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Student Visa

Service description

Student visas are issued for the purpose of carrying out studies in the Dominican Republic to those who demonstrate that they have that condition, and are accepted by the Dominican educational institution where they are going to study. This visa will be renewable every year, and interested parties must meet the requirements for this purpose.

 

To whom this service is intended

All citizens of the world who wish to study in the Dominican Republic can apply for a Student Visa at the consular offices of the Dominican Republic.

This service is offered by the Consular Section.
Tel.: (613) 569-9893 ext. 2124, 2126, 2127 | E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Address: 130 Albert St., Suite 1605, K1P 5G4, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Requirements

1. Completed Visa Form, handwritten or typed.

2. One picture, taken with a neutral facial expression (eyes open and clearly visible, mouth closed, no smiling), front facing, white background, size 2 x 2 inches.

3. Original Passport with a minimum validity equal to or greater than the time of duration of the requested visa.

4. Original birth certificate (SHORT FORM - including parents' name), authenticated by Foreign Affairs in Ottawa and legalized.

*If written in a language other than Spanish, it must be translated by a certified translator, authenticated by Foreign Affairs here in Ottawa and legalized by the Dominican Republic Consulate in Canada. Both the original and the translation must be legalized and/or apostilled.

*DOCUMENT AUTHENTICATION DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC:

*There are new instructions for document authentication at Global Affairs Canada -GAC because of COVID-19 pandemic, this is the first step before sending your documents for legalization to our Embassy. Please check the link below:

https://www.international.gc.ca/gac-amc/about-a_propos/services/authentication-authentification/step-etape-1.aspx?lang=eng

*Once you receive your document authenticated by Global Affairs Canada, you may send them all via mail/post to our Embassy.

5. Documents that support the applicant’s intentions to study in a recognized educational institution in the Dominican Republic.

5.1. Newly Admitted University Students:

5.1.1. High School Diploma or its equivalent, authenticated by Foreign Affairs Ottawa and legalized.

5.1.2. Official Transcript, authenticated by Foreign Affairs Ottawa and legalized.

5.2. Religious:

5.2.1. Application letter issued by the senior representative of the church, indicating the applicant’s intentions to undertake religious/theological studies within the congregation located in the country.

5.3. Internship:

5.3.1. Copy of the agreement between the educational institution and the foreign educational institution, authenticated by Foreign Affairs Ottawa and legalized. If written in a language other than Spanish, it must also be translated by a certified translator.

5.4. Student exchange programs: Certification letter from the program the student is enrolled in and letter of acceptance from the educational institute where the student will be continuing their studies.

6. Documents that demonstrate financial support and indicate who will be covering the applicant’s expenses:

• Parents or guardian

• Scholarship or grant granted by an educational institution

*These documents must specify the amount of the financial support, scholarship, or grant, as well as the duration of either. In both cases, this document must be written on letterhead and certified by the corresponding institution, authenticated by Foreign Affairs in Ottawa and legalized. If written in a language other than Spanish, it must also be translated by a certified translator.

 7. Medical Certificate stating that the applicant is fit to study and demonstrating the overall health of the applicant, indicating if he or she suffers from any contagious disease. This must be issued by the health authorities of the country in which the applicant resides at the time of application.

8. Criminal Record Certificate issued by the appropriate authorities of the country in which the person resides at the time of application. If the applicant has resided in the Dominican Republic for more than six months, this document must be issued by the General Attorney’s Office. Not required for minors.

9. In the case of minors, permission of the parents or guardian when the applicant is not the mother or the father. If the child is not to be accompanied into the country by both parents, it is required that the parent who is not in the Dominican Republic authorizes the other parent to move with the child to the Dominican Republic. This document must be authenticated by Foreign Affairs Ottawa, translated into Spanish and legalized.

10. National identity document of the country of nationality or card of residence, if you live in a second country (copies).

11. Economic solvency, can be demonstrated by one or more of these:

• Bank Letter

• Letter of work

• Property Titles

12. Letter of application addressed to the consular office by the interested party or their representative, requesting the student visa, indicating name and nationality.

Notes of Interest:

• Having completed all the requirements above does not guarantee a visa approval.

• The consular officer cannot decide whether or not to grant the student visa (e), until your application is evaluated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We strongly advise you not to purchase non-refundable airfare or to make other travel plans until you receive your visa.

• The beneficiaries of student visas have a period of 30 days to present themselves to the General Directorate of Migration (DGM) in the Dominican Republic to complete the requirements of the residency or temporary permit, in accordance with the rules of application of the General Migration Act No. 28504.

 

Renewal requirements:

1. Completed Visa Form, handwritten or typed.

2. One photo, taken with a neutral facial expression (eyes open and clearly visible, mouth closed, no smiling), front facing, white background, size 2 x 2 inches.

3. Original Passport with a minimum validity equal to or greater than the time of duration of the requested visa.

4. Admission documents from the university or educational institution indicating enrollment period and level of studies.

5. Copy of the student identification card

6. Application letter addressed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, signed by the applicant or their representative, requesting the student visa. Please indicate name and nationality of the applicant.

7. Original entry card (expired or valid), issued by the Directorate General of Migration as set out in article 81, section (g), on the Permanence of Foreigners not residents in national territory.

8. Legible copy of any other documents issued by public or private institutions in the Dominican Republic, (example: Driver's license, Cédula, Medical insurance, Study Center card, recreation Club, etc.).

 

Procedure to follow

Send the specified documents in the requirements section and the completed application form to our Embassy.

1. Having completed all the requirements above DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE APPROVAL OF THE VISA, but indicates that the consulate can accept your request, evaluate it and send it to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who will issue a final decision.

2. The consular officer can not decide whether or not to grant the student visa (E) until you have formally made the request and your application is evaluated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Therefore, we strongly advise you NOT to buy non-refundable air tickets or to make other travel plans until you receive your visa.

3. The beneficiaries of Student Visas (E), once in Dominican territory, have a period of thirty (30) days to appear before the General Directorate of Migration (DGM) to formalize the procedures of their residence or temporary permit, having to complete the additional requirements that are requested according to the regulation of the General Migration Law No. 28504.

 


Processing time

Monday - Thursday 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM / Friday 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Fees

US$ 150.00 It is NON-REFUNDABLE, so please make sure you comply with all the requirements, before you submit your application. Please contact the Consular Section of this Embassy for more details, including method of payment accepted.

Hours of service

10- 15 business days, depending on date of travel and prior requests.

Service channel

In Person or via mail (Canada Post, FedEx, DHL, etc.): you must sign and place fingerprints on the application form in the presence of a notary public in your area, making sure that the stamp and the signature of the notary do not cover your signature or fingerprints.


Additional information

 

Fees

Visa application

US$ 150.00

Legalization per document

US$ 100.00

Translation per document

US$ 40.00

 

For more information please contact our Consular Section at (613) 569-9893 ext. 2124, 2126, 2127 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 


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