Ask the Consul September 2012 – ‘New Procedures for Mail-in Visa Applications’

  • What are the new requirements for mail-in visa applications?

Starting in August 2012, the U.S. Embassy has established new requirements for the mail-in visa program. The requirements listed in the chart below will help guide you in figuring out whether you can submit a visa application by mail.

(CLICK FOR BIGGER) *Passport holders of France, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands must be residents of our Consular District.

If you or your child meets ALL of the criteria, please submit the following supporting documentation:

  • Your passport, valid for at least 6 months and with at least one blank page
  • Any previous passports issued to you or your child containing U.S. visas
  • Evidence of your ability to finance travel, through a bank statement or other means
  • DS-160 Application confirmation page
  • One (1) color photograph (5 cm x 5 cm)
  • The visa application fee, a non-refundable US$160 or BBD$323 bank draft made payable to the U.S. Embassy. No personal or company checks, debit or credit cards can be accepted.
  • Pre-paid airway bill and courier pack for return of the documents in a courier service package addressed to the Consular Section.

If you have additional questions, please visit our website,, or email us at

You can also “like” our U.S. Embassy Bridgetown page on Facebook ( to learn about upcoming visa chats!

More visa information can be found at the “Frequently Asked Questions” section on the U.S. State Department’s website at

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