Expat Life In Cabarete

Expat Life In Cabarete

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The Dominican Republic is known for its beaches, sand, food and cigars! It is also becoming a second home for many ex-pats, whether retired, entrepreneurs or young adventurers looking for different work opportunities. Here are some options if you’re considering working in the Dominican Republic.

Teaching

There are several international schools in the DR, most of which don’t necessarily require a teaching qualification. Several ex-pats hold teaching positions in Santa Domingo, Santiago and Las Terrenas. You can also find schools in Sosua, Puerto Plata and Punta Cana. There will be access to a school wherever you decide to live in the DR. 

Call Centre

Many call centres hire native English speakers and provide significant benefits as well. A call centre agent can likely find a job anywhere in the DR as these jobs are easy to find all over the country. It might not be the best paying job, but it is an option if need be.

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Own Business

Owning a business is quite common with ex-pats in the Dominican Republic. You can open a restaurant, bar, tourist agency; you name it. The great aspect about the Dominican market is that it provides services to tourists all year round. Every month of the year, you will find tourists looking for places to stay, eat and drink. 

Obtaining a Visa

When applying for jobs in the Dominican Republic, one thing to keep in mind is making sure you have your visa paperwork in place. You can either get a visa that will allow you to remain in the country for 60 days or apply for the option of a full business visa that will allow you to stay in the country for a year. In order to apply for the business visa, you will have to show a work contract beforehand. Obtaining a business visa will enable you to get your driver’s license and possibly open a bank account if you want. 

If you’re planning to work in the DR for more than two months, you must obtain a temporary residency permit. This enables you to work under the national Labor Code and register in the DR’s Social Security System. 

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Working in the Dominican Republic

Working in the Dominican Republic

Your Perfect Villa

is waiting for you at casa linda

The Dominican Republic is known for its beaches, sand, food and cigars! It is also becoming a second home for many ex-pats, whether retired, entrepreneurs or young adventurers looking for different work opportunities. Here are some options if you’re considering working in the Dominican Republic.

Teaching

There are several international schools in the DR, most of which don’t necessarily require a teaching qualification. Several ex-pats hold teaching positions in Santa Domingo, Santiago and Las Terrenas. You can also find schools in Sosua, Puerto Plata and Punta Cana. There will be access to a school wherever you decide to live in the DR. 

Call Centre

Many call centres hire native English speakers and provide significant benefits as well. A call centre agent can likely find a job anywhere in the DR as these jobs are easy to find all over the country. It might not be the best paying job, but it is an option if need be.

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Own Business

Owning a business is quite common with ex-pats in the Dominican Republic. You can open a restaurant, bar, tourist agency; you name it. The great aspect about the Dominican market is that it provides services to tourists all year round. Every month of the year, you will find tourists looking for places to stay, eat and drink. 

Obtaining a Visa

When applying for jobs in the Dominican Republic, one thing to keep in mind is making sure you have your visa paperwork in place. You can either get a visa that will allow you to remain in the country for 60 days or apply for the option of a full business visa that will allow you to stay in the country for a year. In order to apply for the business visa, you will have to show a work contract beforehand. Obtaining a business visa will enable you to get your driver’s license and possibly open a bank account if you want. 

If you’re planning to work in the DR for more than two months, you must obtain a temporary residency permit. This enables you to work under the national Labor Code and register in the DR’s Social Security System. 

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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!