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

Singapore

Singapore
Republic of Singapore

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 24 Months
E-2 2 None Multiple 24 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-1B1 None Multiple 18 Months
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
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, Libyan, Somalian, Sudanese, Syrian or Yemeni 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

All records for Singapore may be considered complete from their origins to the present, except for the "occupation" period during World War II.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees: SGD 18 subject to change

Document Name: Certificate of Birth

Issuing Authority: Registry of Births and Deaths or Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:   Certificates issued before May 29, 2022, are issued by the Registrar of Births and Deaths. Birth certificates for persons born on or after May 29, 2022, are issued electronically. Applicants may download their birth certificate from the website of the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority. Digital birth certificates have a QR code and website address on the bottom of the certificate which may be used for authentication.

Registration Criteria: See requirements at Birth Registration in Singapore

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants can print their birth certificates once they are downloaded from the website of the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority. For further information, please see  Birth Registration. All electronically issued birth certificates can be authenticated online at https://eservices.ica.gov.sg/ecert/request/verify/birth

Certified Copies Available:   A birth extract is a certified copy of the birth certificate. Certified copies of birth certificates can be obtained from Registry of Births and Deaths, Citizen Services Centre, ICA Building at 10 Kallang Road, Level 3, Singapore 208718, and phone number 65-6391-6100. For further information, please see ICA - Birth and Death Extracts

Alternate Documents:  Extract of Registration of Birth, fee applies

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees:  No fee for registering a death

Document Name: Certificate of the Registration of Death

Issuing Authority: Registry of Births and Deaths or Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Certificates issued before May 29, 2022, are issued by the Registrar of Births and Deaths. Death certificates for persons deceased on or after May 29, 2022, are issued electronically by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.

Registration Criteria:  See requirements at Death Registration in Singapore

Procedure for Obtaining: Effective May 29, 2022, all deaths in Singapore are automatically registered after the medical practitioner certifies the death of the deceased. The next of kin may download the digital death certificate from the website of the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). Digital death certificates have a QR code on the bottom of the certificate which allows the certificate to be authenticated. ICA no longer issues physical death certificates for deaths occurring on or after May 29, 2022. For further information, please see Death Registration .

Certified Copies Available:  A death extract is a certified true copy of the death certificate. Certified copies of birth certificates can be obtained from Registry of Births and Deaths, Citizen Services Centre, ICA Building at 10 Kallang Road, Level 3, Singapore 208718, and phone number 65-6391-6100. For further information, please see ICA - Birth and Death Extracts.

Alternate Documents:   Extract of Registration of Death, fee applies.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available: If marriage contracted before September 15, 1961.  Please enquire directly with the National Archives of Singapore (NAS)

Fees: There are fees

Document Name:  Certificate of Marriage

Issuing Authority: The Registrar, Registry of Marriages. Civil marriage certificates are pink in color. Marriage certificates for Muslim marriages are green in color.

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:  Civil marriages are registered under the Women’s Charter. Couples who are married under the Women’s Charter will need to obtain their marriage certificates from the Registry of Marriages.  Obtained from the Registrar, Registry of Marriage (ROM) at 7 Canning Rise, Singapore 179869, phone number 65-6338-9987/65-6338-7808.

 

Muslim marriages are registered under Islamic Syariah Law.  Muslims may obtain marriage certificates from the Registrar, Registry of Muslim Marriage (ROMM) at 7 Canning Rise, Singapore 179869, phone number 65-6337-0207.

 

For further information on marriages in Singapore, please see https://www.marriage.gov.sg/

Some churches and religious organizations issue their own marriage certificates. However, these are not valid unless accompanied by either a civil marriage certificate issued by the ROM or a Muslim marriage certificate issued by the ROMM.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents:  Extract Copy of Marriage Cert referred to as Duplicate certificate, fee applies.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Divorce Certificate

Available

Fees:  There are fees

 

Civil Divorce:

Document Name: Certificate of making interim judgment final

Issuing Authority: Family Justice Courts

Special Seal(s)/Color/ Format: Embossed and ink seals

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Deputy Registrar, Family Justice Court

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for obtaining: See details at Divorce (judiciary.gov.sg)

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available for a fee

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: Please check  Divorce (judiciary.gov.sg) or send an email using the email form at Family Justice Courts matters (form.gov.sg)  

 

Divorce under Muslim Syariah Law:

Document name:   Decree of Divorce

Issuing Authority: Syariah Court

Special Seal(s)/ Color/ Format: Embossed and ink seals

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The Kadi or President, Syariah Courts

Registration Criteria: There are registration criteria

Procedure for obtaining: See details at Overview (syariahcourt.gov.sg)  

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available for a fee

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Please check   Home (syariahcourt.gov.sg)

 

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees:  There are fees

Document Name:  Adoption Order

Issuing Authority:  Family Justice Courts

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Embossed and ink seals

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

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:  See information on comments

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are available for a fee

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Please  check  Adoption (judiciary.gov.sg) or email using the email form at Family Justice Courts matters (form.gov.sg)

Identity Card

Available: For Singaporean and permanent residence of Singapore only

Fees:  SGD 10 for Singapore citizens and SGD 50 for Singapore permanent residents

Document Name:  Identity card

Issuing Authority: Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Light pink for Singaporean and light blue for Singapore PR

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

Registration Criteria:  See information Registration for Identity Card

Procedure for Obtaining:  See information Registration for Identity Card

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents:  One will have to apply for a replacement if lost, damaged, or stolen.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Singaporeans who are not residents in Singapore are not required to obtain an Identity card although it is rare for Singaporeans not to have an identity card.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available

Fees: Processing fee is SGD 55.00 per application. Payment can be made by credit cards (VISA/MASTERCARD) or internet banking. In addition to the processing fee, a postage fee of SGD 5.00 must be included in the payment (total SGD 60.00) if the COC is to be mailed. Payment is non- refundable once the application is accepted.

Document Name: Certificate of Clearance

Issuing Authority: Singapore Police Force

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: All applicants must complete an online application on the Singapore Police Force eServices website and submit the application with the necessary supporting documents:

A set of applicant’s fingerprint impressions (ten prints). Non- Singaporean applicants applying in Singapore will need to book their fingerprinting appointment though the Singapore Police Force eServices website. For application by post from overseas, the applicant must submit a set of his/her fingerprint impressions taken by a qualified Fingerprint Officer at a Police Station or an authorized office of the country he/she is now residing. Singaporean applicants applying for COCs in Singapore are not required to be fingerprinted.

A photocopy of applicant’s valid passport (showing biodata page).

Two recent photographs measuring 3.5cm by 4.5cm.

Photocopy of document from relevant consulate/immigration authority/government bodies or other requestor to establish that the certificate is required by such authority and that a statutory declaration of no criminal conviction by the applicant is not acceptable as evidence that s/he has no criminal convictions. All documents are to be translated into English if written in other languages.

Procedure for Obtaining: All applicants are required to furnish this letter after adding the names of the principal and dependent applicants as indicated,  to apply for a Certificate of Clearance (COC).

Applicants should apply for the COC online via the Singapore Police Force eServices website at: eservices.police.gov. Applicants will also be able to make payment and reserve fingerprinting appointments through the eService website. Processing time for each application is between 10 to 15 working days.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:  Duplicate Certificate of Clearance

Exceptions: The police records for Singapore may be considered complete from their origins to the present, except for the period of time during the Japanese occupation of Singapore from 1942 to 1945.

Comments: None

Court Records

Available

Fees:  Varies

Document Name:  Applicants who were previously convicted of offences in Singapore courts must present the “Certificate under 45A of the Evidence Act ( Cap 97 )” as well as the charge sheets listing the offences that they were charged with under Section 157 – 159 of the Criminal Procedure Code ( Chapter 113)

Issuing Authority:  State Courts and Supreme Court of Singapore

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Printed

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  District Judge, State Courts

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Please refer to  information at Apply for court records - criminal cases (judiciary.gov.sg)

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are available for a fee

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  For State Courts, use email form on the following webpage:  FormSG For Supreme Court  use email form at  Supreme Court matters (form.gov.sg)  Supcourt_QSM@supcourt.gov.sg

 

Prison Records

Unavailable:  Anyone convicted and sentenced to imprisonment in Singapore, please present the court document for the conviction.

Fees:  There are no fees

Document Name: There is no specific document name.

Issuing Authority:  None

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:  Criminal/civil convictions in Singapore, please present court papers relating to convictions.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Military Records

Available

Fees: An administrative fee is usually charged to obtain most documents. Applicants should check directly with the issuing authority for the latest information on fees.

Document Name: 'Certificate of Conduct' now known as 'Certificate of Service'

Issuing Authority: The Ministry of Defence, Central Manpower Base

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: All male Singaporeans or male permanent residents of Singapore who have performed national service or full time services in the Armed Forces, Police and Civil Defence Force should have a 'Certificate of Conduct', 'Certificate of Service' or a ‘Service Transcript’. This certificate is obtained from the branch in which the applicant served at the end of their service. Applicants who need to obtain a replacement certificate should note the following information.  

  • Applicants who served their national service in the Army, Navy or Air Force may contact the MinDef hotline locally at 1800-3676767 or if calling from outside Singapore +65-6367-6767 for assistance in obtaining a certified copy of their ‘Certificate of Service’ or ‘Service Transcript’. There is an administrative charge of SGD 7. Applicants should check directly with the issuing authority for the latest information on fees.
  • Applicants who served in the Singapore Police Force may contact the Police National Service Department at +65-6346-9057 for assistance in obtaining a certified copy of their ‘Certificate of Service’. There is an administrative charge of SGD 10.
  • Applicants who served in the Singapore Civil Defence Force may contact +65-6848-3468 for assistance in obtaining a certified copy of their ‘Certificate of Service’. There is an administrative charge of SGD 10.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:  Applicants who have participated in the Singapore Armed Forces Volunteer Corps (SAFVC) are only issued an ‘End of Service Letter’.

Members of the Singapore Armed Forces are subject to the military service justice system while they are serving in the military. Hence, members who have committed offenses may instead be tried by court martial rather than a civilian court. Punishments under the military justice systems range from fines to long term imprisonment. Only applicants who have not accrued disciplinary records while serving in the military will be issued one of the aforementioned certificates, service transcript or end of service letter. Applicants who were formally disciplined would be issued a “Letter of Certification”.

Court Martial conviction records are not available to the applicants and any party outside the Singapore Armed Forces.

Exceptions: None

Comments As almost all male Singaporeans and second generation permanent residents must serve national service, applicants who claim to have been exempted from serving national service should furnish documentation stating that they have been exempted.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

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

Fees:  The application fee for a Singapore passport is SGD 70 for online applicants and SGD 80 for walk-in applicants.  Official and Diplomatic passports are free.

Document Name: Passport

Issuing Government Authority: Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration and Checkpoints Authority

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:  See information at ica.gov.sg

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Other Records

There are no other records

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Singapore (Embassy)

Address:

27 Napier Road
Singapore 258508

Phone Number: (65) 6476-9100 - Fax: (65) 6476-9340

Comments / Additional Information: None

Fax: (Consular) (65) 6476-9232

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Singapore.

 

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.