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

El Salvador

El Salvador
Republic of El Salvador

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 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 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 One 12 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

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 Certificates

Available

Fees:  The fee varies depending on the region but the price range is from USD $3 to 5.

Document Name:  Birth Certificate (Partida de Nacimiento)

Issuing Authority: Family Registry (Registro del Estado Familiar) of the city or village where the birth took place.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Round seal of the City Hall to which the Registry belongs with the shield of El Salvador.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Usually issued by the Head of the Family State Registry  (Jefe del Registro del Estado Familiar) or a delegate

Registration Criteria:  The applicant should submit his/her full name, date of birth, and names of parents to the appropriate Civil Registry. Requests should be addressed to the Head of the Family State Registry of the city or village

Procedure for Obtaining: Verbal or written request should be addressed to the "Jefe del Registro del Estado Familiar” (name of city or village).

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  In El Salvador, Birth Certificates are annotated with every change in marital status. These annotations DO NOT replace the certificate of the registry that originated them.


Death Certificates

 

Available

Fees:  The fee varies depending on the region but the price range is from USD $3 to 5.

Document Name:  Death Certificate (Partida de Defunción)

Issuing Authority: Civil Registry (Family Registry) of the city or village where the death occurred or where the deceased lived.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Usually issued by the head of the family state registry  (Jefe del Registro del Estado Familiar) or a delegate

Registration Criteria:  Full names of persons involved and date of event must be included in request.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Through a verbal or written request to the Civil Registry where the Death was registered.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: Extracts from civil records may be typed on stamped paper (papel sellado) or may consist of photocopies of registry books. Either type of extract should be signed by Civil Registry official (Jefe Del Registro del Estado Familiar) and should bear the rubber stamp seal of that office.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  None

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates
 

Available

Fees: The fee varies depending on the region but the price range is from USD $3 to 5.

Document Name: Marriage Certificate (Partida De Matrimonio)

Issuing Authority:  Civil Registry (Family Registry) of the city or village where the marriage took place.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Round seal of the City Hall to which the Registry belongs with the shield of El Salvador.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Usually issued by the head of the family state registry (Jefe Del Registro del Estado Familiar) or a delegate.

Registration Criteria:  Full names of persons involved and date of event must be included in request.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Through a verbal or written request to the Civil Registry where the Marriage occurred.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in El Salvador. Religious weddings are not considered legal in El Salvador; therefore, church marriage certificates should not be accepted. Also, El Salvador has two different marriage documents. An "ACTA MATRIMONIAL" is the equivalent of a marriage license and does not constitute marriage.

 

Divorce Certificates
 

Available

Fees: The fee varies depending on the region but the price range is from USD $3 to 5.

Document Name: Divorce Certificate (Partida de Divorcio)

Issuing Authority: Civil Registry (Family Registry) of the city or village where the marriage was registered.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Round seal of the City Hall to which the Registry belongs with the shield of El Salvador.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Usually issued by the head of the family state registry  (Jefe del Registro del Estado Familiar) or a delegate

Registration Criteria:  Full names of persons involved and date of event must be included in request.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Through a verbal or written request to the Civil Registry where the marriage occurred.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: Extracts from civil records may be typed on stamped paper (papel sellado) or may consist of photocopies of registry books. Either type of extract should be signed by Civil Registry official (Jefe Del Registro del Estado Familiar) and should bear the rubber stamp seal of that office.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  The divorce certificates are registered through the notification from the court that decreed the divorce. They also send notifications to the Civil Registry where the birth certificate was registered so it can be annotated with the divorce. 

Adoption Certificates

Available

Comments: In El Salvador, after an Adoption has occurred a new birth certificate is registered with the name of the new parents without adding anything that shows that the birth certificate was originated through an adoption process.  The old birth certificate is cancelled and can only be requested with a court order.  

Identity Card

Available

Document Name: The National ID card of El Salvador is called DUI (Documento Único de Identidad)

Issuing Authority: National registry of natural persons (Registro Nacional de las Personas Naturales)

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: National Registrar of Persons  (Registrador Nacional de Personas Naturales)

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicant must apply in person to one of the Bureaus of the National Registry of Natural persons. If it is the first time, they must bring their birth certificate.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available

Fees:  USD $3.50

Document Name: Police Certificate (Solvencia de la Policía Nacional Civil)

Issuing Authority: National Civilian Police's (PNC) Department of Certifications (Departamento de Solvencias).  

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The certificate includes a photo of the subject and the signature of the Chief of the Department of Certifications.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Jefe de la Unidad de Registro y Antecedentes Policiales

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:  The applicant must apply in person at the PNC's Departamento de Solvencias. The applicant must bring his/her original Documento Unico de Identidad (DUI) and a photocopy of the DUI. The applicant must be 18 years or older in order to receive a police certificate.

Certified Copies Available:  No.  The U.S. Embassy does not accept certified copies of this document.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: It is important to note that individuals cannot currently obtain records of their criminal histories from the Department of Certifications. Visa applicants with prior arrests in El Salvador are responsible for returning to the police department where they were detained or the court where their trial was held in order to obtain arrest and court records that are required for their visa interview.

 

Court Records
 

Unavailable

 

Prison Records
 

Available

Fees: USD $3.00

Document Name:  Certificate of Criminal Records (Constancia de Antecedentes Penales  o Certificado de Antecedentes Penales)

Issuing Authority: General Directorate of Criminal Records (Dirección General de Centros Penales)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Round seal of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security to which the Registry belongs with the shield of El Salvador.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:   Head of Arms Registration Branch (Encargado de Sucursal de Registro de Armas).

Registration Criteria: N/A

Procedure for Obtaining:  Through a verbal or written request to the nearest branch office.  

Certified Copies Available: No.  The U.S. Embassy does not accept certified copies of this document.

Alternate Documents: N/A

Exceptions: N/A

Comments: This document is valid for a period of 90 days after its issue.

Military Records

Available: In El Salvador, Military records are not requested because the military service is not mandatory.

Fees:  There are no fees

Document Name:  Discharge certificate

Issuing Authority: Personnel office of the general staff of the appropriate service.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  There are no special seals, color or format.

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

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:  There are no procedures for obtaining.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Military Service is not mandatory in El Salvador. While records are available by contacting the personnel officer of the general staff of the appropriate military service, they are NOT required for immigrant visa processing

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available:  Diplomatic, Regular

Fees:

  • Diplomatic-N/A
  • Regular: USD $25.00

Document Name:  

  • Diplomatic Passport
  • Regular-Pasaporte

Issuing Government Authority:

  • Diplomatic-Foreign Ministry
  • Regular- General Directorate of Migration and Foreign (Dirección General de Migración y Extranjeria, DGME)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

  • Diplomatic: The documents have black cover.
  • Regular: The documents have dark blue covers with the image of Central America at the font.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

  • Diplomatic: Dirección General de Protocolo y Ordenes Del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores.
  • Regular: Migration Bureau

Registration Criteria:

  • Diplomatic: There is no registration criteria.
  • Regular:  There is no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:  

  • Diplomatic: There are no procedures for obtaining.
  • Regular: The applicant must apply in person at the Migration Bureau. The applicant must bring his/her original Documento Unico de Identidad (DUI) and a photocopy of the DUI.

Alternate Documents:

  • Diplomatic: There are no alternate documents
  • Regular: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:

  • Diplomatic: None
  • Regular: None

Comments:

  • Diplomatic: There is no registration criteria.
  • Regular: The applicant must apply in person at the Migration Bureau. The applicant must bring his/her original Documento Unico de Identidad (DUI) and a photocopy of the DUI.

Other Documents Available:  

  • Diplomatic: There are no other documents available.
  • Regular: There are no other documents available.

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of El Salvador.