The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our overseas passport and visa systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability.
Passport applications accepted overseas or after May 26, 2015 are affected by this delay. If you applied for a U.S. passport overseas during this time frame and have travel plans within the next 10 business days, please consider requesting an emergency passport at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at which you originally applied. Information about how to apply for an emergency passport is available at the following http://barbados.usembassy.gov/passports/corrections.html.
Persons wishing to reside permanently in the United States will need an immigrant visa. The most common categories of Immigrant Visas are:
- Immediate Relatives
- Family-based (certain relatives of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents)
- Diversity Visas for winners of the DV lottery
Due to security requirements and staffing limitations, only those with appointments or with specific business, such as reporting a lost green card, will be admitted to the Consular Section. We are not able to accept in person requests for visa-related information. If you require visa information, please check our website.
Please visit our FAQ Page for answers to your most frequently asked questions.
For inquiries about Immigrant Visas or Adoption issues, please contact the visa call center at 246-620-3399. If you are calling from the U.S., please call 703-988-5710.
For specific questions related to your immigrant visa case, please send us an email at BridgetownIV@state.gov. In your email please include your case number (begins with BGN), the beneficiary and petitioner's name, a telephone number where you can be reached, and a full description of your concern.
U.S. Embassy Bridgetown
Consular Section - IV Unit
Wildey Business Park
Wildey, St. Michael
Each Applicant immigrating to the United States of America must complete the Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Form DS-260 in the Consular Electronic Application Center replacing the DS-230.
In order to access the DS-260, all applicants will need their NVC Case Number and Invoice ID Number found on the NVC welcome letter. If you are not able to access othe DS-260 form online, you must contact NVC at NVCinquiry@state.gov or
Diversity Visa Scammers Sending Fraudulent Emails and Letters
The Department of State, Office of Visa Services, advises the public of a notable increase in fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) program (Visa Lottery) applicants. The scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters are posing as the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from DV applicants. Review the procedures for the DV program provided at the Department of State website on the DV Program, so that you know what to expect, when to expect it, and from whom.
Immigrant Visa DHS Domestic Processing Fee
Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee. For more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, or for any further questions, please visit the USCIS website.