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Immigrant Visa Checklist

Please use this checklist to ensure that you have all required documents when applying for your immigrant visa.  Otherwise, there will be delays in your case.

Important Notices:

  • Do not send anything to the Embassy.  Bring all pertinent documents to the interview.  Your application will be refused if you fail to bring all required documentation.
  • If the original documents listed below have already been submitted with your I-130, you do not need to resubmit them. However, if there are any corrections or amendments of the previously submitted documents, please bring the documents with the corrected/amended information.
  • English translations of all foreign language documents are required.  Any foreign language document must be accompanied by a full English translation and a certification by the translator that it is complete and correct.  The translator must certify that he/she is competent to translate the foreign language into English. It is not necessary to have the translation notarized.
  • If you wish to retain an original document, you must bring a photocopy with the original.  We will return the original to you after the interview by request.
  • It is strongly recommended that applicants keep a duplicate copy of all documents submitted in connection with the application.  The embassy does not provide copying services.

All applicants must present the following documents at the interview:

Passport: Your passport must be valid for at least  6 months beyond the validity date of the immigrant visa.  It must allow residence in a foreign country.  All children must obtain his/her own passport.  An immigrant visa is issued in the same name as in the applicant's passport. If your name changed due to marriage and you would like the visa to reflect the change, your passport must first be amended to reflect the new name. However, a married woman is excepted and the passport does not need to be amended for an immigrant visa.

Birth Certificate: You will need one original or certified copy of the birth record or family register for each visa applicant.  The certificate must contain the seal or signature of the official custodian of the record and also show that it is an extract of an official record.  You must also submit birth certificates for all unmarried children under age 21, even if they are not applying for visas.

Marriage, Divorce, Death, or Adoption Certificates: If applicable, applicants must present a family register or these documents, certified by the office of record, along with English translations.  All visa applications on behalf of adopted orphan children must include a certified, irrevocable statement of release for adoption and emigration, written in the native language of and signed by the natural parents as well as any other intervening authority which had legal custody of the child.

Affidavit of Support: Form I-864 is a contractual affidavit of support.  Most family-based visa applicants must submit an I-864 completed and signed by the petitioning relative (sponsor). Mistakes in completing the I-864 are the most common reason for refusing an immigrant visa application.  Please read all instructions carefully before filling out the I-864.  

Medical Examination: The U.S. Public Health Service requires all immigrant visa applicants to have a medical examination at a specific designated facility in Bridgetown.  Please be aware that applicants going to the medical facility must have received an appointment letter from the Immigrant Visa Unit of the American Embassy before proceeding to do so.  We cannot accept medical examinations completed by a physician in the United States or by the applicant's personal physician. You may obtain the medical examination forms from the doctor at the designated facility. Please note that live vaccines (chicken pox, mumps, measles, and rubella) can affect the tuberculosis skin testing (TST). If you have had a live vaccine administered recently, you will need to wait 4 to 6 weeks to complete the immigrant visa medical examination. (Note: TST is only required for applicants 2-14 years of age.)

Police Certificate: Each visa applicant 16 years and older must submit a certificate or certificates from the appropriate police authorities.  This certificate should provide any information contained in police files concerning the applicant. All applicants must obtain a police certificate from their country of nationality and from every country in which they have resided for more than six months after the age of 16.   

For information on obtaining police records from other countries, please visit the State Department's website on Reciprocity by Country (select the country from the drop down list and scroll down to find information on police certificates).  Police certificates from the United States are not required.

Court and Prison Records: Applicants who have been to court or in prison must present certified copies of each court or prison record, along with certified English translations.  These records are required, even if the applicant was acquitted or benefitted from an amnesty, pardon, or other act of clemency.

Front View Photos: Please submit two identical color 5cm x 5cm photos with a white background, taken within the last six months. The head (measured from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin) should measure between 25mm to 35mm, with the head centered in the frame facing straight ahead.  All applicants must provide photos, regardless of age.

U.S. Mailing Address and Telephone Number: USCIS will mail your green card to an address in the United States (the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands of the United States). This address must be a street/civilian address or post office box, include "Care Of", if necessary.

Application Fee:  Please see the State Department's website on Fees for Visa Services for current fees.  If the fee has not been paid by the time of the interview it can be paid at the Consular cashier.  Payment is accepted in Barbadian or U.S. dollars.  You may also pay by credit card (Visa, Master Card, Discover, or American Express) or by money order payable to "U.S. Embassy, Bridgetown." Note:  Please also be prepared to pay with cash if the credit card verification system is temporarily unavailable.

Please note that this fee is non-refundable, even if an applicant is found ineligible for a visa.  Each applicant, regardless of age, needs a separate visa and is required to pay a separate fee.  If you paid the fee in the United States then you do not need to pay again at the time of the interview.  Applicants applying under the Diversity Visa Program must pay an additional processing fee at the time of the interview.

Proof of Relationship: Beneficiaries of family-sponsored petitions must also include proof of relationship.  Please provide all original documents used to establish the qualifying family relationship.