It’s me again, DanDannyDaniel coming at you from Beautiful Sunny Dominican Republic – where every day is like the vacation you’ve always dreamed of!
I promised you the step-by-step outline for Residency and eventual Dual Citizenship in the DR and I’m the last one that wants to disappoint! Without further ado…..
Three Steps to Citizenship and a Passport
Step 1. Provisional Residency
a. Medical Exam
1. Must be taken inside the DR
2. By a Medical Doctor
3. At the Department of Immigration
a. Urine Sample >
b. Blood Sample > (looking for Aids, Illegal Drugs, and T.B with these 3 tests)
c. Chest Ex-ray >
d. Have you had surgery in the past 5 years?
e. What prescription Meds are you on?
f. Various and sundry other medical questions may be asked.
b. Department of Residency Application filed
1. Copies of current passport needed
2. Certified or original copies of your Birth Certificate needed (be sure to make copies, originals will not be returned)
3. Police letter of good conduct from your local Police Department (easier for some than others! ;o))
4. Proof of Economic solvency in the amount of $500,000 Pesos Dominican (about $15,000US at this writing)
a. Can be cash
b. Real Estate purchase
c. Business Investment
d. Utilization of a locally Incorporated Company
5. Interpol background check by National Police (Uh-oh, look out James Bond)
c. Once Residency Application is filed you may expect to obtain your Initial Provisional Residency Card and your Initial Cedula (ID) Card within 60-90 days – both these cards are valid for one year.
d. Now you have all rights to live, work and citizenship except voting
e. This also starts the clock ticking for eventual citizenship
2. Permanent Residency
a. After the original one year time frame for the Provisional Residency has passed, the above process is Repeated Once Again Exactly as Explained
b. The purpose is to renew the above. Renewing then changes the status to Permanent residency
1. Your 2nd Residency Card is valid for two years
2. Your 2nd Cedula Card is valid for six years
c. The reason for this duplication is because the Dominican government wants to see that all applicants have demonstrated they are law-abiding citizens.
3. Becoming a Citizen (and gaining a 2nd Passport)
a. After the above Permanent Residency Status is completed, Application for Naturalization is deposited
b. This takes about 5 months
c. Find a competent attorney – this is my disclaimer here…you will need a Dominican attorney – we can make recommendations for you.
d. You must make yourself available for a brief interview
1. This happens 2-3 months after your Application for Naturalization is deposited.
2. You must demonstrate some knowledge of the country and basic historical facts…such as…..
a. Major cities
c. Founding Fathers (I’m not one of them though I do consider myself somewhat of a pioneer)
d. Date constitution was Signed
3. Swearing in Ceremony
a. Usually the Chief of National Police or the Vice President, whomever is available– though the President will actually sign your papers
b. Held Monthly
4. Once this is completed you may apply for your new Passport (takes one day!)
5. Also apply for a new Cedula Card as a citizen (usually about 45 days)
OK, that’s it. Bienvendo, welcome, glad to have ya! Now, let’s buy and sell some Real Estate!
All my best to all of you. I hope you will visit soon and enjoy our little piece of DR Paradise!