ASK YOUR CONSUL: Mailing-in Children’s Visa Applications

The following information has been provided by the US Embassy in Barbados for persons who may be interested in applying to the embassy for a children’s visa for travel to the US. It’s part of the “Frequently Asked Questions” feature on the US State Department’s website.

Is it possible to mail in an application for a minor?

Yes, for children under the age of 14. Please check our website for a definitive list of criteria and necessary documents: If the minor qualifies for the mail-in program, at least one parent or court-appointed legal guardian must include their passport with a valid U.S. visa in addition to the child’s passport and relevant supporting documents. You do not need an appointment or a personal appearance at the Embassy. However, you must complete the online application, and the non-refundable visa application fee of US$160 or BBD$323 still applies.

What is not required?

The birth certificate, evidence of parents’ or guardians’ visa eligibility and proof of current financial circumstances are the most important factors. The Embassy does not need to see affidavits and letters from parents, school letters, and ID for parents without U.S. visas.

What if the child is not travelling with a parent? Can I apply using a relative’s visa?

The child must qualify through a parent who is named on the birth certificate, a court-appointed legal guardian, or adopting parent. If guardianship has been passed to someone other than the biological parent, you must include a copy of the relevant legal documents and the guardian’s passport with a valid U.S. visa.

If neither a parent nor legal guardian has a valid visa, you may still apply on behalf of the child, but you must make an appointment and appear in person to explain the extenuating circumstances. The U.S. Embassy will rarely issue a visa for a minor unless a parent or guardian has a valid visa.

If you have additional questions, please visit our website,, or email us at [email protected].

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. not nice
    December 31, 2012

    and paying not a dime? you must be like 200yrs old

  2. Mizz J
    December 31, 2012

    Good move DNO. Very informative.

  3. B.E.B
    December 30, 2012

    I can remember when one could go to the American Embassy in Barbados for a visa, receiving that visa without paying a dime, now see the amount it has gone up to

    • sadist
      December 31, 2012

      stupes. u forget things and times have changed and are changing? AND $160. is a small change compared to how long the visa is for. all u always crying. Anyway DNO thanks for the info. i appericiate it.

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