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Business Visa for employment purposes

Service description

Business visas are issued for work purposes to those who by nature of their occupation will remain in the Dominican Republic for a year without necessarily having to leave the country. This visa is usually awarded to individuals who are fulfilling fixed-term contracts in public or private companies established in the country and may be renewed for further periods of one year while the employment contract is still valid. Beneficiaries of this visa can apply for driver's license, open a bank account and enjoy applicable customs facilities.


To whom this service is intended

The general public.

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


1. Visa Form filled and completed in type or clearly printed. 

2. One (1) frontal picture size 2 x 2 inches, with a white background. 

3. Original passport valid for at least the duration of the requested visa or longer. 

4. Resolution of the Ministry of Labor of the Dominican Republic. This resolution is issued by the Labor Department of the Ministry, legitimizing the applicant's employment contract in the Dominican Republic, which specifies the employee's position within the company, contract length and salary to be received. 

5. 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 previously resided in the Dominican Republic that document must be issued by the Attorney General's Office. 

*All Canadian documents that require legalization through our Embassy must be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada.


*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:


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

6. Legible photocopy of National Identity Document of the country of nationality and legible photocopy of the Residence Card if residing in a second country. 

7. Legible photocopy of former Dominican Visas or Residence Card (if renewal).

8. Visa application letter from the beneficiary or from the company or institution for which the applicant works addressed to the Consular Section containing name, nationality, place of residence and occupation.


Procedure to follow

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

Processing time

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


US$ 150.00 It is NON-REFUNDABLE, so please make sure you comply with all the requirements, before you submit your application. Call our Consular Section for more details.

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



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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