from temporary residency to citizenship

pularvik

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We recently completed our temporary residency renewal for year #2. Living on the north coast it entails a trip to SD. After 4 renewals of temporary we then move to permanent residency which requires 2 visits to SD , one for the medical and one to get cards. Course each trip is costly.
I have checked with two law firms and it appears that we can apply for citizenship! Documentation is similiar to residency requirements. There is a test on Dominican history. Law firm costs also similar to original residency.
So, my question is ----why go thru all these renewals?------why not go directly to citizenship?
 

AlterEgo

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Good question, I'm going to go for citizenship when we return.

Why doesn't everyone?

Well, some countries don't allow dual or triple citizenship.

Maybe they don't live here 12 months a year.

Maybe they live on southern coast near SD and it's not as big a deal to renew.

Some people have 10 yr.permanent residency, so not such a hassle at that point.

Some people don't speak or understand enough Spanish to pass the oral exam - or they're afraid to try it.
 

SKY

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I have asked this question here many times. I have had dual citizenship for more than 10 years and it saved me a lot of money, time, and grief. And a few other things.
 

pularvik

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I understand that the oral exam might be a deterrent, however I also understand there is study material available.
 

william webster

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very doable..... eliminates a lot.... just need to pass the Spanish test (not an inquisition, really).

some even say you can have a translator help you.

After the temporary, you get 4 yr renewals so less trips for you - but still 4 yrs of temp is long.
 

william webster

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good to know -- thanks.

actually, thta's what was holding me back - my wife is scared to death of that test--
 

Alltimegreat

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I have checked with two law firms and it appears that we can apply for citizenship!
So, my question is ----why go thru all these renewals?------why not go directly to citizenship?
Going straight from temporary residency to citizenship? That's news to me. If this is true, the rules must have changed considerably recently. I just went through this process myself a few years ago and I needed at least two years of permanent residency before being able to even apply for citizenship. It's difficult to imagine that the requirements are now less strict than before.
 

pularvik

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One of the firms I contacted was Guzman. They did my first temporary residency, and are aware I have just completed my first renewal. They seem to think we can proceed with citizenship. The first lawyer (met him casually in a bar) said that after 6 months of a temporary you could apply for citizenship.