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!


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!

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!