Dominican Republic - USCIS Santo Domingo Field Office

ALERT: USCIS issued guidance (PDF, 316 KB), effective Feb 1, 2020, delegating authority to the Department of State (DOS) to accept and adjudicate a Form I-130 filed by a U.S. citizen petitioner for an immediate relative if the petitioner establishes exceptional circumstances or falls under blanket authorization criteria defined by USCIS. This guidance, which applies even in countries with a USCIS presence, can be found in the USCIS Policy Manual, Volume 6, Part B Chapter 3

As of Feb. 1, 2020, USCIS will no longer accept and adjudicate routine Form I-130 petitions at its remaining international field offices. Petitioners residing overseas who are unable to file with DOS must file Form I-130 by mail with the USCIS lockbox facility in Dallas or online using the USCIS website.

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As announced on Aug. 9, 2019, USCIS will permanently close its field office in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on June 30, 2020. The last day the office will accept applications/petitions and be open to the public is June 12, 2020. The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will assume responsibility for certain limited services that USCIS previously provided to individuals residing in the Dominican Republic (see table below).

Individuals who previously received assistance from the USCIS Santo Domingo Field Office (which includes individuals residing in the Dominican Republic, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands and U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba) must follow these filing instructions:

Service/Form Filing Instructions

Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

As of Feb. 1, 2020, file your petition by mail with the USCIS Dallas Lockbox or online using the USCIS website. You can find additional filing information on the Form I-130 webpage.

If you are a U.S. citizen, the Department of State may accept a petition from you if you are filing for your immediate relative (spouse, unmarried child under the age of 21, or parent (if you are 21 years of age or older)) at a U.S. embassy or consulate in certain limited circumstances, as described in the USCIS Policy Manual, Volume 6, Part B, Chapter 3. Please contact the U.S. embassy or consulate having jurisdiction over the area where you live for further information.

Active-Duty Military: If you are an active-duty U.S. citizen service member stationed permanently at a military base overseas, you may file this petition directly with the Department of State at a U.S. embassy or consulate without needing to establish exceptional circumstances.

Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant (for Widow(er) petitions only) 

As of Feb. 1, 2020, if you reside outside of the United States, you may be able to file at the U.S. embassy or consulate having jurisdiction over the area where you live. Please contact them for more information.

Please see the Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant webpage for the most current filing instructions.

Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)

Beginning Nov. 1, 2019, if you are a lawful permanent resident who has lost your Green Card and/or reentry permit and you need travel documentation to return to the U.S., you can file your Form I-131A with any U.S. embassy consular section.

Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status

Submit your Form I-407 to the USCIS Eastern Forms Center. You can find additional filing information on the Form I-407 webpage.

In very rare circumstances, a U.S. embassy or U.S. consulate may allow you to submit a Form I-407 in person if you need immediate proof that you have abandoned your lawful permanent resident status. The most common need for an expedited application is to apply for an A or G visa.

Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition

You must file your petition with the USCIS Nebraska or Texas service center, depending on where the petitioner lives in the United States.

For beneficiary interviews/processing, contact the U.S. embassy consular section in the country where the beneficiary resides.

Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

If you are a member of the U.S. military stationed overseas, please see the Form N-400 webpage or call 800-375-5283 for the most current filing instructions. 

Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition

You must file your Form I-600A application by mail with the USCIS Dallas Lockbox. The USCIS National Benefits Center will process the application.  You may find additional information on the Form I-600A webpage.

Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative

 

You may file your Form I-600 petition:

  • By mail with the USCIS Dallas Lockbox; the USCIS National Benefits Center will process the petition, or
  • In person with the appropriate U.S. embassy or consulate in the adoptive child’s country of origin (if certain criteria are met).

You may find updated information on the Form I-600 webpage on the USCIS website.

General information about the U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo is available on the embassy website. You may also contact the embassy by calling (809) 567-7775 or by mailing:

U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo
Av. Republica de Colombia #57
Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic

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