Ask the Consul – Legal Permanent Residents in the Dominican Republic

Legal Permanent Residents in the Dominican Republic

The Government of the Dominican Republic has allowed U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to leave the Dominican Republic on ferry flights to the U.S. since the beginning of the pandemic.

Lawful permanent residents (LPR) who stay outside of the United States for more than one year, or shorter trips where it is believed they did not intend to make the United States their permanent residence, are putting their status at risk and may lose their residency.  Detailed information for LPRs traveling outside the U.S. can be found on USCIS website: https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/after-we-grant-your-green-card/international-travel-a-permanent-resident Contact information for USCIS can be found here: https://www.uscis.gov/contactcenter.

If you have been outside of the United States for more than a year, and did not apply for a reentry permit (Form I-131) before leaving the United States, you will need to apply for a SB-1 returning resident visa from the U.S. Embassy.  An SB-1 applicant will be required to establish eligibility for an immigrant visa and will need a medical exam. Returning resident information can be found here: https://do.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/returning-resident-visa/

Those travelers who wish to leave should contact available airlines directly. JetBlue and United Airlines have reported the availability of ferry flights departing the Dominican Republic in June, and travelers should contact the airlines directly to make reservations:

JetBlue: 809-200-9898; www.jetblue.com

United Airlines: 809-262-1060; https://www.united.com; ventasrd@united.com

Follow our social media @EmbajadaUSAenRD and check our website for up-to-date information about travel: https://do.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/