Residence for family reunification purposes in the Dominican Republic.

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Who can apply for a Residency under these circumstances?

A residence for family reunification purposes is conceptualized as the way for a family to meet or regroup in Dominican territory. The purpose of this article is to present the options available to individuals who have decided to emigrate to any country (oftentimes by joint decision with their family) and wish to legalize this condition for their family.

The helpful aspect of this category is that you can request it while submitting your residency application. Regardless of the category (by investment, reunification, retirement, pensioner or work permit), the application can be filed under any immigration status. The applicant may also opt for this category after they obtain a status, while already being in the country.

For example:

“An individual married after obtaining his residence, his wife can benefit from this category immediately.”

«The first step is to make the decision to carry out the process, settle in the country and then bring your family».

«Your child was born in a different country after you obtained your residence, and you would like for them to reside in the Dominican Republic».

In all these cases, you can opt for the Family Reunification Residence.

The most important attribute that must be proven in order to request this is the parentage ties as seen in the following:

  1. Family reunification by marriage
  2. Direct dependence.

Who may opt for this category?

  1. Dominican citizens.
  2. Naturalized foreign nationals.

On this article, we will be focusing on:

  • Foreign nationals married to Dominican citizens.
  • Regularized foreign nationals, who have been granted an immigration status in the Dominican Republic as established by law.

When it comes to foreign children of Dominican parents, it is advisable to opt for a quicker process than the one detailed here. This process consists in obtaining Dominican Nationality directly, without having to go through the steps required by the aforementioned process. As a result, we will not focus on this category. In this article, you will be able to obtain a lot of information in regard to how to obtain Dominican nationality.

You can also choose to request direct dependency on a family member (other than wife and children, given that they are already considered direct dependents by law), as long as you can prove that they are your direct dependents.

What is the process like?

We would like to remind you that, any immigration process begins at the Dominican Consulate of your country of origin or where you have legal residence.

Why is that?

The first requirement to apply for Dominican Residence is to have a Residence Visa as applicable, regardless of your category. The only place where you can obtain it is at the Dominican Consulate of your country of residence.

In this article, you will find more information regarding the requirements to live in the Dominican Republic.

In short, the process is as follows:

  • File your request on Dominican soil, before the General Directorate of Migration, submitting all the required documentation through the portal
  • An authorization is issued and medical examinations are completed.
  • Depending on the term of your choosing (45 or 90 days), you are required to go to the General Office of Migration (known in Spanish as DGM) to take the photo needed for your residence card and to pick it up.
  • Finally, access the Central Electoral Board portal ( to complete the application and have your Dominican identity card (known in Spanish as Cédula) issued, which is delivered the same day.

Application Requirements:

  • Passport with eighteen (18) minimum months of validity.
  • Residence Visa (RS) with which you entered the country; granted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (known in Spanish as MIREX), through the Dominican Consulate, in the applicant’s country of origin.
  • Copy of the entry through the Immigration Post used to enter the Dominican Republic.
  • Full-length birth certificate (including all the information pertaining to the applicant’s parents), apostilled or legalized, as appropriate.
  • In the event that the foreign national has acquired nationality, other than his nationality of origin, and wishes to become a resident with this nationality, they would need to deposit a copy of the certified naturalization, issued by the Department of Naturalization. This certification would need to be apostilled, legalized and translated into Spanish (if it is in a different language), by the Dominican Consulate in the applicant’s country of origin or by a Judicial interpreter in the Dominican Republic.
  • In the event of a name change, the foreign national is required to submit the Act or document authorizing said change of name. This document would need to be apostilled and translated into Spanish (if it is in a different language), by the Dominican Consulate or by a Judicial interpreter in the Dominican Republic.
  • When it comes to nationals who can only request one single original Birth Certificate, a copy will be accepted. This copy needs to be certified, translated into Spanish (if necessary) and legalized at the corresponding Dominican Consulate, at the headquarters of the Consulate of origin of the applicant in the Dominican Republic, or in the official entity authorized and legalized by MIREX.
  • Certificate of No Criminal Record, issued by the competent authority of the country where the individual has resided in the last five (5) years. The certificate needs to be legalized or apostilled as appropriate and translated into Spanish if it is in a different language. This must be a Federal certification. If this is not your country of origin, you will need to have this certification verified with an identity document, issued in the country where you were domiciled for the past 5 years.
  • Four (4) 2×2 front view photos taken recently, and four (4) right profile view photos, with bare ears and without jewelry or accessories. The pictures also need to have a white background. They must be part of a complete set of front and side view photos.
  • If the name that the foreign national has registered in their passport is different from that of his birth certificate, they would need to deposit the document that legally substantiates the change. The supporting documents are the marriage certificate (if it includes the husband’s last name), the certificate of divorce (if you do not want to have your spouse’s last name listed), the adoption certificate, among others. The document needs to be apostilled and translated into Spanish if it is in another language.
  • Marriage Decree / Birth Certificate, legalized and apostilled as appropriate, to demonstrate parental ties.
  • Copy of the Dominican ID of the spouse (if applicable).
  • Guarantee Policy acquired through the insurance company.

Turn around Time:

  1. VIP: 45 Days
  2. Normal: 90 Days.

These times are subject to change, given that there is a possibility of delays in correlation with the workload that the office is handling at the time, and especially, because of the validation of all your documentation.


  • Medical examinations RD$ 4,500
  • Application for file deposit RD$ 10,000.00
  • Insurance Policy US$ 115.00
  • VIP service RD$ 5,000.00
  • Penalty for exceeding the thirty (30) day term RD$ 5,000.00
  • Rate of stay, according to time

Benefits and advantages of this type of residence

  • It is one of the categories with the least amount of requirements when it comes to documentation.
  • It is not necessary to demonstrate financial solvency in the country.
  • It is a lot more affordable.

In summary, if you have reviewed the various types of residence established by the Dominican Migration Law, you would notice that the Dominican Family Reunification Residence is one of the most undemanding.

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