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Malaysia Reciprocity Schedule
A-1 None Multiple 24 Months A-2 None Multiple 24 Months A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months B-1 None Multiple 120 Months B-2 None Multiple 120 Months B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months C-1 None Multiple 60 Months C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months C-2 None Multiple 12 Months C-3 None Multiple 60 Months CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months D None Multiple 60 Months E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months F-1 None Multiple 60 Months F-2 None Multiple 60 Months G-1 None Multiple 60 Months G-2 None Multiple 60 Months G-3 None Multiple 60 Months G-4 None Multiple 60 Months G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months H-1B $9.00 Multiple 60 Months 3 H-1C $9.00 Multiple 60 Months 3 H-2A $9.00 Multiple 60 Months 3 H-2B $9.00 Multiple 60 Months 3 H-2R $9.00 Multiple 60 Months 3 H-3 $9.00 Multiple 60 Months 3 H-4 $9.00 Multiple 60 Months 3 I None Multiple 60 Months J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months K-1 None One 6 Months K-2 None One 6 Months K-3 None Multiple 24 Months K-4 None Multiple 24 Months L-1 $9.00 Multiple 60 Months L-2 $9.00 Multiple 60 Months M-1 None Multiple 60 Months M-2 None Multiple 60 Months N-8 None Multiple 60 Months N-9 None Multiple 60 Months NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A O-1 $9.00 Multiple 60 Months 3 O-2 $9.00 Multiple 60 Months 3 O-3 $9.00 Multiple 60 Months 3 P-1 $9.00 Multiple 60 Months 3 P-2 $9.00 Multiple 60 Months 3 P-3 $9.00 Multiple 60 Months 3 P-4 $9.00 Multiple 60 Months 3 Q-1 6 $9.00 Multiple 15 Months 3 R-1 $9.00 Multiple 60 Months R-2 $9.00 Multiple 60 Months S-5 7 None One 1 Month S-6 7 None One 1 Month S-7 7 None One 1 Month T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A T-2 None One 6 Months T-3 None One 6 Months T-4 None One 6 Months T-5 None One 6 Months T-6 None One 6 Months TD 5 N/A N/A N/A U-1 None Multiple 48 Months U-2 None Multiple 48 Months U-3 None Multiple 48 Months U-4 None Multiple 48 Months U-5 None Multiple 48 Months V-1 None Multiple 120 Months V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8 V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
Visa Category Footnotes
The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:
- G-1 through G-4
- NATO 1 through NATO 6
An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. If the spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are stateless, or if they are nationals of a country which does not have a treaty with the United States, they may be accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status. In these cases, the reciprocity schedule of the principal alien's nationality is used.
Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.
The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.
Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.
There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.
Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.
In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).
However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.
Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.
Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.
Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.
Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.
Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.
No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.
V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.
Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:
- T-2 (spouse)
- T-3 (child)
- T-4 (parent)
The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.
The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.
The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.
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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates
Birth and Death Certificates
Available. Birth and death certificates (certified extracts from the register of births and deaths) are available by application on prescribed forms to the Superintendent of Registrar of Births and Deaths for the registration area in which the birth and death was registered or to the Registrar-General of Births and Deaths, Registration Department Headquarters, Petaling Jaya (click here to visit their web site). The prescribed forms (JPN LM 12 for births and JPN LM 13 for deaths in West Malaysia, Form N in Sabah and Form X in Sarawak) include application for a search of any register. It should be noted that service is faster if application is made to the Registrar of the appropriate registration area (Petaling Jaya for West Malaysia, Kuching for Sarawak and Kota Kinabalu for Sabah). There is a minimal fee for these services.
Marriage, Divorce Certificates
Available. Malaysian marriage certificates are issued under the following laws:
- The Civil Marriage Ordinance No. 44 or 1952;
- The Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 effective from March 1, 1982.
Civil marriage certificates (certified copies of entries in a marriage register) may be obtained from the Malaysian Registrar-General of Marriages, National Registration Department, Headquarters at Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Certified copies of civil marriages for those marriages contracted in the state of Sabah and Sarawak, may be obtained from the Superintendent Registrar of Marriages in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and Kuching, Sarawak, respectively.
Certified copies of Islamic marriage certificates may be obtained from the Mahkamah Syariah Court, Headquarters at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
There may be a fee for this service.
Same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Malaysia.
Available. Extract copies of civil marriage certificate with endorsement of divorce particulars are obtainable at the Marriage Registry on prescribed Form KC 09 and at a fee of RM5.00. It should be noted that service is faster if application is made to the appropriate courts where the proceedings took place. The fees will be determined by the relevant courts.
Certified copies of Islamic divorce decrees may be obtained from the Mahkamah Syariah Court, headquarters at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Available. A certified copy of an entry in a register of adoptions may be obtained under:
- The Adoption Act of 1952 (Act 257) - the West Malaysia States from June 25, 1953;
- The Registration of Adoptions Act of 1952 (Act 253) - The West Malaysian States from January 1, 1955;
- The Sarawak Adoptions Ordinance of 1942 (for Sarawak);
- The Ordinance No. 23 of 1960, the Adoption Rules of 1961 and the Native Court Adoptions Regulations, 1961 (for Sabah).
A certified copy of an entry in the Adopted Children Register under (a) above may be obtained from the Registrar-General of Adoptions, Registration Department Headquarters, Wisma Pendaftaran, 46551 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. A certified copy of an entry in the Register of Adoptions under (b) above may be obtained from the Registrar of Adoptions for the district in which the adoption was registered or from the Registrar-General of Adoptions; under (c) above a certified copy may be obtained from the Central Register kept at the Registration Department Kuching, Sarawak; and (d) above from the Registrar of Adoptions, Registration Department, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. There may be a fee for this service.
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Police, Court, Prison Records
Available. Both Malaysians and non-Malaysians who have resided in Malaysia for a period of more than one year may apply for a Malaysian certificate of good conduct.
The application form for the Malaysian Certificate of Good Conduct, as well as the addresses and telephone numbers of Malaysian Missions abroad, are available here.
Processing time for the certificate is one to two months from the date of submission.
Unavailable to private individuals. If a police check develops evidence of the existence of a prison record, or if an applicant volunteers such information, the Embassy can obtain relevant particulars by official application to the Director General of Prisons. The name of the applicant, prison number, and the name of the prison where sentence was served are necessary information.
Unavailable. Military records are "privileged documents" which cannot be obtained by residents or former residents of Malaysia on personal application. Such information would not, as a matter of routine, be supplied to Embassy Kuala Lumpur by Malaysian military authorities. In special circumstances, however, consideration would be given to application by the Embassy for such records, each case being decided on its merits.
Passports & Other Travel Documents
- Certificate of Identity. Issued by the Immigration Department of Malaysia. It meets the requirements of INA 101(a)(30) only when a Malaysian Reentry Visa and Reentry Permit are enclosed thereon.
- Emergency Certificate. This certificate is issued by the local Malaysian Immigration Department or a Malaysian Diplomatic or Consular Representative overseas to a Malaysian citizen on an emergency basis when the citizen is unable to provide required documentary evidence for a Malaysian passport. The certificate is dark brown, 3 and 3/4 inches wide and 6 inches long, consists of 12 pages, and shows the name, date and place of birth, and nationality of the bearer. The document meets the requirements of INA 101(a)(30) of the Act. However, consular officers should ensure the document is endorsed to meet the requirements of INA 212(a)(7)(B).
All visa categories for all of Malaysia. Immigrant visas for Brunei.
Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.