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  • DAS Juan Gonzalez with DPM Philip Davis, US Charge d'Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson and Permanent Secretary Colin Higgs.  (Photo BIS)

    DAS Juan Gonzalez Makes Official Visit to The Bahamas

  • Minister of Social Services, The Hon. Melanie Griffin; Acting U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Neda Brown; Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Mrs. Anne Marie Davis, wife of Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis. (Photo State Dept.)

    U.S. Embassy Nassau Observes Women's History Month

  • Minister of Health, Dr. Perry Gomez; Embassy Nassau 2016 WOC award recipient Marva Jervis; Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson and Dr. Nikkiah Forbes, Nat'l HIV/AIDS Program.  (Photo State Dept.)

    Embassy Nassau Celebrates International Women's Day

  • U.S. and Bahamian officials participate in Safeboat handover ceremony.  (Photo State Dept.)

    U.S. Embassy Donates Two New SafeBoats to RBPF

Embassy News

  • U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson with IVLP participant Khrisna Virgil.  (Photo State Dept.)
    Two Bahamians Participate in IVLP Exchange Focused on Combating Corruption

    The U.S. Embassy, through the U.S. Department of State sponsored a sub‑regional International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) professional exchange program focused on “Combating Corruption” from March 6 – 16, 2016. Supreme Court Judge, Justice Bernard Turner and Tribune reporter Khrisna Virgil represented The Bahamas in the program. Other countries represented included Guyana, Jamaica, and Suriname.  

  • U.S. and Bahamian officals tour the RBPF Police Training College.  (Photo State Dept.)
    U.S. Chargé Tours Royal Bahamas Police Force Police College and K9 Unit

    U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa A. Johnson toured the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Police Training College and Canine Unit with Minister of National Security Dr. Bernard Nottage and Commissioner of Police Mr. Ellison Greenslade. The purpose of the visit was to see the results of several ongoing projects funded by the Embassy’s International Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI).  

  • INL Director Kristin Gilmore donates contraband detection devices to Dept. of Corrections.  (Photo State Dept.)
    U.S. Embassy Donates Contraband Detection Devices to Bahamas Department of Corrections

    Continuing corrections reform cooperation under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section presented the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services with three state-of-the-art cell contraband detection devices, valued at approximately $46,000. 

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    Handwritten Bahamian Passports No Longer Valid on February 19

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration has announced that on February 19, 2016 all handwritten Bahamians passports will be “canceled and become null and void.” The Bahamas Information Service additionally advised that all Bahamians, “in possession of those passports should immediately surrender them and obtain an electronic passport.”  

  • ADCM Neda Brown, Dr. Amelia Moore PhD. and COB President, Dr. Rodney Smith.  (Photo State Dept.)
    U.S. Embassy Hosts Welcome Reception for Bahamas Fulbright Scholar

    On Friday, January 29th, the U.S. Embassy’s Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Neda Brown hosted a reception at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in honor of the 2015-2016 Bahamas Fulbright Scholar Dr. Amelia Moore, PhD. Dr. Moore currently serves as the Assistant Professor in the Department of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island. On hand for the event was President of The College of The Bahamas Dr. Rodney Smith and a cross-section of the community representing the fields of education, tourism, environmental NGO’s, government and the arts.  

  • Substance use treatment professionals receive train-the-trainer training in the comprehensive Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) for Substance Use Disorders.  (Photo State Dept.)
    U.S. Embassy Trains First Group of Internationally-Certified Addiction Counselors in the Caribbean

    The U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section and Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre marked the end of a joint 15-month, $500,000 project to provide train-the-trainer training for substance use treatment professionals on January 29 at the Public Hospital Authority. As part of the project, a cadre of 22 substance use treatment professionals from across government and civil society received train-the-trainer training in the comprehensive Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) for Substance Use Disorders.  

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    U.S. Embassy Partners with Young Marine Explorers to Host Leadership Workshop for NGO's

    From March – May 2016, the Young Marine Explorers (YME) organization will facilitate a unique learning opportunity for CEO’s and executive directors of Bahamian non-profit organizations focused on management skills and leadership capacity. Under the theme, “Elevate,” YME will offer a free, four-session workshop designed to cover strategic planning, effective management, fundraising, marketing, board development and financial management. The workshop will be facilitated by Matthew Aubry, an internationally recognized not-for-profit consultant. The woekshop is made possible through the U.S. Embassy's Small Grants Program. 

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U.S. Visa Appointment System

  • Visa Logo (File Photo)

    The U.S. Embassy in Nassau has launched a web-based appointment system that affects visa applicants throughout The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. There will not be a fee increase associated with these changes.  With the new system, applicants will now pay the application fee at a local Cash ‘N Go location. After the fee is paid, applicants will be able to schedule an appointment using the new web-based system at  Applicants residing on New Providence or Grand Bahama will now have their passport and visa delivered by courier to a local DHL office.