After posting on Facebook, there were many grateful reactions because apparently for some, the residence permit for the Dominican Republic is something mysterious, difficult. Therefore, once again the “fresh” experience report, how the author renewed his first blue “residencia”. For the first residence and the first extension to a definitive “residencia”, other conditions apply which should be clarified with a lawyer or the immigration authorities.
Residencia is done. Four years of peace. This is how the poor could do it, including travel expenses.
First trip to Santo Domingo from Puerto Plata with Caribe Tours (330 pesos). ln Santo Domingo get off the bus at Lope de Vega, walk to the next corner, then turn right and walk along the fence until it ends.
From there you can take Bus No.4, it’s the only bus line on this street, which takes you directly to the Migracion on the Malecon for 25 pesos. You have to bring three documents with you: residencia card, cedula and passport. ln the Migracion you must submit the three documents that are checked there at the counter, bring two copies of each. lf everything is ok you have to pay 4,500 pesos for the medical examination at counter 1 and then proceed to the clinic where they do the tests (blood, urine, lungs). Unfortunately it is necessary to take a taxi (200 pesos) to get there. After taking your blood and urine and making x-rays of the lungs you have to return to Migracion (again 200 pesos). There you can buy the application form (counter 5, 100 pesos), fill it up and then sign it and put your fingerprints on it in the presence of the officer. You also can do this at the second visit, but at the second visit, the time is precious. Take the receipt of the medical check-up, you will need it for the second trip. The result takes ten working days.
Journey home: The same bus (number 4) runs from the Migracion (the side street/ not from the Malecon to the Avenue 27 de Febrero (25 pesos) and from there take a collective taxi directly to Caribe Tours (30 pesos) and again pay the 330 pesos to Puerto Plata.
In Puerto Plata you will have to apply for the certificate of good conduct in the Palacio de Justicia. Before go to the Banreservas to pay 330 pesos for the document. Bring the cedula, then leave two copies of the cedula and the deposit receipt. After a few hours you can get the certificate, you can wait or come back the next day. For the second trip to Santo Domingo you have to bring this certificate and a proof of solvency (copy of a “titulo” of land or evidence of sufficient money on the account ask for better information at the first visit). Hand in at counter 8 the already finished application form (you also can do it now, but this means lost time), passport, cedula, residencia, the solvency proof, the receipt of the medical examination, two copies of passport, cedula and residencia and two photos 2 x 2, which also can be taken outside the Migraci6n (300 pesos for 8 photos). After reviewing you have to make another three copies of the whole bunch of papers (120 pesos). After submitting these copies, wait about one hour. If everything is checked, the entire folder is brought to the left counters, where you pay 8,000 pesos for four years, plus 1,000 pesos VIP surcharge, to obtain the new residencia the same day, plus possitbly a late charge of 400 pesos per month. Then the photos for the residencia are taken, after which again you have to wait about one hour until your name is called, or you can pick up the new card at counter 9. That’s all at the Migracion.
For the new cedula you now have to proceed to the office where they issue a new cedula bringing the new residencia, passport and old cedula. The office is near the Plaza de la Bandera (taxi 250 pesos). ln the office you give passport, residencia and cedula. They are brought into the next room, where they will take photos and fingerprints after calling you. You get back cedula, residencia and passport along with a receipt that the issuing of a cedula (currently) is for free. Then wait until you are called. In the office where the photos were taken, the data for the new cedula again have to be clarified, then you have to wait in the waiting room until you are called and can receive the new cedula.
Walk to the Plaza de la Bandera, which can be seen outside the door at the left. From there (Avenida 27 de Febrero), take a shared taxi for 30 pesos directly to Caribe Tours (again 330 pesos). If you have no time or desire for adventure, of course you also can do this with a lawyer and a private vehicle.
Furthermore, the Immigration Authority currently offers to apply for a residency permit for those who have lived in the country for years without the necessary residence permit, without paying the late surcharge that could cost tens of thousands for some. For more details ask a lawyer or Migracion. The same was offered three years ago, without much resonance because some apparently think it’s not that important.
Interior-and Police Minister Fadul, however, warned that after the deadline there will start a new era and residents without a valid ID (cedula), could be deported.
Werner, La Playa Magazine