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

Belize

Belize
Belize

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 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B 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 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

None

General Issuing Authority Information: None

 

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates
 

Available

Fees:  BZ$4.00 (approx. USD $2.00)

Document Name:  Birth Certificate

Issuing Authority: Registrar General, Vital Statistics Unit

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: All birth certificates are authenticated with an embossed seal.  There is no special color.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The office of the Registrar General signs off on all birth certificates.

Registration Criteria: Go to the Vital Statistics Unit to obtain the certificates and complete the request form.

Procedure for Obtaining: For births after 1986 please contact the Registrar General, Supreme Court Building, Belize City.

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments:  None

 

Death Certificates
 

Available

Fees: BZ$4.00 (approx. USD $2.00)

Document Name:  Death Certificate

Issuing Authority: Registrar General, Vital Statistics Unit

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: All death certificates are authenticated with an embossed seal.  There is no special color.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:The office of the Registrar General signs off on death certificates.

Registration Criteria: Go to the Vital Statistics Unit to obtain the certificates and complete the request form.

Procedure for Obtaining: For deaths after 1986 please contact the Registrar General, Supreme Court Building, Belize City.

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage
 

Available

Fees: BZ$5.00 (Approx. USD $2.50)

Document Name:  Marriage Certificate

Issuing Authority:  Registrar General, Vital Statistics Unit

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: All marriage certificates are authenticated with an embossed seal. There is no special color.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:The office of the Registrar General signs off on marriage certificates.

Registration Criteria: Go to the Vital Statistics Unit to obtain the certificates and complete the request form.

Procedure for Obtaining:  For marriages after 1986 please contact the Registrar General, Supreme Court Building, Belize City.

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments:  None

 

Divorce / Decree Absolute
 

Available

Fees: US$7.25

Document Name: Decree Absolute

Issuing Authority: General Registry

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Gold color seal with bright green ribbon

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Deputy Registrar General of the Supreme Court – Edmund Pennil

Registration Criteria: Divorce Absolute has to be finalized

Procedure for Obtaining: Once the divorce is finalized, particulars are given to the assistant Marshall at the General Registry in Belize City where a search is conducted then the document will be prepared.

Certified Copies Available: Upon request 

Alternate Documents: No alternate document is available.  Original document needs to be certified by the Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court

Exceptions: No

Comments: Process for a Decree Absolute can be completed in one day.

Adoption Certificates

Unavailable.

Identity Card

National ID Cards
 

Available

Fees: There is no charge. The card is free. However, if the card is damaged or lost a police report is required and a fee of BZ $25.00  (Approx. USD $12.50) is charged for a replacement card.

Document Name: Social Security

Issuing Authority: Social Security Board

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Special features on the card showing the flag of Belize and name “Belize”.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Social Security Board

Registration Criteria: All social security applicants must have proof of nationality.

Procedure for Obtaining: Forms can be requested at any social security office countrywide or online from the Social Security Board website.

Certified Copies Available: No

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates
 

Available

Fees:  BZ $12.00 (approx. USD $6.00) or $25.00 (approx. USD $12.50)  for express same day service

Document Name:  Police Certificate

Issuing Authority: Police station in Belize

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Embossed seal saying “Belize Police Department” with police star.  There is no color.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Signed by the Criminal Records Office and Assistant Commissioner.

Registration Criteria: The applicant must present a photo ID; submit a completed application form with three recent passport-size photographs.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Applications are accepted in person. Individuals outside of Belize must mail the completed application (only available in Belize), three photographs, a copy of their photo ID, and twelve Belize dollars (BZ$12.00, approx. USD$6.00) to:

Criminal Records Office
Police Headquarters
Belmopan, Belize

Certified Copies Available: None

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Processing time takes about two weeks if it is not a requested express police report.

 

Court Records

Available

Fees: No Fee

Document Name: Court Record  

Issuing Authority: Magistrate Court

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: None

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Clerk of Court

Registration Criteria: Outside checks requested of the Consulate General for exceptional cases must contain three recent photographs and a set of fingerprints. 

Procedure for Obtaining: Document can be requested from the Clerk of Court.

Certified Copies Available: All copies are certified

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments: Processing time varies from 30 to 60 days. Outside checks for immigrant visa clearances will contain the same information as listed in Belize Police Record. Records prior to 1961 may be unavailable due to flood damage from hurricane Hattie.

 

Prison Records
 

Available

Fees: No fee

Document Name: Prison Record  

Issuing Authority:  Superintendent of Police and Prisons, Belize City.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Not Applicable

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Not Applicable

Registration Criteria: Not Applicable

Procedure for Obtaining: Can only be given out if requested by an attorney.

Certified Copies Available: No

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments:  None

Military Records

Available

Fees: No fee

Document Name:  Military records

Issuing Authority: Commanding Officer, Belize Defense Force, Police Barracks, Ladyville, Belize.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: All documents have a certified embossed seal

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  The Colonel is the issuing authority

Registration Criteria: Not Applicable

Procedure for Obtaining:  Request information from the Colonel. [MC41]

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments: In the past, the military forces of Belize have been called "British Honduras Volunteer Force," "British Honduras Territorial Force," "British Honduras Volunteer Guard" and presently "Belize Defence Force".

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Unavailable.

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Belmopan, Belize (Embassy)

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Belize.

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.