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Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Reciprocity Schedule
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 None Multiple 60 Months 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
Diplomatic relations not in force. The Department has determined that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is a competent authority for passport-issuing purposes as defined in INA 101(a)(30), but the U.S. does not recognize the PA as a "foreign government". Visa applications for categories A-1, A-2, A-3, C-3, G-1, and G-2 made by bearers of Palestinian Authority Passports must be submitted to the Department for an advisory opinion. Requests should be slugged for CA/VO/L/A and NEA/IPA.
G-3 and G-5 visas may be issued to bearers of Palestinian Authority documents who are employed by foreign governments (i.e. not the Palestinian Authority), or who are the immediate family members, attendants or personal employees of accredited officials of foreign governments. Qualified applicants should be issued visas on Form OF-232 following the procedures indicated in 22 CFR 41.113(b).
G-4 visas may be issued to qualified applicants directly in their Palestinian Authority Passports.
Visa Category Footnotes
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:
- G-1 through G-4
- NATO 1 through NATO 6
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.
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.
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)
The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.
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.
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.
Civil documents for Israel are generally available, though some records were destroyed in 1948 or earlier.
Fees may be charged for a particular document listed below. It is the applicant's responsibility to contact the appropriate issuing authority to obtain specific information about documents, including mailing addresses and fee requirements.
The Palestinian Authority (West Bank and Gaza):
Residents of the West Bank and Gaza are under the jurisdiction of the Consulate General in Jerusalem.
The West Bank and Gaza are subject to a complex set of governing arrangements involving Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Holders of Palestinian National Authority (PA) travel documents will generally present PA civil documents, but these applicants should apply for police certificates from both Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Since the establishment of the PA, it issues its residents with Palestinian ID cards. Per the interim agreements, Israel controls the Palestinian population registry and assigns the ID numbers for Palestinian ID cards.
On June 14, 2007, the designated foreign terrorist organization Hamas took de facto administrative control of Gaza, to include the issuance of civil documents for that territory. The U.S. Government does not accept documents issued by Hamas in Gaza unless verified by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. It is the responsibility of the applicant submitting a document issued after June 14, 2007 from any governmental agency in Gaza to obtain verification from the Palestinian Authority. The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem does not assist in this process.
Since June 28, 1967, East Jerusalem has been under the law, jurisdiction, and administration of the State of Israel. The Israeli-Palestinian Declaration of Principles, signed September 13, 1993, deferred the settlement of the permanent status of Jerusalem to the final stages of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Since 2002, a few suburbs of East Jerusalem are under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority. Palestinians in East Jerusalem hold the status of "permanent resident" of the State of Israel. For political reasons, most of them did not request Israeli citizenship. Palestinians from the West Bank and East Jerusalem may also have Jordanian documents, including passports.
In some cases, applicants from East Jerusalem are unable to obtain civil documents from either Israel or the Palestinian Authority.
Birth, Death, Burial Certificates
Always available for applicants born in Israel since 1948, and generally available for applicants born before then. Requests for birth certificates should be addressed to the office of the Israeli Ministry of Interior. The request should include the applicant's name at birth, the date and place of birth, the full name of both parents, the hospital where the birth took place, and the applicant's Israeli Identity Card number.
Israelis who are unable to obtain a birth certificate (either because the records do not exist or because they are unobtainable due to lack of relations between Israel and the birth country) may instead present a birth extract (Tamtzit Rishum) issued by the Israeli Ministry of the Interior.
The Palestinian Authority (West Bank and Gaza):
Generally available for those born in the West Bank and Gaza. Applications for birth certificates for Palestinian residents of the West Bank and Gaza must be submitted to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Interior office located nearest the applicant's place of residence. Non-residents of the West Bank and Gaza may approach the nearest overseas representative of the PLO to request a birth certificate or write to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Interior office nearest their birth place.
The Consulate General in Jerusalem accepts birth extracts issued by the Palestinian Authority for Palestinian applicants born before 1948 within the pre-1967 boundaries of Israel, but who are now residents overseas or in the West Bank and Gaza. The U.S. government does not accept birth records issued by Hamas in Gaza unless verified by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. It is the responsibility of the applicant submitting a document issued after June 14, 2007 from any governmental agency in Gaza to obtain verification from the Palestinian Authority.
Arab residents of East Jerusalem may obtain records from the Israeli Ministry of Interior. However, there are cases where the Israeli Ministry of the Interior has directed applicants without legal residence rights in Jerusalem to obtain a birth certificate for a newborn from the Palestinian Authority, despite the fact that the birth took place in Jerusalem.
Generally available following the same procedures as birth certificates.
Marriage, Divorce Certificates
Available. There is no civil marriage in Israel. Requests for marriage certificates should be sent to the appropriate religious community.
Jews should send requests to the Chief Rabbinate. Jewish marriage and divorce certificates from the Rabbinate must be certified by the Rabbinate Department at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem (Tel. 02-531-1170/164/161).
Muslims should send requests to the Sharia Court in the district where the marriage took place. Muslim marriage and divorce certificates from the Sheikh must be certified by the Sharia Court at the Ministry of Justice in Jerusalem (Tel. 02-654-1558/9).
Christians should send requests to the church where they were married. Christian marriage and divorce certificates from the church must be certified by the Christian Department at the Ministry of Interior in Jerusalem (Tel.02-621-7000/04).
The Palestinian Authority (West Bank and Gaza):
Marriage certificates should be requested from the officiating Sharia Court or church. The U.S. government does not accept marriage certificates issued by Hamas in Gaza unless verified by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. It is the responsibility of the applicant submitting a document issued after June 14, 2007 from any governmental agency in Gaza to obtain verification from the Palestinian Authority.
Available. Same procedures as for marriage certificates apply for all communities.
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Police, Court, Prison Records
Israeli Criminal Register Certificates are available for citizens and residents of Israel as well as nonresidents, and may be requested at any Israeli police station. They are sent directly to the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem or to the Embassy in Tel Aviv. Former residents residing outside of Israel should apply in person at an Israeli consular or diplomatic mission.
Israeli police records are centralized and automated. Cases are indexed according to a unique identification number (Israeli National Identity Number) for Israeli citizens. Non-Israeli citizens are also assigned an I.D. number that identifies them.
Criminal records are purged from the official police record seven years after the conviction, except for aggravated felonies or if the applicant had additional convictions during the seven years. In extraordinary circumstances, individuals can obtain a full print-out of their record including expunged convictions. The police will not provide this to the Embassy, since these print-outs have no legal effect in Israel.
The Palestinian Authority (West Bank and Gaza):
Persons who have lived in the West Bank or Gaza for more than six months after the age of eighteen should obtain both a Non-Conviction Certificate from the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Justice and a Criminal Register Certificate from the Israel National Police.
Residents of the West Bank must submit their applications for Palestinian Authority certificates to the Palestinian Ministry of Justice office located nearest to the applicant's place of residence. There is a charge of fifteen shekels for this certificate. Palestinian ID card holders are expected to provide their ID number with their applications.
Residents of Gaza should apply at any branch of the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Justice located in the West Bank. Residents of Gaza may also apply for a Ministry of Justice certificate of conduct by submitting a power of attorney enabling a personal representative in the West Bank to apply on their behalf. The power of attorney should be signed by a lawyer who is a member of the Palestinian Bar Association. Documents issued by the Hamas de facto authorities in Gaza are not acceptable.
Former residents of the West Bank and Gaza now living abroad can obtain a Palestinian Non-Conviction Certificate by applying in person at the nearest Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) representative office or general delegation. Former residents may also apply for a certificate by submitting a power of attorney enabling a representative in the West Bank to apply on their behalf at any Ministry of Justice office.
Residents and former residents of Jerusalem should obtain Israeli Criminal Register Certificates and do not need to obtain Palestinian certificates.
Israeli Courts : Available when the judgment is less than seven years old except in cases involving "serious" crimes, in which case they are available indefinitely. The court record may be obtained from either the Judicial Court or the Military Court where the trial took place.
Palestinian Courts : Records may be obtained upon application to the court where the case was handled. The U.S. government does not accept court documents issued by Hamas in Gaza unless verified by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. It is the responsibility of the applicant submitting a document issued after June 14, 2007 from any governmental agency in Gaza to obtain verification from the Palestinian Authority.
Israelis who have served in active duty in the Israeli Defense Forces receive a military release (Form 807, Teudat Shikhrur) upon completion of service. In lieu of the military release, form AF435 may be requested from the Office of the Adjutant General, Ramat Gan, Israel. Israelis who have not served in the army should possess an exemption certificate (Teudat Ptor) or a similar document issued by the Israeli Defense Forces.
The Palestinian Authority (Gaza And West Bank):
Passports & Other Travel Documents
Israel issues three categories of travel documents. Israeli passports have a blue cover and are normally issued for ten years. In some cases, the validity of the passport is limited to one year (for example, for someone who lost several previous passports, or for minors). Recent immigrants to Israel carry a red cover "Israeli travel document in lieu of a national passport" issued for one to two years. Travel documents of this kind issued prior to July 2002 have an orange cover. Certain non-Israeli citizens (generally, Arab residents of East Jerusalem, Druze residents of the Golan Heights, or new immigrants not willing to renounce their current citizenship) also carry a red cover Israeli "travel document in lieu of a national passport" or laissez passer issued for a period of two years. Travel documents of this kind issued prior to 2012 have a dark blue cover, while those issued prior to July 2002 have a brown cover. Both the Israeli Ministry of Interior and Israeli missions abroad issue passports and travel documents.
On July 9, 2013, Israel began issuing e-passports and e-travel documents as an option for travelers in addition to the standard machine-readable documents already available. This test-run is voluntary and last for a 2-year period. The new passport includes a short-range wireless communications computer chip, which contains a photo, fingerprints, date of birth, and signature sample. Details are printed directly on the passport page instead of on a sticker, and some data and symbols are only visible under ultraviolet light, including an image of a Star of David and Hebrew alphabet sequences. For up-to-date information, please contact Tel Aviv FPU.
The Palestinian Authority (West Bank and Gaza):
Although the United States does not have formal diplomatic relations with the Palestinian National Authority (PA), 9 FAM 41.113 N4.1 states that travel documents issued by the PA meet the definition of a passport. The only legitimate PA passports issued after June 2007 are those issued in Ramallah, Hebron, and Nablus. Any PA passport issued outside of these areas should be considered fraudulent. Regular PA passports have a black cover, are valid for five years, and are machine readable. VIP PA passports have a red cover.
The PA issues only VIP and regular passports, not official or diplomatic passports. All VIP passports holders whose rank or position, as indicated in the passport or a supplemental diplomatic note, meets the definition of aliens eligible to receive diplomatic visas, as outlined in 9 FAM 41.26, shall be considered to hold the equivalent of a diplomatic passport. All VIP passport holders whose rank or position, as indicated in the passport or a supplemental diplomatic note, does not meet the definition of aliens eligible to receive diplomatic visas, as outlined in 9 FAM 41.26, shall be considered to hold the equivalent of an official passport. Consular officers may issue B1 visas in lieu of A or G visas, as appropriate, in PA VIP passports. As authorized in 9 FAM Appendix L, 111.3, consular officers may waive fingerprinting for applicants holding PA VIP passports who are issued B1 visas in lieu of A or G visas. Furthermore, as required by 9 FAM 41.26 N3, consular officers are authorized to issue diplomatic-type visas to those PA VIP passport holders who have been determined to meet the definition of aliens eligible to receive diplomatic visas and may extend to them the appropriate associated courtesies accorded to all recipients of diplomatic-type visas.
Consular officers should be aware that all Palestinian diplomatic missions, including delegations to United Nations bodies, remain under the aegis of the Palestine Liberation Organization, not the Palestinian Authority. Please review the special clearance and issuance procedures for more information.
As many Palestinians reside outside of West Bank and Gaza, several other governments in the region, including the governments of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Libya, issue travel documents to Palestinians. These documents generally state "Travel Document for Palestinian Refugees" on the cover. If these travel documents meet the definition of a passport as defined in INA 101(a)(30), the holders of these travel documents should be granted the same reciprocity as holders of travel documents issued by the Palestinian authority.
Location of Visa Services depend on the place of the residence for non-immigrant visa applicants. U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv handles non-immigrant visa categories for residents of green-line Israel. U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem handles all non-immigrant visa categories for residents of Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza.
The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem handles all immigrant visa processing for residents of Jerusalem, West Bank, Gaza and green-line Israel.
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.