Getting a U.S. Visa in Barbados

Looking to get your US Visa at the US Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados?

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.

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Bridgetown, Barbados

4.70

3.17 days

Closed

47 reviews

5

 E-3 New
3 Days
Got an E3 in Barbados in August also no issues, very straightforward 3 day turn around
- Sarah (about 2 years ago)

5

 E-3 New
1 Day
I had my first E3 interview in Barbados mid feb and got my passport back the next day.
- Paul (about 2 years ago)

5

 E-3 Renewal
1 Day
Just did my renewal last week in Barbados. Took 3 minutes at the counter, got asked 4 questions. Visa was ready the next day.
- Greg (about 2 years ago)

5

 E-3 Renewal
4 Days
E3 renewal in Barbados 6 weeks ago. No problems at all, easy interview and passport was ready in 3 or 4 days.
- Cat (about 2 years ago)

1

 E-3 New
7+ Days
My visa was denied for an outrageous reason, along with other Aussies. I resubmitted the same paperwork in Perth less than two weeks later and it was approved. Do not recommend
- Ed (about 4 years ago)

5

 E-3 Renewal
3 Days

- Justine (about 2 years ago)

5

 E-3 New
2 Days

- (about 2 years ago)

5

 E-3 Renewal
3 Days
This was my third renewal, I got it done in May this year (I forgot the actual date at this point) but it was quick and easy. Allow 3 business days eg if you do it on a Wednesday be prepared for a Monday return. Sometimes it will only take 2 but don’t count on it
- Jen (about 2 years ago)

5

 E-3 New
2 Days
Easiest experience of my life. Received LCA back on the Thursday, booked the appointment for the following Wednesday (there was also a availability on the Tuesday) received an email indicating passport was ready to be collected on the Friday. In the interview I was asked what I did it Australia and what will I be doing in New York. Was not asked for any of my supporting documentation. Highly recommend.
- Luisa (about 2 years ago)

5

 E-3 New
2 Days
Fast turnaround - Monday appointment with passport pickup on Wednesday at 12 noon. Embassy notification email was sent regarding release of passport and the passport was already waiting for collection at the DHL courier office. There was no lag time between embassy notification email and shipment time to courier office. Hence notification email from Embassy seems to indicate passport is ready for pickup (in my experience).
- Ed (about 2 years ago)

5

 E-3 New
3 Days
Booked on a Wednesday for the following Monday (could’ve got an even sooner interview on the Friday had I wanted to). Only things required at interview were passport, LCA, passport photo and DS160 confirmation page. Was asked three questions. What did I study, where was I working and how did I find out about the job. Told on the spot that the visa had been approved and would be ready in 3-5 days. Received email first thing Thursday saying it was ready to be picked up at DHL.
- Ben (about 2 years ago)

5

 E-3 Renewal
3 Days
Arrive as early as possible. I had a 10am appointment but arrived at 7:50. Was finished by 9:30am. Very minimal questions from the interviewer.
- Rachael (about 1 year ago)

4

 E-3 Renewal
2 Days
Family of 5 - even though appointments were available for the next week when I booked, getting 5 appointments was much trickier. No one seems to mention that. Actual interview - barely any questions. Very easy.
- TS (about 1 year ago)

5

 E-3 Renewal
3 Days
Really quick and easy process!
- Josh (about 1 year ago)

5

 E-3 New
5 Days
The interview was very basic. However it took a bit longer than expected to get passaporte back, and we started to worry because when we checked online it said: Administrative Processing. We started to wonder if something went wrong because we are Brazilian and Australian citizen. So on the fifth business day my husband decided to go to Embassy personally and ask about it. It took a few minutes and they came back with the passaport and visa printed!!! Praise the Lord!!!!
- Alice (about 1 year ago)

5

 E-3 New
3 Days
easy, plus you get to lie on a beach while you wait :). maybe bring a book to the embassy, it was pretty busy, lots of waiting. stay at the south beach hotels (st lawernce area. Hire a car for a day to go exploring.
- dave (about 11 months ago)

5

 E-3 Renewal
2 Days
We made our appointment for Friday and we had it in our hands on Tuesday lunchtime before flying out that afternoon. I would highly recommend this as we got to enjoy Barbados as a family (2 kiddos) after the appointment was out of the way! The staff were also helpful- my daughter and I hadn’t to get our photos retaken because their regulation is that hair is behind your ears, and she’s sent us to a place that took 5 mins (clearly they do this a lot as the cab driver knew where’s to take us, waited for us to be done and we went straight back to finish the appointment). So easy and would definitely do it again if we need to!!
- Lyndsay (about 1 year ago)

5

 E-3 New
2 Days
3 times in Bridgetown no problems so far.
- BK (about 2 years ago)

5

 E-3 New
3 Days
Great place to have a short sunny break in winter to get your E3
- Samuel (about 1 year ago)

5

 E-3 New
4 Days
The folks at the US Embassy have got it down pat. Right from arrival at the embassy to getting my visa approved took just an hour. The entire experience was seamless, and the staff were very friendly and organized. The actual visa interview literally took 3 minutes. The officer asked what I would be doing, and did not ask for any supporting documentation. All that is required for the interview is the DS-160 form, passport photo and LCA (although I had every document under the sun with me just in case - you can never be too prepared for these things!) I had my interview first thing Monday morning and got an email from DHL Thursday afternoon saying it was ready for collection. Highly recommend this location!
- Preetha (about 9 months ago)

4

 E-3 New
2 Days
You can use US currency. It does get humid and not much to do while waiting. Pretty much have to get a taxi everywhere as public transport is almost non-existent. I got to the consulate at 8am and was out about an hour and a half later
- Michael (about 10 months ago)

5

 E-3 Renewal
3 Days

- (about 10 months ago)

5

 E-3 New
3 Days
A quick and easy process. I had my appointment at 815 Monday morning and they get you to wait in this under cover area away from the embassy. My group which was based on what time your appointment was (they don’t assign or anything) got called about 10 mins after my appointment was scheduled. There’s plenty of people within the embassy that guide you onto the next step. The interview itself took about 5 mins. She didn’t ask me for any extra documentation just a few questions. After it had been “accepted” I also didn’t get my confirmation email to pick up my passport from DHL. After some advice from the Facebook group I decided to go Thursday afternoon around lunch time. There was a very big line and I had to wait about 2 hours for my passport which had only arrived to DHL that Thursday morning.
- Lin (about 9 months ago)

5

 E-3 Renewal
3 Days
Long queues at the visa appointment but interview was quick. Had my interview on Monday and passport back on Wednesday. Beautiful vacation place
- Nipun (about 1 year ago)

5

 E-3 Renewal
4 Days

- Kunal (about 7 months ago)

5

 E-3 New
3 Days
The embassy is well set up and streamlined with lockers and a taxi rank. Dress appropriately as it is a conservative country. Got DHL email Wednesday morning after Friday appointment. Be aware that hurricane/storm season can impact on flights and embassy closures (but not by much!) Dorian passed over while I was there and embassy was closed for one full day. Still got passport back within three business days but weather can mess with flights. Leave an extra day to fly in and also to collect passport and fly out.
- Gina (about 8 months ago)

4

 E-3 New
5 Days
I had my appointment at 10am Thursday and received my tracking email Wednesday at Midday. Note that Labor Day fell during that time period and it most definitely adds an extra day to the process (Consular official said it wouldn’t affect the timeline at the interview). Tracking number email means that your passport is at DHL. Any attempts to discuss where my passport was with both the visa helpline and dhl were not helpful and almost had me in tears with frustration but we got there in the end. I would recommend leaving a full week from the day of your appointment.
- T (about 7 months ago)

3

 E-3 New
5 Days
The interview itself was nice and easy. There is an undercover shelter you can wait under. When your time is called they take you to some lockers and pre-screening to make sure you have your DS160. Interview for me for pretty quick. 3 questions about my job, what I did and if I was bringing any family. They will give you a blue piece of paper which will contain information to track your passport and that you would receive an email when my passport was ready to be picked up. This is where my issues began. The website was not helpful. The only option it had for me was to start a new application. There was no tracking number. After the 3rd day I was calling the embassy for more information but they kept telling me to use the URL provided. Finally on the 5th (Business) day she told me it had been delivered and gave me my tracking number. In short. The interview process is very good. There is zero communication for when your passport is ready.
- Kevin (about 7 months ago)

3

 E-3 New
5 Days
Arrived at 9.30 for a 10am appointment (Tuesday). Wasn’t let in to the embassy until about 11. They then take your bag/phone etc and had to sit in another waiting room (without anything to occupy me) until about 2/2.30pm to actually be seen. The interview itself was relatively straightforward. Passport didn’t come back til the following Monday in the afternoon so definitely allow a full week of travel. Also the slip of paper they give you to track the passport is useless - the website doesn’t work so use CEAC instead and don’t bother calling the phone number to check status, you’ll get a generic response such as “it can take five business days to process and then a further five days to print the visa so we can’t give you any further information until this amount of time has passed”. I’ve had much smoother experiences in Sydney, Bahamas and London. Wouldn’t recommend.
- Genevieve (about 7 months ago)

5

 E-3 New
2 Days
Had appointment on a Wednesday at 10.00 but got there at 9.00. You wait in a covered area outside (bring water to drink) which was hot. Didn't need to wait long and they put me in the 9.15 slot.Super fast and easy. Asked three questions, what are you going to be doing, why did you leave your last job and are you on your own.Only asked for passport and LCA, nothing else.Collected my passport on Friday from DHL.
- (about 7 months ago)

4

 E-3 New
7+ Days
This is my 6th E3, a new employer, a promotion but same industry and profession and I have never experienced such a long processing time. The interview was Monday at 9am, the whole embassy set up is seamless, I can't fault it. It was approved on the spot. I only needed to provide my LCA & Passport and was asked what my previous role was and what my new role was. But then my visa sat in the dreaded 'administrative processing' status for 7 whole business days (not counting the weekend). there was no update to the status the whole time. I wasn't too worried as it was approved and I know unless you are given a 221g slip for more documentation, my visa was simply in a long processing phase. but its hard not to freak out when you're in a foreign country.Of course the slip they give you at the interview is useless so I continued checking the CEAC website until it was finally changed to 'issued' on the 7th business day at midday. however I was not able to collect it from DHL until the following day. I didn't wait to receive the tracking number, I simply went down the next morning and it was there at DHL. I think this was an anomaly to everyone else experiences, maybe they're starting to do more comprehensive checks on random applicants, I dont know. No one was able to give me any information as to what the hold up was, this included emailing the embassy, calling the embassy and calling DHL. Luckily work was funding the trip and I just had to try and enjoy the sunshine. Would recommend for the seamless process but just had bad luck on timing of getting it back so something to think about. I would highly recommend booking flexible flights. Have done visas previously in Toronto, Mexico City, Panama and Perth twice with no issues.
- Jana (about 7 months ago)

5

 E-3 New
3 Days
Online wait time for an appointment was listed as 3 days but was actually 3 weeks. Appointment Friday, got an email with my DHL tracking lunchtime Tuesday, checked the tracking hours 2hrs later and it was ready for collection.
- Ailee (about 7 months ago)

5

 E-3 New
2 Days
As other reviews have stated. Super efficient Embassy. This was my first E-3 Visa application, I was in the US on a tourist visa and got a job offer and booked the soonest appointment I could get (3weeks). Turned up on the day and they call you in groups according to your appointment time. Wait in line for probably 30 minutes. I had ALL the documents but they only asked for my passport and certified LCA. Questioned if it was my first e3 or renewal, what the company does and what my role is, asked where I had gone to school and what my work experience was. I got questioned about my trip to Iran in 2017 but explained it was part of a year long backpacking trip and it was before tensions were so high. Got approved there and 48hrs later it was ready for pickup at the DHL. Thank you Barbados!
- Jake (about 6 months ago)

5

 E-3 New
3 Days
Whole thing was very cruisy. I had originally booked for Canada on my DS-160 and didn’t change it for Barbados. The lady fixed it for me but it added 15-30 minutes to the process and she wasn’t very impressed. Actual interview was very quick, they asked me 2 questions, 3 max. DHL pick up is on the way to the airport.
- Joey (about 7 months ago)

5

 E-3 Renewal
4 Days
The US embassy in Barbados is very familiar with the E3 so just follow the staffs directions. The only issue I had was with my passport photo - they didn't accept it because my head was tilted slightly so my right ear wasn't fully visible. They told me where to get a cab and to make my way to Sheraton Mall and have new photos taken. The taxis are parked at the embassy (this happens very often). I returned with my new photos and didn't have to wait in line again...they asked me to head straight to the window and submit my docs. Oddly enough, in spite of leaving the embassy for around 30-45 minutes (for the photos); I didn't lose my place in line. Think I arrived at 9am for a 10:00am appointment and I was out by 11:30am. Had my visa appointment on a Friday and got passport back on the following Weds afternoon.
- Mikta (about 6 months ago)

5

 E-3 New
3 Days

- Jacintha (about 6 months ago)

4

 E-3 New
4 Days
Getting an appointment and the process inside the embassy took a while (I brought a book to get around the no phones) but overall was very smooth and straight forward. I arrived Thursday at 9.30 for a 10am appointment and left the embassy around 11.30am. Picked up my passport Wednesday morning. There is a lag between the passport being sent to DHL and you getting notified. The slip I was given to check had the wrong web portal. Use the ceac.state.gov website to check visa status. Once it changes to “issued” the visa will be at DHL the following morning. I’m currently holding my passport and still yet to get an email or tracking number. Overall very straight forward and it includes a week on the sand. Would recommend.
- Elliot (about 6 months ago)

5

 E-3 New
3 Days
I had my appointment at 10.30am Monday morning and whilst there was around 3 hours total of waiting around the interview itself was only 5 mins and very straightforward. I checked ceac.state.gov daily and by Wednesday my application had changed to “issued”. 5pm Wednesday evening I received an email from DHL with tracking info and was notified that my passport was ready for collection the next morning (Thursday). I’ve now done Perth, London and Bridgetown and all in all it was a pretty easy place to do it.
- James B (about 5 months ago)

5

 E-3 New
3 Days
I did not have any issue with the pictures like other people said they did. The first officer that checked passport,LCA and pictures was rather accomodating instead and gave us the option of using the printed pictures we brought or the digital ones we uploaded on the DS-160. Interview was very quick as usual, probably as low as 5 minutes. Only a few questions regarding my new job and my marriage, since I interviewed together with my husband for his E3-D and my E3. A few questions were also asked about our previous stays in the U.S. but this is specific to our situation and history. Please note if you are changing employer like I did they will ask you if you are leaving your current job and subsequently void your old E3 with a stamp that says “cancelled without prejudice” so in the event they should not approve the new one you won’t be able to go back to the U.S. to collect your belongings and move back to Australia,unless you try and do so with an ESTA or other visitor visa. I still have to see in the flesh a solid E3 petition getting denied, but it’s worth mentioning. Anyway, my passport was ready to pick up by Friday at midday after a Tuesday morning interview. so turn around time was 3 days. Please note I did not receive the DHL e-mail but I just showed up at the facility the day after the status on the application on ceac.state.gov changed from “administrative processing” to “issued” 2 days after the interview. If the representatives at DHL ask you if you received the e-mail just say you did or they won’t eve look and you might lose precious time and have to rebook if you have a return flight to catch. I will probably not use this location again and stick to Paris like I did before because the wait time outside the Embassy in the scorching hot was a bit too much for me (bring water with you!) and it took me 3 hours to get in and out, more than twice as much as Paris. If you pick this location do not bring anything else than your cell phone and papers so you won’t have to wait for a locker to free up to put your bag or purse inside, and you’ll be able to get in right away.They have way too little lockers for the amount of interviews so you’ll have to wait for someone else to get out and free up a locker for you. That’s what screwed us over to begin with. Also the intake and wait rooms have a weird streamline so we were interviewed amongst the last of the day despite getting there one hour before our appointment time. The staff is very professional and nice and they have water bottle refill stations.
- Alex (about 5 months ago)

5

 E-3 New
2 Days
The Barbados embassy really have this process down! I arrived around 8:30am for my 9am appointment on Tuesday and walked straight through to security and the first window where my passport, LCA and photos were looked over and I completed finger print scanning. I then lined up in the second line for the interview - there was a little wait (maybe 20 minutes or so) but the interview itself took no longer than 3 minutes. I was asked if it was a renewal or new visa, why I was changing jobs, if it was a similar role and I wasn’t asked to provide any other supporting documents. He told me that the visa was approved and I could collect it from DHL in 5 days. I was in and out in less than an hour! On Wednesday morning I received and email with my tracking number and on Thursday at 7am I received an email stating that my passport was ready to be collected - 2 day turnaround! Highly recommend Barbados!
- Jess (about 4 months ago)

5

 E-3 New
3 Days
Third time in Barbados for E3, first time for this new employer. Was able to get an appointment a week out (phew!) but only on the Wednesday which meant I had to stay over the weekend - wasn't a big deal. Appointment at 9:15, turned up at 7:45 and got in. Was inside for an hour all up, out and in a taxi home by 9am. Got the email to say my passport had been released on Friday, and after checking tracking, it was delivered to DHL at 4:21pm ... so technically if I had wanted to cut it fine, I could have picked it up that day before DHL closed at 5pm, but I never like risking that, so had a flight booked for Monday. Overall easy, great, friendly experience like usual. Barbados has lockers so you can store your phone and money, and they let you take a book in too.
- Hannah (about 4 months ago)

5

 E-3 New
2 Days

- Sarah (about 3 months ago)

5

 E-3 New
3 Days
Third time in Barbados for my visa, this time for a new job. Had an app on the Wednesday (app was for 9:15am but I always get there between 7:30 and 8 and they have let me in early each time). Approved. Email came on Friday that my passport was on the way to DHL. It got there at 4:30pm, and DHL closes at 5pm, which means you *could* fly out Friday night, but I never risk it in case I miss that tiny window to pick it up. Picked it up on the way to the airport on Monday, and flew out. Always a great experience!
- Hannah (about 4 months ago)

4

 E-3 New
2 Days
Once I submitted my DS-160 I could get an appointment within 3 business days. The whole process when I arrived at the embassy took about 2.5hrs (if you can get the earliest appointment possible - mine was 9.30am but I believe they start at 9am). My appointment was on the Tuesday and I was able to pick up my visa by Thursday of the same week
- Catherine (about 2 months ago)

5

 E-3 New
6 Days
We were able to make an appointment two days before. The appointment time was 9.30 Friday but got there an hour early and they took us in at 9, back at the hotel by 10. Passport was ready for pickup Wednesday, probably a bit longer than some because of the weekend. Super easy and a fabulous unexpected weeks holiday as a bonus!
- Janine (about 2 months ago)

5

 E-3 New
3 Days
Appointment time scheduled for Bridgetown within 2 weeks of submitting my DS-160, which is amont the quickest I have seen. My appointment was for 10am Monday. Arrived 9am, to ensure plenty of time (Barbados traffic can be unpredictable depending where you are coming from). Cleared security to move inside by 9.20am Moved from the first wait room to second wait room at 9.30am Checked in by 10am, and moved back to the second room Waited from 10am – 11.30am in the wait room Moved back into the official business room around 11.30am, and was in line for a further 20 mins. I was seen at around 12pm for my official visa interview, and finished with the formalities by around 12.05pm(!) after being asked 3 simple questions about my new job, experience and qualifications. Back at my hotel with an approved visa and a slip instructing what to do next by 12.30pm. I got the notice from DHL that my passport was ready for collection Thursday morning - which was perfect as I flew out Friday afternoon. Very simple process, and absolute paradise while you are waiting. Be mindful, you need a photo that has been recently taken (within 6 mths) – Barbados was more strict on this than previous consulates, and checked if the photo matched previous visa filings (longer than 6mths old).
- Kirsten (about 28 days ago)

5

 E-3 New
3 Days
Extremely lucky to have secured my E3 just before the COVID shut down. The process was excellent as per all the other reviews. The interview was scheduled for 10:00am, I arrived at 8:45am and was let in immediately. They asked three questions - 1) why are you here? 2) what does the company do? 3) what education do you have? I had all possible documentation, however, was only asked for the DS-160, LCA, and passport.
- TJ (about 25 days ago)