Visas

Updated: March 2, 2021

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo is providing limited processing of routine student and work visa appointments, 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.

For Immigrant Visa applicants: 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 U.S. Citizens
  • Applicants petitioned by U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPR) whose immigrant visa interviews were scheduled between March 16, 2020 and April 30, 2020, and subsequently canceled due to the closure of routine visa services on March 16, 2020.

NOTE: Immigrant visa applicants seeking an emergency appointment can submit a request as follows:

If your immigrant visa petition is currently at the National Visa Center (NVC), you must submit your request, together with supporting documentation, directly to NVC for         consideration.  NVC can be contacted at: https://nvc.state.gov/ask

If you have received notification from the National Visa Center that your petition has       been transferred to the Immigrant Visa Unit, or you have previously interviewed at the Embassy and were refused, please write to santodomingovisas@state.gov, summarizing            the nature of your emergency and providing supporting documentation.

Applicants covered under one of the categories mentioned above are responsible for monitoring the email addresses they have provided to NVC and/or the Immigrant Visa Unit for updates and scheduling purposes.  Applicants who fail to attend their scheduled interview should expect extended delays before an interview can be rescheduled.

For Nonimmigrant Visa applicants:  Because of limited capacity and safety precautions due to COVID-19, applicants should expect to experience delays in appointment availability.  If applicants have an urgent need for travel, they may request an emergency appointment by following the guidance found at  https://www.ustraveldocs.com/do/do-niv-expeditedappointment.asp

Applicants seeking to renew their visas who meet the qualifications for an interview waiver, including children 13 years of age and under, are being processed.  Eligibility requirements for visa renewal can be found at. https://www.ustraveldocs.com/do/do-niv-visarenew.asp and https://www.ustraveldocs.com/do/do-svc-visachild.asp#QuestionsandAnswers

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 at this link (https://www.uscis.gov/visit-the-united-states/extend-your-stay).  We are not able to grant expedited appointments for applicants who are currently in the United States.

In order to protect the health and safety of our personnel and the public, we follow strict social distancing practices in our facilities.  All applicants must wear face masks in our applicant service centers and in our waiting room.  Any applicant with symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, or fever must reschedule their interview by contacting us at support-dominicanrepublic@ustraveldocs.com

Nonimmigrant Visa Fees Have Been Extended: The State Department will extend the validity of nonimmigrant visa payments (known as MRV fees) until September 30,  2022, to allow all applicants who are 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 already paid fee.

We are working diligently to restore routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible but are unable to provide a specific date.  Please continue to monitor our website as our ability to provide services continues to evolve.

Please see these notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-visa-services-and-restrictions.html

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

Nonimmigrant Visas

Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.

Immigrant Visas

For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States.

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Complete your application fully and accurately.
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.