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

Ireland

Ireland
Ireland

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 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2 2 None Multiple 60 Months
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 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
Q-2 6 None Multiple 36 Months
Q-3 6 None Multiple 36 Months
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 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: €20 (plus postage). There is a fee for additional copies at the time of issuance.

Document Name: Birth certificate

Issuing Authority: Issued by either the local registry office or the Registrar General in Dublin.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Civil or “Long-form” Irish Birth Certificates

From 2004 all Civil Certificates (Domestic Adoption, Birth, Death, Marriage, Stillbirth, and Civil Partnership) are issued on A4 sized certificates.  The U.S. Embassy/Consulate General can accept a civil A4 copy issued by the Irish Authorities in lieu of long form certificates.

Security features include watermarks and UV images and text. 

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

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Available online through the Health Service Executive (HSE) here.

 Certified Copies: Certified Copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:  The long-form certificates issued prior to 2004 are serially numbered in the upper left-hand corner, and consist of eleven numbered boxes arrayed horizontally on the page. At the bottom of the certificate is the warning that "TO ALTER THIS DOCUMENT OR TO UTTER IT SO ALTERED IS A SERIOUS OFFENSE”. These certificates are generally available for all births from January 1, 1894.

Exceptions: None

Comments: In 2004 the Irish Department of Health - the Health Service Executive (HSE) - introduced a computerized system for recording the registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the Republic of Ireland.  Any record created prior to 2004 has also been transferred to this new electronic State database by scanning the original entries in the Registers for Births, Deaths and Marriages on to the new computerized system. Certificates are now issued based on these records where a scan of the original Register Entry is printed on to Certificate paper.

Any birth registered before the 1 OCTOBER 1997 does not provide the following details:

  • A surname of the child (it is assumed that the child takes the surname of the Father when he is named on the Birth Certificate or the surname of Mother if the Father is not named on the Birth Certificate). 
  • Any former surname of the Father.
  • The occupation and address of the mother.

These details are recorded on any birth registered on or after the 1 October 1997.

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees: €20 (plus postage).

Document Name: Death Certificate

Issuing Authority: Registrar General in Dublin

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: From 2004 all Civil Certificates (Domestic, Adoption, Birth, Death, Marriage, and Civil Partnership) from Irish authorities are issued on A4 sized certificates. Security features include watermarks and UV images and text.

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

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Available online through the Health Service Executive (HSE) here.  

Certified Copies:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents: The long-form certificates issued prior to 2004 are serially numbered in the upper left-hand corner, and consist of eleven numbered boxes arrayed horizontally on the page. At the bottom of the certificate is the warning that "TO ALTER THIS DOCUMENT OR TO UTTER IT SO ALTERED IS A SERIOUS OFFENSE. These certificates are generally available for all births from January 1, 1894.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

 

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: €20 plus postage

Document Name: Marriage Certificate

Issuing Authority: Registrar General in Dublin

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: From 2004 all Civil Certificates (Domestic, Adoption, Birth, Death, Marriage, and Civil Partnership) from Irish authorities are issued on A4 sized certificates. Security features include watermarks and UV images and text.

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

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Available online through the Health Service Executive (HSE) here.  

Certified Copies: Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents: The long-form certificates issued prior to 2004 are serially numbered in the upper left-hand corner, and consist of eleven numbered boxes arrayed horizontally on the page. At the bottom of the certificate is the warning that "TO ALTER THIS DOCUMENT OR TO UTTER IT SO ALTERED IS A SERIOUS OFFENSE.” These certificates are generally available for all births from January 1, 1894.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Divorce

Available

Fees: Varies

Document Name:  Divorce Certificate

Issuing Authority: Circuit Court Office

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 is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Divorce records may be obtained by contacting the court clerk of the court where the case was heard or from your solicitor.

Certified Copies: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees: €20 plus postage

Document Name: Adoption Certificate

Issuing Authority: Registrar General in Dublin

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: From 2004 all Civil Certificates (Domestic, Adoption, Birth, Death, Marriage, and Civil Partnership) from Irish authorities are issued on A4 sized certificates. Security features include watermarks and UV images and text.

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

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Available online through the Health Service Executive (HSE) here.

Certified Copies: Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Identity Card

National ID Cards

Unavailable

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police / Prison Records

Available

Fees: The certificate is issued free of charge and is issued for the following purposes:-

  • Foreign Consular Authorities
  • Foreign Visas
  • Establishing a Business in other EU States 

Document Name: Police Certificate

Issuing Authority: An Garda Síochána

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The Police Certificate shows the following “This certificate is issued solely for the information of the U.S.A. Consular authorities”.  The Police Certificate shows the individual’s full name, date and place of birth and all addresses while residing in Ireland.  Derogatory information is usually listed on the back of the form. To be valid, a district stamp (usually in the lower left hand corner), identifies the issuing Garda Station, signed by the District Superintendent, or his or her deputy.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Superintendent in the District where the applicant resides, or formerly resided, in the Republic of Ireland.

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants for Police Certificates for the above mentioned purposes should make application in writing to the Superintendent in charge of the district wherein they reside, or formerly resided, in the Republic of Ireland.  Information on how to request a Police Certificate, the district directory and the name of the Superintendent, is available on garda.ie

Certified Copies: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: An applicant is required to present their passport when applying for the certificate.

Note: A statement of penal servitude may be obtained directly from the prison in question, but the police certificate usually provides details of conviction and penalty imposed.
 

Court Records

Available

Fees: Varies, available on courts.ie

Document Name: Irish Court Record

Issuing Authority: Courts Service Ireland

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Department of Justice

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Court records may be obtained by contacting the court clerk of the court where the case was heard.  Contact information is available on the courts.ie website for all courts listed in the Republic of Ireland. 

Certified Copies: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: An applicant is required to present their passport when applying for the certificate.

Military Records

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name:  “Record of Service in the Defence Forces”

Issuing Authority: Óglaigh na hÉireann, Defense Forces Ireland.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The form is printed on standard, white Irish paper (8-1/4" X 11-3/4") and signed by the Officer in Charge of the Enlisted Personnel Section.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Officer in Charge of the Enlisted Personnel Section

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants with military service in the permanent or reserve forces (including the Forsa Cosanta Aitiuil or Slua Muiri) can obtain the form by contacting the Officer in Charge, Enlisted Personnel Section, Defence Forces Headquarters, Infirmary Road, Dublin 8. The applicant must provide the birth date, enlistment date, Army service number, and the name of the unit in which he served.

Certified Copies: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: A special "Record of Service in the Defence Forces" has been devised by Irish authorities to meet U.S. visa requirements.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available: Electronic passports (ePassports), Passports for Children and Emergency Passports

Fees: 

€80 Standard 10 year passport

€110 Large 10 Year passport (aged 18 and over)

€30 5 year passport (aged under 18 years)

Document Name:

  •  Passports for Children. Since October 2004 all children, regardless of age, must obtain an individual Irish passport in their own name.  There are two validity types of passports for children, 3-year passports are available for children under 3, and 5-year passports are available for children aged between 3-17 years.  Children may not be included on a parent’s passport. 

  • Emergency Passport Introduced in 2004 to facilitate Irish citizens who require a travel document and cannot wait for production and delivery of a new passport.  The 8-page passport incorporates numerous security features and has a maximum validity of 12 months.  Emergency passports may be issued in Ireland or some missions abroad.

Issuing Government Authority: Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dublin, Ireland

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: In October 2006 the Irish Passport Office began issuing electronic passports (ePassports). The passport has numerous security features and is valid for a maximum of ten years.  Machine-readable passports issued prior to October 2006, issued for a maximum of ten years are still valid.

Only Irish citizens are entitled to hold Irish passports, which are issued for a maximum of 10 years validity. Passports can be issued with shorter validity (3 years) to children under three years and (5 years) to children from 3-17 years.  Passports come in a 34-page standard size and a 66-page large size.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Irish Passport Office, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Registration Criteria: In all applications for a new passport, as well as the completed application form, you must submit:

  • Four passport photographs, 2 of which must be signed by a witness as per instructions provided with the application form
  • Certified copy of photographic ID, for example, driving licence, college identification card, passport from another country (The application form witness can certify it)
  • Proof of use of name, for example, payslip, bank statement, social welfare receipts
  • Proof of address, for example, utility bill, official correspondence from an Irish State agency (internet printouts are accepted if stamped by the issuing authority)
  • Appropriate fee

Procedure for Obtaining: If you are applying from within the State, you should use Passport Express. Hand in your application at your nearest Service Plus Post Office. If you have immediate travel plans or a necessity to travel for reasons of family emergency, contact a passport office.  If applying from outside the State, send the completed application to the nearest Irish embassy     or consulate, or hand it in at the nearest participating Northern Ireland Post Office if using Passport Express

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: Only Irish citizens are entitled to hold Irish passports, which are issued for a maximum of 10 years validity. Passports can be issued with shorter validity (3 years) to children under three years and (5 years) to children from 3-17 years.  Passports come in a 34-page standard size and a 66-page large size.

Other Documents Available:

Emergency Travel Certificate:  In certain circumstances, an Emergency Travel Certificate rather than a passport will be issued by the Irish embassy or Consulate abroad to an Irish citizen who has lost his/her passport.  Emergency Travel Certificates are only valid for one journey.  An Emergency Travel Certificate is not a passport; it is a document (about A5 size) that carries a photograph of the applicant and a stamp from the embassy verifying identity.  Emergency Travel Certificates are generally issued very quickly (depending on the circumstances) and there is a small fee for this service.

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: U.S. Embassy in Dublin, Ireland

Address:

42 Elgin Road
Ballsbridge
Dublin 4, Ireland

Phone Number: (353) (1) 668-8777 - after hours (353) (1) 668-9612

Fax: (353) (1) 668-8056

Visa Services: All visa categories for the Republic of Ireland.

Comments / Additional Information:  None

Visa Services

All visa categories for the Republic of Ireland.