Policy Update for Immigrant Visa Applicants

Starting on October 1, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requiring that all Immigrant Visa applicants over the age of 12 be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  The Immigrant Visa Section wants to help prevent any delays in our applicant’s medical screening process and therefore, we are encouraging our applicants to begin …

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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 …

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I have a question about an immigrant visa case. How can I get in contact to get an answer quickly and directly?

There is a lot of information on the Embassy website and our Global Support Services website.    For frequently asked questions, petition status, wait times, and more, visit https://www.ustraveldocs.com/do/ .   Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, @EmbajadaUSAenRD for updates and additional information.  

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Come Prepared & Don’t Delay Your Immigrant Visa Appointment!

An important announcement from the U.S. Embassy Consular Section in Santo Domingo to Immigrant Visa Applicants:  Be prepared!  Don’t lose your appointment!  Don’t delay your immigrant visa!  For immigrant visa applicants, you must scan and upload ALL of the required documents before your embassy interview at the following website, using your case number and NVC …

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Avoid delays, come prepared to your immigrant visa interview

The immigrant visa unit has resumed limited operations and is currently processing all classes of visas; however, the wait time is longer than in the past.  Applicants can avoid additional delays by being prepared for their interview with all the necessary documents. Applicants are responsible for monitoring their email for updates and for scheduling purposes; …

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A faster and direct way to respond to your consular inquiries!

In the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo we are continuously looking for ways to serve you better. With this in mind, we have established a new way to contact us, which allows us to respond to your questions in a faster and more direct way. By following the instructions and providing detailed information, we can …

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Questions regarding Immigrant visa appointments

How long will it take to get an appointment? We do not have an exact timeline as every case is different. We are attempting to schedule as many interviews as we can while following Dominican, CDC, and State department guidelines on proper precautions and COVID-19 safety measures. We understand the frustration of applicants who have …

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Limited services in the Immigrant Visa Unit

The Immigrant Visa Unit has resumed limited immigrant visa operations.  While the appointment availability remains restricted by public health conditions, the Immigrant Visa Unit is currently scheduling visa appointments on a very limited basis in the following categories: Adoptions: appointments for adopted children of U.S. Citizens Spouses, children and parents of U.S. Citizens Fiancées of …

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Who should I contact for Consular services?

Even though the Consular Section of the US Embassy remains closed for routine services, we frequently receive questions on who to contact for specific questions and situations. We hope the following resources may be of help: Visa applicants with emergency cases may write to support-dominicanrepublic@ustraveldocs.com or call 1-829-956-5144 U.S. lawful permanent residents whose green cards …

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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 …

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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 …

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Ask the Consul – Voting from abroad

Celebrate democracy 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 an …

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Ask the Consul – Presidential proclamation extended

On June 22, the President signed a Proclamation which extends the previous Presidential Proclamation 10014 and suspends the entry of certain international visitors to the United States through December 31, 2020.  This proclamation applies to visa applicants who are (a) outside the United States on June 24, 2020; (b) do not have a nonimmigrant visa that is valid on …

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Ask the Consul – Emergency appointments for US citizens

The American Citizen Services unit at Embassy Santo Domingo is currently only providing emergency services to American citizens in the Dominican Republic.  If you are in need of a passport, please note that we are only processing emergency passport applications. In order to obtain this service, you must have an emergency need to travel. If …

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Ask the Consul – Legal Permanent Residents in the Dominican Republic

The Government of the Dominican Republic has allowed U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to leave the Dominican Republic on ferry flights to the U.S. since the beginning of the pandemic. Lawful permanent residents (LPR) who stay outside of the United States for more than one year, or shorter trips where it is believed they …

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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 …

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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; …

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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 …

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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 …

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Ask the Consul – Be Ready: Visit the Visa Application Center before your Interview

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

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Ask the Consul – Family Based Immigration

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

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

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

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Ask the Consul – Family Based Immigration

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

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Why do I have to visit the VAC at Galerias 360 before my interview?

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

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

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

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Ask the Consul – Be Ready: Visit the Visa Application Center before your Interview

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

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Ask the Consul – Family Based Immigration

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

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Ask the Consul – Be Ready: Visit the Visa Application Center before your Interview

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

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Ask the Consul – Myths and Misconceptions

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

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Ask the Consul – My Immigrant Visa was Approved… Now What?

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

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Ask the Consul – What to expect the day of the immigrant visa consular interview

On the day of the interview, applicants should arrive fifteen minutes before their scheduled time to avoid any unnecessary waiting. Our embassy works to process cases as quickly as possible but due to the number of applicants interviewed daily, some families may have to wait for longer periods of time. There are snacks and beverages …

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Ask the Consul – Family Based Immigration

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

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

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

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