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U.S. Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country

What is Reciprocity?

Non-immigrant applicants from certain countries * / authorities may pay a visa issuance fee after approval of their application. These fees are based on the principle of reciprocity: if a foreign government imposes certain types of visas on US citizens, the United States will be subject to both citizen compensation and similar types of visas.

How Do I Find Out if I Have to Pay a Reciprocity Fee?

To view the reciprocity page for your country *, select the nationality from the drop-down menu above. On the Reciprocity page, in the left column, select the Visa Classifications tab.
Visa Classification: The type of immigrant visa you apply.

Fees: A reciprocity payment, also called a visa fee, you must pay. These fees are in addition to the fees for the nonimmigrant visa application (MRV fee).

The number of admissions: How many times are you allowed to enter the United States with this visa? Many times “M”. If there is a number, for example. For example, “One”, you can request a single entry in this visa.

Validity period: This usually means that the visa is valid or can be used from the date it is issued until it expires and is valid for that visa. If your validity period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date of issue.

What is the Difference between the Reciprocity Fee and the Nonimmigrant Visa Application Fee?

Non-immigrant visa application fees, also known as MRV fees, are non-refundable fees paid by most US visa applicants, whether the application is approved or denied. It covers the processing costs of a US visa application. Current application fees for non-immigrant visas are listed on our website, Visa Services. (This website also lists certain visa categories for which there are no application fees.)

Although most visa applicants must pay a visa application fee, payment fees will only be charged to eligible applicants for undesirable immigrants after a visa visit.

Immigrant Visa Interviews

For immigration visa interviews, each US embassy or consulate has specific instructions for its applicants. Please click here to select the desired location for the interview.

Civil Documents and How to Use Them

Immigrant visa applicants must submit several civil status documents as part of their visa application. B. Birth certificates and criminal records. (Candidates who are not immigrants are not required to submit normal civil documents as part of their visa application.) On each reciprocal page you will find detailed information on the procedure for obtaining civil documents from your country. selected country * and on the location of the US Embassy. or consulate where you can apply for your visa. For more information on civil immigration documents for immigration visas, see Civilian Documents.

Select your country * / jurisdiction from the drop-down menu below to display your country’s civil status records *. On the Reciprocity page, click on the tabs on the left to display the categories of civil status documents and obtaining them.

Fees for Visa Services

Border Crossing Card – 15 years and over (valid for 10 years): 160.00 USD
Border Crossing Card – Under 15; For Mexican citizens, if a parent or guardian requests or requests a border card (valid for 10 years or up to 15 years, whichever comes first): $ 16.00
other expenses
Visa fraud prevention and detection fees for applicants L Presentation of the petition (principal applicant only): $ 500.00
The Consolidated Credits (Public Law No. 114-113) Act, 2016 increases the fees for certain H-1B and L-1 petitions. Consular departments charge fees for L-1 visas (principal applicants only) submitted by petitioners employing at least 50 persons in the United States if more than 50% of these persons are H-1B or L-1 -1: $ 4,500.00
If no processing fee is requested for nonimmigrant visas:
Visa Applicants A, G, C-2, C-3, NATO and Diplomatic (defined at 22 CFR 41.26): no fee.The applicant for a J visa who has been identified.


Obtaining visa reciprocity for all EU member states is our number one priority. Recent experience shows that long diplomatic relations are producing positive results and we continue to follow this approach in the United States. Visa-free travel is in the interest of both sides of the Atlantic, and we expect concrete action from all sides to accelerate progress in this direction, “he said.

According to a statement by the European Commission, the number of cases of reciprocity has dropped considerably in the last three and a half years. At present, the United States is the only country on the list of European visa-free countries that does not grant visa-free access to all EU citizens.

“In the last 12 months, contacts in the United States have intensified at the political and technical levels.The Commission invites the United States to continue working with five members of the United States: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania to speed up the development of the country, the visa-free regime, “the statement said.

It lists some of the official EU-US meetings going in this direction, including two recent meetings of the EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Minister in Sofia in May 2018 and Washington in November 2018.

The Commission promised to continue to actively support the concerns of the Member States, who wanted a visa without a visa to travel to the United States. Subsequently, the EU and the US will hold two meetings in the first half of 2019: the meeting of senior justice and home affairs officials and the ministerial Justice and Home Affairs meeting.

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