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U.S. Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8

Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes

  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

There are no general Documents.

 

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth

Available

Fees: $400 Dominican pesos as of March, 2018

Document Name: Acta de Nacimiento

Issuing Authority: Civil Registry Office (Oficialía del Estado Civil)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is no special seal(s)/color/format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Birth certificates (Actas de Nacimiento, in Spanish) are available for all persons born registered births in the Dominican Republic. Certified copies of birth certificates may be obtained by visiting the Civil Registry Office (Oficialía del Estado Civil) having jurisdiction over the place in which the birth occurred. Alternatively, birth certificates may be obtained by writing directly to the General Directorate of Civil Registry Offices of the Republic (Dirección General de las Oficialías del Estado Civil de la República) in Santo Domingo, giving the place and year of the person's birth. The address of the General Directorate is Calle Paul Harris esq. Horacio Vicioso.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  None       

Comments: Two types of birth certificates are available: a condensed version called an "Extracto de Acta" and a longer version, called an "Acta Inextensa," which contains more information. Both versions are legitimate civil documents; however, post requires only the Acta Inextensa is accepted  be submitted for immigrant, K and V visa purposes due to its more complete nature. Dominican civil documents used for visa purposes do not need to be legalized.

 

Death/Burial

Available

Fees: $400 Dominican pesos as of March 2018

Document Name:  Acta de Defunción

Issuing Authority: Civil Registry Office (Oficialía del Estado Civil)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is no special seal(s)/color/format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:  Certified copies of death certificates may be obtained by visiting the Civil Registry Office (Oficialía del Estado Civil) having jurisdiction over the area in which the death took place. Alternatively, such certificates may be obtained by writing directly to the General Directorate of Civil Registry Offices of the Republic (Dirección General de las Oficialías del Estado Civil de la República) in Santo Domingo. The address of the General Directorate is Calle Paul Harris esq. Horacio Vicioso.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Comments: Dominican civil documents used for visa purposes do not need to be legalized

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage

Available

Fees: $400 Dominican pesos as of March 2018

Document Name:  Acta de Matrimonio

Issuing Authority:  Civil Registry Office (Oficialía del Estado Civil)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is no special seal(s)/color/format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  There is no issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:  May be obtained by visiting the Civil Registry Office (Oficialía del Estado Civil) having jurisdiction over the area in which the marriage took place. Alternatively, such certificates may be obtained by writing directly to the General Directorate of Civil Registry Offices of the Republic (Dirección General de las Oficialías del Estado Civil de la República) in Santo Domingo. The address of the General Directorate is Calle Paul Harris esq. Horacio Vicioso.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Dominican civil documents used for visa purposes do not need to be legalized.

 

Divorce

Available

Fees: $500 Dominican pesos as of March 2018

Document Name:  Acta de Divorcio

Issuing Authority:  Civil Registry Office (Oficialía del Estado Civil)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is no special seal(s)/color/format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:  May be obtained by visiting the Civil Registry Office (Oficialía del Estado Civil) having jurisdiction over the area in which the divorce took place. Alternatively, such certificates may be obtained by writing directly to the General Directorate of Civil Registry Offices of the Republic (Dirección General de las Oficialías del Estado Civil de la República) in Santo Domingo. The address of the General Directorate is Calle Paul Harris esq. Horacio Vicioso.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Dominican civil documents used for visa purposes do not need to be legalized

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees:  May vary

Document Name:  Sentencia de Adopción

Issuing Authority: Tribunal for Children and Adolescents (Tribunal de Niños, Niñas y Adolescentes)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is no special seal(s)/color/format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:  May be obtained by visiting the Tribunal de Niños, Niñas y Adolescentes, having jurisdiction over the area in which the adoption took place.

Certified Copies Available:
Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:
None

Comments: Dominican civil documents used for visa purposes do not need to be legalized.

Identity Card

Available

Fees: Free for first and second issuance of identity card, $500 Dominican pesos for third card, $1,000 Dominican pesos for fourth orsubsequent cards as of March 2018.

Document Name: Identity and Election Document (Cédula de Identidad)

Issuing Authority: General Election Board (Junta Central Electoral)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is no special seal(s)/color/format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: General Election Board (Junta Central Electoral)

Registration Criteria: Dominican nationals age 18 and over, some Dominican nationals age 16 – 18, and foreign legal residents.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants must appear in person at an ID Center (Centro de Cedulación) with their birth certificate and certificate of blood type from a reputable laboratory.

Certified Copies Available: If a cédula is lost, it can be replaced.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available

Fees: $600 Dominican pesos as of March 2018

Document Name: "Certificate of No Judicial Records" (Certificación de No Antecendentes Penales)

Issuing Authority: Procuraduria General de la Republica

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is no special seal(s)/color/format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Dominicans and non-Dominicans 18 years or older who permanently reside in or have resided in the Dominican Republic . Interested parties may apply for the certificate through the Attorney General website: portal.servicios.  They may also must apply in person at any office of the Prosecutor Attorney General of the Republic (Procuraduria General de la Republica) throughout the country. They must present a Dominican national identification card (cedulacédula) and a photocopy of both sides, 2 passport-sized photographs, and a birth certificate and the receipt showing the corresponding fee has been paid. The certificate is usually ready the same day and is handed directly to the interested party for presentation during the visa interview. 

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Send a copy of the police certificate to the National Visa Center and bring the original police certificate to the Consular Section on the day of your interview.

 

Court Records
 

Available

Fees: Basic fee, total may vary

Document Name: Certified Sentence (Copia de Sentencia Certificada), Certificate of No Appeal (Certificado de No Apelacion de Sentencia), Certified Copy of Resolution (Copia de Auto Certificado)

Issuing Authority: Lower Criminal Court (Tribunal Colegiado de la Camara Penal del Juzgado de Primera Instancia), Court of Appeals (Camara Penal de la Corte de Apelación), Preliminary Hearing Court (Juzgado de Instruccion)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is no special seal(s)/color/format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Secretary General of the Lower Criminal Court (Secretaria General de la Camara Penal del Juzgado de Primera Instancia), Secretary General of the Criminal Chamber of the Court of Appeals (Secretaria General de la Camara penal de la Corte de Apelacion), Secretary General of the Preliminary Hearing Court (Secretaria General de los Juzgados de Instruccion)

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: The involved party must deposit a written request (Instancia) providing the decision number, date and criminal chamber where it was issued, through the Secretary General of the court along with the original receipts/stamps showing the corresponding service fee has been paid.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Applicant may request a full copy of the criminal file.

 

Prison Records

Available

Fees: $600 Dominican pesos

Document Name: Prison Certificate (Certificación de Prisiones)

Issuing Authority: General Directorate of Prisons (Dirección General de Prisiones)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is no special seal(s)/color/format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Director General of Prisons

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: A prison certificate may be obtained by submitting a request form in person at the General Directorate of Prisons. 

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Prison records are maintained on all current and former prisoners in the Dominican Republic 18 years of age or over.

 

Military Records

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name:  Certificate of Discharge (Certificación de Baja)

Issuing Authority: Army, Navy, or Air Force of the Dominican Republic

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is no special seal(s)/color/format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:  Apply in person at the appropriate military branch.

Certified Copies Available: Information not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Passports & Other Travel Documents


Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.):
 Passports

Fees: Varies by type of passport

Document Name: Dominican Passport

Issuing Government Authority: Dominican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministério de Relaciónes Exteriores)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Black with the Dominican coat of arms on the cover and the name “República Dominicana”

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Dominican Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Registration Criteria: Proof of Dominican nationality and proof of identity

Procedure for Obtaining: Apply in person at a passport office with proof of Dominican nationality and proof of identity

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Other Documents Available: There are no other documents available

Other Records

There are no other records

 

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Santo Domingo (Embassy)

Address:

To send correspondence via the U.S. Postal Service:
U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo
Office/Section
3470 Santo Domingo Pl
Washington, DC 20521-3470

To send correspondence via the Dominican Postal Institute:
Embajada de los Estados Unidos de América
Av. República de Colombia # 57, Arroyo Hondo
Santo Domingo, DN, República Dominicana
 

Phone Number: (809) 567-7775

Comments / Additional Information: None

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Dominican Republic.