U.S. Visas

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

Oman

Oman
Sultanate of Oman

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 24 Months
A-2 None Multiple 24 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 $15.00 Multiple 24 Months
B-2 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1/B-2 $15.00 Multiple 24 Months
C-1 None Multiple 24 Months
C-1/D $15.00 Multiple 24 Months
C-2 None Two 6 Months
C-3 None Two 6 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D $15.00 Multiple 24 Months
E-1 2 None Multiple 6 Months
E-2 2 None Multiple 6 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 6 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 24 Months
G-2 None Multiple 24 Months
G-3 None Multiple 24 Months
G-4 None Multiple 24 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B $15.00 Multiple 24 Months 3
H-1C $15.00 Multiple 24 Months 3
H-2A $15.00 Multiple 24 Months 3
H-2B $15.00 Multiple 24 Months 3
H-2R $15.00 Multiple 24 Months 3
H-3 $15.00 Multiple 24 Months 3
H-4 $15.00 Multiple 24 Months 3
I None One 6 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 $15.00 Multiple 36 Months
L-2 $15.00 Multiple 36 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 $15.00 Multiple 24 Months 3
O-2 $15.00 Multiple 24 Months 3
O-3 $15.00 Multiple 24 Months 3
P-1 $15.00 Multiple 24 Months 3
P-2 $15.00 Multiple 24 Months 3
P-3 $15.00 Multiple 24 Months 3
P-4 $15.00 Multiple 24 Months 3
Q-1 6 $15.00 Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 $15.00 Multiple 24 Months
R-2 $15.00 Multiple 24 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

There are no general documents.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees:  New issuance – OMR 2.000; Additional copy – OMR 1.000; Replacement – OMR 5.000.  Note: Fees are accepted via Debit or Credit cards only.

Document Name:  Certificate of Birth

Issuing Authority:  Directorate General of Civil Status (DGCS), Royal Oman Police

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Yellow

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Registration Criteria: According to the DGCS, all births (Omanis and expatriates) in Oman must be registered within 2 weeks from the date of birth.  

Procedure for Obtaining:  Original birth notification from health institution in Oman, original IDs (ID card, resident card, passport), original marriage certificate.  Note: Foreign marriage certificates need to be attested by the respective embassies or consulates and authenticated by the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oman.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternative documents.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  Individuals whose births are not registered should obtain a “birth notification” from the concerned hospital and contact the DGCS to register and obtain a birth certificate.

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees:  New issuance – no fees; Additional copy – OMR 1.000; Replacement – OMR 5.000.  Note: Fees are accepted via Debit or Credit cards only.

Document Name:  Certificate of Death or “Shahadat Wafaat”

Issuing Authority:  the DGCS, Royal Oman Police

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Yellow

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

Registration Criteria:  According to the DGCS, all deaths (Omanis and expatriates) that occur in Oman must be registered within two weeks from the date of death.  

Procedure for Obtaining:  Original death notification from health institution in Oman, Original IDs (resident card and passport) of the deceased, Original IDs (resident card and passport) of the relative or informant.  Note:  If the deceased is an expatriate, a no objection letter from Embassy Muscat and the police station with jurisdiction where the death occurred are required.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternative documents.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  Individuals whose deaths are not registered may approach the concerned hospital to obtain a “death notification,” and then contact the DGCS to register the death and obtain a death certificate.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees:  New issuance – OMR 2.000; Additional copy – OMR 1.000; Replacement – OMR 5.000.  Note: Fees are accepted via Debit or Credit cards only.

Document Name:  Marriage Certificate or “Shahadat Zawaaj”

Issuing Authority:  DGCS, Royal Oman Police

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Green

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

Registration Criteria:  According to the DGCS, all marriages in Oman where at least one party is an Omani must be registered within 30 days from the date of marriage.  See comments in cases where both individuals are non-Omanis.  

Procedure for Obtaining:  Original marriage certificate, Original IDs (ID card, resident card, passport) for both parties and a no objection letter from the Omani Ministry of Interior, if one party is non-Omani.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternative documents.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  Marriages performed in the United States are valid in Oman just as marriages recognized in Oman are also valid in the United States.  The Sultanate acknowledges and allows Christian marriages provided no Muslims are being married.  Clergy from the Protestant and Catholic churches in Oman, as well as the some foreign diplomats if the marriage involves one of their citizens, may perform marriages.  According to a Royal decree of May 1989, Omanis are forbidden to marry foreigners without the explicit permission of the Ministry of Interior, which will only be granted in the case of elderly, the handicapped, and Gulf Cooperation Council nationals.  Marriages of Omanis to foreigners without the permission of the Ministry of Interior are considered illegal.  Omanis who violate this law may lose their jobs, if employed by the Omani government, and their children’s Omani citizenship.

The following outlines the procedure that U.S. citizens must follow to marry in Oman.  Please note that the U.S. Embassy does not certify as to whether or not individuals domiciled in the United States who propose to be married abroad are able to do so; nor does the Embassy certify U.S. federal or state marriage law.  If your fiancé (e) is not a U.S. citizen, it is important to check with his or her embassy to see whether any special conditions or restrictions apply for him/her to marry in Oman.

U.S. citizens are permitted to wed in Oman under certain circumstances.  Non-Muslims in Oman may be married either by an official of their Embassy or by a clergyman associated with one of the religious organizations that the Omani government recognizes. However, U.S. embassy officials do not have U.S. Government authority to perform marriages.  U.S. citizens wishing to marry in Oman are usually wed by clergymen affiliated with either the Roman Catholic Church (ruwiparish.org) or the Protestant Church (churchinoman.com).  Individuals wishing to marry at either church may contact the clergy or staff in advance for detailed information on documentary requirements, fees and time involved.  After the clergyman performs the marriage ceremony, he issues a marriage certificate that the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs must authenticate.  After obtaining the Ministry’s seal, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) must apostille this certificate for acceptance in the United States.  The fee for an apostille is OMR 10.000 (approximately USD 26.00).

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees:  OMR 1.000

Document Name:  Divorce Certificate or “Shahadat Talaaq”

Issuing Authority:  Ministry of Justice or “Qatib Al Adil”

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  White

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

 Registration Criteria:  According to the DGCS, all divorces in Oman where at least one individual is Omani must be registered with the DGCS within 30 days from the date of divorce.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Attestations from the Sharia court must be presented to the Ministry of Justice to obtain the divorce certificate.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternative documents.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  Divorce in Oman is only available in accordance with Sharia Law.

Adoption Certificates

Unavailable: Islam does not permit adoption.  Islam permits legal guardianship.  Omani law does not permit adoption of Omani children in Oman, and only Omani citizens of Muslim faith may seek legal guardianship of Omani children.  Non-Omani citizens are precluded from obtaining legal guardianship of an Omani child, and Oman does not recognize dual citizenship, such as dual U.S.-Omani citizenship.  The Ministry of Social Affairs, Child Affairs Directorate, is responsible for children’s issues in Oman.  For information regarding guardianship, contact:

 Ministry of Social Affairs, Child Affairs Directorate
Tel: +968 2469-6632 or +968 2469 6608

Identity Card

National ID Cards

Available:  For Omani citizens only

Fees:  New issuance – OMR 6.000; Renewal - OMR 6.000; Replacement – OMR 11.000.  Note: Fees are accepted via Debit or Credit cards only.

Document Name:  Identity Card

Issuing Authority: DGCS, Royal Oman Police

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: The Directorate General of Civil Status (DGCS) issues ID cards to all Omani’s above 15 years of age.  According to the Civil Status Law, an ID card is required for males (above 15 years) but optional for females.  

Procedure for Obtaining:  Completed form, personal appearance, original passport, and parents’ passports.  If the applicant does not have a passport, he needs to submit original birth certificate.  An applicant 14 years old or younger requires a no objection letter from his/her father in addition to above documents.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:   There are no alternative documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Current residents of Oman:

Available

Fees:  OMR 3.000 (for Omanis); OMR 20.000 (for expatriates).  No cash accepted.  Fees must be paid via credit or debit cards only.

Document Name:  Clearance Certificate or “Shahadat Adam Al Mahkoumiya”

Issuing Authority:  Directorate General of Criminal Inquiries and Investigation (DGCII), Royal Oman Police

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 criterion.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Current residents of Oman who need a Good Conduct Certificate (GCC)/Clearance Certificate should contact the Directorate General of Inquiries and Criminal Investigations, Royal Oman Police in their area of residence with the following documents.  This information may also be viewed on the Royal Oman Police website at rop.gov.om.  

Original, completed application form; this form is only available from the DGCII

Copy of applicant’s passport with the Omani visa.

Two photographs (size 2” X 1½“) taken on a blue background.

Copy of applicant’s resident card.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternative documents.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  None

Former Residents of Oman:

Available

Fees: OMR 3.000 (for Omanis); OMR 20.000 (for expatriates).  No cash accepted.  Fees must be paid via credit or debit cards only.

Document Name:  Clearance Certificate or “Shahadat Adam Al Mahkoumiya”.

Issuing Authority:  Directorate General of Criminal Inquiries and Investigation, Royal Oman Police

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:  Former residents of Oman may apply for a (GCC)/Clearance Certificate by providing the following documents:  (Note:  According to the Royal Oman Police, former residents of Oman are not required to submit an application form, but must include a letter and other documents/information indicated below).

Letter from applicant indicating full name and address and the reason for the (GCC)/Clearance Certificate.

Two photographs (size 2” X 1½”) taken on a blue background.

Copy of the applicant’s passport including pages containing Omani residence visa, entry/exit stamps while the applicant maintained a residence in Oman

Evidence of processing fee transfer of USD 56.000 to the Directorate General of Inquiries and Criminal Investigations’ account number 3106-453888-500, Oman Arab Bank, Qurum Branch.  Oman Arab Bank’s routing code is OMABOMRU.

Former residents may submit the above documents in one of three ways:

Via a courier service or express mail to the Director of Criminal Evidence, Directorate General of Inquiries and Criminal Investigations, Royal Oman Police, P.O. Box 446, Muscat 113, Sultanate of Oman.  Tel: 00968-2456-9496/2456-9177; the applicant should coordinate delivery and collection with the courier company; or

Directly to the Omani Embassy/Consulate where the applicant resides; or

For faster processing, former residents may wish to seek the assistance of a relative, friend, or previous employer in Oman to contact in-person and obtain the Omani GCC directly from the Directorate General of Criminal Investigation. Note:  In all cases, the Directorate General of Criminal Investigation takes one to two days to process the GCC.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternative documents.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  None

 

Court/Prison Records

Available

Fees:  From the courts-No fee; From the Office of the Public Prosecutor-OMR 10-15

Document Name:  Court/Prison Order

Issuing Authority:  Civil/Primary/Supreme/Sharia court or Public Prosecution

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:  Appear in person to request for the document

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternative documents.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  None

Military Records

Available

Fees:  There are no fees.

Document Name:  Certificate of Discharge.

Issuing Authority:  Ministry of Defense in Oman, Box 113, Muscat 113, Muscat, Oman

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  There are no special seal/color/formats.

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

Registration Criteria:  There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Contact the concerned office at the Ministry of Defense

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternative documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Contact details for the Ministry of Defense are available at www.mod.gov.om.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

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

  • Ordinary passport (red cover)
  • Diplomatic passport (black cover)
  • Special passport (burgundy cover)
  • Service passport (blue cover)
  • The laissez-passez (green cover) is issued by Omani Embassies and Consulates abroad for return to Oman

Fees: For minors (below 18 years)-OMR 5.000; Adults (above 18 years) OMR 10.000

Document Name:  Sultanate of Oman - Passport

Issuing Government Authority: The Directorate General of Passport & Residence

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: See types available

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

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Detailed information is on Omani travel documents is available at rop.gov.om under “Services”.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternative documents.

Exceptions: There are no exceptions.

Comments: None

Other Records

Not applicable

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title:  Muscat, Oman (Embassy)

Address:  Jameat A’Duwal Al Arabiya Street, Diplomatic Quarter, Al Khuwair, Muscat, Oman

Phone Number:  +968 2464-3400

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Oman.

Additional Information for Reciprocity

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.