Apply for a Visa
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All information required on this site refers exclusively to the applicant who is requesting a visa at the U.S. Embassy. If you are a relative helping with the process, please fill out the forms with biographic information of the person who will be applying for a visa. Do not populate any field with your own information as this will cause a major delay in the processing.
Please confirm whether you need to apply for a visa. You may not need to apply for a new U.S. visa if you already hold a valid U.S. visa or are a national of a Visa Waiver Program participating country.
If you do need to apply for a nonimmigrant visa, please follow the steps below.
ATTENTION! Applicants ages 5 and under and some applicants who are renewing a visa that expired less than 48 months from the date of application and who are returning to the United States for the same travel purpose may be eligible to apply for their visa without a personal interview at the VAC and Embassy. Please click here for additional information.
How to Apply
Determine your visa type by reading Common Nonimmigrant Visas. Each visa type explains the qualifications and application items. Choose the visa type that applies to your situation.
Be sure to also review the Visa Waiver Program. If your country participates in the Visa Waiver Program, you do not need to apply for a visa if you are traveling for business or pleasure and will only be staying in the Unites States for 90 days or less.
The next step is to complete the DS-160 Form. Be sure to read the Guidelines for Completing the DS-160 Form carefully. All information must be correct and accurate. Once the form is submitted, you cannot make any changes. If you need assistance, please consult an immigration lawyer or translator. The call center cannot help you complete your DS-160. You will need your DS-160 number in step 5 to book your appointment.
Visit www.ustraveldocs.com/do to create a profile with your biographical data and information relevant to the visa class for which you are applying. As you go through the process you will be able to select your visa type, enter personal data, add dependents, and select your document delivery location. After completing your profile, you will be directed a confirmation page that lists the visa fee amount due. If you are applying with family members, you will be able to group your profiles and see the total amount due for the family. Please print this page and take it to Banco Popular in order to pay the application fee.
Now that you have completed the DS-160 and your online profile, you must pay the application fee. The visa fee page lists the visa types and correlating fee in U.S. dollars and local currency, Payments can only be made in local currency (Dominican pesos) at the current rate of exchange. You can pay the fee at any Banco Popular Dominicano location. More information about payment options is here. To find a Banco Popular Dominicano branch, click here.
After paying the application fee at the bank, return to www.ustraveldocs.com/do and sign in to your profile. Navigate to Schedule Appointment and answer the questions regarding your previous visa, if any. It is important to answer the questions carefully and truthfully; these questions will determine whether you need appointments at both the Embassy and Visa Application Center (VAC), an appointment at the VAC only, or if you qualify for mail-in service in lieu of an appointment.
The majority of applicants must program two appointments: one at the Visa Application Center (VAC) and another at the Embassy.
- First, schedule your appointment at the Embassy.
- Second, schedule your appointment at the Visa Application Center to take your photograph and fingerprints. This appointment should be completed at least one day before your interview at the Embassy, although same-day appointments may be available for applicants from remote areas.
Once you are in the system, you will see your dashboard.
Click on Schedule Appointment on the left-hand side menu.
This will start the process for scheduling your appointment. You will need three items to schedule your appointment:
- Your passport number.
- The receipt number from your Visa Fee receipt. Click here if you need help finding this number.
- The ten (10) digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page.
On the date of your appointment at the Visa Application Center (VAC) you will need:
- A passport with validity at least six months beyond the time you will stay in United States (unless other agreements establish exceptions to this policy). If more than one person is included in the passport, each person who needs a visa must submit an application.
- Confirmation sheet from the DS-160.
- If the applicant is younger than 8 years and is not attending the interview, a photograph meeting the Department of State´s requirements must also be submitted. See Photographs and Digital Fingerprints for more information.
After your appointment at the VAC to take your fingerprints and photograph, you will need to attend an interview at the U.S. Embassy. Visit the U.S. Embassy on the date and time of your visa interview, arriving no more than 15 minutes before your scheduled interview time. You should bring:
- Confirmation sheet for the appointment
- Confirmation sheet for the DS-160
- Your current passport with a barcode added at the VAC and previous passports
- Any documents that support you application, depending on the type of visa solicited
The U.S. Embassy will not receive incomplete applications.
ATTENTION! Applicants ages 8 and younger do not need to attend the VAC and Embassy appointments. Only the parents or legal guardians of these applicants are required to be present for the VAC and Embassy appointments.
If your visa is approved, your visa will be ready for pick-up at the Mail Boxes Etc. (MBE) location you selected.