Work From Home in the Dominican Republic!

Work From Home in the Dominican Republic!

Work From Home

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Have you spent the majority of 2020 and 2021 working from home and found yourself contemplating making the shift to “WFH life” a little more permanent? With recent events influencing a massive shift to remote working for many companies all around the world, more people than ever are experiencing the benefits that come with a flexible workspace. Whether you’re an entrepreneur that needs a change of pace or a remote-based worker that’s tired of being stuck staring at the same 4 walls, there’s never been a better time to seriously consider giving yourself the ultimate office upgrade: the Dominican Republic.

As a foreign investment-friendly country that loves to welcome newcomers to our sunny shores, the DR is an ideal locale for those who wish to work from home while enjoying the benefits of settling down in paradise. At Casa Linda, we’re happy to help expatriates from all over the world explore their potential and create a new life on the island, complete with their very own custom villa to call home. If you’ve been considering working from home in the DR, below are a few logistics you’ll need to keep in mind. Read on to learn more!

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Visas Are Necessary

For all non-residents, you will need a work visa in order to legally conduct business on Dominican soil. At present, there are two kinds of work visas available: one that allows either one entry for 60 days or multiple entries for one year (only for a maximum of two consecutive months at a time) or a full-on business visa that is issued for up to one year. The latter is preferable for those wishing to work on a fixed-term contract as it allows you to do everything you’ll need to in order to operate fully, including getting a driver’s license, opening a bank account, etc.

Residency Permits

For anyone intending to working in the DR for more than 2 months, you will also need to obtain a temporary residency permit for work purposes. These are relatively easy to obtain, and give you all the same rights as legal citizens under the Labor Code, including allowing you to register in the country’s Social Security System and access social services. It’s important to note that obtaining a residency permit also means you will need to pay taxes back to the country as well. Depending on your income, you can expect to pay 15 to 25% income tax, which will be withheld and paid by employers or, as a self-employed operator, you will be required to pay these taxes on your own.

You Must Have a Written Contract

The DR also requires you to obtain a written contract from your employer containing your contract terms, compensation details, and grounds for termination. This contract must be signed and two copies will be filed with the labour department.

Know Your Rights

As with employment anywhere in the world, it’s important to remember that you have rights as an employee. It may surprise you to learn that you’ll have access to the same labour rights as Dominican Nationals, including the right to unionize, strike, bargain, to a minimum wage, to limited work hours and to specific health and safety regulations. Protect yourself by familiarizing yourself with these rights, and never be afraid to take a stand for your well-being!

Are you ready to learn more about working and living in the Dominican Republic? Take a look at our expat resources here and contact Casa Linda today!

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Don’t Miss Out on Life in Cabarete

Don’t Miss Out on Life in Cabarete

Life In Cabarete:

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Are you ready to settle into a life of luxury and adventure? If you’re looking to make the shift from occasional snowbird to full-time island resident, there’s no better place to settle down than the Dominican Republic. With mile after mile of white sandy beaches (including several world-renowned locations), sparkling blue waters, delicious restaurants and a vibrant culture that’s just waiting for you to join in, it’s no wonder that the DR is a favourite among expatriates.

Nestled on the northern end of the island in sunny Cabarete, Casa Linda’s bustling community features breathtaking custom villas, 24/7 onsite security and plenty of other perks to enjoy. We’re proud to welcome people to our little slice of paradise and to help you experience as much of the Dominican as possible. If you’re looking to settle down in Cabarete, below are just a few of the fun things you can expect to enjoy!

World-Class Beaches

It wouldn’t be a tropical paradise without beaches to lounge on, and the Cabarete gives you plenty to choose from. From world-famous surfing haunts like Encuentro Beach to VIP beaches only available to residents of Casa Linda Communities, you’ll have ample opportunity to enjoy the feeling of warm sand between your toes and the sound of waves lapping at the shore.

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Foodies Rejoice!

Are you a lover of good eats? The Dominican has you covered! With fresh produce and an abundance of mouth-watering eateries in the area, you’ll have no shortage of places to dig in and enjoy an incredible mix of flavours. For those who love to indulge in rum, chocolate, and even the occasional cigar, you’ll be happy to know that the Dominican is a chief export of each of these products and has some of the best selections you can find anywhere right here on the island as well!

Explore for More!

One of the best parts of moving somewhere new is opening yourself up to a brand new world of wonder and intrigue. The Dominican is the perfect adventure for people from all walks of life and of all activity preferences. Whether you prefer athletic excursions like surfing, hiking, or water skiing, or a slower pace in general, you’ll never run out of different ways to make the most of your time on the island, day after day.

Settle Down With Casa Linda

For over 20 years, Casa Linda has welcomed expats from all over the world to the sunny shores and helped them find their perfect home in paradise. With custom villas available for as low as $185,000 USD, there’s never been a better time to join us on the island. Learn more about our homes, as well as life in paradise, by contacting our team today!

What to Know About Working in the Dominican Republic

What to Know About Working in the Dominican Republic

Are you planning to move to the Dominican Republic and hoping to maintain your ability to work while also enjoy the many perks of living in paradise? Whether you’re an entrepreneur hoping to take advantage of the lower operating costs, as well as the lower cost of living in the Dominican or simply wanting to keep occupied before entering full-time retirement, there are plenty of ways to make the most of the daily hustle and maintain a healthy working life abroad. Below, we’ll discuss some of the basic requirements needed to ensure that you are allowed to legally work in the DR without any complications. Read on to learn more!

Visas

While the Dominican is relatively accessible for foreign workers compared to many other countries, you will still need a business/work visa in order to legally conduct business within the country. There are two types of visas that allow you to do so: one that permits entry for 60 days or multiple entries for a one year period (up to a maximum of two months at a time), or a full- business visa. The latter is typically granted under a fixed-term contract and permits you to have much more freedom to do things like getting a driver’s license, opening a bank account and more. Applying for a visa is relatively straightforward, but you’ll want to ensure you have solid documentation ready to go including proof of your ability to support yourself while in the Dominican.

Residency Permit

In addition to a work visa, you will also need a residency permit. In order to work in the DR for longer than a 2 month period of time, you must obtain a residency permit which gives you the same rights as Dominican citizens under the country’s national Labour Code. A residency permit registers you in the Social Security System and is also how you pay your taxes. A Residency visa can be renewed on a yearly basis for up to 4 years, after which you may apply for permanent residency. The residency process can be somewhat complex to maneuver, but with patience and a little guidance, fulfilling the relevant obligations is straight forward.

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Written Contract of Work

Finally, in order to be hired for work in the DR, your employer must present a written contract of work documenting your contract terms, compensation, grounds for termination, and all other relevant details. This contract must be signed, and two copies must then be filed with the corresponding labour department.

Important to Note:

As you require residency in order to legally work in the Dominican, you will be taxed on your income, with rates coming in at about 15-25% on everything you earn. If you are externally employed this will be withheld and paid by your employers, but if you are self-employed and your income is Dominican-based, you must pay monthly taxes independently to avoid risking fines or a breach of contract. Additionally, your residence grants you the same labour rights as any Dominican citizen, including the right to unionize, strike, bargain, receive a minimum wage, specific health and safety regulations and more. Just like you should back home, it’s important to familiarize yourself with these rights to protect your best interests, and to be aware of them if you are a business owner that intends to hire staff within the Dominican.

Live the Life You’ve Always Wanted in the Dominican Republic

Whether you’re looking to build an empire or grow your savings for retirement, the Dominican Republic and a wonderful place to work and live. Contact Casa Linda today to learn more about relocating and building the perfect home in paradise!

Working in the Dominican Republic:  The Legalities

Working in the Dominican Republic: The Legalities

 

Working in DR

Legalities

Moving to the Dominican Republic is one thing, working here is quite another! Before you embark on the tropical adventure of a lifetime, make sure you acquaint yourself with information on the legalities of working as a foreign national in the Dominican Republic to ensure your transition to your new home goes as smoothly as possible.

 

You need a business (work) visa. There are two types of work visa for the Dominican Republic: one that allows either one entry for 60 days or multiple entries for one year (but only for a maximum of two consecutive months at a time) or a full-on business visa which is issued for up to one year. With the latter, you will likely be on a fixed term contract and this type of visa will enable you to do everything you need including getting a driver’s license and opening a bank account.

 

You also need a residency permit. To work in the Dominican Republic for more than 2 months, you must obtain a temporary residency permit for work purposes. This will give you all of the same rights as Dominican citizens under the national Labour Code and will allow you to be registered under the Social Security System. It will also be the means by which you pay your taxes and access any necessary social services, if needed.  For about getting your residency, please read our post:  Getting Your Dominican Republic Residency.

 

You need a written contract. In order to be hired for work in the Dominican Republic, a written contract must be obtained from your employer which contains the necessary information regarding contract terms, compensation and grounds for termination. The contract must be signed and two copies will be filed with the corresponding Labour Department.

 

You will be taxed. As a resident of the Dominican Republic working in the Dominican Republic, you will be taxed on your income. Depending on your income,you can expect to pay 15 to 25% income tax.on everything you earn. This will be withheld and paid by your employer. If you are self-employed and your income is Dominican-based, you will be required to pay the taxes monthly on your own.

 

You have rights. As we mentioned, working legally in the Dominican Republic entitles you to the same labour rights as Dominicans themselves have, which might surprise some foreign nationals in terms of what this entitles them to. This includes the right to unionize, strike, bargain, to a minimum wage, to limited work hours and to specific health and safety regulations. Take some time familiarize yourself with these rights to avoid having them curtailed or, if you will be a business owner hiring Dominicans,to comply with the laws.

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