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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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    Quote Originally Posted by KateP View Post
    I was asked a while back to give an update when I finally applied for my residencia definitiva, so here it is.

    First off, to qualify for the definitiva you have to have had your residencia permanente for at least 10 years. Secondly, you have to request the change of category, it doesn't happen automatically. I had to write up a letter for the Director General de Migración asking for a change of migratory category from permanente to definitiva and I was lucky enough that the Punta Cana office was willing to send it to Santo Domingo so I didn't have to do the trip. While my request was being processed, instructions apparently came through that satellite office could no longer do this so I would guess people now need to deposit the letter in Santo Domingo and pick up the confirmation a few weeks later. Took a while for mine to come back so by the time it did, I was already expired (but at least it saved me 2 extra trips to SD).

    After creating an account, I uploaded the following documents to their system and 2 days letter got a message back saying I could deposit the originals at the Punta Cana office:

    1) 3 copies of my passport picture page
    2) Original + 3 copies of my residency card
    3) 3 copies of my cedula
    4) Original + 2 copies of the confirmation letter from the Director de Migración
    5) 3 copies of my car matricula (this is the proof of solvency, other options are accepted such as bank statement, property title, guarantor, etc)
    6) Pictures front and right side
    7) Certificación de no antecedentes penales - got this off the JCE website, paid online, piece of cake

    No medical and no insurance in case of deportation so at least it does get a bit simpler the longer you're here.

    Yesterday I went to deposit the documents and everything was in order but ended up withdrawing the documents to go do it in Santo Domingo after all. Normal process is you upload, a few days later you can deposit, 3-4 business days later you get the bill that you go pay at the office in cash then about 8 days later you have to go to Santo Domingo on the stipulated date and time to get picture and prints done and withdraw your card. I was not going to be able to go to Santo Domingo by then due to my job (if you don't go, they charge you a penalty and reprogram you) so the assistant told me that since I already had the go-ahead to deposit, I could simply take the paperwork to Santo Domingo and get all that done (deposit, pay and get card) in one day with the 1,000 pesos VIP payment. So I'll be heading down to the wonderful capital in a few days to hopefully complete the process then I'll renew my cedula when I'm back in Punta Cana and driver's licence in January when it expires. At least then I'll be good for a few years...
    Sorry if I'm being dense, but I've waded through all these posts and cannot find the link for the online application form. I've created an account here: https://portal.servicios.pgr.gob.do/ but still can't see anything about residency renewal. Help, please! Am I in the wrong place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    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
    Which lawyer do you use & from where and appx cost William

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