Important Announcement
October 24, 2019

Information on Public Charge

Important Announcement
October 4, 2019

Presidential Proclamation 9945

U.S. Visas

English

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

Virgin Islands, British

British Virgin Islands
British Virgin Islands

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 120 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 120 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
C-W-1 11 None Multiple 24 Months
C-W-2 11 None Multiple 24 Months
D None Multiple 120 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 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 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 3
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
N-8 None Multiple 12 Months
N-9 None Multiple 12 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
T-D 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, Libyan, Somalian, Sudanese, Syrian or Yemeni nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Documents are available only to residents or former residents of the British Virgin Islands, whether or not British Nationals.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificate

Available

Fees:  $10.00

Document Name: Certified Copy of an Entry of Birth

Issuing Authority: Civil Registry & Passport Office

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: A4 security paper, pink / burgundy in color. Unique number in the left hand corner. Embossed seal in top right corner and over the signature of the Registrar General.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar General

Registration Criteria: May apply in person or online

Procedure for Obtaining: Please follow online instructions at www.bvi.gov.vg

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: No

Comments: Please contact the Civil Registry & Passport Office for further information

PO Box 3199
Road Town, Tortola VG1110
Tel # 284-468-3036

 

Death/Burial Certificate

Available

Fees: $20 for Death Certificate, $10 for Death registration

Document Name: Certified Copy of an Entry of Death

Issuing Authority: Civil Registry & Passport Office

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: A4 security paper, blue in color. Unique number in the left hand corner. Embossed seal in top right corner and over the signature of the Registrar General

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar General

Registration Criteria: May apply in person or online for the Death Certificate. All registrations of death must be done in person.

Procedure for Obtaining: Please follow online instructions at www.bvi.gov.vg

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: No

Exceptions: No

Comments: Please contact the Civil Registry & Passport Office for further information

PO Box 3199
Road Town, Tortola VG1110
Email: infocris@gov.vg

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificate

Available

Fees: $25

Document Name: Certified Copy of Original Register of Marriage

Issuing Authority: Civil Registry & Passport Office

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: A4 security paper, green in color. Unique number in the left hand corner. Embossed seal in top right corner and over the signature of the Registrar General

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar General

Registration Criteria: May apply in person or online

Procedure for Obtaining:  Please follow online instructions at www.bvi.gov.vg

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: Certified Copy of Duplicate Original Register of Marriage

Exceptions: None

Comments: Please contact the Civil Registry & Passport Office for further information

PO Box 3199
Road Town, Tortola VG1110
Email: infocris@gov.vg

 

Divorce Certificate

Available

Fees:  $5 civil search / $1 per page

Document Name: Copies of "Decree Nisi" (preliminary) and "Decree Absolute" (final) 

Issuing Authority: High Court Registry

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Varies depending on document

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: High Court Registrar

Registration Criteria: Must apply in person and complete the application form.

Procedure for Obtaining: Contact High Court Registry  for additional questions  Tel # 284-468-5001

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies of the Decree Absolute are available at a cost of $10 per document

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments: Please contact High Court Registry for further information supremecourt@gov.vg

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees: $20

Document Name:  Adoption Certificate

Issuing Authority: Civil Registry & Passport Office

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Yellow legal size paper

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar General

Registration Criteria: May apply in person or online

Procedure for Obtaining: Please follow online instructions at www.bvi.gov.vg

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents: None

PO Box 3199
Road Town, Tortola VG1110
Email: infocris@gov.vg

Identity Card

Available

Fees:  No fee for the initial Voter ID Card, duplicate cards required within the life of the first card will be issued at a cost.

Document Name:  Voter ID Card

Issuing Authority:  Office of the Supervisor of Elections

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: N/A

Registration Criteria: Must apply in person

Procedure for Obtaining: Please follow online instructions at www.bvi.gov.vg

Certified Copies Available:  None

Alternate Documents:  Driver’s license is also accepted as a valid form of ID

Exceptions: N/A

Comments: Please contact the Office of the Supervisor of Elections

Ulric Dawson Building
6 Russell Hill Road
Road Town, Tortola
Virgin Islands (British) VG1110
Email: electionsoffice@gov.vg

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available

Fees: $20

Document Name:  Police Certificate

Issuing Authority: The Royal Virgin Island Police Force

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: White paper with unique seral number in the upper right hand. Color photo of the applicant. Royal Virgin Island Police Force stamp at the bottom of paper next to the signature of the Commissioner.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Commissioner of Police

Registration Criteria:  Applicants must apply in person.

Procedure for Obtaining: Please follow online instructions at www.bvi.gov.vg

Certified Copies Available:  No

Alternate Documents: No

Exceptions: No

Comments:  Please contact the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force for further information

P.O. Box 64
Road Town, Tortola
VG1110
1-284-494-3822 (Overseas customers)

 

Court / Prison Records

Available

Document Name: Applicants may obtain court records from the BVI court system either The Magistrate or High Court

Military Records

Available: For those serving in the British Armed Forces, records are available from the appropriate British authority in London. (See United Kingdom). Fee: None

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available: British Overseas Territory Citizen (BOTC) Passport

Fees: $125.00 (Adult age 16 and older) / $105 (Child age 15 and under)/ Complimentary (Senior citizens (age 65 and older). A fee of $65 additional for temporary passports.

Document Name: British Overseas Territory Citizen (BOTC) Passport

Issuing Government Authority: Civil Registry & Passport Office

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Burgundy in colour – “British Passport- the Virgin Islands” on the outside. British Overseas Territories- the Virgin Islands on the bio page. Nationalities on these passports are listed as British Overseas Territories.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar General

Registration Criteria: Applicants must apply in person.

Procedure for Obtaining: Please follow online instructions at www.bvi.gov.vg

Alternate Documents: Both the E-passport and older no E-versions are in circulation.

Exceptions: None

Comments: Please contact the Civil Registry & Passport Office for further information

PO Box 3199
Road Town, Tortola VG1110
Email: infocris@gov.vg

Other Documents Available:  Temporary passports are printed locally and are issued under compassionate grounds or for urgent government travel.

Other Records

Baptismal Certificates

Available from the church where the baptism occurred. Fee: Varies, depending on the church.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Bridgetown, Barbados (Embassy)

Address: Wildey Business Park, Wildey St Michael, BB14006 Barbados, W.I

Phone Number: 246 227 4000

Visa Services:  NIV & IV

Comments / Additional Information:

Consular Section Email - bridgetowniv@state.gov
Non-Immigrant Visas - bridgetownniv@state.gov
Immigrant Visas - bridgetowniv@state.gov
American Citizen Services - bridgetownacs@state.gov

Visa Services

Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications for nationals of the BVI are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados. 

 

Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.