Coronavirus Information for the Dominican Republic

Last updated:  [11/23/2020] There is a Level 3 Travel Advisory recommending U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to the Dominican Republic due to health and safety measures and COVID-19-related conditions. Embassy Operations and Restrictions: The U.S. Embassy remains closed for routine operations.  U.S. direct hire personnel are not currently allowed to visit bars, nightclubs or sporting ... Read More»

Who to contact for consular services?

The consular section is still closed for routine services and we have not yet determined when we will resume normal operations.  We are receiving many inquiries daily and many people are unsure of who to contact with their questions and issues.  Before reaching out, please visit both the VAC website: https://www.ustraveldocs.com/do_es/index.html and our website: https://do.usembassy.gov/es/ for the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo – Public Diplomacy Annual Program Statement

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY SANTO DOMINGO, PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION Notice of Funding Opportunity Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo – Public Diplomacy Annual Program Statement   Funding Opportunity No.: S-DR860 – APS – 2021 – 01 Deadline for Applications: April 30, 2021 CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Maximum for Each ... Read More»

Undersecretary of State Keith Krach concludes his visit to the Dominican Republic

Undersecretary Krach met this Tuesday with President Luis Abinader to promote the Clean Network and strengthen cooperation between both countries. Santo Domingo, N.D. The U.S. Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment, Keith Krach, visited the Dominican Republic on the 16th and 17th of November, concluding a tour through Central and South America that ... Read More»

The Dominican Republic joins the Clean Network

The Dominican Republic’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Roberto Alvarez, and the United States’ Under Secretary of State, Mr. Keith Krach, agreed on the importance of securing telecommunications infrastructure and guaranteeing secure technology supply chains based on reliable, internationally accepted digital technology standards. They also expressed their commitment to safeguard the National Security of both ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Dominican Republic-Haiti Private Sector Border Initiative

On November 16, representatives of private sector associations from Haiti and the Dominican Republic met virtually for the fifth time over the past 17 months to advance a number of cross-border cooperation initiatives. The United States convened the meeting, which included both U.S. Ambassadors, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Haiti, Canada, and the ... Read More»

Joint Statement by Dominican Republic’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Roberto Alvarez and U.S. Under Secretary of State, Mr. Keith Krach

11/17/2020 The Dominican Republic’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Roberto Alvarez, and the United States’ Under Secretary of State, Mr. Keith Krach, agreed on the importance of securing telecommunications infrastructure and guaranteeing secure technology supply chains based on reliable, internationally accepted digital technology standards. They also expressed their commitment to safeguard the National Security of ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: U.S. Support for Digital Transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release FACT SHEET November 10, 2020 U.S. SUPPORT FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN KEY POINTS As countries, companies, and citizens across Latin America and the Caribbean turn to digital communications to plan and build their networks of the future, including 5G, ... Read More»

Biography of Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach

Keith Krach UNDER SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH, ENERGY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT Keith Krach took the oath of office as Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment on June 21, 2019. Previously, he was a businessman and entrepreneur, noted for bringing transformational leadership to many sectors, including factory automation, engineering, commerce, education, ... Read More»

Under Secretary Keith Krach’s Travel to Central and South America to Advance the Clean Network and Strengthen Cooperation on Environment

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  MEDIA NOTE November 6, 2020 Under Secretary Keith Krach’s Travel to Central and South America to Advance the Clean Network and Strengthen Cooperation on Environment Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach will travel to Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, ... Read More»

Student Visas Update

Starting  November 12, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will begin conducting a limited number of nonimmigrant visa interviews in the student and exchange visitor categories for Dominican citizens and residents. We will schedule interviews for applicants in the F and M visa categories with an approved I-20 or DS-2019 form, including immediate family members who qualify ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy and Instituto Cultural Dominico Americano will celebrate Election Night 2020 virtual event

The event will be broadcasted on the website www.nochedeeleccionesusaenrd.com and viewers can share their impressions and comments using the #NochedeEleccionesUSAenRD  Santo Domingo, N.D.- The U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic and Instituto Cultural Dominico Americano (ICDA) will host the Election Night 2020 virtual event on Tuesday, November 3, with the aim of highlighting the democratic and ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Passport Renewal by Mail

The American Citizen Services unit at Embassy Santo Domingo now accepts U.S. ten-year passport renewal applications for eligible adults.   You may renew your passport by mail if your ten-year passport is undamaged, issued when you were 16 years of age or older, issued within the last 15 years, and issued in your current name (or ... Read More»

U.S. Government Finances Trade Safe Program to Support the Agricultural Sector

The $13.6 million grant is made through the United States Department of Agriculture   Santo Domingo, N.D.- The United States Embassy and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Dominican Republic signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen the country’s public and private capacities in Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) through the implementation of the Trade ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Criteria for visa application without interview for minors

While the Embassy remains closed for routine visa services, the Consular Section has expanded the criteria for nonimmigrant interview waiver eligible cases to include first time minor applicants.   How do minors qualify for interview waiver?  To be eligible for the interview waiver, children who are 13 years old or younger must: Have been born in ... Read More»

U.S. Delegation Advances Economic Growth, Private Sector Investment in the Dominican Republic, Suriname, Guyana, Jamaica and Haiti

October 16, 2020 WASHINGTON – A U.S. government delegation led by U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Chief Executive Officer Adam Boehler visited the Dominican Republic, Suriname, Guyana, Jamaica and Haiti, from October 13 through October 15 to advance growth, private sector investment, and economic security. Boehler was joined by U.S. Department of Treasury Assistant ... Read More»

DFC and Dominican Republic Sign Memorandum of Understanding Supporting Investment in Development

SANTO DOMINGO – U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Chief Executive Officer Adam Boehler today joined Dominican President Luis Abinader to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the U.S. and the Dominican Republic seeking to collaborate to mobilize investments in energy, tourism and other infrastructure projects that will strengthen key industries, create jobs, and ... Read More»

U.S. Delegation to Visit Suriname, Guyana, Jamaica, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic

October 13, 2020 WASHINGTON – A U.S. Government delegation led by U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Chief Executive Officer Adam Boehler will travel to Suriname, Guyana, Jamaica, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic on October 13 to October 15 to discuss investment opportunities and security cooperation in the region as well as highlight the U.S. Government’s ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – What to expect if you are instructed to come to the Embassy

 Although the U.S. Embassy remains closed for all routine visa services, we continue to provide emergency and mission-critical Consular services as resources and local conditions allow. U.S. citizens can still submit their passports for renewal by mail and services are available for emergencies.  Please visit our website for detailed instructions on all available services.  The ... Read More»

The Army presents the U.S. flag to service members’ families in the D.R.

Around 16 percent of U.S. service members in the United States military are Hispanic. A large part of those members are Dominican-Americans. For Hispanic Heritage Month, we want to show our gratitude to those service members with Dominican heritage. Recently, Guillermo Rojas, Jr., Army Section ChIef presented the U.S. flag to families in the Dominican ... Read More»

Embassy Santo Domingo Ballot Box Extended Until October 15! 

You may drop your ballot in the ballot collection box in front of the Consular entrance, Monday through Thursday, from 8am until 3pm until the new deadline of October 15, 2020.   Ballots submitted after this date may not be received in time to be counted.  Embassy Santo Domingo will continue to send ballots received after October 15, 2020, but also encourages ... Read More»

Weaving it all together

By Laura McCarthy for USAID In the small rural village of Inoa in Dominican Republic’s Santiago Province, Angela Luna was at the point of desperation in March 2010. A mother of three, Luna left her husband in 2007 because he was an alcoholic. On her own to raise and support a family and living in ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Update on American Citizen Services

Location: Dominican Republic Event: The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo is currently providing limited services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Citizen Services Unit is currently providing limited in-person services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Passport and other citizenship services are available as noted below. Passports: Adult passport renewal applications may now be submitted ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Voting with paper ballots in the 2020 U.S. elections

All U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically.  Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download.   Returning Your Completed, Signed Ballot:  Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not.  If your state requires you to return ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (September 15, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will no longer send weekly updates and will send updates only as new information becomes available.  The latest information on COVID-19 can be found on our  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website . There is a  Level 4 Travel Advisory  recommending U.S. citizens not travel to the Dominican Republic due ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: SAVE THE DATE Virtual Town Hall on 9/16 for U.S. Citizens with Consul General William Swaney

Location: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Message for U.S. Citizens: SAVE THE DATE – Virtual Town Hall on 9/16 for U.S. Citizens with Consul General William Swaney All U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic are invited to participate in a virtual Town Hall live chat with U.S. Consul General William Swaney on Wednesday, September 16th at 3:00 p.m.  Join ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States (CRBA)

A child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents may acquire U.S. citizenship at birth if certain requirements are met under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act. A Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States (CRBA) documents that the child is a U.S. citizen. The first step to ... Read More»

Ambassador Bernstein remarks on Ventilators and Field Hospital donation

Ambassador Robin S. Bernstein  Donation Ceremony Friday, September 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Honorable Vice President Peña Honorable Health Minister, Dr. Plutarco Arias, Honorable Defense Minister, Lieutenant General Carlos Luciano Diaz Morfa, Honorable Director of the Center for Emergency Operations, Retired Major General Juan Manuel Mendez, Distinguished guests, Distinguished members of the press, Ladies and ... Read More»

U.S. Southern Command donates two field hospitals to support COVID-19 response in Dominican Republic

The U.S. Southern Command donation of two (2) field hospitals which includes ventilators, are worth $950,000 and donated as part of the U.S. Southern Command’s enduring promise to nations responding to the global pandemic in Central America, South America and the Caribbean and funded by the command’s Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP). Each hospital will also ... Read More»

The United States Donates 50 Ventilators and 2 field hospitals to the Dominican Republic to Respond to COVID-19

[Santo Domingo] – The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Southern Command, has donated 50 brand-new, state-of-the-art ventilators and two field hospitals to the Dominican Republic to assist in its fight against COVID-19 and in support of disaster relief operations.  The donations combined are worth $1.85 ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (August 31, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will no longer send weekly updates and will send updates only as new information becomes available.  The latest information on COVID-19 can be found on our  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website . There is a  Level 4 Travel Advisory  recommending U.S. citizens not travel to the Dominican Republic due ... Read More»

Voting Message 

All U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically.  Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download.  Returning Your Completed, Signed Ballot:  Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not.  If your state requires you to return ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Regional Federal Benefits Unit (FBU)

The Regional Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) at Embassy Santo Domingo provides various services to U.S. citizens abroad. FBU assists U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who have inquiries about or receive benefits from the Social Security Administration, Railroad Retirement Board, Office of Personnel Management, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The team located at the American ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Location: All parts of the Dominican Republic Event:  The National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the northern and eastern coasts of the Dominican Republic. Tropical Storm Laura is projected to pass near the Dominican Republic beginning late Saturday, August 22 and could bring significant rainfall and wind that may result in life-threatening flooding, flash flooding, mudslides and ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. There is a  Level 4 Travel Advisory  recommending U.S. citizens not travel to the Dominican Republic due to health and safety measures and COVID-19-related conditions.  While ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to the Dominican Republic

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 12, 2020 Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to the Dominican Republic The below is attributable to Department of State Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, August 16 to head the U.S. delegation to the presidential inauguration of ... Read More»

President Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to the Dominican Republic to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Luis Abinader

White House Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 12, 2020 President Donald J. Trump today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Dominican Republic to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Luis Abinader on August 16, 2020, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Honorable Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State, ... Read More»

Consular services, including student visas, remain suspended

The U.S. Embassy remains closed for all routine services, since to determine our opening we follow, not only local country regulations, but also recommendations from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and directly from the State Department.  For these reasons we are unable to provide a specific reopening date. This closure includes all ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Hurricane Preparedness and STEP Registration

Hurricane Season in the Atlantic runs through November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center expects the 2020 season to be above average.  As we have entered peak hurricane season, we believe you must be prepared in case a disaster occurs or you have an emergency.  For the Embassy of the ... Read More»

Fourth Meeting of Haiti-DR Private Sector Leaders

July 29, 2020 Joint Statement On July 29, private sector representatives from Haiti and the Dominican Republic met virtually with the State Department to further discussions on developing a more secure and prosperous border for both nations.  This was the fourth such meeting convened by the U. S. government since June 2019, and included the ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (July 28, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website : The Dominican Republic has 64,690 confirmed cases ... Read More»

Alert: U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (July 23, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19.   The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 57,615 confirmed cases of ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (July 16, 2020)

Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 48,743 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 941 confirmed deaths. Actions to ... Read More»

America Acts

By Acting USAID Administrator John Barsa When a global health crisis arises, America does not wait to be called; we respond with aid and support. Throughout history, when the planet has faced crises, America always has acted boldly to save lives and sustain and strengthen a free, peaceful, and prosperous world. Foreign-assistance programs through the ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Dominican President-Elect Abinader

  U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  READOUT July 14, 2020 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Dominican President-Elect Abinader The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Dominican President-elect Luis Abinader Corona to congratulate him on his victory in the July 5 ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – When will the Embassy open for routine services?

The U.S. Embassy remains closed for all routine services, since to determine our opening we follow, not only local country regulations, but also recommendations from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and directly from the State Department. We do not have a specific date to open, but please continue visiting our official website ... Read More»

Alert: U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (July 10, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 41,915 confirmed cases of ... Read More»

United States Congratulates the Dominican Republic on Successful Elections

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JULY 6, 2020 The United States congratulates the people of the Dominican Republic on their democratic elections and looks forward to partnering with President-elect Abinader and his government. We will continue to work together to promote security and economic prosperity and safeguard democracy for citizens throughout Latin America and ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Locations: Cities and towns throughout the Dominican Republic Event:  Election Security Precaution The Dominican Republic will hold federal elections on Sunday, July 5, 2020.   This could result in large crowds and/or protests, particularly near voting locations, and may disrupt traffic. Actions to Take: Avoid crowds and demonstrations. Monitor local media for updates. General Guidance: Notify friends and family ... Read More»

July 4th Voting Message

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (June 16, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 23,271 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Who Should I Contact at the U.S. Embassy to Ask About Consular Services?

The consular section is still closed for routine services and we have not yet determined when we will resume normal operations.  We are receiving many inquiries daily and many people are unsure of who to contact with their questions and issues.  Before reaching out, please visit both the VAC website: https://www.ustraveldocs.com/do_es/index.html and our website: https://do.usembassy.gov/es/ for the ... Read More»

Video: How to prepare for hurricanes in the middle of a pandemic?

It is always important to be prepared in case a disaster occurs or in case you have an emergency. For the Embassy of the United States, disaster preparedness is essential for the safety and security of Dominicans and Americans alike, and it is one of Ambassador Bernstein’s priorities. The Dominican Republic and other islands in ... Read More»

Visa Application Center (VAC) processing Interview Waiver Cases Starting June 15

As of June 15, the Visa Application Center (VAC) will start processing nonimmigrant visa applications for eligible interview waiver cases only. The VAC and the Embassy are still closed for all routine cases that require interviews. To determine your eligibility for an interview waiver nonimmigrant visa and schedule an appointment please see: https://www.ustraveldocs.com/do/ What is a ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (June 8, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 20,126 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 539 ... Read More»

World Oceans Day 2020

By: David Maher Today we celebrate World Oceans Day.  Every June 8th the world raises global awareness of the benefits humankind derives from the ocean.  USAID in the Dominican Republic is actively working to protect the marine environment around Hispaniola in both the Dominican Republic and Haiti with the goal of improving conditions around the ... Read More»

Exchange alumni help their communities face COVID-19

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo offers academic and professional exchange programs for Dominicans to study in the United States, develop their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of U.S. culture and society. Exchange programs empower youth with the training, tools, and networks to actively participate in the economic and social development of their communities. ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (June 1, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 17,572 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 502 ... Read More»

Storm Surge 101: How USAID Helps Caribbean Countries Prepare for this Hurricane Threat

When hurricanes barrel close to communities, many people’s first instincts are to protect themselves from the high winds that threaten to flatten homes and snap trees in half. But, in fact, storm surges — or rising waters created by the storm — pose a far more dangerous and deadly threat. By: USAID/OFDA What is Storm ... Read More»

Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens – Hurricane Season 2020

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane Season which lasts through November 2020. Hurricane Season in the Atlantic begins June 1 and runs through November 30. The  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center  expects the 2020 season to be above average.  NOAA predicts that the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season will produce: 13-19 named storms 6-10 expected hurricanes 3-6 expected ... Read More»

Consular Locally Engaged Staff Dedicated to Servicing American Citizens During Crisis

By: Mery Arcila Our highest priority abroad is to protect the lives and interests of U.S. citizens overseas, especially during times of crisis. Our consular officers and local staff serve American citizens during their most important moments – births, deaths, disasters, arrests, and all kinds of emergencies. They are usually the first to respond to ... Read More»

USAID to Strengthen INTEC’s Climate and Resilience Observatory

By: USAID/DR The United States government, through USAID, will be supporting the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (the Santo Domingo Institute of Technology, INTEC), from April 2020 to mid-2021, to strengthen the Climate and Resilience Observatory to ensure its sustainability and public access to local and regional climate information.  USAID’s total investment is of US$108,000. ... Read More»

Studying urban landscapes along USAID and the USFS

By: USAID-DR Meet Maria Paulino, one of the professionals who received technical assistance and capacity building to further develop local biologists and expand ornithological studies in the Dominican Republic. In 2016, Maria joined Dr. Wayne Arendt, an ornithologist and wildlife biologist from the International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF) in Puerto Rico, and two researchers ... Read More»

Consular Locally Engaged Staff Dedicated to Servicing American Citizens During Crisis

By: Mery Arcila Our highest priority abroad is to protect the lives and interests of U.S. citizens overseas, especially during times of crisis. Our consular officers and local staff serve American citizens during their most important moments – births, deaths, disasters, arrests, and all kinds of emergencies. They are usually the first to respond to ... Read More»

CDC-DR’s Epidemiologist, Dr. Luis Bonilla, Engaging in the Caribbean Region for Over Ten Years

By: Juan Reyes When disease outbreaks or other health threats emerge, epidemiologists are on the scene to investigate. Often called “disease detectives,” epidemiologists search for the cause of a disease, identify people who are at risk, determine how to control or stop the spread and prevent a recurrence of the disease. Physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (May 18, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 12,725 confirmed cases of ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (May 15, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 11,739 confirmed ... Read More»

USAID facilitated rural community’s access to international agricultural markets

By: Laura McCarthy for USAID In Vallejuelo, one of the poorest regions of the Dominican Republic, farmers’ traditional crops, such as onions and beans, are failing to compete with imported varieties and prices. The Junta de Productores de Vallejuelo, a producer organization, is working to change that as it develops the valley’s production capacity, provides ... Read More»

How the U.S. helps its citizens abroad during a crisis

By: Mery Arcila During the COVID-19 crisis, our priority is to keep you informed. We advise U.S. citizens who live abroad to arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. In a time of crisis, we understand making decisions and knowing the steps to ... Read More»

USAID Supports Innovation During Quarantine

By: USAID-DR Being at home doesn’t have to be a barrier to innovation!  We congratulate Kemberly Abad, Rafael Fernández, Eladio Rodríguez and Dahiana Vásquez, winners of the 1st virtual hackathon “Innovating in Quarantine”, with their application “COVIDHELP”. COVIDHELP is “an application to help diabetics and hypertensive people over 65, as explained by Kemberly Abad. With ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (May 8, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 9,376 confirmed cases of ... Read More»

Frequently Asked Questions on the Presidential Proclamation

By: Jade Holmes On April 22, 2020, the President issued a Presidential Proclamation suspending and limiting the entry of certain immigrants into the United States and many people have questions about how this affects them. The President’s limitation on entry applies to visa applicants who: (a) are outside the United States on April 23, 2020; (b) do ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (May 1, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: Masks are required in all public spaces in ... Read More»

U.S. commits additional $2 million for the Dominican Republic in humanitarian assistance to combat COVID-19

May 1, 2020 Santo Domingo D.N. –  The United States Government announced an additional $2 million in assistance for a total of $3.4 million to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Dominican Republic.  The funds will be managed through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Dominican Republic. The $3.4 ... Read More»

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s previous donations to the Dominican Republic are critical today

By: Juan Reyes In today’s interconnected world, a disease emerging in any part of the world can potentially become a health threat in the U.S., in the Dominican Republic or anywhere else.  Infectious diseases, such as the novel coronavirus disease or, better known as COVID-19, know no borders nor boundaries.  For this reason, CDC works ... Read More»

U.S.-D.R. Military Cooperation and Capacity Building is put into action in the face of COVID-19

By: William Medina The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo has over 18 offices that work to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the United States and the Dominican Republic.  One of those is the Department of Defense’s Office of Security Cooperation (OSC) which promotes U.S. foreign policy by enhancing the long-term bilateral defense relationship between the ... Read More»

USAID: Improving reading skills of Dominican children

USAID’s Read program has  improved the reading skills of 200,000 students in more than 370 schools in targeted communities.  By David Maher World Book Day is Thursday, April 23, 2020!  We are excited to promote and support reading in the Dominican Republic.  World Book Day is a celebration encouraging everyone to gain a renewed respect ... Read More»

10 years improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene in the Dominican Republic

By: David Maher & Esther Zeledon, PhD Water is vital for life, and access to safe, clean water is a basic human right.  For nearly six decades, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has partnered with the Dominican Republic to improve quality of life for the most vulnerable, investing over ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (April 20, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will send an update at least once a week to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The following information has been updated on the  Embassy Santo Domingo COVID-19 website: The Dominican Republic has 4,964 confirmed cases of ... Read More»

U.S. commits $1.4 million to the Dominican Republic in humanitarian assistance to combat COVID-19

April 17, 2020 Santo Domingo D.N. –  The United States Government has committed $1.4 million to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Dominican Republic.   The funding will support epidemiological analysis and forecasting, identification and follow-up of contact tracing, as well as pandemic surveillance. This emergency humanitarian assistance will strengthen health care ... Read More»

Dominican Republic’s Emergency Operation Center ready to assist in COVID-19 response after assistance from the U.S.

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo has a long history of engaging our Dominican partners. By: William Medina The U.S. government (USG) has enabled the Emergency Operations Center (COE) to be ready to respond to a natural disaster or an unforeseen emergency such as COVID-19 through its various programs, trainings and donations.  Both the Office for Security Cooperation (OSC) ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (April 15, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be sending a daily update to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. On Thursday, April 16 Spirit Airlines is scheduled to operate one flight from Santo Domingo, Las Americas ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (April 14, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be sending a daily update to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. As of April 13, 2020 the governement of the Dominican Republic has lifted the internal travel ban ... Read More»

United States-Dominican Republic: Partners in Security and COVID-19

By: William Medina The United States and the Dominican Republic enjoy a strong bilateral security cooperation. Security cooperation efforts include emergency preparedness training and financial assistance for the Dominican government to better serve its citizenry during a disaster.  As the world confronts COVID-19 together, we see how these resources and trainings are being put into ... Read More»

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (April 13, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be sending a daily update to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return home or be prepared ... Read More»

The CDC Has a Long History Training Dominican Epidemiologists to Fight Infectious Diseases

For the past 10 years, the CDC has trained more than 550 Dominican epidemiologists By: Juan Reyes With the ongoing novel coronavirus situation currently unfolding around the globe and in the Dominican Republic, it is very important to have qualified epidemiologists ready to track, contain, and eliminate outbreaks. For the past 10 years, The United ... Read More»

USAID helped reduce maternal and neonatal deaths in D.R. by more than 40%

By: David Maher For nearly six decades, the U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, has collaborated with the government of the Dominican Republic and local civil society organizations, in an effort to guarantee social development and equality of opportunity. Health care has been a fundamental component of our assistance. In the last ... Read More»

The United States Embassy and FUNMODAIN Launch Textile Project to Supply Medical Garments to Dominican Medical Workers

April 8, 2020 Santo Domingo, N.D. The United States Embassy in collaboration with Fashion for Inclusion Foundation (FUNMODAIN, Spanish acronym) and the Dominican Association of Fashion Designers launched the DR Fashion SOS project in order to respond to the need for basic supplies required at this time in Dominican hospitals. The United States Embassy will ... Read More»

Dominican authorities announced military checkpoints throughout the country

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (April 8, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic   Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be sending a daily update to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19.   On April 4, Dominican authorities announced military checkpoints throughout the country to enforce curfews and ... Read More»

Daily update to U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic – COVID-19

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (April 8, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be sending a daily update to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return home or ... Read More»

7 Ways USAID is Helping Contain Coronavirus Overseas

U.S. investments in global health security save lives By: USAID  Original can be found here:  https://medium.com/usaid-2030/7-ways-usaid-is-helping-contain-coronavirus-overseas-54c77a9bc32d   An infectious disease threat anywhere can be a threat everywhere. The United States is the most generous nation in the world when it comes to humanitarian assistance. We will lead the global response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ... Read More»

Notice on governmental limitations on repatriation of remains.

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (April 7, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  Notice on governmental limitations on repatriation of remains. U.S. citizens and their families should note that due to the risks of COVID-19 as  quarantinable, communicable disease , the Dominican government is currently only permitting cremated remains of COVID-19 victims to be repatriated to the United States.   CDC guidance  provides ... Read More»

The United States Government Provides Funds for COVID-19 Diagnostic Kits for the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic is in the first tranche of countries to receive COVID-19 test kits funded by the United States Santo Domingo, D.N. – The United States will be providing, via the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), 2,000 COVID-19 tests to the Dominican Republic that use a nuclear-derived testing technique and can produce results in a ... Read More»

Extended the curfew for the entire territory of the Dominican Republic

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (April 2, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be sending a daily update to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. On April 2, the President of the Dominican Republic extended the curfew for the entire territory of ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be sending a daily update

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (March 31, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be sending a daily update to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The Dominican Republic has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country. U.S. citizens who live in the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be sending a daily update

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (March 30, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will be sending a daily update to ensure that all U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic have the latest information on COVID-19. The Dominican Republic has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country.  U.S. citizens who live in the ... Read More»

Alert: Resources for Resident U.S. Citizens in the Dominican Republic

Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (March 28, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  Resources for Resident U.S. Citizens in the Dominican Republic U.S. citizens resident in the Dominican Republic should take a number of steps to prepare themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Ready.gov  is a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American ... Read More»

New Curfew Hours, Flight Cancellations and COVID Preparedness

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (March 26, 2020)  Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  New Curfew Hours, Flight Cancellations and COVID Preparedness On March 26, the President of the Dominican Republic extended the curfew hours for the entire territory of the Dominican Republic.  Effective tomorrow, Friday, March 27, all traffic and movement of people is prohibited ... Read More»

Alert – Flight Cancellations and Reductions

Alert –  U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (March 25, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  Flight Cancellations and Reductions The U.S. Embassy has received reports that many U.S. citizens are experiencing flight cancellations.   Flights are still available through Delta and JetBlue.    Actions to Take: If you want to return to the United States, do so ... Read More»

Curfew Alert –  U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

March 20, 2020. Curfew Alert –  U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (March 20, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic On March 20, the President of the Dominican Republic established a curfew for entire territory of the Dominican Republic.  Effective today March 20, all traffic and movement of people is prohibited from 8 pm to 6am.  The curfew will remain ... Read More»

Health Alert – Flight Cancellations and Hospital Shortages

Location:  Dominican Republic  Event:   Flight Cancellations and Hospital Shortages  On March 19, 2020, the Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  Given the unpredictable nature and global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on travel, U.S. ... Read More»

AIRLINE INFORMATION FOR U.S. CITIZENS

March 19, 2020. U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) are authorized to leave the Dominican Republic during the 15-day state of emergency that started March 19, 2020 on carriers to the United States.  However, each individual airline is determining those flights, the frequency and destination.  Airlines are evaluating the situation on a daily basis. ... Read More»

Alert: Health Alert – Flight Cancellations and Hospital Shortages

March 18, 2020. Health Alert – U.S. Embassy U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (March 18, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:   Flight Cancellations and Hospital Shortages The President of the Dominican Republic announced a number of measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 on March 17.  Effective at 6 am on March 19, the President has suspended arrival of incoming ... Read More»

Information for American Citizens: flights suspension and borders closed

March 18, 2020 The Department of State has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas.  The President of the Dominican Republic announced a number of measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 including that all incoming flights will be suspended and borders closed at 6am March 19, 2020 for 15 ... Read More»

Health Alert – DR enhances screening and quarantine measures

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo (March 14, 2020) Location:  Dominican Republic Event:  The government of The Dominican Republic has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  Visit the website of  The Dominican Ministry of Health  for additional information on ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy will temporarily offer limited Consular Services

Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:  As of Monday March 16, the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo is cancelling routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV fee is valid and may ... Read More»

Dominican Republic Independence Day

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 26, 2020 On behalf of the people of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of the Dominican Republic on the 176th anniversary of your independence on February 27. The U.S. partnership with the Dominican Republic promotes our shared prosperity and security, expands our ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – Protests in the Dominican Republic

Locations: Government offices in Santo Domingo, and cities and towns throughout the Dominican Republic. Event: The recent suspension of municipal elections has resulted in protests that could continue up to the rescheduled elections on March 15th.  Protests have occurred outside of the Junta Central Electoral in Santo Domingo, but major government buildings like Congress or ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Location: Cities and towns throughout the Dominican Republic Event: Election Security Precaution   Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Dominican municipal elections scheduled for 16 Feb 2020 have been suspended.  This could result in protests, particularly near voting locations. Actions to Take: Avoid voting areas. Monitor local media for updates. General Guidance: Avoid crowds and demonstrations. ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address to the Congress of the United States

The White House Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. February 4, 2020  [Excerpts related to foreign policy] *             *             *             * One of the single biggest promises I made to the American people was to replace the disastrous NAFTA trade deal.  In fact, unfair trade is perhaps the single biggest reason that I decided ... Read More»

Haiti-DR Private Sector Meeting on Border Security and Control

February 5, 2020 Joint Statement On February 5, 2020, representatives of private sector organizations and government officials from Haiti and the Dominican Republic met at the CODEVI industrial park along the border to further discussions on developing a more secure and prosperous border for both nations. This was the third such meeting convened by the ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Location: Dominican Republic Event:  As widely reported in the media, there is an ongoing outbreak of a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. At the time of this message there are no known cases in the Dominican Republic. The below links and general information are presented in order to help keep United States ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Location: Cities and towns throughout the Dominican Republic Event: Carnival Security Precaution   U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution and situational awareness during Carnival celebrations in the Dominican Republic during the month of February.  Carnival culminates on or near the 27th of February, Dominican Independence Day.  Expect significant travel congestion, road closures, and large ... Read More»

U.S. citizens residing abroad may vote in U.S. elections, and the Embassy can help!

Routine Message – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (January 23, 2020) Location: Dominican Republic Event: Voting in the 2020 Elections from Overseas U.S. citizens residing abroad may vote in U.S. elections, and the Embassy can help!   Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo: Expanding America’s Commitment to the Caribbean

Speech Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Kingston, Jamaica January 22, 2020 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. I was standing back there; I heard a “amen.” What better way to be welcomed to the stage? (Laughter.) Thank you, Madam Foreign Minister, for that kind introduction. I’m delighted to be here. My first trip here as Secretary ... Read More»

Information on Traveling to the US by Car Ferry

Vehicle must be in traveler’s name and with no pending loans. Car registration. Car insurance. International insurance is needed, the cost is $60.00 approx. (this includes the $10.00 importation fee).  If traveling via Ferry, the Ferry booking personnel completes all the required paperwork.  While in Puerto Rico the government of PRPD located at the Ferry ... Read More»

United States Supports IFES Technical Assistance in the Dominican Republic

The United States supports free, fair, and transparent elections in the Dominican Republic and around the world.  A democratic, prosperous, secure Dominican Republic is in both our interest.  The United States Government, via the U. S. Agency for International Development, is pleased to support the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) to provide technical assistance ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (January 7, 2020) Location: Dominican Republic Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as needed. Actions ... Read More»

Haiti-DR Private Sector Meeting on Broder Security & Control

December 16, 2019 On December 16, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Cynthia Kierscht convened a meeting in Miami with Ambassador to Haiti Michele Sison, Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Robin Bernstein, and representatives of private sector associations from Haiti and the Dominican Republic to discuss the elements necessary to produce a ... Read More»

Ambassador Bernstein’s Remarks at American Chamber of Commerce’s Thanksgiving Luncheon

Ambassador Robin S. Bernstein “Opportunities and Challenges for Increasing Foreign Investment” Embajador Hotel Wednesday, November 27, 2019   Good afternoon. I am delighted to be here with you today, sharing in this tradition. Thanksgiving is the time when families and friends come together, as we are here today, to give thanks for all that has ... Read More»

U.S. Social Security Services Visit and Town Hall Santiago, Dominican Republic

U.S. Social Security Services Visit and Town Hall Santiago, Dominican Republic November 20th 2019   The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo is pleased to announce that Representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit will visit Santiago to offer services for beneficiaries or individuals with questions about U.S. Social Security and other federal benefits. We remind ... Read More»

SAFE: Together for the love of youth and sports

          Healthy/Sano – Age appropriate development – No performance enhancing drugs – Access to nutritional food – All medical treatments or supplements are explained and authorized – Proper medical care for injuries             Protected/Asegurado – Parents and athletes are informed about options and chances for success ... Read More»

USNS Comfort to visit Dominican Republic

The visit by the Comfort is in coordination with the Dominican Ministry of Defense in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health and the National Health Service (SNS) The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will visit Dominican Republic October 16-21.  The ship will dock at the San Souci port and conduct a ... Read More»

Meet Judith, Peace Corps Volunteer in San Juan

By Judith, Peace Corps Volunteer in San Juan Since 1962, more than 4,792 Volunteers have served in the Dominican Republic. There are currently 187 Volunteers serving in 19 Provinces working in three technical project areas: Community Economic Development, Child Literacy and Youth Development.  Volunteers live and work in communities for two years as part of ... Read More»

Ambassador Bernstein Celebrates First Anniversary in the Dominican Republic

By Ambassador Robin Bernstein One year ago, I embarked on one of the most magnificent journeys of my life.  On my year anniversary as the U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic – I can truly say I feel like I belong here.  The friendly people, the rich culture, the beautiful places: the Dominican Republic has ... Read More»

Meet Jose Angel, Peace Corps Volunteer in Bahoruco

By Jose Angel, Peace Corps Volunteer in Bahoruco Since 1962, more than 4,792 Volunteers have served in the Dominican Republic. There are currently 187 Volunteers serving in 19 Provinces working in three technical project areas: Community Economic Development, Child Literacy and Youth Development.  Volunteers live and work in communities for two years as part of ... Read More»

Seminar on Personal Branding Promotes Youth Leadership

Last month we held an alumni seminar for Youth Ambassadors (YA) Program participants, focused on service leadership and professional development, in Santiago de los Caballeros. Thirty-six YA alumni attended workshops on personal branding and content creation for social media, and learned how to expand their professional networks through service in civic organizations and community development ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Adding Derivatives or FTJs

Did you know? You can add a “derivative” to your immigrant visa petition just by accessing your CEAC application! You will need all of their information, including first and last name, method of contact, and relationship to the principal applicant. Keep in mind that a derivative can be either a spouse or a child younger ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic August 27, 2019

Location: Dominican Republic, notably eastern areas including Punta Cana and Samana peninsula. Event: Tropical Storm Dorian is projected to affect the Dominican Republic beginning the afternoon of Wednesday, August 28th. This storm may bring significant rainfall and wind that may result in life-threatening flooding, flash flooding, and storm surge.  Hispaniola-wide impacts are expected but the ... Read More»

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic August 26, 2019

Location: All parts of the Dominican Republic Event: Tropical Storm Dorian is projected to affect the Dominican Republic beginning Wednesday, August 28th. This storm may bring significant rainfall and wind that may result in life-threatening flooding, flash flooding, and storm surge.  Hispaniola-wide impacts are expected but the eastern and southern coast are likely to feel ... Read More»

Consular Support Staff: Educators, Experts, and Team Players

By: Graham Swaney, Public Affairs Intern In her work at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, local employee Francia Elias educates, advises, and supports American staff.  She helps them perform at the highest level possible, grow as employees, and learn about the Dominican Republic. Francia has been working at the U.S. Embassy for 27 years ... Read More»

Treasury Designates Dominican Republic-Based Peralta Drug Trafficking Organization Under the Kingpin Act

Action targets network of nightclubs and front persons used for money laundering and human trafficking WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identified Dominican national Cesar Emilio Peralta and the Peralta Drug Trafficking Organization (Peralta DTO) as significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin ... Read More»

Tu Solicitud, Tu Visa, Tu Responsabilidad (Your application, Your Visa, Your Responsibility)

Tu Solicitud, Tu Visa, Tu Responsabilidad (Your application, Your Visa, Your Responsibility) is a campaign of the United States Embassy in Santo Domingo. Its main purpose is to educate and raise public awareness about the correct and legal way to obtain immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. The Fraud Prevention Unit shares the following articles and cápsulas ... Read More»

Spotlight Series: U.S. Cultural Programs and Grants Building Ties, Promoting Policies and Creating Sustainable Opportunities

By Graham Swaney, Public Affairs Intern Every year the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) awards upwards of 20 small grants and independently runs several cultural programs. The small grants program awards vary in size, but they all help to tell the story of the United States to Dominican audiences and build ties between the ... Read More»

US Ambassador Tours Northwest Area of the Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, D.N. – United States Ambassador Robin S. Bernstein visited the northwest of the Dominican Republic for the first time. Her visit included the Dajabon, Montecristi and Santiago de los Caballeros provinces and sought to follow up on the projects being carried out by the United States Government in the area. The Ambassador began ... Read More»

Javier Means Business: A Day in the Life of a Commercial Specialist at FCS

By: Graham Swaney, Public Affairs Intern Javier Suárez is a specialist working for the Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo. Javier is part of the local staff, and has been helping Americans and Dominicans connect and build successful business relationships for four years. The Foreign Commercial Service is part of the U.S. Department ... Read More»

The United States and the Dominican Republic Work Together Against Trafficking in Persons

By Graham Cohen, Political/Economic Intern Today, an estimated 25 million children and adults worldwide are victims of sex and labor trafficking.  Promises of opportunity and upward mobility lure many victims into human trafficking, where abuse and manipulation quickly replace initial hope.  Human trafficking represents a gross violation of the inherent rights granted to everyone, everywhere. ... Read More»

Decisión del presidente de la República Dominicana Danilo Medina

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA – DEPARTAMENTO DE ESTADO MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARIO DE ESTADO 25 DE JULIO, 2019 Los Estados Unidos recibe con satisfacción el anuncio del presidente dominicano Danilo Medina de no buscar una extensión de los períodos constitucionalmente establecidos, el cual muestra confianza en la voluntad del pueblo y es un buen augurio para ... Read More»

U.S. and Dominican Forces are training together to build relations, sharpen combat skills and improve interoperability

By Graham Swaney, Public Diplomacy Intern For the month of July the U.S. 20th Special Forces Group is participating in Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) with the Dominican Republic’s Unidad de Comando Especial Contraterrorismo (Special Counterterrorism Command Unit). The forces are training in a variety of skills designed to help improve Dominican operational planning and ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: Potential Demonstrations Throughout Election Season

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Location: Areas surrounding the Palace of Congress, Supreme Court and other government buildings in Santo Domingo and within the Dominican Republic. Event: The Dominican Republic has entered the candidate selection stage for presidential elections, scheduled for May 17, 2020.  During previous election cycles, large crowds of people have ... Read More»

“Cacu” Documentary Screening Showcases Conservation Solutions in the Dominican Republic

By Graham Swaney, Public Diplomacy Intern The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo hosted short environmental film Director/Journalist Marvin Del Cid and Marine Biologist Omar Shamir Reynoso to screen and discuss their documentary, “Cacu: Un Cambio por la Vida” (Cacu: A change for life in English). Del Cid and Reynoso were invited by the Agriculture and ... Read More»

Ambassador Robin S. Bernstein visits communities in Las Terrenas

Las Terrenas, Samana – United States Ambassador Robin S. Bernstein, visited several locations in the town of Las Terrenas, to monitor projects being undertaken in the area by the United States Government, through the Agency for International Development (USAID). The Ambassador met with Las Terrenas Mayor Alex García, with whom she discussed the work that ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with the President of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release READOUT July 10, 2019 Secretary Pompeo’s Call with the President of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke yesterday with Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina.  The two discussed the importance of ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – Passport Pickup

Once your immigrant visa has been approved, it is easy to pick up your passport! When you first started the immigrant interview process you created a profile at www.ustraveldocs.com . There you chose one of two passport delivery methods: (1) pick-up at a Mailboxes Etc. location free of charge; or (2) premium delivery to your home ... Read More»

Embassy Celebrates the 243th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America

The celebration honored great Latin legends of major league baseball, shared pastime of both countries Santo Domingo, D.N. – The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo celebrated the 243 anniversary of the independence of the United States at the Quisqueya Juan Marichal Stadium. The event was presided by Ambassador Robin Bernstein, and honored members of ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: HURRICANE SEASON 2019

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane Season which lasts through November 2019. Hurricane Season in the Atlantic begins June 1 and runs through November 30.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center expects the 2019 season to be near normal.  NOAA predicts that the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season will produce 9-15 named storms, of which 4-8 are ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – I am LGBTI.  Can I apply for a visa with my partner?

There is no discrimination in visa applications on the basis of race, gender, color, religion or sexual orientation.  Every applicant, regardless of sexual orientation, must demonstrate they qualify for the visa and are going to use it in the correct manner.  However, certain visas classes do require a legal marriage to demonstrate a qualifying relationship ... Read More»

U.S Embassy Statement on the Safety and Security of U.S. Citizens in the Dominican Republic

As Ambassador Robin Bernstein has said publicly, “The safety and security of U.S. citizens that live in, work in, and visit the Dominican Republic remains our highest priority. These incidents are tragic and we offer our deepest condolences to those personally impacted.” The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo is actively working with the Government of the ... Read More»

Deputy Assistant Secretary Kierscht Meets With U.S. Ambassadors and Business Leaders from Haiti and D.R.

On June 6, on the margins of the US – Caribbean Conference Deputy Assistant Secretary for Canada, Haiti and the Caribbean Cynthia Kierscht convened a meeting with Ambassador to Haiti Michele Sison,  Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Robin Bernstein, and leaders of the Haitian and Dominican Republic Private Sectors.  The participants discussed cross border issues, trade, and the promotion of foreign ... Read More»

Statement on Death of U.S. Citizens in the Dominican Republic – June 6, 2019

As Ambassador Robin S. Bernstein stated, “The premier function of our Embassy is to take care of the safety and security of all Americans who live here, visit here, and work here.” The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens who visit or reside in ... Read More»

OPIC Acting President & CEO Bohigian Leads Delegation to the Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – David Bohigian, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, today visited the Dominican Republic, where he met with President Danilo Medina and other senior government officials to promote U.S. investment and discuss enhanced security cooperation in the Dominican ... Read More»

United States Embassy Launches Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs interested in participating can complete the form available at www.awedominicana.com by Sunday, May 19, 2019 Santo Domingo, D.N.- The United States Embassy announced the call for applications for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a new Department of State initiative to support women entrepreneurs globally.  Through the academy, 36 participants from Santo Domingo aged 18-35 ... Read More»

Joint Statement: Ministerial of the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  Media Note April 13, 2019 Joint Statement: Ministerial of the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership The text of the following joint statement was issued by the governments of the United States, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary Pompeo: Seizing the Opportunity for Freedom in the Americas

MS GUAZZOTTI: Good afternoon. On behalf of the Chilean North American Chamber of Commerce, AmCham Chile, I would like to welcome you all to this important event in honor of the visit of the Secretary of State of the United States, Mr. Michael Pompeo. A hundred years ago, a group of visionary entrepreneurs created AmCham Chile ... Read More»

Ambassador Robin S. Bernstein’s Remarks During 2019 International Women’s Day Reception

¡Buenas noches!  Estoy muy feliz de estar aquí hoy para hablar de un tema muy importante: el importante papel de las mujeres en el desarrollo de una sociedad prospera.  Como la segunda embajadora mujer de Estados Unidos en la Republica Dominicana, quiero ser una voz para mujeres.  Yo se que juntos, estamos unidos y podemos hacer una diferencia ... Read More»

The U.S. and the D.R.: Partners in Agriculture

By: Ambassador Robin Bernstein Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney visited the Dominican Republic to see first-hand the mutually beneficial partnership that has developed between our agricultural sectors. Under Secretary McKinney was struck by the fact that approximately 60 percent of U.S. agricultural ... Read More»

United States and Dominican Republic Expand Opportunities to Invest by Streamlining Approval Process

U.S. Ambassador Robin Bernstein presented Minister of Finance Donald Guerrero Ortiz an accord signed by the United States and Dominican governments to facilitate investment by U.S. companies in the Dominican Republic via the U.S. government’s development financial institution, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). The accord, signed by Minister Guerrero and the President and Chief Executive ... Read More»

Ambassador Bernstein’s Message on International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust

Ambassador Bernstein Message for Conmemoración Día del Recuerdo del Holocausto January 27, 2019 • 19:00 p.m.   ¡Muy buenas noches!  Estoy muy feliz de estar aquí hoy, no sé cómo expresarles lo que significa este momento para mí. International Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. As people ... Read More»

¡Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año! SIDE by SIDE

By: Ambassador Robin Bernstein The highlight of 2018 was my appointment as Ambassador to the Dominican Republic – and so far it has been a magnificent journey.  I am so grateful that President Trump selected me to serve here in the Dominican Republic.  It was my top choice and the position is even more rewarding ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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” –- ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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. Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 .   Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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. Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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. ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims National Hispanic Heritage Month 2017

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 13, 2017 National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2017 – – – – – – – By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation   During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans who have helped shape our ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo Reschedules Nonimmigrant Visa Interviews

Santo Domingo, D.N.- The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo extends its condolences to all those who lost loved ones and to the communities affected by the Hurricane Irma. Our embassies in The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Barbados – as well as the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao – are open.  However, as many staff ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo Will Be Closed on Thursday Due to Hurricane Irma

Santo Domingo, D.N.- On September 5, 2017, the Department of State authorized the voluntary departure of U.S government employees and their family members due to Hurricane Irma. The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to carefully reconsider travel to the Dominican Republic. The Embassy, including the Consular Agencies in Punta Cana and Puerto Plata, will ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens-Assisted Departure Related to Hurricane Irma

United States Embassy, Santo Domingo, The Dominican Republic Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens-Assisted Departure Related to Hurricane Irma   September 6, 2017   This message is to advise U.S. citizens residing and traveling in The Dominican Republic that Hurricane Irma, currently a category  5 storm, is projected to affect The Dominican Republic. On September 5, 2017 the Department of State approved Authorized Departure ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens – Hurricane Irma

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens United States Embassy, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic September 5, 2017 Hurricane Irma   This message is to advise U.S. citizens residing and traveling in the Dominican Republic that Hurricane Irma, currently a category 5 storm, is projected to affect the Dominican Republic. This storm may bring significant rainfall and wind that ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Follow Hurricane Irma updates here

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo reminds U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic to remain vigilant during the hurricane season.  At this time, Hurricane Irma is forecast to impact the entirety of the Dominican Republic to varying degrees with eastern and northern areas most heavily impacted, by Wednesday, September 6.  This situation continues to develop. For ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy celebrates Boomerang Night: A night for entrepreneurs

Santo Domingo, D.N. – The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo and Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship invite you to Boomerang Night, an entrepreneurship event to share stories, connect with young leaders and learn about exchange opportunities to the United States for entrepreneurs. Boomerang Night will showcase a panel of ... Read More»

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

Remarks by Robert Copley Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the U.S. Embassy Welcome reception August 15, 2017 Ladies and gentlemen, Friends and partners of this diplomatic mission, welcome and many thanks for being here tonight and for this warm welcome. It is an honor to be in the Dominican Republic and spend time with you this ... Read More»

United States Embassy Hosts Reception in Honor of New Chargé d’Affaires

Santo Domingo, D.N.- The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo hosted a welcome reception in honor of its new Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Mr. Robert Copley , and his wife, Mrs. Yanira Copley. In his welcome remarks, Mr. Copley highlighted the shared values between the United States and the Dominican Republic as well as his interest in working for ... Read More»

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 Galería 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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity: Building English Teaching Capacity in the Dominican Republic

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY SANTO DOMINGO Notice of Funding Opportunity   Funding Opportunity Title:                Building English Teaching Capacity in the Dominican Republic Funding Opportunity Number:          S-DR860-17-NOFO-002 Deadline for Applications:                  August 14, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (EST) CFDA Number:                                  19.040 – General Department of State Assistance Total Amount Available:                    Up to ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Notification of Funding Opportunity: Youth Empowerment Through Arts

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Notification of Funding Opportunity U.S. EMBASSY SANTO DOMINGO PUBLIC AFFAIRS SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM   Announcement Type:                       Grant Funding Opportunity Title:             U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Public Affairs Small Grants Program Statement Funding Opportunity Number:       S-DR860-17-NOFO-001. CFDA Number:                                19.040 – General Department of State Assistance. Date Opened:                                     July 10, 2017. ... Read More»

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

Remarks by Mr. Patrick Dunn U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. During 241st Independence Day Celebration July 6th, 2017   Ladies and Gentlemen, On behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, welcome to our 241st Independence Day celebration.  We’re delighted you could join us this evening. Images of Independence Day on the fourth ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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. ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump on the Policy of the United States Towards Cuba

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 16, 2017 Manuel Artime Theater Miami, Florida 1:31 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, everybody.  Thank you very much.  Great honor.  And thank you to my truly great friend, Vice President Mike Pence — he’s terrific.  (Applause.)  And thank you to Miami.  We ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Remarks by the Vice President at the Northern Triangle Conference

The White House Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release June 15, 2017 Florida International University Miami, Florida 1:18 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Mr. Secretary.  And thank you all, I’m truly honored to be with you at this important gathering. But before I begin, allow me to address the attack that ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Ask the Consul – United States Citizen Immigration and Services Office

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services Office, USCIS, is a government entity of the United States of America that provides services related to the immigration and naturalization processes of the families of residents and citizens of the United States. USCIS also manages the first steps for the adoptions of children of other countries. Family-based immigration ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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.  ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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; ... Read More»

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| ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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), ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

“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 ... Read More»

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.   ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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. Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»