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

Guatemala

Guatemala
Republic of Guatemala

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 Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B $25.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C $25.00 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 $25.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 $25.00 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 $25.00 Multiple 60 Months
L-2 $25.00 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 $25.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 $25.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 $25.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 $25.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 $25.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 $25.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 $25.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 $25.00 Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 $25.00 Multiple 60 Months
R-2 $25.00 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 Month
U-2 None Multiple 48 Month
U-3 None Multiple 48 Month
U-4 None Multiple 48 Month
U-5 None Multiple 48 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

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees:  Quetzal 15 (approximately $2.00)

Document Name:  Certificado de Nacimiento

Issuing Authority: The applicant needs to request birth certificates from RENAP (National Registry of Persons) and not his or her municipality.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Yes / Black or blue / Circle

Registration Criteria: The interested party should send a request to RENAP in any Renap agency in the country. The request should at least include the full name and date of birth and/or number of the libro (book), folio (page), and partida (registration) under which the birth was recorded.

Procedure for Obtaining: More information regarding RENAP (addresses and fees in other towns) may be found at their website.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:  In the absence of a birth record, a person claiming Guatemalan birth can create a record of such birth by obtaining from the Civil Registry a certificate verifying the nonexistence of birth registration, and then appearing before a Guatemalan Court with three witnesses who can swear to their knowledge of the person's place and date of birth. At the same time, affidavits from two physicians verifying the alleged age must also be submitted. Due to the relative ease with which judicially created birth records can be obtained, such records may indicate fraud in the registration, and should generally be supported with additional evidence.  Baptismal certificates from church authorities are not recognized as legal documents by the Guatemalan government, but they can be used to prove a person's birth if the birth was not registered and the hospital's report or the midwife's report is not available.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  If the applicant does not have a RENAP birth certificate, he/she must work with a Guatemalan attorney to do all the procedures to register their birth certificate at RENAP.

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees:  Quetzal 15 (approximately $2.00)

Document Name:  Certificado de Defuncion

Issuing Authority: The applicant needs to request birth certificates from RENAP (National Registry of Persons) and not his or her municipality.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Yes / Black or blue / Circle

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrador Civil de las Personas

Registration Criteria: The interested party should send a request to RENAP in the place of the applicant's birth or town nearest to it. The request should at least include the full name and date of birth and/or number of the libro (book), folio (page), and partida (registration) under which the birth was recorded.

Procedure for Obtaining: More information regarding RENAP (addresses and fees in other towns) may be found at their website.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  None

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: Quetzal 15(approximately $2.00)

Document Name:  Certificado de Matrimonio

Issuing Authority: The applicant needs to request marriage certificates from RENAP (National Registry of Persons) and not his or her municipality.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Yes / Black or blue / Circle

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrador Civil de las Personas

Registration Criteria: The interested party should send a request to RENAP in any RENAP agency in the country. The request should at least include the full name and date of birth and/or number of the libro (book), folio (page), and partida (registration) under which the marriage was recorded.

Procedure for Obtaining: More information regarding RENAP (addresses and fees in other towns) may be found at their website.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  The birth certificates usually have annotations regarding marriage or divorces of the person. However, the annotated Birth Certificates are not accepted instead of the marriage certificate.

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: Quetzal 15 (approximately $2.00)

Document Name:  Certificado de divorcio

Issuing Authority: The applicant needs to request divorce certificates from RENAP (National Registry of Persons) and not his or her municipality.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Yes / Black or blue / Circle

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrador Civil de las Personas

Registration Criteria: The interested party should send a request to RENAP in any Renap agency in the country.  The request should at least include the full name and date of birth and/or number of the libro (book), folio (page), and partida (registration) under which the divorce was recorded.

Procedure for Obtaining: More information regarding RENAP (addresses and fees in other towns) may be found at their website.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  The birth certificates usually have annotations regarding marriage or divorces of the person. However, the annotated Birth Certificates are not accepted instead of the divorce Certificate.

 

Adoption Certificates

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees:  Quetzal25 (Approximately $3.50)

Document Name: Certificado de Adopcion

Issuing Authority: RENAP – National Registry of Persons

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Yes / Black or blue / Circle

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrador Civil de las Personas

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:  Provide Family Court Resolution + Final Approval from the Adoptions Central Authority + Pay Fees

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Identity Card

National ID Cards

Available

Fees: Quetzal85 (approximately $11.50)

Document Name:  Documento Personal de Identificación (DPI)

Issuing Authority: RENAP

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Security features may be found here

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrador Civil de Personas

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:  Requirements may be found here

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available

Fees:  Quetzal15 (approximately $2.00)

Document Name:  Antecedentes Policíacos

Issuing Authority: Police Headquarters (Direccion General de la Policia Nacional)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: 3 ¾” x 8 ½” slip with a Policia Nacional Civil pattern background

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Jefe de Gabinete Criminalístico

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:  Requirements may be found here

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Only applicants 18 years of age and older need to present police records. Do not send the document to the National Visa Center (NVC). Please bring the original and current (they are valid for six months only) police and court records from Guatemala to the U.S. Embassy at the time of the interview.

 

Court Records

Available

Fees:  Quetzal30  (approximately $4.00)

Document Name:  Court Records

Issuing Authority: Supreme Court (Organismo Judicial)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: 3 ¾” x 8 ½” slip with a National Emblem in the background

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Director

Registration Criteria:  See registration requirements here

Procedure for Obtaining:  Application should be made by the applicant in person.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Only applicants 18 years of age and older need to present police records. Do not send the document to the National Visa Center (NVC). Please bring the original and current (they are valid for six months only) police and court records from Guatemala to the U.S. Embassy at the time of the interview.

 

Prison Records

Unavailable

 

Military Records

Unavailable

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Travel Documents

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

Fees: Quetzal220 (approximately $30.00)

Document Name:  Pasaporte

Issuing Government Authority: Migración

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

  • Regular: Effective September 16, 1999, Guatemalan passports issued within Guatemala have had blue covers, a digitized photo, and are machine readable.
  • Diplomatic and Official: Recently issued Guatemalan diplomatic and official passports have blue covers and are machine readable.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Director General de Migracion

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:  See requirements here

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:

  • Regular: Older expired versions of the Guatemalan passport have a red or maroon cover. Those passports ceased to be valid after October 31, 2001 for all travel except direct return to Guatemala.
    Guatemalan embassies and consulates, other than those in the United States, issue overseas passports with a green cover. Those passports are not machine readable, but will continue to be valid after October 31, 2001.
  • Diplomatic and Official: Older versions of diplomatic and official passports remain valid through their expiration date.

Other Documents Available:  Other documents are not available

 

 

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Guatemala, Guatemala (Embassy)

Mailing Address:
APO AA 34024

Street Address:
7-01 Avenida la Reforma
Zone 10

Tel: (011)(502)(2) 331-1541

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Guatemala.