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    45 days in advance is my understanding.

    I usually complete the paperwork w/ my lawyer in advance and she deposits when the time line arrives.

    Doing exactly this now for my wife.
    Paperwork done in April, filing was done June 3.
    Advance work is letter, photos, passport copies , etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda Stapleton View Post
    I'm sorry if anyone has already answered this, but I couldn't see it. Is there maximum time that you can deposit the request letter ahead of the 45 days for the residency renewal? I'm going to be traveling in the middle of all of this and it would be good to get the letter in well ahead of time if it can take two months to get a reply.
    I sent in my letter for permission of getting the Residencia Definitiva 2 months before the 45 days (3 1/2 months before expiration of residencia). Got my approval 45 days before expiration.
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    Thank you, both. Very helpful.

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    Linda... the 45 days is for regular residency -- Definitiva might be different
    Sorry to confuse the two

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    Linda... the 45 days is for regular residency -- Definitiva might be different
    Sorry to confuse the two
    45 days also for Residencia Definitiva.

    She was asking about how long before expiraration can she request the approval for Residencia Definitiva.

    I applied for permission 3 1/2 months prior.

    It takes about 2 months to get approval letter back, so start early.
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    3 1/2 months -- cannot submit that early for regular renewal -- says my lawyer

    45 days prior to expiry is what she does

    No starting earlier than 45 in my regular case

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    Thank you, all, you didn't confuse me, William. Yes, the letter asking for approval to change from permanent to definativa has to be deposited in good time to get the permission back to apply online for the residency renewal (whatever type) 45 days in advance of its expiry.

    I wasn't sure if there was a time condition on the letter, but this has answered my question, thanks. I will deposit it two months in advance of the 45 days, hoping that by then they will still accept it in Puerto Plata. I'm looking at around mid-August, so I will keep you all posted, also on the passport expiration issue, which could be a stumbling block, but hoping that this is another obstacle we can get round :-)

    Does anyone know if the online application can be started and saved ahead of time, or does it all have to be done in one hit at the 45 days? I know a friend had some problems with this but I wondered if anyone had tried lately.

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    hahaha

    It confused me but I think I have it straight now.

    Next time for me - Definitely definitiva

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