Bridgetown, Barbados
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last updated on 2012-07-11 by guyanagirl

Phone Number: Telephone Numbers:
Main switchboard:
(246) 436-4950
Consular Section (Questions):
(246) 431-0225
Consular Section Fax:
(246) 431-0179
Visa Appointment Hotline (Only)
(246) 228-6340
Public Affairs Section Fax:
(246) 429-5316

Interview Preparation

Ph: (246) 227-4110
Fx: (246) 431-0179


Updated Number:
(246) 227-4399
Option 1 - American Citizens Services
Option 2 - Immigrant Visas (only 1:30 - 3:30)
Option 3 - Non-Immigrant Visas (only 2:00 - 4:00)
E-Mail: consularbridge2@state.gov
Address: Street Address:
American Embassy
Wildey Business Park
Wildey
St. Michael BB 14006
Barbados, W.I.

Mailing Address:
International:
American Embassy
P.O. Box 302
Bridgetown BB 11000
Barbados, W. I.

Working Hours: The U.S. Embassy is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except on local and U.S. holidays.

Consular personnel are available to answer questions concerning non-immigrant visas by telephone only between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., and concerning immigrant visas between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Applicants with access to e-mail are advised to contact us at ConsularBridge2@state.gov for queries not answered on this web page.



Best Contact Method: Phone or e-mail.
It is very difficult to get in touch with a "live" person, and when you do they don't seem to want to take the time and properly convey what is needed.
They don't reply to e-mails !

Amanda Hicks, Chief of Non-Immigration VISA Unit, 246-227-4087, amandahicks@state.gov, she doesn't reply nor take calls. (this email address bounced back for me 12/14/2008)
Blaine Kaltman, Lacky, 246-227-4110, he doesn't take calls.
Monica Maxwell, maxwellma@state.gov, Very Nice, 246-227-4110, between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Approx Waiting Time for Interview After Consulate Recieves NVC Package: Interview date 6 to 10 weeks in receipt of Packet 3. Barbados capable of mailing packets that get LOST, you may have to request a resend of Packets. Mail from Barbados seems to take a minimum of two weeks to arrive at it's destination within the carribean.
Issues Packet 3?
Packet 3 Contains: Requirement Checklist ( DS-2001 ) with notes
1. General letter
2. DS-230 I, Biographic Data, Part I
3. DS-156 Nonimmigrant Visa Application, 2 Copies (online)
4. DS-156K Nonimmigrant Fiance(e) Visa Application (free to marry), 1 Copy
5. K1/3 DS-156 Instruction sheet

The packet 3 checklist mentions the below items, but they are not included, but maybe should be, "confusing".
DS-2000 Public Charge Evidence document.
I-134 form.
Medical vaccination requirement list.

It seems that Barbados is "inconsistent" with what is sent from case to case, and what is returned from case to case with Packet 3.
Pay attention ! do your research, ask questions.
NOTE: Barbados Embassy is infamous for sending packet 3 documents that never arrive to the beneficiary. Upon Case completion, draft a letter stating that you have all the required documents (police cert, marriage cert, birth cert, proof of relationship) Send it along with a copy of the letter from the NVC noting the case was tranferred, the I134, DS156, DS156K, DS230 to the Embassy. This will expedite the process.
Issues Packet 4? Yes
Packet 4 Contents (if known): As of 1-23-08
1. Letter stating VISA fees ( $131 USD ).
2. Appointment letter.
3. Photo requirement & specification sheet
4. Medical exam instructions, test list, fees with medical facilty address &
list of physicians (VISA appointment letter to be shown at medical
appointment)
5. Medical vaccination requirement list

From previous Packet 4's
1. Requirement checklist with notes
2. VISA mailback procedure letter(No sameday VISA approval unless urgent)
3. Medical history & eyewear requirement letter
4. Hotel list ( must schedule interview 2-3 days before VISA interview )

It seems that Barbados is "inconsistent" with what is sent from case to case, for Packet 4. Pay attention ! do your research ! ask questions !
Forms to Consulate? 1. Checklist, DS-2001 ( signed & dated ).
2. DS-230 I ( Biographic Data Part I, signed & dated ).
3. DS-156 Nonimmigrant ELECTRONIC Visa Application, 2 Copies. 3 pages each
WITH BARCODE. Sign and dated. Normally kept for the interview.
4. DS-156K Nonimmigrant Fiance(e) Visa Application ( free to marry),
1 hand-filled hardcopy. Sign and dated. Normally kept for the interview.
5. I134 Affidavit of Support (Notarized)

The "Woman" at the 246-227-4110, is not too friendly or helpful, be prepared !
The Packet 3 instructions state to send back the DS-230 Pt I & the DS-2001 "checklist". The "Woman" tells me to return the two DS-156's with barcodes, signed and dated, & the one DS-156K, signed and dated, but also says they can be brought to the interview, Go figure !!!


Other Forms (if any)? Not sent back to Consulate, but performed and or gathered .

1. Fee, $131 for K VISA's, As of 1-23-08.
2. DS-156 ( filled out electronically, 2 copies, 3 pages each with 3rd page
barcode ). Signed and dated ???
3. DS-156K, (free to marry), Signed and dated ???
4. DS-230 Pt. II ( Sworn Statement, signed & dated ). THEY DON'T SEEM TO ASK
FOR THIS DOCUMNET, have it anyway.
5. Passport. (current and All previous passports as well)
6. Photographs ( 5 - 2 in x 2 in ), 2 for interview, 3 for medical form.
7. Medical examination arrangements (gather immunizations, compare with
requirements ).
8. Birth Certificate ( certified copy with BOTH parents names).
9. Marraige Certificate( if married ).
10. Police Records
11. Court Records, if a criminal.
12. Evidence of Suport, I-134 & supporting documents (3 yrs. tax transcripts
from IRS.gov or call 800 #, employer letter, bank letter ( stating when
account openened, amount deposited in last year, present balance )
Direct Consular Filing Offered? Yes
If DCF Allowed: For all or only US citizen lawfully resident in country?
Can fiance(e)/spouse attend interview? Yes
Visa fee payment "same day" or "in advance"? Same_Day
Did embassy schedule interview or could you walk-in? Embassy Scheduled
Visa issued same day? Sometimes
If not what's the waiting period? Sameday approval in the case of an emergency, if not the typical waiting time is approxiamtely 7 days ?
Is the Medical exam same day as interview? Prior to Interview
Cost of Medical Exam? $180 as of May-08
List of doctors? As of 1-23-08

Dr. Michael Goddard, Dr. Richard Goddard,
Mr. Arthur Edghill CBE, Dr. Sandra Reece

Address
The Diagnostic Clinic
Beckles Road
St. Michael, Barbados
W.I.
Ph: 246-426-5051 or 246-426-5053
246-426-2423 (I used this number to finally get a response 12/02/2008)

Note: The clinic opens at (or around) 7AM. Walk in and take a letter (always starts with B) and wait to be called. You must have the appointment letter from the Embassy for the Medical. You can pick up your results at 7:00 AM the following day.
How many Passport Photo's Required for the medical? 3
How many Passport Photo's Required at the interview? 2
Estimated waiting time at the consulate on the day of interview? 1 Hour,
Vaccination requirements? Vacination requirement list,
Mumps, Measles, Rubella, Polio, Tetanus & Diptheria, Toxoids, Pertussis, Influenzae, Type B (HIB), Hepatitis B.

Vaccine Fees ( from Packet 4 )
To administer required immunization, $10
Measles(only)($15), Measles/Mumps/Rubella($15), Polio(oral)($15),
D.P.T.(Dipteria/Tetanus/Petussus) Age 2 mos to 6 yrs ( $10)
Hepatitis B, $25,
D.T.(Dipteria/Tetanus) Over six years to adult ( $15),
H.I.B. (Haemophilous Influenza B),
Chicken Pox $80


Medical Examination Fees
Physician Fees, $80
Chest X-Ray with radiological report, $45
RPR ( Blood and Urine Test ), $9
Taking of Blood and transporting to Hospital for A.I.D.S., $6
H.I.V. Test ( see note over ), $15
Total, $155


Cheap and good hotels near the Consulate? Yes, they were provided on the packet 4, but may have to request from embassy,
Also to consider
http://barbados.org/hotels/emville/index.htm
( Affordable, Taxi pick-up at airport, bus-lines, easy to contact)
http://www.barbados.org/gstname.htm
Additional Info? Caribbean Islands reporting to Bridgetown, Barbados: Antigua & Barbuda, Martinique, St Lucia, Netherlands Antilles (Curacao & Bonaire), Trinidad & Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Dominica.

Caribbean Maps
http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/carib.htm
http://geology.com/world/caribbean-satellite-image.shtml
http://www.bareboatsbvi.com/map_caribbean.html


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