ASK THE US CONSUL: Expediting visas

In which situations can my visa be expedited?

We are pleased to report that the U.S. Embassy in Barbados currently has no wait for visa appointments, which are available generally on a next day basis.  However, even during times when there is a waiting period, a visa appointment can be expedited under certain emergency circumstances.

Please note that there is no special visa for medical treatment or other emergencies and that all applicants must still overcome the presumption in section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act that they are intending immigrants and therefore ineligible to receive a visa.  We recognize that emergencies do occur and will try to accommodate requests for expedited visa pick-up in the following situations:

– You need to obtain urgent medical care in the U.S.

– You have to attend the funeral of an immediate relative (e.g., mother, father, brother, sister, or child)

– You need to attend to an unforeseen and urgent business matter

On the day of the appointment, the applicant must be able to present proof of a genuine emergency.  For medical emergencies, the applicant must present a letter from the treating physician confirming a medical condition that must be treated in the U.S., plus a letter from the doctor or hospital in the United States that will provide the treatment, including the projected cost of the treatment and how much time the treatment will require.  You should also bring financial or other documentation regarding how you propose to pay for the treatment.

In the case of a death in the family, acceptable proof would include a death certificate or letter from a funeral director, plus proof of relationship to the deceased (birth or marriage certificate).

For urgent business travel, a letter from the applicant’s employer and/or the company organizing the event in the United States is required. The applicant will not be interviewed unless proof of a genuine emergency is presented.

Please note that due to security clearances, we cannot guarantee that your visa will be ready in time for your travel.

For more information about expedited visas, please visit the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown website: http://barbados.usembassy.gov/visa-emergency.html.

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19 Comments

  1. ....
    December 16, 2011

    I grew up in Dominica and stayed all the way past college. Moved to the US when I was 19 and I’m not certain what all the fraka is about this place. Frankly, I’m almost done with my last degree and will be heading home. I’m very greatfull for the opportunities that I’ve had here. On the other hand I don’t see how useful I can be to people who are selfish, self centered and complete biggits black and white! Infact my most troubling experiences have been with african americans but anyways my point is though I could get a job in the six figures its not necessary for me to do so. All that glitters ain’t gold! It have a set of hungry americans who need medicaid and taking advantage of the system is not good.
    Don’t come and make baby in them people place withwout being a citizen or resident!
    Don’t come for medical care without proper insurance.
    Don’t marry people for papers and have them running all you life or in some cases marrying some people just for papers but in the end you notice this ain’t the person for you but your behind stick with them.
    Don’t try to play fra by marrying in court and then having second wedding trying to impress people like we don’t know you marry for papers
    Don’t be illegal and playing what and what on facebook like you stunting in the states cause them people will find your behind when they ready. Facebook is the new tool to find illegals btw!
    finally
    Don’t come and stay in the US without documentation and when your tourist visa expire you decide you going to stay here living in people basements miserable. I know many Dominicans doing this my own friends who I try to advise.
    Its not worth it at all. You could be ten times happier in DA I bet. Can’t work, can’t travel much in the states but by the dirty greyhound bus and all you still staying up here illegally.

    Dominica isn’t bad. A good hospital, good prison, and a new honest prime minister and givernment leaders and DA set!

    Thats my word

  2. Muslim_Always
    December 16, 2011

    Dominicans must learn to tell the USA to kiss their once in a while, you’ll feel good, boost your self esteem and God will provide for us.

  3. Tenderloin
    December 16, 2011

    I’m sure all of us have horror stories about visas being turned down. But the fact is, when it comes to medical care we in D’ca must insist that the politicians we put to work for us invests our money wisely. That means providing our hospitals with state of the art equipment, not just second-hand rejects from other hospitals.

    Because it’s not that our Doctors are not trained, it’s that they are not equipped with the right tools. You can imagine being trained in the medical field in the U.S, Jamaica, Cuba wherever with up to date equipment and when you come back home to serve your country, it’s like Dominica still practicing 19th century medicine?! SMH.

  4. ..........................
    December 15, 2011

    I agree with u Doc. Love cause a lady daughter who happened to be an American Citizen died in the States and she was refused a visa. The child remains had to be shipped to Dominica. US Embassy come better than that; that’s pure crap. Mark you the mother had all the necessary documentation.

  5. Anonymous
    December 15, 2011

    because she left the day her visa expired she should leve the day befor her expired date.

  6. pimp
    December 15, 2011

    THESE PEOPLE IN THE US EMBASY NEED A REALITY CHECK. JUST IMAGINE MY FRIEND WENT TO RENEW HER VISA WHICH SHE HAD FOR TEN YEAR. DURING THE INTERVIEW, SHE WAS INFORMED THAT THE SYSTEM SHOWED THAT SHE WAS DENIED A VISA IN 1999, THE EXACT DATE THAT THE 10YRS VISA WAS ISSUED TO HER IN PERSON .THEY WANTED TO KNOW HOW SHE GOT THE VISA.YET THIS YOUNG LADY TRAVELED TO THE US ON MANY TIMES ON THIS SAME VISA WITHOUT ENCOUNTERING ANY PROBLEMS.ALL US STAMPS SHOWING PROOF OF ENTRY AND EXIT.
    ANYWAY THE YOUNG LADY WAS REFUSED THE VISA BECAUSE THE INTERVIEWING AGENT STATED THAT MY FRIEND ROBBED TAX PAYERS LIKE HERSELF FOR RECEIVING MEDICAID. FIRST OF ALL PEOPLE DO NOT STEAL MEDICAID. IT’S A PROCESS . IT IS GIVEN.NOW IF ONE IS NOT ENTITLED TO MEDICAID, THEY SHOULD BE REFUSED INSTEAD OF BEING ISSUED A MEDICAID CARD. THERE ARE SOME HOSPITALS IN THE US WHICH STATES THAT PREGNANT WOMEN ARE ENTITLED TO MEDICAID.

    WE HAVE HUNDREDS OF US CITIZENS IN DOMINICA. THEY ENJOY THE SAME BENIFITS AS THE NATIONALS. ARE THEY BEING TREATED DIFFERENTLY? ABSOLUTELY NOT!

    HUNDREDS OF DOMINICAN SHOP IN THE US EVERYDAY.THEY PAY TAXES TOO. SO WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT ROBBING TAX PAYERS. IS THE 140.00US JUST A DONATION?

    • Aye Dominique
      December 16, 2011

      I think people need to be honest and fair. If you have a medical problem and you feel that Dominica will not provide adequate care, then I understand your move to have your baby elsewhere, but some people get visas and got to the US to have babies one after the other. Who is really footing the bills of these? Americans are having a hard time getting care in their own country and foreigners with visas just go and have babies left right and center. This is unfair, very unfair, and I think this is somethign that we need to stop.

      Also, it makes no sense, a mother is one citizen and the child another, this makes absolutely no sense. And if they are worried about getting free education, I bet you by the time the children are ready to go to school there will be no financial aid because right now it is being abused.

      We got to be fair, we are having problems with Haitians coming in our country to do all kinds of things and here we are abusing the US.

      Enough is enough, make all you babies in all you country and pay your bills there.

      • Truth
        December 16, 2011

        A new law is about the take effect – The baby will not be given citizenship unless one of the parents is a US citizen!!!!!

    • Truth
      December 16, 2011

      Think you need to get your facts right before making such claims. Technically only US citizens and green card holders are entitled to medicaid. However, there are ways that non-citizens beat the system. Yes it is the government responsibility to ensure that the right people are given the benefits.

      However, it is in situations like your friend where if not caught on the spot MAY be a problem in the future. In her case she was rightly declined the visa on valid grounds.

      It is our responsibility to know the laws of the US before using its services. why do you think those who receive benefits for the babies use a US address and NOT a Dominican address?

    • ....
      December 16, 2011

      ummm.. Sorry but your friend was taking advantage of the system.

      Medicaid is for individuals who are greencard holders, citizens, students* etc. If your friend was a visitor on a tourist visa and she got medicaid she did steal from the taxpayers. I’m no big supporter of the US and its policies but I know at the hospitals especially public ones they are told to treat all patients walking through the door. Most of the reason for that is to prevent any law suits if they deny someone care and then the person dies on their property. They are not immigration so their job isn’t to find out whether or not your friend is here as a resident or citizen or tourist. Their job is to assist. Your friend took advanage of the system if she was on a tourist visit. I see many Dominicans come up here and do that shit and all they doing is creating problems not only for the hospital but for other Dominican who want to come up for a visit or even to get their green cards.

      What you don’t know is that the hospitals ,clinics are run just like a buisness and when you get services and don’t pay for it , it becomes a financial problem for the hospital. Hence, they start cutting services for legal residents/citizens of the US to off set the cost of so many people taking advantage of the system!

      When so many visiting Dominicans are registered in such it creates a problem for those like my man whose trying to get his papers legally and have to deal with the bad image of other dominicans. what that does is create more verification after verification. If you’ve ever gone to thru the process over 21 years age you’ll understand. So I’m sorry but I think it was fair if thats what happen!

    • ....
      December 16, 2011

      P.S: WHat many people notice about the US is that everything is a verification process. So when your friend went in there filled out the paper work and lied by the way, she knew that by the time those people run the paper through the system she would already have gotten the services she needed and off course they wouldn’t have kicked her out of a hospital bed.

  7. Ok
    December 15, 2011

    Why should some one leave on the last day of the visa expiring remember you didnt have a work permit, you got a vacation visa they will always think you stayed to work in their country who fool.Some of us bring it on ourselves and spoild the way for others

  8. Doc. Love.
    December 15, 2011

    WHO THEY THINK THEY FOOLING,DOMINICANS KNOW THOSE POLICIES ARE NOT DOMINICANS.A DOMINICAN WOMAN COULD PROVE THAT HER CHILD WAS BEING GRADUATED IN THE U.S AND BECAUSE SHE HAD PREVIOSLY LEFT THE U.S ON THE LAST DAY OF THE EXPIRED VISA,WHEN SHE APPLIED SIX MONTHS LATER FOR ANOTHER VISA TO ATTEND THE GRADUATION,SHE WAS TURNED DOWN.

    • haha
      December 15, 2011

      So what she expected? A red carpet treatment.we just have to respect people rules of their land. Don’t take things for granted is not Dominica that eh!…

    • Dominican
      December 15, 2011

      Is a Graduation ceremony an emergency?

    • Big Bannan
      December 15, 2011

      This is 2011. If you are still not aware that it is innapropriate to post a message all in CAPS,in any public forum, then you are just as illeterate as the Dominican woman who got their second visas turned down because they fail to adhare to the dates printed on their visas when they should leave those people’s country. Always trying to blame someone else for our mishaps.

      • ....
        December 16, 2011

        You’re completely correct but before making such bold claims its “illiterate” not what you spelt there and “adhere” not adhare”. Sometimes folks make mistakes typing and the CAPS thing, you already know DA people always have to be the loudest. It tells alot about people’s personalities whent hey type in CAPS. Defiance is the first word that comes to mind about the above poster. :) But you’re absolutely correct in your opinion.

    • Anonymous
      December 16, 2011

      doesnt that mean she overstayed? whether its a day or two.. overstay is overstay.. immigation offices are never to far.. she could have gone in for assistance in case of an emergency where she was forced to overstay

    • Please
      December 16, 2011

      A graduation is not an emergency. And if she could havae left the last day before it expired, then she could have left before. Is the people them country. No, I dod not have a US Visa and I am not sweating it.

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