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

Argentina

Argentina
Argentine Republic

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 6 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2 2 None Multiple 60 Months
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 6 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 60 Months 3
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
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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

All document information (birth certificates, death certificates, Identity documents, passports, etc.) can be obtained through the Ministry of Interior, National Registry of people (Registro Nacional de las Personas). Police certificates can be obtained through the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. 

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth

Fees: No fee is required unless the certificate is requested by a judicial authority.

Document Name: Acta de Nacimiento.

Issuing Authority: Civil Registry (Registro Civil) of the municipality or rural area in which the birth occurred.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Birth certificates have no security features as they are a copy of the book where they are registered.  Each copy must have a blue or black stamp with a legend stating “es copia fiel del original”.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Must contain stamp and signature of the registry’s authority.

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Procedures vary depending on the province/ registry from which it must be obtained.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: There are two types of birth records.  The "Acta de Nacimiento" is the official birth entry and should be used in place of the "Certificado de Nacimiento." These are obtained from the Civil Registry (Registro Civil) of the municipality or rural area in which the birth occurred.  If documentation of the birth is not available, the National Civil Registry (RENAPER) will issue a lettercalled “Certificación de datos 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees:  No fee is required in most cases

Document Name: Acta de Defunción.

Issuing Authority: Civil Registry (Registro Civil) where the death occurred.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Death certificates have no security features and are copies from the book where the death was registered. They must have a blue or black stamp stating “es copia fiel del original”.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Must contain stamp and signature of the registry’s authority.

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Procedures vary depending on the province/ registry from which it must be obtained.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Acta de Matrimonio

Issuing Authority: Civil Registry (Registro Civil) where the marriage was performed.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Marriage certificates have no security features as they are a copy of the book in which the registration was recorded.  They must have a blue or black stamp that states “es copia fiel del original”.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Must contain stamp and signature of the registry’s authority.

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Procedures vary depending on the province/registry from which it must be obtained.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: Marriage book “Libreta de matrimonio” is not considered an official document but may provide additional evidence of the marriage.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Divorce

Available: Yes

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Sentencia de Divorcio (Decree of divorce).

Issuing Authority: Civil Court.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Decrees of divorce have security features (sello medulla) and are signed by the judge.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Judge (Juez).

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Divorces decrees have to be requested at the Court where the divorce was processed.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Decreto De Adopción

Issuing Authority: The judge that adjudicated the adoption case.

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Judge (Juez)

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Request

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: The "Decreto De Adopción" is available and is issued by an Argentine judge after final completion of the adoption procedures. Argentine Civil Registries may issue new identity documentation (birth certificate, cédula, or passport) to the adopted child showing the adoptive parents as the actual parents on the basis of this decree.

Identity Card

Available

Fees: Currently AR$ 60.

Document Name: DNI, or Documento Nacional de Identidad.

Issuing Authority: National Registry of Persons (Registro Nacional de las Personas).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: A secure document in the style of a U.S. Driver’s License.

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

Registration Criteria: Available for citizens and permanent residents.

Procedure for Obtaining: Application to Registro Nacional de las Personas.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Court/Prison Records

Available: Court records are available.  Prison records are not.

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Varies

Issuing Authority: Court in which the case was processed.

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

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

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Request.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None


Police Certificates

Available

Fees: Depending on the urgency of the request.

Document Name: Certificado de Antecedentes Penales con excepción al artículo 51 del Código Penal.

Issuing Authority: Registro Nacional de Reincidencia.

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Federal Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • Aplicants in Argentina:The certificate must be requested by scheduling an appointment and paying the fee at a bank: http://www.dnrec.jus.gov.ar/

  • Aplicants outside Argentina: Applicants should visit the closest Argentine Consulate or Embassy with their passport or Argentine national ID card to request the police records. Applicants must state that they would like a police record “con excepción al artículo 51 del Código Penal.” Applicants must be fingerprinted and pay a fee.  They will receive an e-mail on the same day containing a code that can be used to access and print the police records online.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: The document must have the annotation mentioned above, “Penales con excepción al artículo 51 del Código Penal”. Without this annotation, a full list of arrests and charges won’t be provided.

Military Records

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Varies

Issuing Authority: Military

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no special seal(s)/color/format.

Registration Criteria: In person request.

Procedure for Obtaining: In person request.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.): Regular, Diplomatic, and Official

Fees: Passports normally cost AR$ 550, but may cost more if emergency service is needed.

Document Name:  Pasaporte

Issuing Government Authority: National Registry of Persons

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Electronic passport

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria: Must present birth certificate or previous DNI

Procedure for Obtaining: Must schedule an online appointment.

Alternate Documents: N/A

Exceptions: N/A

Comments: N/A

Other Documents Available: N/A

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Embassy of the United States of America

Address: Avenida Colombia 4300

Phone Number: (011) (54) (11) 5777-4533/34

Visa Services: All services for all types of visas

Comments / Additional Information: None

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Argentina.