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    Default Fast track residency for retiree

    What kind of a price range can I expect to pay a lawyer for the fast track residency program for retirees? That is the one that goes straight to permanent residency. What I am looking for is the approximate price that has been paid by retirees. I want to know if the price I am being quoted is fair... app $2500US.

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    You can do the entire process yourself, but if you do not speak Spanish, I'd recommend against it.

    You will hear some say that $2500 is too much and others like me will say that amount is about right and in keeping with what some of us have paid. More people choose to follow the provisional residency route as the permanent residency does require some extra steps and a recommendation from the Dominican Foreign Affairs Dept.

    A lawyer to do all of this for you is well worth the $$$ just for saving you the aggravation of having to deal with the inefficient and often inconsistent govt bureaucracy.

    My recommendation, if you have the money, pay it. The process still takes an inordinate amount of time but at least you can spend it worrying about other things and not paperwork.

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    some people enjoy the annual trip to Sto Domingo for 4 yrs running to keep renewing the temporary

    others will pay to avoid that ...

    how much is too much......
    add up 4 yrs of renewal expenses to start with

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    some people enjoy the annual trip to Sto Domingo for 4 yrs running to keep renewing the temporary

    others will pay to avoid that ...

    how much is too much......
    add up 4 yrs of renewal expenses to start with
    What does getting the fast track initial residency have to do with not renewing every four years?

    Does it just cut out having to go from provisional residency that is only good for two years to four year permanent residency renewals?

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    my understanding is that the 'Retiree' program jumps to you to Permanent Residency

    thereby avoiding the 4 yr waiting/renewal period of the hoi polloi....

    I may be wrong....

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    OR, you can just overstay your visa, stay as long as you want, and pay NOTHING!!!!!
    No paperwork, no wasted time, no lawyer, and Dominican idiots to deal with!!!!!
    CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC

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    This is my understanding as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tashi Siu's Dad View Post
    Just started the process myself and returned only this week from the Dominican Consulate in New Orleans. Had to take a "boat load" of Apostiled documents (Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Proof of no Criminal Record, Income and retirement income information and Financial documents--Bank Statements, etc.) to the Consulate to have translated and emailed to the Immigration Office in Santo Domingo for approval. Once approved, the Vice Consul (a very personable Ms. Martinez) will issue the Visas with our submitted Passports via Fed Ex and then when we arrive in-country, we'll begin the local process through our attorney in Bavaro. You can do it by mail (Fed Ex), but as it turned-out, we didn't need all the documents that we brought with us. If you email your local Consulate, they will return email you a check-list to assemble your documents, etc. Be sure your current passport has enough time left on it for the process to occur. Total cost for the two of us at the Consulate was $600 US including the translations.
    I have started the process when I was in Canada and I have all my papers with me which is the process you describe. I was looking for price range for getting the permanent residency once you are in the DR.

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    Depends on how bad your lawyer wants to SCREW YOU!!!!
    I was quoted $4,500 US for citizenship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Criss Colon View Post
    Depends on how bad your lawyer wants to SCREW YOU!!!!
    I was quoted $4,500 US for citizenship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Call me stupid if you want, but I just want to be in the country legally, drive legally and be covered by my car insurance. Living in this country is not easy to start with I dont want to complicate things by not being "legal". Yes it may cost some money, part of the price for living in "Paradise". I dont necessarily enjoy overpaying so I agree $4500 is more than I would be comfortable with. Thanks for sharing the quote you received. Any others?

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