Immigrant Visas

Beginning May 3, 2021, the United States Embassy in Barbados is offering limited routine appointments for immigrant visa applicants.  We will also open a limited number of K1 fiancé appointments.

Starting on October 1, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requiring that all Immigrant Visa applicants be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  The Immigrant Visa Section wants to help prevent any delays in our applicants’ medical screening process and therefore, we are encouraging our applicants to begin the vaccination process now, if you are not already vaccinated for COVID-19.  Being fully vaccinated means that the applicant has completed the vaccine series (2 doses), which can take up to 28 days.  You will need to present your original vaccination card to the panel physician at the time of your appointment.  Stay up to date by checking this website:   https://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/panel-physicians/covid-19-technical-instructions.html

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Barbados at the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown.

To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program.  Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, on usvisas.state.gov to begin applying for an immigrant visa.

Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

Immigrant Visas