New from July, 2012:
You should apply for temporary or permanent residence in the Dominican consulate
in your country of origin. Until now it was possible to apply in
Santo Domingo: this has changed.
Caribation customers who purchase property in the Dominican
Republic want to obtain a status of a legal resident in our country.
The procedure is complicated and it usually takes about then one year to complete.
(You certainly may continue living in the house you have purchased in the meantime).
Caribation has complied here the documents required for both Temporary
and Permanent Residence status:
Temporary (Provisional) Residence
Address: Department of Migration (Extranjería)
Av. George Washington (Malecón, a boulevard along the sea)
Centro de los Heroes, Santo Domingo.
Tel. 809 508-2555 Ext. 246
Office hours: Monday to Friday from 8 to 3 pm
Depositing of documents closes: 2 pm
Processing time: three to six months.
The application for Temporary Residence is submitted to the Dominican Migration Department.
Once granted, it will be valid for one year. It will entitle you to live and work legally
in the Dominican Republic. You won't be required to purchase a tourist card to enter the country.
After one year, you will renew your temporary permit for one more year, which is will be easier then
the first-time application. After five years as a temporary you will be able to change your
status to permanent.
Tell us your experience while applying for the residence:
Documents required to become legal resident
The following documents need to be submitted to the Department of Migration
when applying for the Temporary Residence:
Application for Temporary Residence Form
The original and three copies required.
The certificate as well as all other non-spanish documents must be translated into Spanish
by professional translator and legalized first in the Dominican consulate abroad and
then at the Legalization Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Santo Domingo
and the Attorney General’s Office.
Proof of Financial Solvency.
These can include:
All these documents need to be issued by institutions domiciled in the DR.
Foreign properties or bank accounts are not considered. Required are the
original and three copies of each document.
- A property title, issued by the Title Registrar Office
- emploment contract
- certificate of deposit in a Dominican bank
- bank account statement from a Dominican bank
- car ownership title
Four 2” x 2” frontal photos of the applicant’s face
and two 2” x 2” profile photos.
Letter of Sponsorship
Should be signed by a Dominican citizen or a foreign legal resident in the DR.
The guarantor assumes responsibility for any expenses the beneficiary may
incur, including the the costs of deportation should this become necessary.
Thel Letter of Sponsorship needs to be signed before a Dominican notary public and legalized by
the Attorney General’s Office. An original and three photocopies are required.
Additionally, if the guarantor is not the parent or spouse of the applicant,
an affidavit on the solvency of the guarantor, signed by himself and two witnesses
and duly legalized by a notary public are necessary.
Also required: a copy of the ID (cedula) of the Notary Public that procured the
legalization of the guarantor letter and the sworn statements (affidavits).
Results of a physical health examination, including a general physical, blood test (VDRL),
a chest x-ray and a HIV test, all performed by a medical professional appointed by
the Department of Migration. (The tests are made in the same building where
you deposit the paperwork. Updated in May 2012).
Certificate of Good Conduct (no criminal record).
The certificate must be issued by the Police or Justice authority of your country of origin.
Three copies and the original must be deposited. The certificate must be translated into Spanisch
and legalized by a Dominican consulate abroad and then again by the Exterior Ministry
in Santo Domingo.
Did you buy Real Estate through Caribation recently?
Our lawyers would be glad to assist you with obtaining the Resident Status.
The first interview is always free to Caribation customers and
legal fees are low.
This list above might probably not yet be complete in your case. Below, some other
documents you might be required to present, depending on your personal circumstances
Only necessary if both spouses are applying for the residence visa.
The document needs to be translated into Spanish by a legal interpreter
and legalized at the Legalization Department of the Ministry of
Foreign Relations or the Attorney General’s Office.
The original and three copies need to be deposited.
If the couple was married in the Dominican Republic, a copy of the marriage act needs to be
legalized at the Central Electoral Board (JCE). The applicant needs to also include a
photocopy of the identification card (cedula) of the Dominican spouse and if the spouse is
a legal resident, a copy of the permanent residence card or cedula of the foreigner.
If the applicant is a child of Dominican parents, he should include a copy of
the cedula and marriage act of the parents. The marriage act needs to be legalized at
the Ministry of Foreign Relations and the Attorney General’s Office.
If the person is a child of a legal resident, a copy of the Dominican permanent
residence should be included, foreigner'd ID (cedula) and marriage certificate of the parents.
The marriage certificate needs to be legalized at the Ministry of Foreign Relations Legalization
Department or the Attorney General’s Office. If the applicant's parents were married abroad,
the marriage act needs to be legalized by the Dominican consulate in the applicant's foreign jurisdiction.
Work Contract. Applies if already employed. Original and three copies.