U.S. Visas

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

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis
Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis

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 120 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 120 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 120 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 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A 3
H-2B None N/A N/A 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
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 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 60 Months
V-2 None Multiple 60 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 60 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

Fees:  Local Fee is ECD $3.00, if applied for from the U.S. the fee is USD$3.00

Document Name:  Birth Certificate

Issuing Authority: Available from the Registrar General, Health Centre, Basseterre, St. Kitts.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Registrar Seal/ White/ handwritten

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar General

Registration Criteria: Must be the owner of the Birth Certificate, next of kin or a person given a notarized request by the owner.

Procedure for Obtaining: Obtain ECD$3.00 stamp at the post office and apply at civil registry

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees: Local Fee is ECD $3.00, if applied for from the U.S. the fee is USD$3.00

Document Name:  Death Certificate

Issuing Authority: Available from the Registrar General, Health Centre, Basseterre, St. Kitts.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Registrar Seal/ White/ handwritten

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar General

Registration Criteria:  Next of Kin

Procedure for Obtaining: Obtain ECD$3.00 stamp from the post office and apply at civil registry

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Burial Certificates

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Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: Local Fee is ECD $3.00, if applied for from the U.S. the fee is USD$3.00

Document Name:  Marriage certificate

Issuing Authority: Available in the form of certified copies of entries in the Register Book of Marriages from the Registrar General, Health Centre, Basseterre, St. Kitts.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Registrar Seal/ White/ handwritten with an electronic Paper sequence at the  top of the certificate

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar General

Registration Criteria:  Owners of the Certificate

Procedure for Obtaining:  Obtain ECD$3.00 stamp at the post office and apply at civil registry

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: Church certificate also available if marriage conducted at a church, however Post does not consider these a substitute for the Registrar’s certificate.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: Local Fee of ECD$5.00

Document Name: Decree Absolute

Issuing Authority: Available in the form of certified copies of the Decree Absolute from the Registrar, Supreme Court, Basseterre, St. Kitts.

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar of High Court

Registration Criteria: Parties to the divorce

Procedure for Obtaining: Obtain ECD$5.00 stamp from post office and apply at High Court.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees: Local Fee is ECD $3.00, if applied for from the U.S. the fee is USD$3.00

Document Name:  Adoption Certificate

Issuing Authority: Adoption certificates are available from the Registrar General, Health Centre, Basseterre, St. Kitts.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Registrar Seal/ White/ handwritten

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar General

Registration Criteria: Owner of Certificate or legal guardians if owner is a minor

Procedure for Obtaining: Obtain ECD$3.00 stamp and apply at civil registry

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Identity Card

National ID Cards

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name:  Electoral Card

Issuing Authority: Electoral Office

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Picture ID / white with green stripe on top, red stripe on bottom/ unique registration number/ holographic features/barcode on back.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Electoral Officer

Registration Criteria: Issued at age 18 to all citizens as well as commonwealth citizens who have lived in St Kitts & Nevis for at least one year and are registered to vote.

Procedure for Obtaining: Register to vote at electoral office upon registration you are issued with the card that serves as a National Identification Card

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: For nationals the cards will be valid for 10 years. For Commonwealth citizens 5 years. For other legal residents 1 year

Police, Court, Prison Records

Court/Prison Records

Available as an attachment to the Police Certificate for a fee of EC$50.00

 

Police Certificates

Available

Fees:  A Fee of ECD $10.00

Document Name:  Police Certificate

Issuing Authority: Available from the Criminal Records Office, Police Headquarters, Basseterre, St. Kitts or from the Divisional Police Headquarters, Charlestown, Nevis.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Criminal Records stamp/ White/ handwritten.  Delivered in sealed envelope with three stamps over the opening.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Criminal Records Officer

Registration Criteria:  Owner of the record

Procedure for Obtaining: Apply at the Criminal Records office

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Criminal records will accompany the police certificate for an additional ECD $50.00.  Post notes that only police certificates in sealed envelopes should be accepted from the criminal records office.  Frequently, “clean” certificates are issued in the same envelope as listed, but expunged convictions.  

Military Records

Military Records

Unavailable

Comments: St. Kitts and Nevis does not have an official records document.  The Defense Force can verify over the phone or via letter:  service dates and honorable/dishonorable discharge status.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Travel Documents

Available : Ordinary , Diplomatic and Official

Fees: The fees are ECD $250 for applicants 16 years and older and ECD$150 for applicants under 16 years

Document Name:  Caribbean Community  St. Christopher (St Kitts) and Nevis Passport

Issuing Government Authority: Ministry of National Security

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Machine Readable / ICAO compliant

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Passport Officer

Registration Criteria: Owner of the passport/ legal guardian for minors

Procedure for Obtaining: Apply for passport at Ministry of National Security, Passport Office, Basseterre, St Kitts

Alternate Documents: Travel Letter for emergency travel

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Express service of 4 days processing time is available at an additional fee of ECD$100.00

Other Documents Available: There are no other documents available

Other Records

Baptismal Certificates

Available from the vicar or priest of the parish where the baptism occurred.
Note: Not all churches issue this certificate. There may be a fee for this service.


Visa Issuing Posts

Post Contact Information

Post Title:  Bridgetown, Barbados (Embassy)

Address: Wildey Business Park, Wildey, St Michael, Barbados West Indies

Phone Number:  246-227-4000

Visa Services:

Comments / Additional Information:  Immigrant visa and nonimmigrant visa applications for nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados.

 

Visa Services

Visa Services:

Immigrant visa and nonimmigrant visa applications for nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados.