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

Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia

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 120 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
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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 is no general document information

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees:  $8 EC per copy

Document Name:  Birth Certificate

Issuing Authority: May be obtained from the Registrar of Civil Status, Castries, St. Lucia.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The current certificate is computer printed on gray, non-security paper, size 17x 6 rectangular format. It contains a red seal from Registry of Civil Status Saint Lucia and a Registrar of Civil Status date stamp. It is also signed by the Registrar of Civil Status. Older hand written forms with this same format are still accepted.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar of Civil Status

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: May be obtained from the Registrar of Civil Status

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: “Birth and Baptismal Certificates” are also issued by the St. Lucia registrar.

Exceptions: None

Comments: It is common for older birth certificates not to list the name of the child or of one parent.  “Birth and Baptismal Certificates” frequently list those names and are sometimes relied upon by Post to help establish parentage.  After 2016, St. Lucia government mandated that Birth Certificates must be the primary identity document. Both documents are still issued by the Civil Registrar however.

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees: $5 EC per Copy

Document Name: Certificate of Death

Issuing Authority: May be obtained from the Registrar of Civil Status, Castries, St. Lucia. 

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The current certificate is computer printed on gray, non-security paper, size 17x 6 rectangular format. It contains a red seal from Registry of Civil Status Saint Lucia and a Registrar of Civil Status date stamp. It is also signed by the Registrar of Civil Status. Older hand written forms with this same format are still accepted.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar of Civil Status

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: May be obtained from the Civil Status Registry

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Burial certificates are also available at $6 EC per copy

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: $8 EC per copy

Document Name: Marriage Certificate  

Issuing Authority: May be obtained from the Registrar of Civil Status, Castries, St. Lucia.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The current certificate is a computer printed two-sided A4 non- security paper. The back is of the certificate contains a red seal from Registry of Civil Status Saint Lucia and a Registrar of Civil Status date stamp. It is also signed by the Registrar of Civil Status.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar of Civil Status

Registration Criteria: Applicants must apply for license from the Attorney General’s Office.

Procedure for Obtaining:  May be obtained from the Civil Status Registry, once the marriage officer records the marriage with the registry.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Please contact the Registrar of Civil Status for further information.

Address: Registry of Civil Status, Brazil Street St Lucia
Telephone: 758-468-3195
Email: civilreg@candw.lc

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: There may be a fee associated, please contact Registrar of the Supreme Courts in Saint Lucia.

Document Name: Certificate of Making Decree Nisi Absolute

Issuing Authority: Available from the Registrar of Civil Status, Castries, St. Lucia.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The current certificate is a computer printer two sided A4 non- security paper. The front of the certificate has an embossed white seal & a wet seal from the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court/High Court Office Saint Lucia, and is signed by the registrar of the courts. The back of the certificate contains a Registrar of Supreme Court date stamp, and a second signature from the Office of Deeds & Mortgages.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar of Supreme Courts

Registration Criteria: Once a divorce is granted by court and it is registered with the office of Deeds & Mortgages, applicants will receive the final certificate.

Procedure for Obtaining: May be obtained from the Registrar of Supreme Courts, Saint Lucia

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Please contact Registrar of the Supreme Court for further information stluhco@eccourts.org 

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees: $8 EC per copy

Document Name: Adoption Certificate

Issuing Authority: Available from the Registrar’s office

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The current certificate is computer printed on non-security paper, size 17x 6 rectangular format.  The certificate includes a red embossed seal from Registry of Civil Status Saint Lucia and a Registrar of Civil Status date stamp. It is also signed by the Registrar of Civil Status. Heading should read Extract from Adopted Child Register in the State of Saint Lucia.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: May be obtained from the Civil Status Registry Lucia.

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Once the adoption has been granted by the courts, the certificate becomes available from the Registrar’s office, and will replace the Birth Certificate, which becomes sealed upon final adoption.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Please contact the Registrar of Civil Status for further information.

  • Address: Registry of Civil Status, Brazil Street St Lucia
  • Telephone: 758-468-3195
  • Email: civilreg@candw.lc
Identity Card

Available

Fees: No Fee, though lost cards incur a fee of $100 EC

Document Name: National ID Card

Issuing Authority: St. Lucia Electoral Department

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Color photo ID card lists name, date of birth, place of birth, gender, nationality, address, and issue and expiry dates. Each card has a unique ID number in the upper right side of the card. The holder’s signature is featured under the subject’s photo.

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

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:  Contact St. Lucia Electoral Department for further information electoral.gov.lc

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: Driver’s licenses are also accepted identification documents in St. Lucia.

Exceptions: None

Comments: Please contact the St Lucia Electoral Department for further information.

  • Address: Saint Lucia Electoral Department, High Street Castries
  • Telephone: 758-452-3811
  • Email: electoral@candw.lc
Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available

Fees: The fee is $15 EC and processing time is typically two weeks. A Fee of $25 EC can expedite this service with a return of 1-3 days.

Document Name: Police Certificate of Character

Issuing Authority: Saint Lucia Police

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: White paper (4”x 6.5”) name and nationality is handwritten. White embossed seal from Criminal record office. Each certificate has a unique number in red located on the upper left hand corner. A photo of applicant is affixed to document.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Commissioner of Police

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicant must fill out an application form and provide two identical passport sized photos (1’1/2” x2”), either National ID card or valid passport & the fee. Please note finger prints are required for applicant overseas.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Under St. Lucia law, convictions can be expunged from a person’s record after the passage of a number of years.  Expunged convictions are not listed on the Certificate of Character.  The time from conviction to expungement varies depending on the severity of the offense.

 

Court/Prison Records

Available

Fees: Fees may vary, contact the Office of the Commissioner of Police for more information

Document Name: Court Records

Issuing Authority: May be obtained from the Criminal Record Department, Office of the Commissioner of Police, Castries, St. Lucia.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Document is electronically printed on A4 paper, stamp and white embossed seal from the presiding court. Bottom of document is signed by the Clerk of the District.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Commissioner of Police

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: May only be obtained on the request of the Applicant

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Please contact the Royal St Lucia Police Force for further information

Military Records

Unavailable:  Defense is provided through the RSS ( Regional Security System)

Passports & Other Travel Documents

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

  • Passports & Other Travel Documents

St. Lucia is a member of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) and issues standard CARICOM passports, which are ICAO compliant. 

St. Lucia operates a citizenship by investment program whereby foreigners may obtain St. Lucia citizenship and a full validity St. Lucia passport for an investment of $250,000.  There is no residency requirement for foreigners who obtain citizenship through this program.

The Department has determined passports issued under the St. Lucia Citizenship by Investment Program are valid under INA 101(a) (30).  Although a visa may be placed in such passports, applicants must still establish their identity to the satisfaction of a consular officer.  Applicants may need to present other supporting documents (a passport issued by another foreign government, school ID, identity certificate) to establish both identity and nationality.  During the course of the interview, officers should pay close attention to where the applicant was born and if the individual is potential dual national. Consular officers should contact the consular section in Embassy Bridgetown or the Visa Office with any questions regarding the St. Lucia Citizenship by Investment Program. Express passport service is available at a cost.

Fees:  $80 EC

Document Name: Passport

Issuing Government Authority: Royal Saint Lucia Police Force

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: All passport covers contain the St Lucia seal, and the Caribbean Community logo. Official Passports are green, regular passports are blue and Diplomatic passports are red. All bio pages contain a unique barcode and are machine readable.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Immigration Department

Registration Criteria: Information available at govt.lc

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants must follow online instructions at govt.lc

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Please contact the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force for further information

Other Documents Available: There are no alternate documents

Other Records

Baptismal Certificate
 

Available

Fees:

Document Name:

Issuing Authority: May be obtained from the Registrar of Civil Status, Castries, St. Lucia. Include the date of birth, both parents' names, the religion, and the name of the church where the baptism occurred, if known.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining:

Certified Copies Available:

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions:

Comments:

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Bridgetown, Barbados (Embassy)

Address: Wildey Business Park, Wildey St Michael, BB14006 Barbados, W.I

Phone Number: 246 227 4000

Comments / Additional Information:

Visa Services

IV and NIV applications for nationals of St. Lucia are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados.

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.