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

Iraq

Iraq
Republic of Iraq

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 Multiple 12 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-2 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-1 None Multiple 12 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 12 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None 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 None Multiple 12 Months
F-2 None 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 Multiple 12 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A3
H-2B None N/A N/A3
H-2R None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3
I None Multiple 12 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 12 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 12 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None One 6 Months
K-4 None One 6 Months
L-1 None Multiple 12 Months
L-2 None Multiple 12 Months
M-1 None Multiple 12 Months
M-2 None 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 None Multiple 12 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 12 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 12 Months
R-2 None 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 One 3 Months
V-2 None One 3 Months 8
V-3 None One 3 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

General Document Information: Although these documents are theoretically available from Iraqi authorities, on occasion they may be withheld in individual cases for political or other reasons.  In other cases applicants may be reluctant to obtain documents, particularly police documents, for fear of retribution. There are two types of personal identification documents typically possessed by Iraqi nationals: 1) Iraqi ID card "Aljinssiyah", and 2) Nationality Certificate "Shahadat aljinssiyah".

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available    

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Shahadat Alwiladah

Issuing Authority: Ministry of Health - Bureau of births and deaths " wazarat alsehha-maktab alwiladat wa alwafiyat "

Official Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Two types of birth certificates, one called "shahadat alwiladah" issued by the Ministry of Health - the hospital, or "Surat Qayd alwiladah" issued by the Ministry of Health "wazarat alsehha-maktab alwiladat", both of which have the official seal of the Ministry of Health.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Doctor and Statistician from Ministry of Health

Registration Criteria: When the baby is born, the parents take the birth document issued by the health clinic/hospital and take it to the Ministry of Health, where the child's birth is officially registered.

Procedure for Obtaining: The clinic/hospital will issue a birth certificate when a child is born.  The parents must take the certificate to the Ministry of Health where the certificate will be stamped and the birth will be officially registered with the government.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: The Family Book "Qayd 57/Copy of Entry 1957" issued by the  General Directorate Of Nationality (Mudeeriyat Al-Jenssiyah Al-Aama)

Exceptions: According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an Iraqi birth certificate can only be issued to a child of an Iraqi father; it may not be issued in the event that the child's father is an Arab-state national (other than Iraqi) or a foreigner.

Comments: If the Ministry of Health has no record of the subject's birth, either because the birth was never registered, or because the record was lost (i.e. during a fire, etc.), then the subject can appear at the General Directorate Of Nationality and present his/her family's identification. The Directorate then affirms that the subject-to-be-registered or confirmed registered was in fact born on "x" date. The General Directorate of Nationality uses that information to register the birth via a document called the "Family Book", which details the family tree of the immediate family.

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees:  There are no fees

Document Name: Shahadat alwafat

Issuing  Authority: Ministry of Health - Bureau of births and deaths "wazarat alsehha-maktab alwiladat wa alwafiyat"

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Seal of Ministry of Health

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Ministry of Health - Bureau of Births and Deaths

Registration Criteria: The family may register the death of their family member by submitting a hospital or report of death to the Ministry of Health's Bureau of Births and Deaths.

Procedure for Obtaining: The clinic/hospital will issue a death certificate when someone is deceased.  The certificate must be taken to the Ministry of Health where the certificate will be stamped and the death will be officially registered with the government.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Burial Certificates

Unavailable: The Iraqi authority does not issue Burial Certificates.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Aqd al-zawaj

Issuing Authority: Ministry of Justice, Civil Status Court "wazarat aladel- mahkamat al ahwal alshakhsiyah"

Official Seal(s) / Color / Format: The seal of the high judicial council "majles alqadhaa alaala" and the judge’s original green signature.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Judge of the Civil Court

Registration Criteria: The couple files a marriage contract/certificate application with the Ministry of Justice's Civil Status Court, who then issues the marriage contract/certificate.

Procedure for Obtaining: The couple must file a marriage contract or certificate application form to the Ministry of Justice’s Civil Status Court in order to obtain a marriage certificate.

Certified Copies Available: The court issues one original marriage contract/certificate, and certified copies.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Religious marriage certificates are not acceptable for Immigrant Visa application purposes.  All marriages must be registered in either a Muslim religious (Sharia) court or civil court. Although Christian churches perform marriage ceremonies and issue marriage certificates, these marriages are not legal in Iraq until recorded with an appropriate civil court.

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: There are no fees.

Document Name: Watheeqat al-talaq

Issuing  Authority: Ministry of Justice "wazarat aladel- mahkamat al ahwal alshakhsiyah"

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The seal of high judicial council "majles alqadhaa alaala" and the judge original green signature.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Judge of the Civil Court

Registration Criteria: The divorce request is filed with the Ministry of Justice's Civil Status Court; when the divorce has been finalized, the court registers the marriage dissolution and issues the final divorce decree.

Procedure for Obtaining: The divorce request must be filed with the Ministry of Justice’s Civil Court; once the divorce has been finalized, the court will register the marriage dissolution and issues the final divorce decree.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Adoption Certificates

Unavailable:  Iraqi law does not permit adoptions; family guardianships may be registered but do not qualify for immigration purposes.

Identity Card

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: "Hawiat Al Ahwal Almadaniyah" or "aljinssiyah"

Issuing Authority: The Nationality Directorate (Mudeeriyat Al-Jenssiyah).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The seal of the Nationality Directorate and letter pressed serial number (letter-press, red ink) and official hologram

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Nationality Directorate

Registration Criteria:  The Nationality Directorate keeps records of all citizens. They issue the National ID according to the subject’s birth certificate. Subject can renew or get a new National ID if lost.

Procedure for Obtaining: Adults must present a Residency Card, Certificate of Nationality and expired National ID card (if available).  Adults applying on behalf of a minor must submit the child’s birth certificate and the parents’ National ID cards for the Nationality Directorate to issue a National ID Card.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police/Prison Records

Available

Fees:   IQD $25,000 - equivalent to approximately USD $20.

Document Name:  Shahadat adam mahkoomiyah

Issuing Government Authority:        The Directorate of Criminal Information "Modeeriat Aladellah Aljinaeyah" in Baghdad.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The certificate is in Arabic and English, the color of the certificate is brown,  has the  applicant’s ten fingerprints at the back of the certificate,;  wet seal from Criminal Evidence Department (front), dry seal from Ministry of Interior (front), wet seal from Ministry of Foreign Affairs (back) please see additional comment below; wet seal over the applicant’s photo (front); signatures from Director of Criminal Evidence Department and Ministry of Interior (front), and signatures of Director of Fingerprints Department, Fingerprints Expert and Fingerprints Officer (back).

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Major General, Director  of Criminal Evidence Department "modeer qesim aladellah aljinaeyah"

Registration Criteria:  Each applicant with legal residency in Iraq can apply for an Iraqi Police Certificate, regardless of nationality.  Applicants within Iraq must obtain this certificate from the Directorate of Criminal Evidence Department, Ministry of Interior in Baghdad, Iraq.  Certificates obtained from branch offices in other cities are not acceptable.  Applicants outside Iraq can apply for a certificate through the Iraq Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Applicants must appear in-person to apply for a police certificate.  Processing time: 5 days.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:   (1) All Iraqi police certificates issued by The Directorate of Criminal Information in Baghdad must be certified by The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).  This MOFA stamp is a commonly missing element and Post will not accept the police certificate without it.  It should be on the back of the certificate at the top of the sheet in the box marked “MOFA Ministry of Foreign Affairs.” (2) Police certificates issued in the Kurdistan region (Erbil, Sulaimaniyah and Dohuk) are not acceptable for Immigrant Visa application purposes.

 

Court Records

Available: Only if there is a court decision.

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Sijil almahkamah

Issuing Authority: Court

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Original Signature of the Judge.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The court having jurisdiction over the proceedings.

Registration Criteria: An application for certified copies of court proceedings must be requested by directly contacting the court having jurisdiction over such proceedings.

Procedure for Obtaining: See above.

Certified Copies Available: Yes, if court proceedings exist.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Military Records

Available

Fees: There are no fees.

Document Name: "Daftar alkhidmah alaskariyah"

Issuing Authority: Ministry of Defense

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Seal of Ministry of Defense

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

Registration Criteria: Members of the Iraqi military who served prior to 2003 were issued a military book indicating their service status, which are kept by the service member after discharge; the military book is required for Immigrant Visa application purposes.  Members of the Iraqi military who served after 2003 were/are issued military identification cards; these cards are required for Immigrant Visa application purposes.

Procedure for Obtaining: See above.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: If a military book or identification card is lost or destroyed after service concludes, the applicant is unable to obtain a replacement and an exception for the missing card can be made if the applicant provides a statement noting the card was lost or destroyed after military service.

Comments: None 

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available: "A" series passports are issued to non-diplomatic or official passport holders.  “D” passports are issued to diplomatic passport holders.  “C” and “E” series passports are issued to officials and government service staff respectively.

Fees: IQD $25,000 - equivalent to approximately USD $20

Document Name: Jawaz

Issuing Government Authority: The Directorate of Passports, Ministry of Interior or its branches in provinces

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: It has a hologram image, hologram seal and water marks.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Passports Office Director

Registration Criteria: Per the Iraqi Passport Directorate, the following documents are required in order to apply for an Iraqi passport: 1) National ID card; 2) Certificate of Iraqi Nationality; 3) Residency card; 4) Two photographs; 5) National ID of the guardian (if applicant is a minor); 6) Fee.

Procedure for Obtaining: Every individual must appear in-person to apply for a passport and the processing time is one week.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: Only D (diplomatic), E (official), C (government service staff) and A passports are valid for U.S. visas and admission to the United States. All Iraqis of all ages must apply for passports in person.

Other Documents Available: There are no other documents available.

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Baghdad, Iraq (Embassy)

Address: Al Kindi Street, International Zone, Baghdad, Iraq

Email: BaghdadNIV@state.gov (Non-immigrant Visa); BaghdadIV@state.gov (Immigrant Visa); BaghdadACS@state.gov (American Citizen Services)

Phone Number:  There is no phone number for this office.

Comments / Additional Information: None

Erbil, Iraq (Consulate General)

Address: 413 Ishtar, Ankawa, Erbil, Iraq

Email: ErbilNIV@state.gov; ErbilACS@state.gov

Visa Services

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad processes applications for all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa classifications.

Consulate General Erbil accepts applications for all nonimmigrant visa classifications except for A and G visas, which are processed by U.S. Embassy Baghdad.  U.S. Consulate General Erbil does not process immigrant visa applications; they are solely processed by U.S. Embassy Baghdad.