Please follow the steps below before your immigrant visa interview at the U.S. Consulate General in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
The first step in the process is to register your embassy appointment online. Registration is free. Additionally, you must schedule an appointment at the Visa Application Center (VAC) located at the Galería 360 mall in Santo Domingo to take place before your embassy visa interview. At the VAC, you will provide fingerprints and take photos.
If you want to cancel or reschedule your appointment, you will be able to do so after the free registration of your appointment. Click the “Register” button below.
As soon as you receive your appointment date, you must obtain a medical exam in Santo Domingo. Click the “Medical Exam Instructions” button below for a list of designated doctors’ offices. Please attend a medical exam with one of these doctors before your interview.
It is important that you bring all required original documents to your interview. We’ve created a checklist that will tell you what to bring. Please print the checklist below and bring it to your interview along with the listed documents.
Read our interview guidelines to learn about any special actions that you need to take before your visa interview.
All immigrant visa applicants, regardless of age, require a medical examination prior to the issuance of a visa. Only a physician accredited by the U.S. Embassy can perform this exam. It is your responsibility to attend a medical exam with one of the doctors listed below before your visa interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy. Medical examination results from other physicians will not be accepted.
Consultorios de Visa Servicios Médicos Consulares
Avenida Independencia 254
Corner with Danae Street, Sector Gazcue
Servicios Médicos Consulares
Calle Bohechio 17
Sector Bella Vista
You do not need to schedule a medical appointment in advance. Both clinics accept walk-in customers. However, because the results of the medical examination can take several days to receive, we recommend that you go at least three weeks before your interview date at the Consular Section in order to avoid delays in the processing of your visa.
The doctor will need the following items to complete the medical exam forms:
These requirements apply to all members of your family who plan to accompany you to the United States. Any medical examination fees, including x-ray and blood test fees, must be paid directly to the examining physician. The examination may reveal a need for further tests, which may have additional charges.
The medical examination will include a medical history review, physical examination, and chest X-ray, gonorrhea test, and blood tests (for applicants 15 years of age or older). The United States also requires tuberculosis (TB) testing for all applicants two years of age and older. Please be prepared to discuss your medical history, medications you are taking, and current treatments you are undergoing. More information on general medical requirements for U.S. immigrants is available here.
U.S. immigration law requires immigrant visa applicants to obtain certain vaccinations prior to the issuance of a visa. Current immigrant visa vaccination requirements are available here. You can also read Frequently Asked Questions about our medical examination requirements online.
Medical examinations for most applicants will be sent directly to the U.S. Embassy. However, if the doctor gives you exam results in a sealed envelope, DO NOT OPEN THIS ENVELOPE. Instead, bring it to your visa interview. If you are given a copy of your x-rays in CD format, you DO NOT need to bring the x-rays to your visa interview, unless you suffer from tuberculosis (TB). However, you must carry the x-rays with you when you travel to the United States for the first time. If you are not given a copy of your x-rays in CD format, you may request them, but you do not have to present them when you travel to the U.S. The medical report must not be expired when you enter the United States as an immigrant.
Please use the list below to determine the items that every applicant must bring to the immigrant visa interview:
Applicants who fall into any category below should bring these additional documents
For family based visa applicants:
If you are married: A copy of your marriage certificate.
If you were previously married: A copy of your divorce certificate or spouse’s death certificate for each prior spouse.
If you are 18 years of age or older: An original police certificate from the Dominican Republic.
An original police certificate from each foreign country in which you previously resided, if you resided there for one year or more after the age of 16. You do not need to provide police certificates for your time in the U.S.
For employment-based visa applications: A letter from your U.S. employer dated less than one month ago.
If you have ever been convicted of a crime: Court and criminal records, English translation, and a photocopy.
If you have served in any country’s military: Military records, English translation, and a photocopy.
If you are adopted: Adoption papers or custody documents, English translation, and a photocopy.
If you are the petitioner’s stepchild: A copy of the marriage certificate of the petitioner and your biological parent, English translation, and copies of divorce certificates or death certificates for any previous marriages of either parent.
Sending documents to the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo
If you or your petitioner has submitted documents electronically, visit https://nvc.state.gov/ceac to upload your documents. If you or your petitioner have only submitted physical paper documents, visit www.ustraveldocs.com/do and ask for information on courier services.
Rescheduling or cancelling your interview
If you are unable to attend your appointment, please inform the Consular Section by email at www.ustraveldocs.com/do as soon as possible. There may be a significant wait before the next available appointment, so please attempt to attend the date already assigned. For some family-based and employment preference visa categories, a visa became available within the month you have been scheduled by NVC. DV applicants should be aware that visas are numerically limited and must be issued by September 30 of the program year. There is no guarantee that a visa will still be available on the date of your rescheduled interview. Please carefully consult the Visa Bulletin before you decide to reschedule your interview.
Please note: You need to register your original NVC/KCC appointment online before you can reschedule it. Rescheduling is only possible on a date after your assigned appointment.
Security screening procedures
All visitors to the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo must follow certain security procedures. Any visitor who declines to be screened by U.S. Embassy security personnel will be unable to enter the embassy. Cell phones, cameras, laptops, recording equipment, and weapons are not allowed in the embassy. There is no storage available. To avoid delaying your entry and that of those in line behind you, please bring only what is required for your interview. Due to COVID-19, the use of face masks is currently required at all times on the day of your interview.
The following persons may accompany a visa applicant to their interview:
Attorneys are not permitted to accompany clients into the waiting room or to their interview. Due to COVID-19, you should limit the number of accompanying persons to the minimum necessary, and the Embassy may refuse entry to accompanying persons at its discretion.
Immigrant visa fees
If you have not paid all required fees to either the National Visa Center or via the appointment website, please be prepared to pay these fees on the day of your interview. All fees may be paid in either U.S. dollars or the equivalent in Dominican Pesos. We accept cash and credit cards only. Please note that if you are found ineligible to receive a visa, the application fee cannot be refunded. A complete list of fees can be found here.
Do not make travel plans outside of Dominican Republic
If your visa is approved, we will keep your passport at the embassy while we prepare your immigration packet and print a visa for your passport. We will return your passport to you later via courier services only. If you have to travel within Dominican Republic while your passport is still with us, please make sure you have a valid picture ID other than your passport.
A consular officer can make a decision on a visa application only after reviewing the formal application and interviewing the applicant. There is no guarantee that you will receive a visa. Do not sell your house, car or property, resign from your job or make non-refundable flight or other travel arrangements until you have received your immigrant visa.
If more information is needed
Sometimes a consular officer is unable to make a decision on a visa application because he/she needs to review additional documents or the case requires further administrative processing. When additional documents are requested, the consular officer will give you a refusal letter that asks you to submit additional documents. The letter will include instructions on how to send those documents to the Embassy. Administrative processing takes additional time after the interview. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days. However, the timing varies based on the circumstances of each case. Before inquiring about the status of administrative processing, please wait at least 60 days after your interview.
What happens after visa approval
Passport, Visa, and Sealed Immigrant Packet – We will place your immigrant visa on a page in your passport. Please review your visa to make sure there are no spelling errors. Most applicants will receive only their passport and visa. However, you may receive a sealed envelope containing documents that you must give to U.S. immigration authorities when you arrive in the United States for the first time. Do not open this envelope. You must carry it with you; do not put it in your checked luggage. If you receive X-rays during your medical examination, carry those with you and give them to the U.S. immigration authorities.
USCIS Immigrant Fee – All individuals who are issued immigrant visas overseas must pay an Immigrant Fee to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) prior to traveling to the United States. This fee is for processing your residency status and printing your Permanent Resident Card. The only people exempt from paying this fee are: children entering the United States under the Hague Process, returning residents, and people traveling on a K visa.
When You Should Travel – You must enter the United States before the expiration date on your visa, which is usually six months from the date of printing. Your visa cannot be extended and all fees are nonrefundable. The principal applicant must enter before or at the same time as other family members with visas. Unless they are eligible for benefits under the Child Status Protection Act, children who are issued a visa before turning 21 years of age must enter the United States before their 21st birthday to avoid losing their immigrant status.
Getting a Green Card – Your Form I-551 Permanent Resident Card, also known as a green card, will be automatically mailed to the address in the United States that you write in your visa application form. This is a very important document that proves you have permission to reside in the United States. If you plan to travel outside of the United States before your green card arrives: Please consult USCIS’s and CBP’s websites for rules about what documents you need to re-enter the country. We also recommend you check with the airline to ensure you are in compliance with their rules.Once your card is issued, you should not stay outside of the United States for more than one year. If you do, you will lose your status as a Lawful Permanent Resident.
Children’s Issues – In the United States, children are required to have certain vaccinations before they can enroll in school. We recommend that you bring your child’s complete vaccination records with you to the United States. If your child is adopted, you have full custody as a result of a divorce, or you share custody with another parent, you should bring a copy of all applicable adoption or custodial papers from the authoritative court in your home country. You will need these papers (translated into English) for issues such as school enrollment, medical care, and eventual citizenship.
Information for New Immigrants – Please visit the USCIS web page for helpful information on moving to the United States. You can read their publication “ Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants” online.
Last Updated: 10/07/2020
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