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    Hello all~

    For those of you who have been here a long time and know way more than I do, what is your two cents on the isssue of expats getting their residencia?

    I have talked about this with several people and am getting mixed responses. Some say it's a must, others say don't bother with it.

    I plan on staying here for a couple of years, maybe more if I still feel this positive about living here down the road, and am seriously considering just getting it over with and paying an attorney.

    Opinions?

    Of course I may have to flee the DR prematurely since my cover has been blown. I found out yesterday that there is a rumor going around amongst the Dominicans that I'm in the CIA. Funny stuff. Of course Carina guessed the correct organization I'm affiliated with - Interpol. Gosh, don't these local guys know anything?

    Sometimes I feel as though I've returned to 10th grade because the rumor mill just keeps on going and going.

    Okay, sorry for digressing. Back to the original topic - what would you do?

    Thanks,

    Sunnie

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunshine_79
    Hello all~

    For those of you who have been here a long time and know way more than I do, what is your two cents on the isssue of expats getting their residencia?

    I have talked about this with several people and am getting mixed responses. Some say it's a must, others say don't bother with it.

    I plan on staying here for a couple of years, maybe more if I still feel this positive about living here down the road, and am seriously considering just getting it over with and paying an attorney.

    Opinions?

    Of course I may have to flee the DR prematurely since my cover has been blown. I found out yesterday that there is a rumor going around amongst the Dominicans that I'm in the CIA. Funny stuff. Of course Carina guessed the correct organization I'm affiliated with - Interpol. Gosh, don't these local guys know anything?

    Sometimes I feel as though I've returned to 10th grade because the rumor mill just keeps on going and going.

    Okay, sorry for digressing. Back to the original topic - what would you do?

    Thanks,

    Sunnie
    I see my only needs for a Residencia are:
    1. If my employer required it. If so, he can pay the costs or lose me as an employee. This of course depends on your value to your employer.
    2. You want a drivers license. I still haven't felt the need for a DR driver's license.

    Any penalties you pay for overstaying your tourist visa are much less than the costs involved in securing a Residencia. Of course if you want to eventually become a Dominican Citizen you must apply for Residencia first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOWMAR
    I see my only needs for a Residencia are:
    1. If my employer required it. If so, he can pay the costs or lose me as an employee. This of course depends on your value to your employer.
    2. You want a drivers license. I still haven't felt the need for a DR driver's license.

    Any penalties you pay for overstaying your tourist visa are much less than the costs involved in securing a Residencia. Of course if you want to eventually become a Dominican Citizen you must apply for Residencia first.

    I was thinking along those lines as well until a conversation with my good friend Laird who I have affectionately dubbed the Doomsday Prophet. He said something to the effect of - "Lionel is kicking out all the gringos soon so if you don't have a work permit or residencia you're going back to where you came from".

    Damn, I still can't find the colon or semicolon in this freakin keyboard. I have tried every possible combination.

    Thanks,

    Sunnie

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    I have been here for 11 years and I just went to get it this year!
    Never had trouble getting a job without it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunshine_79
    I was thinking along those lines as well until a conversation with my good friend Laird who I have affectionately dubbed the Doomsday Prophet. He said something to the effect of - "Lionel is kicking out all the gringos soon so if you don't have a work permit or residencia you're going back to where you came from".

    Damn, I still can't find the colon or semicolon in this freakin keyboard. I have tried every possible combination.

    Thanks,

    Sunnie
    Your friend Laird is clueless. Why would Leonel kick out people who SPEND money in a poor country. Expats are good for the economy. Period. There is not an immigration problem in the DR, there is a Haitian immigration problem.

    EDITED HERE : But they can't make it look as if they are singling them out so they speak in broad trerms. If you're Haitian I would worry. If you're European or American nothing is going to change. Just don't be a criminal.

    Scandall

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunshine_79
    I was thinking along those lines as well until a conversation with my good friend Laird who I have affectionately dubbed the Doomsday Prophet. He said something to the effect of - "Lionel is kicking out all the gringos soon so if you don't have a work permit or residencia you're going back to where you came from".

    Damn, I still can't find the colon or semicolon in this freakin keyboard. I have tried every possible combination.

    Thanks,

    Sunnie
    Certainly the government is posturing for a crackdown on illegal immigaration due to the Haitian situation. And of course their rhetoric has to include All illegals. But BE REAL, this government can't afford to lose all the dollars the other foreign illegals generate in this economy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scandall
    Your friend Laird is clueless. Why would Leonel kick out people who SPEND money in a poor country. Expats are good for the economy. Period. There is not an immigration problem in the DR, there is a Haitian immigration problem. But they can't make it look as if they are singling them out.

    Scandall

    I thought the same thing. But now I am sooo confused because I've heard a lot of chit chat about the government cracking down on illegal foreigners, including North Americans, very soon.

    If they kicked out all of the expats who were not legally entitled to be here the economy would tank on the sole factor of the rapid decline in Presidente consumption.

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    It's amazing too see three responses to a post all in agreement.....

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    If your job is important to you, you should get the residencia. Its just a matter of time until it will be required or foreigners without it staying over the tourist visa will have problems.

    The DR right now is very lax about its work permit situation, its basically the only country I know in the Caribbean where you can just go to and work without problems. This will change, its just a matter of when. Then it will be like the Bahamas where a work permit will cost thousands of dollars because some xenophobic politician will get the people all roused up about foreigners 'taking their jobs' etc.

    This could be in 6 months, or 6 years, if you plan on staying a while I would go ahead and get it now while its cheap (and automatic).

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunshine_79
    I thought the same thing. But now I am sooo confused because I've heard a lot of chit chat about the government cracking down on illegal foreigners, including North Americans, very soon.

    If they kicked out all of the expats who were not legally entitled to be here the economy would tank on the sole factor of the rapid decline in Presidente consumption.

    Imagine if all the expats were rounded up and sent off (never gonna happen).

    All the real estate that they rent (those who do not own) become instantly vacant.

    All of their services are cancelled (phone, gas, electricity etc).

    All of their money transactions cease.

    The local supermarkets/colmados lose their business.

    Why would they do this? Don't believe the rumors. This is not the first time that they have gone around. If you are a criminal or hang out with criminals you could have a problem because you are giving them a reason to get rid of you.

    But hey, there is a chart at the airport that lists the fines for overstaying your visas. Those charts are not there for the Haitians.

    Scandall

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