Non-immigrant visas (NIV)
Non-immigrant visas (NIVs) are issued to people visiting the United States for work, pleasure, studying, or transit. Generally, visa applicants must apply for a visa in the consular district in which they legally reside. At the consulate in Hamilton, applications are normally only accepted from legal residents of Bermuda.
Visas are a privilege, not a right. In order to be granted a non-immigrant visa, applicants must overcome the presumption in Section 214b of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) that all visa applicants are intending immigrants. You can overcome this presumption by providing evidence that you have strong ties to a residence abroad that you have no intention of abandoning. For more information about Section 214b and visa denials please visit http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/denials/denials_1361.html.
Non-immigrant visa applicants are by appointment only.
If you need to pick up passports containing approved visas, these are available at the guard building at the front of the consulate, Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. When picking up passports with approved visas, you must present the receipt and provide a piece of valid photo identification. There is no public parking allowed at the consulate, this includes motorbikes. Our visitors are allowed to park at the parking lot located to the west of the consulate on Middle Road in Devonshire. Please note, the consulate is closed on all official Bermuda and U.S. holidays.
Non-immigrant Visa information:
From April 30 through May 25, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will roll out a new electronic I-94 process at air and sea ports of entry. Under the new CBP process, which begins at L.F. Wade International Airport on May 14, a CBP officer will provide each admitted nonimmigrant traveler with an admission stamp on their passport. CBP will no longer issue a paper Form I-94 upon entry to U.S., with some exceptions. Learn more on the CBP website or by reviewing this I-94 automation fact sheet.