• New Law to Require Immigration Applications to be Submitted by a Registered Attorney
  • November 16, 2011
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Beginning in early December, all immigration applications for the Dominican Republic will need to be filed by a registered attorney and accompanied by a notarized power of attorney.

    This is the first of many upcoming changes to the Dominican Republic’s immigration system under recently-enacted legislation that is expected to be completely implemented following the country’s presidential elections in May 2012. In general, the legislation is expected to expand the government's role in immigration processing through both the creation of new agencies and the addition of existing agencies to the adjudication process. It is also expected to modify procedures for foreign nationals seeking to change from temporary to permanent status and introduce more stringent medical insurance requirements for all foreign workers.

    The situation in the Dominican Republic will remain fluid until authorities begin to formally implement the new legislation, and additional requirements and changes are possible. Employers should take these possibilities into account when planning assignments to the Dominican Republic over the coming months.