New Security Measures at U.S. Embassy Expected to Impact U.S. Visa Applicants

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On May 15, new security measures will be implemented at the U.S. Embassy in Nassau that are expected to impact the U.S. visa application process.  To better streamline security screening, the U.S. Embassy will no longer provide storage services for restricted articles that are not allowed to be brought into the building.  Under the new regulations, U.S. visa applicants who arrive at the U.S. Embassy carrying restricted items will be refused entry and risk missing their visa appointments.

Restricted articles include electronic devices such as mobile phones, car alarm remotes, tablets, MP3 players, notebook computers, headsets and any device with a power plug or battery.  Other items not permitted include cigarettes, lighters, matches and any article that could be used as a weapon.

“Although this new security protocol may be an inconvenience during the initial stages of implementation, it will eventually streamline the security screening process and provide for speedier entrance and exit from the embassy,” said Consular Chief Nathan Hara.  “In this way, we will be able to reduce wait times while serving more customers during the busy summer vacation travel season ahead.”

A list of restricted articles that cannot be brought in to the U.S. Embassy can be found at https://bs.usembassy.gov/visas/.  For more details about how to apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa, go to https://bs.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/.