My documents for Citizenship were accepted

windeguy

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DR Passport has good access to Japan, Georgia and Qatar Visa Free, which aren't common for some other nationalities.
Perhaps using it as proof I am "Dominican" at the airport so I don't have to pay the exit fee if my new cedula is not enough.
 
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william webster

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Perhaps using it as proof I am "Dominican" at the airport so I don't have to pay the exit fee if my new cedula is not enough.
Windy - it goes right into the new computer system that you're a citizen....
all automated , is what I was told
 

CristoRey

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I started the process in June of this year. It took three months to get an FBI report with an apostille.


Keeping true to form and using a lawyer only when absolutely necessary, my documents were submitted and approved yesterday for my citizenship application at the Guacal in Santo Domingo in the office of the Department of the Interior and Police. The government lawyer who reviewed my documents was very helpful. She is also VERY, VERY picky on how the documents are arranged in order, with four copies of everything, and on how a certain four documents are worded.

There were four documents I needed to be written and notarized in the DR. Those four documents done by a lawyer were the only ones I needed to re-do , using a different notary who followed the prope format, and I was good to go. Go figure it was a lawyer who screwed that up, saying he knew how to do those documents and did not and those documents needed a do over based upon the very particular style the government wanted. Examples of those documents are not posted on line, but were given to us by the government lawyer.

Every other document from the US and the DR , we did correctly by ourselves. FBI Report, Divorce, Death of Spouse, Solvency pre-requisites, all of the Apostilles, legalization and translation of them we had done ourselves.

Total cost all in including paying for the application is under $1,600 US. My total costs include all of the expenses I paid for the documents and trips to Santo Domingo including hotels and transportation. A lawyer wanted $400 US just for two simple to get documents from Migracion showing my record of entrances and exits and the other showing how long I had residency (which is 16 years). Another wanted to charge almost $500 to get my FBI report. I can imagine the cost for a lawyer to do the whole stack of documents I submitted. My wife did most of the work and the government lawyer said most lawyers do not do so well.

Did I mention the government lawyer was very particular? We took the 9:20 Caribe Tours bus to Santo Domingo and it was late. We arrived at the office at 5 minutes before 3 PM which is the time at which nobody else is admitted in to submit documents. The lawyer took our stack of documents, collated the newly done documents into the originals and four copies that are required and a guy walked in at 3:04 PM saying it was 3 PM. The government lawyer said no, it is 3:04 PM, I am working with these people and you come back tomorrow. Precise , she is. He left without further ado.

Now I have to study for the exam. Unfortunately, I was never good in my life at rote memorization. History, dates, and such held little interest in my educational process becoming an engineer. So now I do face a challenge greater than most in passing the test.

Thanks to William Webster and Matilda on how to proceed with this process.
Congradulations. I hope it goes well for you.
 

windeguy

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Congradulations. I hope it goes well for you.
Thanks, it did go well. All the paperwork was accepted, I had my citizenship test last week and passed it. My swearing in as a DR citizen might be delayed by the CV-19 situation. Medina will make announcements tonight at 8 PM on CV-19 and what the government is going to do about it in the DR.
 

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Thanks, it did go well. All the paperwork was accepted, I had my citizenship test last week and passed it. My swearing in as a DR citizen might be delayed by the CV-19 situation. Medina will make announcements tonight at 8 PM on CV-19 and what the government is going to do about it in the DR.
Congratulations and welcome as a new citizen!

Yes, the swearing-in has been postponed until further notice. The probably will put it at the end of April or the week before. Call them before you go.
 
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william webster

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Cynthia
the actual swearing-in ceremony has been postponed - I understand
but will the registration process continue ?

Will Windy's status/citizenship still be entered into the system ?

Is the swearing-in a just ceremonial celebration or a necessity for being granted citizenship ?

If ceremonial - the new status should be posted/entered into the system forthwith

Gracias

Rethinking - I remember raising my hand in allegiance....and speaking aloud

Windy.... I think it's a necessity - the final step
 

windeguy

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Congratulations and welcome as a new citizen!

Yes, the swearing-in has been postponed until further notice. The probably will put it at the end of April or the week before. Call them before you go.
They actually called me today to let me know the swearing in was delayed. They said they will call back when it is re-scheduled.

I heard today that the 15 closure of bars and restaurants being take out only will likely be 30 days.
 

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Still waiting, of course. That "state of emergency" thing here.

Perhaps the action by the DR merchants that allegedly will happen on Tuesday with or without official approval will force the hand of the government to reopen.
 

John Boyter

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I am considering applying for citizenship. I got my residency in 2006 and its one of the better decisions I have made. Now it expires mid 2021 and I could either just renew another 4 years or apply for citizenship. I also think there is an option where you get like a more permanent residency of 10 years.
 

william webster

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Yes you can get the 10 yr
Windy and I were in the same position.... both opted for citizenship

In some ways just as easy... no more $$

Windy was his own lawyer.... not me

I was sworn in last November......
 
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I opted for citizenship because I was denied 10 year renewal because Migracion had "missing documents". So I had to provide said missing documents and they gave me a four year renewal. I never want to deal with those jerks again. Waiting now until after the pandemic panic to get sworn in.
 
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There is supposed to be a conversational interview in Spanish at the end....

The man was busy so I got to skip it....
Plus, My lawyer squeezed me past him

But I hear it's easy

Study the questions - offered here- on DR1
 

El Rey de Mangu

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There is supposed to be a conversational interview in Spanish at the end....

The man was busy so I got to skip it....
Plus, My lawyer squeezed me past him

But I hear it's easy

Study the questions - offered here- on DR1
I can only imagine how that may have gone down W²!