Effective November 1, 2021, all documents sent or received at most MBE branches will have a cost of USD $7.50 (or its equivalent in Dominican pesos based on the official exchange rate established by the Central Bank) per applicant/shipment, which will be paid directly to MBE.

This will apply to any new or already in-process visa applications. If you wish to process your documents at no cost, you must return to your . profile and update the document delivery location to MBE Tiradentes and Santo Domingo VAC, which are marked as “free of charge.”



On October 25, President Biden announced a Presidential Proclamation titled “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” This proclamation, which takes effect at 12:01 am Eastern Standard Time on November 8, 2021, will end the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations (P.P.) 9984, 9992, 10143, and 10199 as they relate to the suspension of entry into the United States of persons physically present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. In place of these restrictions, the President announced a global vaccination requirement for all adult foreign national travelers. This proclamation applies to persons aboard a flight scheduled to arrive in the United States that departs after 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 8, 2021. More information about this global vaccination requirement, including details on exceptions and waivers due to humanitarian concerns, is available at Non-U.S. citizen, Non-U.S. immigrants: Air Travel to the United States | CDC. Pursuant to President Biden’s proclamation, as of November 8, the Department of State can process visa applications for individuals physically present in the affected countries. Please note that the rescission of these P.P.’s does not necessarily mean that a U.S. Embassy or Consulate is able to immediately schedule all affected applicants for visa interviews. Please see the embassy website for information on what services they are offering at this time and instructions on how to apply for a nonimmigrant visa.


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.


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.

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


Presidential Proclamation 10052, which temporarily suspended the entry of certain H-1B, H-2B, J (for certain categories within the Exchange Visitor Program), and L nonimmigrants, expired on March 31, 2021.

Visa applicants who have not yet been interviewed or scheduled for an interview will have their applications prioritized and processed in accordance with existing phased resumption of visa services guidance. Visa applicants who were previously refused visas due to the restrictions of Presidential Proclamation 10052 may reapply by submitting a new application including a new fee.


Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test (a viral detection test for SARS-CoV- 2 approved or authorized by the relevant national authority), taken within 72 hours of departure. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers before boarding. Airlines must deny boarding of passengers if they do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. This requirement is separate from the visa application process. All Presidential Proclamations restricting travel due to COVID-19 remain in place, and continue to apply to subject potential travelers regardless of their test results or vaccination status. Travelers holding a National Interest Exception also remain subject to all applicable pre-departure testing requirements. For more information on waivers to the testing requirement please click here

 


The U.S. Mission to the Dominican Republic understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible. In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (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 already paid fee. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.

 


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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for the Dominican Republic. On this website you can find information about U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each. You can also learn how to pay the required visa application fee, and book an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo.

This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in the Dominican Republic.