1st step – decision to move
In the past few years, the Dominican Republic has become a home for larger amounts of foreign investors or entire families who come here from abroad.
What are the main reasons for choosing the Dominican Republic?
Very stable economy
Unlimited business opportunities in industrial production, services, tourism, exports, and imports
Beautiful tropical weather all year round
Variable and in many places still beautiful virgin nature
Friendly and helpful local people
2nd step – Prepare documents to submit your application
What documents are needed to submit your application for a Dominican residence and work permit?
Medical examinations (it must be done here in Santo Domingo by immigration doctors)
Full copy (all pages) of your passport
Three sets of your photos (front and side)
Notarized, officially translated into Spanish and legalized birth certificate
Dominican citizen required by local authorities as a personal guarantee for your application
Postal address in Dominican Republic
3rd step – Immigration process
It is highly recommended to start the process as soon as you reach the country and settle in as you can begin your immigration during the tourist visa. The first step is to visit the Immigration Service with all application papers, you will pass the medical exams (blood test and X-ray). Upon acceptance of your file with the Immigration Office, you will receive a four-digit registration number (which is the number of your file in the Dominican Immigration System) and based on this number you can immediately start working or doing business in the Dominican Republic because you are officially considered a person pending their application.
Tip! It is better to bring a Spanish speaking person, the staff of the Immigration Office is very nice and usually, they can speak English to you, but with Spanish, you will speed things up.
4th step – Establishment in a new country
Now you have time to get used to it and make yourself comfortable in your new home.
Because the Dominican Republic is an island, it has its problems: reliable power or water supply has not yet been reached. When renting or buying an apartment or a house, always ask for your alternative sources: Planta (gas generator), Inversor (emergency power in batteries – such as UPS) and Tinaco (water tank on top of the building). When the power goes out for 2-3 hours, it’s good to have at least one backup for the base to work (light, fridge, TV, etc.).
Tip! Find a local to help with apartment or home ads for better prices.
5th step – Company
The time to complete your residence process ranges from 3-4 months from the time you submit your application. You can use this time to open a Dominican local company with a bank account, obtain the necessary licenses for a special kind of business, such as import or export of medicines or other controlled products by the state.
What do you need to open a company with a bank account?
Under the new Dominican Republic company law, 2 persons as owners of the company (before there had to be seven persons)
Copy of your passport or new Dominican ID “cedula”
Postal address in Dominican Republic for your company
6th step – Naturalization (citizenship)
You live in a new environment and culture, you have a new life, a company, and new experiences. You fell in love with the Dominican Republic and you want to become a citizen with full rights and benefits of this country?
You can normally apply for Dominican citizenship after two years of obtaining the permanent residence permit in the country, but the major advantage is that you do not always have to be physically in the country. There are also some exceptions identified by the Dominican authorities, for example in the case of foreign investors, when you can apply for Dominican citizenship practically after a year.
What do you get with citizenship?
Full citizenship and not just so-called “economic” citizenship offered in most Caribbean and Central American countries
Same rights as the native Dominican with only one exception – you cannot be elected president of the country
Free travel visa for, for example, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Uruguay, Argentina, Honduras, Peru, Ecuador, and others
Your Dominican identity card “cédula de identidad” will be replaced by a new one, just like any native Dominican
New Dominican birth certificate
Your Dominican travel passport
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Does it look like a difficult process for you? But in fact, it is really easy, all you have to do is trust to professionals, which will be happy to assist you with every single step, any advice or help that you will need.