Visas to the U.S.
The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our visa system. We are operating at a significantly reduced capacity and will be until we clear the document backlog.
This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category.
We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon. We will be posting updates to Travel.State.Gov as more information becomes available.
The Consular Section is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, except on U.S and Barbados holidays. The Consular Section is located in the Wildey Business Park, Wildey, St. Michael. Please note: laptop computers, cameras, cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the consular waiting room. Parking at the Embassy is very limited, and one may not park in adjacent lots. Please either come to the Embassy by taxi or ask someone to bring you and pick you up.
- Non-immigrant Visas - Visas for persons wishing to travel temporarily for business, tourism, or study in the U.S.
- Immigrant Visas - Visas for persons wishing to reside permanently in the U.S.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Answers to general questions on visa procedures can be found in our FAQ section.
Issuance of Visas
No assurance regarding the issuance of visas can be given in advance. Final travel plans or the purchase of non-refundable air tickets should not be made until you have been approved and have received your visa.
To make the application process as speedy as possible for all our customers, visa applicants paying their fees in cash or bank draft are asked to bring exact change. Credit and debit cards are not accepted for non-immigrant (NIV) visa applications.
Same day visa service is not available except in an extreme documented emergency. All applicants whose visas have been approved will have their passports returned to them via courier service. For further information, see NIV Processing Time.
Most information about Non-Immigrant and Immigrant Visas can be found on this webpage. If, after having read through all the information on the webpage, you have not found the answer to your question, you may email us at one of the following addresses:
For inquiries about Non-Immigrant Visas, for temporary travel for vacation, business, study, or work, send email to: BridgetownNIV@state.gov
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 703-439-2357.
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. Department of State Homepage
- Bureau of Consular Affairs - visa information
- Consular Affairs - Customer Service
- Destination USA - visa overview
Other U.S. Government websites:
- US-VISIT - port of entry procedures
- U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
- FirstGov (U.S. government's web portal)
While every effort has been made to ensure the quality and accuracy of the visa information contained in this website, all content is subject to change without notice. The Embassy makes no warranty, express or implied concerning the information provided.
Every application for a visa is based on its own merits. Our website is only able to provide general information regarding visa types and application processes. Visa application instructions clearly state that there is no guarantee that you will be issued a visa for travel to the United States if you should choose to apply.
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