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.
Visiting the Embassy
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.
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.
There are taxis available for those who require taxi services.
Interview Waiver for Applicants Aged 0-13 and 80+
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.
You are eligible to mail in your visa application if the child and parent meet the following criteria:
- Child is under 14 years of years of age or younger
- 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
- 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.
- The child has never been refused a visa or the child was issued a visa subsequent to a prior refusal
- The child’s previous U.S. visa was not lost or stolen
- Neither birth parent nor legal guardians are U.S. Citizen
Required Supporting Documentation
- Photocopy of child’s Birth Certificate
- Photocopy of one or both parents’ passports’ biographic page and valid U.S. visa or biographic page and a copy of ESTA
- The child’s current passport, valid for at least 6 months and has at least one blank page
- The child’s previous passport issued containing U.S. visa (if applicable)
- DS-160 Application confirmation page
- Proof of payment i.e. MRV fee receipt
- 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)
- Applicants not residing in Barbados must include a prepaid return airway bill in their package. Parents having the appointment scheduled with the 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:
- You are 80 years of age or older
- Your previous visa was not revoked or cancelled due to an immigration violation
- Your previous U.S. visa was not lost or stolen
- You are applying for a tourist or business visa (B1 or B2)
- You have never been refused a visa or you were issued a visa subsequent to a prior refusal
- 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
- The applicant’s passport, valid for at least 6 months and has at least one blank page
- Any previous passports issued to the applicant containing U.S. visas
- Evidence of the applicant’s ability to finance travel, through a bank statement or other means
- DS-160 Application confirmation page
- Proof of payment i.e. MRV fee receipt
- One (1) color photograph (5 cm x 5 cm)
- Pre-paid airway bill and courier pack for the return of the document in a courier service package, addressed to the Consular Section.
Renewal Interview Waiver
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.
To qualify for the RIW process, you must meet all of the following criteria:
- You are a citizen and passport holder of Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia, or St. Kitts and Nevis;
- 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 24 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.
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;
- 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);
- CSRA Courier-In Authorization Certificate (available at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-bb/niv)
- RIW applicants not residing in Barbados must include a prepaid return air bill in their packages
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
How to Apply
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: Pick Up Your Visa
If your visa application is approved, the Consular Officer will provide a Visa Delivery Instruction Notice advising you to pick-up your visa at the local DHL office, located at Pilgrim Road, Christ Church. Applicants will be able to pick-up their passports five (5) business days after the interview, Monday through Friday (except holidays), from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Pick-Up Requirements for Adult Applicants: Applicants 18 years or older must present the Delivery Instruction Notice and their National Identification Card to the DHL office within 30 days of visa approval.
For those applicants who do not have a National ID Card, DHL will request supplemental identification such as an official driver’s license (with photo) or an original birth certificate. The DHL agent will also review information from the passport or visa to validate the identity of the applicant picking up the documents.
DHL will require the applicant to record his/her name, ID document number, and signature as proof of delivery. Visas will only be delivered to applicants/passport owners.
Pick-Up Requirements for Minor Applicants (children under 18 years of age): Parents who wish to pick up documents on their children’s behalf must provide proof of their valid relationship by presenting the following documents:
The child’s original birth certificate or adoption decree, with at least one of the parent’s full legal name displayed on the document.
The parent must prove their identity by presenting a national ID card or passport with a matching name on the child’s birth certificate or adoption decree.
Questions regarding the DHL document return service, including questions about visa delivery status may be sent via email to the U.S. Embassy’s Non-Immigrant Visa section at email@example.com.
If you are applying for a K1 (fiancé) or K3 visa, please do not use the Non-Immigrant Visa Appointment System to schedule an appointment. You will receive an appointment letter in the mail.
Diplomats, Government Officials and International Organizations Officials
Government Officials, Employees of International Organizations and Staff of Diplomatic Missions applying for visas for official travel or those assuming duties in the United States are required to have the following:
- Valid Passport
- DS 160 Confirmation Sheet
- Recent Passport-size Photo (2”x 2” on white background)
Diplomatic Note from Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Diplomatic Mission or Official Request from International Organization.
Please contact our section directly for further information on application procedures: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.