Haitians taking Legalization Plan seriously
After President Danilo Medina announced in his speech to the nation on 27 February 2015 that the Foreigner National Legalization Plan would not be extended, more Haitians have been queuing up to start the legalization process at the National Legalization Plan Foreigner (PNRE) offices, reports El Dia. Haitians represent the largest number of foreigners with illegal status in the Dominican Republic.
Offices in the provinces have the capacity to handle around 300 applications a day. Jose Morales, supervisor of the office in San Cristobal, told El Dia that now more than 500 people have been showing up at the offices in the San Cristobal governor’s building. He said the main obstacle to legalizing the status of the Haitian foreigners is the lack of documentation forthcoming from the Haitian government.
For the legalization procedure, at least one official document is needed to start the process: Either a birth certificate, official ID card or passport. Afterwards, the applicants need to demonstrate that they have been living here and their links to the country, by presenting a utility bill addressed to them, a working ID, bank account, and others.
Ministry of Interior and Police says that around 155,000 foreigners have begun the process and that 40,000 of them are ready to receive their residence card as legal residents.
Source: DR1, Eldia
March 4, 2015
Category: DR News |