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Ruling to implement naturalization law is issued

The Medina administration has published Decree 250-14 with the ruling for the implementation of Naturalization Law 169-14. The law establishes a special regime for people born in the Dominican Republic but irregularly registered in the Dominican civil registry and on naturalization. The approved version establishes more precautions against fraud compared to an earlier version.

The ruling is especially flexible in defining who qualifies for Dominican nationality. The ruling allows for a 90-day window to qualify for the benefits of the law. The law offers free naturalization process for all who qualify. A naturalization process can cost upwards of US$1,000 in legal fees. The ruling will be applied by the Ministry of Interior and Police.

The ruling requires public hospitals or private clinics to record the mother’s name, and the baby’s gender and date of birth. However, the government will also accept sworn statements from seven Dominican witnesses indicating the date and place of the birth, the baby’s name and the parents’ names.

The government will also accept a sworn statement before a notary public from the midwife who delivered the baby indicating the date and place of birth and the mother’s name, and a sworn statement before a notary public from Dominican relatives in first or second degree who have Dominican nationality.

Parents or legal guardians can also request the naturalization of children, but the child must be present during the application.

Source: DR1,

Read the Law in Spanish here

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Last updated October 26, 2016 at 10:54 PM
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