U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo – PAS Annual Program Statement

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY SANTO DOMINGO PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION Annual Program Statement   Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo – PAS Annual Program Statement Funding Opportunity Number: PAS- SANTO DOMINGO -FY19-01 CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Minimum for Each Award: $1,000.00 Maximum for Each Award: $250,000.00 This notice is subject ...
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OPIC Representatives and Ambassador Bernstein Meet With President Medina

Danilo Medina sostiene reunión de traba ” ( CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ) by  PresidenciaRD During a visit to the country, representatives of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) met with President Danilo Medina, accompanied by the US Ambassador, Robin Bernstein, other embassy officials and representatives of American companies. OPIC president and CEO Ray W. Washburne, vice president and general counsel William Doffermyre, and senior adviser on energy issues Deaver Alexander III participated in the meeting. From ...
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AFCP 2019 Small Grants Competition Funding Opportunity

Deadline: Dec 14, 2018. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Cultural Heritage Center (“the Center”) is accepting project applications for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2019 Small Grants Competition.  The deadline for submitting applications to the Center is December 14, 2018. Full implementation of the AFCP 2019 program is pending ...
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United States Government Supports Program to Improve Assistance to Victims of Gender-Based Violence

The United States Government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID), supported the launching of a program to improve and adapt the gender-based violence victims’ assistance unit in Santo Domingo West. The renovation of the unit is part of the National Plan Against Gender Violence, which includes improvements to the nineteen units that existed before its ...
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Florida Trade Mission Boosts Bilateral Trade between the U.S. and the Dominican Republic

In order to continue to grow the significant trade relationship between the Dominican Republic and the United States, a business delegation from the state of Florida is visiting the Dominican Republic from November 13 to 16. The delegation includes 60 representatives of companies, port authorities and state institutions. In this trade mission, 20 companies from ...
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Restriction on Travel to Haiti for USG Personnel

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic November 9, 2018 Event: Restriction on Travel to Haiti for USG Personnel U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince has announced it is restricting the routine travel of U.S. Government personnel to a 15 mile radius around the capital due to security concerns. Accordingly, U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo now ...
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US Embassy Celebrates Cocktail Party in Honor of Dominicana Moda 2018 Designers

Santo Domingo, D.N. – The United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Robin Bernstein, and her husband, Richard Bernstein, threw a cocktail party in their home to honor the organizers and designers of Dominicana Moda 2018. Entrepreneurs, designers, fashion bloggers, as well as government and private sector representatives, attended the event. The theme of the ...
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U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sign Bilateral Work Agreement

The U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic and the Dominican Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed a bilateral work agreement to allow the families of diplomats from both countries to legally work in the host country’s local economy. The signing took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters, with Ambassador Robin Bernstein representing the United ...
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Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Issued on: October 27, 2018 As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 27, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, ...
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Energy Corporation Signs Contract with American Company to Supply Coal for Punta Catalina Thermoelectric Plant

On Monday, the Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas Estatales (CDEEE) signed a service contract with American company Xcoal Energy & Resources, LLC based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to supply 462,000 metric tons of U.S. coal to the Dominican Republic’s Punta Catalina power plant. The American company won the public tender by the Dominican government on October ...
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U.S. Embassy Commemorates International Day of the Girl Child

Santo Domingo, D.N.- United States Ambassador Robin Bernstein visited the Conrado Mieses school in Manoguayabo, to commemorate the International Day of the Girl. The school is one of 400 the United States Government is supporting through the USAID Read Project, implemented by a local university UNIBE, focused on improving literacy skills of more than 180,000 children ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence on the Administration’s Policy Toward China

The Hudson Institute Washington, D.C. 11:07 A.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Ken, for that kind introduction. To the Members of the Board of Trustees, to Dr. Michael Pillsbury, to our distinguished guests, and to all of you who, true to your mission in this place, “think about the future in unconventional ways” –- ...
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U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Higher Education Commemorate 10th Anniversary of Fulbright-MESCyT Scholarships

Santo Domingo, D.N.- The United States Ambassador in the Dominican Republic, Robin Bernstein, and the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Alejandrina Germán, hosted a reception to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Fulbright-MESCyT scholarship program, which has sent more than 80 Dominican students since 2008 to complete master’s and doctoral studies in the United States with ...
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Your Vote Counts! Register to Vote From Overseas in the 2018 Elections

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote in the 2018 U.S. elections: Request Your Ballot: Complete a new  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) .   The  FPCA is ...
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Remarks by President Trump at “Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem” Event

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release                         September 24, 2018 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AT “GLOBAL CALL TO ACTION ON THE WORLD DRUG PROBLEM” EVENT United Nations Headquarters New York, New York 8:35 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all for being here this morning. It is a great honor ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robin Bernstein at her Welcome Reception

Good evening. Gracias, gracias, muchas gracias a todos por acompañarnos esta noche. Es un verdadero placer darles la bienvenida a nuestro hogar. I want to start by thanking President Trump and the American people for the opportunity to be here with you this evening. It is a great honor to serve as the chief representative ...
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Meet the Dominican participants of the YLAI 2018 Program

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) aims to connect the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators in Western Hemisphere. Since 2016, this exchange program empowers young entrepreneurs with the training, tools, networks and resources they need to transform their societies and contribute to their most complete economic development and prosperity, security and good ...
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Learn How to Prepare for Severe Weather in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is subject to severe weather which can pose a threat to the safety of U.S. citizens residing in or visiting the country. While hurricanes are a particular threat, tropical rainstorms can cause flash flooding, landslides and dangerous riptides. All severe weather should be taken seriously. U.S. citizens are encouraged to prepare themselves ...
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U.S. Chiefs of Mission to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Panama Called Back for Consultations

The Department of State has called back the U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Robin Bernstein, the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Jean Manes, and the U.S. Charge d’Affaires in Panama Roxanne Cabral for consultations related to recent decisions to no longer recognize Taiwan.
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YLAI alumni lead tech entrepreneurship boot camp for college students

Twenty-two engineering and industrial design students participated in a product design boot camp led by alumnus Emil Rodriguez.  Emil is a technology entrepreneur with a passion to promote invention and innovation in the Dominican Republic. One of the biggest challenges he highlights is that most engineers and designers focus on providing tech support to already ...
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Dominican Youth Grow With Support From the United States

To Celebrate International Youth Day on August 12, we are sharing success stories of Dominican youth who have found and taken advantage of new career and personal development opportunities with support from the United States Government. Lucy Every day, young mothers such as Lucy seek opportunities to build a better future for their children. Lucy’s ...
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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: What to expect at the VAC visit

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to find visa information at do.usembassy.gov , how to complete a non-immigrant visa application (DS-160) at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , and how to use www.ustraveldocs.com to create a profile, make a payment and schedule your appointment. By following the prompts online, you’ll be informed whether you need to make an ...
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Prepare Yourself for Hurricane Season

Like the rest of the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is a hurricane-prone country.  The hurricane season runs from June , with the peak season from mid-August to late October. A hurricane is a low pressure system that generally forms in the tropics accompanied by heavy winds.  Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates 242nd Independence Day Anniversary

Santo Domingo, D.N. – The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo celebrated the 242nd anniversary of the United States’ Independence, in a reception headed by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Robert Copley and his wife Yanira Copley. The event began with the presentation of the flags by the Color Guard of the U.S. Embassy Marine Corps, followed by ...
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The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo and the General Directorate of Film Announce a Western Film Series

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo and the General Directorate of Film, through the Cinemateca Dominicana, present the film series “Cuéntame una de Vaqueros” (tell me a cowboy story), starting June 28 and running through July 11, 2018, at the Cinemateca theater. During the film series, viewers will be able to see some of the ...
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Ask the Consul – Be Ready: Visit the Visa Application Center before your Interview

Many residents of Santo Domingo know where the United States Embassy is, and where to apply for a visa.  But have you heard of the Visa Application Center (the “VAC”)?  All applicants for Immigrant Visas must first visit the VAC prior to their interviews at the embassy.  The VAC is located in Galleria 360 mall ...
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Treasury Sanctions Two Individuals and Five Entities Under Global Magnitsky

U.S. Department of the Treasury PRESS RELEASES June 12, 2018 Designations Represent Latest Efforts to Isolate Serious Human Rights Abusers and Corrupt Actors from the US. Financial System WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Dominican Republic Senator Felix Ramon Bautista Rosario (Bautista) for engaging in corrupt ...
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Public Designation of Dominican Republic Senator Felix Bautista under the FY 2018 Department of State Appropriations Act

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release June 12, 2018 MEDIA NOTE Public Designation of Dominican Republic Senator Felix Bautista under the FY 2018 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act (Div. K, P.L. 115-141 The Department is publicly designating Dominican Republic Senator Felix Ramon Bautista Rosario under ...
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Ask the Consul – Family Based Immigration

The U.S. Embassy Consular Section receives many questions related to visas . One of the most common questions received is: How can I become a legal permanent resident of the United States?  An immigrant visa, or green card as it is known, allows you to reside permanently in the United States. To obtain an immigrant visa a person is typically ...
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Secretary of State Pompeo’s Remarks on LGBTI Pride Month

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 1, 2018 The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. In many parts of the world, LGBTI individuals ...
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Ask the Consul – Protect yourself

The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo wants visa applicants to protect themselves from becoming victims of visa fraud. Our “Ten cuida’o con ese Maco” campaign helps applicants to identify the macos – dishonest lawyers, travel agents, and fixers – and to understand the consequences of immigration fraud. Each year, millions of people obtain a ...
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U.S. Businesses Visit the Dominican Republic

The U.S. Government, through the Foreign Commercial Service in the Dominican Republic, organized a trade mission in order to strengthen trade between both countries. A group of representatives from 12 businesses based in various American cities came to the Dominican Republic to establish contact with local enterprises and offer them their products and services. The ...
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Ask the Consul – What to do after you have your IV Appointment Letter?

Congratulations on reaching this stage in the process where you are invited to prepare your Immigrant Visa (IV) application package and come to the U.S. Embassy for your visa interview. This column will provide answers to many questions you may now have. It is important that you understand the requirements for each part of the ...
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U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo Announces Online Recruitment Websites

We invite all those interested in joining our team in the Dominican Republic to access our e-recruitment platforms at https://erajobs.state.gov/dos-era/dom/vacancysearch/searchVacancies.hms and erecruitment.wha.state.gov/sd/ . Applicants will find job vacancies with corresponding descriptions, requirements and forms in these websites. We recommend checking both websites periodically to take advantage of the job opportunities available in each one. The U.S. Government ...
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U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Launches Button to Report IP Theft

To celebrate World Intellectual Property Day on April 26, U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo is launching the “ Report IP Theft Button .” This is a streamlined method to report intellect property theft.  The button leads users to a report form, which, once completed, is submitted to the U.S. National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center for review and possible follow ...
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Ask the Consul – Visa Approval, Denial, and Administrative Processing

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to apply for a nonimmigrant visa and prepare for your visit to the Embassy.  Once you have followed all these steps and completed your interview, the consular officer will tell you if your visa application is approved, denied, or pending for additional administrative processing. The ...
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Ask the Consul – Be Ready: Visit the Visa Application Center before your Interview

Many residents of Santo Domingo know where the United States Embassy is, and where to apply for a visa.  But have you heard of the Visa Application Center (the “VAC”)?  All applicants for Immigrant Visas must first visit the VAC prior to their interviews at the embassy.  The VAC is located in Galleria 360 mall ...
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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: What to do during the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application, schedule your appointment, and prepare for your visits to the Visa Application Center (VAC) and the Embassy. Now we will discuss what to expect the day of your interview. On the day of your interview, you should arrive at ...
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United States Embassy recognizes Soraya Checo de Álvarez as Notable Woman 2018

Santo Domingo, DN- The Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo, Robert Copley, hosted an International Women’s Day reception on March 8 where he recognized Soraya Checo de Álvarez as the Embassy’s 2018 “Mujer Destacada” (Notable Woman). Checo was selected for her hard work and valuable contributions in the comprehensive education ...
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Fulbright-Mescyt Alumnus Recieves Award for His Contributions to Science and Education

Richard Oliver Bido-Medina, an alumnus of the Fulbright-MESCYT program, received the Illinois International Graduate Achievement Award, which recognizes an University of Illinois graduate student whose international research or public service abroad has had the greatest impact on the university, larger community or internationally. Richard, a medical doctor, is a graduate of the Autonomous University of ...
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Dominican Republic National Day Statement by Secretary Tillerson

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON Dominican Republic National Day February 27, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Dominican Republic on 174 years of independence. The United States values our longstanding friendship with the Dominican ...
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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: Preparing for the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to find visa information at do.usembassy.gov , how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application (DS-160) at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , how to use www.ustraveldocs.com /do to create a profile and schedule your appointment, and how to prepare for your visit to the Visa Application Center (VAC). The next step will ...
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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: Visa Approval, Denial, and Administrative Processing

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to apply for a nonimmigrant visa and prepare for your visit to the Embassy.  Once you have followed all these steps and completed your interview, the consular officer will tell you if your visa application is approved, denied, or pending for additional administrative processing. The ...
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Acting DCM Arthur Brown Shares Ideas and Experiences to commemorate African American History Month

The Acting Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, Arthur Brown, shared ideas and experiences with APEC university students during an event to celebrate African American History Month. During his remarks, Mr. Brown explained the importance of this celebration, which is acknowledged every year through a Presidential proclamation, a celebration at ...
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U.S. Embassy and AMCHAMDR Host Overseas Security Advisory Council Meeting

The United States Embassy and the American Chamber of Commerce hosted the quarterly meeting of the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) on February 6th in Santo Domingo.  Eighty-seven representatives and 44 U.S. businesses operating in the Dominican Republic, dignitaries from partner embassies (UK, Germany, Canada, and United Nations), the World Bank, and officials from the ...
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Learn About the Stories of Notable African American Leaders in United States History

Each February, the United States celebrates African American History Month, to acknowledge the achievements and the central role of African Americans in the country’s history. As a part of this year’s celebration, below we share the stories of some of the most important African American leaders in history, who stood out in areas such as ...
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Ask the Consul – Family Based Immigration

The U.S. Embassy Consular Section receives many questions related to visas. One of the most common questions received is: How can I become a legal permanent resident of the United States?  An immigrant visa, or green card as it is known, allows you to reside permanently in the United States. To obtain an immigrant visa ...
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Why do I have to visit the VAC at Galerias 360 before my interview?

Most visa applicants visit the Visa Application Center (Centro de Atención de Visas) or “VAC” in Galerías 360 before their Embassy appointment, or before leaving their visa for renewal to complete the fingerprint collection portion of the visa application process.  Applicants make an appointment at the VAC from their profile on www.ustraveldocs.com/do, after completing the ...
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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: What to do during the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application, schedule your appointment, and prepare for your visits to the Visa Application Center (VAC) and the Embassy. Now we will discuss what to expect the day of your interview. On the day of your interview, you should arrive at ...
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Are You a Young Musician? This Exchange Program Is for You

If you are a musician between the ages of 19 and 35, the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo invites you to apply to OneBeat, a music exchange and incubator for music-based social entrepreneurship, where innovative musicians from around the world launch collaborative projects designed to make a positive impact on local and global communities. Now ...
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Ask the Consul – Protect yourself

The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo wants visa applicants to protect themselves from becoming victims of visa fraud. Our “Ten cuida’o con ese Maco” campaign helps applicants to identify the macos – dishonest lawyers, travel agents, and fixers – and to understand the consequences of immigration fraud. Each year, millions of people obtain a ...
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Ask the Consul – What to do after you have your IV Appointment Letter?

Congratulations on reaching this stage in the process where you are invited to prepare your Immigrant Visa (IV) application package and come to the U.S. Embassy for your visa interview. This column will provide answers to many questions you may now have. It is important that you understand the requirements for each part of the ...
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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: What to expect at the VAC visit

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to find visa information at do.usembassy.gov , how to complete a non-immigrant visa application (DS-160) at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , and how to use www.ustraveldocs.com to create a profile, make a payment and schedule your appointment. By following the prompts online, you’ll be informed whether you need to make an ...
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United States Government Takes Actions Related to Human Rights and Corruption

December 21, 2017 Washington, D.C. – Today, together with the President and the Department of the Treasury, the Department of State took action against persons who have committed serious human rights abuses and engaged in corruption.  Included in these actions was a Dominican, Angel Rondon Rijo.  This action allows for the imposition of visa restrictions ...
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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: Preparing for the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to find visa information at  do.usembassy.gov , how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application (DS-160) at  https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , how to use  www.ustraveldocs.com/do  to create a profile and schedule your appointment, and how to prepare for your visit to the Visa Application Center (VAC). The next step will be ...
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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: Visa Approval, Denial, and Administrative Processing

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to apply for a nonimmigrant visa and prepare for your visit to the Embassy.  Once you have followed all these steps and completed your interview, the consular officer will tell you if your visa application is approved, denied, or pending for additional administrative processing. The ...
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The United States and the Caribbean Cooperate on Regional Security

The United States is in constant cooperation with Caribbean countries on regional security issues. As part of this cooperation, since 2009, representatives from the U.S. and Caribbean governments have met annually to advance the goals of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI). This year, the annual Caribbean-U.S. Security Cooperation Dialogue was held in the Dominican ...
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Ask the Consul – Be Ready: Visit the Visa Application Center before your Interview

Many residents of Santo Domingo know where the United States Embassy is, and where to apply for a visa.  But have you heard of the Visa Application Center (the “VAC”)?  All applicants for Immigrant Visas must first visit the VAC prior to their interviews at the embassy.  The VAC is located in Galleria 360 mall ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Robert Copley at the AMCHAMDR Luncheon

Robert Copley Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Remarks: “DR-CAFTA, The Next Ten Years” Wednesday, November 22, 2017   Remarks as Prepared Thank you to the American Chamber of Commerce, or AMCHAMDR, for being a steadfast partner for our mission and an advocate for U.S. business interests in the Dominican Republic, as well as ...
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Ask the Consul – Family Based Immigration

The U.S. Embassy Consular Section receives many questions related to visas. One of the most common questions received is: How can I become a legal permanent resident of the United States?  An immigrant visa, or green card as it is known, allows you to reside permanently in the United States. To obtain an immigrant visa ...
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U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Resumes Consular Operations

The U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo will resume all normal Consular and USCIS operations on Friday, November 17. Any individuals whose Consular or USCIS appointment was impacted on Thursday, November 16 will be contacted to reschedule their appointment. For emergency rescheduling of your appointment, please contact santodomingovisas@state.gov .  
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U.S. Embassy Temporarily Suspends Consular Operations

As a precautionary measure, the U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo has temporarily suspended all consular operations as of 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, November 16 due to the detection of an unknown substance in the Consular section. The U.S. Embassy is in contact with Dominican authorities and is evaluating the substance. Any individuals who miss Consular or ...
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Ask the Consul – Why do I have to visit the VAC at Galeria 360 before my interview?

Most visa applicants visit the Visa Application Center (Centro de Atención de Visas) or “VAC” in Galerías 360 before their Embassy appointment, or before leaving their visa for renewal to complete the fingerprint collection portion of the visa application process.  Applicants make an appointment at the VAC from their profile on www.ustraveldocs.com/do, after completing the ...
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Announcement to Receive Proposals: Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2018

ANNOUNCEMENT TO RECEIVE PROPOSALS PROGRAM OF AMBASSADORS FUND FOR CULTURAL PRESERVATION 2018 (AFCP) The Cultural Section of the Office of Public Affairs of the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo in coordination with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Cultural Heritage Center (“the Center”) invites Dominican cultural entities to submit project proposals for ...
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Ask the Consul – Do you get Social Security benefits?

Every year, during the month of July, the Social Security Administration contacts those beneficiaries that have an address in the Dominican Republic by traditional mail for the purpose of verifying and updating their records in the system. Form SSA-7161 and/or SSA-7162 are mailed from the Social Security office in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The form must be ...
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U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Changes Visa Process for Families with Children under 14

he U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo has discontinued the “Interview Waiver Program,” known as the “drop box,” and will require parents who wish to travel to the United States for vacation with their children (under the age of 14) to appear for an interview in representation of their children.
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Dominican Republic Entry Requirements

A valid U.S. passport is required for all U.S. citizens seeking to enter or transit through the Dominican Republic.  Authorities have not made any exception to this policy for travelers arriving from Puerto Rico.  Dominican immigration authorities will deny entry to persons arriving without a valid travel document.  Neither commercial airlines nor the San Juan/Santo ...
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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: What to expect at the VAC visit

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to find visa information at do.usembassy.gov , how to complete a non-immigrant visa application (DS-160) at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , and how to use www.ustraveldocs.com/do to create a profile, make a payment and schedule your appointment. By following the prompts online, you’ll be informed whether you need to make an ...
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U.S. Response to the Impact of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

The Embassy thanks you for your interest and support as our country deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We would like to update you on the ongoing relief efforts. The U.S. Government response, led by FEMA, and including the Department of Defense and the U.S. Coast ...
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U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Hosts Reception in Honor of Altos de Chavon School of Design

Santo Domingo, D.N.– The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo hosted a reception in honor of Altos de Chavon School of Design , to thank them for lending 24 art pieces from their collection, which are on display at the Chief of Mission Residence. The ceremony was headed by the U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Mr. Robert Copley, who thanked Dominique ...
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Travel Guidance for Hurricane-Affected Areas

September 25, 2017 DR-4335-VI DR-4340-VI NR 006 FEMA NEWS DESK: 540-247-7974   News Release Important Safety Information for Hurricane Survivors in the U.S. Virgin Islands   CROIX, Virgin Islands – The top priority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners is to support the government of the U.S. Virgin Islands and ...
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CDA Robert Copley’s Remarks at OSAC Conference

Greetings to our fellow OSAC members and its affiliates.  It is a great pleasure for me to be here and take part in the Overseas Security Advisory quarterly conference.  OSAC continues to be an important public and private sector worldwide initiative with the purpose of promoting security cooperation between American private sector interests and the ...
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U.S. Embassy Returns to Normal Operations on Friday

Santo Domingo, DN – The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will return to normal operations on Friday, September 22, 2017, after closing for routine consular services on September 21, 2017 due to weather conditions caused by Hurricane Maria. Previously scheduled consular services, and all other services offered by the Embassy, will be carried out normally. ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens- Hurricane Maria

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens- Hurricane Maria United States Embassy, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic September 20, 2017   This message is to advise U.S. citizens residing and traveling in the Dominican Republic that Hurricane Maria, currently a category 4 storm, is projected to affect the Dominican Republic beginning Wednesday. This storm may bring significant rainfall and ...
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U.S. Embassy Will Be Closed for Routine Consular Services on Thursday

Santo Domingo, DN – For the safety and security of our staff and visitors during weather conditions due to Hurricane Maria, the U.S. Embassy Consular Section in  Santo Domingo will be closed for routine consular (nonimmigrant, immigrant, and non-emergency American citizen) services on September 21, 2017.  Those with scheduled appointments for September 21, 2017 will be ...
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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: Preparing for the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to find visa information at  do.usembassy.gov , how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application (DS-160) at  https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , how to use  www.ustraveldocs.com/do  to create a profile and schedule your appointment, and how to prepare for your visit to the Visa Application Center (VAC). The next step will be ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens- Hurricane Maria

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens- Hurricane Maria United States Embassy, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic September 18, 2017   This message is to advise U.S. citizens residing and traveling in the Dominican Republic that Hurricane Maria, currently a category 1 storm, is projected to strengthen to category 4 and to affect the Dominican Republic. This storm may ...
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Supporting Good Faith Negotiations Among Venezuelans

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 15, 2017 The United States reiterates its call for the complete restoration of democracy in Venezuela. We support earnest negotiations in good faith that will achieve this goal. We call attention to the importance of the Government of Venezuela fulfilling its previous commitments to a democratic ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims National Hispanic Heritage Month 2017

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Ask the Consul – Nonimmigrant Visa: Visa Approval, Denial, and Administrative Processing

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to apply for a nonimmigrant visa and prepare for your visit to the Embassy.  Once you have followed all these steps and completed your interview, the consular officer will tell you if your visa application is approved, denied, or pending for additional administrative processing. The three sections below explain in more detail what each decision means for ...
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Follow Hurricane Irma updates here

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Robert Copley at Interceptor Turnover Ceremony

Honorable Minister of Defense, Lieutenant General Ruben Paulino Sem, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Miguel Peña Acosta, Members of the Dominican Armed Forces, Members of the Press, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning.  I am honored to join you today as we celebrate the continued strong cooperation between the United States and Dominican ...
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U.S. Embassy celebrates Boomerang Night: A night for entrepreneurs

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Robert Copley at his Welcome Reception

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Ask the Consul – Why do I have to visit the VAC at Galeria 360 before my interview?

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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: What to do during the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application, schedule your appointment, and prepare for your visits to the Visa Application Center (VAC) and the Embassy. Now we will discuss what to expect the day of your interview. On the day of your interview, you should arrive at ...
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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: Myths & Misinformation

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed the steps to apply for a nonimmigrant visa.  Now, we will discuss some common myths regarding the visa process in order to dispel any misinformation and misconceptions that may exist. Myth 1: It is necessary to have a certain amount of money to receive a visa ...
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Youth Ambassadors in Action

The Youth Ambassadors program brings together high school students and teachers for a 3-week exchange to develop their leadership skills, fosters community service, promotes mutual understanding and improves their knowledge about the U.S. Participants engage in workshops, community service activities, team building exercises, meetings with community leaders, and home stays with American families. Upon their ...
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Ask the Consul – Myths and Misconceptions

The interview in the Consular section is very important because it allows the applicant to discuss his/her case with the consular officer for the first time since the petitioner filed the petition with the United Sates Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). First, however, there are some myths and misconceptions about the consular interview that need ...
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Ask the Consul – My Immigrant Visa was Approved… Now What?

If your immigrant visa has been approved, first of all, a heartfelt congratulations!  You and your family have navigated a long and complicated path, and you as an applicant are finally in the last steps of moving to the United States.  The question remains, however, now what do you need to do? First – Check ...
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Notice of Funding Opportunity: Building English Teaching Capacity in the Dominican Republic

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Ask the Consul – Do you get Social Security benefits?

Every year, during the month of July, the Social Security Administration contacts those beneficiaries that have an address in the Dominican Republic by traditional mail for the purpose of verifying and updating their records in the system. Form SSA-7161 and/or SSA-7162 are mailed from the Social Security office in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The form must be ...
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Notification of Funding Opportunity: Youth Empowerment Through Arts

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Patrick Dunn at 241st Independence Day Celebration

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U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Celebrates 241st United States Independence Day

Santo Domingo, D.N.– The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo held a reception to celebrate the 241st United States Independence Day. The event was hosted by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Patrick Dunn and his wife Meltem Ercan-Dunn. The event began with the color guard Infantry Corps of the Embassy Marines, followed by the national anthems of both ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Patrick Dunn During LGBTI Pride March

Remarks by Mr. Patrick Dunn US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires During LGBTI Pride March July 2, 2017   Gracias Deivis, for that kind introduction. Representatives from foreign missions, Ladies and Gentelmen, Good Afternoon.  To the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Community and its allies: Happy Pride!  Thank you to the organizers, Amigos Siempre Amigos, and ...
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Ask the Consul – What to expect the day of the immigrant visa consular interview

On the day of the interview, applicants should arrive fifteen minutes before their scheduled time to avoid any unnecessary waiting. Our embassy works to process cases as quickly as possible but due to the number of applicants interviewed daily, some families may have to wait for longer periods of time. There are snacks and beverages ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Patrick Dunn at FCS Reception

CDA – Patrick Dunn Commercial Reception Remarks: InterCon Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Thank you Maria Elena for that introduction and thank you David for hosting this lovely reception. Good evening everyone.   I will keep my comments brief because I know you are all eager to resume your evening.   I echo David’s sentiments about the importance ...
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Ask the Consul – Family Based Immigration

The U.S. Embassy Consular Section receives many questions related to visas. One of the most common questions received is: How can I become a legal permanent resident of the United States?  An immigrant visa, or green card as it is known, allows you to reside permanently in the United States. To obtain an immigrant visa ...
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United States Embassy Welcomes New Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs

Santo Domingo, D.N. – The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo hosted a welcome reception to honor the new Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs Section, Mrs. Katharine Beamer and bid farewell to the departing Counselor, Mr. Brian Quigley.  The event was headed by the Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Mr. Patrick Dunn and his wife, Mrs. ...
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Amendment Executive Order 13597: Rescinds Minimum Wait Times

This applies to minimum wait times to schedule non-immigrant visa interviews On June 21, 2017 President Trump signed an Executive Order rescinding a provision of Executive Order 13597, which directed the Department to ensure that 80 percent of nonimmigrant visa applicants were interviewed within three weeks of submitting an application, except where dictated otherwise by ...
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United States Strategy for Engagement in the Caribbean

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  MEDIA NOTE June 21, 2017 United States Strategy for Engagement in the Caribbean   The U.S. Department of State, in coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), submitted a multi-year Caribbean strategy to Congress on June 19 that establishes a framework for ...
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Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan Remarks at OAS General Assembly

Remarks Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan At a Solo Press Availability June 20, 2017 Cancun, Mexico **UNEDITED/DRAFT** MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Good afternoon. Welcome to this press conference of the Under* Secretary of State John Sullivan. He will start with a brief declaration and then he will answer some questions. I will assign the persons that ...
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Remarks by President Trump on the Policy of the United States Towards Cuba

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Patrick Dunn at the English Teaching Conference

English Teaching Conference Opening Ceremony Thursday, June 15, 2017   Members of the Board of Directors of Instituto Cultural Dominico-Americano; Members of the table of honor; International Speakers; English teachers, distinguished guests, and friends; Good morning, and thank you, Ingeniero Ariza, for the warm welcome.  It is a pleasure to join you today to promote ...
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Remarks by the Vice President at the Northern Triangle Conference

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Patrick Dunn During Reception to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the ICDA

Welcome Remarks Reception to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Instituto Cultural Dominico-Americano Tuesday, June 13, 2017   Mr. Jose Ariza, President of Board of Directors and other Members of the Board of the Instituto Cultural Dominico-Americano; Distinguished guests and friends; Good evening, and thank you, Ingeniero Ariza, for the warm welcome.  It is a ...
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Innovation Fund Announces Grant for Dominican Institution for Entrepreneurship Program

The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund announced a grant for Instituto Tecnológico de las Américas (ITLA) and the New York Institute of Technology to create the Innovation Across Borders program. This program will promote entrepreneurship and will be structured around joint design challenges completed by students at both institutions. The joint projects will ...
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Be Ready: Visit the Visa Application Center before your Interview

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Ask the Consul – What to do after you have your IV Appointment Letter?

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Emergency Operations Center Presents AlertCOE App Sponsored by the United States Government

The app will serve to share COE alerts through smartphones during any weather phenomenon1 SANTO DOMINGO.  The United States Government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID), sponsored the design of a new application called AlertCOE that will allow alerts issued by the Emergency Operations Center (COE) to be received by smartphone users. United States ...
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Ask the Consul – United States Citizen Immigration and Services Office

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Art Brown at the Carol Morgan School Senior Reception

Distinguished graduates, faculty and staff, parents, family members, friends, distinguished alumni; It is a pleasure to honor the graduating class of 2017, student award recipients, and this year’s distinguished alumnus tonight. On behalf of the United States Embassy, welcome and congratulations for all of your achievements.  A special congratulation as well to CMS’ faculty and ...
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Global Business Leaders to Attend 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, May 22, 2017 U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce and SelectUSA announced an impressive lineup of global executives and business leaders that will address participants at the SelectUSA Investment Summit , June 18-20, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Speakers include executives from ...
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Haiti Travel Warning

May 22, 2017 The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of traveling to Haiti due to its current security environment and lack of adequate medical facilities and response, especially in the areas of Petionville and the storm-damaged southern peninsula departments of Grand Anse and Sud.  This replaces the Travel Warning ...
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Ask the Consul- Protect yourself

The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo wants visa applicants to protect themselves from becoming victims of visa fraud. Our “Ten cuida’o con ese Maco” campaign helps applicants to identify the macos – dishonest lawyers, travel agents, and fixers – and to understand the consequences of immigration fraud. Each year, millions of people obtain a ...
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United States Embassy Announces New Website

Santo Domingo, D.N.- The Embassy of the United States of America in the Dominican Republic announced the launch of its new website, which is available to all users starting on Thursday, May 18. The site, located at do.usembassy.gov , contains information in English and Spanish. On the new website, users can find current information on immigrant ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Patrick Dunn at the 34th International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC)

Remarks by Mr. Patrick Dunn, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Embassy of the United States of America 34th International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC) May 16, 2017   Good morning, On behalf of the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo, good morning and welcome to the 2017 International Drug Enforcement Conference. First of all, I would like to ...
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Ask the Consul – Do you get Social Security benefits?

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Ask the Consul – Step Registration: How can I be sure to receive important information from the embassy regarding the Dominican Republic?

Protecting the lives and interests of U.S. citizens abroad is a core mission of U.S. embassies. If you are a U.S. citizen living in or visiting the Dominican Republic, we strongly encourage you to enroll with the embassy’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program which is commonly referred to as “STEP.” By enrolling in the STEP program, ...
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DREAM Project And U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Celebrate First Teacher Training Project Graduation

The participants received intensive workshops on lesson planning and classroom management strategies to support English language learning in the classroom Cabarete, Puerto Plata – The local NGO Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring Project (DREAM) and the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo celebrated the first Teacher Training Project graduation for twenty English teachers of the ...
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Ask the Consul – Understanding the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)

A Consular Report of Birth (CRBA) is evidence of United States citizenship, issued to a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents who meet the requirements for transmitting citizenship under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). CRBA applications can be made at any time before the child’s 18th birthday, but we ...
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Ask the Consul – The U.S. Embassy’s Federal Benefits Unit

The Consular Section of the United States Embassy in the Dominican Republic has a Federal Benefits Unit office that provides assistance to citizens of the United States, Dominican Republic and nationals of other countries whenever they receive U.S. federal benefits. This office also provides services to these individuals when they have concerns to clarify with ...
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Green Fest Opening Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Patrick Dunn

Remarks by Mr. Patrick Dunn, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. U.S. Embassy Green Fest Opening Ceremony April 23, 2017   Good afternoon.  I’d like to begin by welcoming all of you – special guests, artists, vendors, exhibitors, volunteers, and visitors – to the U.S. Embassy’s seventh annual Green Fest.  I am thrilled to be here with you to ...
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U.S. Embassy to host 7th Annual Green Fest at the Botanical Garden

Santo Domingo, D. N. – On Sunday April 23, the Embassy of the United States of America will host the seventh consecutive “Green Fest” to commemorate International Earth Day. Each year, the Embassy of the United States hosts Green Fest as a way to raise awareness among the public of the importance of preserving the environment ...
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Embassy of the United States presents AMA Karikatura Band

The visit is part of their Latin American tour that includes Chile, Haiti, Mexico and Panama Santo Domingo, D.N.– The Embassy of the United States of America in Santo Domingo, in collaboration with the State Department’s American Music Abroad (AMA) program, organized a tour of the American pop band with Afro-Latin influences Karikatura through two ...
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Ask the Consul – Report of Death of a Person Holding a Social Security Number

There are people who have worked legally in U.S. territory in some way, although they are not citizens of the United States. These persons may be Dominicans or citizens of other countries who have obtained visas and temporary work permits.  They may also be, or have been, Legal Permanent Residents, refugees, among other situations. It ...
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U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo donates two mobile clinics to offer health services in communities of Santiago and Puerto Plata

Santiago, Dominican Republic.- On behalf of the United States Government, Chargé d’affaires, a.i. Patrick Dunn, and Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Dominican Republic, Dr. Nelson Arboleda, delivered two mobile clinics to Dominican institutions that offer community health and HIV / AIDS services in the provinces of Santiago and ...
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Statement by President Trump on Syria

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 06, 2017 Statement by President Trump on Syria Mar-a-Lago, Florida 9:40 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans:  On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.  Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives ...
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U.S. Donates 15 Vehicles to Dominican Armed Forces

Santo Domingo –Today, the Dominican Ministry of Defense received a donation of 15 Jeep J-8 Troop Mobility Vehicles from the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo. The handover ceremony was attended by the Minister of Defense Lieutenant General Ruben Dario Paulino Sem, the Chief of the Dominican Navy Vice Admiral Miguel Enrique Peña Acosta, the  Commander ...
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Remarks by Mr. Patrick Dunn, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., During Delivery of Vehicles to the Ministry of Defense

Remarks by Mr. Patrick Dunn Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. United States Embassy in Santo Domingo Delivery of Vehicles to the Ministry of Defense Tuesday, March 28, 2017   Dear General Lieutenant General Ruben Dario Paulino Sem, Minister of Defense, admirals, generals and officers, representatives of the diplomatic corps, senior officers and subordinates, all guests – I ...
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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: Visa Approval, Denial, and Administrative Processing

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to apply for a nonimmigrant visa and prepare for your visit to the Embassy.  Once you have followed all these steps and completed your interview, the consular officer will tell you if your visa application is approved, denied, or pending for additional administrative processing. The ...
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Ask the Consul – Applying for a Nonimmigrant U.S. Visa: What to do during the Interview

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application, schedule your appointment, and prepare for your visits to the Visa Application Center (VAC) and the Embassy. Now we will discuss what to expect the day of your interview. On the day of your interview, you should arrive at ...
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United States Southern Command conducts training with Dominican Air Force

Santo Domingo, D.N. – The United States Southern Command’s Mobile Training Team began today a training cycle for the Dominican Republic Air Force’s Rotating Wing Maintenance Command, focused on helicopter maintenance for emergency situations. The US military personnel were invited by the Dominican Air Force to strengthen emergency management skills, ensuring that aircraft maintenance technicians ...
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U.S. State Department Representative Travels to the Dominican Republic and Haiti

Starting today until March 17th, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Kenneth Merten is visiting the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The objective of the visit by the American diplomat is to further U.S. government support for strong partnerships in the Hemisphere and stable regional economies. In the Dominican Republic, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Merten will ...
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Ask the Consul: Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: Preparing for the Interview

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Patrick M. Dunn at the Canine Program Donation Ceremony

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Patrick M. Dunn Canine Program Donation Ceremony National Canine Academy, Bonao, March 10, 2017   Vice Admiral Félix Pimentel Brigadier General  Frugis Martínez Good morning. Two years ago, the United States and the Dominican Republic set a shared goal to create a first-class National Canine Academy.  To meet that goal, ...
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U.S. Embassy Makes Donation to DNCD, CESFRONT and 911 Program

The donation includes canine service dogs and vehicles to support the Dominican Republic’s efforts to improve citizen security Bonao, Dominican Republic–   At a handover ceremony held this morning at the National Canine Academy in Bonao, the U.S. Embassy reaffirmed its commitment to supporting citizen security efforts with a donation of 40 service canines and transport ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Patrick Dunn During the Ambassador’s Cup 17 Press Conference

Remarks by Mr. Patrick Dunn Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo During the Ambassador’s Cup 17 Press Conference March 9, 2017   -Members of the AMCHAMDR Board of Directors – Distinguished members of the American Chamber of Commerce – Distinguished special guests – Members of the press -Ladies and Gentlemen: We are delighted to be here with you ...
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U.S. Embassy Recognizes Outstanding Dominican Women on International Women’s Day

Santo Domingo, D.R.– The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo held a cocktail reception commemorating International Women’s Day. The event was hosted by the Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Mr. Patrick Dunn and his wife, Meltem Ercan-Dunn at the Ambassador’s residence. The event convened women leaders from different backgrounds and professions of Dominican society including: diplomats, educators, ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Patrick Dunn in honor of International Women’s Day

U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Chargé d’Affaires Patrick Dunn Remarks in honor of International Women’s Day Good evening.  What a wonderful attendance.  Standing here, I see so many great leaders and I am honored that you’ve chosen to join us tonight in recognition of International Women’s Day. “Be Bold for Change” is the International Women’s Day ...
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Worldwide Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ...
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Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Patrick Dunn’s Remarks at Reception in Honor of FAS Deputy Administrator Mrs. Jocelyn Brown

Remarks as prepared   I am very pleased to welcome you to this reception in honor of Mrs. Jocelyn Brown, Deputy Administrator at the Office of Capacity Building and Development of the United States Department of Agriculture. This visit is a sample of the long and fruitful cooperation between the United States and the Dominican ...
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Ask the Consul: Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: What to expect at the VAC visit

In the previous Ask the Consul articles we discussed how to find visa information at do.usembassy.gov , how to complete a non-immigrant visa application (DS-160) at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , and how to use www.ustraveldocs.com to create a profile, make a payment and schedule your appointment. By following the prompts online, you’ll be informed whether you need to make an ...
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U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Defense Announce the Civic-Military Assistance Program “New Horizons 2017”

The humanitarian assistance program includes free medical services and the construction of three clinics and a vocational school in the southern region of the country. Dominican Republic.- The Ministry of Defense (MIDE) and the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo announced the beginning of the civic-military humanitarian assistance program, which includes the construction of three clinics, ...
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Statement on the Dominican Republic’s Independence Day from Secretary of State Tillerson

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON February 27, 2017 Dominican Republic On behalf of President Trump and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Dominican Republic on 173 years of independence. We value the Dominican Republic as our longtime partner and friend.  ...
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Ask the Consul: Applying for a Non-Immigrant U.S. Visa: Payment and Appointments

In the last Ask the Consul article we discussed how to find visa information at https://do.usembassy.gov/ , how to complete a nonimmigrant visa application (DS-160) at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ , and how to create a profile at www.ustraveldocs.com /do. After completing those steps, you are ready to pay the application fee and schedule your appointments. Logon to www.ustraveldocs.com and open ...
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Acting DCM Brown’s Remarks at “Afrocentric Roots in American Dance” Presentation

Welcome Remarks Arthur W. Brown, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission US Embassy Santo Domingo   DanceMotion USA, Reggie Wilson’s Fist and Heel Performance Group Presentation, “Afrocentric Roots in American Dance”   Centro Cultural León Jiménez Santiago de los Caballeros   Wednesday, February 22, 2017 7:00 pm   Honorable Director of Community Relations of Centro Cultural ...
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Acting DCM Brown’s Remarks at Inauguration Poster Show of Murals “The Dream Continues”

Remarks Presented by Arthur W. Brown, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission US Embassy Santo Domingo   Inauguration Poster Show of Murals “The Dream Continues” Centro Cultural Dominico-Americano   Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – 7:00 pm     Distinguished Sandra Rodríguez, Executive Director of the Centro Cultural Dominico-Americano; Honorable board members of the Centro Cultural Dominico-Americano; ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates Black History Month Activities

Santo Domingo, D.N. – Every February in the United States, we commemorate Black History Month, through which we honor the contributions of African Americans to American culture and society through the ages. To commemorate Black History Month, the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo and the DanceMotion USA program sponsor the dance company Reggie Wilson| ...
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Why do I have to visit the VAC at Galeria 360 before my interview?

February 13, 2017 Most visa applicants visit the Visa Application Center (Centro de Atención de Visas) or “VAC” in Galerías 360 before their Embassy appointment, or before leaving their visa for renewal to complete the fingerprint collection portion of the visa application process.  Applicants make an appointment at the VAC from their profile on www.ustraveldocs.com/do, ...
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Introduction to the Consular Section

February 6, 2017 The United States and the Dominican Republic share strong economic, social, and cultural ties.  Our objective as a Consular Section is to facilitate legitimate travel between our countries. The Consular Section is located at Ave. Republica de Colombia #56, Arroyo Hondo, in Santo Domingo.  When visiting us, please remember that you only ...
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Travel Document Request for United States Legal Permanent Residents

January 30, 2017 The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service has released form I-131A, which allows Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) outside the United States to request a travel document (Transportation Document) to return to US territory. This document may be issued if you are returning from a temporary overseas trip of less than one year, ...
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Adoption Process in the Dominican Republic

January 23, 2017 In the Dominican Republic, CONANI is the central agency handling adoptions that provides the following services available under the Hague Convention: identifying a child for adoption and arranging the process, securing the necessary consent to termination of parental rights, performing background studies, monitoring cases after placement, and facilitating provisional child care if ...
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President Donald J. Trump’s Inaugural Address

THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of ...
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U.S. Embassy Announces Departure of Ambassador Brewster

The United States Embassy in the Dominican Republic announced that  Ambassador James W. Brewster concluded his mission today, January 20th, after three years of service. To date, the Department of State has not appointed an ambassador to the Dominican Republic in his stead. During the transition period before a new ambassador is appointed to the ...
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Ambassador Brewster’s Speech at CONAVIHSIDA Recognition

Ambassador Brewster’s speech during CONAVIHSIDA’s recognition of his contributions to Human Rights and the National HIV Response in the Dominican Republic-January 16, 2017   –        Dr. Víctor Terrero, Director of CONAVIHSIDA –        Ms. Dulce Amonte, President of the Network of People Living with HIV –        Ladies and Gentlemen, members of the press   It is ...
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United States Ambassador Brewster Holds Final Courtesy Call With Foreign Minister Vargas

Santo Domingo, D.N.–  The United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, James W. Brewster, and his spouse, Bob Satawake, held their final courtesy call with Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  They discussed a host of issues pertinent to the maintenance of our strong bilateral relationship including the shared fight ...
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Emergency Travel

January 2, 2017 Although most applicants apply for visas to enjoy time with family or see tourist attractions, we understand that sometimes applicants need to travel to attend to family or business emergencies.  There are a limited number of immediate emergency visa appointments available for applicants who prove that they have an urgent reason to ...
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Ambassador Brewster’s Remarks at the Extradition Exchange of Instruments Ceremony-December 15, 2016

Ambassador James W. Brewster’s Remarks Extradition Exchange of Instruments Ceremony Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. –         The Honorable Miguel Vargas, Minister of Foreign Affairs; –         The Honorable Jean Alain Rodriguez, Attorney General; –         Distinguished guests; –         Members of the Press; It is my great pleasure and honor to represent the United States’ Government ...
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Remarks by PAO Chase Beamer, AFCP Closing Ceremony “The Conservation of the Mirabal Sisters’ Textile Collection”

December 15, 2016 Remarks, PAO Chase Beamer, AFCP Closing Ceremony “The Conservation of the Mirabal Sisters’ Textile Collection” Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Thursday, December 15, 2016   Honorable Museum Director, Luisa de la Pena; Distinguished Coordinator Noris Gonzalez; Distinguished Guest Minou Tavarez Mirabal; Friends, guests, and members of the media; It is an honor ...
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2016 Iqbal Masih Award honors Sonia Pierre for promoting human rights

US Labor Department recognizes a lifelong champion for change WASHINGTON – At 13, Sonia Pierre began her stand for workers’ rights in the Dominican Republic, leading a march to demand humane working conditions for sugar cane harvesters in the batey – the worker settlement in which she grew up. From the single-room, dirt-floor barrack she shared with 12 ...
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Ambassador Brewster Receives Global Thinker 2016 Award

Washington, D.C.- The Ambassador of the United States in the Dominican Republic, James W. Brewster, joined Dominican LGBT leader Deivis Ventura in receiving the “Global Thinker 2016” award from Foreign Policy Magazine in Washington D.C. yesterday.  Foreign Policy Magazine bestows the honor annually on 100 individuals from around the globe who have made a significant ...
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The Immigrant Visa Application Process

December 12, 2016 If you are applying for an immigrant visa, please schedule and attend your appointment at the Visa Applicant Center in Galeria 360 before your immigrant visa interview at the Embassy.  We cannot conduct an interview if you have not completed the necessary processes at Galeria 360. While processing times vary by applicant, ...
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Remarks by Charge d’Affaires a.i. Patrick Dunn at Investment Seminar/Luncheon With Tampa Bay Trade Mission-December 6, 2016

December 6, 2016 Remarks by Patrick Dunn Chargé d’ Affaires a.i. Investment Seminar/Luncheon With Tampa Bay Trade Mission December 6, 2016, 2016 1:30 p.m. Thank you, David. Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Ambassador Brewster sends his regards and would have been here today if at all possible. I would like to thank the Tampa Bay ...
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Student and Cultural Exchange Visas

December 5, 2016 There are different types of visas for applicants who want to study in the U.S.: visas F-1 and M-1 for students, and J-1 visas for exchange visitors. Student visas (F-1 or M-1) F-1 visas are for applicants whose primary purpose is to travel to the United States to study in an academic program, while ...
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U.S. Embassy Welcomes Trade Mission from Tampa Bay, Florida

Regional delegation from Tampa Bay, Florida, visits the Dominican Republic to increase commercial linkages between Tampa Bay and Dominican businesses. Santo Domingo, DR. – (Dec. 5, 2016) – This morning, a group of 36 local business leaders from Tampa Bay, Florida, flew to the Dominican Republic to participate in a trade mission hosted and organized ...
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Ambassador Brewster’s World AIDS Day Remarks at Centro Sanitario-December 2, 2016

December 2, 2016  James W. Brewster United States Ambassador World AIDS Day Remarks Friday, Dec 2, 2016 – Centro Sanitario Honorable Minister of Health, Altagracia (Alta-Gra-see-uh) Guzmán Marcelino (Mar-say-Lee-no) Mr. Santo Rosario, Director of COIN Ladies and Gentlemen, members of the press —- It is a great honor to be here with you today in ...
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Ambassador Brewster’s Remarks on the Bilateral Agreement Between the U.S. and the Dominican Republic on Preclearance Operations

December 1, 2016 I am very proud to represent the United States in this significant signing today. We are also joined by Randy Howe, the Director of Preclearance Operations for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  Thank you for joining us today. First and foremost, I would like to thank Minister Vargas for hosting this wonderful ...
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Ambassador Brewster’s World AIDS Day Remarks

December 1, 2016 Your Excellency, President Danilo Medina Honorable Minister of Health, Altagracia Guzmán Marcelino Mr. Lorenzo Jiménez de Luis, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Dr. Víctor Terrero, Director of CONAVIHSIDA Ms. Dulce Amonte , President of the Network of People Living with HIV Ladies and Gentlemen, members of the press —- It is a great ...
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United States, Dominican Republic Sign Agreement to Open Preclearance Facility at Punta Cana International Airport

Punta Cana International Airport submitted a letter of interest to add Preclearance operations during the first Preclearance open season in 2014 WASHINGTON—The United States and the Dominican Republic signed an agreement today in Santo Domingo to implement U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Preclearance operations at Punta Cana International Airport. U.S. Ambassador James Brewster signed ...
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Emergency Message: Tropical Wave

U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo alerts U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic that according to weather reports a meteorological tropical wave of rain and winds is approaching the Dominican Republic.  Although environmental conditions are currently only marginally conducive for additional development, this weather system could become a tropical depression at any time during the next few ...
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Ambassador Brewster’s Speech at AMCHAMDR Thanksgiving Luncheon-November 23, 2016

Remarks of the United States Ambassador, James W. Brewster During the American Chamber of Commerce in Dominican Republic’s Thanksgiving Luncheon “Democracy: Words in Action” Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Remarks as Prepared DEMOCRACY: WORDS IN ACTION Gustavo, thank you so much for the kind introduction.  In the past three years we have made many wonderful friends ...
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Welcome Remarks by Ambassador Brewster at the ConnectDR Conference.

November 10, 2016 Welcome remarks by Ambassador James Brewster   ConnectDR Conference Rennaissance Jaragua Hotel Sol de Oro Salon November 10, 2016 9:00 am   Honorable MESCYT Vice Minister Placido Gómez; Honorable President, of EDUCA, Jose Mármol; Honorable Dr. Ann Mason; Distinguished representatives of academia, guests and friends; Good morning.   Thank you all for coming ...
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Do I need an invitation from an U.S. citizen or someone in the U.S. in order to qualify for a tourist visa?

November 7, 2016 We understand the wish of U.S. citizens and residents to have family members visit the United States, and to send letters of invitation.  An invitation is not required and cannot guarantee visa issuance. In fact, there are no required documents for tourist/business visa applications.  Visa applicants must qualify for the visa according ...
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Ambassador Brewster at Launch of the Dominican Republic Disability Guide

Mr. Magino Corporán, Director of the National Council of Disability (CONADIS), Mr. Maximo Iglesias, president of the Dominican Consortium for Tourism and Competitiveness (CDCT), members of the press, ladies and gentlemen. It is an honor to support the Dominican Republic on the issue of people with disabilities and announce the launch of the Accessible Tourism ...
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USAID Launches First Accessible Tourism Application for Smartphones

USAID launches first Accessible Tourism application for Smartphones   This application promotes the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the tourism sector   SANTO DOMINGO – The United States Government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the first accessible tourism application in the Caribbean for smartphones called RD4ALL.  This guide seeks to promote ...
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Ambassador Brewster’s Speech During the “Human Resources for Health, a Path to Excellence” Event

Dr. Altagracia Guzmán, Minister of Health; Mr. Gustavo Montalvo, Minister of the Presidency; Mr. Ramón Camejo, Minister of Public Administration; Mr. Pape Gaye, CEO and President of IntraHealth International. Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, good morning and thank you for this opportunity to speak with you all today.  It is a true pleasure to be ...
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Ambassador Brewster’s Speech at the Community Justice House Program 10th Anniversary

Dr. Mariano Germán, President of the Supreme Court of Justice Dr. Jean Alain Rodríguez, Attorney General Mrs. Josefina Arvelo, National Coordinator for Citizen Participation Ladies and gentlemen, good morning.  I am delighted to be here today to celebrate 10 years of success of the Community Justice Houses Program. First, congratulations Community Justice House for its ...
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How to respond during an interview

October 24, 2016 Applicants should always come prepared for their visa interviews. Although each interview is different, there are certain topics the officer will always touch upon. For example, the consul will generally always ask the applicant questions about their job, their living situation, and their purpose of travel. The objective of the interview is to create a complete ...
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The Medical Examination and Fee for Immigrant Visa Applicants

October 10, 2016 All immigrant visa applicants, regardless of age, require a medical examination prior to the issuance of a visa.  Only a physician accredited by the U.S. Embassy can perform this exam.  It is your responsibility to schedule a medical exam with one of the doctors listed below before your visa interview appointment at ...
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Interceptor Turnover Ceremony

Ambassador James Brewster Interceptor Turnover Ceremony September 30, 2016   I appreciate the opportunity to join you today as we celebrate the donation of this latest in a series of twelve Boston Whalers that the people of the United States have contributed to the security of the Dominican Republic.  I am proud that we continue ...
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100th Anniversary of the Wreck of the USS Memphis

Your excellency Ambassador Roberto Alvarez; Honorable Maximo Iglesias, President of the Board of Directors of the Dominican Tourism Consortium; Distinguished Sr. Ranaud Anselin, Quinta Dominica; Distinguished representatives of the Dominican and U.S. Armed Forces; Honorable family members of Senor Emeterio Sánchez; It is an honor to be here with you to recognize the heroism of ...
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Nonimmigrant Visa Application Payment via Internet

September 22, 2016 Nonimmigrant Visa Application Payment via Internet The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy enabled the acceptance of payments for visa appointments via internet in order to facilitate the non-immigrant visas application process. Now, visa applicants can pay the visa fee online by credit or debit card Visa or MasterCard. Banco Popular customers ...
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U.S. Ambassador visits Northern Free Zones to Discuss Increase in Bilateral Trade Opportunities

Ambassador Brewster met with business leaders to discuss trade and economic issues  On September 21, Ambassador James Brewster and other U.S. Embassy representatives visited Pisano Industrial Park (El Parque Industrial Santiago Norte, S. A.), the second-largest industrial park in Santiago, for a full-day tour and visit with plant leaders.  A private industrial park founded in ...
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Embassies Unite to Host “Joint Workshop for Consular Wardens”

SANTO DOMINGO, N.D. – The Embassies of the United States, Canada, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, United Kingdom, Argentina, Netherlands, and Austria jointly hosted a “Workshop for Consular Wardens” at the Hotel Crowne Plaza in Santo Domingo on September 15, 2016. The workshop, attended by 140 Consular Wardens, focused on the role of consular wardens in ...
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FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement Signing Remarks

James W. Brewster United States Ambassador FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement Signing Remarks –          The Honorable Donald Guerrero, Minister of Finance –          Hector Valdez, Governor of the Central Bank –          Luis Armando Asuncion, Superintendent of Banks –          Magin Diaz, Director General –          Gabriel Castro, Superintendent –          Jose Manuel Lopez Valdez,  ABA Executive President ...
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Always Write Your Full Name on Forms

Monday, September 12, 2016 Always write your full name on the forms When filling out the forms for a visa application, most applicants solely write their first name and one surname. This delays the visa process, wasting time, effort, and even money, because of the steps needed to correct the errors. It is very important ...
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USAID donates 2,000 tablets to Improve children’s reading skills at public schools

This donation is under USAID Read Project, Implemented by UNIBE University in 600 public schools  Santo Domingo, D.N. Within the celebration of International Literacy Day, United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, James W. Brewster, donated 2,000 tablets to public schools participating in USAID’s Read Project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), ...
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Report Human Trafficking

September 5, 2016 There are about 20 million victims of human trafficking worldwide, including men, women, children and the elderly. Many victims come from different social strata and are forced into sexual exploitation, domestic service in slavery, and even forced labor. Trafficking victims are everywhere; for this reason, the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic ...
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Soliciting a U.S. Tourism Visa for a Domestic Employee

August 1, 2016 Many Dominicans require their domestic employees to travel with them while they are in the United States. Domestic employees may travel on a B1 nonimmigrant visa reserved for business travel only. However, additional steps are required before being issued a domestic employee nonimmigrant visa. Domestic employees—who include workers such as nannies, nurses, ...
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I was denied a non-immigrant visa because I was told I lacked “strong ties” to my home country. What does that mean?

July 25, 2016 According to U.S. immigration law, consular officers are obligated to assume that all non-immigrant visa applicants intend to immigrate to the United States. It is the responsibility of each applicant to prove to the satisfaction of the consular officer that he/she will return to the Dominican Republic upon the completion of the ...
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When to arrive for my interview

July 18, 2016 When to arrive for my interview Each applicant is assigned an appointment time, and the Embassy strictly adheres to this schedule. Therefore, applicants should arrive only within 15 minutes of their scheduled time. There is no need to arrive at the Embassy before the sun rises or hours before your appointment time ...
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Voting Information Events in Santiago and Santo Domingo

July 4th, 2016 Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2016 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2016.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee ...
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Prepare for Hurricane Season

June 20, 2016 Ask the Consul Monday-July 20-2016 Prepare for Hurricane Season The Dominican Republic hurricane season runs from the beginning of June through the end of November.  In the case of a hurricane, it could take 24-48 hours for departure.  Minor storms can develop into hurricanes quickly. U.S. citizens should monitor local radio, the ...
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I have to go to the United States for medical treatment. What should I do?

June 6, 2016 Each year, thousands of Dominicans travel to the United States for medical treatment, usually with a visitor visa, a B2. Although a consular officer recognizes the humanitarian aspect of these cases, there are details that must be considered before issuing a visa for that purpose. For example, “What it is the medical ...
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What are the ramifications of being an undocumented immigrant in the United States?

May 30th, 2016 Many people have lived or are currently living illegally in the United States without realizing the serious problems they may face, such as imprisonment, deportation or denial of admission to the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is the government agency that allows legal entry into the United States. People who ...
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Considerations for Cuban citizens applying for a U.S. visa in the Dominican Republic

May 23, 2016 Cubans in the Dominican Republic are welcome to apply for visas in Santo Domingo. Unlike Dominican passport holders, two different kinds of tourist visa are available for Cuban applicants: the B1/B2 visa, a single-entry visa valid for six months, and the B2 visa, a multiple-entry valid for five years. Cuban applicants should ...
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I am a U.S. citizen or resident alien living in the Dominican Republic. Am I required to pay U.S. income tax?

March 14th, 2016.- If you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien, the rules for filing income, estate, and gift tax returns and paying estimated tax are generally the same whether you are in the United States or abroad.  Your worldwide income is subject to U.S. income tax, regardless of where you reside. The upcoming ...
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How to apply for a visa if you have ever been arrested or detained by the police?

May 2, 2016 People who have been arrested in the Dominican Republic can apply for visas. There are specific charges, and corresponding penalties, that may create ineligibility. It is important that a visa applicant with an arrest record be forthcoming and honest about what happened, providing as much detail as possible during the interview.  Be ...
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“Summer Work & Travel Program”

April 25, 2016 Every year, the Consular Section at U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo processes thousands of exchange visitor visa applications for Dominican university students to participate in the Summer Work/Travel program.  Summer Work/Travel gives university students the opportunity to learn more about the United States and share their own culture and ideas through temporary work ...
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New system to apply for jobs in the US Embassy

April 11, 2016 Starting today, April 4, 2016, the Embassy of the United States of America has recruitment system for those interested in working at the U.S. Embassy. Applicants may apply through the website www.jobsusembassysd.us .   Applicants can now apply directly through the website without having to print, scan, and send your resume by email.   ...
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The US will participate in international observations of DR national elections May 15, 2016

The United States has received an invitation from the Junta Central Electoral to accredited diplomatic missions to observe the Dominican presidential, congressional and municipal elections on May 15, 2016.  The United States has customarily accepted invitations from the Dominican government in past elections to observe, with other members of the diplomatic corps, in furtherance of ...
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US Ambassador James Brewster Talks about Security with Asociacion de Hoteles y Proyectos Turisticos de la Zona Este

On March 18, Ambassador Brewster discussed security for tourists with Asociacion de Hoteles y Proyectos Turisticos de la Zona Este.  Punta Cana is the number one tourist destination in the Caribbean.  Of the 2 million U.S. visitors to the Dominican Republic in 2015, almost 1.4 million chose to visit Punta Cana.  Punta Cana’s economic success ...
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Op-Ed “Human Rights are for Everyone”

James W. Brewster, U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic. In light of recent events I feel it is important to share with you some information about the U.S. Embassy.  As Ambassador, my job is to build on our strong bilateral relationship and support President Obama’s foreign policy goals across the full spectrum of issues, including ...
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Declaring your child in the DR: documents you need to provide to prove physical presence in the United States

February 15th, 2016.- In order to transmit United States (U.S.) citizenship to a child born abroad, the U.S. citizen parent must meet the requirements of physical presence in the U.S. The requirements vary depending on the gender and marital status of the parent. Many parents are confused about what evidence is sufficient to prove physical ...
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Maintaining Residency in the US

February 1st, 2016.- Permanent residents are free to travel outside the United States, and temporary or brief travel usually does not affect your permanent resident status. A general guide used is whether you have been absent from the United States for more than a year. If you plan on being absent from the United States ...
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United States Ambassador Brewster Holds Final Courtesy Call With Foreign Minister Vargas

Santo Domingo, D.N.–  The United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, James W. Brewster, and his spouse, Bob Satawake, held their final courtesy call with Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  They discussed a host of issues pertinent to the maintenance of our strong bilateral relationship including the shared fight ...
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I was denied a non-immigrant visa because I was told I lacked “strong ties” to my home country. What does that mean?

January 4th, 2016.- According to U.S. immigration law, consular officers are obligated to assume that all non-immigrant visa applicants intend to immigrate to the United States. It is the responsibility of each applicant to prove to the satisfaction of the consular officer that he/she will return to the Dominican Republic upon the completion of the ...
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Ambassador’s Statement on California Shooting

“Fear breeds hate and hate breeds violence.  We must find a way to communicate our differences and have our voices heard without killing.  We are human beings who innately love but some continue to teach our future generations to despise and marginalize through acts of violence, We pray for those who lost their lives today ...
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Travel Alert- Worldwide

1.  The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats.  Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting ...
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U.S. and other Pacific Rim countries reach ‘very big deal’

In a landmark agreement designed to create jobs and lift economic growth, countries accounting for nearly half of the world’s economy have committed to cut trade barriers and set common standards. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is designed to encourage trade between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries. “It includes the strongest commitments ...
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U.S. CDC to assist the DR Ministry of Health with investigation of histoplasmosis outbreak

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was request assistance by the Ministry of Health of the Dominican Republic after 17 construction workers from the Taveras Bao Dam (Santiago Province) presented at a hospital with severe respiratory distress. Five cases required intensive care unit admission and three have died.  The workers had recently ...
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2015 Presidential Determination for Major Drug Producing and Transit Countries

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 14, 2015   Under the Foreign Relations Authorization Act (FRAA), the President is required each year to notify Congress of those countries he determines to be major illicit drug producing countries or major drug-transit countries that “significantly affect the United States.”  This year’s list consists of ...
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Ambassador Acknowledges 9/11

“Today is the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the United States.  We will continue to acknowledge this day, as not only were the citizens of the United States impacted by these horrific events but also citizens of virtually every country throughout the world.  In addition to the 2,605 U.S. Citizens who lost their ...
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Embassy Santo Domingo Closed

Please be advised, due to an issue with an internal mechanical system, the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be closed on Monday, July 6 and Tuesday 7th 2015. It is expected that the embassy will re-open as soon as the mechanical issue is resolved. All consular appointments will be rescheduled.
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates 239th Anniversary of its Independence

The United States Ambassador in Dominican Republic, James W. Brewster and his husband, Mr. Bob Satawake, hosted a reception at their residence commemorating the two hundred and thirty ninth anniversary of the United States independence. Upon arrival, guests were received by Ambassador Brewster and Mr. Satawake. The celebration began with the American Flag presentation by ...
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Secretary Kerry, Statement on Cuba

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Vienna, Austria July 1, 2015   SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. Thank you for your patience. In Washington a few moments ago, President Obama announced that we had reached an agreement to formally re-establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba and that we will reopen embassies in our ...
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Statement by the President on Cuba

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH CUBA THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  Please have a seat. More than 54 years ago, at the height of the Cold War, the United States closed its embassy in Havana.  Today, I can announce that the United States has agreed to formally re-establish diplomatic ...
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Same Sex Marriage approval in the US

The Ambassador of the United States of America to the Dominican Republic, James Brewster, applauded today the Supreme Court’s approval of marriage between same-sex couples. “We celebrate today with our fellow Americans worldwide and our friends and allies around the world knowing that our democratic values became stronger with the ruling of the U.S. Supreme ...
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U.S. Ambassador Host Equality Breakfast in Honor of LGBT Pride Month

The United State Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, James W. Brewster along with his husband Mr. Bob Satawake hosted a breakfast in honor of LGBT Pride month.  Over 100 attendees participated in the breakfast including: LGBT advocates, local LGBT community allies, business leaders, and representatives from the Dominican Government and Diplomatic Corp. The keynote address ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James Brewster at the the American Chamber of Commerce Seminar on Corruption

Good Morning, I am heartened by the topic of today’s panel and the initiative my colleagues in AmCham DR have taken in staging this event. There is a current heated conversation on corruption in the Dominican Republic, amplified by recent events, and AmCham is uniquely suited to take advantage of that momentum by bringing informed ...
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U.S. Provides Technical Support to Assist in Eradicating Fruit Flies

Punta Cana.- Yesterday, U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo Agricultural Attaché, Morgan Perkins along with a team of experts from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) visited the eastern part of the country to conduct tests and assess the progress of eradication and containment efforts of the Mediterranean fruit fly in the area. APHIS ...
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Obama and Castro at Summit of the Americas

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  This is obviously a historic meeting.  The history between the United States and Cuba is obviously complicated, and over the years a lot of mistrust has developed.  But during the course of the last several months, there have been contacts between the U.S. and the Cuban government.  And in December, as a consequence ...
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U.S. Embassy and Dominican Ministry of Defense Sponsor Medical Mission from Walter Reed Military Hospital

The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Health are sponsoring the Eleventh Medical Mission for Reconstructive Surgery from Saturday 11 April to Thursday 23 April. The medical team is headed by Walter Reed Military Hospital from the United States and the Children’s Hospital Dr. Arturo Grullon in ...
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US Ambassador in Dominican Republic leads Dominican Business Delegation in Investment Summit “Select USA”

The Ambassador of the United States, James W Brewster, led the delegation of representatives of Dominican companies that attended the “Select USA” Business Summit, which was held on 23 and 24 March, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. The “SelectUSA” Summit offers participants on one same stage the basic ...
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CBP to enforce federal quarantine suspending imports to prevent Medfly

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Juan Office of Field Operations announced today the enforcement of a federal quarantine order suspending imports of fruit and vegetable commodities identified to be hosts of the Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) stemming from the Dominican Republic. On March 18, the United States Department ...
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2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit

Ambassador James Brewster leading a delegation of Dominican firms to SelectUSA, March 23-24, 2015, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland. With a resurgent economy and the economic foundation to support strong growthfor years to come, the United States is the world’s top destination for companies doing   business  and  looking  for  their  next ...
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Dominican and U.S. authorities rescue 29 sex trafficking victims including 20 minors

SOSUA, Dominican Republic – Twenty-nine sex trafficking victims were rescued in Sosua, Dominican Republic, March 11 following an international undercover law enforcement investigation. The U.S. Embassy’s  Office of  Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Dominican National Police, the Dominican Republic’s Attorney General’s Human Smuggling and Trafficking in Person’s Unit and the ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches Antifraud Campaign “Ten Cuidao con ese Maco”

Santo Domingo, D.N.- The U.S. Embassy Consular Section launched its new antifraud campaign with the slogan “Watch out for that Maco” (Ten Cuidao con ese Maco in spanish) with the objective of educating the public on the correct and legitimate process of obtaining a non-immigrant and immigrant visa. The antifraud campaign was presented by the ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Reception in Honor of U.S. Congressional Delegation

The nine-member delegation was headed by Democratic Party leader, Nancy Pelosi Santo Domingo – The U.S. Ambassador in Dominican Republic, James W. Brewster, hosted a reception to conclude the two day official congressional delegation visit, led by House of Representatives Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi which recently visited the country. During their first visit to the ...
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U.S. Embassy, MLB & MLBPA Hit a Home Run for Education in the Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, D.N.- The Embassy of the United States through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Major League Baseball (MLB) Players Association and Major League Baseball (MLBPA) signed an agreement to promote education, help in the fight against domestic violence and address the needs of children with disabilities in the Dominican Republic. The ...
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Ambassador James W. Brewster Travels to Puerto Rico to Participate in Minority Enterprise Development Week

Santo Domingo – Jan 28th- Mr. James W. Brewster, Jr., US Ambassador to the Dominican Republic travels to Puerto Rico where he will participate in a number of events related to Minority Enterprise Development Week (MEDWEEK), at the Condado Plaza Hotel. On January 30th, Ambassador Brewster will provide the keynote address for the event.  MEDWEEK ...
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Ambassador Brewster and Foreign Minister Navarro Sign Agreement on the Status of U.S. Personnel in the Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo – U.S. Ambassador, James Brewster, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Andres Navarro, signed an agreement on the Status of U.S. Personnel temporarily present in the Dominican Republic in connection with visits, training, exercises, humanitarian activities, and other activities as mutually agreed between the United States and Dominican Republic.  Also attending the signing ...
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Op-Ed: “The Movement Continues: Dr. King’s Lasting Legacy”, January 19, 2015

Dr. Martin Luther King experienced many visions and premonitions over the course of his short but extraordinarily significant life.  The struggle for racial equality continues today but the hurdles that Dr. King overcame during the time he led our nation through discourse built the foundation for the progress we make today.  These tensions though they ...
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The Governments of the U.S. and the Dominican Republic Signed Amendment to Grant Agreement

This agreement falls within the 2014-2018 USAID’s strategy and is aligned with DR’s National Development Strategy Santo Domingo:  US Ambassador James W. Brewster, the Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Alexandria Panehal, and Mr. Temístocles Montás, Minister for Economics, Planning and Development, signed an amendment to the Grant Agreement between the ...
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Ambassador Brewster and Foreign Minister Navarro Sign New Extradition Treaty

Santo Domingo – U.S. Ambassador, James Brewster, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Andres Navarro, signed a new extradition treaty to strengthen law enforcement cooperation and enhance the extradition process between the United States and the Dominican Republic.  Also attending the signing ceremony was U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo’s Legal Attaché Alan Santiago and Dominican Attorney ...
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Op-Ed by Secretary of State John Kerry on the 20th Anniversary of the First Summit of the Americas

This week we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Summit of the Americas, hosted by President Clinton in Miami, a city that exemplifies the vital connections between the United States and its neighbors in the Western Hemisphere.  As we look toward the seventh Summit of the Americas next April in Panama, it is a ...
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TRAVEL ALERT – WORLDWIDE

1. The lone wolf attack in Sydney, Australia on December 15, 2014, resulting in the deaths of two hostages, is a reminder that U.S. citizens should be extra cautious, maintain a very high level of vigilance, and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security.  This Travel Alert expires on March 19, 2015. 2. An ...
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The United States Sponsors SelectUSA Investment Summit

Santo Domingo – The United States Embassy is pleased to announce registration opening for the second SelectUSA Investment Summit in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan region on March 23-24, 2015.   The Summit is aimed at business leaders considering opening or expanding operations in the United States. In 2013, President Obama hosted the first-ever SelectUSA Summit which ...
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International Anticorruption Day

On December 9 of each year, the United States government joins the international community to honor International Anticorruption Day, which was established in 2003 at the conclusion of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.  Corruption, transparency, and good governance are important issues in the United States, but also critically affect relations between countries.  As such, ...
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2014 World AIDS Day Editorial by Ambassador Brewster

Ambassador James W. Brewster The theme of previous World AIDS Days has reflected the challenges of overcoming a relentless, invisible foe. Last year’s theme reached to the essence of the struggle against HIV/AIDS: “Get to Zero,” with zero new infections, zero discrimination against persons living with HIV, and zero AIDS-related deaths. This year’s theme orients ...
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Public Demonstrations in Las Terrenas, Samaná Province, December 3, 2014

This message is to advise U.S. citizens traveling and residing in the Dominican Republic that demonstrations are expected to take place in Las Terrenas, Samaná Province, following a breakdown in discussions over electricity prices.  Media reports indicate that organizers are calling for a demonstration on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, and every Wednesday thereafter.  Previous demonstrations ...
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Embassy of the United States and MESCyT Sign MOU for Fulbright Scholarship Program

Santo Domingo, DN. – The Embassy of the United States of America and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MESCYT) today signed an agreement to continue to support the Fulbright-MESCyT Scholarship Program 2015-2017. This memorandum of understanding by both organizations represent their strong commitment towards supporting graduate studies in US universities and improving ...
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Ambassador Brewster Leads Forum on Entrepreneurship

Santo Domingo – U.S. Ambassador James Brewster and Mr. Bob Satawake held a roundtable discussion today with entrepreneurs, financiers, and Dominican government leaders to discuss the importance of entrepreneurism in the Dominican Republic and its role as a vehicle for economic growth. The Ambassador led the discussion of best practices for and challenges to entrepreneurship ...
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U.S. Ambassador visits Alerta Joven Program in Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata – During his first trip to the city of Puerto Plata, the U. S. Ambassador James W. Brewster visited the Community Center of the Evangelical Church Renacer, located at Padre Granero neighborhood, to observe the trainings on chemical manufacturing offered by Grupo Clara.  These trainings are provided through the at-risk youth (Alerta Joven) ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks for the Opening of English Teaching Annual Conference

Members of the Board of Directors of Instituto Cultural Dominico-Americano; Members of the table of honor; International Guests and Speakers; English teachers; Members of the press: Ladies and Gentlemen: Good morning.  I am very excited to be here today at the opening of this Annual Conference on Teaching English as a Second Language, hosted by ...
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Ambassador Brewster Meets with Puerto Plata Tourism Cluster

Puerto Plata – The Ambassador of the United States in the Dominican Republic, James W. Brewster, met with members of the Puerto Plata Tourism Cluster to discuss initiatives to promote sustainable tourism in the Northern zone. Ambassador Brewster was received by the President of the institution, Mr. Maximo Iglesias; Executive Director, Mrs. Jakaira Cid and ...
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The US Embassy Supports Project for 500 Underserved Girls through Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund

In honor of the International Day of the Girl held on October 11, the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo announced the launch of project “Building Life Projects of Girls”, which will focus on reducing the incidence of domestic violence, teenage pregnancy and school dropout through workshops and career counseling. This project will  address 500 ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Brewster at the DNCD K9 Academy Turnover Ceremony

It is an honor to share this day with our partners from the National Drug Control Directorate (DNCD) as we inaugurate the expanded canine training academy.  This facility, built in cooperation with our Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement and US Southern Command’s Office of Security Cooperation represents a concrete example of the continued ...
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U.S. Government donates counter-narcotics canine academy to the Dominican Republic

U.S. Ambassador, James W. Brewster, presided over a turnover ceremony where a $1.8 million dollar expansion of the National Drug Control Directorate (DNCD) canine academy in La Cumbre was donated to the Government of the Dominican Republic, represented by the President of the DNCD, Major General Julio César Souffront Velásquez. The $1.5 million dollar construction ...
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Consul General Sylvia Johnson’s Remarks, Consular GSS Press Conference

Thank you, Ambassador Brewster, for that overview of what the Visa Application Center will mean for visa applicants. Nonimmigrant visa applicants, or those applying for “tourist” visas, will be the first to experience the new process, beginning November 12, 2014. Immigrant visa applicants, — those applying for “residency” visas — will continue with our current ...
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AMCHAMDR, US Embassy and private sector invested US$20 million in Basic Education Program

The American Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic (AMCHAMDR) and the United States Government through its Agency for International Development (USAID), presented the results achieved under the USAID & AMCHAMDR Basic Education Program, whose main objective is to improve the quality of public education in Dominican public schools with the participation of 91 private ...
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Latins America, Europe, unite at U.N. to back LGBT Community

Latin American and European countries united on Friday to push a resolution on ending violence against homosexuals through the United Nations Human Rights Council, despite strong opposition from Islamic and African states.  The resolution, passed by 25 votes against 14 in the 47-member body, ensured that the issue remained on its agenda in the face ...
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Ambassador James W. Brewster visited Clínica de Familia La Romana in the Eastern region

USAID “Advancing Partners and Communities” Project has obligated US$248,000 for 2014-2106 to Clínica de Familia, through ADOPLAFAM consortium La Romana – The United States Ambassador James W. Brewster and his husband Mr. Bob Satawake visited Clínica de Familia La Romana, located in La Romana province, this organization supported by the United States Agency for International ...
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Ambassador Brewster’s Remarks at Signing of Letter of Agreement on Law Enforcement

It gives me great pleasure to be here with you today for the signing of this new letter of agreement on law enforcement and counter narcotics worth approximately $10 million.  This agreement, and the additional funding it represents, demonstrates the continued growth of our law enforcement and counter narcotics assistance programs. Our two governments have ...
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The Day the Lights Went Out in New York City

It was an extraordinarily beautiful clear crisp morning on the east coast of the United States.  The business day had just begun and people were going about their work day unlike any other.  Stores were opening, computers were coming to life, meetings were starting, phone calls were being made and the morning news shows were ...
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United States Embassy Hosts Welcome Reception for Three New Officers

The Ambassador of the United States of America, James W. Brewster and his husband, Mr. Bob Satawake hosted a welcome reception in honor of three new officers joining the mission in Dominican Republic: Mr. Patrick Dunn appointed as Deputy Chief of Mission; Ms. Sylvia Johnson, new Consul General and Mr. Philippe Furstenberg as the Regional ...
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Remarks at Interceptor Turnover Ceremony

Vice Minister Dominici, Vice Admiral Pimentel (will update name and additional VIPs as they are confirmed), members of the Dominican Navy, and distinguished guests,  I appreciate the opportunity to join you today as we celebrate the donation of this vessel, the tenth of its kind, as it enters service in the fleet of the Dominican ...
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U.S. Donates 37’ Patrol Boat to the Dominican Navy

Santo Domingo- United States Ambassador, James Brewster officially donated the 37’ Boston Whaler Interceptor Patrol Boat valued at approximately $250,000 during a ceremony held on Friday September 5that the Dominican Navy base “27 de Febrero”  The event was also attended by Vice Minister of Defense Dominici and Navy Chief Pimentel who thanked the U.S. for ...
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To Defeat Terror, We Need the World’s Help

In a polarized region and a complicated world, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria presents a unifying threat to a broad array of countries, including the United States. What’s needed to confront its nihilistic vision and genocidal agenda is a global coalition using political, humanitarian, economic, law enforcement and intelligence tools to support military ...
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Improving HIV/STI/TB Prevention, Treatment and Care Services for Mobile Populations in the Dominican Republic under the President’s Emergency Plan for

United States Embassy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Call for Proposals Funding Opportunity Announcement – CDC-RFA-GH15-1519 Improving HIV/STI/TB Prevention, Treatment and Care Services for Mobile Populations in the Dominican Republic under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), invites non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Community Based ...
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Dominican Government Warns of Heavy Rain and Possible Flash Floods

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo advises U.S. Citizens in the Dominican Republic that the Government of the Dominican Republic (GoDR) has issued a Green Alert for possible flash floods and landslides due to predicted heavy rain over the next 36 hours in the following provinces:  San Pedro de Macoris, La Romana, La Altagracia (Punta ...
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U.S. Embassy and Binational Center Host Annual English Teaching Conference

Under the theme “English: A bridge to the world”, the Embassy of the United States of America and the Binational Center Instituto Cultural Dominico-Americano opened this year’s Annual English Teaching Conference. The opening ceremony was presided by the Ambassador of the United States in the country, Mr. James W. Brewster; the President of the Board ...
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US Ambassador Leads High Level Dominican Energy Delegation

Santo Domingo – U.S. Ambassador, James Brewster will lead a high level Dominican energy delegation to Washington, D.C. for meetings at the State Department August 11- 12.  The designated US Deputy Chief of Mission, Patrick Dunn, who currently works in the State Department Energy Resources Bureau, will also participate in these high level discussions.  The ...
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U.S. Ambassador Visits 911 Center

Santo Domingo – U.S. Ambassador, James W. Brewster, visited the two-month old 911 Emergency Response Center accompanied by Vice Minister of the Presidency, Zoraima Cuello, and 911 Director, Dalvert Polanco.  During his visit, he discussed various issues with Dominican officials, including the progress made thus far in responding to emergencies, the challenges posed by the ...
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U.S. and Dominican Republic Step Up Cooperative Efforts to Stop Transnational Organized Crime

At the request of the Government of the Dominican Republic, the United States is providing increased maritime patrol aircraft known as DHC-8 (pronounced Dash 8), to support local operations aimed at detecting, monitoring, and countering illicit drug trafficking operations.   These aircraft directly supported Dominican and international law enforcement operations and led to the recent seizure ...
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Remarks at the Reception for the Celebration of the 238th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America

Today we have come together to celebrate the Independence of the United States.  On July 4th, 1776 the 13 colonies announced their separation from Great Britain by adopting the Declaration of Independence.  Celebrations like this one takes place throughout our country in virtually every city in the United States and around the world in our ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates 238th Anniversary of its Independence

The United States Ambassador in Dominican Republic, James W. Brewster and his husband, Mr. Bob Satawake, hosted a reception at their residence commemorating the two hundred and thirty eight anniversary of the United States independence. Upon arrival, guests were received by Ambassador Brewster, Mr. Satawake, Mr. William Weissman, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and his ...
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OBO Principal Deputy Director Santo Domingo Dedication Ceremony –Construction of the New U.S. Embassy Campus

Good morning, Under Secretary Kennedy, Ambassador Brewster, Mr. President, Madam First Lady, and other honored guests. I’m Heather Townsend – Principal Deputy Director of the State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations – and I, too, would like to thank you for joining us for this important ceremony. I am delighted to be here and ...
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United States Embassy in Santo Domingo Dedicates New Compound in Arroyo Hondo

Santo Domingo – The United States Embassy dedicated its new facilities located in the Arroyo Hondo sector, in a ribbon cutting ceremony presided by United States Ambassador, James W. Brewster and  Dominican President, Danilo Medina. Also in attendance for the dedication ceremony, was Undersecretary for Management, Patrick F. Kennedy and Principal Deputy Director of the ...
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U.S. Embassy Organizes Conference on Business Development in the Caribbean Region

The United States Embassy’s Commercial Service announced the recent “Trade Americas‐ Opportunities in the Caribbean Region Business Development Conference” from June 9-10 in the Hotel Crowne Plaza in Santo Domingo. The opening ceremony was attended by the United States Ambassador, James W. Brewster. The conference, which includes thirty-three U.S. companies interested in doing business in ...
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U.S. Embassy Announces LGBT Pride Month Events

Santo Domingo – The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo announced several events scheduled for the month of June in commemoration of LGBT Pride Month. LBGT Pride Month aims to celebrate human diversity and inclusiveness around the world. During President Obama’s proclamation on LGBT Pride Month he expressed “Our commitment to advancing equality for the ...
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Government of the United States commemorates International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

The U. S. Government is proud to honor the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) ON May 17 as well as LGBT Pride Month in June.  President Obama said: “Every single person – straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) needs to be treated equally in the eyes of the law and in the ...
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Ambassador Brewster Visits ISA University

Santiago – On May 1, during his first trip to the city of Santiago, United States Ambassador, James W. Brewster, visited the facilities of the Agricultural University (ISA). During his visit, Ambassador Brewster participated in the usual tree planting ceremony. This is an important tradition dating back half a century, carried out every time a ...
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The Start of the Second Medical Journey of Beyond the Horizons in Barahona

Barahona, Dominican Republic  – The second Medical Readiness Training Exercise (MEDRETE) part of the ‘Beyond the Horizon’ humanitarian training exercise by U.S. and Canadian military medical units has begun at Centro María Auxiliadora in Barahona. Local Dominican medical professionals are also playing an important role of this endeavor which is free of charge for everyone ...
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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Feeley’s Remarks on U.S. Policy and Engagement on Freedom of the Press, April 5, 2014

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Feeley’s Remarks on U.S. Policy and Engagement on Freedom of the Press April 5, 2014, 9:30 am Inter-American Press Association Semi-Annual Meeting Hilton Bridgetown, Barbados Thank you Anne for that kind introduction and most importantly for all of the outstanding work you do at The Nation.  Thank you also to the ...
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United States Government Launches “Don’t Pack a Pest” Program in Dominican Republic

Today, at the International Airport Las Americas in Santo Domingo officials from the United States of America Embassy along with representatives from the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Agriculture officially launched the “Don’t Pack a Pest” Program. The event was attended by Mr. William Weissman, Charge d’ Affairs, a.i of the U.S. Embassy, Dominican Republic Minister ...
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U.S. Embassy organizes seminar on combating child sexual tourism and trafficking in persons for law enforcement officers and nonprofit organizations

From 25 to 27 March, the Embassy of the United States of America in Dominican Republic seminar “Best Investigative Practices and Joint International Cooperation to combat child sexual tourism and trafficking in persons.” During the opening ceremony, Ambassador Brewster thanked participants for their outstanding work and urged everyone to continue redoubling their efforts in reducing ...
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“Arts in Embassies” Santo Domingo

The Embassy of the United States held a gala event in celebration of the “Art in Embassies” program at the residence of Ambassador James W. Brewster and his husband Mr. Bob Satawake, which included important personalities from the art, media, business and government sectors. The exhibition “Art in Embassies” has a total of twenty pieces ...
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U.S. Ambassador visits Walter Read Hospital Medical Mission performing Reconstructive Surgery with Dominican Armed Forces specialists

United States Ambassador, James Brewster visited on Wednesday March 19 the Armed Forces Central Hospital facilities where the “Annual Medical Readiness Training Exercise” is conducted for its ninth year with Walter Reed National Military Center and Armed Forces Central Hospital physicians performing free reconstructive plastic surgery for patients in Dominican Republic. The Medical Readiness Training ...
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U.S. Government donates over $500,000 to support Center for Emergency Operations

Santo Domingo – U.S. Ambassador, James W. Brewster, donated firefighter rescue equipment, a radio based communication network, and a revised procedural handbook to the Center for Emergency Operations (COE) Director, General Juan Manuel Méndez García as part of U.S. government effort to help countries prepare for, respond to, and recover from humanitarian crises.  The donated ...
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US Embassy and Dominican Government Begin the Annual Bilateral Military Humanitarian Exercise “Beyond the Horizons 2014”

Barahona, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC –  The Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and medical professionals from the United States will begin the annual bilateral military humanitarian exercise “Beyond the Horizons 2014,” providing free general and specialized medical services, as well as engineering projects, to benefit the residents of the Province of Barahona on ...
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The Embassy of the United States receives Dominican-American Judges

The Ambassador of the United States of America in Dominican Republic, James Brewster, received a delegation of nine judges from the state of New York, headed by the honorable Judge Fern Fisher, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for NYC courts. The delegation’s main objective is to establish a dialogue with members of the Dominican judiciary system ...
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Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden to Travel to the Republic of Chile and the Dominican Republic

WASHINGTON, DC – The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden will travel to the Republic of Chile and the Dominican Republic in the second week of March.  In Chile, the Vice President will lead the U.S. delegation to the Inauguration of Her Excellency Michelle Bachelet.  In Santo Domingo, the Vice President will meet with President ...
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U.S. Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda Discusses Broadband and Internet Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

Santo Domingo – Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, spoke today at the Strategic Dialog:  Broadband and Internet Development in Latin America and the Caribbean hosted by the Organization of American States(OAS), Inter-American Telecommunication Commission’s (CITEL).  During the dialogue, Ambassador Sepulveda indicated the United States will continue to encourage input ...
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US Ambassador and Mayor of the National District sign agreement to increase the City’s resilience to Climate Change

Santo Domingo – U.S. Ambassador, James Brewster, and the Mayor of the National District, Roberto Salcedo, signed a memorandum of understanding to increase the resilience of the city’s infrastructure to climate change. The technical assistance is estimated at US$ 600,000 covering a one year period. The city of Santo Domingo is one of only five ...
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The Embassy of the United States and Robinson Cano Foundation celebrate fourth Jackie Robinson Softball Cup

San Pedro de Macorís – In commemoration of Black History Month, the Embassy of the United States and the Robinson Cano Foundation celebrated for its fourth consecutive year the Jackie Robinson Cup in San Pedro de Macoris. The Seattle Mariners player and Cano Foundation President, Robinson Cano gave the opening remarks followed by the United ...
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SOUTHCOM and Dominican Republic Ministry of Defense sponsor Regional Conference on Caribbean Security

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — The Dominican Minister of Defense, Admiral Sigfrido Pared Perez and General John F. Kelly, Commander of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) announced during a press conference that both countries will host the 2014 Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC) on Jan. 28-30 in the Hilton Santo Domingo. The conference will discuss ...
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Dedication Ceremony Remarks for Under Secretary Kennedy New Embassy Compound, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Mr. President, distinguished ministers, ambassadors, members of the diplomatic corps, guests, ladies and gentleman.  Good morning to you. It’s a great pleasure for me to be in Santo Domingo today to help dedicate this marvelous new Embassy.  It is a symbol of the United States’ enduring commitment to the Dominican Republic, and to the strong ...
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Chikungunya Virus

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, informs U.S. citizens of a public health concern regarding the chikungunya virus.  Chikungunya virus is a mosquito transmitted virus recently identified in Dominican Republic after spreading there from other Caribbean islands. Symptoms typically include fever and severe joint pain of the hands and feet that begin 3-7 ...
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Welcome Reception in Honor of the New U.S. Ambassador

Santo Domingo – The Embassy of the United States hosted a reception to welcome the new ambassador to the country, James W. Brewster and his husband Mr. Bob Satawake, where both had the opportunity to share with important representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited to the country, and personalities of the political, judicial, legislative, cultural, ...
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The United States Consulate launches new anti-fraud campaign “No le hagas Coro al Maco” with David Ortiz as the lead spokesperson

Santiago- The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic launched its new anti- fraud campaign, this year under the slogan “No le Hagas Coro al Maco”  (Do not hang with the Maco) incorporating the baseball player David Ortiz as this year’s spokesperson. This campaign is focused on educating the public on the ...
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“Seeking Economic Growth for a Sustainable Future”, American Chamber of Commerce Thanksgiving Luncheon

First, I am happy to announce, as many of you already may know, that Ambassador Wally Brewster arrived in country yesterday and looks forward to taking up his official duties once he presents his credentials to President Medina. As many of you know, tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the United States, and we will give thanks ...
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Senate confirms James “Wally” Brewster as U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic

The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed James “Wally” Brewster to be the next Ambassador to the Dominican Republic on November 14. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said, “I was proud to support Wally Brewster’s confirmation […], and I am pleased that my colleagues in the Senate unanimously agree.” Ambassador James (Wally) Brewster was officially sworn in as ...
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The US Embassy Swears in 44 New Peace Corps Volunteers

Santo Domingo-The Charge’ d’ Affairs of the US Embassy in the Dominican Republic, Daniel Foote, swore in 44 new volunteer technicians of the Peace Corps to serve in the Dominican Republic. The ceremony was held at the organization’s training center in Pantoja, on Wednesday, October 30. During the ceremony, Mr. Foote highlighted that over the last half ...
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Lost or stolen visas

If your valid U.S. visa has been lost or stolen, immediately notify the U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Consular Section.  In order to submit your report, please email support-dominicanrepublic@ustraveldocs.com including following documents: Report from the National Police indicating that your passport was lost or stolen; and Letter of Explanation including the date, circumstances, and location of the ...
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Trafficking in Persons Report, 2013 – Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic – Tier 2 The Dominican Republic is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. Reports indicate that large numbers of Dominican women and children are subjected to sex trafficking throughout the Dominican Republic, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, the Middle East, ...
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Security Message –Armed Robberies at Traffic Intersections in Santo Domingo

Recent press reports and police statistics indicate a rise in armed robberies in various traffic intersections within the National District. These crimes generally take the form of two individuals on a motorcycle approaching stopped cars in busy intersections and robbing the occupants at gunpoint. Press reports also enumerate the intersections within the national district with ...
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Joint Communiqué – Seventh Meeting of the Environmental Affairs Council (CAFTA-DR)

Free Trade Agreement between the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States (CAFTA-DR) Seventh Meeting of the Environmental Affairs Council Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic May 9, 2013 JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ The CAFTA-DR Environmental Affairs Council (Council) held its seventh meeting today in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  At the meeting, each Council Member reported on his or her country’s advancements ...
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Ambassador Raul Yzaguirre Concludes His Diplomatic Mission in the DR; Hails Prosperous Bilateral Relationship and Advancing of Mutual Goals

Santo Domingo – Ambassador Raul Yzaguirre met with Foreign Minister Carlos Morales Troncoso today to inform that he would be resigning and departing the country by the end of the month. Ambassador Yzaguirre leaves the Dominican Republic pleased that our bilateral relationship continues to prosper as the United States and the Dominican Republic work side ...
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Obama Administration Releases 2013 National Drug Policy Strategy

(Baltimore, MD) –  Today, Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy, released the 2013 National Drug Control Strategy, the Obama Administration’s primary blueprint for drug policy in the United States. The science-based plan for reform contains a series of over 100 specific actions to reduce drug use and its consequences and expand prevention, treatment, ...
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Traveling during Semana Santa

Embassies and consulates are not polling places. The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 6. U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2012 U.S. elections should already have returned their absentee ballots to their local election officials. U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling ...
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Upholding Rule of Law

SANTO DOMINGO – The United States Government is troubled by reports in the media indicating that some congressmen yesterday requested that national police “to summarily execute” and “take down” suspected criminals. Like many Dominicans, we are saddened and concerned by recent incidents of crime. Nevertheless, any call for the extrajudicial killing of suspected criminals is not ...
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Department of State to Stream Press Briefings Live on State.gov

Starting Thursday, October 18, the U.S. Department of State will stream the daily press briefing live on www.state.gov . The approximate start time of the daily press briefing is announced in the public schedule .  The schedule is subject to change throughout the day.  For additional information, journalists may contact the Office of Press Relations on (202) 647-2492. Text ...
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Travel of Assistant Secretary William R. Brownfield, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 11, 2012 Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, William R. Brownfield, will travel to the Dominican Republic on October 15-16 and to Colombia on October 17-19. In the Dominican Republic, Assistant Secretary Brownfield will meet President Danilo Medina and senior law ...
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Ambassador’s statement on Murder of US Ambassador in Libya

It is with profound sadness that I learned this morning of the death of my colleague and fellow American Ambassador, Chris Stevens, and three other American officials in Bengasi, Libya yesterday.  As President Obama noted this morning, these four public servants exemplified America’s commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the ...
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President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Dominican Republic to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Danilo Medina

President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Dominican Republic to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Danilo Medina on August 16, 2012. The Honorable Raul Yzaguirre, United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, will lead the delegation. Members of the Presidential Delegation: The Honorable Thomas Perez, Assistant Attorney General, ...
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U.S. Embassy Congratulates the Dominican Republic on Elections

Santo Domingo – The Embassy of the United States of America congratulates the people of the Dominican Republic in carrying out orderly and efficient elections on May 20. The Dominican people here and abroad exercised their democratic right to vote and, in doing so, reaffirmed the country’s commitment to democracy. The U.S. Observer Mission joins ...
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U.S. Embassy on the Passing of Human Rights Activist Sonia Pierre

Santo Domingo – The Embassy of the United States of America expresses its most sincere condolences to the surviving family members of Dominican human rights activist Sonia Pierre and to all the communities she touched in her lifelong fight against discrimination in the Dominican Republic. In 2010, Ms. Pierre was among recipients of the U.S. ...
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Attorney General of the United States Visits the Dominican Republic, Meets with President Fernandez and Signs an Agreement with his Dominican Counterp

Santo Domingo – The Embassy of the United States of America is pleased to announce the visit of the Attorney General of the United States, Eric H. Holder, Jr., who during his two-day stay in the country met with the President; signed an agreement with the Attorney General of the Dominican Republic, Radhames Jimenez Peña; ...
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United States Breaks Ground On New Embassy Compound in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

In an important symbol of our enduring friendship with the Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic President, Leonel Fernandez; U.S. Ambassador to the Domincan Republic, Raul H. Yzaguirre; and Leo Hession, Managing Director for Operations of the Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), broke ground on the New Embassy Compound (NEC) in Santo Domingo today. Situated ...
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US Consulate Introduces Online Non-Immigrant Visa Appointment System

The Embassy of the United States is pleased to announce that, starting next Thursday, September 8, a new system for scheduling nonimmigrant visa appointments or (tourist visas) through the internet, will come into effect.  Henceforth, applicants can schedule their appointments through the internet and won’t necessarily have to purchase a pin from Banco Popular and schedule their appointment ...
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ICE and CBP return 67 artifacts to the Dominican Republic

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) returned a collection of 67 artifacts illegally imported into the United States from the Dominican Republic. The objects were discovered as part of a number of investigations by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and CBP – one in Jacksonville ...
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Consular Services Scheduled for Tuesday, August 16, Changed to Monday, August 15

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be closed on Tuesday, August 16 in recognition of Restoration Day instead of Monday, August 15 as previously scheduled. All consular services, including immigrant and non-immigrant visa appointments, scheduled for Tuesday, August 16, have been changed to Monday, August 15.  The Consular Section will be unable to individually ...
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U.S. Embassy Operations and Consular Services to Continue Uninterrupted

U.S. Embassy operations in Santo Domingo and consular services, including all visa processing, will continue as normal due to a late-night agreement within the U.S. Congress on a short-term funding measure to keep the federal government operating for one week until the budget can be formally approved. American Citizen Services as well as Non-Immigrant Visa ...
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Humanitarian Exercise Kicks Off in the Dominican Republic

Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington DC (March 15, 2011) – A U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) medical readiness and training exercise began  in Santo, Dominican Republic, on March 6. At the request of the Government of the Dominican Republic, U.S. Army North Atlantic Regional Medical Command along with the Dominican Armed Forces Medical Team conducted ...
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United States Joins Foreign Minister in Repudiating Tragic Events in Barahona’s Batey Altagracia

Santo Domingo – The Embassy of the United States of America in Santo Domingo joins Foreign Minister Carlos Morales Troncoso in repudiating the tragic act of violence that occurred on Sunday, in Batey Altagracia Barahona, in which a three-year-old child lost his life and four families were left homeless. Acts of extra-judicial violence run counter ...
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WikiLeaks Will Not Impact Relationship or Deter U.S. Support for Dominican Anti-Corruption Efforts

Santo Domingo – While the U.S. Government cannot speak to the authenticity of any purported Department of State documents provided to the press, we can and do reaffirm that the strength of the relationship between the United States and the Dominican Republic will not be undermined by WikiLeaks. The Government of the United States maintains ...
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Freedom of the Press: Fourth Pillar of Democracy – Closing of Semanario Clave and Clave Digital

Santo Domingo – The Embassy of the United States of America regrets the August 5 simultaneous closure of Semanario Clave and Clave Digital. The U.S. Government has a sustained history of supporting the media throughout the world by way of direct and indirect assistance. Support for the media takes on the form of a wide ...
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Coast Guard Commandant meets with U.S. Embassy and Dominican Republic officials in Santo Domingo

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Adm. Thad W. Allen, completed a two-day visit Monday with U.S. Embassy and Dominican Armed Forces senior military officials in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Adm. Allen met with U.S. Embassy Country Team officials Sunday upon his arrival to Santo Domingo to discuss counterdrug initiatives ...
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Julissa Reynoso, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America and the Caribbean

Julissa Reynoso became Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America and the Caribbean in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State on November 16, 2009. Julissa Reynoso is an attorney by trade and, prior to joining the U.S. State Department, practiced law at the international law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett ...
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U.S. Government Works to Assist People of Haiti after Earthquake

Santo Domingo – The U.S. Government, through the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the U.S. Southern Command, has initiated extensive efforts to assist the people of Haiti following the earthquake that struck the country on January 12, 2010. In response to requests from the Government of Haiti, USAID dispatched ...
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President Obama Announces Nomination of Raul H. Yzaguirre, Sr., to Become U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic

Raul H. Yzaguirre, Sr. is currently  a Presidential Professor  of Practice and Executive Director of the Center for Community Development and Civil  Rights at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona. From 1974 to 2005, Mr. Yzaguirre served as President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). Prior to that, he served as Vice ...
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U.S.-Brazil Support for Biofuels

In March 2007 the United States and Brazil signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), known as the U.S.-Brazil Biofuels Partnership Initiative, to promote scientific cooperation, development and use of biofuels, including third country production for domestic consumption as well as international harmonization of standards.  This MOU, which is a collaborative effort with Inter-American Development Bank, ...
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Franklin Center and Peace Corps Promote Reading in Remote Communities in the D.R.

Since 2005, the Franklin Center maintains an Embassy Youth Book Program to provide books in Spanish to poor and remote communities in the DR.  To date approximately 10,000 books have been distributed through the Peace Corps volunteers in more than 64 rural communities.  In most cases the volunteers have established the very first library ever ...
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Secretary Clinton Holds “Digital Town Hall of the Americas” During Visit to the Dominican Republic, April 17

Santo Domingo – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton conducted a “Digital Town Hall of the Americas” at the Foundation for Global Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE) where she shared for approximately one hour with dozens of Dominicans interested in issues related to US foreign policy and  simultaneously launched a virtual conversation with people from the ...
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Secretary Clinton announces $12.5 million to improve Dominican public schools teaching, April 17

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced a $12.5 million dollar follow-on and expansion of the USAID Effective School Program during a visit to the Rosa Duarte Public Elementary School in the Dominican Republic on Friday, April 17. This new five-year $12.5 million dollar project will increase the number of schools participating and provide a ...
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Cholera Information

What is Cholera? Cholera is an acute, diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. An estimated 3-5 million cases and over 100,000 deaths occur each year around the world. The infection is often mild or without symptoms, but can sometimes be severe. Approximately one in 20 (5%) infected persons ...
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Green 5K Run

In keeping with the 2009 Green Diplomacy Initiative of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  to develop and implement policies that will reduce the State Department’s environmental footprint, empower employees to contribute to greening efforts and work on environmental issues around the globe, the U.S. Embassy Green Team is spearheading a Green 5K Run/Walk/Fair at Mirador ...
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