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    Need Residency Visa Help!


    I am an American citizen and have been traveling to DR for the past year and a half about a dozen times. I have an apartment with my wife in Santiago and she is six months pregnant with our daughter. (my wife is Dominican and we were married on 3/3/2018) For the FBI background check I have multiple felonies from over 10 years ago that were really nothing but look really bad on paper (fake id in college is felony conviction for ID fraud) plus numerous other charges.


    Should I apply for the residency visa and risk getting denied? If I do get denied will they then not allow me in the country?


    Should I wait until I have lived here for 5 years and then apply because the background check will then need to come from dominican republic and not show anything?


    If the first part of the visa gets approved then could I get denied during the second part?


    Any help would be appreciated.

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    An interpol check will apply....old rules have changed marriage and residency ..your best bet apply for pardon we have it in Canada takes 1 yr about , don’t know American system ...other problem is a charge will always show but pardon or withdrawn charge won’t .. talk to good lawyer here pay few peso for his opinion ,not first time they seen this , be honest show record if you have ..

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    You definitely would need a good immigration lawyer for this... a very good one actually.

    A home country background check is always required for residency process if I understand it correctly.

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    RH is right. You need a very good immigration attorney as background checks are always required. The only exception I have ever heard required several bags of money.
    Good luck.

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    You can be denied at either stage of the residency process, as they are separate and distinct. Get a copy of your police check, have it translated into Spanish (doesn't need to be an official translation at this point) and go see or send it to the DR embassy closest to where you live. Ask them, "Would this preclude a residency application"?

    If the embassy says, you're fine, then do the same thing using a reputable DR immigration lawyer. If you end up submitting an application, advance your DR lawyer the necessary processing fees and a little extra but retain them on the condition that the final payment is conditional on a successful application in Santo Domingo.

    Guns, drugs, violence & breach of trust offenses are usually game stoppers as are multiple offenses. Does the USA have a "Pardon" process you can make use of?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubio_higuey View Post
    You definitely would need a good immigration lawyer for this... a very good one actually.

    A home country background check is always required for residency process if I understand it correctly.
    One that will take a lot of money. That is what will work in this situation. Lots of money.

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    the word ''numerous'' makes this tough sledding...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cdn_Gringo View Post
    You can be denied at either stage of the residency process, as they are separate and distinct. Get a copy of your police check, have it translated into Spanish (doesn't need to be an official translation at this point) and go see or send it to the DR embassy closest to where you live. Ask them, "Would this preclude a residency application"?

    If the embassy says, you're fine, then do the same thing using a reputable DR immigration lawyer. If you end up submitting an application, advance your DR lawyer the necessary processing fees and a little extra but retain them on the condition that the final payment is conditional on a successful application in Santo Domingo.

    Guns, drugs, violence & breach of trust offenses are usually game stoppers as are multiple offenses. Does the USA have a "Pardon" process you can make use of?
    If you get denied for a visa does that mean they will deny you entry completely into the country?  I’m thinking might be best to just not say anything and travel as usual.  Maybe apply after living here for five years because then the police background check would be done from here in DR showing clean record (I know there will be Interpol)

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    So you will be living 24/7/365 in DR the next five years, no home in USA?  Just having an apartment there isn’t the same.

     (I have had a home in DR for over 30 years, but my primary residence is USA, which they would see in a heartbeat by just entering my passport number in their computer)

    Multiple felonies and “numerous other charges” will be a challenge.  Make an appointment with Guzman Ariza for a consultation.  If they can’t help you, no one can.  




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    You always have to submit your home country record even if you had been living in the DR as a perpetual tourist for 5 years. Just ask anyone who had done residency after living in the DR for years as a perpetual tourist with occasional flight back home.

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