Barbadians can again apply for all categories of non-immigrant visas at the U.S. Embassy at Wildey Business Park.
According to a press release from the embassy, officials have resumed processing routine in-person appointments in all nonimmigrant visa categories starting this month.
They have, however, indicated that applicants should make an appointment using their website at: bb.usembassy.gov/visas.
The press release adds that the US State Department has authorized consular officials to waive the in-person interview requirement for certain categories of nonimmigrant visa applicants until December 31 of this year.
“This new authorization applies to travelers applying for F, H-1, H-3, H-4, non-general L, M, O, P, Q and academic J visas, who previously held any type of visa, s ‘they apply for a visa in their country of nationality or residence,’ the press release said.
“This authorization does not apply to applicants who have a prior refusal that has not subsequently been reversed or overcome. Adjudicating consular officers may request an in-person interview if additional information is required from the from the candidates.
Applicants who renew a visa within 48 months of expiration also continue to be eligible for an interview waiver.
The press release also said that due to downsizing and numerous pandemic-related disruptions to embassy operations since March 2020, demand has been high for B1 tourist and business visas. B2 and wait times can be long for appointments in this category.
For more information, applicants are recommended to visit the website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html.