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!

Your Health Matters: Medical Care in the Dominican Republic

Your Health Matters: Medical Care in the Dominican Republic

Are you planning to retire in the Dominican Republic in the coming future and feeling a little confused while researching some key details? Casa Linda is here to help! As a trusted builder on the northern end of the island, we’ve welcomed countless expats to our beautiful shores and helped them embrace the “life tranquilo” (laid back and easy going) here in the Dominican Republic. We know that moving abroad is a big decision, and our team is always here to support you in achieving your dream slice of paradise! Below we’ll talk about one of the most important aspects for any relocating couple to consider before moving abroad: healthcare. Read on to learn more!

Dispelling the “Rumours”

If you’re under the impression that the Dominican Republic has subpar healthcare due to it being a smaller country, you couldn’t be more wrong. In reality, healthcare in the Dominican Republic has seen vast improvements and expansion since 2001, and now has a world-class system that is carefully designed to provide optimal service at costs that make coverage accessible to everyone. Since introducing the reformed system several years ago, the country has garnered a reputation for leading medical care across the globe and has several state of the art facilities dedicated to advance care with service available in English and Spanish. Not only is the Dominican leaps and bounds ahead of other Caribbean countries in terms of the quality of care offered, but shorter wait times and lower costs overall mean that residents have peace of mind here where it counts the most.

Insurance You Can Rely On

In addition to having one the most advanced medical systems in the Caribbeans, the Dominican’s readily accessible healthcare insurance is designed to make coverage straightforward and affordable. There are several types of plans available to choose from and the average cost of an advanced plan ranges from approximately $700 to $1500 USD annually (per couple). Plans cover doctor’s visits, hospital stays, in-hospital medicines, dental procedures, ambulance services, etc. and can be purchased on a yearly or quarterly basis, making them the perfect choice for part-time residents as well as those looking to make a permanent move.

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Local Hospitals

As we mentioned above, the Dominican has exceptional facilities for care, including dedicated services for a wide range of specialists, surgeries, MRIs and more. With multiple facilities located within a 30-60 minute radius of Casa Linda, you can have peace of mind knowing that the help you need is always close by.

Medicine

For those concerned about current prescriptions, you’ll be happy to know that doctors prescribe the same as other places in the world, and local pharmacists are well trained and able to advise on health issues and medicines. If you don’t speak Spanish, you’ll still be able to receive service at many pharmacies and generally speaking there is typically little difficulty keeping up with your usual prescription.

Relax in Paradise

The World Health Organization ranks the Dominican Republic healthcare system within their top 100 systems worldwide, meaning that your quality of life is never a point of concern while you adapt to life in paradise. For those looking to take the leap and enjoy safe living in the Caribbean, there couldn’t be a better fit than the Dominican Republic.

Are you ready to discover life in the sun? Contact Casa Linda today to learn how you can get started building your dream home!

There’s No Place Like Home In The Dominican Republic!

There’s No Place Like Home In The Dominican Republic!

Are you ready to start a new chapter in your life that’s full of rest and relaxation? If you’ve been eyeing tropical destinations to escape to for the longterm, the Dominican Republic is the perfect place to call home. Ideal for retirees looking for a safe and stable place to settle down, as well as for investors looking to build their portfolio and everyone in between, the DR has plenty to explore. Learn more about creating your dream life in paradise with a custom villa by Casa Linda below!

Paradise Is Calling

Tired of long winters spent shovelling, dealing with icy roads, and crossing your fingers for a decent summer? You don’t have to spend your days waiting for exceptional weather in the Dominican! With year-round average temperatures registering at 87 degrees Fahrenheit, you’ll never have to worry about another snow day, and will have over 200 days of sun to enjoy! The North portion of the island, where Casa Linda builds is hurricane-free, and keeps you sheltered from most in-climate weather, meaning you can relax and enjoy in comfort. Other amazing reasons to call the Dominican home include:

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Peace of Mind

The Dominican Republic is safe to live and is ranked 71st internationally, above other common destinations, such as Mexico, Cuba, Belize, The Bahamas, and more. With standard precautions in place, you can rest easy in paradise.

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World Class Healthcare

One of the most significant reasons the DR attracts so many long term residents and ex-pats each year is the

A large reason the DR stands apart as a preferred locale for ex-pats is the quality of medical care available. With state of the art facilities and highly qualified professionals from all over the world available (often with significantly shorter wait times) with service in English, you’ll always be in capable hands.

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Dependable Infrastructure

With a stable economy and advanced infrastructure that gives you easy access to high-speed internet, round the clock electricity, and many of your favorite brands readily available, you’ll find that the Dominican is just like home…only better!

Discover Your Life of Luxury With Casa Linda

As a leading builder on the island for nearly 30 years, Residential Casa Linda is proud to offer our homeowners access to our vibrant community as well as our breathtaking villas. Casa Linda’s gated community makes it easy to feel safe and secure as you get used to life on the island, as well as the opportunity to meet your fellow homeowners, partake in regular activities, and experience your life in paradise to the fullest!

If you’re ready to make your dream of island life a reality, contact Casa Linda today to learn more!