In case an individual wants to obtain Dominican residency, this person needs to apply for a "Residence Visa" at a Dominican consulate in his/her country of origin. The applicant also needs to present a birth certificate, bank references, marriage certificate, and a police report. All of the mentioned documents must be apostilled and translated into Spanish by an official translator.

Apostilles are there to authenticate the signatures and seals of officials on documents including notaries, birth certificates, court orders, and other documents that are issued by a public authority. By doing this, they will be recognized in all countries that are a part of the Hague Convention.

PS: It is recommended that the applicant contacts the Dominican consulate in his/her country to schedule an appointment and ask if some additional documents are required.

After all the documents are approved, the consulate will put a stamp of the "Residence Visa" in the passport of the applicant. The "Residence Visa" is valid for one year. Keep in mind that the time to process the visa can take from a couple of days to a month. It really all depends on the consulate.

As soon as the applicant obtains the visa, the consulate will immediately return all of the mentioned documents. The next step for the applicant is to take all these documents and papers to an attorney in the Dominican Republic.

The applicant will have to head out to Santo Domingo for a brief medical exam and go once again so he or she could pick up the residency card. Since the residency card is valid for a year, the applicant needs to renew the residency every year for the next 5 years.

All applicants should be aware of the fact that the cost of a professional attorney who will handle the first residency process will be around $1,200. Luckily, renewals cost less.

Here, you’ll find a complete article about the residency process for the Dominican Republic.