How to Move to the Dominican Republic, West Caribbean

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The Dominican Republic   offers warm weather, sun, and pristine beaches to visitors and residents alike. Many people visit the island and decide to move there. But moving to an island can be challenging; the more stuff you bring, the more expensive the move will be. Also, adjusting to the Dominican Republic  culture can be difficult.Kite Beach

Office jobs are available but not easy to find, and average pay for an office job is considerably way less– sometimes 30 percent less–than the average office worker salary in Canadian Tourism ; hospitality and  restaurant jobs are easier to find though they may be a step backwards for some people’s careers. You will also need to get used to the island lifestyle. Things generally move slower on Dominican Republic  than in other industrialized areas.
Instructions.Things You’ll Need:

  • Legal status in the Dominican Republic 
  • about $10,000 Canadian, US or Euro

 1.1
Obtain legal status to live in the Dominican Republic . If you are from Canada, moving to the Dominican Republic  is like moving to any other province in terms of immigration documents. You do need to file any additional paperwork or apply for visas. All you need is legal Canadian resident status, like a social security card. It is also a good idea to obtain a passport and valid driver’s license before you move.

2.2
Visit the Dominican Republic  for two weeks or more. This trip will give you a feel for life on the island, as well as give you time to explore the island, look for jobs, and speak to professionals in the Dominican Republic  housing market. Set up appointments with a realtor on the Dominican Republic  to discuss housing options if you plan to buy a house, or look at available rental properties in your price range. Go grocery shopping to see how much regular items cost. Most everyday items are more expensive on Dominican Republic  than in Canada mainland–a gallon of milk can cost upwards of $7.

Pick up a few newspapers to look for available jobs. Listindiario; Diario libre and Hoy. Also visit sites like www.infoempleos.com.do  to look for available jobs, and schedule as many interviews as you can. In the Dominican Rep, most things are still done face to face or networking as opposed to over the phone or through email, so visiting and meeting prospective employers in person is important.

3.3
Find a job. If you come back from your visit without a job, continue looking on the Internet or a local sites. Working online is also a viable option. elance.com, craiglist.com and guru.com provide a platform where job providers and freelance writers, graphic designers, virtual assistants etc of all sorts can meet. Others teach english either online or in one of the english schools here, or even private tutoring. Consider a career change if you are not finding anything in your field. Most of the best-paying and stable jobs in the Dominican Republic are in the tourism industry.

You might have to travel back to the Dominican Republic for more interviews. Once you accept an offer, choose a start date. You will focus the rest of your move around this date.

3.4 

In Dominican Republic, there is no such thing as a work permit. Any foreigner who has a visa or residency card is authorized to work in Dominican Republic, as well as any foreigner who has a work contract with legally established company, is eligible for Dominican residence. 

Working hours.- In Dominican Republic the standard work week is 44 hours and the work day is 8 hours, although this can vary according to the companies.

The employee has the right to 36 hours of uninterrupted weekly rest, which is decided by the parties involved.

4.4
Find housing in Dominican Republic. If you found places you liked on your initial visit, make an offer. Continue looking for available houses to buy or rent with the help of your realtor on Dominican Republic. Once you find a place you like, schedule the move-in date to be about a week before you start your job.

5.5
Sell or donate any of your personal belongings that you do not need to bring to Dominican Republic. If your furniture and other large items are not valuable or meaningful, do not bring them to Dominican Republic, as it will only complicate your move and make it more expensive. You can purchase new furniture and household items once you arrive on the island.

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Hire movers to help you move to Dominican Republic. Companies like Gateway are international movers and are likely better equipped to handle a move over the ocean than a local moving company. Check intlmovers.com to get quotes from other companies. If you are bringing a car, the moving company will help you ship it to Dominican Republic.

7.7
Pack your belongings to take with you. Pack everything in boxes well. The move will take several weeks and your boxes will likely be shipped via boat to Dominican Republic. If you hired a moving company, coordinate with them so your items arrive at your new home the day after your scheduled move-in date. If you are shipping the items yourself, call your post office and ask how long it will take for the items to arrive, and coordinate the shipment to arrive the day after your scheduled move-in date. Pack and move everything except for a suitcase full of clothes and daily essentials.

Pets do not have to be quarantined, but you will need a health certificate from your veterinarian that province your animal is healthy and current on all vaccinations.

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Purchase airfare to Dominican Republic. Arrive a day or two before your move-in date. Make a hotel reservation if necessary. Arriving a day or two early gives you a chance to tie up any last minute loose ends or details. Move into your new house on Dominican Republic on your scheduled move-in date.

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