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    Default Residencia definitiva - renewal process

    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...

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    Thank you for the information. I was going to become a citizen, but the constant change of the requirements for citizenship will probably cause me to get residencia defenitiva as you did.

    How ridiculous that the satellite office cannot handle everything and that one (or more) trip(s) to Santo Domingo is still needed. What idiots. Perhaps someday they will figure out how to network computers.

    Does not your cedula not have the same expiration date as your residency?

    There was only one place that a cedula for residents be done and that was in Santo Domingo. Did that change?

    At least I was able to renew my residency and get a new cedula the same day the last time I renewed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windeguy View Post
    Does not your cedula not have the same expiration date as your residency?

    There was only one place that a cedula for residents be done and that was in Santo Domingo. Did that change?
    Yep, cedula is expired too but they confirmed I can renew it in Punta Cana and I work just minutes from the Junta Central office. I also have other things to do in SD and want to get the heck out of there as early as possible so I'll just wait til I get back to do it.

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    Interesting. It used to be that the one and only place for cedula renewal was Santo Domingo.
    I wonder if cedulas can also be renewed for residency in Puerto Plata?

    From your description it appears that one trip is needed to Santo Domingo to deposit the request for Residencia Definitiva and another trip to physically pick up the letter granting that permission? Ridiculous. But it is what it is. Then another trip to Santo Domingo is necessary just to get your picture taken and residency card printed at the Migracion office. So a minimum of three trips to Santo Domingo plus getting a new cedula where possible, if I understand correctly.

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    Hi KateP

    I have been checking the JCE website

    http://jce.gob.do/

    I cant't seem to find the page for

    7) Certificación de no antecedentes penales - got this off the JCE website, paid online, piece of cake

    Can you please post the link?

    Thanks

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    It is not on the JCE site, but the procuraduria site

    https://portal.servicios.pgr.gob.do/

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    Paid on-line, so I assume one needs a credit card.
    No option to pay at BanReserve?

    Not happy about that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SantiagoDR View Post
    Paid on-line, so I assume one needs a credit card.
    No option to pay at BanReserve?

    Not happy about that!
    You can pay at Banreserva and just put the number on the receipt in. I did exactly that a few weeks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Friendly View Post
    Hi KateP

    I have been checking the JCE website

    http://jce.gob.do/

    I cant't seem to find the page for

    7) Certificación de no antecedentes penales - got this off the JCE website, paid online, piece of cake

    Can you please post the link?

    Thanks
    Sorry bout that. Matilda's right.

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    Another silly question (Nothing is silly dealing with the D.R. government, it´s all normal).

    When you say

    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
    Did you just upload ONE(1) copy or three?
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