You’ve made it to the rum paradise and like thousands of tourists you don’t want to leave. The next step for you is to extend your visa in order to keep living the island life sipping coconut water and taking dips in its turquoise waters. In my previous post I explained how my visa extension request got rejected and in this post, i’ll explain to you the mistakes I think I made and the proper way to go about a visa extension in Barbados in order to get an extension approval.
The mistakes I made that ultimately led to my visa extension rejection in Barbados started prior to my trip based on my immigration plan and here are the 3 mistakes I made:
Mistake 1: I booked a return flight ticket that was too long at 176days. Having a long return ticket raises the suspicion of immigration with the immigration officers at the airport and this is not a good sign.
What to do instead: Even though I had the intention to immigrate legally, the correct way to go about this is to book a shorter ticket for a month and only after getting into the country and seeing that you really want to settle there, apply for an extension or immigrant status.
Mistake 2: When filling the visa extension form, I didn’t pay close attention to the purpose for my visa extension. I had to think about a purpose on the spot which produced an unprepared response.
What to do Instead: Fill your visa extension form completely prior to your visit to the immigration office and think carefully about the reason for your visa extension and explain it concisely to be better prepared. If you wait until the last minute to explain your purpose for the visa extension, this could produce an unprepared response which could lead to a visa extension rejection.
Mistake 3: I didn’t prepare thoroughly for a visa interview prior to my visit to the immigration department.
What to do Instead: Prior to your visit to the immigration department, make sure you go through potential visa interview questions and come up with reasonable and concise answers . This ensures that you produce prepared responses during the interview and it will reduce the likelihood of you saying the wrong things.
How to apply for a Visa Extension in Barbados
To apply for a visa extension with the immigration department in Barbados, you need to have the following documents:
- Your duly-filled visa extension form
- Your valid international passport
- A copy of your valid return flight ticket out of Barbados for the duration of your extended stay as your visa extension will be based on these return dates
- Passport photograph
- B$100 or US$50 visa fees.
The visa extension department is open Monday – Friday from 8:30am to 11:30am, so be sure to go early.
If you found this post helpful, please leave a comment below and tell me about your experience with visa extensions in Barbados.
PS: The information provided on this page is based solely on my personal experiences and should not be considered as legal advice. Five foot nomad is not liable for any misrepresentation or misinterpretation of any and all posts on its website.