Ask the Consul – United States Citizen Immigration and Services Office

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The US Citizenship and Immigration Services Office, USCIS, is a government entity of the United States of America that provides services related to the immigration and naturalization processes of the families of residents and citizens of the United States.

USCIS also manages the first steps for the adoptions of children of other countries.

Family-based immigration encompasses most of the legal migration to the United States. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) specifies which family relationships qualify to migrate to the United States, and how many people from each category can immigrate each year.

The first step to immigrate, based on a family relationship, is for a qualifying family member, whether a US citizen or resident, to submit an immigrant visa petition to prove their relationship with the beneficiary. USCIS, receives the petition, assigns a priority date and awards the petition.

The cases that qualify as immediate family do not have limits as to the number of immediate family that can migrate each year to the United States. Persons considered as immediate family are: the spouse or wife of a citizen of the United States, children under 21 years of age, of a United States citizen, the father or mother of a citizen of the United States, provided that the citizen is over 21 years and the widow or widower of a citizen of the United States.


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You can also visit us without appointment in our offices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7a.m. to 12 noon, window 14 in the Consular Section of the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo.