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

Australia

Australia
Commonwealth of Australia

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 12 Months A
B-2 None Multiple 12 Months A
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 12 Months A
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
C-W-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
C-W-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 $105.00 B Multiple 48 Months
E-2 2 $105.00 B Multiple 48 Months
E-3 None Multiple 24 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 $105.00 Multiple 60 Months
F-2 $105.00 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 $105.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C $105.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A $105.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2B $105.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2R $105.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 $105.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 $105.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
I $105.00 Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 $105.00 C Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 $105.00 C 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 $105.00 Multiple 60 Months
L-2 $105.00 Multiple 60 Months
M-1 $105.00 Multiple 60 Months
M-2 $105.00 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 $105.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 $105.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 $105.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 $105.00 D Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 $105.00 D Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 $105.00 D Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 $105.00 D Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 $105.00 Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 $105.00 Multiple 60 Months
R-2 $105.00 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

  1. Tiered Fee Schedule: B-1/B-2 visa valid for 60 months, multiple entries, $25.00 or multiple entries for 12 months, no fee.

  2. 48 months for the actual investor and immediate family; 24 months for other employees and dependents.

  3. No fee for High school students or USG sponsored or assisted students.

  4. For groups of ten or more listed on the same petition, the maximum total issuance fee cannot exceed $1,050 USD.

    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.

ALL /

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.

 

 

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees:  Refer to the appropriate state/territory website

Document Name:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Issuing Authority:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Registration Criteria:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Procedure for Obtaining:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Certified Copies Available:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Alternate Documents:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Exceptions:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Comments:

Applications for Birth certificates should be made to The Registrar in each specific Australian State or Territory:

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees:  Refer to the appropriate state/territory website

Document Name:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Issuing Authority:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Registration Criteria:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Procedure for Obtaining:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Certified Copies Available:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Alternate Documents:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Exceptions:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Comments:

Applications for Death certificates should be made to The Registrar in each specific Australian State or Territory:

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees:  Refer to the appropriate state/territory website

Document Name:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Issuing Authority:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Registration Criteria:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Procedure for Obtaining:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Certified Copies Available:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Alternate Documents:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Exceptions:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Comments:

Applications for Marriage certificates should be made to The Registrar in each specific Australian State or Territory:

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees:  Refer to the appropriate state/territory website

Document Name:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Issuing Authority:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Registration Criteria:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Procedure for Obtaining:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Certified Copies Available:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Alternate Documents:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Exceptions:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Comments:

Applications for Divorce certificates for all states and territories (EXCEPT Western Australia) are regulated through the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. Inquiries can be made through their website.

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees:  Refer to the appropriate state/territory website

Document Name:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Issuing Authority:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Registration Criteria:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Procedure for Obtaining:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Certified Copies Available:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Alternate Documents:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Exceptions:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Comments:  Adoption is one of the options used to provide permanent care for children who are unable to live with their families.  The adoption process establishes a permanent, legal parent-child relationship between a child and their adoptive parent/s.

Identity Card

Unavailable

Police, Court, Prison Records

Court/Prison Records

Available

Fees:  Refer to the appropriate state/territory website

Document Name:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Issuing Authority:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Registration Criteria:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Procedure for Obtaining:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Certified Copies Available:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Alternate Documents:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Exceptions:  Refer to appropriate state/territory website

Comments:

 

Police Certificates

Available

Fees:   Refer to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) website for the current fee.

Document Name:   National Police Certificate

Issuing Authority:  Australian Federal Police

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Various security features, including watermark, micro printing, and ink reactive the ultraviolet light.

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

Registration Criteria:  There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Can be requested online or through a physical form sent by mail. Refer to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) website.

Certified Copies Available:  Inquire directly with AFP

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions:  None – applicants must apply for a Complete Disclosure Australian Federal Police Certificate.

Comments:  Please ensure that you access the official website for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) directly and not via a third party.

  • In the National Police Checks section, scroll down and select the ‘Application Portal’ link.
  • If applying online, after the Application Portal link is selected, you should progress through to the application form, entering all required data and scanning your documents.
  • On the next page, under section 2.3 ‘Purpose of Check’, under ‘Purpose Type’, select ‘Commonwealth Employment /Purpose’.
  • In same section under Purpose of Check, select Code ‘33’ – Immigration/Citizenship – for supply to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
  • DO NOT SELECT Code ‘35’.
  • Applicants must apply for the Complete Disclosure Australian Federal Police Certificate.

Australian Federal Police certificates based on fingerprints are preferred, but a certificate not based on fingerprints is acceptable if it shows all aliases ever used.

If the links above to the criminal records check page of the AFP website are not working, visit the AFP website directly at afp.gov.au.

Military Records

Available

Fees:  Unknown

Document Name:   Unknown

Issuing Authority:  Department of Defence

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Unknown

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Unknown

Registration Criteria:  Unknown

Procedure for Obtaining:   Refer to Department of Defence website

Certified Copies Available:  Unknown

Alternate Documents:  Unknown

Exceptions:  Unknown

Comments:  Current members of the Defence Force must first seek their records by approaching their current Defence Unit.

Refer to the Department of Defence website defence.gov.au/Records/

Former members should refer to website defence.gov.au/Records/ExService.asp

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available:  Passports - Regular, Diplomatic and Official

Fees:  Refer to Australian Passport office website

Document Name:   Passport

Issuing Government Authority:  Australian Passport Office

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Varies by issuance year

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Not available

Registration Criteria:  Not available

Procedure for Obtaining:  Refer to Australian Passport Office website

Alternate Documents:  Refer Australian Passport Office website

Exceptions:  Not available

Comments:  None

Other Documents Available:  Travel-related documents for emergency situations overseas, for non-citizens including asylum seekers, refugees & stateless persons, Convention Travel Document or Certificate of Identity

Other Records

Name Change Certificate

Available.

Evidence of your legal name change must be  issued by a civil authority.  In Australia, name change certificates are issued by the Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages.  These certificates are not required if your name change is based on your marriage.

Australian Citizenship Certificate

Available.

The Australian citizenship certificate is issued to applicants who became Australian citizens after their birth. You may request confirmation of yourAustralian citizenship status here.

 

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title:   Consulate General

Address:  Level 10 MLC Centre, 19-29 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Phone Number:   1300-139-399

Visa Services:  supportaustralia@ustraveldocs.com

Visa Services

Area

IV

NIV

Adelaide

Sydney

Melbourne

Australian Capital Territory

Sydney

Sydney

Christmas Island (Indian Ocean0

Sydney

Perth

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Sydney

Perth

Nauru

Sydney

Melbourne

New South Wales

Sydney

Sydney

Norfolk Island

Sydney

Sydney

Northern Territory

Sydney

Melbourne

Queensland

Sydney

Sydney

South Australia

Sydney

Melbourne

Tasmania (including islands in Bass Strait)

Sydney

Melbourne

Victoria

Sydney

Melbourne

Western Australia

Sydney

Perth

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.