Wednesday 25 November, 2020

U.S. Embassy issues reminder after reports of scam

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS is urging persons to use their official contacts when seeking to engage them.

This comes in light of reports of persons being scammed of money when seeking to apply for nonimmigrant visas. 

They explained the situation in a press release this morning, stating that scammers often target unsuspecting applicants:

"The U.S. Embassy regularly receives reports of applicants unknowingly using non-U.S. Embassy affiliated websites, resulting in applicants losing funds and being unable to schedule interview appointments."

It went on to stress that they do not accept responsibility in these situations:

"The U.S. Embassy is not able to provide refunds for money spent on non-U.S. Embassy affiliated websites."

The Embassy therefore "encourages all individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa to access the application and scheduling links directly from the Embassy‚Äôs webpage (https://bb.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/)."

They also urged persons with further queries to call (246) 620-3399 or send an email to bridgetownniv@state.gov.

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