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

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea
Independent State of Papua New Guinea

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 $15.00 A Multiple A 12 Months A
B-2 $15.00 A Multiple A 12 Months A
B-1/B-2 $15.00 A Multiple A 12 Months A
C-1 None Multiple 12 Months
C-1/D N/A N/A N/A
C-2 None Multiple 60 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 36 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 36 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-2R None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 36 Months 3
I None One 3 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 Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 36 Months
L-2 None Multiple 36 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 One 3 Months 3
O-2 None One 3 Months 3
O-3 None One 3 Months 3
P-1 None One 3 Months 3
P-2 None One 3 Months 3
P-3 None One 3 Months 3
P-4 None One 3 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 3 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 36 Months
R-2 None Multiple 36 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

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 from the Registrar General's Office, P.O. Box 470, Waigani, N.C.D. 131, Papua New Guinea; Phone:(675) 327-1732; Fax: (675) 327-1523. Most foreign nationals and residents of towns register births with this office. Births in rural areas are frequently not registered. A fee may be charged for this service.

Death Certificates

Available from the Registrar General's Office, P.O. Box 470, Waigani, N.C.D. 131, Papua New Guinea; Phone: (675) 327-1732; Fax: (675) 327-1523. The deaths of some foreign nationals and residents of towns are registered with this office. Deaths occurring in isolated or rural areas are frequently not registered with the Registrar General's Office. In these cases a medical certificate of death will normally be issued by the hospital where the death occurred or by the attending physician.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available for church and civil marriages (known as statutory marriages, to distinguish them from customary marriages) from the Registrar General's Office, P.O. Box 470, Waigani, N.C.D. 131, Papua New Guinea; Phone (675) 327-1732; Fax: (675) 327-1523. A fee may be charged for this service.

Customary marriages between Papua New Guineans are legal provided they are carried out in accordance with the custom or customs of the tribes involved, but they are not registered and no certificates are issued. It is not clear from Papua New Guinea marriage law whether expatriates or naturalized citizens may legally enter into customary marriages in Papua New Guinea.

Divorce Certificates

Available. A certified copy of a final divorce decree can be obtained from the Registrar of the National Court, P.O. Box 7018, Boroko, N.C.D.111, Papua New Guinea; Phone: (675) 325-709. A fee may be charged for this service.

Adoption Certificates

Available. A certified copy of a final adoption decree can be obtained from the Registrar of the National Court, P.O. Box 7018, Boroko, N.C.D 111, Papua New Guinea; Phone (675) 325-7099. A fee may be charged for this service.

Identity Card

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Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

 

Clients in the National Capital District:  To obtain your police record; submit the following to the National Criminal Records Office, Police Headquarters, P.O. Box 85, Konedobu, N.C.D 125, Papua New Guinea: 1) a Character Check Application, 2) an official service fee receipt of PGK10.00, and 3) a copy of your current passport, visa and work permit. The Character Check Application Form can only be obtained at National Criminal Records Office at Police Headquarters, Konedobu, Telephone: (675) 325-4188 / 325- 4472 ; Fax: (675) 325-5365. The Service Fee Receipt can be obtained at the Public Accounts Finance Haus Valupindi, Waigani, at the Firearms Registry Office at Boroko Police Station, or at the Central Provincial Government Cash Office at Konedobu. You must apply in person. Your fingerprints will be taken to verify identity.                                                                          

Clients in other Provinces (Papua New Guinea): To obtain your police record; submit the following to the National Criminal Records Office, Police Headquarters, P.O. Box 85, Konedobu, N.C.D 125, Papua New Guinea: 1) a Character Check Application, 2) an official service fee receipt of PGK10.00, and 3) a copy of your current passport, visa and work permit. The Character Check Application Form can only be obtained at National Criminal Records Office at Police Headquarters, Konedobu, Telephone: (675) 325-4188 / 325-4472; Fax: (675) 325-5365. The Service Fee Receipt can be obtained at the Provincial Treasury Office (BMS) in the province where you reside. You must also submit a set of fingerprints taken on Form FD-258 from the Provincial Police Station where you reside.        

Clients in other countries: To obtain your police record; submit the following to the National Criminal Records Office, Police Headquarters, P.O. Box 85, Konedobu, N.C.D 125, Papua New Guinea: 1) a Character Check Application, 2) an official service fee receipt of PGK10.00, and 3) a copy of your current passport, visa and work permit. The Character Check Application Form can only be obtained at National Criminal Records Office at Police Headquarters, Konedobu, Telephone: (675) 325-4188 / 325-4472; Fax: (675) 325-5365. You must also submit your fingerprints on Form FD-258. To obtain this form from the National Criminal Records Office, call or send an e-mail request to, kwumber@rpngc.gov.pg. Send the USD equivalent of the PGK 10.00 fee through “WESTERN UNION” Bank South Pacific (BSP). Send an e-mail to the abovementioned addresses to notify the National Criminal Records Office that you have sent the fee.

NOTE: The Police Clearance Certificate will be processed and mailed to you within appropriately two weeks. For the quickest turnaround, send the completed form by DHL or FEDEX and include a Pre-paid Return envelope for the return of the certificate when issued. Otherwise, certificates will be returned through the domestic mailing service, and the certificate may take 3-6 weeks to reach the applicant.

Prison Records

Available. The police clearance certificate will contain a complete record of any criminal convictions and imprisonment.

Military Records

Available. All members of the Papua New Guinea Defense Force receive a discharge card at the time they leave the service. If they have misplaced this card, they may request another copy by writing the Director of Manpower, Murray Barracks, Free Mail.

Bag, Boroko, N.C.D. 111, Papua New Guinea; Phones: (675-325-6166 or 324-2480; Fax: (675) 325-6117. Applicants should provide regimental numbers and dates of service.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

The Papua New Guinea Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issues Certificates of Identity to Papua New Guineans, foreign nationals who must travel when a passport is not available, and refugees. These documents are passport-like documents with a gray cover and can be valid up to 24 months. Papua New Guinea's embassies and consulates overseas issue Documents of Identity to Papua New Guinea citizens under emergency conditions which are valid only for the return trip to Papua New Guinea and must be surrendered to the immigration officials upon entering the country. This document meets the requirements of section 101(A)(30) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Other Records

Not applicable

Visa Issuing Posts

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (Embassy)

Street Address:
Douglas Street (adjacent to the Bank of Papua, New Guinea)

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1492
Port Moresby, NCD 121
Papua, New Guinea

Tel: (675) 321-1455

Fax: (675) 321-1593

E-Mail: ConsularPortMoresby@state.gov

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.