Some 300,000 foreigners seek their immigration status
SANTO DOMINGO. Around 300,000 foreigners that are living irregularly in the country have submitted their files in order to be accepted in the National Plan of Normalization of Foreigners or by the mechanisms established in Law 169 – 14 on Naturalization and the sentence Num. 168 – 13 from the Constitutional Tribunal.
According to the Minister of Interior and Police, José Ramon Fadul, according to Law 169 – 14 which covers a special regime of naturalization, some 8745 foreigners applied during the process which ended on the first of this month and whose recent final results will be released in a week.
“Those results will be sent to the Central Electoral Board in order to be registered in the book of foreigners in order that they may obtain residency, then after 2 years they can opt for naturalization since this is the exclusive faculty of the Executive Power,” he emphasized.
Regarding the Plan of Normalization of Irregular Foreigners he explained that until last Monday they had taken the biometric information of 139,000 persons, which he ratified is obligatory. Of these that have only issued an identification carnet to some 500 foreigners.
“Regarding this group of the Plan of Normalization we are suggesting that with the passports, these persons be given a transitional status of 2 years, a work or student permit and that when this time is up, this status is normal,” he noted while making it clear that this mechanism of a transitional period will only be granted to those that have valid passports and cannot demonstrate their roots.
With respect to the group of foreigners that were irregularly placed in the Dominican Civil Registry, and that by mandate of sentence Num. 168 – 13, are subject to an audit that covers the inscription in the books over the period contemplated between 18 June 1929 to 18 April 2007, Fadul said that there are more than 60,000 persons of which some 40,000 are Haitian. In March this audit will come to an end.
“The Plan covers, between the JCE and ourselves, to some 300,000 persons and there are only 3 or 4 months to go, and the Plan is ambitious,” he said.
The minister recalled that those who did not accept the normalization or any of the other legal mechanisms will have to abandon the country.
A meeting at the JCE
The Minister of Interior and Police held yesterday a meeting with JCE member Cesar Feliz Feliz in order to take stock of the audit process that the Kappa board is carrying out on all of the Civil Registry books covering the years between 16 June 1929 and 18 April 2007, in obedience to sentence Num. 168 – 13 issued by the Constitutional Tribunal.
February 11, 2015
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