U.S. Embassy announces changes visa applications
Santo Domingo.- The U.S. Embassy on Friday announced several changes in visa applications including the one-time payment of US$160 for a tourists, students or temporary work visas.
U.S. consul Sylvia Johnson said the changes will also eliminate the need to form lines at the U.S. Consulate, where some applicants arrive as early as 4am.
The changes will take effect November 12 for tourist visas, which the applicant must first call the Visa Assistance Center (VAC) at Plaza Galerias 360 on Kennedy Av. to documents, take the pictures and provide fingerprints.
In a second appointment applicants will schedule the interview at the Embassy, while those who seek to renew their visas need only one appointment at the VAC. Resident visas go through a similar process, and will start January 1.
The U.S. Embassy says with the new mechanism applicants for tourist visa save as much as 26 dollars, since you won’t have to pay to schedule the appointment, of US$16 per phone or US$10 online, or the cost to deliver the passport, of US$11. The user will now have to pick up their document in one of 12 mailboxes distributed in Santo Domingo, San Cristobal, Las Terrenas and La Romana.
It said the first thing an applicant should do from the designated date is to fill the visa application on the Embassy’s website, create a profile at the VAC, and will get a document indicating the amount to pay at the Banco Popular.
The next step is to return to the website to schedule the appointment, both in the VAX and at the Embassy, if need be.
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