We have literally had hundreds of questions submitted about residency, citizenship and 2nd passports in the Dominican Republic. The interest in this topic is totally understandable. As doors close around the globe for 2nd passports, one from a stable, democratic country only a couple hours away from the shores of the U.S. are particularly attractive.
In this first video, I would like to introduce you to one of our leading immigration attorneys at the Guzman Ariza law firm. She will also tell you a little about the law firm which is one of the largest and most prestigious in the Dominican Republic. You would expect that dealing with one of the premier law firms in the country would be more expensive, however we have found just the opposite in our many years of working with this firm. In fact, the firm has agreed to provide residency services to our DR Escapes readers on a fixed rate which is up to $700 less than fees for comparable services by other immigration specialists.
That said, there is a lot of confusion about exactly how the process works. The purpose of this article is to give you a very general overview of what residency programs are available.
These programs change frequently and the information included here is only a general guideline. Your immigration attorney understands all the latest rules and regulations and will steer you in the most optimal direction.
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The shortest process, by the time you have delays in government acceptance and mandated wait times, etc, is about 24 months, realistically. The longest is about 8 or 9 years if you go through slow naturalization process. There are several options in between.
The good news for those of you who do not want to actually live in the DR full time throughout the residency and citizenship process…. You don’t have to. You can come over (even on your trip down for the DYD tour with some advance planning) and start the process. You will need to bring some documents with you and meet with the attorneys while you are down here so they can give you a clear idea of exactly what will happen, and when. Then, when your residency (provisional or permanent) is approved you will need to be in the country again for a few days, in the capital, in person to get your government ID card (cedula) and to start the clock running. Depending on the residency path you take, you may need to be more actively involved in the DR, and many of you will want to move down during this time to get your home away from home established.
But before I get into the various residency programs, I need to tell you what is not available in the DR. There is no legal PURE economic passport program where you just pay a lump sum of money up front and have them hand you a passport. There are a few places in the world that do that… with the cost running up to $350,000 out of pocket to make it happen. Those passports tend to have somewhat questionable value, but they are certainly for sale in some countries. Not in the DR though. They actually care about who they issue citizenship and passports to and make you jump through some hoops and clear various screening.
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OK, now a general overview of the various residency programs by one of our immigration attorneys. This is just a generalized overview and you will be able to dig into the details on you free consultation.
Your next question should be about the logistics. Exactly what is involved and how cumbersome is the process. In this next video, the attorney discusses the concierge service offered by the law firm that assures all of our DR Escapes readers that they will receive expedited service with minimal hassle.
Finally, in this next video the attorney explains that the residency and citizenship process in the Dominican Republic is a dynamic process. If, during your application for permanent residency you choose to switch over to one of the expedited programs you will probably be able to make a switch midstream. Same goes for you selection of an immigration specialist. That can be changed midstream too if you should choose for whatever reason.
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SUMMARY OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PASSPORT PROCESS
Well that is the 50,000 foot view of the DR residency programs and the path to an ultimate second passport. There are many details and specific documents that are required at specific times in the process. Your immigration lawyer will lead you step by step through the process, handle translations and coordinate and accompany you to any required government meetings.
If you would like to explore the details and try to prepare yourself to meet the immigration lawyer during your DYD tour, or on a future trip down, you need to click on the banner above. We teamed up with an immigration attorney in a major Dominican law firm that specializes in fast-tracking our expats. The fees and costs provided by your attorney during your Free initial consultation are strictly the firm’s fees and direct government charges. These fees and costs are not marked up in any way by DRescapes.