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    Dominican Today:

    Visa scandal shuts US Consulate in Dominican Republic:

    Santo Domingo.- TV commentator Aridio Diaz on Friday said a major scandal linked to the issuing of aid visas is the real reason behind the shuttering of the US Embassy’s Consular Section, and not its “update of its database” announced Thursday.

    “There are FBI agents in the Dominican Republic and five consuls have been fired, Castillo said, adding that investigators uncovered that 68 visas had been issued on payoffs.

    Speaking on the popular program El Show del Mediodia on ColorVision Channel 9, Castillo lauded the US Embassy staff for what he says was their quick reaction to the incident, which affirmed involves the alleged sale of the visas for as much as US$4,000 each.

    “This is a delicate case that is taking place. The fact is that five consuls have been fired, including Dominicans,” he said. “The FBI is looking for those visas to chancel them.”

    Numerous calls for a response to the U.S. Embassy on their posted number 809-567-7775 were answered only by recordings, likely due to the announced closing today Friday an next Monday.


    Consuls in US I guess are under investigation if story has legs.

    Typo in headline....can't correct

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    Quote Originally Posted by ju10prd View Post
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    Typo in headline....can't correct
    Fixed.

    I saw the article yesterday about the Embassy being closed for a couple of days.... never saw this coming, but not really surprised.




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    Hey, do in Rome as the Romans do, they did.

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    Nothing surprises me. Where were the people from who were fired?
    Including Dominicans it says, but who else?

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    $4,000 does not seem like very much for a visa when you consider the fees alone are close to $1,000. That does not include travel expenses for applicants who are not from Santo Domingo. I suppose the value for the purchaser would be skipping the waiting period and interviews. It's not clear from any of the reports whether the applicants followed an otherwise normal process. Depending on how many insiders may have been involved, it might not have been possible to pull it off without bypassing the normal procedures.


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    Was "Hillery" involved?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by frank recktenwald View Post
    Hey, do in Rome as the Romans do, they did.
    Indeed, the selling of visa was the real reason for the closure of the Italian embassy in Santo Domingo.
    An Italian court, however, ruled recently, that the closure was illegal...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ju10prd View Post
    ... five consuls have been fired, including Dominicans, he said.
    Dominicans?
    They do not do such things.
    And if they do, no tienen la culpa.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SankyPanky View Post
    I doubt the value resides in skipping line or waiting period. You can do a VIP process for like a couple of bucks.

    The value resides in the fact that they are probably giving away paid visas to people that:
    a) Have been barred or blocked from entering the USA
    b) Would not get their visas normally approved
    c) Are applying for work Visas and not travel visas
    d) Assuming they have 4k to pay for a visa + several more to travel I highly doubt this is for travel visas
    e) are criminals, or are using fake passports, or stolen identities

    nothing would surprise me really.
    the upshot of this is that people who should be easily qualified cannot get a visa because there is a finite amount that can be awarded. the consulate personnel are busy selling visas to suboptimal candidates, and denying them to better risks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SankyPanky View Post
    I doubt the value resides in skipping line or waiting period. You can do a VIP process for like a couple of bucks.

    The value resides in the fact that they are probably giving away paid visas to people that:
    a) Have been barred or blocked from entering the USA
    b) Would not get their visas normally approved
    c) Are applying for work Visas and not travel visas
    d) Assuming they have 4k to pay for a visa + several more to travel I highly doubt this is for travel visas
    e) are criminals, or are using fake passports, or stolen identities

    nothing would surprise me really.
    Bingo.




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