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.
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.
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