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

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

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 24 Months
A-2 None Multiple 24 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 24 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 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 24 Months
G-2 None Multiple 24 Months
G-3 None Multiple 24 Months
G-4 None Multiple 24 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 24 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 24 Months
R-2 None Multiple 24 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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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

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees: TT $25.00

Document Name:   Certificate of Birth

Issuing Authority: Registrar General’s Department

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Polymer material with enhanced security features on latest computerized version

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar General

Registration Criteria: Applicant must provide given names, DPOB, mother’s name,  father’s name, valid government issued ID        

Procedure for Obtaining: Certificates can be obtained at the Registrar General’s Department, Registration House, 72-74 South Quay, Port-of-Spain and the Registrar General’s Offices located in Arima, Point Fortin, San Fernando and Tobago.  Processing time: Same day service.

Certified Copies Available:   Copies for official use are available with Apostille Stamp affixed to the certificate  

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  There are two computerized versions that are both valid for official use.  Additional information can be obtained via legalaffairs.gov

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees:  TT $25.00

Document Name:  Certificate of Death

Issuing Authority: Registrar General’s Department

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Polymer material with enhanced security features on latest computerized version  

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar General

Registration Criteria: Applicant must provide name of deceased, date and place of death, gender, valid government issued ID

Procedure for Obtaining:   Certificates can be obtained at the Registrar General’s Department, Registration House, 72-74 South Quay, Port-of-Spain and the Registrar General’s Offices located in Arima, Point Fortin, San Fernando and Tobago . Processing time: Same day service.

Certified Copies Available:  Available with Apostille Stamp affixed to the certificate

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: There are two computerized versions that are both valid for official use. Additional information can be obtained via legalaffairs.gov

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees:   TT $25.00

Document Name: Certificate of Marriage

Issuing Authority: Registrar General’s Department  

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Polymer material with enhanced security features on latest computerized version

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Registrar General

Registration Criteria:  Applicant must provide name of bride and groom, date and place of marriage, valid government issued ID

Procedure for Obtaining:  Certificates can be obtained at the Registrar General’s Department, Registration House, 72-74 South Quay, Port-of-Spain and the Registrar General’s Offices located in Arima, Point Fortin, San Fernando and Tobago. Processing time: Same day service.

Certified Copies Available: Copies for official use are available with Apostille Stamp affixed to the certificate

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:   There are two computerized versions that are both valid for official use. Additional information can be obtained via legalaffairs.gov

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: TT $20.00 – TT $25.00 at the Family Court of Trinidad and Tobago

Document Name: Divorce Decree

Issuing Authority: Family Court of Trinidad and Tobago  

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar of the Supreme Court

Registration Criteria: Applicant must provide names of divorced parties, date divorce was made final and absolute, court where divorce proceedings were finalized,  valid government issued ID

Procedure for Obtaining:  Copy of Divorce Decree can be obtained at the Family Court of Trinidad and Tobago, Cipriani Place, Cipriani Boulevard, Port-of-Spain

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Copies of Muslim Divorce Decree are obtainable at the Registrar General's Department, Registration House, South Quay, Port of Spain, if the divorce was registered there.

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees:  TT $25.00

Document Name:  Certificate

Issuing Authority: Registrar General’s Department

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Adoption records are now computerized and the printed certificates are green in color

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Registrar General

Registration Criteria: Applicant must furnish child's full name, adoptive parents' full names, date and place of adoption, and name of the court granting adoption.

Procedure for Obtaining: Certificates can be obtained at the Registrar General’s Department, Registration House, 72-74 South Quay, Port-of-Spain and the Registrar General’s Offices located in Arima, Point Fortin, San Fernando and Tobago

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: A court record of the adoption is generally not available

Identity Card

Available

Fees:  There are no fees

Document Name: National identification Card

Issuing Authority:  Elections and Boundaries Commission

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Chief Election Officer

Registration Criteria:  Applicant must apply in person with original computerized birth certificate

Procedure for Obtaining:  ID cards are issued at the Registration Area Office for the district in which the applicant resides

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Each registrant must make application in person and the photo is taken at the Area Office. Each application is subjected to a field check hence there is no specific processing time.  Additional information can be obtained via ebctt.com

Police, Court, Prison Records

Court Records

Available to applicant only

Fees: TT$10.00

Document Name:  Court Extract

Issuing Authority: District High/Magistrates’ Court where matter was handled

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

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

Registration Criteria:  Applicant must provide Case Name, Case Number, Offence, Magistrate’s Name for Court Record

Procedure for Obtaining: Court Record can be obtained in person at the District High/Magistrates’ Court where the applicant’s matter was handled.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Visit ttlawcourts.org for additional information  

 

Police Certificates/Prison Records

Available

Fees: TT $50.00

Document Name:  Certificate of Character

Issuing Authority: Trinidad and Tobago CID/CRO Police Headquarters

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Senior Superintendent CID/CRO

Registration Criteria:  Applicant must provide name and DOB and present a valid government identification

Procedure for Obtaining: A Certificate of Good Character may be obtained in person at the local police station closest to where the applicant resides. Fingerprints are taken there and the certificate, which is issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Headquarters, is returned to the local police office for pick-up. Processing time is two to three weeks.

Persons residing outside of Trinidad and Tobago are required to: have their fingerprints recorded at a Police Station where they reside; supply a copy of their passport bio-data page; send a money order equivalent to TT$50.00 and the cost of return postage; send package via registered mail to Office of Superintendent, CID/CRO, Police Headquarters, Corner St. Vincent and Sackville Streets., Port-of-Spain.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Additional information can be obtained via ttps.gov. Criminal Convictions (prison records) are included in the Police Certificate of Character.

Military Records

Available

Fees:   There are no fees

Document Name: Discharge Certificate

Issuing Authority: Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Chief of Defence Force

Registration Criteria: Applicant must provide name, military ID number, division name, valid government issued ID

Procedure for Obtaining: In writing to Chief of Defence Force, Defence Force Headquarters, Airways Road, Chaguaramas. Processing time is 1 week.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Passports & Other Travel Documents

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

  • Official and Diplomatic passports are issued to members of the Parliament and meet the definition of a passport for visa purposes.

Fees:  TT $250.00

Document Name: Caribbean Community Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Passport

Issuing Government Authority: Trinidad and Tobago Immigration Division

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Machine readable with enhanced security features

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Chief Immigration Officer

Registration Criteria: Applicant must provide original computerized birth certificate and valid government identification card/previous T&T passport

Procedure for Obtaining: Passports are obtainable from the Immigration Offices in Trinidad and Tobago for  citizens resident in Trinidad and Tobago and from the Trinidad & Tobago Foreign Missions for non-residents.  Processing time: one to three months. Additional information can be obtained via immigration.gov

Alternate Documents: An Emergency Certificate is issued to a Citizen or Resident of Trinidad and Tobago to facilitate travel in an emergency where a current travel document is unavailable (lost/stolen/mutilated/expired).

Exceptions: None

Comments:  None

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: U.S. Embassy Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Address:  15 Queens Park West, Port of Spain

Phone Number: 8686226371

Comments / Additional Information: None

Visa Services

All visa categories.