Dominican Republic: Whether a citizen of Serbia or Montenegro whose permanent residence status in the Dominican Republic has expired can renew his or her status
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board du Canada, Ottawa|
|Publication Date||5 December 2008|
|Citation / Document Symbol||DOM103002.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Dominican Republic: Whether a citizen of Serbia or Montenegro whose permanent residence status in the Dominican Republic has expired can renew his or her status, 5 December 2008, DOM103002.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/49b92b4c1d.html [accessed 5 December 2013]|
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During a 20 November 2008 telephone interview, a representative of consular services at the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada indicated that citizens of Serbia or of Montenegro whose permanent residence status in Dominican Republic has expired can renew their status if they return to the Dominican Republic. The Representative explained that citizens of Serbia or of Montenegro do not need visas to visit the Dominican Republic: they need only a tourist card that can be obtained from the Dominican consulate, the travel agency where they buy their airplane ticket, or directly upon their arrival in the Dominican Republic from the immigration office in the airport. The Representative stated that the tourist card allows them to stay in the Dominican Republic for up to 45 days. The Representative noted that in order to renew their expired resident permit (Permiso de residencia), applicants must visit the offices of the Immigration Branch (Dirección General de Migración) at the Department of the Interior and Police (Secretaría de Estado de Interior y Policía), prove their identity and pay the required fees. The Representative added that new permits are valid for two years, but that applicants can keep renewing them every two years. According to the Representative the renewal of a resident permit for citizens of Serbia or Montenegro is a simple procedure because they would have already obtained permanent resident status in the Dominican Republic.
The Representative stated, in 24 November 2008 correspondence with the Research Directorate, that resident status cannot be renewed at the Embassy (Dominican Republic 24 November 2008).
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Dominican Republic. 24 November 2008. Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada. Correspondence from a representative.
_____. 20 November 2008. Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada. Telephone interview with a representative.