Dominican Citizenship

bob saunders

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Bob, did you not have to go back to Canada to get your birth certificate and RCMP criminal check certified prior to applying for you DR citizenship?
No, I already had my British Colombia long form birth certificate and I was able to do a police report and fingerprints through the Yarmouth Nova Scotia police.
 
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Seamonkey

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No, I already had my British Colombia long form birth certificate and I was able to do a police report and fingerprints through the Yarmouth Nova Scotia police.
Lucky. Things have changed this year. All Canadian documents to be used in DR have to be certified by Global Affairs Canada and then brought to the Dominican Consulate in Toronto for their certification. I'm at a stand still right now.
 

HS10

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I'm genuinely curious.
What's the incentive to get a Dominican citizen if you are already a resident of DR?

I mean what does a Dominican passport gives you that an American passport doesn't ?
Question for thought:
Can you conceive of a time in the future when a Dominican Passport will be more valuable then an American Passport?

I am not saying it will happen but I can conceive it given the direction the world is going.

Example: Nuclear bombs (Putin/North Korea/Terrorists'/Unknown at this time threats/etc.) start flying. America is bombed. All of a sudden countries around the world do not welcome Americans (just like now many countries now do not welcome American bank accounts in their banks).
1-2 million Dominicans living in the U. S. return to this island as it is a safe haven from the madness.
At that point in time it will be good to have Dominican Citizenship.

I believe everyone would agree that (unlikely as it seems) the above is more conceivable now then years ago.

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Cdn_Gringo

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I would think that for an expat with a passport from elsewhere, the main attraction of DR citizenship would be to elimination of the numerous residency renewals required every few years until they qualify for a 10 year residency. Much cheaper to get citizenship than pay for all those renewals in both time and money.

The other benefits of citizenship pale in comparison but may be of value to some.
 
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william webster

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Instead of the 10 yr (definitiva) residency..... I went for citizenship

1/ it was cheaper & easier
2/ the thought of renewing if I make it 10yrs was daunting.... 80+ yrs old
 
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JD Jones

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Instead of the 10 yr (definitiva) residency..... I went for citizenship

1/ it was cheaper & easier
2/ the thought of renewing if I make it 10yrs was daunting.... 80+ yrs old
How many times do you think you would have to renew?

My renewal is coming in 4 years. That will be my last time I will bother to do it.
 

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Not having to renew the residency and run the risk of the process becoming more expensive and/or complicated due to the Dominican government making changes to the requirements.
I want to live in peace with being subjected to nonsense every few years during renewal time.

most folks would die to be an American citizen - why give it up?
with few exceptions, it's way more valuable than any other
 

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I would think that for an expat with a passport from elsewhere, the main attraction of DR citizenship would be to elimination of the numerous residency renewals required every few years until they qualify for a 10 year residency. Much cheaper to get citizenship than pay for all those renewals in both time and money.

The other benefits of citizenship pale in comparison but may be of value to some.
Exactly! That's why I am a citizen, it's been 10 years now, and whenever I hear about residency renewals, I am just so glad I don't have to do it anymore.
 

windeguy

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The US allows dual (in fact multiple) citizenships. I am a dual US citizen by birth and Dominican naturalized citizen.

Giving up American citizenship is something an American has to do proactively and would be a painful thing to do unless you have
very good reason to do it. like being rich and not wanting to pay US taxes any more.
 

william webster

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And the gov't makes it very difficult to give up

The number of 'leavers' has increased dramatically in recent years

In just the first half of this year, 5,315 Americans gave up their citizenship. That puts the country on track to see a record-breaking 10,000 people renounce U.S. citizenship in 2020. Until a decade ago, fewer than 1,000 Americans per year, on average, chose to renounce their citizenship.

The US passport ain't what it used to be
 

windeguy

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More than 10,000 additional people with Dominican citizenship probably add to those illegally in the US annually.

10,000 people giving up US citizenship means they have more to lose in taxes by remaining US citizens than they are giving up.
I have no such incentive to relinquish American citizenship, but getting DR citizenship means I no longer have to deal the Dominican Immigration
for renewals of residency. And that is a good thing.
 

zeferus

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Lucky. Things have changed this year. All Canadian documents to be used in DR have to be certified by Global Affairs Canada and then brought to the Dominican Consulate in Toronto for their certification. I'm at a stand still right now.
I was able to use courriwrs to send documents to those offices (Xpress post on my case) it worked fine.
 
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NALs

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More than 10,000 additional people with Dominican citizenship probably add to those illegally in the US annually.

10,000 people giving up US citizenship means they have more to lose in taxes by remaining US citizens than they are giving up.
I have no such incentive to relinquish American citizenship, but getting DR citizenship means I no longer have to deal the Dominican Immigration
for renewals of residency. And that is a good thing.
If a person has dual Dominican/US citizenships, when in the DR the government treats you as a Dominican citizen and when in the US that government treats you as a US citizen. If you're in the USA, the Dominican embassy/consulates can do very little for you as you are held as a US citizen first. The US government takes that role. This is done automatically and is the main reason why the DR allows things such as the ability to buy a oneway ticket to the DR while the US gives you that ability too to go to the US. This is also the reason why with Dominican and US passport, upon arriving in the USA you have to use the US passport.

If you go to a third country, say Colombia, how the government there see you depends on which passport you enter the country.

They don't count a dual citizen as an illegal as long they are in one of the two countries that allow dual citizenship.