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US Embassy in Barbados cancels all nonimmigrant visa appointments indefinitely

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Residents of the British Virgin Islands with nonimmigrant visa appointments at the US Embassy in Barbados will have to make the necessary arrangements to have them rescheduled, due to the embassy cancelling all appointments indefinitely.

The US Embassy’s decision came after Barbados’ government announced a 14-day lockdown period from Wednesday, February 3 to February 17 following a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in that country.

The embassy in a statement said: “Due to changes in Barbados’s general COVID-19 posture, Embassy Bridgetown has cancelled all nonimmigrant visa appointments effective Thursday, January 28.”

“We will resume routine nonimmigrant visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. Please monitor our website and social media for updates,” the embassy added.

Guidelines for emergency travel

In an effort to facilitate persons with ‘special circumstances’, the embassy also outlined measures that persons with emergency travel arrangements can follow.

“If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-bb, or call 246 623 9832 or 246 623 9833 to request an emergency appointment,” the embassy stated.

For those BVI residents affected by the cancellation, the embassy said the visa fee which was paid to schedule the appointment will be valid until September 30, 2022.

Residents wishing to reschedule their appointments will be able to do so at no additional expense, once the rescheduled visa appointment is in the same county where the fee was paid.

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11 Comments

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  1. Faith says:

    In this day and age, US visa applications should be processed online.

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  2. Blame game says:

    Go on and blame the Foy for this too. Y’all know he is our punching bag.

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  3. Wellsah says:

    All of a sudden when winter comes there is a spike in covid which is regular flu

  4. Accountant says:

    Fingerprint cannot be an issue when there are immigration and police authorities who can take the print and provide a document with them. For new applications, I can understand the need for in-person interviews. for renewals, they can process, refuse or reject as they see fit, and as they had been doing in the past but not cancel all appointments and refuse the mail in process. this puts a lot of inconvenience to persons, which maybe they wouldn’t care much of the effects. In my opinion, they can even do a virtual interview with the person, as there are many social media portals that could facilitate the process, once the application is received and a recognized venue is identified.
    Covid is not going anywhere, and life must go on.
    Just Saying…..

  5. @dom says:

    Why they dont do zoom interviews

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