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    Default Contract Job in DR

    I have been interviewing with a company based in NYC with a factory in the DR. It sounds like a good company and a good job. They are expanding their operations in the DR and need someone to set it up. The position would be a contract position for a period of one year.

    I have gained a lot of knowledge reading scores of posts on this board. Additionally, I have done a lot of research on other sites. The DR really sounds like a good place for me to bring my family. Hopefully, some of you knowledgeable people can assist me with some questions so that I can competently negotiate a contract. [[ I have a lot of questions, just answer the things you can and ignore the rest. ]]

    The company is relatively small and has not employed Americans at their DR facility in the past so they don't have any internal expertise. Since I will be a contract employee, I am being asked to help sort out how the contract should be written.

    1) Does the Business Visa really only cost $15? Or is there some catch that I am missing?
    2) I will have company sponsored housing at first but I need to rent something in the south or south-east part of the island shortly after my arrival. Somewhere near San Pedro, but not in San Pedro. Suggestions? I have a wife and three boys 15, 11 and 8.
    3) Do any of you know about any good bilingual schools east of Santo Domingo? The SACS listing has only a couple outside of Santo Domingo and those are on the north side of the island.
    4) I would prefer to lease a car for the one year period but it sounds like some of you think buying one and then selling it before we leave would be a good plan. I dislike the idea of being pressured to get it sold at the last minute. Do you know of any companies that might lease a vehicle for a one year period?
    5) Lastly, I have read that some people are able to be excluded from import taxes for their property brought into the DR. My family and I will certainly have a variety of items to setup a home. Where can I learn more about how that tax system works?

    Thanks so much for your help. Even if you know something about just one area I would appreciate reading what you have to say.

    And, if things go well, I may have some job opportunities for some English speaking people.

    Thanks,
    Jim

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    To answer question #1. A Business visa is not a visa for you to work in the DR for a Dominican company. It is a visa for someone to enter the DR from another nation on business purposes. For example a rep. from an American company who wants to sell his product to Dominican distributors.

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    Default You Will Need At Least 60,000 US A Year To Live Comfortably Here!

    Schools cost a lot more,housing is expensive.Transportation is expensive.Gasoline is 4.50 US a gallon!Food is expensive.How about Medical Ins. for the family??
    Good Luck!! Keep asking questions!! CCCCCCC

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    Default Thanks for the info

    Thanks for the comments. I got a call today and I did get the contract. My contract will be with the USA office and I will be working in the DR office.

    I appreciate the info on the visa. Since I will not be paid through the DR office I have been advised that I can get in with a business visa then apply for residency. That will give me the work permit status I will need when they convert the contract over to be with the DR office.

    Criss, I appreciate your candor about the costs. From what I had read already it did not seem quite as expensive as you are indicating, but I trust your opinion more than books and websites.

    Thanks again.

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    You should do an initial visit and check out the area, the schools and the place generally. Then, take all your observations and ask many many questions on the board.

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    Default Almost on my way

    I will be arriving on April 10th. I will start work then and try to explore all the other things to prepare for my family's arrival around June 1. Luckily, I will have some co-workers to assist me initially.

    But I will come back to you all for some of your insights once I know what questions I really have.

    Thanks,
    Jim

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    Default After You & Family Are "Settled In" for A Few Months,Let Us Hear

    from you about your final costs?? Housing,Food,Electricity,Transportation,and Schooling are the "Killers".I own my home,two vehicles,steal electricity,and Cable TV,my 3 kids go to cheap Dominican Catholic schools,(# 4 only 2 y.o.)and I still go through over $2500 US a month!
    "Go Get EM"! ccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccc

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    There are some human resources companies that does all this for expats employees, if your company is going to pay for this service why not to give it a try.

    Last week's meeting we had Grupo Tips on the Dominican Business Group. I will send you their contact info on a PM. Among other Human Resources services, they fix every single detail for expats relocations. From movings, they find housing, schools, maids, and so on.

    Good luck

    Jess

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