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

Tuvalu

Tuvalu
Tuvalu

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 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 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 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 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

See information in individual document categories.

General Issuing Authority Information:  Civil documents are issued by competent government offices, district officers, and the Office of the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees:  Fee prescribed by the Office of the Registrar General

Document Name:  Register of Births

Issuing Authority:   Office of the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Tuvalu.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The certificates are generally printed electronically on celadon green paper with the official seal and signature of the Registrar General at the bottom of certificate.  The official seal of the Government of Tuvalu with the words “Tuvalu-Mo-Te-Atua” and registration number is located at the top of the certificate.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Tuvalu.

Registration Criteria:  The parents of the child; any persons present at the birth; any persons  occupying at the time of the birth any part of the house where the child was born and having knowledge of the child having been born in the house; any medical practitioner or midwife in attendance after the birth and having personal knowledge of the birth having occurred and any person having charge of the child are deemed qualified to register the birth of a child with the registrar for the district in which the child was born.

Procedure for Obtaining: Available from the Office of Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages. There is a fee for this service.

Office of Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages
Office of the Attorney General
Vaiaku
Funafuti
Telephone: (+688) 20823
Facsimile: (+688) 20819
Email:  agoffice@tuvalu.tv
 

Certified Copies Available:  Individuals can apply for and obtain a Certified True Extract of the entry of birth in the register of births kept by the Office of the Registrar General.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  A Register of Births document shows an individual’s date of birth, place of birth, name, gender, parents’ names, parents’ occupations, parents’ dates of birth, parents’ places of birth, parents’ date and place of marriage, previous issues living and deceased, informant’s name, occupation and place of residence, place and date of registration notification, and name if added after registration.

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees:  There is a fee for this service.

Document Name:   Register of Death

Issuing Authority:  Office of the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Tuvalu.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The certificates are generally printed electronically on celadon green paper; the official seal and signature of the Registrar General is at the bottom of certificate.  The official seal of the Government of Tuvalu with the words “Tuvalu-Mo-Te-Atua” and registration number is located at the top of the certificate.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Tuvalu

Registration Criteria:  Any relative of the deceased person present at the time of death or in attendance during his/her last illness;  any other relative of the deceased residing or being in the district where the death occurred; any person present at the death; the occupier of the house if he/she knew of the happening of the death;  an inmate of the house who knew of the happening of the death, or the person causing the disposal of the body are deemed qualified to register the death of a person with the registrar for the district in which death occurred.

Procedure for Obtaining: Available from the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages. There is a fee for this service.

Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages
Office of the Attorney General
Vaiaku
Funafuti
Telephone: (+688) 20823
Facsimile: (+688) 20819
Email:  agoffice@tuvalu.tv
 

Certified Copies Available:   Individuals can apply for and obtain a Certified True Extract of the entry of death in the register of deaths kept by the Office of the Registrar General.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:   A Register of Death document includes the registration number, the deceased’s name and occupation, gender, age, date and place of death, duration of illness, cause of death, certification by medical practitioner, parents’ names, date and place of burial, deceased’s place of birth and years spent in Tuvalu, deceased’s marital status, name of spouse, date of marriage, informant’s name, occupation and place of residence, and the names and ages of the deceased’s children.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees:  There is a fee for this service.

Document Name:  Register of Marriage

Issuing Authority:  Office of the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Tuvalu

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The certificates are generally printed electronically on celadon green paper with the official seal and signature of the Registrar General at the bottom of certificate.  The official seal of the Government of Tuvalu with the words “Tuvalu-Mo-Te-Atua” and registration number is located at the top of the certificate.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Tuvalu

Registration Criteria:  A registrar, a marriage officer, or religious minister who conducted the marriage ceremony is deemed qualified to register the marriage of the new couple with the registrar for the district in which the marriage occurred.

Procedure for Obtaining: Available from the Office of the Attorney General. There may be a fee for this service.

Office of the Attorney General
Vaiaku
Funafuti
Telephone: (+688) 20823
Facsimile: (+688) 20819
Email:  agoffice@tuvalu.tv
 

Certified Copies Available:  Individuals can apply for and obtain a Certified True Extract of the entry of marriage in the register of marriage kept by the Office of the Registrar General.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  A Certificate of Marriage shows the marriage registration number; the groom’s particulars including his name, occupation, age, place of residence at time of marriage, marital status, father’s name, occupation and place of birth; bride’s name, occupation, age, place of residence at time of marriage, marital status, father’s name, occupation and place of birth; date of marriage, place of marriage, name of person who performed the marriage, and names of witnesses of the marriage.

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees:  There is a fee for this service.

Document Name:  Certificate of Divorce

Issuing Authority:  Office of the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for Tuvalu.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The certificates are generally printed electronically on off white paper with the official Seal of the Court and signature of the Magistrate at the bottom of the certificate.  The registration number is located at the top of the certificate.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  The Magistrate’s Court

Registration Criteria:  Once the divorce is granted by the Magistrate’s Court, a certificate of divorce is issued to the Office of the Registrar General and to each party.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Available from:

Magistrate’s Court
Vaiaku, Funafuti
Telephone: (+688) 20-837

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are available upon request.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  A Certificate of Divorce will list the Magistrate’s Court/Island Court where the divorce proceedings were held, the judge’s signature, the names of the parties, and the place and date of marriage.

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees:  There is a fee for this service.

Document Name:  Adoption Order

Issuing Authority:  Magistrate’s Court

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The certificates are generally printed electronically on off white paper with the official Seal of the Court and signature of the Magistrate at the bottom of the certificate.  The registration number is located at the top of the certificate.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Magistrate’s Court

Registration Criteria: Once the adoption is granted by the Magistrate’s Court, an Adoption Order is issued to the Office of the Registrar General and to the petitioning party.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Available from:

High Court
Vaiaku
Funafuti
Telephone: (+688) 20837

Certified Copies Available:   Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  An Adoption Order will list the name of the court where the adoption proceedings were held, the signature of the judge, the names of the parties, and the place and date of final order.

Identity Card

Unavailable: Tuvalu does not produce a national identity card.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Court/Prison Records

Available

Procedure for Obtaining: See Police Certificates.

 

Police Certificates

Available

Fees:  There is a fee for this service.

Document Name:  Tuvalu Police Previous Convictions Record

Issuing Authority: The Commissioner of Police, Office of the Prime Minister, Police and Prison , Vaiaku, Funafuti

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The certificates are generally printed electronically on celadon green paper with the official Seal of the Tuvalu Government located at the top left of the form.  The Report Serial Number is located at the top right of the certificate, while the signature and stamp of the Commissioner of Police are located at the bottom left of the certificate.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Commissioner of Police

Registration Criteria:  If the applicant is a Tuvalu citizen or resident, he/she should apply in person at the Office of the Commissioner of Police.  If the applicant resides outside of Tuvalu, he/she should apply by mail to the Office of the Commissioner of Police and provide a properly completed police form, set of fingerprint cards, and copies of Tuvalu visas/passport, passport-size photo and a letter explaining the need for the police clearance certificate.

Procedure for Obtaining: An applicant will need to provide a properly completed application form for a Police Clearance Report  together with a set of fingerprints of both hands on the fingerprint card to:

Commissioner of Police
Police Headquarters
Tuvalu Police Force
Vaiaku
Funafuti
Telephone: (+688) 20726
Fax: (+688) 20149
E-mail: police@tuvalu.tv
 

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  The police certificate will include the report serial number, the applicant’s name, place and date of birth, nationality, place of residence in Tuvalu, email address, telephone and fax number, passport number, passport dates of issuance and expiration, and the reason for convictions report request.

Military Records

Unavailable: Tuvalu has no armed forces.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Travel Documents

Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.):  Regular (sky blue), Diplomatic Passports (Red); Certificates of Identity; Seamen’s Certificate of Nationality and Identity (Black)

Fees:  There is a fee for this service.

Document Name:  Tuvalu Passport; Certificates of Identity; Seamen’s Certificate of Nationality and Identity

Issuing Government Authority:  Tuvalu Immigration Department

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Regular passports are valid for five years from the date of issuance, and are sky blue in color.  The official Tuvalu seal is located in the center of the cover with the word “Tuvalu” located at the top of the seal and the word “Passport” located at the bottom of the seal.  Diplomatic passports are valid for ten years from the date of issuance and are red in color.  The official Tuvalu seal is located in the center of the cover with the word “Tuvalu” located at the top of the Tuvalu seal and the words “Diplomatic Passport” located at the bottom of the Tuvalu seal.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Chief Immigration Officer

Registration Criteria: Any Tuvalu citizen may apply for a passport.

Procedure for Obtaining: Available by contacting:

Office of the Chief Immigration Officer
Vaiaku
Funafuti
Telephone: (+688) 20-101, 20-100
Fascimile: (+688) 20-820

Alternate Documents: Certificates of Identity; Seamen’s Certificate of Nationality and Identity

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Tuvalu regular and diplomatic passports have 48 pages; the Certificates of Identity have 24 pages and the Seamen’s Certificate of Nationality and Identity have 12 pages.

Other Documents Available:  There are no other documents available

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Contact Information

Post Title:  Suva, Fiji (Embassy)

Address:

158 Princes Road
P.O. Box 218
Suva, Fiji

Phone Number:  (+679) 331-4466

Visa Services:  U.S Embassy Suva processes all visa categories for countries in its consular district including Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu and the French territories of French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Wallis and Futuna.

Comments / Additional Information:  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.

Visa Services

The U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji provides all visa services for Tuvalu and the following areas:

  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia
  • Kiribati
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia
  • Tonga
  • Wallis and Futuna Islands