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  • Minister of Transport and Aviation, The Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Embassy Speaker Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson and Minister of Social Services and Community Development, The Hon. Melanie Griffin. (Photo State Dept.)

    U.S. Embassy Hosts Three-Day Women's Leadership Conference

  • U.S. Charge d'Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson joins with Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture with representatives of the US Men's Olympic Soccer team, The Bahamas' national team and officials of the Bahamas Football Association. (Photo Ashley Taylor photography)

    U.S. Men's Olympic Soccer Team Visits The Bahamas

  • PS Melvin Seymour,  Charge Johnson, Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for G.B. and Political Chief, David Allen. (Photo Vandyke Hepburn)

    US Chargé d’Affaires Makes Official Visit to Grand Bahama

  • US Coast Guard, DEU officers with staff and grade six students at Queen's College.  (Photo State Dept.)

    U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Demonstration at Queen's College

Embassy News

  • SWAT course participant receives certificate of completion. (Photo Royal Bahamas Police Force)
    U.S. Government Provides Advanced Skill Training for RBPF SWAT Officers

    The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section (INL), and the U.S. Department of State’s Antiterrorism and Assistance (ATA) Program teamed up to provide twenty-seven Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) officers advanced training in Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) August 24-29 in Nassau. The week-long program was led by supervisory special agents from the FBI’s SWAT Operations Unit, which provides training, research, operational assistance, and program management to FBI SWAT teams and international law enforcement partners.  

  • U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson with Ms. Portia Sweeting during a courtesy call at the U.S. Embassy. (Photo State Dept.)
    BNT Officer Participates in USG Exchange to Promote Protection of Natural Resources

    Portia Sweeting, Bahamas National Trust Officer met with U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson to discuss her recent participation in a U.S. State Department sponsored exchange in the United States focused on “Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the U.S.”  

  • Resources at the American Corner at the College of The Bahamas. (Photo State Dept.)
    U.S. Embassy Celebrates the First Year Anniversary of American Corner Nassau

    U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson and Acting President of The College of The Bahamas Dr. Carey-Baines were on hand for the celebration and both gave remarks promoting the friendship and partnership between the United States and The Bahamas. Chargé Johnson emphasized her hope to increase the number of visitors to the Corner and form more partnerships to develop new programs. Acting President Carey-Baines expressed her gratitude for the collaboration between the U.S. Embassy and The College of The Bahamas in establishing the American Corner, and mentioned her aspiration to double the amount of programs offered in the coming year. 

  • The United States Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew participate in at-sea rescue demonstration during the Bernie Butler BASRA fundraiser on Grand Bahama.  (Photo provided courtesy of Derek A. Carroll for Beyond Graphx).
    U.S. Coast Guard Conducts Rescue Demonstration During BASRA Fundraiser on Grand Bahama

    On August 16, the United States Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew flew past the shoreline above a festive crowd gathered to watch a low-hover rescue swimmer demonstration in support of the all-volunteer Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association’s 44th Annual Bernie Butler Swim Race held on Coral Beach, Grand Bahama Island. The rescue swimmer demonstration is a key attraction for spectators each year as it highlights the U.S. Coast Guard’s support of BASRA in its ongoing commitment to saving lives at sea.  

  • Visa Logo(Photo State Dept.)
    Changes in Fees for U.S. Consular Services

    On August 28, the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs announced changes to the fees for some U.S. consular services. The new fees will go into effect on September 12. The fees for visitor (B1/B2) and student (F1/M1/J1) visas were not affected by the change and will remain the same. 

  • U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson with Erin Greene during courtesy call at the U.S. Embassy. (Photo State Dept.)
    Local Activist Participates in U.S. State Department Exchange to Promote Human Rights

    Ms. Erin Greene, Director of Advocacy at SASH Bahamas, a local Non-Governmental Organization met with U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson to discuss her recent participation in a U.S. State Department sponsored professional exchange “Human Rights for All.” The role of SASH Bahamas is to work with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and to support persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. 

  • Trafficking In Persons (File photo State Department)
    U.S. State Department 2014 Trafficking In Persons Report for The Bahamas

    The U.S. Embassy commends the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas for its first human trafficking conviction in The Bahamas, for launching its second prosecution under the anti-trafficking law, and for investigating 15 suspected TIP cases during the reporting period. We applaud the continued implementation of the victim-centered assistance protocol and procedures for identified trafficking victims.  

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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.