Notice to all expats in the dr!!!
I highly recommend that those that have yet to carry out their residency in the DR to do so sooner.
There's a new regulation being programmed for the non-residents and temporary residents, which will make the whole thing costlier and harder for some.
Not only that, but if you're a permanent resident, apply for the DR citizenship as well!
The new measure will seek to control certain aspects of the social/political abilities and certain rights for these sectors.
That's to say that social/political activism while not a Dominican citizen can buy you a ticket to deportation/removal under the new guidelines being worked by the Interior y Policia/Immigration/Relaciones Exteriores.
There will be new requirements to the list of needs to be a DR citizen/permanent resident. The bar will be set higher according to 200% to as much as 500% the living standards, based on 5 minimum wages from the highest salaried sector of the country.
A lot of things will get more restrictive for those not on the permanent resident program and even more for those not naturalized citizens...
I am sure b*t*h**g about the corrupt government is not a political activity
I'm trying to understand the proposed/new changes in residency requirements.
It seems like yesterday the DR fast-tracked a residency "fast track" to compete with other LA countries to attract retirees. That made economic sense.
Now it appears the gubmint is erecting "Not Welcome" signs.
In a country desperate for foreign cash it just doesn't make sense.
PICHARDO, what is the rationale?
PICHARDO, can you be more specific about what you believe will be different for those who already have permanent residence?
Originally Posted by PICHARDO
When it comes to finding $$$, yes. It's usually obvious.
Originally Posted by Derfish
Originally Posted by cobraboy
There's a problem with the "quality" of some expats coming to the DR...
Apart from that, there's also a problem of special interest groups from the outside, aiming to provoke social unrest to pursue their interests in the country from a political perspective.
We have seen a greater move from "passive" NGOs and groups/individuals to "active" elements in certain sectors "inside" the country where before there were none. We had located and "removed" certain anarchist elements, that sough to disrupt the mining industry from well positioned interests outside the country.
Others have used the DR's open for all welcoming process to engage into scams and criminal enterprise, some of which is dedicated to sex exploitation of minors.
Then some other sectors of the expat community newcomer, is one that met the basic minimums set forth, but have since fallen victim to the economic problems faced in their home countries, which have relegated them into the low middle class sector of the DR and thus exposing them to certain vulnerabilities that also prey upon the sector. That's due to the fact that some had to move from middle/high sectors to low middle/low income areas thereby exposing themselves to new sources of dangers uncommon to them and criminal elements that make them more vulnerable victims of chance.
It's not that the DR will no longer seek to attract retirees, but the economic quality of those seeking to settle in the DR will be faced with a higher bar of minimum requirements.
Another priority that will be introduced is that for highly skilled workers, from different industry sectors. The DR will be looking to attract entrepreneurs and industrial start-ups, with all the conveniences it can afford for their move to the country.
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Originally Posted by Ken
Can't! But it's to be drastic!
Other countries offering 'fast track' residency stipulate pretty high economic standards/net worth/investment.
Bahamas used to take you straight in if you purchased a several hundred thousand property ( I forget the exact amount - $500k? )
Even the US gives you a visa for investment - again $500k minimum, i Think..
RD was notoriously weak in that bracket.
Personally, I put $5k in the bank to qualify and kept the zeros elsewhere.
That was all it took.
I agree the qualifications should be stiffened. Whether it will be efffective is the question.
What if your country of birth does not have a Dominican Consulate to apply for a Residency Visa?
Oh well that means less tourist $$$ for the North Coast this will deter people from coming here that means less rents paid less fuel bought less food etc etc.