New US non-immigrant visa application system

US embassyThe Embassy of the United States of America to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean is transitioning to a new appointment and document delivery service for the non-immigrant visa unit. Implemented at U.S. Embassies worldwide, the new process is designed to be more convenient and user-friendly.

In addition to the new online system, call center representatives will substantially expand available hours for applicants to obtain information by phone.

Starting March 21, 2013, applicants can book a new appointment online: or by phone: 246-620-3399.

Beginning March 21, 2013, call center representatives will be available:

Monday-Friday, 7:00am-9:00pm (local time)

Local telephone: 246-620-3399

The Embassy website,, will include updates about the changes, general visa information and a link to the new scheduling website.  These two websites and the call center are the only official sources of general visa information and are the only authorized methods to schedule a personal visa interview.  Applicants who have scheduled an appointment under the old system should proceed using the existing procedure.

New Non-Immigrant Visa Application Procedure

1.      Complete your DS-160 Online Visa Application at

2.      Visit and create an account ID.

3.      Use a credit card to pay your application fee.  Applicants located in Barbados can also pay cash at Scotiabank locations.

4.      Schedule an appointment for your visa interview online at or by phone through the call center.  This service will be free of charge.

5.      Applicants will be able to pick up their passports at no additional cost from the DHL office in Barbados.  Similar to the current procedure, if applicants wish to pay for an additional courier service to another location, they can do so independently or make arrangements with DHL personnel co-located at the U.S. Embassy.

If you have additional questions, please visit our website, or contact the call center at 246-620-3399.

You can also “like” our U.S. Embassy Bridgetown page on Facebook ( to learn about upcoming visa chats!

More information is available as “Frequently Asked Questions” on the U.S. State Department’s web page:   Additional information on the visa application process is available on U.S. Embassy Bridgetown’s website at

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  1. Holiday Island Boy
    March 22, 2013

    I do not need a visa to travel to the United States, but have you ever had a close look at those countries that are part of the US Visa Waiver Programme?
    Even if you have never seen the list, its not difficult to figure out which countries are included.

  2. Winnie
    March 21, 2013

    But what is different? I thought that this was the process all along?

  3. budman
    March 21, 2013

    i like this. its better than having to travel and stand up in a line to pay for visa with cash

  4. Muslim_Always
    March 21, 2013

    In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

    America has placed this ‘new’ system to serve its interest. We need to think logically as a people.

    Secondly, why are people blaming the current passport issues to the implementation of visas on Dominican people? How quickly do we forget! Way before passports were sold America has imposed visas on us, no reason because they view us as ‘third world’ and poor who are just begging for a treat like a dog. Are we equal in our humanity to Americans? Are we criminals? Why is it Americans can come into our country without a visa yet we have to spend over a $1000 dollars to go to Barbados just hoping our master gives us a treat? Is this fair? Is this equal?

    Why are our Dominican people suffering from an inferiority complex? The amount of money spent to go to Barbados, this money could be spent in America as they need the money, their economy is in shambles.

    If you are reading this people in US embassy, review your foreign policy because it sucks!

    • tyre hit the road
      March 22, 2013

      TO Muslim_Always…. 8-O Read this again “writer The Embassy of the United States of America to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean is transitioning to a new appointment and document delivery service for the non-immigrant visa unit. Implemented at U.S. Embassies worldwide, the new process is designed to be more convenient and user-friendly”.

      March 22, 2013

      For once i agree with you @ muslim always

  5. Anonymous
    March 21, 2013

    Citzen Cane, I think you may have misunderstood what was being said, they are not saying that you don’t have to travel to Barbados. Pls read over.

  6. Anonymous
    March 21, 2013

    hhhmmmmm what would make it more possible is actually having a telephone interview… but i guess they’d need your biometrics hence having to travel…

  7. Traveler
    March 21, 2013

    The US government is not going to come out publicly and condemn the passport trading fiasco. If they do then the US will be accused of meddling in the politics of these islands. The US will take the steps to protect their borders and this is exactly what they are doing. A credit card will provide access ; the submittal of your passport to be in embassy’s possession means better control and monitoring particularly since a lot of people from middle eastern origin , Persian gulf are buying passports from Dominica in particular.
    While the current administration is telling us that the passport vending system is transparent and controlled the US government is secretly saying no the system is a fraud and a cesspool.
    I have had my own encounter with immigration in Amsterdam while traveling on my Dominican passport and I can tell you without any apprehension that our passport is seriously compromised. Everytime you travel to Puerto Rico know that you are watched even if it does not seem that way. In fact among the intelligence community the tiny island of Dominica is labeled ” very interesting ”
    It is very sad that this mess cannot e easily sorted out because the damage does not involve a few passports – not 5 or even 15 but thousands of passports- yes thousands. To those party poopers if you think a lie ask your government for the true records.

    • Reader
      March 22, 2013

      It seems like is in bush alone you does travel because you sound like a real dottish. Some of you are just so blinded by party politics that you fail to comprehend basic concepts. Where does passport selling come into this? Truly mind boggling.

    • Anonymous
      March 22, 2013

      The US sells passports too

  8. Greg
    March 21, 2013

    The squeeze is getting tighter and tighter be ause corrupt Caribbean politicians are selling passports willy Nilly. The added measures is not meant to make the process easier nr more difficult for applicants but to be able to have closer scrutiny on te Sihgns, son in laws of Dawood , Iranian passprt buyers, the UAE passport owners who have no idea where the islands are located, Chinese electronic spies getting alternate passports etc
    So the people need to thank their beloved politicians for making it very facilitating to obtain a US visa. Our sincerest thanks to the lawers, attorney generals, party cabal , cousins and aunts of those forging birth certificates to sell passports.

  9. Citizen Kane
    March 21, 2013

    Sounds like excellent news for folks wishing to obtain a visa.
    That manadatory flight to Bdos has cost many scarce resources that could go to more basic needs

    • Up and up
      March 21, 2013

      Ya this is what it appears like . Do you think that the US care about how much we spend to go to Barbados. If those islands were not selling passports for any and many the US would not be implementing those measures.
      A credit card from china , Iran, Emmerates or India tells a whole tale.

    • Anonymous
      March 21, 2013

      This is NOT a replacement to travel to Barbados. It simply facilitates the whole process. We must still go in person to interview.

    • MOTS
      March 21, 2013

      AY LASS… i can tell C.K is a laybar lacky…. :-P :lol: :-P

  10. Desert Cactus
    March 21, 2013

    I love it. 21st century improvements.

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