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Important information about B1/B2 Non immigrant visas
March 10, 2022


In addition to our regular services to U.S. citizens and a continuing focus on handling accumulated immigrant visa applications of all categories as well as students and workers, the U.S. Embassy will be resuming in-person interviews for tourist visa (B1/B2) applicants whose appointments were cancelled on March 13, 2020.  Applicants who were adversely affected by the original cancellations that were announced on March 13, 2020, will qualify for the first wave of available appointments.  Applicants in this affected category should login to their profiles, confirm their emails are current and follow the instructions received via email on how to reschedule. Once this group of applicants has been processed, we will resume appointments in a limited and gradual manner as staffing resources allow. Applicants should expect a longer-than-normal wait time for this service and plan accordingly.

Please note that due to an increasing backlog of visa appointment requests applicants should expect to experience delays in appointment availability.  We will honor the appointments that have already been scheduled.  However, we strongly urge all applicants whose appointments have already been scheduled to not reschedule as an attempt to reschedule an already-existing appointment could easily result not only in a loss of your current appointment but also inability to reschedule a new one until much later.

Additional Information

Applicants applying in the same visa class and whose previous visa expired within the last 48 months may be eligible for interview waiver.  Applicants may schedule a renewal appointment here: Renewal.

Expedited/Emergency Appointments: If applicants have an urgent need for travel, they may request an emergency appointment by following the guidance found here: Expedited Appointment.

The U.S. Department of State has extended the validity of visa payments (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2023, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the paid fee.

Non-Resident Applicants:  Routine appointments for applicants not ordinarily resident in the Dominican Republic are not available at this time.  Any applicant currently residing in the United States who seeks to extend their legal stay should contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services here: USCIS.

Applicants entering the Embassy must wear a face mask at all times and follow social distancing protocols.  Any applicant with symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, or fever must reschedule their interview by following the instructions here: Reschedule.