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Renewal Interview Waiver Updates
September 2, 2020

Due to the effects of COVID-19 routine B1/B2 in-person interviews remain suspended. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-bb/niv, or 246-623-9832 or 246-6239833 to request an emergency appointment.

For more information visit the Nonimmigrant Visas page.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, has temporarily expanded the ability of consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification.  Previously, only those applicants whose nonimmigrant visa expired within 12 months were eligible for an interview waiver.  The Secretary has temporarily extended the expiration period to 24 months. This policy is in effect until December 31, 2020. This change will allow consular officers to continue processing certain nonimmigrant visa applications while limiting the number of applicants who must appear at a consular section, thereby reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission to other applicants and consular staff.  At this time, you must be a citizen and passport holder of Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Kitts and Nevis to qualify.  Please review the list of criteria below to find out if you may be eligible for the Renewal Interview Waiver program.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.