Nonimmigrant Visas

Beginning May 3, 2021, the United States Embassy in Barbados is offering limited routine appointments for non-immigrant visa applicants in the following categories: B1/B2, C1/D, F, J, and M. The Embassy continues to process Interview Waiver and Renewal Interview waiver cases.

The MRV fee remains valid until September 30, 2022, and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased. 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 246-623-9833 to request an emergency appointment. At this time Post is only offering services to visa applicants who are residents in our consular district, which includes Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.  In order to protect the health and safety of our personnel and the public, we follow strict social distancing practices in our facilities.  All applicants must wear face masks at all times while inside our facilities.

For the latest information regarding Presidential Proclamations and other visa issues, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news.html

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.

The Department of State, 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 Department of State has temporarily extended the expiration period to 48 months.  This policy is in effect through December 31, 2021. 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 Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis  and St. Vincent and the Grenadines to qualify. Please review the list of criteria below to find out if you may be eligible for the Renewal Interview Waiver program.

Applicants who have not previously held a valid visa will continue to require an interview.  The U.S. Embassy in Barbados is currently interviewing applicants for emergency travel only.

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.

Callers in Barbados: Call 246-623-9832 or 246-623-9833.
Callers in Grenada: Call 473-444-1173 to 6

The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except on local and U.S. holidays.

Individuals applying in person for a visitor’s visas (non-immigrant visas) at the Consular Section must have a scheduled appointment.

Please be aware that there is extremely limited standing and sitting space available for the public outside the Embassy to wait for their scheduled appointment.

Only visa applicants with scheduled appointments and parents of minor children will be allowed onto Embassy grounds and into the Consular Section waiting room.  Those who are simply accompanying applicants and do not have their own individual appointment will be denied entry into the Embassy and will be without a public waiting area.

Arriving early for your visa appointment does not mean faster service.  We do not operate on a “first come, first served” basis; instead, each visa applicant has a scheduled appointment time to allow for time and space constraints within the Embassy.  Therefore, visa applicants will be allowed entry into the Embassy no more than 15 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment.  If you arrive earlier than 15 minutes before your appointment time, you will be asked to leave and return closer to your appointment time.

Applicants should not bring electronics with them for their appointments if possible.  Mobile phones, laptops, or tablets are not allowed into the Consular Section.   All applicants must turn off their cell phones and go through security screening before entering the Embassy, similar to entering an airport.  If an applicant must bring a mobile phone, then it must be checked with Embassy security personnel and retrieved upon departing the Embassy.  Embassy security personnel will not secure items larger than a mobile phone.  In order to speed up security checks and reduce time spent in lines, applicants should not bring suitcases, large bags, backpacks, or any other large or bulky objects, as there is no storage space available at the Embassy and these items will not be allowed into the Consular Section.

Visitor Parking

Parking spaces are located on the left, as soon as you enter the Wildey Business Park.  Embassy visitors and visa applicants may not park in any of the other lots in the Wildey Business Park as those spaces are reserved for the use of other organizations and businesses.

Taxi Services

There are taxis available for those who require taxi services.

There are two categories eligible for the Interview Waiver, persons under age 14 and above 80 years.

Persons under 14 years of age or above 80 years age may qualify to forego a visa interview and be allowed to submit their application via courier.

Children

You are eligible to mail in your visa application if the child and parent meet the following criteria:

  1. Child is under 14 years of years of age or younger
  2. Child has a biological parent (listed on the birth certificate) or legal guardian (listed on court order) with a valid tourist or business visa (B1, B2, or B1/B2) issued by U.S. Embassy Bridgetown or has a valid “ESTA” from France, United Kingdom, or the Netherlands
  3. The child and parent(s) or legal guardian(s) are residents of the following: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis St. Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, or the French West Indies.
  4. The child has never been refused a visa or the child was issued a visa subsequent to a prior refusal
  5. The child’s previous U.S. visa was not lost or stolen
  6. Neither birth parent nor legal guardians are U.S. Citizen

Required Supporting Documentation

  1. Photocopy of child’s Birth Certificate
  2. Photocopy of one or both parents’ passports’ biographic page and valid U.S. visa or biographic page and a copy of ESTA
  3. The child’s current passport, valid for at least 6 months and has at least one blank page
  4. The child’s previous passport issued containing U.S. visa (if applicable)
  5. DS-160 Application confirmation page
  6. Proof of payment i.e. MRV fee receipt
  7. One (1) color photograph of the child (5 cm x 5 cm) taken no more than six (6) months ago; (applicants must not be wearing glasses)
  8. Package(s) must contain a prepaid return courier label. Parents having the appointment scheduled with a child under 14 years of age should submit the required above documents during the time of their interview at Embassy/Consulate.  Visa issuance for those not appearing in person is not guaranteed.  The Embassy/Consulate in most cases, after reviewing an application, may require the child to appear in person.

Applicants 80 Years of Age or Older

You are eligible to mail in your visa application if you meet the following criteria:

  1. You are 80 years of age or older
  2. Your previous visa was not revoked or cancelled due to an immigration violation
  3. Your previous U.S. visa was not lost or stolen
  4. You are applying for a tourist or business visa (B1 or B2)
  5. You have never been refused a visa or you were issued a visa subsequent to a prior refusal
  6. You are a citizen and passport holder of one of the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Required Supporting Documentation

  1. The applicant’s passport, valid for at least 6 months and has at least one blank page
  2. Any previous passports issued to the applicant containing U.S. visas
  3. Evidence of the applicant’s ability to finance travel, through a bank statement or other means
  4. DS-160 Application confirmation page
  5. Proof of payment i.e. MRV fee receipt
  6. One (1) color photograph (5 cm x 5 cm)
  7. A prepaid return courier label.

Renewal Interview Waiver Process for Non-Immigrant Visas

U.S. Embassy Bridgetown’s Renewal Interview Waiver (RIW) process allows certain individuals who are renewing their visas to forego the visa interview.  Please read all the information below to determine whether you qualify for the RIW process.

Criteria

To qualify for the RIW process, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You are a citizen and passport holder of and currently reside in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, or Saint Vincent and the Grenadines;
  • Your previous visa was issued at the U.S. Embassy – Bridgetown;
  • You are renewing the same category of visa;
  • The prior visa was issued for its full validity;
  • The prior visa expired less than 48 months ago;
  • You have not been arrested or convicted for any criminal offenses; and
  • You must be able to submit the passport containing your previous visa.

* Please note that we may request that an applicant appear for an interview regardless of apparent qualifications for the RIW process.

Application Process

Complete your DS-160 application at https://ceac.state.gov/GenNIV/Default.aspx

Answer the questions and follow the prompts at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-bb/niv.  If you qualify for the RIW process, you will be directed to specific instructions for how to proceed with your application.

All RIW application packages must include:

  • Previous passport with visa
  • DS-160 application confirmation page (completed and submitted within the last 9 – 12 months)
  • Two (2) passport photographs taken within the past six months (5cm x 5cm or 2″x2″), full face, front view with a white background. Glasses and hats may not be worn in passport photos. (You may not reuse photographs previously submitted on a prior visa application)
  • A prepaid return courier label

Visa Categories Eligible for the RIW Process

The following visa categories are eligible for the RIW process.  RIW applicants in the following visa categories must submit the following documents with their visa application and passport:

Temporary Visitor for Business/Pleasure (B1/B2)

  • DS-160 application confirmation page

 Alien Crewmember (C1/D)

  • Official letter from the airline or cruise line verifying employment and confirming arrival/docking dates in the United States

Student/exchange visitor (F1, M1, J1)

  • Original I-20 form for all F and M students;
  • Original DS-2019 for all J1 applicants;
  • I-901 SEVIS payment receipt;
  • Proof of funds to cover the first year’s expenses;
  • School transcripts for returning students

Please click on the links below for detailed information on applying for a non-immigrant visa in Barbados. Visa information is also available at http://barbados.usvisa-info.com/ or by calling the Visa Information Center at 246-623-9832 or 246-623-9833. If you are in the United States call 1-703-988-5710.  Call Center hours are: Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Step 1: Select a Visa Type

Identify the type of visa you need based on the purpose of your travel to the United States.  A full list of visa types can be found https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html. The vast majority of routine travel for tourism or business should be B1/B2.

Step 2: Complete the Online Application

Now that you know the kind of visa to apply for, you can fill out the DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form.  This application can only be completed online.  After clicking on the DS-160 Application Form website, select “Barbados, Bridgetown” from the drop down menu and then click “Start an Application”.  You will be taken through a series of questions which you must answer truthfully. When finished, print the final “Confirmation Page” with the barcode. This page MUST be presented on the date of your visa interview.

If you choose to use a visa preparation service, such as an internet café or consultant, it is your responsibility to ensure the information they enter into your DS-160 application is complete and accurate.  You are responsible for all errors in your application, which may jeopardize your qualification for a visa.

Step 3: Register For Visa Services And Pay The Visa Processing Fee

Visit our Visa Information Service website at http://barbados.usvisa-info.com and register for visa services by clicking on the “Create Account” button. Follow the steps outlined; if you are paying by cash, print the two (2) deposit slips which must be presented at any branch of Scotiabank in Barbados to make your application fee payment.

The visa application and processing fee for most visa classes (B1, B2, C1, C1/D, F, M, J) is US $160.00.  Fee information for other classes of visas can be found at travel.state.gov. Scotiabank in Barbados will stamp one copy of the deposit slip as “paid.” You will need this copy to schedule your appointment.

Step 4: Schedule Your Interview Appointment

Within two business days of paying your visa processing fee at Scotiabank in Barbados, you will be able to schedule your visa appointment online at http://barbados.usvisa-info.com, or by calling the Visa Information Center at 246-623-9832 or 246-623-9833. Call Center hours are:  Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Some applicants may be eligible to have their interviews waived. See “Interview Waiver” for more information.

Step 5: Attend Your Interview at the U.S. Embassy

Appear at the U.S. Embassy for your interview when scheduled. Bring along your passport, one 2×2 inch photo, and your application confirmation page.

Due to security concerns and space limitations, you will not be able to bring friends, relatives, attorneys, or business contacts to attend the visa interview with you.  Only minors, disabled persons, and people who need special assistance may bring a family member to the interview.

You will be screened by security personnel before entry.  Certain items are not permitted in the Embassy including guns, weapons, cellular telephones, photographic or video cameras, radios, computers or other electronic equipment.

Step 6:  Delivery of Your Passport

If your visa application is approved, the Consular Officer will provide instructions advising you how to return your passport/documents to the U.S. Embassy, for printing of your visa and back to you the applicant upon completion.

Applicants residing in Barbados will have the option of having their passport/documents delivered by DHL Barbados or by the Barbados Postal Service Express Courier Service. Applicants residing outside of Barbados, will continue to use DHL and include a prepaid return courier label for the return of their passport/documents.

Delivery arrangements of passports/documents is between the applicant and their choice of courier.

Applicants who wish to travel to the U.S. due to an emergency are advised to check the appointment wait time for regularly scheduled appointments to determine if an appropriate appointment may be available. You may obtain the next available appointment by creating an account at http://barbados.usvisa-info.com.

Applicants may only request an expedited appointment under the following circumstances:

  • An immediate relative’s death, grave illness or life threatening accident taking place in the United States. Applicants must provide the name, relationship, place and description of the situation, and contact information for the attending physician or funeral home.
  • Urgent medical treatment for the applicant or their minor child.
  • An applicant for a student or exchange visitor (F/M/J) visa whose I-20 or DS-2019 has a start date that is earlier than the first available visa appointment.
  • NOTE: Weddings, purchased tickets, and discretionary travel do NOT constitute emergencies justifying an expedited appointment.

To request an Expedited/Emergency Appointment:

Applicants must first schedule a regular appointment, either through the Information and Appointment Website or by contacting the Call Center at 246-623-9832 or 246-623-9833, Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

If the regular appointment date is not early enough to accommodate the emergency circumstances, applicants may request an expedited appointment on the Information and Appointment Website by selecting the “Request Expedite” link on the “Application Summary Page” and following the instructions provided.

We always recommend that individuals apply for visas well in advance of their proposed date of travel.  No assurances regarding the issuance of visas can be given in advance.  Therefore, final travel plans or the purchase of non-refundable tickets should not be made until a visa has been issued.