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    Default Now Everyone Needs a Residency VISA

    June 8, 2012 By Dr. Ramon Alburquerque
    The New Dominican Immigration Regulation requires for EVERYONE that wants to get a Residency Permit in Dominican Republic to get a Residence Visa. This is for EVERY FOREIGNER, EVEN if you do not require a visa to enter Dominican Republic. From now on YOU ARE NOT able to apply for residency if you are in Dominican Republic with a Tourist Card. So if you want to live here, apply for a Residency Visa in your country at your Nearest Dominican Consulate. If you are already here, you must go back to your country and apply at the Dominican Consulate. Some lawyers might not know what I’ve just explained, but it’s because this part of the New Immigration Regulation has only come into execution last friday. So now you must get a residency visa in your nearst Dominican Consulate, and your lawyer takes care of getting you your residency permit in Dominican Republic. check link for more: June 2012 Archives -http://immigrationexpertsdr.com/2012/06/

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    That is a law that seems to make no sense at all. But then, this is the DR. Can anyone see a motivating reason that the law was changed in this manner?

    Here is a list of Dominican Consulates in the US.

    Embassy of the Dominican Republic, in the United States

    Since I was last in the San Francisco Bay area I would have had to go to Glendale to apply. That is a distance of 351 miles and a 6 hour one way drive on a good day. Then I can only imagine how smoothly things would go at that office.

    Stupid is as stupid does.

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    Does anyone believe that Dominican lawyers are not going to find some way around this for their clients?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    Does anyone believe that Dominican lawyers are not going to find some way around this for their clients?
    Yes that does go without saying. But someone in the US would not necessarily know of that work around and could be discouraged from starting the process.

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    And it says also:

    "...So apply for your Residence Visa, or you wont be able to get your residency permit, and if you over stay your tourist card period, then it gets a bit complicated, because if you leave DR, you will need a special permit to come back."

    So everybody leaving after staying to long will be treated like a deported alien?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    Does anyone believe that Dominican lawyers are not going to find some way around this for their clients?
    They probably will find a way, but how much extra would that cost?

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    Impossible. This country depends too much on tourism to be so strict. That they need to tighten up on their measures, fine. But to tighten up to the point of taking the risk of losing income from tourism, that just stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KateP View Post
    Impossible. This country depends too much on tourism to be so strict. That they need to tighten up on their measures, fine. But to tighten up to the point of taking the risk of losing income from tourism, that just stupid.
    This is not pointed at tourists, it is aiming at people who want to stay here illegally. Which regular tourist would stay for more than 30 days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mido View Post
    This is not pointed at tourists, it is aiming at people who want to stay here illegally. Which regular tourist would stay for more than 30 days?
    Many snowbirds... and the amount of people staying over the winter is increasing, at least in the east.

    Not to mention all those currently living here "illegally"...

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    Half of Costambar over stays their tourist card every season... they pay a penalty when they leave, I can't believe the government will give that up if people want to pay the penalty

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