U.S. Visas

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

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates

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 $14.00 One 1 Month
C-1/D N/A N/A N/A
C-2 None One 3 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 $16.00 Multiple 48 Months
F-2 $16.00 Multiple 48 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 $52.00 Multiple 36 Months 3
H-1C $52.00 Multiple 36 Months 3
H-2A $52.00 N/A N/A 3
H-2B $52.00 N/A N/A 3
H-2R $52.00 Multiple 36 Months 3
H-3 $52.00 Multiple 36 Months 3
H-4 $52.00 Multiple 36 Months 3
I $16.00 One 2 Months
J-1 4 $52.00 Multiple 48 Months
J-2 4 $16.00 Multiple 48 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 $52.00 Multiple 36 Months
L-2 $16.00 Multiple 36 Months
M-1 $16.00 Multiple 48 Months
M-2 $16.00 Multiple 48 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 $52.00 Multiple 36 Months 3
O-2 $52.00 Multiple 36 Months 3
O-3 $52.00 Multiple 36 Months 3
P-1 $52.00 Multiple 36 Months 3
P-2 $52.00 Multiple 36 Months 3
P-3 $52.00 Multiple 36 Months 3
P-4 $52.00 Multiple 36 Months 3
Q-1 6 $52.00 Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 $52.00 Multiple 36 Months
R-2 $52.00 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 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

The United Arab Emirates, formerly called the Trucial States, is a federation of seven states, Abu Dhabi; Dubai; Ash Sharigah (Sharjah); Adjam, Umm Al-Qaiwain, Ras Al-Khaimah, and Fujairah.

Dubai is the administrative center for the Northern Emirates and maintains records for all the Emirates outside of Abu Dhabi.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees: 50 AED (US$13.9)

Document Name: Birth Certificate (Shahadat ul Milad)

Issuing Authority: UAE Department of Health and Prevention

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Stamped by Health Authority of an Emirate or with the seal of the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health and Prevention.              

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Preventive Medicine Department of each Emirate            

Registration Criteria: Live birth notification from hospital, parents’ Emirates ID cards or passports (for non-UAE nationals), and parents’ marriage certificates.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Visit the below listed centers or write to the Birth or Death Certificates Section:

Abu Dhabi

Preventive Medicine Centre
Telephone Number: 02 - 633 - 1300
Fax Number: 02 - 631 - 9035
P.O. Box: 344

Al Ain

Preventive Medicine Centre
Telephone Number: 03 -762 - 6156
Fax Number: 03 - 762 - 6156
P.O. Box: 344

Dubai

Preventive Medicine Centre
Telephone Number: 04 - 271 - 5075
Fax Number: 04- 272 - 6520
P.O. Box: 1583

Sharjah

Preventive Medicine Centre
Telephone Number: 06 - 567 - 0902
Fax Number: 06 - 567 - 0911
P.O. Box: 2072

Ajman

Preventive Medicine Centre
Telephone Number: 06 - 701 - 0245
Fax Number: 06 - 744 - 3873
P.O Box: 402

Um Al Quwain

Preventive Medicine Centre
Telephone Number: 06 - 765 - 6941
Fax Number: 06 - 765 - 4 441
P.O. Box: 24

Ras Alkhaimah

Preventive Medicine Centre
Telephone Number: 07 - 222 - 3111
Fax Number: 07- 222 - 2114
P.O. Box: 91

Fujairah

Preventive Medicine Centre
Telephone Number: 09 - 222 - 7114
Fax Number: 09 - 333 - 4626
P.O. Box: 10

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  None

 

Death Certificates

Available: Records are available from 1968.

Fees: 50 AED (US$13.9)

Document Name:  Death Certificate (Shahadat ul Wafah)

Issuing Authority: Ministry of Health and Prevention

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Stamped by Health Authority of an Emirate or with the seal of the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health and Prevention

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Preventive Medicine Department of each Emirate

Registration Criteria: A hospital letter, a police letter, an Emirates ID card, a letter from the forensic doctor clarifying the cause of death (when the preventive medicine doctor reports suspicions regarding the cause of death), the recipient's name must be specified on the police letter, and a valid passport of the deceased if non-UAE national.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Visit the below listed centers or write to the Birth or Death Certificates Section:

Abu Dhabi

Preventive Medicine Centre
Telephone Number: 02 - 633 - 1300
Fax Number: 02 - 631 - 9035
P.O. Box: 344

Al Ain

Preventive Medicine Centre
Telephone Number: 03 -762 - 6156
Fax Number: 03 - 762 - 6156
P.O. Box: 344

Dubai

Preventive Medicine Centre
Telephone Number: 04 - 271 - 5075
Fax Number: 04- 272 - 6520
P.O. Box: 1583

Sharjah

Preventive Medicine Centre
Telephone Number: 06 - 567 - 0902
Fax Number: 06 - 567 - 0911
P.O. Box: 2072

Ajman

Preventive Medicine Centre
Telephone Number: 06 - 701 - 0245
Fax Number: 06 - 744 - 3873
P.O Box: 402

Um Al Quwain

Preventive Medicine Centre
Telephone Number: 06 - 765 - 6941
Fax Number: 06 - 765 - 4 441
P.O. Box: 24

Ras Alkhaimah

Preventive Medicine Centre
Telephone Number: 07 - 222 - 3111
Fax Number: 07- 222 - 2114
P.O. Box: 91

Fujairah

Preventive Medicine Centre
Telephone Number: 09 - 222 - 7114
Fax Number: 09 - 333 - 4626
P.O. Box: 10

 Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: In UAE, the applicant should be an immediate relative (relative of first degree) of the deceased, or should have a special power of attorney.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available    

Fees: Varies between different Emirates, average registration fee is 60 AED (US$16.70)

Document Name:  Marriage Contract (Aqd al Zawaj)

Issuing Authority: Ministry of Justice, Judicial Courts and Departments, Sharia (Religious) Courts

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: A judge

Registration Criteria: Marriage registration is complex and based on nationality and religious beliefs of the parties.  A comprehensive information guide can be found at: https://government.ae

Procedure for Obtaining: Write to the Marriage/Divorce Archives Section:

Abu Dhabi

Sharia Court
Telephone Number: 02 - 444-8300 / 02 - 4050 - 373 / 02 -4050 -306
Fax Number: 02 - 444 - 6897
P.O. Box 84 UAE, ABU DHABI

Al Ain

Sharia Court
Telephone Number: 03 - 763-6666 / 7080 - 364 / 780 - 351
Fax Number: 03 - 7633 - 005
P.O. Box: 15202 UAE, AL AIN

Dubai

Sharia Court
Telephone Number: 04 - 334 -7777 /04 - 3030 - 277
Fax Number: 04 - 334 - 4500
P.O. Box: 4700 UAE, DUBAI

Sharjah

Sharia Court
Telephone Number: 06 - 528 - 8822 / 06 - 5024 - 300
Fax Number: 06 - 5741 -525 PO Box: 581 UAE, SHARJAH

Ajman

Sharia Court
Telephone Number: 06 - 742 2- 123 / 06 - 7015- 234
Fax Number: 06 -7444 - 262
P.O. Box: 9 UAE, DUBAI

Um Al Quwain

Sharia Court
Telephone Number: 06 - 765 - 3222
Fax Number: 06 -7650 - 744
P.O. Box: 449 UAE, UM AL QUWAIN

Ras Al Khaimah

Sharia Court
Telephone Number: 07 - 2331- 541
Fax Number: 07 - 2335 - 397
P.O. Box: 10 UAE, RAS AL KHAIMAH

Fujairah

Sharia Court
Telephone Number: 09 - 222 - 3263
Fax Number: 09 - 2222 - 244
P.O. Box: 12 UAE, FUJAIRAH

Khorfakan

Sharia Court
Telephone Number: 09 - 2371 - 777
Fax Number: 09 - 2382 - 351
P O Box: 10404 UAE, SHARJAH

 Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Under the UAE's law, marriage is the only legal bond for a man and a woman to establish a relationship and form a family.  The legal age for marriage is 18 years.  Live-in relationships or same-sex marriages are prohibited and illegal for all citizens and residents regardless of their nationality or religion.

 

Divorce Certificates

Available    

Fees: Varies between different Emirates

Document Name:  Divorce Certificate (Shahadat al Talaq)

Issuing Authority: Judicial Department of an Emirate, Ministry of Justice, Shar’iah (Religious) Court or First Instance Court

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There are no special seal/color/formats.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Judicial Department of an Emirate, Ministry of Justice, Shar’iah (Religious) Court or First Instance Court

Registration Criteria: Emirates IDs of all parties, formal application to court or judicial department, original marriage contract, and personal attendance of both spouses (unless wife refuses or is traveling overseas).

Procedure for Obtaining: Write to the Marriage/Divorce Archives Section:

Abu Dhabi

Sharia Court
Telephone Number: 02 - 444-8300 / 02 - 4050 - 373 / 02 -4050 -306
Fax Number: 02 - 444 - 6897
P.O. Box 84 UAE, ABU DHABI

Al Ain

Sharia Court
Telephone Number: 03 - 763-6666 / 7080 - 364 / 780 - 351
Fax Number: 03 - 7633 - 005
P.O. Box: 15202 UAE, AL AIN

Dubai

Sharia Court
Telephone Number: 04 - 334 -7777 /04 - 3030 - 277
Fax Number: 04 - 334 - 4500
P.O. Box: 4700 UAE, DUBAI

Sharjah

Sharia Court
Telephone Number: 06 - 528 - 8822 / 06 - 5024 - 300
Fax Number: 06 - 5741 -525 PO Box: 581 UAE, SHARJAH

Ajman

Sharia Court
Telephone Number: 06 - 742 2- 123 / 06 - 7015- 234
Fax Number: 06 -7444 - 262
P.O. Box: 9 UAE, DUBAI

Um Al Quwain

Sharia Court
Telephone Number: 06 - 765 - 3222
Fax Number: 06 -7650 - 744
P.O. Box: 449 UAE, UM AL QUWAIN

Ras Al Khaimah

Sharia Court
Telephone Number: 07 - 2331- 541
Fax Number: 07 - 2335 - 397
P.O. Box: 10 UAE, RAS AL KHAIMAH

Fujairah

Sharia Court
Telephone Number: 09 - 222 - 3263
Fax Number: 09 - 2222 - 244
P.O. Box: 12 UAE, FUJAIRAH

Khorfakan

Sharia Court
Telephone Number: 09 - 2371 - 777
Fax Number: 09 - 2382 - 351
P.O. Box: 10404 UAE, SHARJAH

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: In case of children of divorcing parents UAE considers custody and guardianship as two separate issues that are addressed individually as parents do not share equal responsibilities for a child in the UAE.

Identity Card

Unavailable

Police, Court, Prison Records

Court/ Police Certificates

Available: Only if applicant is physically present in the UAE.

Fees:  Between 100 AED to 300 AED

Document Name: Police Clearance Certificate (issued by Emirates) or Criminal Clearance Certificate (federal) or Good Conduct Certificate

Issuing Authority: Federal Ministry of Interior or Emirates Police Departments

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

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

Registration Criteria: Emirates ID, passport, valid resident visa, and two passport-sized photographs.

Procedure for Obtaining: Police certificates may be obtained by any person, regardless of nationality, by personally appearing at the Central Police Headquarters located in the emirate of residence or former residence.  When appearing to request a police certificate, the applicant should provide biometrics, recent photographs, a letter from the requesting authority, the date of residence in the emirate, and their passport. Visit or write to any of the following:

Abu Dhabi 

General Police Directorate
Criminal Investigation Section 
P.O. Box, 253 Abu Dhabi, UAE 
Telephone: 971-2- 4461461

Dubai 

Police Clearance Certificate
Criminal Investigation Department 
Dubai Police General Headquarters
P.O. Box 1493, Dubai, UAE 
Telephone: 971-4-6096412/6096841
Email: certificate@dubaipolice.gov.ae

Fujairah 

Fujairah Police Department
P.O. Box 5
Fujairah, UAE
Telephone: 971-9-222-4411

Ras Al Kheimah 

Ras Al Kheimah Police
P.O. Box 54
Ras Al Kheimah, UAE
Telephone: 971-7-235-6666

Sharjah 

Sharjah Police
P.O. Box 29 
Sharjah, UAE 
Telephone: 971-6-563-3333

Umm AL Quwain 

Umm Al Quwain Police Department
P.O. Box 23
Umm Al Quwain, UAE
Telephone: 971-6-765-6662

Ajman

Ajman Police Department
P.O. Box 4
Ajman, UAE
Telephone: 971-6-740-9999

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Not available by mail. Post recommends that consular officers waive the general requirement to obtain police certificates unless the applicant lives in the UAE.

Please note that the police clearance certificates issued in the UAE is only valid for three months.  At the time of the visa interview at the U. S. Embassy, please bring a valid UAE police clearance certificate in order to avoid any delays in the processing of your case.

 

Prison Records

Unavailable

Military Records

Unavailable

Other Records

Not applicable.

 

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title:  U.S. Embassy

Address:
Embassies District
Plot 38, Sector W59-02
Street No. 4
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 

Phone Number:
+971-4-376-8311
+971-2-447-6084
From U.S.: +1 703 520 2509

Visa Services: Nonimmigrant visas and immigrant visas

Comments / Additional Information: The work week in the UAE is from Sunday through Thursday.

Visa Services

Abu Dhabi provides immigrant visas for all of U.A.E. and nonimmigrant visas for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Dubai issues nonimmigrant visas for the following areas:

  • Emirate of Dubai
  • Emirate of Al Sharjah
  • Emirate of Umm Al-Qawain
  • Emirate of Ajman, Fujairah
  • Emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah