Getting a U.S. Visa in Bahamas

Looking to get your US Visa at the US Embassy in The Bahamas?

Below you will find reviews from others who have, including turnaround times, and appointment wait times.

If you’re looking for more information about the types of visa available and other locations, visit my Immigration section and you can read everything from a step-by-step guide to the E3 visa through to introductions to the best immigration lawyers available.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to comment below or email [email protected] – I love getting your questions!

If you’ve recently gone through a visa process (good or bad), I’d love to hear about it so I can help people in the future!

E3 VISAS: Please note that Bahamas only do renewals, and not new visa applications.

Nassau, The Bahamas

4.20

2.9 days

Closed

10 reviews

5

 E-3 Renewal
4 Days
Agree, did my last E3 in Bahamas. 10min interview, 3 days on the beach, collect on the 4th day. No problem at all.
- Matthew (about 2 years ago)

5

 E-3 Renewal
3 Days
I renewed in the Bahamas in March, no issues.
- Mark (about 2 years ago)

5

 E-3 Renewal
4 Days

- M (about 2 years ago)

5

 E-3 Renewal
4 Days
Interview on Monday..passport back on thursday. Very straightforward interview process. They did not accept the photographs i got, i had to get new photos next door
- Nipun (about 3 years ago)

2

 E-3 Renewal
3 Days
They rejected my passport photo and refused to give me a pass-out allowing me to go take new photos and immediately return (I asked as I've heard of them doing this before). They said I could schedule a new appointment as soon as I left the Embassy (not true). There were many people getting new photos at the photo place, rejected for different reasons (photo too old, too dark, too many flyaway hairs, etc.). Next available interview was end of August (2 months away), but was finally granted an expedited interview. Don't bother calling the Embassy customer service for help. Was stuck there for 2 weeks, luckily my boss was understanding, but there were others at the hostel I was staying at in the same situation who were worried about keeping their jobs.
- Rachael (about 10 months ago)

5

 E-3 Renewal
1 Day

- Eli (about 7 months ago)

5

 E-3 New
2 Days

- (about 3 years ago)

5

 E-3 Renewal
2 Days
The Bahamas was so easy! Great to go to an English speaking location. The Embassy is quite small so the lines aren't too long. The whole visit took 50 minutes. Appt was 8:15am Mon and my passport was at the DHL by 1:45pm Wed. Highly recommend. Also the beaches here are breathtakingly beautiful!
- Tracey (about 5 months ago)

1

 E-3 Renewal
4 Days
Hi Team, Just thought we’d share our recent E3 / E3-D Visa appointment experience in Nassau, Bahamas with the group. In summary, we DO NOT recommend doing your Visa run here, for the reasons I’ve outlined below. For context, this was our 4th E3 Visa run. Each time we’ve filled out our DS-160 Form the same way, with the support of company lawyers. This particular trip was for an E3 Visa renewal - same company, same job title. 1. Despite the Visa Appointment Wait Time saying 2 calendar days on the State Dept website, this was not the case! After we had paid our fee, the earliest appointment we could get was over two months away! We took it, and after obsessively checking for cancellations for a week and a half, we luckily managed to get an appointment for the 9th January (which we secured on 29th Dec). 2. We attended our appointment on 9th January in person and at the Step 1 Interview (presenting documents and taking fingerprints) we were told our application was being marked as “Incomplete CEAC” due to the last five visits to the US section not exactly matching the last five entry date stamps in our passports (as in we didn’t count a day trip to Toronto for work as a visit). This is despite the section saying “If you are unsure about when you visited the US, please provide a best estimate”. We didn’t make it to Step 2, which is the interview itself. There was no way for us to challenge the decision in person. The woman we had was extremely rude and unhelpful. We were told that our application would be reopened after 5pm that day for us to make the amendments and re-book a new appointment through the system. 3. The system did not allow us in to book a new appointment until the following day at 2.30pm. The earliest appointment we could get was the 18th March. Phone calls to the embassy kept telling us we must book through the system and nothing could be done over the phone, and that that our only option was to request an ‘Expedited Appointment’ through the system. We did this straight away, requesting an appointment for that following Monday 13th Jan. 4. Monday morning we had still not heard anything back. We again called the embassy, who reiterated everything was done through the system. They did at least say that if we hadn’t heard anything back by 3.30pm that afternoon to call back. Later that morning, our request for an Expedited Appointment was approved via email notification, and we were granted an appointment the following day on Tuesday 14th January. 5. We attended our second appointment and were approved with no issue. Thankfully we did not have the same clerk. However, whilst waiting for our turn, we did witness an additional two parties have their application marked as “Incomplete” at the Step 1 Interview and told to re-book an appointment (these appeared to be local residents, so hopefully it did not present as much of a logistical nightmare for them as it did us). 6. We received notification that our Visa was available to be picked up at midday on Friday 17th January, and picked it up straight away with no issues. The worst part was it took five days of uncertainty before we knew we had a follow up appointment (so began to make back-up plans for a trip to Barbados). This delay was also going to impact me submitting my EAD renewal in time. So if you do plan on doing a Visa run in the Bahamas, do so at your own risk! We will definitely be going to Barbados next time 🇧🇧
- Lisa C (about 3 months ago)

4

 E-3 Renewal
2 Days
My photo was rejected as you couldn’t see my ears. Had to walk down the street to Mr Photo to get a new one and come right back. The officer was a stickler about the turn around time citing the official time on the website. I had just witnessed a Brazilian CEO ahead of me state he needed his back in 2 days to attend meetings in TX and was granted without hesitation. I had to plead my case why I needed it back in 2 days (my company really did need me for a production cutover that weekend). After being read the riot act I was told to check back in 2 days but no promises it would be ready. Sure enough it was ready in time.
- L (about 3 years ago)