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Palau
Republic of Palau
Last Updated: November 24, 2017
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Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:


6 months

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:


At least 1 page

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:


Not for tourists visiting for one year or less

VACCINATIONS:


Cholera and yellow fever vaccines required for visitors from affected area

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:


Amounts over 10,000.00 USD must be declared

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:


Amounts over 10,000.00 USD must be declared

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy in Koror, Palau
In Airai State, in an area known as Omsangel (no street address)
P.O. Box 6028, Koror, Palau 96940
Telephone:  +680-587-2920/2990
Emergency after-hours telephone:  +680-775-6150
Fax:  +680-587-2911
Email:  usembassykoror@palaunet.com

The U.S. Embassy in Koror accepts passport applications, but does not issue passports or make decisions about citizenship claims; the Honolulu Passport Agency performs these functions. The Embassy does not issue immigrant visas, that function is performed by the U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines.

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Palau for information on U.S.-Palau relations.

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

If you are a U.S. citizen visiting Palau for one year or less, you do not need a visa. To visit Palau, you must have a passport valid for at least six months at the time of entry. This requirement does not apply to United States military personnel traveling or visiting Palau on official business.

U.S. Military Personnel

  • U.S. military personnel must present official orders or documents certifying their status. 
  • U.S. military dependents ten years or older must have a U.S. Government-issued photo-ID card showing the name, date of birth, and their status. 
  • Dependents under ten years will be granted entry if they are listed in the official orders. 

There is currently a departure tax and green fee totaling 50 USD. Cholera and yellow fever immunizations are required for those arriving from affected areas.

Visit the Embassy of Palau website for the most current visa information. 

HIV/AIDS Restrictions: Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to and foreign residents of Palau. Please verify this information with the Embassy of Palau before you travel.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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Safety and Security

Crime: Although the crime rate in Palau is relatively low, you might be the target of petty and sometimes violent crime as well as other random acts against individuals and property. Please stay alert for your personal safety and protect your valuables.

Unexploded ordnance: Unexploded ordnance from World War II (UXO) remains a problem in Palau. Although the majority of the land-based UXO is found on the island of Peleliu, UXO can be found almost on any island in Palau. Underwater UXO may also present a threat. Tourists are advised to heed all warnings on areas that might be affected.

Natural Disaster Preparedness: Palau is vulnerable to tropical cyclones and floods. You can obtain general information about natural disaster preparedness from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and from the Naval Oceanography portal.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

U.S. citizens who are victims of sexual assault should first contact local police and the U.S. Embassy. Report crimes to the local police at 911 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +680-775-6150. 

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

In Palau, certain sites require prior permission and/or payment of a fee prior to visiting or taking photographs. Signs are posted at the relevant sites, and an attendant may be present to collect the fee. Driving under the influence of alcohol could land you immediately in jail. 

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Palau. As of 2014, Palau’s Penal Code no longer criminalizes private, consensual sexual activity of an “unnatural manner” between adults. There are no legal or governmental impediments to the organization of LGBTI events. Palau’s constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman. See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of the Department of State's Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Palau’s overall accessibility for the disabled is very limited. While many buildings have ramps to facilitate persons with disabilities, others do not. There is no public transportation equipped to transport persons on wheelchairs and sidewalks around Palau are limited. 

There is no legislation in place that mandates access to transportation, communication, and public buildings for persons with disabilities. The only existing legislation is access to government buildings, which requires that there be at least one designated parking space close to the main entrance of each national government building open to the public. These parking spaces shall be clearly designated through use of words or symbols, as being available for use only by persons with disabilities. 

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Special Circumstances:

Curfew: Koror State, where most tourist facilities are located, may enforce a curfew between 2:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., Monday through Thursday, and between 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., Friday to Sunday, and on national holidays.

Firearms: Firearms of any kind are strictly prohibited in Palau. The penalty for possession of a firearm or ammunition is up to 15 years imprisonment. Palau customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from Palau of certain other items. You should contact the Embassy of Palau in Washington, D.C., for specific information regarding customs requirements.

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Health

Health facilities in Palau are adequate for routine medical care, but the availability and quality of services are limited. 

Doctors and hospitals may request cash payment at the time of service. Serious medical conditions requiring hospitalizations or evacuation to the United States or elsewhere may cost tens of thousands of dollars. The Belau National Hospital will accept payment by cash, credit or debit card, while private clinics may require cash payment.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with The Republic of Palau’s Ministry of Health website to ensure the medication is legal in Palau. Always carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. 

The following diseases are prevalent: There are occasional outbreaks of Dengue Fever. 

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: While in Palau, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. 

Many roads in Koror, where the vast majority of the population lives, are in fair condition but have no sidewalks and little or no shoulder on the side of the road. The roadway known as the “Compact Road” that loops around the large island of Babeldaob is in fairly good condition. Secondary roads connecting villages to the Compact Road vary in quality from good to rough. 

Drunken drivers are a late-night hazard in Palau.

Traffic Laws: Palau accepts a driver's license issued by a U.S. state or military authority for up to 30 days. After 30 days in Palau, you must obtain a Palauan driver’s license. 

Passing slow-moving vehicles is illegal. The national speed limit is 25 miles per hour, but drivers routinely ignore this limit in remote areas on good-quality roads, and traffic often moves slower in congested areas. 

See our Road Safety page for more information. Also, we suggest that you visit the Palau Visitors Authority website, the national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States other than to Guam by carriers registered in Palau, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Palau’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Palau should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msci. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website (https://homeport.uscg.mil), and the NGA broadcast warnings website https://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal (select “broadcast warnings”).

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy in Koror, Palau
In Airai State, in an area known as Omsangel (no street address)
P.O. Box 6028, Koror, Palau 96940
Telephone:  +680-587-2920/2990
Emergency after-hours telephone:  +680-775-6150
Fax:  +680-587-2911
Email:  usembassykoror@palaunet.com

The U.S. Embassy in Koror accepts passport applications, but does not issue passports or make decisions about citizenship claims; the Honolulu Passport Agency performs these functions. The Embassy does not issue immigrant visas, that function is performed by the U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines.

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Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country.  It is important for parents to understand that, although a left behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.   For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney when planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

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Hague Convention Information

Palau is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section  204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F). Under the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act (UAA), which became effective on July 14, 2014, the accreditation requirement and standards, which previously only applied in Convention cases, now also apply in non-Convention or “orphan” cases. The UAA requires that an accredited or approved adoption service provider acts as a primary provider in every case, and that adoption service providers providing adoption services on behalf of prospective adoptive parents be accredited or approved, or be a supervised or exempted provider. Adoption service providers and prospective adoptive parents should review the State Department’s Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 webpage for further information. Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Convention countries continue to be processed under the Orphan Process with the filing of the Forms I-600A and I-600. However, adoption service providers should be aware of the information on the USCIS website on the impact on Form I-600A and Form I-600 adjudications under the UAA, including the requirement that all home studies, including home study updates and amendments, comply with the Convention home study requirements, which differ from the orphan home study requirements that were in effect before July 14, 2014.

Although the “Compact of Free Association” between Palau and the United States permits Palauan citizens to travel to the United States for some temporary purposes without a U.S. visa, this provision is NOT applicable to adopted children who will reside permanently with American families in the United States. Prospective adoptive parents of Palauan children must go through the appropriate Palauan adoption procedures as well as the relevant U.S. immigration procedures. Adopted Palauan children who enter the United States without a visa will later have difficulties adjusting their U.S. immigration status and, eventually, acquiring U.S. citizenship.

U.S. Immigration Requirements For Intercountry Adoptions

To bring an adopted child to the United States from Palau, you must meet eligibility and suitability requirements. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determines who can adopt under U.S. immigration law.

Additionally, a child must meet the definition of orphan under U.S. immigration law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States on an IR-3 or IR-4 immigrant visa.

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Who Can Adopt

In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, you must also meet the following requirements in order to adopt a child from Palau:

  • Residency: The Palauan government has no specific requirement or policy regarding the residency of foreign prospective adoptive parents.
  • Age of Adopting Parents: There are no age requirements for prospective adoptive parents, as long as Palauan authorities deem the prospective adoptive parents “suitable” to adopt.
  • Marriage: Under Palauan law, both married couples and single individuals may adopt Palauan children if the Palauan authorities deem the prospective adoptive parents “suitable” to adopt. Foreign citizens who are married to Palauan citizens may also adopt their Palauan stepchildren. The law does not explicitly prohibit adoptions by same-sex couples or lesbian, gay, or bi-sexual individuals.
  • Income: There is no minimum income requirement for prospective adoptive parents, as long as Palauan authorities deem the prospective adoptive parents “suitable” to adopt.
  • Other: There are no other specific requirements for prospective adoptive parents, as long as Palauan authorities deem them “suitable” to adopt. There is no requirement that the prospective adoptive parents have a background check or home visit or provide police records to the authorities.
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Who Can Be Adopted

In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, Palau has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption:

  • Relinquishment: The relinquishing parent(s) must provide signed consent.
  • Abandonment: A child is considered abandoned if a period of six months passes without contact with the biological parent(s). The adopting parents must show they have made a good faith effort to contact the biological parent(s).
  • Age of Adoptive Child: Children under 18 years of age may be adopted. A child over the age of 12 years old must consent to being adopted.
  • Sibling Adoptions: There are no requirements regarding the adoption of siblings.
  • Special Needs or Medical Conditions: There are no requirements regarding care for special needs or medical conditions.
  • Waiting Period or Foster Care: There is no mandated waiting period.

Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are adoptable. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when this becomes possible. In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to their child(ren)’s adoption.

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How to Adopt

Palau’s Adoption Authority

There is no specifically designated Palauan authority or agency overseeing adoption procedures. Prospective adoptive parents must petition the court for adoption.

 The Process

 The process for adopting a child from Palau generally includes the following steps:

  1. Choose a U.S. Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Provider
  2. Apply to be found eligible to adopt
  3. Be matched with a child
  4. Adopt [or gain custody of] the child in Palau
  5. Apply for the child to be found eligible for orphan status
  6. Bring your child home

1.  Choose a U.S. Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Provider

The recommended first step in adopting a child from Palau is to decide whether or not to use a licensed adoption service provider in the United States that can help you with your adoption. Adoption service providers must be licensed by the U.S. state in which they operate. The Department of State provides information on selecting an adoption service provider on its website.

There are no adoption agencies located in or regularly assisting with adoptions in Palau. The U.S. Embassy in Koror strongly recommends that prospective adoptive parents residing outside of Palau hire a local lawyer residing in Palau.

2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt

In order to adopt a child from Palau, you will need to meet the requirements of the Government of Palau and U.S. immigration law. Prospective adoptive parents must petition the court for adoption. There is no separate authority that supervises adoption.

To meet U.S. immigration requirements, you may also file an I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition with U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to be found eligible and suitable to adopt. As of July 14, 2014, unless an exception applies, the home study must comply with the requirements in 8 CFR 204.311 and 22 CFR Part 96.47.

3. Be Matched with a Child

Palau does not have any adoption service providers or agencies, nor does it have the equivalent of a Department of Social Welfare. Prospective adoptive parents must locate a child for adoption on their own. Each family must decide for itself whether or not it will be able to meet the needs of and provide a permanent home for a particular child.

The child must be eligible to be adopted according to Palau’s requirements, as described in the Who Can Be Adopted section. The child must also meet the definition of orphan under U.S. immigration law.

4. Adopt or Gain Legal Custody of Child in Palau

The process for finalizing the adoption (or gaining legal custody) in Palau generally includes the following: 

  • Role of Adoption Authority: There is no centralized adoption authority in Palau. Adoptions are adjudicated by the courts.
  • Role of the Court: Prospective adoptive parents must petition the Court of Common Pleas, under the Palau Supreme Court, for adoption. There is no separate authority that supervises adoption. Palauan adoption procedures are very straightforward. The prospective adoptive parents petition the court for adoption, and if the court grants the adoption, the child’s name can be changed and the child may leave the country after receiving a U.S. immigrant visa in a Palauan passport. Despite the apparent simplicity of this process, however, the U.S. Embassy in Koror strongly recommends that prospective adoptive parents residing outside of Palau hire a Palauan lawyer who will be able to investigate and provide to the court any and all relevant information on their background, living environment, and financial status.
  • Role of Adoption Agencies: There are no adoption agencies in Palau.
  • Adoption Application: Prospective adoptive parents must petition the court for adoption (see above).
  • Time Frame: The U.S. Embassy in Koror, Palau has indicated that Palauan adoptions generally take from one to two months to complete.
  • Adoption Fees: Prospective adoptive parents should expect to pay a court filing fee in Palau of 50 USD. Prospective adoptive parents who hire a local attorney to assist in the adoption process will also have to pay attorneys’ fees, which vary. The UAA and the Intercountry Adoption Act (IAA) make it unlawful to improperly influence relinquishment of parental rights, parental consent relating to adoption of a child, or a decision by an entity performing Central Authority functions.
  • Documents Required: Prospective adoptive parents must present the child’s original Palauan birth certificate as well as a letter of relinquishment from the child’s birth parents to the Court of Common Pleas.

    Note: Additional documents may be requested.
  • Authentication of Documents: You may be asked to provide proof that a document from the United States is authentic. If so, the Department of State, Authentications Office may be able to assist.

5. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Orphan Status

After you finalize the adoption (or gain legal custody) in Palau, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services must determine whether the child meets the definition oforphan under U.S. immigration law. You will need to file a Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative. At the time you file your Form I-600 petition, the adjudicating officer will determine whether the UAA applies or if your case is UAA grandfathered. For more information on UAA grandfathering and transition cases, please see Universal Accreditation Act of 2012. Unless an exception applies, you must identify a primary provider in your case and the adjudicating officer may ask for the name and contact information of the primary provider if not provided in your Form I-600 petition. This information is required and, without it, your Form I-600 petition cannot be approved.

6. Bring Your Child Home

Once your adoption is complete (or you have obtained legal custody of the child), you need to apply for several documents for your child before you can apply for a U.S. immigrant visa to bring your child home to the United States.

  • Birth Certificate: Palau does not issue a new birth certificate effecting the name change after adoption. The court order confirming the adoption serves as the sole evidence for changing the adopted child’s name.
  • Palau Passport: Your child is not yet a U.S. citizen, so he/she will need a travel document or Passport from Palau. Application for a Palauan passport must be made in person to the Palauan Ministry of State. The fee for a Palauan passport is 50 USD. The normal processing time is one week, though expedited services may be request.
  • U.S. Immigrant Visa: After you obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child and you have filed Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, you then need to apply for a U.S. immigrant visa for your child from the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you. As part of this process, the Consular Officer must be provided the Panel Physician’s medical report on the child.

    The U.S. Embassy in Koror does not issue immigrant visas. The closest U.S. Embassy to Palau that processes immigrant visas is in Manila, Philippines. You can find instructions for applying for an immigrant visa on the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ website.

    Adoptive or prospective adoptive parents of Palauan children should contact the U.S. Embassy in Manila as soon as they have identified a Palauan child to adopt, or once they have completed all required Palauan adoption procedures. Families should not travel to Manila prior to contacting the U.S. Embassy in Manila, in the event that the embassy requires additional documentation that the parents must take with them from either Palau or the United States.

    Note: Visa issuance after the final interview generally takes at least 24 hours. It is not normally possible to provide the visa to adoptive parents on the same day as the immigrant visa interview. Adoptive parents should verify current processing times with the U.S. Embassy in Manila before making final travel arrangements.

Child Citizenship Act

For adoptions finalized abroad prior to the child’s entry into the United States: A child will acquire U.S. citizenship upon entry into the United States if the adoption was finalized prior to entry and the child otherwise meets the requirements of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.

For adoptions finalized after the child’s entry into the United States: An adoption will need to be completed following your child’s entry into the United States for the child to acquire U.S. citizenship.

*Please be aware that if your child did not qualify to become a citizen upon entry to the United States, it is very important that you take the steps necessary so that your child does qualify as soon as possible. Failure to obtain citizenship for your child can impact many areas of his/her life including family travel, eligibility for education and education grants, and voting.

Read more about the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.

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Traveling Abroad

Applying for Your U.S. Passport

U.S. citizens are required by law to enter and depart the United States on a valid U.S. passport. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports.

Getting or renewing a passport is easy. The Passport Application Wizard will help you determine which passport form you need, help you to complete the form online, estimate your payment, and generate the form for you to print—all in one place.

Obtaining a Visa to Travel to Palau

In addition to a U.S. passport, you may also need to obtain a visa. A visa is an official document issued by a foreign country that formally allows you to visit. Where required, visas are affixed to your passport and allow you to enter a foreign nation. To find information about obtaining a visa for Palau, see the Department of State’s Country Specific Information.

Citizens and nationals of the United States traveling to Palau must have a passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry. A visa is not required for U.S. citizens visiting Palau for one year or less, provided the visitor otherwise complies with applicable regulations, for example, on employment. For more information about entry requirements to Palau, travelers may consult with the Embassy of Palau. See Contact Information below.

Staying Safe on Your Trip

Before you travel, it is always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country. The Department of State provides Country Specific Information for every country of the world about various issues, including the health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, and any areas of instability.

Staying in Touch on Your Trip

When traveling during the adoption process, we encourage you to enroll with the Department of State. Enrollment makes it possible to contact you if necessary. Whether there is a family emergency in the United States or a crisis in Palau, enrollment assists the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in reaching you.

Enrollment is free and can be done online via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

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After Adoption

Post-Adoption/Post-Placement Reporting Requirements

Palau does not have any post-adoption reporting requirements.

Post-Adoption Resources

Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. There are many public and private nonprofit post-adoption services available for children and their families. There are also numerous adoptive family support groups and adoptee organizations active in the United States that provide a network of options for adoptees who seek out other adoptees from the same country of origin. Take advantage of all the resources available to your family, whether it is another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services.

Here are some places to start your support group search:

Note: Inclusion of non-U.S. government links does not imply endorsement of contents.

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Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Palau
The U.S. Embassy in Palau is located in Airai. There is no street address.
Tel: (680) 587-2920
Fax: (680) 587-2911
Email: usembassykoror@palaunet.com
Internet: pw.usembassy.gov

Mailing Address:
Embassy of the United States of America
P.O. Box 6028
Omsangel/Beklelachieb
Palau 96940 

U.S. Embassy in the Philippines
Embassy of the United States of America
1201 Roxas Blvd.
Ermita, Metro Manila – 1000
Philippines
Tel: (632) 982-5555 or (632) 902-8930
Email: IVManilaAdoptions@state.gov
 

Embassy of Palau
Embassy of Palau
1701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20006
Tel: (202) 452-6814
Fax: (202) 452-6281
Email: infor@palauembassy.com
Internet: http://www.palauembassy.org/

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, N.W. (SA-29)
Washington, D.C. 20520
Tel: 1-888-407-4747
Email: Adoption@state.gov
Internet: adoption.state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures:
National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Internet: uscis.gov

For questions about filing a Form I-600A or I-600 petition:
National Benefits Center
Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-816-251-2770 (local)
Email: NBC.Adoptions@DHS.gov

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 12 Months
A-2 None Multiple 12 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 None Two 3 Months
B-2 None Two 3 Months
B-1/B-2 None Two 3 Months
C-1 None Two 3 Months
C-1/D None Two 3 Months
C-2 None Two 3 Months
C-3 None Two 3 Months
CW-1 11 None One 3 Months
CW-2 11 None One 3 Months
D None Two 3 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None One 3 Months
F-1 None Two 3 Months
F-2 None Two 3 Months
G-1 None Multiple 12 Months
G-2 None Multiple 12 Months
G-3 None Multiple 12 Months
G-4 None Multiple 12 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 12 Months
H-1B None One 3 Months 3
H-1C None One 3 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A 3
H-2B None N/A N/A 3
H-2R None One 3 Months 3
H-3 None One 3 Months 3
H-4 None One 3 Months 3
I None One 3 Months
J-1 4 None One 3 Months
J-2 4 None One 3 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 None One 3 Months
L-2 None One 3 Months
M-1 None Two 3 Months
M-2 None Two 3 Months
N-8 None Multiple 12 Months
N-9 None Multiple 12 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None One 3 Months 3
O-2 None One 3 Months 3
O-3 None One 3 Months 3
P-1 None One 3 Months 3
P-2 None One 3 Months 3
P-3 None One 3 Months 3
P-4 None One 3 Months 3
Q-1 6 None One 3 Months 3
R-1 None One 3 Months
R-2 None One 3 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
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Country Specific Footnotes

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.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. 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:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. 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. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    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.  

  3. 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.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    Canadian Nationals

    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

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. 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.

  9. 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)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. 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.

  12. 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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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth and Death Certificates

Available. Certificates can be obtained by writing to: Clerk of Court, P.O. Box 2248, Koror, PW 96940. There may be a fee for these services. An international money order is required, payable to "Clerk of Court".

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Available. Certificates can be obtained by writing to: Clerk of Court, P.O. Box 2248, Koror, PW 96940. There may be a fee for these services. An international money order is required, payable to "Clerk of Court".

Adoption Certificates

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Identity Card

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Police, Court, Prison Records

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Military Records

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Passports & Other Travel Documents

The Republic of Palau is a sovereign state in the western Pacific Ocean, located between Guam and the Philippines. On September 27, 1994, President Clinton signed Presidential Proclamation 6726, ending the United States' administration of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands and making effective Public Law 99-658, the Compact of Free Association between the United States and the Republic of Palau.

Under the Compact, most citizens of Palau (but not alien spouses or children who are not Palauan citizens) enjoy unique immigration privileges. They may enter, work, study and reside in the United States indefinitely without visas, and should be afforded all privileges - including access to driver's license or employment - usually granted to other foreign citizens in the United States in status. Accordingly, it is extremely rare for a Palauan to apply for, receive and enter the US with a visa of most classes. The most common exceptions to this are visas issued to Palauan holders of diplomatic passports traveling to the US for official purposes.

Citizens of the Republic of Palau arriving in the United States are required to possess a valid passport, and are issued I-94s at the U.S. port of entry. I-94s are marked with the traveler's citizenship but do not indicate a date when their status ends, because their status is indefinite. Palauans working in the United States must be registered with Social Security Administration and, therefore, should posses and be able to produce a Social Security Card. In order to satisfy employers' documentation requirements of the I-9 form, most Palauans will seek an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) from the Department of Homeland Security. The EAD is not strictly required for employment, however, Palauans must have sufficient documentation to allow their employer to fully and accurately complete the I-9 form.

Further information on Palau and its status is contained in 7 FAM 1310 APPENDIX U AND 1360 APPENDIX U.

Other Records

Not applicable

Visa Issuing Posts

Koror, Palau (Embassy)

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 6028
Koror, Palau 96940

Tel: (680) 488-2920

Fax: (680) 488-2911

Manila, Philippines (Embassy)

Visa Services

Nonimmigrant visas for all of Palau. Immigrant visas for nationals of Palau are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 452-6814 (202) 452-6281

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy in Koror, Palau
In Airai State, in an area known as
Omsangel (no street address)
P.O. Box 6028, Koror, Palau 96940
Telephone
+680-587-2920/2990
Emergency
+680-775-6150
Fax
+680-587-2911
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Additional Information for Reciprocity

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.

Country Information

Palau
Republic of Palau
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Embassy Messages
Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:


6 months

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:


At least 1 page

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:


Not for tourists visiting for one year or less

VACCINATIONS:


Cholera and yellow fever vaccines required for visitors from affected area

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:


Amounts over 10,000.00 USD must be declared

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:


Amounts over 10,000.00 USD must be declared

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy in Koror, Palau
In Airai State, in an area known as Omsangel (no street address)
P.O. Box 6028, Koror, Palau 96940
Telephone:  +680-587-2920/2990
Emergency after-hours telephone:  +680-775-6150
Fax:  +680-587-2911
Email:  usembassykoror@palaunet.com

The U.S. Embassy in Koror accepts passport applications, but does not issue passports or make decisions about citizenship claims; the Honolulu Passport Agency performs these functions. The Embassy does not issue immigrant visas, that function is performed by the U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines.

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Palau for information on U.S.-Palau relations.

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

If you are a U.S. citizen visiting Palau for one year or less, you do not need a visa. To visit Palau, you must have a passport valid for at least six months at the time of entry. This requirement does not apply to United States military personnel traveling or visiting Palau on official business.

U.S. Military Personnel

  • U.S. military personnel must present official orders or documents certifying their status. 
  • U.S. military dependents ten years or older must have a U.S. Government-issued photo-ID card showing the name, date of birth, and their status. 
  • Dependents under ten years will be granted entry if they are listed in the official orders. 

There is currently a departure tax and green fee totaling 50 USD. Cholera and yellow fever immunizations are required for those arriving from affected areas.

Visit the Embassy of Palau website for the most current visa information. 

HIV/AIDS Restrictions: Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to and foreign residents of Palau. Please verify this information with the Embassy of Palau before you travel.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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Safety and Security

Crime: Although the crime rate in Palau is relatively low, you might be the target of petty and sometimes violent crime as well as other random acts against individuals and property. Please stay alert for your personal safety and protect your valuables.

Unexploded ordnance: Unexploded ordnance from World War II (UXO) remains a problem in Palau. Although the majority of the land-based UXO is found on the island of Peleliu, UXO can be found almost on any island in Palau. Underwater UXO may also present a threat. Tourists are advised to heed all warnings on areas that might be affected.

Natural Disaster Preparedness: Palau is vulnerable to tropical cyclones and floods. You can obtain general information about natural disaster preparedness from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and from the Naval Oceanography portal.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

U.S. citizens who are victims of sexual assault should first contact local police and the U.S. Embassy. Report crimes to the local police at 911 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +680-775-6150. 

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

In Palau, certain sites require prior permission and/or payment of a fee prior to visiting or taking photographs. Signs are posted at the relevant sites, and an attendant may be present to collect the fee. Driving under the influence of alcohol could land you immediately in jail. 

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Palau. As of 2014, Palau’s Penal Code no longer criminalizes private, consensual sexual activity of an “unnatural manner” between adults. There are no legal or governmental impediments to the organization of LGBTI events. Palau’s constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman. See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of the Department of State's Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Palau’s overall accessibility for the disabled is very limited. While many buildings have ramps to facilitate persons with disabilities, others do not. There is no public transportation equipped to transport persons on wheelchairs and sidewalks around Palau are limited. 

There is no legislation in place that mandates access to transportation, communication, and public buildings for persons with disabilities. The only existing legislation is access to government buildings, which requires that there be at least one designated parking space close to the main entrance of each national government building open to the public. These parking spaces shall be clearly designated through use of words or symbols, as being available for use only by persons with disabilities. 

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Special Circumstances:

Curfew: Koror State, where most tourist facilities are located, may enforce a curfew between 2:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., Monday through Thursday, and between 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., Friday to Sunday, and on national holidays.

Firearms: Firearms of any kind are strictly prohibited in Palau. The penalty for possession of a firearm or ammunition is up to 15 years imprisonment. Palau customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from Palau of certain other items. You should contact the Embassy of Palau in Washington, D.C., for specific information regarding customs requirements.

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Health

Health facilities in Palau are adequate for routine medical care, but the availability and quality of services are limited. 

Doctors and hospitals may request cash payment at the time of service. Serious medical conditions requiring hospitalizations or evacuation to the United States or elsewhere may cost tens of thousands of dollars. The Belau National Hospital will accept payment by cash, credit or debit card, while private clinics may require cash payment.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with The Republic of Palau’s Ministry of Health website to ensure the medication is legal in Palau. Always carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. 

The following diseases are prevalent: There are occasional outbreaks of Dengue Fever. 

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: While in Palau, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. 

Many roads in Koror, where the vast majority of the population lives, are in fair condition but have no sidewalks and little or no shoulder on the side of the road. The roadway known as the “Compact Road” that loops around the large island of Babeldaob is in fairly good condition. Secondary roads connecting villages to the Compact Road vary in quality from good to rough. 

Drunken drivers are a late-night hazard in Palau.

Traffic Laws: Palau accepts a driver's license issued by a U.S. state or military authority for up to 30 days. After 30 days in Palau, you must obtain a Palauan driver’s license. 

Passing slow-moving vehicles is illegal. The national speed limit is 25 miles per hour, but drivers routinely ignore this limit in remote areas on good-quality roads, and traffic often moves slower in congested areas. 

See our Road Safety page for more information. Also, we suggest that you visit the Palau Visitors Authority website, the national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States other than to Guam by carriers registered in Palau, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Palau’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Palau should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msci. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website (https://homeport.uscg.mil), and the NGA broadcast warnings website https://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal (select “broadcast warnings”).

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy in Koror, Palau
In Airai State, in an area known as Omsangel (no street address)
P.O. Box 6028, Koror, Palau 96940
Telephone:  +680-587-2920/2990
Emergency after-hours telephone:  +680-775-6150
Fax:  +680-587-2911
Email:  usembassykoror@palaunet.com

The U.S. Embassy in Koror accepts passport applications, but does not issue passports or make decisions about citizenship claims; the Honolulu Passport Agency performs these functions. The Embassy does not issue immigrant visas, that function is performed by the U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines.

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Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country.  It is important for parents to understand that, although a left behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.   For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney when planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

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Hague Convention Information

Palau is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section  204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F). Under the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act (UAA), which became effective on July 14, 2014, the accreditation requirement and standards, which previously only applied in Convention cases, now also apply in non-Convention or “orphan” cases. The UAA requires that an accredited or approved adoption service provider acts as a primary provider in every case, and that adoption service providers providing adoption services on behalf of prospective adoptive parents be accredited or approved, or be a supervised or exempted provider. Adoption service providers and prospective adoptive parents should review the State Department’s Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 webpage for further information. Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Convention countries continue to be processed under the Orphan Process with the filing of the Forms I-600A and I-600. However, adoption service providers should be aware of the information on the USCIS website on the impact on Form I-600A and Form I-600 adjudications under the UAA, including the requirement that all home studies, including home study updates and amendments, comply with the Convention home study requirements, which differ from the orphan home study requirements that were in effect before July 14, 2014.

Although the “Compact of Free Association” between Palau and the United States permits Palauan citizens to travel to the United States for some temporary purposes without a U.S. visa, this provision is NOT applicable to adopted children who will reside permanently with American families in the United States. Prospective adoptive parents of Palauan children must go through the appropriate Palauan adoption procedures as well as the relevant U.S. immigration procedures. Adopted Palauan children who enter the United States without a visa will later have difficulties adjusting their U.S. immigration status and, eventually, acquiring U.S. citizenship.

U.S. Immigration Requirements For Intercountry Adoptions

To bring an adopted child to the United States from Palau, you must meet eligibility and suitability requirements. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determines who can adopt under U.S. immigration law.

Additionally, a child must meet the definition of orphan under U.S. immigration law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States on an IR-3 or IR-4 immigrant visa.

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Who Can Adopt

In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, you must also meet the following requirements in order to adopt a child from Palau:

  • Residency: The Palauan government has no specific requirement or policy regarding the residency of foreign prospective adoptive parents.
  • Age of Adopting Parents: There are no age requirements for prospective adoptive parents, as long as Palauan authorities deem the prospective adoptive parents “suitable” to adopt.
  • Marriage: Under Palauan law, both married couples and single individuals may adopt Palauan children if the Palauan authorities deem the prospective adoptive parents “suitable” to adopt. Foreign citizens who are married to Palauan citizens may also adopt their Palauan stepchildren. The law does not explicitly prohibit adoptions by same-sex couples or lesbian, gay, or bi-sexual individuals.
  • Income: There is no minimum income requirement for prospective adoptive parents, as long as Palauan authorities deem the prospective adoptive parents “suitable” to adopt.
  • Other: There are no other specific requirements for prospective adoptive parents, as long as Palauan authorities deem them “suitable” to adopt. There is no requirement that the prospective adoptive parents have a background check or home visit or provide police records to the authorities.
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Who Can Be Adopted

In addition to U.S. immigration requirements, Palau has specific requirements that a child must meet in order to be eligible for adoption:

  • Relinquishment: The relinquishing parent(s) must provide signed consent.
  • Abandonment: A child is considered abandoned if a period of six months passes without contact with the biological parent(s). The adopting parents must show they have made a good faith effort to contact the biological parent(s).
  • Age of Adoptive Child: Children under 18 years of age may be adopted. A child over the age of 12 years old must consent to being adopted.
  • Sibling Adoptions: There are no requirements regarding the adoption of siblings.
  • Special Needs or Medical Conditions: There are no requirements regarding care for special needs or medical conditions.
  • Waiting Period or Foster Care: There is no mandated waiting period.

Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are adoptable. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when this becomes possible. In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to their child(ren)’s adoption.

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How to Adopt

Palau’s Adoption Authority

There is no specifically designated Palauan authority or agency overseeing adoption procedures. Prospective adoptive parents must petition the court for adoption.

 The Process

 The process for adopting a child from Palau generally includes the following steps:

  1. Choose a U.S. Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Provider
  2. Apply to be found eligible to adopt
  3. Be matched with a child
  4. Adopt [or gain custody of] the child in Palau
  5. Apply for the child to be found eligible for orphan status
  6. Bring your child home

1.  Choose a U.S. Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Provider

The recommended first step in adopting a child from Palau is to decide whether or not to use a licensed adoption service provider in the United States that can help you with your adoption. Adoption service providers must be licensed by the U.S. state in which they operate. The Department of State provides information on selecting an adoption service provider on its website.

There are no adoption agencies located in or regularly assisting with adoptions in Palau. The U.S. Embassy in Koror strongly recommends that prospective adoptive parents residing outside of Palau hire a local lawyer residing in Palau.

2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt

In order to adopt a child from Palau, you will need to meet the requirements of the Government of Palau and U.S. immigration law. Prospective adoptive parents must petition the court for adoption. There is no separate authority that supervises adoption.

To meet U.S. immigration requirements, you may also file an I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition with U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to be found eligible and suitable to adopt. As of July 14, 2014, unless an exception applies, the home study must comply with the requirements in 8 CFR 204.311 and 22 CFR Part 96.47.

3. Be Matched with a Child

Palau does not have any adoption service providers or agencies, nor does it have the equivalent of a Department of Social Welfare. Prospective adoptive parents must locate a child for adoption on their own. Each family must decide for itself whether or not it will be able to meet the needs of and provide a permanent home for a particular child.

The child must be eligible to be adopted according to Palau’s requirements, as described in the Who Can Be Adopted section. The child must also meet the definition of orphan under U.S. immigration law.

4. Adopt or Gain Legal Custody of Child in Palau

The process for finalizing the adoption (or gaining legal custody) in Palau generally includes the following: 

  • Role of Adoption Authority: There is no centralized adoption authority in Palau. Adoptions are adjudicated by the courts.
  • Role of the Court: Prospective adoptive parents must petition the Court of Common Pleas, under the Palau Supreme Court, for adoption. There is no separate authority that supervises adoption. Palauan adoption procedures are very straightforward. The prospective adoptive parents petition the court for adoption, and if the court grants the adoption, the child’s name can be changed and the child may leave the country after receiving a U.S. immigrant visa in a Palauan passport. Despite the apparent simplicity of this process, however, the U.S. Embassy in Koror strongly recommends that prospective adoptive parents residing outside of Palau hire a Palauan lawyer who will be able to investigate and provide to the court any and all relevant information on their background, living environment, and financial status.
  • Role of Adoption Agencies: There are no adoption agencies in Palau.
  • Adoption Application: Prospective adoptive parents must petition the court for adoption (see above).
  • Time Frame: The U.S. Embassy in Koror, Palau has indicated that Palauan adoptions generally take from one to two months to complete.
  • Adoption Fees: Prospective adoptive parents should expect to pay a court filing fee in Palau of 50 USD. Prospective adoptive parents who hire a local attorney to assist in the adoption process will also have to pay attorneys’ fees, which vary. The UAA and the Intercountry Adoption Act (IAA) make it unlawful to improperly influence relinquishment of parental rights, parental consent relating to adoption of a child, or a decision by an entity performing Central Authority functions.
  • Documents Required: Prospective adoptive parents must present the child’s original Palauan birth certificate as well as a letter of relinquishment from the child’s birth parents to the Court of Common Pleas.

    Note: Additional documents may be requested.
  • Authentication of Documents: You may be asked to provide proof that a document from the United States is authentic. If so, the Department of State, Authentications Office may be able to assist.

5. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Orphan Status

After you finalize the adoption (or gain legal custody) in Palau, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services must determine whether the child meets the definition oforphan under U.S. immigration law. You will need to file a Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative. At the time you file your Form I-600 petition, the adjudicating officer will determine whether the UAA applies or if your case is UAA grandfathered. For more information on UAA grandfathering and transition cases, please see Universal Accreditation Act of 2012. Unless an exception applies, you must identify a primary provider in your case and the adjudicating officer may ask for the name and contact information of the primary provider if not provided in your Form I-600 petition. This information is required and, without it, your Form I-600 petition cannot be approved.

6. Bring Your Child Home

Once your adoption is complete (or you have obtained legal custody of the child), you need to apply for several documents for your child before you can apply for a U.S. immigrant visa to bring your child home to the United States.

  • Birth Certificate: Palau does not issue a new birth certificate effecting the name change after adoption. The court order confirming the adoption serves as the sole evidence for changing the adopted child’s name.
  • Palau Passport: Your child is not yet a U.S. citizen, so he/she will need a travel document or Passport from Palau. Application for a Palauan passport must be made in person to the Palauan Ministry of State. The fee for a Palauan passport is 50 USD. The normal processing time is one week, though expedited services may be request.
  • U.S. Immigrant Visa: After you obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child and you have filed Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, you then need to apply for a U.S. immigrant visa for your child from the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you. As part of this process, the Consular Officer must be provided the Panel Physician’s medical report on the child.

    The U.S. Embassy in Koror does not issue immigrant visas. The closest U.S. Embassy to Palau that processes immigrant visas is in Manila, Philippines. You can find instructions for applying for an immigrant visa on the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ website.

    Adoptive or prospective adoptive parents of Palauan children should contact the U.S. Embassy in Manila as soon as they have identified a Palauan child to adopt, or once they have completed all required Palauan adoption procedures. Families should not travel to Manila prior to contacting the U.S. Embassy in Manila, in the event that the embassy requires additional documentation that the parents must take with them from either Palau or the United States.

    Note: Visa issuance after the final interview generally takes at least 24 hours. It is not normally possible to provide the visa to adoptive parents on the same day as the immigrant visa interview. Adoptive parents should verify current processing times with the U.S. Embassy in Manila before making final travel arrangements.

Child Citizenship Act

For adoptions finalized abroad prior to the child’s entry into the United States: A child will acquire U.S. citizenship upon entry into the United States if the adoption was finalized prior to entry and the child otherwise meets the requirements of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.

For adoptions finalized after the child’s entry into the United States: An adoption will need to be completed following your child’s entry into the United States for the child to acquire U.S. citizenship.

*Please be aware that if your child did not qualify to become a citizen upon entry to the United States, it is very important that you take the steps necessary so that your child does qualify as soon as possible. Failure to obtain citizenship for your child can impact many areas of his/her life including family travel, eligibility for education and education grants, and voting.

Read more about the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.

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Traveling Abroad

Applying for Your U.S. Passport

U.S. citizens are required by law to enter and depart the United States on a valid U.S. passport. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports.

Getting or renewing a passport is easy. The Passport Application Wizard will help you determine which passport form you need, help you to complete the form online, estimate your payment, and generate the form for you to print—all in one place.

Obtaining a Visa to Travel to Palau

In addition to a U.S. passport, you may also need to obtain a visa. A visa is an official document issued by a foreign country that formally allows you to visit. Where required, visas are affixed to your passport and allow you to enter a foreign nation. To find information about obtaining a visa for Palau, see the Department of State’s Country Specific Information.

Citizens and nationals of the United States traveling to Palau must have a passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry. A visa is not required for U.S. citizens visiting Palau for one year or less, provided the visitor otherwise complies with applicable regulations, for example, on employment. For more information about entry requirements to Palau, travelers may consult with the Embassy of Palau. See Contact Information below.

Staying Safe on Your Trip

Before you travel, it is always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country. The Department of State provides Country Specific Information for every country of the world about various issues, including the health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, and any areas of instability.

Staying in Touch on Your Trip

When traveling during the adoption process, we encourage you to enroll with the Department of State. Enrollment makes it possible to contact you if necessary. Whether there is a family emergency in the United States or a crisis in Palau, enrollment assists the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in reaching you.

Enrollment is free and can be done online via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

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After Adoption

Post-Adoption/Post-Placement Reporting Requirements

Palau does not have any post-adoption reporting requirements.

Post-Adoption Resources

Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. There are many public and private nonprofit post-adoption services available for children and their families. There are also numerous adoptive family support groups and adoptee organizations active in the United States that provide a network of options for adoptees who seek out other adoptees from the same country of origin. Take advantage of all the resources available to your family, whether it is another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services.

Here are some places to start your support group search:

Note: Inclusion of non-U.S. government links does not imply endorsement of contents.

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Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Palau
The U.S. Embassy in Palau is located in Airai. There is no street address.
Tel: (680) 587-2920
Fax: (680) 587-2911
Email: usembassykoror@palaunet.com
Internet: pw.usembassy.gov

Mailing Address:
Embassy of the United States of America
P.O. Box 6028
Omsangel/Beklelachieb
Palau 96940 

U.S. Embassy in the Philippines
Embassy of the United States of America
1201 Roxas Blvd.
Ermita, Metro Manila – 1000
Philippines
Tel: (632) 982-5555 or (632) 902-8930
Email: IVManilaAdoptions@state.gov
 

Embassy of Palau
Embassy of Palau
1701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20006
Tel: (202) 452-6814
Fax: (202) 452-6281
Email: infor@palauembassy.com
Internet: http://www.palauembassy.org/

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, N.W. (SA-29)
Washington, D.C. 20520
Tel: 1-888-407-4747
Email: Adoption@state.gov
Internet: adoption.state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures:
National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Internet: uscis.gov

For questions about filing a Form I-600A or I-600 petition:
National Benefits Center
Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-816-251-2770 (local)
Email: NBC.Adoptions@DHS.gov

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 12 Months
A-2 None Multiple 12 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 None Two 3 Months
B-2 None Two 3 Months
B-1/B-2 None Two 3 Months
C-1 None Two 3 Months
C-1/D None Two 3 Months
C-2 None Two 3 Months
C-3 None Two 3 Months
CW-1 11 None One 3 Months
CW-2 11 None One 3 Months
D None Two 3 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None One 3 Months
F-1 None Two 3 Months
F-2 None Two 3 Months
G-1 None Multiple 12 Months
G-2 None Multiple 12 Months
G-3 None Multiple 12 Months
G-4 None Multiple 12 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 12 Months
H-1B None One 3 Months 3
H-1C None One 3 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A 3
H-2B None N/A N/A 3
H-2R None One 3 Months 3
H-3 None One 3 Months 3
H-4 None One 3 Months 3
I None One 3 Months
J-1 4 None One 3 Months
J-2 4 None One 3 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 None One 3 Months
L-2 None One 3 Months
M-1 None Two 3 Months
M-2 None Two 3 Months
N-8 None Multiple 12 Months
N-9 None Multiple 12 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None One 3 Months 3
O-2 None One 3 Months 3
O-3 None One 3 Months 3
P-1 None One 3 Months 3
P-2 None One 3 Months 3
P-3 None One 3 Months 3
P-4 None One 3 Months 3
Q-1 6 None One 3 Months 3
R-1 None One 3 Months
R-2 None One 3 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
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Country Specific Footnotes

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.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. 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:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. 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. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    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.  

  3. 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.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    Canadian Nationals

    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

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. 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.

  9. 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)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. 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.

  12. 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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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth and Death Certificates

Available. Certificates can be obtained by writing to: Clerk of Court, P.O. Box 2248, Koror, PW 96940. There may be a fee for these services. An international money order is required, payable to "Clerk of Court".

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Available. Certificates can be obtained by writing to: Clerk of Court, P.O. Box 2248, Koror, PW 96940. There may be a fee for these services. An international money order is required, payable to "Clerk of Court".

Adoption Certificates

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Identity Card

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Police, Court, Prison Records

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Military Records

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Passports & Other Travel Documents

The Republic of Palau is a sovereign state in the western Pacific Ocean, located between Guam and the Philippines. On September 27, 1994, President Clinton signed Presidential Proclamation 6726, ending the United States' administration of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands and making effective Public Law 99-658, the Compact of Free Association between the United States and the Republic of Palau.

Under the Compact, most citizens of Palau (but not alien spouses or children who are not Palauan citizens) enjoy unique immigration privileges. They may enter, work, study and reside in the United States indefinitely without visas, and should be afforded all privileges - including access to driver's license or employment - usually granted to other foreign citizens in the United States in status. Accordingly, it is extremely rare for a Palauan to apply for, receive and enter the US with a visa of most classes. The most common exceptions to this are visas issued to Palauan holders of diplomatic passports traveling to the US for official purposes.

Citizens of the Republic of Palau arriving in the United States are required to possess a valid passport, and are issued I-94s at the U.S. port of entry. I-94s are marked with the traveler's citizenship but do not indicate a date when their status ends, because their status is indefinite. Palauans working in the United States must be registered with Social Security Administration and, therefore, should posses and be able to produce a Social Security Card. In order to satisfy employers' documentation requirements of the I-9 form, most Palauans will seek an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) from the Department of Homeland Security. The EAD is not strictly required for employment, however, Palauans must have sufficient documentation to allow their employer to fully and accurately complete the I-9 form.

Further information on Palau and its status is contained in 7 FAM 1310 APPENDIX U AND 1360 APPENDIX U.

Other Records

Not applicable

Visa Issuing Posts

Koror, Palau (Embassy)

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 6028
Koror, Palau 96940

Tel: (680) 488-2920

Fax: (680) 488-2911

Manila, Philippines (Embassy)

Visa Services

Nonimmigrant visas for all of Palau. Immigrant visas for nationals of Palau are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 452-6814 (202) 452-6281

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy in Koror, Palau
In Airai State, in an area known as
Omsangel (no street address)
P.O. Box 6028, Koror, Palau 96940
Telephone
+680-587-2920/2990
Emergency
+680-775-6150
Fax
+680-587-2911
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Additional Information for Reciprocity

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.