healthcare system is, as well as the quality of care. With state of the art facilities around the island and exceptional service available in English, you can rest easy knowing you’ll always be cared for.

Visa Requirements

Prior to obtaining residency (should you wish to do so), it’s extremely important to know the legal requirements surrounding tourist visas within the DR. Visitors are allowed to stay up to 60 days (which may be extended to 120 days) per visit. Should you plan on residing in the country full time, you’ll need to look into gaining resident status in the future.

Just Like Home, Only Warmer!

Finally, one of the biggest surprises our homeowners often share with us is how much they tend to feel familiar with the island, even after having just arrived. This is in large part due to the fact that Dominican features stable infrastructure that supports high-speed internet, cable, and telephone systems, as well as many popular western brands are carried in stores. In fact, many of our expats are pleased to report that the Dominican feels just like home, just warmer and sunnier all year round!

What Are You Waiting For?

Need more information on purchasing a home in the Dominican Republic? Casa Linda is here to help. Contact us today to learn more.