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Kuwait 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 60 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 24 Months G-2 None Multiple 24 Months G-3 None Multiple 24 Months G-4 None Multiple 24 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/A3 H-2B None N/A N/A3 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
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.
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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates
Certified copies of Kuwaiti birth certificates are available from the Department of the Central Registry of Births and Deaths at the Ministry of Health located in the Maidan Hawalli area on Hamod Al-Nasser Street (Phone: +965 2562-2716). Applicants must provide the following information:
1. Kuwaiti Civil ID;
2. Passport; and
3. Photocopy of the original birth certificate (if no photocopy is available, date and place of birth, hospital name, parents’ names, and the name of the birth certificate issuing/registry center must be provided).
Kuwaiti citizens should also provide their nationality certificate. Kuwaiti birth certificates are only available in Arabic. The fee is 2 Kuwaiti Dinars per copy. Processing time is approximately one week.
If the applicant is unable to apply in person, then s/he may provide a friend or relative with a Special Power of Attorney to apply on his/her behalf. The Special Power of Attorney must first be notarized by a Kuwaiti Embassy. It then must be authenticated by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs Consular Department located in the Shuwaikh area of Kuwait City adjacent to the Kuwait News Agency (Phone: +965 2484-2099). After these two authentications are complete, it must be translated into Arabic and taken to the Ministry of Health where the friend/relative can apply for certified copies of the birth certificate on behalf of the applicant.
Kuwaiti death certificates are available from the Department of the Central Registry of Births and Deaths at the Ministry of Health located in the Maidan Hawalli area on Hamod Al-Nasser Street (Phone: +965 2562-2716). Applicants must provide the following information:
1. Deceased’s original Kuwaiti Civil ID
2. Original death notice from Kuwaiti hospital, and
3. Original marriage contract/certificate (for spouse of deceased) or original birth certificate (for child of deceased). Kuwaiti death certificates are only available in Arabic. The fee is 750 Kuwaiti fils per copy. Processing time is approximately one week.
If the next-of-kin is unable to apply in person, a friend or relative may apply with a Special Power of Attorney and adequate supporting documents demonstrating their relationship to the deceased. The Special Power of Attorney must be notarized by a Kuwaiti Embassy.
Marriage, Divorce Certificates
The following documents are required:
1. Copies of the bride and groom’s passports;
2. Copies of the bride and groom’s Kuwaiti Civil IDs; and
3. Date of Marriage.
If the applicant is unable to apply in person, s/he can provide a friend or relative with a Special Power of Attorney and copies of the required documents. The Special Power of Attorney must be notarized by a Kuwaiti Embassy. Marriage certificates are only available in Arabic.
* Muslims should apply at the Courts Complex in the Regae Area. Address: Regae Area, Courts Complex, Building B, 2nd Floor Phone: +965 188-2200 ext. 4208 The fee is 1 Kuwaiti Dinar per copy.
* Non-Muslims should apply at the Ministers Complex in Murqab Area. Address: Murqab Area, Ministers Complex, Ministry of Justice Bldg, Ground Floor, Archives Phone: +965 2248-6444 The fee is 3 Kuwaiti Dinars per copy.
* Note: Kuwaiti law allows only Christians, Jews and Muslims to marry in Kuwait.
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Police, Court, Prison Records
- Fees: N/A
- Document Name: Good Conduct Certificate
- Issuing Authority: Ministry of Interior, General Department for Criminal Evidence
- Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: None
- Issuing Authority Personnel Title: N/A
- Registration Criteria: Available only to applicants residing in Kuwait. A police clearance certificate is required for U.S. immigrant visa applicants age 18 and over who is currently residing in Kuwait for 6 months or more, Not available for former residents of Kuwait.
- Procedure for Obtaining: A police certificate, or “Good Conduct Certificate,” can be obtained from the Ministry of Interior, General Department for Criminal Evidence, located in Farwaniya (Dhajeej area), Airport Road 55, opposite the Kuwait Airways main office building (Phone: +965 2434-6101; Fax: +965 2434-5790).
Each applicant must provide the following:
- A letter from U.S. Embassy Kuwait City requesting the police certificate
- One recent front-view color photograph
- Passport and one photocopy of the passport’s bio page,
- Kuwaiti Civil Identification Card and one photocopy. Processing time is approximately one to two weeks
- Certified Copies Available: unknown
- Alternate Documents: No
- Exceptions: No
- Comments: None
- Other Documents Available: No
- Comments / Additional Information: U.S. Citizens and other individuals:
- Available only to those residing in Kuwait; age 18 and above must get the police clearance certificate if resided in country for 6 months or more* U.S. citizens and other individuals seeking Kuwait police clearances should obtain a letter of request from his/her local sponsor, or if seeking employment in another country, contact the corresponding embassy. The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait does not issue such letters.
Available to individuals residing in Kuwait who apply in person to the Ministry of Interior, Prison Section. Not available by mail. Police Records will include prison records. Address: 4th Ring Road, Al-Jabriyah area. Phone: +965-2531-8341. Fax: +965-2533-1359.
Military records are available for Kuwaiti citizens only. Applicants should apply through Kuwait's Ministry of Defense which issues military identification cards and maintains records of each individual's military service. The Administrative Affairs Department is located in the Giwan area. Phone: +965-2484-2824. Fax: +965-2483-7244.
Passports & Other Travel Documents
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Visa Issuing Posts
Visa Issuing Post
Kuwait City, Kuwait (Embassy)
All visa categories for all of Kuwait.
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.