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Non-Immigrant Visas

Important Notice: Tropical Storm Erika

The U.S. Embassy in Nassau wishes to advise all visa and routine passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad appointments scheduled for Monday, August 31st have been suspended due to anticipated effects from the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.  For visa applicants, you may reschedule your appointment for any date that is convenient to you by visiting the CSC website at "", or by calling 1-800-883-741 to speak to an agent.  We continue to be available for emergency services.  If anything changes, we will notify the public as soon as possible.

The embassy apologizes for any inconvenience that this change may cause.


IWho Needs a Non-Immigrant Visa?

Most individuals travelling to the United States require a visa.  However, some individuals may travel without a visa on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).  Additionally, based on a bilateral agreement, in certain circumstances, many Bahamians and citizens of the British Overseas Territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands do not require a visa.  For the most up-to-date information regarding travelling to the United States, please look at Travel.State.Gov.

Please note: Travelers born in the United States and those who hold dual citizenship with the United States must enter and depart the United States on a U.S. passport.

How Do I Apply for a Non-Immigrant Visa?

Please do not forget to apply early!  Visa appointments are limited, and space fills up quickly.  The earlier you apply, the easier it is for you to plan your travel.

A Quick Guide to use in applying for a visa (PDF 94.4KB).

It is very important to follow these directions in order for your application and interview experience to go as smooth as possible.  The most common problems applicants encounter are forgetting their DS-160 confirmation page and/or a problem with their photograph.  DO NOT FORGET your confirmation page, and to not have the photo problems, please visit the photo requirements here.


For additional information on the new visa application procedures, please visit the “How to Apply” page and/or download the printable Factsheet (PDF 94.4KB).  Common questions are also addressed on the new “Frequently Asked Questions” page.

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