Expats...Why did you become a resident or a citizen of the DR?

NanSanPedro

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drstock said:
Why is the OP only asking about people with US?Can passports? Not interested in the rest of us?

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Sorry for the oversight. Be my guest. Fire away.
Johne, he handed you a great opening line for a joke. You blew it. :ROFLMAO:
 

johne

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drstock said:
Why is the OP only asking about people with US?Can passports? Not interested in the rest of us?



Johne, he handed you a great opening line for a joke. You blew it. :ROFLMAO:
I didn't want to start up the usual banter of off topic that goes to politics and insults ,etc. I tried my best to stay the course which is close to impossible here at DR1. I don't know how the mods maintain their sanity.
 

drstock

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Sorry for the oversight. Be my guest. Fire away.
Right! Now I'm allowed in, my main reason to get Residency was to be able to drive legally with a Dominican licence, and now I have it I feel better about life. I'm interested in politics, but with all the corruption here there doesn't seem to be much point in getting involved.
 

franco1111

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If you have residency or citizenship no one can argue with your legitimate right to be in the country. As long as you comport with the subsequent requirements. I remember I signed a document that says I agree not to participate in insurrections, for example. I wish I had a copy of that document. I don't.

Secondly, I have residency for investment (Residencia Inversion) which allows some tax and other financial advantages in the RD. But, in fact they are very hard to claim, in my experience. So I would say that does not carry as much importance as I thought it would.
 

bob saunders

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To be legal. Do you like illegals in your country?
Why. I believe in being legal and doing things within the rules. My wife is Dominican and we have both business and residential property, and a corporation. All easier if you are a citizen. Having the luxury of a Canadian passport we can leave whenever we want. Having a DR passport does make it much easier coming and going from the country. Dominicans appreciate you for becoming a citizen. Inheritance and death are easier as well, not death itself and dealing with the remains. Me, I don't care where I AM BURIED OR CREMATED.
 
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When Brazil required visas from Americans, the cost was ridiculously high compared to Dominican citizens who were charged just US$20 for the same visa. So, you have an itch to travel to Brazil in those recent times and there is a total of 4 travelers, you pay the visa for every one of them. Plus, all are also Dominican citizens. Guess which citizenship will be used to purchase the visa to Brazil? I'll give you a hint: its a country on Hispaniola and it isn't Haiti.

That's only one example.
 
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william webster

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If you are a TRUE expat.... you are almost driven to Res/Citizenship

True expats have left their homeland.... are non-residents and thus don't qualify for things like
driving licenses, etc w/o skirting the rules a bit

Trust me - I tried being a 'Citizen of the World'..... it don't work
sooner/later some Immigration Official delves a bit deeper into things and you're screwed...

So, in fact - you have no choice - ultimately

I have a long list of 'Why's'.... not the least of which is affordable care in my old age - if-as & when
 

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If you are a TRUE expat.... you are almost driven to Res/Citizenship

True expats have left their homeland.... are non-residents and thus don't qualify for things like
driving licenses, etc w/o skirting the rules a bit

Trust me - I tried being a 'Citizen of the World'..... it don't work
sooner/later some Immigration Official delves a bit deeper into things and you're screwed...

So, in fact - you have no choice - ultimately

I have a long list of 'Why's'.... not the least of which is affordable care in my old age - if-as & when
I learned the hard way to. Today they call it Digital Nomad being a citizen of the world. I follow many digital nomad groups on SoMe now and many got stuck and had problems during this pandemic and continue to. You need a place to hang your hat and for emergencies like a pandemic.
 

johne

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I'm waiting for windy who just his citizenship and I'm interested in his take on the subject.
 

windeguy

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I'm waiting for windy who just his citizenship and I'm interested in his take on the subject.
More or less my reasons:

1 To be legal
2 To get a driver's license since I have no other option to get one. See 1 above.
3 I live here. And be legal where I own my only home. See 1 above.
4 To have local medical insurance and not have an issue with it. See 1 above.
5 To not face an issue by being illegal, like driving after 90 days on a foreign license which is illegal.See 1 above.
6 See 1 above.
 

NanSanPedro

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More or less my reasons:

1 To be legal
2 To get a driver's license since I have no other option to get one. See 1 above.
3 I live here. And be legal where I own my only home. See 1 above.
4 To have local medical insurance and not have an issue with it. See 1 above.
5 To not face an issue by being illegal, like driving after 90 days on a foreign license which is illegal.See 1 above.
6 See 1 above.
#3: Would you have bought a home here if you weren't legal?
 

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AND SEA BISCUIT IS AGAIN GETTING BEAT TO DEATH ....OVERSTAY CHARTS AREN'T GOING ANYWHERE....
 

johne

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More or less my reasons:

1 To be legal
2 To get a driver's license since I have no other option to get one. See 1 above.
3 I live here. And be legal where I own my only home. See 1 above.
4 To have local medical insurance and not have an issue with it. See 1 above.
5 To not face an issue by being illegal, like driving after 90 days on a foreign license which is illegal.See 1 above.
6 See 1 above.
Thanks windy.
 
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