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

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda

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 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 120 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 120 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A3
H-2B None N/A N/A3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None One 1 Month
U-2 None One 1 Month
U-3 None One 1 Month
U-4 None One 1 Month
U-5 None One 1 Month
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8

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

There is no general document information

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees: $10 EC

Document Name: Birth Certificate

Issuing Authority: Available from the Registrar of the Supreme Court, who is also the Registrar of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, St. John's, Antigua.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The certificate is a certified copy of the entry in the record book and is given on Form #R.O.27. The form is a long rectangular (13” x 5”) computer generated form, with unique barcode at bottom of certificate and High Court and Registrar General wet stamp.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar General

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: May be obtained from the High Court of Justice, Civil Registry

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Please contact the High Court of Justice, Civil Registry for further information.

Registrars Division
P.O. Box 163, Parliament Drive,
St John’s Antigua
Telephone: 268-468-2000
Email: hctanu@yahoo.com


Death Certificates

Available

Fees: $10 EC

Document Name: Death Certificate

Issuing Authority: High Court of Justice, Civil Registry.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Available in the form of a certified copy of the entry in the Registrar of Deaths for the Parish concerned.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar General

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: May be obtained from the High Court of Justice, Civil Registry

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Please contact the High Court of Justice, Civil Registry for further information.

Registrars Division
P.O. Box 163, Parliament Drive,
St John’s Antigua
Telephone: 268-468-2000
Email: hctanu@yahoo.com

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: $25 EC

Document Name: Marriage Certificate

Issuing Authority: Available from the Registrar of the Supreme Court, St. John's Antigua

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Available in the form of a certified copy of the entry in the Register Book of Marriages for the Parish concerned. Produced in long rectangular format (13” x 5”) on a computer-generated form, with unique barcode on the back.  Registrar General’s Office wet stamp is also located on the back of the certificate.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar General

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: May be obtained from the High Court of Justice, Civil Registry

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: $40 EC

Document Name: Divorce certificate

Issuing Authority: Available from the Registrar of the Supreme Court, St. John's Antigua

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Available in the form of a certified copy of the entry in the Register Book of Marriages for the Parish concerned.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: May be obtained from the High Court of Justice, Civil Registry

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Please contact the High Court of Justice, Civil Registry for further information.

Registrars Division
P.O. Box 163, Parliament Drive,
St John’s Antigua
Telephone: 268-468-2000
Email: hctanu@yahoo.com

Adoption Certificates

Unavailable: Once a final adoption order has been entered by a court, adoptive parents may apply for a new birth certificate listing them as parents of the adopted child at the Registrar of the Supreme Court.

Identity Card

Available

Fees: Free, but $100EC fee to replace lost cards

Document Name: Elector Identification Card

Issuing Authority: Electoral Commission

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Card contains bearer’s name, sex, date of birth, elector number, signature, and expiration date.  Security features include a second smaller photo of the bearer to the right of the card, the bearer’s name printed in a wave of different font sizes.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Title is not listed, but the authorizing officer’s signature appears in the bottom right hand corner

Registration Criteria: Subject must register to vote

Procedure for Obtaining: See details at abec.gov.ag

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: Antigua and Barbuda driver’s licenses and medical benefits cards are both considered reliable forms of identity on the islands.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available

Fees: EC $5.00 for the record plus postage and bank charges for currency exchange

Document Name: Police Certificate of Character

Issuing Authority: Available from the Commissioner of Police, Criminal Record Office, St. John's Police Station, Antigua.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: White paper (7”x 8.5”), handwritten information with photo affixed and thumb print of the applicant.  Wet stamp from the Criminal Records office of Antigua and Barbuda.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Commissioner of Police

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Overseas applicants must submit one set of fingerprints, a birth certificate and two passport-size photographs. Applicants applying in person must present a passport; a thumbprint will be placed on the document the applicant receives.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  For more information contact Criminal Records Office in Antigua

Under Antigua and Barbuda law, convictions are automatically expunged from a person’s record after the passage of a number of years.  The time from conviction to expungement varies depending on the severity of the offense.

 

Court/Prison Records

Available

Fees: Fees may vary depending on the record requested.

Document Name: Court Records

Issuing Authority: Court Registry in St John’s Antigua. Available from the Prison Office, Coronation Road, St. John's, Antigua.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: White form produced on a computer generated paper, long rectangular format (13” x 5”). Header title “Antigua and Barbuda Copy of Records in the Magistrate’s Court”. Criminal Case number is included in the heading. Document contains a seal.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: High Court Registrar

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants can apply for their records at the Court Registry in St John’s Antigua.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Military Records

Available

Fees:  No fee

Document Name: Military Records

Issuing Authority: Records are available from: Commander, Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force, Factory Road, St. John's, Antigua. For those serving in the British Armed Forces, records are available from the appropriate British authority in London. (See United Kingdom).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is no special seal(s)/color/format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Commander

Registration Criteria: Only given to bearer of the record

Procedure for Obtaining: A written request to Chief of Defense must be submitted:

Camp Blizzard
P.O. Box 1572, Coolidge,
St Georges, Antigua

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  For further information contact Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force, Tel # 268-462-9574 / 268-462-1458

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.): (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.):   Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) and issues standard CARICOM passports, which are ICAO compliant. 

  • Antigua and Barbuda operates a citizenship by investment program whereby foreigners may obtain Antigua and Barbuda citizenship and a full validity Antigua and Barbuda passport for an investment of $100,000.  There is no residency requirement for foreigners who obtain citizenship through this program.
  • The Department has determined passports issued under the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program are valid under INA 101(a) (30).  Although a visa may be placed in such passports, applicants must still establish their identity to the satisfaction of a consular officer.  Applicants may need to present other supporting documents (a passport issued by another foreign government, school ID, identity certificate) to establish both identity and nationality.  During the course of the interview, officers should pay close attention to where the applicant was born and if the individual is potential dual national. Consular officers should contact the consular section in Embassy Bridgetown or the Visa Office with any questions regarding the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program.

Fees: $ 100 for Adults / $50 children under 16 years

Document Name: Passport

Issuing Government Authority: Immigration Department

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: All passport covers contain the Antigua seal, and the Caribbean Community logo. Issuance of ePassports as of April 2017.  Official Passports are green, regular passports are blue and Diplomatic passports are red.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: May be obtained from the Immigration Department  Antigua

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: For more information contact Immigration Department  Antigua:

Long and Thames Street, St John’s Antigua
Telephone: 268-562-1387-2000
Email: immigrationanu@candw.ag

Other Records

There are no other records

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Bridgetown, Barbados (Embassy)

Address: Wildey Business Park, Wildey St Michael, BB14006 Barbados, W.I

Phone Number: 246 227 4000

Comments / Additional Information:

Consular Section Email:
Non-Immigrant Visas - bridgetownniv@state.gov
Immigrant Visas - bridgetowniv@state.gov
American Citizen Services - bridgetownacs@state.gov

Visa Services

Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados.