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

Georgia

Georgia
Georgia

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 Two 120 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 120 Months
C-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-3 None Multiple 120 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 None Multiple 12 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 12 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/A
H-2B None N/A N/A
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 12 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 12 Months
N-9 None Multiple 12 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 12 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 60 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

Civil documents, except as noted below, are available in the country of Georgia. Certified copies of original documents can be obtained at a local notary office. The following government entities may issue an apostille for certified copies:

-The Civil Registry Agency of the Ministry of Justice (CRA)
-Public Service Development agency of the Ministry of Justice
-The Ministry of Education and Sciences
-The Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs
-The Supreme Court

Some civil records were destroyed during World War II or during the internal conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia (Tskhinvali region) and may not be available. In this case, the Civil Registry Agency (CRA) will issue a certificate indicating that the document was lost. Replacement documents can be obtained if archive records are available. If a record cannot be retrieved, one of the regional CRA offices may issue a replacement document on the basis of other relevant available documentation. If no supporting documentation is available, a court must review the matter and decide whether the requested document can be issued.

Duplicate civil documents also can be obtained after the CRA verifies an applicant's identity by means of Skype or similar technologies. The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi cannot assist in obtaining civil documents.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees: First birth certificate – Free
Duplicate birth certificate – Fifth business day 2 GEL
Third business day 7 GEL
Second business day 17 GEL
The same day  27 GEL

Document Name:  დაბადების მოწმობა

Issuing Authority: Ministry of Justice, Public Service Development agency offices

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: None

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

Registration Criteria: Birth registration criteria/procedures are available at: psh.gov.ge

Procedure for Obtaining: Birth registration instructions are available at: psh.gov.ge

Duplicate birth certificates are available at: psh.gov.ge

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Authenticity/validity of birth certificate can be verified online at:  https://intpass.sda.gov.ge/CheckAct.aspx

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees:  Death certificate – Free
Duplicate death certificate – Fifth business day 2 GEL
Third business day 7 GEL
Second business day 17 GEL
The same day 27 GEL

Document Name: გარდაცვალების მოწმობა

Issuing Authority: Ministry of Justice, Public Service Development agency offices

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: None

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

Registration Criteria: Procedures are available at: psh.gov.ge

Procedure for Obtaining: Instructions are available at: psh.gov.ge

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Authenticity/validity can be verified online at:  intpass.sda.gov.ge

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees:  Marriage registration at a branch of the Public Service Development Agency – Free

Fees for marriage registration special services (optional) are available at:   http://psh.gov.ge/main/page/1/496

Document Name: ქორწინების მოწმობა

Issuing Authority: Ministry of Justice, Public Service Development agency offices

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: None

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

Registration Criteria: Procedures are available at: psh.gov.ge

Procedure for Obtaining: Instructions are available at: psh.gov.ge

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Authenticity/validity of marriage certificate can be verified online at:  intpass.sda.gov.ge

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: 45 GEL

Document Name:  განქორწინების მოწმობა

Issuing Authority: Ministry of Justice, Public Service Development agency offices

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: None

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

Registration Criteria: Procedures are available at: psh.gov.ge

Procedure for Obtaining: Instructions are available at: psh.gov.ge

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  None

Comments: Authenticity/validity of divorce certificate can be verified online at: intpass.sda.gov

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees:  Adoption certificate is issued free of charge on the following business day of submission of application and other documents necessary to register adoption.

Document Name: შვილად აყვანის მოწმობა

Issuing Authority: Ministry of Justice, Public Service Development agency offices

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: None

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

Registration Criteria: Procedures are available at: psh.gov.ge

Procedure for Obtaining: Instructions are available at: psh.gov.ge

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Authenticity/validity of divorce certificate can be verified online at:  intpass.sda.gov.ge

Identity Card

Available

Fees:  Tenth business day  30 GEL
Fifth business day  40 GEL
Third business day 50 GEL
Second business day 60 GEL
The same day 65 GEL

Document Name:  პირადობის მოწმობა  (ID card)

Issuing Authority: Ministry of Justice, Public Service Development agency offices

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: As of July 1, 2011, the Georgian government started issuing a new "Georgian Electronic ID Card", which is a biometric identification card, although the existing laminated non-biometric photo ID cards are also valid. The Georgian Electronic ID Card contains information in both Georgian and English.

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

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Instructions are available at: psh.gov.ge

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Status/Validity of ID card can be verified at:  intpass.sda.gov.ge

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police

Fees:  There are no fees

Document Name:  ცნობა ნასამართლობის შესახებ

Issuing Authority: Administrative Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: შსს ადმინისტრაციის დეპარტამენტი

Registration Criteria:  There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Individuals may apply for a Georgian police certificate (criminal history record) in person or by proxy, mail or email (public@mia.gov.ge) by submitting a written request to the Administrative Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, located at 10, Gia Gulua Street, Tbilisi, Georgia. Operating hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 – 18:00; no appointment is necessary. The written request must include the person’s full legal name, any other names used, date of birth, place of birth, Georgian ID number, mailing address, and signature, and should state that the individual is requesting a certificate with his/her complete lifetime criminal history (if any), for the purpose of applying for a U.S. visa.  The Administrative Department will send the response by mail (not email) within 10 business days directly to the requestor, who must then submit it to the U.S. Embassy for review. Alternatively, if you state in your request that you prefer to pick it up in person and you provide a phone number, an employee will call you when the document is ready for pickup from their office at 10, Gia Gulua Street in Tbilisi.

NOTE: As of August 2018, police certificates issued by the “Service Agency” of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (known as a ცნობა ნასამართლობის შესახებ) are NOT sufficient for U.S. visa purposes.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Anyone can request this information regardless of citizenship or status while in Georgia. The Administrative Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs maintains a centralized database of police and prison records indexed by name, date and place of birth. The records also contain fingerprints of convicted persons. Their website (English version) is police.ge

 

Court Records

Available

Court records and public information from Georgian Courts can be obtained from: service.court.ge. (in Georgian only)

Fees:  There are no fees

Document Name:  There is no general document information

Issuing Authority: Ministry of Justice

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 available at service.court.ge

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: A court record of a sentence is available. Specific court records must be obtained from the court where the case was heard

Military Records

Available

Fees:  There are no fees

Document Name: სამხედრო ბილეთი / რეზერვისტის დროებითი მოწმობა

Issuing Authority:  local municipalities, the official name of this office is: რაიონების/გამგეობების სამხედრო განყოფილებები და მუნიციპალიტეტების გამგეობების სამხედრო აღრიცხვის გაწვევის და მობილიზაციის სამსახურები (local/regional military recruiting & mobilization board and municipal military sections)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The record is in booklet format and indicates the place and length of service and the military rank of the service member.

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

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Military records can be obtained from the military division of the district municipality, where the applicant is registered.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: All males age 17-27 are required to perform military service and if they have been exempted their booklet would show the justification.

Males age 18 and older without military service should provide certificates of non- completion of military service. These records are available from the same local municipalities.

Military records must contain a complete record of the applicant's service and conduct while in the service. For career military, this document is called პირადი საქმე (personal file) and should be submitted in addition to the regular military booklet provided to non-career military.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.):  Regular, diplomatic, service

Fees:  Tenth business day  100 GEL
Fifth business day 120 GEL
Third business day 150 GEL
Second business day  190 GEL
The same day 205 GEL
Passports for minors (under 18) 50 GEL

Document Name: პასპორტი

Issuing Government Authority: Ministry of Justice 

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There are three types of Georgian passports: regular (maroon cover), diplomatic (dark blue cover), and service (black cover). In May 2010, the Georgian government started issuing new biometric passports. The government of Georgia no longer considers Georgian passports issued before January 2005 and bearing the "Borjghalo" image to be valid travel documents for Georgian citizens; therefore, they are not valid for visa-issuing purposes. A Georgian citizen may simultaneously hold several valid passports.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Ministry of Justice

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Instructions are available at: psh.gov.ge

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Status/Validity of passport can be verified at: intpass.sda.gov.ge

Other Documents Available: Georgia's Status Neutral Travel Document. The Georgian Civil Registry Agency began issuing Status Neutral Travel Documents (SNTDs) to residents of the occupied regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Georgia, in 2011. These new Georgian government-issued travel documents meet the U.S. definition of a passport under INA 101(a) (30) and may be accepted for visa issuance (see announcement ALDAC, 12 State 72738). The new travel document is green with gold lettering on the front cover reading "Neutral Travel Document." The SNTD and the U.S. visa to be placed in it use the code "SNTD" in both the nationality and the machine readable fields. Applicants bearing an SNTD and born in Abkhazia or South Ossetia should select "Status Neutral Travel Document" as both Country of Birth and Nationality in the DS-160 online application form. They should select "Georgia" as the Country that Issued Travel Document. Visa validity and number of entries should be determined based on the Georgia reciprocity table, above.

Other Records

There are no other records

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title:  U.S. Embassy

Address:

Didi Dighomi
Tbilisi 0131
Georgia

Address:

7060 Tbilisi Place
Washington, DC 20189

Phone Number:  (995 32) 227-70-00

Comments / Additional Information: None

Visa Services

The Embassy processes visa applications for all immigrant and non-immigrant visa categories for all of Georgia, and all immigrant visa categories for nationals of Azerbaijan. The Embassy also processes Visas 92/93 for nationals of Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Last Updated: September 19, 2017