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; ... Read More»
I am LGBTQI+. 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 visa classes do require a legal marriage to demonstrate a qualifying relationship ... Read More»
Update for non immigrant visa services
The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo is still not processing routine B1/B2 visas. The Embassy remains closed for routine tourist visa in-person interviews. We continue to provide all U.S. citizen services and most immigrant visa services. We are also prioritizing student visas, work and petition-based visas, as well as cultural exchanges and Summer Work Travel ... Read More»
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 ... Read More»
Your data, more protection, less photos
Sharing information and photos with people online is not just a way to communicate and express yourself, but it is also a personal vulnerability. Protecting your personal data and identity is important. Information like your full name, date of birth, country of birth, and more reveals a lot of information about your identity and when ... Read More»
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 ... Read More»
Expansion of ability to waive in-person interview for nonimmigrant visa renewals
The nonimmigrant visa unit of the US Embassy in Santo Domingo remains closed for routine visa services. Notwithstanding, in an effort to continue providing the Dominican public with as many services as circumstances permit, the Department of State is pleased to announce the following change to our nonimmigrant visa processing: Secretary Blinken, in consultation with ... Read More»
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 ... Read More»
Requesting an emergency appointment for urgent business travel
The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo is providing limited visa processing as local conditions allow. Routine tourist visa appointments remain suspended at this time, and only cases that meet the requirements for emergency processing or are eligible for interview waiver are being scheduled. If applicants have an urgent need for travel, they may request an ... 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»
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 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»
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