Visa exemptions for Bermudians
U.S. law allows the citizens of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda to travel to the United States in most categories without requiring a visa. The standard length of stay for Bermudians is up to 180 days, however length of stay is granted at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security/Customs and Border Protection officers at the port of entry. Exceptions to visa free entry include those who:
Have a criminal conviction or ineligibility. For more information on how to apply for a waiver please go to Waivers for Criminal Convictions and Ineligibilities.
Violated the terms of a previous admission to the U.S.
- Are entering on a permanent basis. For example:
a) foreign citizen fiancé(e)s (K-1 Visa), as well as the fiancé(e)'s children (K-2 Visa),
b) a U.S. citizen's foreign citizen spouse traveling to reside in the U.S. while awaiting final completion of the process of immigration (K-3 Visa), as well as the spouse's children (K-4 Visa),
c) spouses of lawful permanent residents (V-1 Visas), as well as the spouse's children who are traveling to reside in the U.S. while awaiting final completion of the process of immigration (V-2 Visas)
For any visa related questions, you may e-mail HamiltonConsulate@state.gov .
In order for Bermudians to be eligible for this visa exemption they must be able to present a passport containing the following three (3) criteria:
A valid British Passport with "Government of Bermuda" written on the front
On the data page under nationality have "British Overseas Territory Citizen" or "British Dependant Territories Citizen" listed
Have a Bermudian status stamp that says "Holder is registered as a Bermudian", "Holder Possesses Bermudian Status" or "Holder is deemed to possess Bermudian status"
If any one of these three criteria are missing you may either go to the Bermuda Immigration and have your documents amended.
Also, Bermudian citizens do not currently require a visa to attend school in the United States. Presentation of the I-20 for academic or vocational studies, a SEVIS fee receipt, proof of financial support, and a valid passport at the port of entry is sufficient for Bermudian students to attend school in the United States. However, many students report that having a visa can assist with obtaining a U.S. drivers license, securing accomodations or re-entry from land border crossings. Please go to Student Visas for more information.
The section of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations that states the waiver of visa requirements for citizens of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda and Canada is in Title 22 Section 41.2 USCFR. The American Consulate does have an outdated passport insert of this law. This document may be carried with the passport when traveling. This pamphlet is designed to assist U.S. Immigration officials, although ultimately a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official makes the final decision of whether that individual can enter the United States.
For more information about the Bermuda Visa Exemption please go to http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html website.
Watch a CITV interview with U.S. Consul General Robert Settje and Minister of Community and Cultural Development Wayne Scott, who discuss visa ineligibilities and waivers - the so-called “stop list.”
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