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

Burma

Burma
Union of Burma

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  One  6 Months 
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 $32.00A OneA 3 Months
B-2 None One 3 Months
C-1 $16.00 One 3 Months
C-1/D N/A N/A N/A
C-2 None One 12 Months
C-3 None One 12 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D $440.00 Multiple 12 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 12 Months
F-1 $440.00 Multiple 12 Months
F-2 $440.00 Multiple 12 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 Single 3 months 3
H-1C $32.00 Multiple 12 Months 3
H-2A $32.00 N/A N/A3
H-2B $32.00 N/A N/A3
H-2R $32.00 Multiple 12 Months 3
H-3 $32.00 Multiple 12 Months 3
H-4 $32.00 Multiple 12 Months 3
I None Single 1 Month
J-1 4 $440.00 Multiple 12 Months
J-2 4 $440.00 Multiple 12 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 Single 3 Months
L-2 None Single 3 Months
M-1 $440.00 Multiple 12 Months
M-2 $440.00 Multiple 12 Months
N-8 None Multiple 12 Months
N-9 None Multiple 12 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 $32.00 Multiple 12 Months 3
O-2 $32.00 Multiple 12 Months 3
O-3 $32.00 Multiple 12 Months 3
P-1 $32.00 Multiple 12 Months 3
P-2 $32.00 Multiple 12 Months 3
P-3 $32.00 Multiple 12 Months 3
P-4 $32.00 Multiple 12 Months 3
Q-1 6 $32.00 Multiple 12 Months 3
R-1 $260.00 Multiple 12 Months
R-2 $260.00 Multiple 12 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

A.    Tiered Fee Schedule

Fee

Number
of Applications

Validity
Period

$440.00 Multiple 12 Months

 

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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

Note: During the years 1942-1945, Burma was devastated by nearly continuous fighting. Almost every part of the country suffered heavy damage, often repeatedly. As a result, almost no civil records predate 1945, although, in rare instances, families may have preserved their own copies of birth certificates and family registers.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available: Yes

Fees: There is a fee for the birth entry copy that must be paid in Kyat and may not be legally imported into or exported from Burma. Overseas applicants must have relatives or friends apply for them.

Birth Certificates:  After World War II and the insurrections from 1947-1950, birth registration gradually became more regular and common, especially in the cities. From the mid-1950s until the early 1970s, compliance with birth registration regulations increased. Today it is standard in all but the most remote areas. The variety of birth certificate forms used during the colonial era and afterward can be confusing. The U.S. Embassy in Rangoon will investigate suspect documents sent from other posts.

Issuing Authority:

Office of Divisional Health Director
Yangon Health Division
No. 520, West Race Course Road
Yangon, Myanmar

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: N/A

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: N/A

Registration Criteria: N/A

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants born in Rangoon Division may request birth certificates from the Office of Divisional Health Director. The applicant seeking the certificate must provide a copy of his/her identity card and family registration, his/her name and aliases, date and place of birth, parents' names, and parents' address at the time of applicant's birth. Those born outside Rangoon Division must apply to the Township Medical Officer of the township of their birth, sending the fee and the personal data listed above.

Certified Copies Available: N/A

Alternate Documents:  If a birth certificate is not available, please see option (1) if the applicant is less than 70 years of age and option (2) if applicant is 70 years of age or older.

Request a birth record from the Health Department in the applicant’s city of birth.  If the Health Department does not have the applicant’s birth record, you should submit the following with your immigrant visa application:

    • A letter from the Medical Officer of the city’s Health Department that states the applicant’s birth record is not available;
    • An affidavit of birth signed by two people who are older than the applicant, who know the applicant well, and who can attest that the birthdate in the applicant’s passport is accurate; and
    • The applicant’s national registration/scrutiny card.
  1. Each of these documents must be notarized.

  2. An affidavit of the applicant’s birth signed by the applicant, along with the applicant’s national registration/scrutiny card.

Exceptions: If the birth was not recorded or the record was destroyed, the authorities will issue a letter to that effect.

 

Death/Burial

Available: Yes

Fees:  Fees parallel the information given above for birth certificates

Document Name: N/A

Issuing Authority: 

Office of Divisional Health Director
Yangon Health Division
No. 520, West Race Course Road
Yangon, Myanmar

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: N/A

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: N/A

Registration Criteria: N/A

Procedure for Obtaining: N/A

Certified Copies Available: N/A

Alternate Documents: N/A

Exceptions: N/A

Comments:  Sources and fees parallel the information given above for birth certificates.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available: Marriage certificates are customary only for marriages between two Christians or marriages between a Christian and a non-Christian. Married couples of other faiths can execute marriage affidavits before a notary public or a local judicial office, but these documents are not officially registered. Under Buddhist law, a marital relationship is established through cohabitation and common repute, not by a ceremony or civil registration. Muslim marriages are recorded in a deed of marriage signed by the parties and witnessed by friends and relatives. These marriage deeds are not registered with civil authorities.

Fees: Vary

Document Name: N/A

Issuing Authority: N/A

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: N/A

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: N/A

Registration Criteria: N/A

Procedure for Obtaining: N/A

Certified Copies Available: N/A

Alternate Documents: N/A

Exceptions: N/A

 

Divorce Certificates

Available: Available only for contested divorces of Buddhists and divorces of Christians. Court records are made for all Christian divorces because a Christian divorce is invalid without court action. Courts do not issue divorce decrees, but make written records of decisions. To obtain a certified copy of a divorce record, one must apply to the Clerk of the court concerned. Court records are supposed to be destroyed after three years, but are usually available for a much longer time.

Fees: Vary

Document Name: N/A

Issuing Authority: N/A

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: N/A

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: N/A

Registration Criteria: N/A

Procedure for Obtaining: N/A

Certified Copies Available: N/A

Alternate Documents: A Muslim divorce is affected by means of a verbal formula recited by the husband. No written record need be made, but the parties may make an affidavit of divorce.

Exceptions: In a Buddhist marriage, if both parties want a divorce, they may end the marriage without judicial involvement and without making a written record. The necessary elements of a Buddhist divorce are cessation of cohabitation and community awareness that the marriage has ended. Affidavits are often signed in Buddhist mutual consent divorces, but are not legally necessary. Only if a Buddhist divorce is contested will a court record exist.

Comments:  N/A

 

Adoption Certificates

Adoption Certificates

Available: Available under certain conditions. The only Burmese adoptions recognized for U.S. immigration are Kittima adoptions. All parties to a Kittima adoption must be Buddhist at the time of the adoption. All Kittima adoptions taking place after April 1, 1941, must be registered with the government to be valid. (Note: Legal custody of a child starts from the date of the Kittima decree.)

Fees: Vary

Document Name: Kittima decree

Issuing Authority: Copies of adoption deeds registered in Rangoon are available from the Office of the Registration of Deeds. Adoption deeds registered elsewhere are available from the Township Registration Office concerned. The embassy will verify adoption deeds upon request.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: N/A

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: N/A

Registration Criteria: N/A

Procedure for Obtaining: N/A

Certified Copies Available: N/A

Alternate Documents: N/A

Exceptions: N/A

Comments: Same

Identity Card

National ID Cards

Available:

Fees: Maximum 10 Kyats

Document Name: National Registration Card (NRC) AKA- Citizenship Scrutiny Card

Issuing Authority: Typically, Township-level Immigration Offices issue the National Registration Card.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: NRC cards are almost always pink, but other colors such as blue and green exist. The other colors can indicate a person has a particular ethnic background, or that a person immigrated to Burma pre/post 1948.  White cards exist and are typically associated with individuals from Rakhine State near Bangladesh.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria: Must be at least 10 years old to obtain an National Registration Card. At the age of 18, the card must be updated, but the card number remains the same.

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • If applying for the first time at the age of 10, the applicant needs to apply in person accompanied by his/her parents or guardians. If applying for the first time after attaining the age of 18, only the applicant needs to apply in person. The applicant needs to submit their household registration list, the application form, recommendation from their school, birth certificate, the IDs of both parents, medical results for a blood type test, recommendation from the Ward Administration Department, four photos (without wearing any glasses). It takes 28 days to process.
  • If updating the NRC at the age of 18, the applicant needs to come in person. He/she needs to submit their household registration list, the current NRC, the IDs of both parents, recommendation from the Ward Administration Department, four photos (without wearing any glasses). It takes 28 days to process.
  • If lost or damaged, the applicant needs to apply in person with a letter of confession, the application form which needs to contain information about the relatives of the applicant, application form to re-issue a new NRC together with a letter from the Ward Administration Department which affirms the applicant’s residency, police report regarding the loss of the NRC, the household registration list which includes the applicant’s name, IDs of both parents, the number of the lost/damaged NRC, and four photos (without wearing any glasses). It takes 28 days to process.
Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available: Yes

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: There is no standard name

Issuing Authority: The Myanmar Police Force

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Document formats may differ depending on the township.

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

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Police certificates must be obtained from each Burmese Township where you have resided for six month or more past the age of 16.  For persons residing overseas, the most practical way to obtain the certificate is through close relatives or friends still in Burma. Do not submit police certificates to the National Visa Center. You must provide all police certificates at the time of the interview.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternative documents.

Exceptions: None

 

Court/Prison Records

Available: No

 

Military Records

Military Records

Available: Officers with no derogatory information in their military records can obtain "Office Order Part 2" from the Defense Services Records Office. Enlisted men with a clean record can obtain service books from the same office. If a veteran cannot obtain a record from that office, it may mean that his record contains adverse information. In that case, the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon can make inquiries.

Fees: N/A

Document Name: N/A

Issuing Authority:

Defense Services Records Office
Bauktaw
Yankin Township, Yangon

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: N/A

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: N/A

Registration Criteria: N/A

Procedure for Obtaining: N/A

Certified Copies Available: N/A

Alternate Documents: N/A

Exceptions: N/A

Comments:  Burma does not have conscription, and the Armed Forces will not issue a statement that a person has not served in the military.

 

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Travel Documents

Types Available: (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.):   The Government of Burma currently issues non-biometric passports with machine-readable biographical data and a printed photo. Unexpired non machine-readable passports with a pasted photo are still valid for travel, and may be extended by an endorsement by the Ministry of Home Affairs. There are three basic types of passports:   

  • The Diplomatic Passport has a blue cover and is issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). It  is usually valid for 10 years but can be valid indefinitely.
  • The Official Passport has a dark green cover. It is issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). The period of validity depends on the purpose of travel; official passports issued for official duties or workshops are valid for five years, and official passports issued for conferences and training are valid for three years.
  • The Ordinary Passport has a red cover. As of November 1, 2012, there are seven types of ordinary passports: visitor, work, seaman, business, student, religious, and dependent. The type of passport is indicated on the biographical information page. All ordinary passports are valid for five years and are issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • The Certificate of Identity: Prior to 2010, the Government of Burma issued "Certificates of Identity" for 1) children under the age of 15 not included in a parent's passport and 2) adults who lost their passports. The document is a booklet identical in size to the passport book, is light green, and contains 16 pages. Earlier certificates were a single sheet of blue paper. The Certificate of Identity was issued for a validity period of three years and was extendable. As of 2010, the light blue color “Certificate of Identity” is no longer issued for children under the age of 15 and is no longer a valid identity or citizenship document, but is still valid for adults who lost their passports overseas.  The Myanmar Embassy abroad will issue an emergency white colored Certificate of Identity when necessary.

Fees: N/A

Document Name: N/A

Issuing Government Authority: N/A

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: N/A

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: N/A

Registration Criteria: N/A

Procedure for Obtaining: N/A

Alternate Documents: N/A

Exceptions: N/A

Other Documents Available: N/A

 

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Contact Information

Post Title: U.S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

Address: 110 University Avenue, Rangoon

Phone Number:

  • (95) (1) 536-509
  • (95) (1) 536-509 (ext. 4014) - After hours
  • Fax: (95) (1) 650-306

Visa Services: All visa categories for all of Burma.

Comments / Additional Information: N/A

 

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Burma.

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.