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St. Lucia US Consulate Reviews
Average Rating: 4.4 / 5
8 Review(s)
Barbados
Review #25176 on December 9, 2018:





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Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa

Interview was good.. Didn't experience any problems. Got interviewed by a nice Caucasian lady (Very pleasant and nice). Interview took 15 mins at the most. Overall, the interview was good. ☺️☺️☺️

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Barbados
Review #24508 on August 25, 2018:

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We were very nervous, but overall good experience.

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Barbados
Review #14990 on August 12, 2014:





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My husband had to do his medical a few days before the interview. They asked for him to show his interview letter and passport, as well as vaccination letter and 2 passport pictures. You must leave at least an extra business day between the medical and interview because you cannot pick up the medical results until the next day. The package includes a large x-ray with a sealed, white envelope stapled to it. Our total for the medical came to US$265 with a Tetanus shot and some tests. He also needed the Chicken Pox vaccine but they do not have it at the clinic so told him he would have to do it in the US.

We arrived at the US Embassy in Bridgetown at 7:40am for our 9am interview. There was already a long line outside, but the security ushered us to make a new line because we were there for an immigrant visa and the line was for non-immigrant visas. The security took both of our passports, as well as the interview letter, and went into the building, calling us to come inside a few minutes later. We were asked for our phones and umbrella, which was put in a locker and we were given a key. We were able to bring in our documents, a water bottle, and my sweater. Going through security was like going through an airport but quicker and we didn't have to take off our shoes. We were guided to the main building where everything would take place. We were not given a number but told to sit near Window 1 until we were called. There was a family of 3 from Antigua there before us, so we sat next to them.

Around 8am a man called from Window 2 for all to bring him their interview letters. After a little while the Antinguan family was called to the window, after which we were called. The employee opened up a file in front of him, but I noticed that the picture was not of my husband, so mentioned this to him and he realized he had taken the wrong file. After returning with the correct file, he asked for the medical report and had us just rip it off of the x-ray. During the process, as I saw him going through our original marriage certificate and birth certificate I confirmed that we would be getting the 2 back. He hadn't realized that the birth certificate was the original, so I'm glad that I asked. He made a copy of both (even though I had sent copies in as we are told to do). He asked my husband where he lived and some other basic information like his mother's name. He made the mood light by joking, which eased the tensions and helped us relax. My husband gave his finger prints while at this window on a little electronic machine. We were then asked to sit back down and wait until we heard our name called to Window 7 (which is actually an enclosed room).

The wait took quite a long time. Also, people who we hadn't seen before or thought came in after us were called before us, so they might not always go in the order that people are called to Window 2. When we were finally called in, the CO (John) was very friendly and introduced himself. He asked for my US passport and for my husband to verify his fingerprints by putting his left hand on a fingerprint machine. He also asked about our I-129F application that we had submitted with our I-130, thinking that we had submitted it before we got married and was wondering why we didn't go through with it. I explained that we submitted it with the I-130 because we heard it could speed up the process, but that the I130 had been approved first and we were told the I-129F had been discontinued (but they still had the whole copy). He seemed satisfied with the answer. We were then asked to sit down (there were 2 chairs in the little room) while the CO reviewed our case. About 5 minutes later he called us back to the window and asked us both to swear that we were telling the truth. His friendliness helped both of us lose our nerves. I can't remember the order, but we were asked about my husband's UK military time (specifically if he had been trained in bombs, which he hadn't). The CO also said that he had reviewed our wedding pics (which were submitted in the I-130) and that the wedding looked very nice. He asked where the wedding was and was surprised that the wedding had been in Barbados, not St. Lucia, where we live. He asked my husband what his father's name was and then asked if one of the men in our wedding photo was his father. My husband responded that it was not, that his father was not at the wedding. The CO asked why his father wasn't at his wedding, but before my husband could answer, realized that because the wedding wasn't in St. Lucia it was too expensive to come. We affirm this. He asked why we didn't have the wedding in St. Lucia and we replied that if we wanted to have a small wedding (15 people) it would have to be out of St. Lucia so that people didn't just show up or become offended that they weren't invited. The CO joked that he wished he had done that and seemed happy with the explanation!

The Co then started to ruffle through some papers and said something to make me think the interview had finished. I asked him if my husband's visa had been approved and he said "oh yes, I think there is sufficient evidence to approve. He gave us a small green paper and normal sized white paper.

I asked him about DHL because on the Embassy information packet, it says that CARICOM residence can purchase a one-way DHL airway bill at the Consulate, so we had not brought one with us. He said that they no longer had a DHL desk at the Embassy so we would have to go to the DHL office near the airport. He told us that as long as my husband had a St. Lucia ID with him that he could travel back to St. Lucia with it instead of the passport (which we had confirmed before coming to Barbados). He told us to go to the DHL office and have them send back to the Embassy the green paper, passport, and airway bill to ship the passport back to St. Lucia. We did this right after the interview and it cost US$46. The CO congratulated us and the interview was over.

According to the information paper we should receive the passport 7 days from when they receive the passport back from DHL (which would be the same day).

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Barbados
Review #13147 on October 31, 2013:

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Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa

My husband's interview time was at 7:30am. He arrived at the embassy at 6:45am and he didn't finish until 10:30am. But the long wait was worth it, his visa was approved.

The officer interviewing my husband was very nice and considerate. In a very caring tone the first thing he said to my husband was to sit down and relax, he was just going to ask him a few questions. The interview only lasted about 15 minutes.

Things to note... there is not a DHL branch within the Barbados embassy anymore, you have to drive across town to reach it. Also, there is no real area for people to sit while waiting for their family/friends to finish interviewing. There are two wooden benches that you can sit on outside of the embassy's entrance, next to the Taxi stand, but they are uncovered, meaning that if it rains you have to run for shelter under the taxi stand carport.

If you're planning to accompany your spouse to the interview and wait on him/her, make sure to bring an umbrella just in case it rains, and a book or magazine or game to keep yourself busy during the long wait!








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Barbados
Review #6181 on June 9, 2010:

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Everything was blessed. We were walking with Fath. Thank you visajourney. I was very prepared with the help of this site.

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