U.S. Embassy Nassau Announces New Web-Based Visa Application Procedures
On March 11, 2013, the U.S. Embassy in Nassau launched a new web-based appointment system that affects visa applicants throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. There will not be a fee increase associated with these changes. Applicants will now pay the application fee at a local Cash ‘N Go with Sandals Island Connections Exuma being the most recent location and schedule their own appointment. Additionally, applicants residing on New Providence or Grand Bahama will now have their passport and visa delivered by courier to a DHL office.
The new visa application process is part of a global web-based system that the U.S. Department of State is implementing worldwide. The new process is easier, more convenient and includes everything in one fee, making it less expensive than previously.
Please see the printable Factsheet (PDF 128KB) for details.
New Payment Procedures
As of March 11, 2013, applicants will pay the application fee at a local Cash ‘N Go location. The steps for payment are: (1) register at http://bahamas.usvisa-info.com, (2) print the application payment slip and (3) take the application payment slip to one of the following Cash ‘N Go locations to pay the fee:
- Nassau: Bay Street and Navy Lyon Road
- Nassau: Carmichael Road
- Nassau: Rosetta Street
- Freeport: Queen’s Highway
- Eight Mile Rock: Hanna Hill
- Marsh Harbour: Don McKay Boulevard
- Georgetown: Queen’s Highway
- Exuma: Sandals Island Connections
Applicants who do not have a local Cash ‘N Go on their island can pay for their visa appointments through a variety of means:
Applicants are always able to have a friend or family member pay the MRV fee at a Cash ‘N Go location and then provide the applicant with the payment slip to log on and secure an appointment.
Applicants with no local Cash ‘N Go and no urgent travel are recommended to wait until the credit card option has been integrated into the new website by this summer.
For applicants with no local Cash ‘N Go, but urgent travel, the Embassy will schedule an emergency appointment via email@example.com.
The New Web-based Appointment System
After paying the visa fee at a Cash ‘N Go, applicants will now visit the Embassy’s new web-based appointment system at http://bahamas.usvisa-info.com to schedule a visa interview. There is no fee for the new web-based service.
The New Passport and Visa Pick-up System
Applicants residing on New Providence or Grand Bahama will now have their passport and visa delivered by courier to a DHL office. These applicants will no longer be required to return to the Embassy to pick up their passports. There is no fee for this service. Applicants living on the Family Islands and the Turks and Caicos will continue to pick up their visas at the Embassy or select other delivery options at the time of the interview.
For additional information on the new visa application procedures, please visit the “How to Apply” page and/or download the printable Factsheet (PDF 128KB). Common questions are also addressed on the new “Frequently Asked Questions” page.
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Update: Personal Appearance Waivers. Attention Third Country Nationals (citizens not from The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos) under 14.
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