Yes she is charming but the last foreigner she organised residency for appears to have left the country leaving her with 50% of the bill unpaid so while I know she does a good job, she might start asking the next applicants if they intend staying..................What area are you living in - North Coast as I recall?? Have a charming young lady lawyer in Santiago who charges about US $1,200 as I recall. ~ Grahame.
We paid IRO of $1500 each and were required to go to Sto. Domingo twice. First time to make the application and undergo blood tests, chest x-rays and photographs. The second time to collect our Cedula and Residencia (with new photos). Yes, we had to wait around a bit but our lawyer was able to "queue jump" to expedite the process so each trip was done there and back in one day (from Sabaneta to Sto. Domingo). We recently returned a third time to finalise our driving licences. Hope this gives you a good idea of the benefits of employing a fluent speaking Spanish lawyer. With our level of Spanish the task would have been much more onerous, if possible at all.So, if you pay the $1200 (give or take a few hundred) for a lawyer to "handle" this for you, are the multiple trips to SD, waiting in line, etc. still required?
Hey you sound a little bit down about your ordeal for your residencia and am really sorry to hear that. Now think we were very lucky to get ours as easily as we did though it didn't feel like it at the time because of the long wait. Am I right in thinking you moved to DR from the UK?Thanks everyone for your information. My wife and I applied for our residency last September. We paid our lawyer $1,250 each ($2,500 USD). The plan was to have his contact in Santo Domingo hand hold us through the process. Which they did very nicely in September. Yesterday I received a call from him saying that our papers are ready to be picked up at the other lawyers office in Santo Domingo, and can we be there tomorrow by 10 AM. Of course we can. He said we would be there for 15 or 20 minutes. We arrived at the other lawyers office and was told that I could not get my photo taken as I was wearing shorts. mmmmmm I asked do they take a full frontal picture, no was the answer but you can not appear in their office with shorts on. We ran to the Levi store and picked up a pair for $64.00 USD and returned to his office. They approved of my new jeans and asked for $6,000 peso's. I said we had already paid our lawyer last September. They said no this is for the taxes and photo's for your ID and residency card. My wife and I exchanged looks thinking we had been had AGAIN, and wondered what else might come up. Now we were told to drive to 2 other places and finish the process for both ID's. Wait, we took the Metro from POP. First of all no one told us about the dress code, nor the $6,000 peso's, nor the drive your car thing. OK, she said we will get you a taxi and someone to take you. They did, and after 7 hours in 3 different offices we have our ID and temp residency card. This process made me feel stupid, like I have to relearn how to do things and what questions to ask about I process I know nothing about.
But that?s ok, we have our ID's. Oh wait, now I have to get a drivers lic......
Maybe its not ok, now I need to get a permanent residency card in a year. Another process, mmmmmm, I think I'll research the contacts you nice folks provided us and use one of them. Or perhaps we are tied to the other lawyers office as he retained all of the papers generated through this process. Mmmmmm I'm starting to feel more like Forest Gump.
Thanks again for ALL of your help.
Phil & Gerry
Part of the learning curve I'm afraid. But if you have learned that YOU have to ask step by step questions because it is not a local trait to volunteer information, then you have learned a valuable lesson.This process made me feel stupid, like I have to relearn how to do things and what questions to ask about I process I know nothing about.