Routine nonimmigrant visa services on pause at US Embassy

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We have paused routine nonimmigrant visa services effective Tuesday, October 12 due to COVID-19 local conditions.

 

While we continue to provide emergency and mission-critical nonimmigrant visa services, these appointments are extremely limited.

 

If we are unable to honor your appointment you will receive an email providing instructions on how to reschedule your appointment for a later date.

 

We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.

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The U.S. Embassy in Barbados has paused routine nonimmigrant visa services effective Tuesday, October 12 due to COVID-19 local conditions.  While we continue to provide emergency and mission-critical nonimmigrant visa services, these appointments are extremely limited.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.

If we are unable to honor your appointment you will receive an email providing instructions on how to reschedule your appointment for a later date.

If you have paid the MRV fee, it will remain valid until September 30, 2022.  MRV fees are non-transferable.  We cannot accept MRV fees from outside our consular district.

The Embassy continues to process Interview Waiver (IW) and Renewal Interview Waiver (RIW) cases.  We have recently expanded the eligibility of this program, and you MAY now qualify to renew your visa by mail.  To see if you qualify to renew your visa by mail, please scroll to the additional RIW information below which details all eligibility criteria.

Emergency Requests

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 call 246-623-9832 or 246-623-9833 to request an emergency appointment for B1/B2, C1/D, F, J, and M visa categories only.

Health and Safety

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 visiting the Embassy.  Applicants must also adhere to all local health protocols including any mandatory quarantine requirements.  If you are feeling ill or have reason to believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 please do not visit the Embassy and instead contact us at [email protected] to reschedule your appointment for a later date.  Please note that there are no exceptions for local mandatory quarantine requirements – you will be turned away and not allowed entry into the Embassy.

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.

Renewal Interview Waiver (RIW):  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.

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.

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