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Labor Laws in Dominican Republic

  • Annual Leave: Minimum of 14 days
  • Maternity Leave: 14 weeks
  • Public Holidays: 12
  • Workweek: 44 hours per week.

Income Tax in Dominican Republic

Individual income taxes are progressive, ranging from 0% to 25% based on the worker’s earnings.

Value Added Tax (VAT) in Dominican Republic

The standard VAT is 18%.

Social Security in Dominican Republic

Employer Contributions

Employers must contribute the following percentages of each employee's salary:

  • 7.09% for Family Health Insurance (SFS)
  • 7.10% for the Pension Fund (AFP) / Old Age, Disability and Survivors Insurance
  • 1% for Occupational Risks Insurance (SRL), plus an additional variabl percentage of up to 0.6% depending on the company's risk level
  • 1% of total payroll to the Instituto de Formación Técnico Profesional (INFOTEP) for employee training
  • The employer contributions are capped at 20 times the minimum wage.

Employee Contributions

Employees must contribute the following percentages of their salary:

  • 3.04% for Family Health Insurance (SFS)
  • 2.87% for the Pension Fund (AFP) / Old Age, Disability and Survivors Insurance
  • The employer fully covers the Occupational Risks Insurance (SRL)
  • The employee contributions are also capped at 20 times the minimum wage.

Work Visas Dominican Republic

Here is a summary of the work visas available to foreigners to work in the Dominican Republic:

Temporary Worker Permit (PTT)

  • This permit is for non-resident foreigners entering the Dominican Republic with an employment contract endorsed by a legally constituted company.
  • The permit is valid for one year and can be renewed for another year with proof of an extended or renewed employment contract.
  • Requirements include a valid passport, temporary worker visa, birth certificate, work contract, company constitutive documents, medical examination receipt, and other necessary documents.
  • The processing involves online requests, document deposits, and face-to-face interactions for document submission and tax payments.

Temporary Residence - Work Visa

  • This visa is granted to foreigners with a job offer from a duly registered company in the Dominican Republic.
  • The visa is valid for one year with multiple entries, depending on the work contract.
  • Requirements include a valid passport, visa application letter, medical certificate, police clearance certificate, birth certificate, guarantor letter, and proof of economic solvency of the guarantor.
  • The visa application process involves filling out an application form, submitting required documents, paying application fees, and collecting the approved visa.

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