Haiti – FLASH : A special Visa for Haitian university students in the Dominican Republic
After the publication in the Dominican press of information according to which Haitian university students obtain the fewest visas, although they are in the majority as foreign students in Dominican universities, the Ambassador of Haiti in the Dominican Republic Smith Augustin, a announced this week that there will be a special visa that will be issued shortly to the thousands of Haitian students who are pursuing their undergraduate studies in Dominican territory with a limited and binding tourist visa …
“Good news for Haitian students in DR. The delivery of their special visa promised by the Dominican authorities is soon. I had a fruitful meeting with Deputy Minister Jatzel Roman, in the presence of the Consul General of Santiago James Jacques, in order to finalize the process,” Ambassador Augustin said this week.
Let’s recall that according to the statistics available from the Dominican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in 2018 there were 5,477 Haitian students in Dominican universities, plus the 1,170 who entered higher education centers in 2019, according to the latest statistical report from the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology.
In 2018, only 31 of the 102 category “E” visas were issued to Haitians.
Studying with a Tourist Visa puts Haitian students in a difficult situation, then that to avoid paying a penalty for irregular stay, they must avoid their uninterrupted stay in the Dominican Republic exceeding 90 days, which it rarely happens. to respect… Indeed, to be in good standing they must leave the DR to obtain a new tourist visa from a Dominican consultancy in Haiti, before returning to study…
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