The U.S. Consulate General has not opened the online nonimmigrant visa appointment system but is evaluating appointment requests on a case-by-case basis via email, prioritizing urgent or emergency appointments for residents of our Consular district in Bermuda. If you are a resident of our Consular district in Bermuda, and would like to submit an application for a U.S. visa, please first complete the nonimmigrant visa application form DS-160. Attach the DS-160 confirmation sheet you receive to an email; in that email provide a brief description of your purpose of travel to or through the United States and the date of your proposed travel, and send the email to us at HamiltonConsulate@state.gov. You will receive your visa appointment details via email.
Please note, we are precluded from accepting out-of-district visa applications from individuals not physically present in our consular district.
Step 1. Check the Validity of Your Passport
Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States, unless exempt by country-specific agreements. If more than one person is included in your passport, each person who needs a visa must submit a separate application.
Step 2. Complete the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
- Completed Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
Please note that you must answer EVERY question on the application forms. If the answer to a question is “none,” please write “none”(Do not leave it blank). Incomplete/incorrect forms will be returned and will require you to schedule a new interview appointment.
Important! Many of our visa applicants are completing the DS-160 incorrectly, causing us to postpone their planned visa interview dates.
Step 3. Collect any Supporting Documentation
A valid passport with one (1) clear page to put the visa onto, a DS-160 confirmation page with the uploaded 2 x 2 inch color photo not older than 6 months – with a light or white background, and the completed DS-160 form listed in Step 2 are required for the visa interview. Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified. For example, additional requested documents may include evidence of:
- Proof of permission to reside in Bermuda (status, work/spousal permit)
- Proof of employment, salary, pension, and or financial solvency (job letter, pay stub, bank statement);
- Birth certificates for minors (children under the age of 18);
- The purpose of your trip;
- Your intent to depart the United States after your trip; and/or
- Your ability to pay all costs of the trip.
Note: Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant’s residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a nonimmigrant tourist visa. If you do choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to your interview, please remember that it is not one of the factors that we use in determining whether to issue or deny a nonimmigrant tourist visa.
Step 4. Schedule an Interview Appointment
The U.S. Consulate General has not opened the online nonimmigrant visa appointment system but is evaluating appointment requests on a case-by-case basis via email, prioritizing urgent or emergency appointments for residents of our consular district in Bermuda. If you have a need for urgent or emergency travel, or you would like to inquire as to whether or not we can process your visa application at this time, please contact us at HamiltonConsulate@state.gov. In your email provide as many details as you can about your purpose of travel as well as include the DS-160 confirmation sheet.
We are not accepting out of district visa appointments at this time.
Step 5. Bring Your Passport and Visa Application Forms
Bring the completed DS-160 confirmation sheet with the uploaded 2 x 2 inch color photo not older than 6 months, from Step 2, a valid passport, and all other supporting documentation to the Consulate for your scheduled interview date.
Step 6. Pay the MRV Fee
Payment for visa applications is CASH ONLY, with U.S. or Bermudian currency, or a combination of both, acceptable. Please consult the Department of State’s Fees for Visa Services website and be prepared to pay the appropriate fee, in cash, for the visa you are applying for on the day of your visa interview. Nonimmigrant visa applicants from certain countries may be required to also pay a reciprocity fee at the time of their visa interview which can be paid by cash or credit card.
Step 7. Interview for your visa with the Consular Officer
During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate based on your purpose of travel. You will need to establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans will be taken as part of your application process.
Step 8. Return to Collect Your Passport and Visa
If you are issued the visa, you will be given a date and time to collect your passport and visa, typically in about one week.