Ask the Consul
Ask the Consul is a collection of articles prepared by the Consular Section that cover a variety of subjects of interest for those who want to visit or live in the United States and for U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic.
If you have a general consular question, please send it to us by e-mail. Then check this page every week; we select one question per week and post the answer in the below space. The same questions and answers are also published in the Zona de Contacto section of Listín Diario every Monday. Or you can listen to the radio (106.5 FM in Santo Domingo, 92.1 FM or 1010 AM in Santiago, 94.7 FM in La Romana, and 88.5 FM in Samana) to hear the questions and answers on the radio. The articles from previous years are accessible via the links on the left side of this page.
Important Note: Other than the questions we select to answer in Listín Diario, we DO NOT respond to questions sent to Ask the Consul. Please contact the American Citizens Services Unit, the Immigrant Visa Unit or the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit directly (using the links on the left) and follow the instructions on that unit’s web page in order to ask a question.
- Be Honest about Your Background, April 15
- New CRBA form, April 8
- Am I applying with the correct visa category?, April 1
- Information about the Waiver Process, March 25
- When should I apply for my visa if I intend to travel this summer?, March 18
- Consular Agencies, March 11
- New Fee for Immigrant Visas, March 4
- How long do I have to travel to the U.S. once I have received my immigrant visa and packet?, February 25
- Recent Changes to Non-Immigrant Visa Appointment Scheduling, February 18
- Why must Immigrant Visa applicants have to pay a new fee?, February 11
- Why did the consular officer ask for photos of me or my child?, February 4
- Why Does the Visa Cost So Much?, January 28
- Be Honest about Past Travel, January 21
- Can my American citizen family member get a new passport while in the Dominican Republic?, January 14
- Why Does the Visa Cost So Much?, January 7
- Ask the Consul - 2009
- Ask the Consul - 2010
- Ask the Consul - 2011
- Ask the Consul - 2012