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Dominican Republic - USCIS Santo Domingo Field Office

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Geographic Jurisdiction

USCIS Santo Domingo is in the Latin America, Canada and the Caribbean District and has jurisdiction over U.S. immigration matters 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 the U.S Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Public hours

The office is open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7 a.m. to noon. The office is closed on Dominican and American holidays.

Appointments

You do not need an appointment to visit USCIS Santo Domingo. However, you can make an appointment by emailing us at domrepublic.uscis@uscis.dhs.gov.

Walk-Ins

USCIS Santo Domingo accepts walk-ins during our public hours on a first-come, first-served basis. All persons with special needs will be accommodated.

Fee Payment Information

The fees for all applications and petitions submitted to this office must be paid at the U.S. Embassy's cashier Dominican pesos, U.S. dollars, U.S. Postal money orders or credit cards. Money orders must be made payable to “American Embassy Santo Domingo”. Personal checks are not accepted. Please do not mail cash or personal checks if submitting fees via mail.

 

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Office Services

Click on the tabs below for additional information on each service. For a complete explanation of the fees, required forms and documentation associated with the forms that we may accept directly at this office, click on the form name within the tab. To see if there are any special instructions for filing at this office, please see the information under Filing and Other Special Instructions” within each tab.

Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative

Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, Form and Fee Information

Purpose:

To establish your relationship to a relative who wishes to immigrate to the United States.

Who May File or Receive Service:

U.S. citizens residing in this office's jurisdiction filing on behalf of their spouse, unmarried child under the age of 21 or parent (if the U.S. citizen is 21 years of age or older).

U.S. citizens residing in this field office’s jurisdiction but outside of the Dominican Republic may file with the Department of State only if the USCIS Santo Domingo field office director (FOD) determines that there are exceptional circumstances.

Active Duty Military: Active duty U.S. military service members stationed permanently at a military base in this office’s jurisdiction may file this form directly with the Department of State without needing to establish exceptional circumstances.

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

Residents of Dominican Republic filing with USCIS Santo Domingo may submit the petition and supporting evidence in person or by mail.

Evidence of residency must be submitted with the petition. The evidence you submit must support a determination that you are a resident in the Dominican Republic.

Please Note: Certain pieces of evidence may more strongly support a finding of residency than others. For petitions filed at this field office, you must submit one or more of the following:

  • Dominican I.D. (Cedula)
  • Dominican Immigration entries and exits records
  • Residency permit or card
  • Passport entry stamps
  • Work contract or other employment documents
  • Utility bills
  • Housing lease

In addition, other evidence of residency may include, but is not limited to:

  • Proof of local registration
  • Military orders
  • Bank statements
  • Proof of school enrollment
  • Vehicle registration
  • Local driver’s license
  • Tax documents
  • Foreign property deeds or registration (although proof of property ownership in itself, may be insufficient if there is no evidence that the petitioner resides at that property)

Any document issued in a foreign language must be accompanied by a full English translation and by the translator's certification that he or she is competent to translate the foreign language into English. The original documents, with one copy of the originals, and the English translation should be submitted with the petition. Any original documents submitted upon USCIS’ request will be returned.

If you live outside of the Dominican Republic in a country where we do not have an office, and you believe that exceptional circumstances justify filing your petition overseas, please go to the nearest U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate to make your request to file. You must provide evidence of exceptional circumstances. The consular section will contact the field office director to request permission to accept your petition overseas. If your request is denied, you will need to file with the Chicago Lockbox.

Petitions from lawful permanent residents and petitions for relatives of U.S. citizens other than those mentioned in the "Who May File or Receive Service" section must be filed with the Chicago Lockbox.

Form I-131, Application for Travel Document (Refugee Travel Document)

Form I-131, Application for Travel Document (Refugee Travel Document), Form and Fee Information

Purpose:

To return to the United States after travel abroad.

Who May File or Receive Service:

Individuals within USCIS Santo Domingo’s jurisdiction with valid refugee or asylee status (or lawful permanent residents who obtained such status by adjusting from refugee or asylee in the United States) who departed the United States within the past year.

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

Customers should file this application in the United States before departing. USCIS Santo Domingo has jurisdiction to accept and approve refugee travel document applications in limited circumstances. Please Note: If you have a pending domestically filed refugee travel document application, or if you currently possess a valid refugee travel document, you are not eligible to apply for the document abroad. If eligible to apply abroad, the application may only be accepted and processed by this office at the discretion of the district director. Contact this office for further information.

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

Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, Form and Fee Information

Purpose:

For international offices, this form is predominately used by widow(er)s applying for certain benefits that are granted to various special categories of individuals who are eligible for immigration.

Who May File or Receive Service:

Widow(er) of a deceased U.S. citizen. The widow(er) must currently reside in the Domincan Republic.

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

You must file in person.

Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, Form and Fee Information

Purpose:

To apply for U.S. citizenship.

Who May File or Receive Service:

Members of the U.S. military stationed overseas and their qualified spouse who reside in USCIS Santo Domingo’s jurisdiction.

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

You must file by mail with the Nebraska Service Center, which will then forward the application to the appropriate international office. For qualified children of active service members stationed abroad, the proper form to file is the N-600K, noted below.

USCIS Santo Domingo handles applications for citizenship only for overseas military personnel and their qualifying family members. You can find more information about who qualifies for this benefit at our page on Citizenship for Military Personnel & Family Members.

All other persons seeking to file a Form N-400 must file with USCIS in United States. Please follow the instructions on the form.

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

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

Purpose:

To give up your lawful permanent resident (LPR) status/turn in your Green Card.

Who May File or Receive Service:

Any individual who wishes to abandon his or her permanent resident status and give up his or her Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

You can submit this form in person or by mail. You will need to turn in your Permanent Resident Card, if available, along with any other travel documents issued by USCIS.

Form I-590, Registration for Classification as a Refugee

Form I-590, Registration for Classification as a Refugee

Purpose:

To determine eligibility for refugee status.

Who May File or Receive Service:

Individuals who have been referred for refugee resettlement through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.

This form is not accepted at any international USCIS office.

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

If you have questions about eligibility for a referral for refugee resettlement, please contact the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) through the information on the UNHCR website.

This field office is unable to directly receive refugee resettlement applications. For general information and processing criteria please see USCIS’ information about the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program or the Department of State’s website on refugee admissions.

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

Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan, Form and Fee Information

Purpose:

To request a suitability and eligibility determination for prospective adoptive parents seeking to adopt a foreign-born child.

Who May File or Receive Service:

U.S. citizens who reside in USCIS Santo Domingo's jurisdiction and seek to adopt a child from a non-Hague Convention country.

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

You must file in person.

You can find information on intercountry adoptions and procedures in the Adoption section of our website.

Please Note: The Dominican Republic is a Hague Adoption Convention country. USCIS Santo Domingo does not handle processing of forms related to intercountry adoption from a Hague Adoption Convention country. If you are filing to adopt a child from a Hague Adoption Convention Country, you must use Form I-800A and Form I-800 and file with USCIS in the United States.

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

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

Purpose:

To request orphan classification for a child who either is, or will be, adopted by a U.S. citizen to allow the child to enter the United States.

Who May File or Receive Service:

U.S. citizen petitioners who reside in the United States but will travel and adopt a child, or obtain legal custody of a child for purposes of emigration and adoption, from a non-Hague Adoption Convention country where the USCIS office is located, or

U.S. citizen petitioners who live within this field office’s jurisdiction and seek to adopt a child from a non-Hague Adoption Convention country.

For more information about filing criteria related to these filing options, please see Form I-600 filing instructions.

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

You must file in person.

You can find information on intercountry adoptions and procedures on the Department of State website and in the Adoption section of our website.

Please Note: The Dominican Republic is a Hague Adoption Convention country. USCIS Santo Domingo does not handle processing of forms related to intercountry adoption from a Hague Adoption Convention country. If you are filing to adopt a child from a Hague Adoption Convention Country, you must use Form I-800A and Form I-800 and file with USCIS in the United States.

Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility

Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, Form and Fee Information

Purpose:

For those otherwise approved to immigrate to the United States, but are ineligible to enter because one or more grounds of inadmissibility that may be waived applies to them.

Who May File or Receive Service:

Individuals who reside in the Domincan Republic and can show that

  • There are exceptional and compelling humanitarian circumstances that require immediate filing and adjudication; and
  • Expedited domestic processing would be insufficient to address the urgency.

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

Except as provided below, Forms I-601 must be filed with the USCIS Lockbox in the United States by mail. You may submit a written request for expedited processing along with your application when you file with the Lockbox if you believe there are extraordinary circumstances that require expedited processing. Further instructions on requesting expedited processing domestically can be found in the USCIS policy memorandum on expedited processing.

To file with USCIS Santo Domingo:

We will grant an exception to Lockbox filing and permission to file Forms I-601 at an international office if:

  • The applicant resides in a country where a USCIS office is located;
  • There are exceptional and compelling humanitarian circumstances that require immediate filing and adjudication; and
  • Expedited processing would not address the urgency of the circumstances.

For information about the exceptions to Lockbox filing and permission to file Forms I-601 at an international office, including examples of possible qualifying circumstances, please see the USCIS policy memorandum on exceptions for international filing.

To request an exception to Lockbox filing and permission to file at this office, please contact USCIS Santo Domingo for further instructions.

Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal

Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal, Form and Fee Information

Purpose:

To obtain consent to reapply for admission to the United States after having been deported or removed, or because you unlawfully returned to the United States without admission after a previous removal or after previous unlawful presence.

Who May File or Receive Service:

Those who have been granted an exception to Lockbox filing and given permission to file an associated Form I-601 at an international office, as described in the tab on Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility.

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

File with the USCIS office in the United States indicated in the Form I-212 instructions.

If you need to file both Form I-212 and Form I-601, file them together at the Lockbox address specified in the Form I-601 instructions.

If USCIS Santo Domingo decides that exceptional and compelling humanitarian circumstances warrant filing your Form I-601 with USCIS Santo Domingo, you can also file the Form I-212 with the Form I-601.

If you file Form I-601 and Form I-212 together, be sure to submit the correct filing fee for each separate form.

Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition

Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition, Form and Fee Information

Purpose:

If you are a refugee or asylee, you file this to petition for your relative to join you in the United States.

Who May File or Receive Service:

Refugees or asylees file this application in the United States for their qualifying relatives living abroad.

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

Please see the Form I-730 form page for filing instructions. Although USCIS Santo Domingo does not decide Form I-730 petitions, it processes travel eligibility for approved beneficiaries, such as proof of identity, relationship and background checks. You will be contacted for an appointment if such a petition has been approved on your behalf.

Collection of Re-entry Permit

Collection of Re-entry Permit

Purpose:

To pick-up a re-entry permit that was approved through the filing of a Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, allowing Lawful Permanent Residents to return to the United States after travel abroad in certain circumstances.

Who May File or Receive Service:

For those who have submitted an application for a re-entry permit through the filing of a Form I-131, Application for Travel Document in the United States and have requested that the re-entry permit be sent to the U.S. Consulate/USCIS in Santo Domingo.

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

This office does not adjudicate re-entry permits. If we are provided with contact information, USCIS Santo Domingo will contact the applicant when the Form I-131 has been approved by an office in the United States and the re-entry permit is ready for collection. If you believe that the permit has been sent to USCIS Santo Domingo and you have not heard from us, you may send us an inquiry.

Instructions on how to obtain or replace a re-entry permit are found at How Do I Get a Re-Entry Permit.

Fingerprint Collection

Fingerprint Collection

Purpose:

To support certain applications and petitions pending with a USCIS international office and, in some cases, domestic office.

Who May File or Receive Service:

Generally, individuals residing in Dominican Republic may request biometrics (e.g., fingerprints and photographs) collection associated with the following forms after USCIS has requested biometrics in association with the adjudication of that form type:

Notes for Active Duty Military:

If you are an active duty military service member or dependent stationed abroad and are filing:

Then:

Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

You may have your fingerprints taken on a military base and do not need to appear at a USCIS office for a biometrics appointment.

Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.

The Conditional Lawful Permanent Resident (CLPR) does not need to attend a biometrics appointment. Instead your military base point of contact (POC) can take the CLPR’s fingerprints on a fingerprint card which you may include when mailing the petition in to a USCIS office in the United States.

Note: Dependents must include the USCIS biometrics fee when filing the Form N-400, even if your fingerprints were taken on the U.S. military base.

For All Other Forms Not Listed Above:

Biometrics collection is usually scheduled at an Application Support Center (ASC) based on the applicant’s address of record.

In rare circumstances, FODs may use their discretion to collect biometrics that were initially scheduled to be taken in the United States. When deciding whether to collect biometrics at an international field office, FODs will take into account resource constraints, and also consider appropriate supporting evidence the applicant provides as well as the following factors:

  • An appointment notice showing that biometrics collection was scheduled at a domestic USCIS office;
  • Evidence of extenuating circumstances that would require the individual to depart the United States before having his or her biometrics collected as indicated in the appointment notice. For example, these circumstances might include, but are not limited to, the need to assist a critically ill family member, an unexpected immediate job transfer, or other urgent need; and
  • Evidence that the applicant requested an expedited or rescheduled appointment at an ASC before leaving the United States and, if not, an explanation of the reasons for failing to request an expedited or rescheduled appointment.

For Those Residing Abroad:

  • Evidence of the compelling circumstances or hardship that would prevent the applicant or petitioner from traveling back to the United States for an ASC appointment. Generally, the expense of traveling back to the United States would not, in itself, be considered a hardship. Because of the small number of staff in our international offices, you may experience a delay in appointment availability for biometrics collection.

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

You can contact USCIS Santo Domingo to determine whether you are eligible to have your biometrics captured at this office or for further information.

*Note: The available fingerprinting services noted above are only applicable if you live in a country with a USCIS office.

**Note: USCIS international offices do not handle visa processing for T or U visas. However, they do assist T visa applicants and U visa petitioners with biometric services relating to the underlying Form I-914 or Form I-918 processed by a USCIS domestic office. The U.S. Department of State’s Consular Section handles visa processing.

Request for Review of a Denial of Refugee Status

Request for Review of a Denial of Refugee Status

Purpose:

To request review of a denial of an application for refugee status (Form I-590).

Who May File or Receive Service:

Individuals who have applied for and been denied refugee status through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

You can file by mail with the international field office with jurisdiction over your refugee case or submit to the Resettlement Support Center (RSC) that prepared your refugee case.

Transportation Letters

Transportation Letters

Purpose:

To allow a lawful permanent resident (LPR) whose Form I-551 (Green Card) has been lost, stolen or has expired to board a flight to the United States.

Who May File or Receive Service:

LPRs whose Green Cards have been lost, stolen or expired.

Filing and Other Special Instructions:

USCIS Santo Domingo does not issue transportation letters. If you live in the Dominican Republic, you must contact U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo at SDO-CBP@state.gov  or this service. See www.CBP.gov  or further information.

For information on other immigration benefits, please visit uscis.gov. For your convenience, we have provided links to information on some commonly asked about services:

  • Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e): Used to petition to bring your fiancé(e) (K-1) and that person's children (K-2s) to the United States for marriage to you, or to bring your spouse and that person's children (K-3 and K-4 visas, respectively) to the United States to complete processing for permanent resident status. You can also read more about fiancé(e) visas on our  website.
  • The NCSC’s Reference Guide is available from anywhere around the globe. The guide provides additional information on the services USCIS provides.

Visas

For in-depth information about visas, please check the Visa Services section of the Department of State’s website.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 02/01/2016