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Dominican Republic - Citizenship
In order to apply for citizenship once again it is best to use a lawyer. On paper the process should only take a few months, but in practise it can take several years. At various stages over the last few years there has been a backlog and no new citizenships were issued for a period of several months. The applicant has to submit birth certificate, colour copy of their passport, photographs, residency card, and an affidavit by a lawyer. Once all of the documentation has been received, an interview by the Department of the Interior will follow, all in Spanish with questions relating to the Dominican Republic, its geography, history, culture and institutions. Subsequently there is the swearing of the oath of allegiance to the Dominican Republic, followed by ratification by the President.
Having Dominican citizenship does not normally mean the renunciation of your home country’s citizenship, and most countries will allow you to be a citizen of both countries. However each individual should check before proceeding. However, if you have dual citizenship then you should be aware that the country you are in will take precedence, hence if you are a US or UK citizen as well as a Dominican citizen then the appropriate embassy will not assist you if you need it, whilst you are in the DR.
Government immigration department
This guide was compiled with the help of Lindsay de Feliz, a British expat blogger living in the Dominican Republic. Visit her blog at yoursaucepans.blogspot.com.
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