Visa Processing Issues
The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is experiencing technical problems and is operating at a reduced capacity in visa processing.
This is a worldwide issue, not specific to any particular country or visa category.
The Department is working to correct the problem and expects to be operational soon. Updates will be posted to travel.state.gov.
Welcome to the Immigrant Visa Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo. Our operation, one of the largest in the world, adjudicates all categories of immigrant visas. We encourage applicants to learn as much as they can about the laws, regulations and policies involved in processing an immigrant visa application. The information in this web page is designed to help prospective immigrants understand the process and come to the visa interview prepared. Simply click on one of the links on the left side of the page to begin.
- Starting on September 1st, 2013 all immigrant visa applicants will need to fill out the new DS-260, electronically, https://ceac.state.gov/iv/. Immigrant visa applicants who have already completed all steps required by the National Visa Center (including submission of the DS-230) and are waiting for their visa appointment are not required to complete the DS-260.
- All visa applicants
under the following categories (K1-K2, K3 and K4) must complete,
electronically, the form DS-160 (on line Non-Immigrant Visa Application).
The DS-160 plus the form DS-156K are the only forms that you need to fill out for the visa interview if your are applying under the following categories: K-1, K-2, K-3 and K-4. These forms replace previous forms such as the DS-230, DS-156 and DS-157.
As soon as you complete the form DS-160, on-line, you will have to print out the confirmation page, which contains a bar code, and present this sheet on the day of the interview. It is not necessary to print out the entire application.
- U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
- Important information for immigrant visa applicants under the following categories: K1, K3, 1R1/CR1, F21/C21, FX1/CX1. Please visit the page about the implementation of the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act (IMBRA)
- Information about the waiver process
- List of Items that Cannot be Brought into the Consular Section Building
Important Notice: The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo kindly asks all visa applicants experiencing flu-like symptoms including fever, headaches, body aches, etc. to stay home until they are no longer ill. As soon as the person coming to visit the consular section recovers, please contact our Call Center to reschedule the interview for a more convenient date and time. To contact the Call Center you must dial 809-200-3232. There is no need to purchase a pin number.
All downloadable documents on this page are provided in PDF format. To view PDFs you must have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader. You may download a free version by clicking the link above.