Dominicans among poorest US groups, but pay merciless Consulate fees
New York.- Entrepreneurs, professionals, politicians, journalists, artists and other prominent citizens in the Dominican community want the consulate to lower its fees so that children of Dominican parents born in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania can obtain Dominican citizenship.
Business leader David Rivas, political activist Luis M. Rodríguez, journalist Zenith, Diaz and humorist Ramón Asencio, among others, said they await general consul Félix Martínez to adopt the measure to benefit tens of thousands of Dominicans.
They complain of high fees and note that a decrease would spur thousands of new Dominican citizens to obtain passports and other official documents.
“The Dominican Constitution orders the authorities apply special policies to preserve and strengthen the bonds of the Dominican nation with its nationals abroad, with the goal of achieving greater integration,” they said, quoted by elnuevodiario.com.do.
They also urged the Consulate to take note of a report by the California-based Center for Immigrant Policies released a few months ago, which found that Dominicans comprise America’s second-poorest ethnic group.
The group cited another recent report, which placed the cost to obtain a Dominican citizenship exceeds US$700, or more than RD$30,000.
According to Consulate figures, a birth certificate costs US$15; $500 if the person has reached adult age, $375 if a minor; an additional $80 to obtain a certification and $15 for registration; $80 for a translation, and another $30 for same-day service, for a total of 110 dollars.
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