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U.S. Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country

Barbados

Barbados
Barbados

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 120 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 120 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 36 Months
F-2 None Multiple 36 Months
G-1 None Multiple 48 Months
G-2 None Multiple 48 Months
G-3 None Multiple 48 Months
G-4 None Multiple 48 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 48 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 36 Months
M-2 None Multiple 36 Months
N-8 None Multiple 48 Months
N-9 None Multiple 48 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8

Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes

  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates
 

Available

Fees: $5 BBD under 60 years old; $1 BBD 60 and older.

Document Name: Birth Certificate

Issuing Authority: Registrar of the Supreme Court, located at Whitepark Road, St. Michael.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Birth certificates are issued on 8x11 white paper.  The paper quality is better than regular copy paper, but there are no special security features.  A computer printed seal of Barbados is in the top center of the document.  Information is computer generated on the document.  Date and signature of a registrar of the Supreme Court are in ink.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar of the Supreme Court

Registration Criteria: Registration made by parent

Procedure for Obtaining: Submit written application to Registrar of the Supreme Court.

Certified Copies Available:  New originals are produced with each application

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Death Certificates
 

Available

Fees: $5 BBD

Document Name:  Registration of Death

Issuing Authority: Registrar of the Supreme Court, Whitepark Road, Barbados.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Registrations of Death are issued on 8x11 white papers.  The paper quality is better than regular copy paper, but there are no special security features.  A computer printed seal of Barbados is in the top center of the document.  Information is computer generated on the document.  Date and signature of a registrar of the Supreme Court are in ink.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Registrar of the Supreme Court

Registration Criteria: Information not available

Procedure for Obtaining: Submit written application and fee to Registrar of Supreme Court

Certified Copies Available: New originals are produced with each application

Alternate Documents: Death Certificate

Exceptions: None

Comments: Barbados Registrar of the Supreme Court also issues “Death Certificates.”  Post requires “Registration of Death” instead of Death Certificates when preparing Consular Reports of Death Abroad, because Registrations of Death include more information, including cause of death.  Both documents are considered legal documents in Barbados.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates
 

Available

Fees: $10 BBD for Barbados nationals; $20 BBD for non-nationals

Document Name:  Certificate of Marriage

Issuing Authority:  Registrar of the Supreme Court, Whitepark Road, Barbados

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: This certificate is a certified copy of an extract of the record of the officiating Marriage Officer. The data is handwritten on a printed form.  It is signed and dated by the Registar on the date it is produced.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Registrar of the Supreme Court

Registration Criteria: Marriage officers register marriages they perform

Procedure for Obtaining:  submit written application and fee to Registrar of the Supreme Court.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: $6 in postage stamps

Document Name: - Decree Absolute

Issuing Authority: Registrar of the Supreme Court

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Certified copy of the Decree Absolute.  

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar

Registration Criteria: Divorces are finalized in the Supreme Court.  For a certificate, a person must be divorced in Barbados and must submit year the divorced started and both parties’ names.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicant requests the document at the Registrar and pays $6 BBD in postage stamp. Decrees can be produced the same day.

Certified Copies Available: YES

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Identity Card

National ID Cards

Available

Fees:  Driver’s License ($210 BBD); National ID (no fee)

Document Name: Two types - National ID and Driver’s License

Issuing Authority: Drivers Licenses – Licensing Authority; National ID card – Electoral and Boundaries Commission

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Driver’s License:  White, gold and light blue background that includes map of Barbados, crest, and tridents. Multiple security features including holograms and micro printing.  Includes photo and biodata of bearer.  National ID: light blue, laminated card containing photo and typed biodata of bearer.  Limited security features include stamp on the back and signature of the issuing officer on the front.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The Licensing Authority issues drivers licenses at various locations on the island. The Electoral and Boundaries Commission issues government identity cards at Warrens Tower II, Warrens, and St. Michael.  Both documents are considered reliable forms of identity on the island.

Registration Criteria: Citizens and permanent residents can get a national ID card.

Procedure for Obtaining: Driver’s License – 1. Obtain learners permit by submitting passport-sized photos, proof of age and residence, declaration of medical fitness, and $80BBD fee; 2. Pass regulations test ($30 BBD); 3. Pass driving test ($100 BBD) within 30-180 days of learners permit issuance.

National ID: present birth certificate and a previous National ID (if renewing)

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available

Fees:  BD $10.00 plus postage

Document Name: Certificate of Character

Issuing Authority:  Available from the Police Headquarters, Criminal Records Office, Coleridge St., Bridgetown.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Handwritten information on printed form.  Signed in bottom right corner.  Date stamp from Criminal Records Office of Barbados Police in upper right corner.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Commissioner of Police

Registration Criteria: Can be issued to Barbados citizens or non-citizen residents of Barbados.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants must submit their name, date and place of birth, and addresses and dates of residence in Barbados. Applicants must also submit a valid photo ID. The application must be accompanied by a set of fingerprints that will be taken by a police officer at the time of application.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Court/Prison Records

Available

Fees: - $10 in postage stamps

Document Name: Court Record / Copy of Order Book

Issuing Authority: Applicants can apply for their records at the Supreme Court Complex, Whitepark Road St Michael.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Issued on legal sized paper with the police district, “Order Book,” and “Form D” printed along the right side.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Court records are issued by the Registrar of Courts. Prison records are available from the Superintendent of Prisons, Glendairy Prison, Station Hill, Barbados.

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: For court records, the applicant must apply to the registrar of the courts.  For prison records, the applicant applies with the superintendent of prisons.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Name and dates of imprisonment must be included

Military Records

Military Records

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Military Records

Issuing Authority: For those serving in the Barbados Defense Force, records are available from The Adjutant, Barbados Defense Force, St. Anne's Fort, The Garrison, and Barbados For those serving in the British Armed Forces, records are available from the appropriate British authority in London. (See United Kingdom).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Issued on plain 8x11 paper.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: - Barbados Defense Force

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Must apply to HR of the Barbados Defense Force

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Travel Documents

Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.):  Regular (blue), Diplomatic (dark red), and Official (green)

Fees: $150 BBD for adults; $100 BBD for minor under 16.

Document Name:  Passport

Issuing Government Authority:  Immigration Department

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: All types of passports have a gold embossed seal of Barbados on the front.  The Caribbean Community logo is in the top center as well. Barbados newest passports feature intaglio printing, invisible UV, micro printing reading “Barbados” and “Pride and Industry,” a latent image of the word “Barbados” when turned at an angle.  Barbados passports are machine readable and ICAO compliant.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Barbados Immigration Department

Registration Criteria: Must be a Barbados citizen.

Procedure for Obtaining: Submit handwritten application form, fee, and passport size photos to the Immigration Department.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Other Documents Available: Emergency passports are issued to facilitate urgent travel within the Caricom countries.

Other Records

Bapistmal Certificate
 

The certificate is a certified copy of an extract of the record of the church where the baptism occurred.  Baptismal certificates for persons born after 1890 are usually available from the church in which the baptism was performed.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Contact Information

Post Title: U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados

Address:  

Wildey Business Park
Wildey
St. Michael BB 14006
Barbados, W.I.

Phone Number:

Main switchboard: (246) 227-4000

Consular Section (Questions): (246) 227-4399

Consular Section Fax: (246) 431-0179

Visa Appointment Hotline (Only): (246) 227-4227

Public Affairs Section Fax: (246) 429-5316

Visa Services:  Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Comments / Additional Information:

Consular Section Email:
Non-Immigrant Visas - bridgetownniv@state.gov
Immigrant Visas - bridgetowniv@state.gov
American Citizen Services - bridgetownacs@state.gov

Visa Services

Visa Services

  • All visa categories for all of Barbados and the following:
    • Antigua and Barbuda (includes Redonda)
    • British Dependent Territories:
      • Anguilla
      • British Virgin Islands
      • Montserrat
      • Dominica
      • Dutch St. Maarten
      • French West Indies
      • Grenada (including Southern Grenadines)
      • Guadeloupe
      • Martinique
      • Saba
      • St. Barthelmy
      • St. Eustatius
      • St. Kitts and Nevis
      • St. Lucia
      • St. Martin
      • St. Vincent and the Grenadines