U.S. Visas

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

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

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 60 Months
B-2 None Multiple 60 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None One 6 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 None Multiple 36 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 12 Months
H-1B None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A 3
H-2B None N/A N/A 3
H-2R None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 36 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 36 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 36 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 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 12 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 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 Monthly 48 Months
U-2 None Monthly 48 Months
U-3 None Monthly 48 Months
U-4 None Monthly 48 Months
U-5 None Monthly 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

 There is no general document information. 

 

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees:  Rs.100 per copy

Document Name: Birth Certificate

Issuing Authority: Divisional Secretariat

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Official Format with the official frank

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Registrar of Birth and Death  and Additional District Registrar

How to register:

  • Inform the registrar of births and deaths at the hospital, in which the child was born
  • The following people may register the birth of the child:
  • Father
  • Mother
  • Person present at the time of occurrence of the birth
  • Medical officer of the hospital
  • Obtain the relevant declaration from the registrar of births and deaths at the hospital for informing the birth
  • Other required documents
  • Completed application
  • Hospital report issued in proof of the occurrence of the birth
  • A birth can be registered free of charge within of 3 months after the birth
  • A copy of the birth certificate is issued to the informant free of charge
  • Visit the Additional District Registrar of the Divisional Secretariat at your nearest for further information

Procedure for Obtaining: Birth certificates can be obtained from the Additional District Registrar office.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: If there is no record of the birth being registered, the Registrar’s office will issue a document confirming called “search record”, which is an acceptable document in lieu of a birth certificate.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees:  Rs. 100/-

Document Name:  Death Certificate

Issuing Authority: Registrar of Birth and Death and Additional District Registrar

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Official Format with the official frank

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Birth and Death Registrar and Additional District Registrar

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Upon registration of the death and request to ADR

  • Refer the application to the Divisional Secretariat of the area where the death occurred.
  • The application can be obtained from any Divisional Secretariat.
  • Fees are chargeable.
  • Where the date of registration or the no. of the entry is given, the fee for one copy of the certificate is Rs. 100.00.
  • Where the date of registration or the no. of the entry is not given and a search of registers not exceeding two years is involved, the fee for one copy of the certificate is Rs. 200.00.
  • The required fee should be paid to the Divisional Secretariat.
  • The duly filled application should be submitted to the Divisional Secretariat.
  • If you would like to obtain the certificate of death by post, submit a stamped envelope with the application.
  • If the death is registered, a certificate of death will be sent and, if the death is not registered, a letter to the effect will be sent.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: Rs. 1000

Document Name:  Registrar of Marriages and Additional District Registrar

Issuing Authority: Registrar of Marriages and Additional District Registrar

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Official Format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar of Marriages and Additional District Registrar

Registration Criteria:

  • Everyone, other than where both parties are Muslims, can register their marriage under Marriage (general) Registration Ordinance.
  • The Marriage notice should be written and attested in duplicate and handed over to the Registrar of marriages of the division.
  • Persons authorized to attest marriage notice;
    • Registrar of marriages of the division
    • Justice of peace
    • Notary public
    • A Religious Minister
  • Requirements for submitting a marriage notice:
    • Requirement of residence of the parties in the relevant division
    • Residence of parties in the relevant division within 10 days preceding submission of the marriage notice
    • Residence of parties in different divisions within 10 days preceding submission of the marriage notice.
    • If one party was not living in Sri Lanka within 10 days preceding submission of the marriage notice, residence of the other party in Sri Lanka for such 10 days.
    • If none of the parties had not been living in Sri Lanka within 10 days preceding submission of the marriage notice, residence of one party for 4 days in Sri Lanka.
    • Both parties need to be at least 18 years of age at the time of marriage.
    • The parties should not have any kind of relationship prohibited by law.
    • No party should have entered into any legal marriage which is valid at the time.
    • Generally a marriage notice should be submitted to the relevant marriage registrar 14 days before the intended marriage date.
    • Request may be made in order to register a marriage outside the office.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Upon registration and request to Additional District Registrar

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Muslim Marriages: The applicant must contact the Mosque in their neighborhood. The Imam will direct the applicant to the appropriate instructions.

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Document Name: “Muslim Divorce Certificate” for Muslim marriages

“Decree of Divorce” issued by a Court for other marriages

Fees: There is a nominal government levy to be paid to the Courts.

Document Name:  Muslim Divorce Certificate and Decree of Divorce

Issuing Authority: Registrar Office of Muslim Marriages and Judge of District Court

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Official Format with the official frank

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar of Muslim Marriages and Registrar of District Court

Registration Criteria: The parties should submit their application in the relevant court

Procedure for Obtaining:

After the divorce decree is issued by the District Judge a certified copy of the decree can be obtained.

After the divorce is pronounced by the Quazi Court, a certificate can be obtained from the Quazi court for a Muslim Divorce.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees: There is a nominal government levy to be paid to the Courts.

Document Name: Certificate of Adoption

Issuing Authority: District Court

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Official Format with the official frank

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Chief Magistrate

Registration Criteria:  There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Age of the adoptee child should not be more than 14 years. All the requirements listed by the Department of Probation and Childcare must be met by the prospective adoptive parents. Husband and wife should submit the application together.  Order of adoption is issued by the District Court. This order should be registered at the Registrar General’s Department.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Identity Card

National ID Cards

Available

Fees: Rs. 1000/ for one day service

Document Name:  National Identity Card (NIC)

Issuing Authority: Department of Registration of Persons

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Commissioner General

Registration Criteria: Applicant should be 16 years old.

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • Duly completed RPD Form 1
  • Applicants under 50 years of age should compulsorily submit the Birth Certificate (BC) or the Probable Age Certificate issued by the Additional District Registrar in order to obtain an ID card.
  • The Department considers 1st of July of the respective year as the date of birth in respect to the applicants who submit probable age certificates.
  • Applicants over 50 years of age and do not possess the birth certificate or the probable age certificate, could submit two or more following alternative documents along with the results of search of registers and an Affidavit to confirm the age:
    • School leaving certificate
    • Certificate of Baptism
    • Copies of Birth certificates of children of the applicant, (if the date of birth of the applicant indicated )
    • Extract of the birth certificate of the applicant
    • Citizenship certificate of Sri Lanka (if the date of birth indicated)
    • Estate leaving certificate (if the date of birth indicated)
    • Certified copies of relevant pages of the Passport
    • Registration card issued by the Estate Superintendent
    • Horoscope (if available)
  • Applicants born in a foreign country should submit the citizenship certificates issued by the Department of Immigration & Emigration of Sri Lanka.
  • Women applicants, who wish to include husband’s family name in the ID card need to submit the original & a copy of the marriage certificate.
  • Five color photographs of the size of 1 ⅜” X ⅞”
  • Stamp fees
    • Stamps to a value of Rs. 3/= for the applicants under 17 years of age.
    • Stamps to a value of Rs. 13/= for the applicants over 17 years of age.
  • Applicants, who wish to include their occupation/designation in the ID card, should submit a service certificate obtained during the last three months. Professionals also need to submit documentary evidence, in case if they wish to include their profession in the ID card. (I.e. Engineers, Doctors, Accountants, Lawyers should submit relevant Degree certificates). In case of the Businessmen, they need to submit a certified copy of the Business Registration certificate.
  • Procedure to confirm the Priest status of applicants-
    • Buddhist cleric should submit the “Certificate of Ordain” or “Upasampada Certificate” issued by the Department of Buddhist Affairs
    • “Dasasil Matha” should submit the registration certificate issued by the Department of Buddhist Affairs
    • Islamic priest should submit the certificate issued by the Department of Islamic Religious Affairs
    • Hindu priest should submit the certificate issued by the Department of Hindu Religious Affairs
    • Catholic priest should submit certificate issued by the head of relevant catholic religious chapters

Certified Copies Available: There are no certified copies available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certficates

Available

Fees:  Rs. 1000 only for those applying outside Sri Lanka

Document Name:  Police Clearance Certificate

Issuing Authority: Police Headquarters, Colombo

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Director Head Quarter Administration – Police Headquarters

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • Duly completed applications can be handed over to the office which accepts clearance applications situated at Olcott Mawatha, Colombo 11.
  • Applicants who are living out of the country should complete the application themselves and the application bearing their signature can be handed over through a relative nominated as per No. 24 of the application to the office which accepts clearance applications situated at Olcott Mawatha, Colombo 11.
  • Clearance applications can be submitted through the online clearance certificate applying method found at police.lk
  • Those who are applying through Embassies/High Commissions should send 2 copies of the National Identity Card and a copy of the passport. Clearance certificates will not be issued for the applications without the said copies.
  • When forwarding a clearance application to the Inspector General of Police, Police Headquarters from a foreign country which does not have a Sri Lankan Embassy, a sum of Rs. 1000/- should be credited to the account of Inspector General of Police bearing No. 7041413, Taprobane Branch, Bank of Ceylon and the relevant bank slip should be forwarded along with the application.
  • You should produce the following documents along with the application:
    • National Identity Card and two clear photocopies of the NIC
    • Valid passport and a clear photocopy of the passport
    • As the clearance certificate is sent by registered post, an addressed 9 x 4 envelope duly stamped covering the postage for registered mail should be brought.
    • Kindly consider that the clearance certificate is issued by the Director Headquarters Administration of Police Headquarters based on the background reports obtained through the investigations carried out on you by Sri Lanka Police.
    • In order to extend the date for which the certificate is issued, a renewal application should be completed and the information and the period of the original certificate should be entered. Nothing should be changed other than the address of the Embassy/High Commission.
    • You may make enquiries regarding the application you have submitted, dialing the following telephone numbers or by visiting the Clearance Branch at First Floor, Police Headquarters.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Court/Prison Records

Available

  • Court Records can be obtained through the registrar of the relevant court on a request.
  • Prison records need to be obtained through the Commissioner General of Prison but when a police clearance certificate is issued, any and all arrests /convictions will be checked and mentioned.

Fees: There is a nominal government levy to be paid to the Courts.

Document Name: Court order / Prison record

Issuing Authority:

  • Courts – Registrar of the relevant Court
  • Prison – Commissioner General

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: The applicant should contact the relevant Prisons and the Court

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Military Records

Available

Fees: There is a nominal government levy to be paid.

Document Name: Service Record

Issuing Authority: Ministry of Defence

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Director Personnel of the relevant wing (Army, Airforce and Navy)

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Contact the office of Director Personnel of the relevant wing

Certified Copies Available: There are no certified copies available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Passports & Other Travel Documents

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

Fees: Fee varies based on the categories. Minimum Rs. 1000/- and Maximum 10,000/-

Document Name:  Passport

Issuing Government Authority: Immigration and Emigration Department of Sri Lanka

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Controller General

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • Ordinary Passports(Passport Valid for All Countries)
  • The documents required to be submitted along with the completed application form
    • Current passport with a photocopy of the Bio data page. (Please see below for details*)
    • Photo studio acknowledgement
    • Original Birth Certificate of the applicant with a photocopy.
    • Original National Identity Card of the applicant with a photocopy
    • Marriage certificate with a photocopy where it is necessary (To confirm the name after marriage)
    • A professional certificate with a photocopy confirming your profession
  • Diplomatic Passports
    • These passports are valid for all countries and the validity period is 10 years unless otherwise specified in the passport. This passport is issued to VVIPs, Members of Parliament and Persons Posted to prescribed positions at Sri Lankan Overseas Missions
    • The documents required to be submitted along with the completed application
      • Current passport with a photocopy of the Bio data page. (Please see below for details*)
      • Photo studio acknowledgement
      • Original Birth Certificate of the applicant with a photocopy.
      • Original National Identity Card of the applicant with a photocopy.
      • Marriage certificate with a photocopy where it is necessary (To confirm the name after marriage)
      • For MPs-A request letter from the Parliament
      • For Foreign Postings- A request letter from the Ministry of External  Affairs
      • Others- A request letter from the Line Ministry
      • Official Passports
    • Official Passports
    • Who can apply for official passports?
      • Official Passports are issued to the following categories of persons
      • Members of Provincial Councils
      • Mayors
      • Chairpersons of Local Government Bodies
      • Officers of All Island Services
      • Identified Staff of Members of Parliament (See Internal Administration Circular 02/2008 for eligible officer’s list)

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Other Documents Available:  There are no other documents available.

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: US Embassy, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Address: 210, Galle Road, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka

Phone Number: 94-2498500

Visa Services:  Post Colombo processes Non-Immigrant Visas and immigrant Visas

Comments / Additional Information: None

Visa Services

Immigration and Emigration Department of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan High Commissions