Immigrant Visa Information

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Overview

In general, a person who wishes to immigrate to the United States must have a petition approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before applying for an immigrant visa. The petition is filed either by a qualified relative or a potential employer at a USCIS office in the United States. Specific information about filing immigrant petitions is available on the USCIS website. An individual with an approved petition and a priority date that is current for processing (when applicable) is eligible to apply for an immigrant visa or K nonimmigrant visa.

Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has authority over the immigrant visa petition process. More information is available at:
https://do.usembassy.gov/embassy/santo-domingo/sections-offices/u-s-citizenship-immigration-services-uscis
http://www.uscis.gov

USCIS Immigrant Fee

Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a US$165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States.  Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee.  The below USCIS website has more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions: www.USCIS.gov/immigrantfee.

Exceptional Filing

Beginning August 15, 2011, petitioners who believe their situation merits an exception may request the Consular Section to accept the filing. Each request will be evaluated individually.

A petitioner seeking to file a Form I-130 should contact the Consular Section to request consideration for exception and explain the circumstances in detail. The Consular Section will then relay the request for an exception to the USCIS field office with jurisdiction over the U.S. Embassy. The determination of whether the case presents exceptional circumstances which warrant an exception to the general filing process will be made by USCIS. USCIS will publish guidance on the circumstances that may qualify as exceptional on their website.

Medical Requirements

All applicants must undergo a medical exam by the Embassy-approved Panel Physicians. Please contact Servicios Médicos Consulares  or Consultorios de Visa.

Servicios Médicos Consulares

Calle Bohechío #17, Bella Vista, Santo Domingo
(809)533-2200info@smc.net.do

 

Consultorios de Visa

Avenida Independencia No. 254, Sector Gazcue, Santo Domingo

809-685-1587 / 809-689-1429 / 809-689-2488 Infousa@consultoriosdevisa.com

More information about the medical exam can be found at http://santodomingo.usembassy.gov/iv-medical-exam.html 

U.S. Embassy Appointment

Immigrant Visa applicants who have been notified by the National Visa Center (NVC) or the Consular Section and K visa (fiancé/fiancée) that their case is ready for interview should go here to create a profile and schedule an appointment to visit the Visa Application  Center (VAC) in the 10-day period prior to your interview at the U.S. Embassy

Before your appointment at the U.S. Embassy, you will need to gather the required documents; including the medical exam, police certificate, and birth and marriage certificates. Please bring your appointment letter and plan to arrive no more than 15 minutes your appointment time. Please read about security restrictions at the U.S. Embassy that describes what you can and cannot bring with you to your interview.  Read more about interview requirements at https://do.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/family-immigration/the-interview/.