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Laos Reciprocity Schedule
A-1 None Multiple 12 Months A A-2 None Multiple 6 Months A A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months B-1 None One 3 Months B-2 None One 3 Months B-1/B-2 None One 3 Months C-1 None One 3 Months C-1/D None One 3 Months C-2 None One 3 Months C-3 None One 3 Months CW-1 11 None One 3 Months CW-2 11 None One 3 Months D None One 3 Months E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A E-2C 12 None Multiple 12 Months F-1 $80.00 Multiple 12 Months B F-2 $80.00 Multiple 12 Months G-1 None Multiple 12 Months G-2 None One 3 Months G-3 None One 3 Months G-4 None Multiple 12 Months G-5 1 None One 3 Months H-1B $80.00 Multiple 12 Months 3 H-1C $80.00 Multiple 12 Months 3 H-2A None N/A N/A3 H-2B None N/A N/A3 H-2R None One 3 Months 3 H-3 $80.00 Multiple 12 Months 3 H-4 $80.00 Multiple 12 Months 3 I None One 3 Months J-1 4 $80.00 Multiple 12 Months J-2 4 $80.00 Multiple 12 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 $80.00 Multiple 12 Months L-2 $80.00 Multiple 12 Months M-1 $80.00 Multiple 12 Months M-2 $80.00 Multiple 12 Months N-8 None Multiple 12 Months N-9 None Multiple 12 Months NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A O-1 $80.00 Multiple 12 Months 3 O-2 $80.00 Multiple 12 Months 3 O-3 $80.00 Multiple 12 Months 3 P-1 None One 3 Months 3 P-2 None One 3 Months 3 P-3 None One 3 Months 3 P-4 None One 3 Months 3 Q-1 6 $80.00 Multiple 12 Months 3 R-1 $80.00 Multiple 12 Months R-2 $80.00 Multiple 12 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
A-1 TDY and A-2 TDY visas are issued for 3 months, 1 entry.
6 months, multiple entry visas - $40.00 /or/ 3 months single entry visas - no fee.
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.
There are no central registries of vital records in Laos. There are no standard forms for any civil record other than the Household Registry Book and national Identification Card. Documents can be obtained only by those applying in person and resident in Laos, and occasionally by family members applying in person. All documents should be considered unavailable to applicants outside of Laos.
Documents regarding events that took place before 1975 are unavailable. The Japanese Army destroyed virtually all extant French colonial records when it invaded Laos in World War II. When the Pathet Lao came to power in 1975, they destroyed most extant records of the former Royal government.
Birth, Death, Burial Certificates
Available. In principle births are recorded in the district (muong) of the person's birth. If a civil record of birth is not available, it is because the record was destroyed by the Japanese in 1945 or by the Pathet Lao in 1975 or because the parents have not made a declaration of birth before the Pathan Ban (village chief), since the requirement of registering births is not enforced. In such cases, three persons who have witnessed the birth may make a statement, together with the Huanaa Ban (section chief) of the village where the birth occurred, before the village chief. The declaration is in turn notarized by a district officer in the case of Vientiane or provincial administrator in all other cases. Birth certificates may be obtained from the district or provincial administrator having jurisdiction over the place of birth. A listing of provincial capitals and provinces is included herein.
Available. Death certificates can be obtained in the same manner as birth certificates from the district where the subject was resident when the death occurred.
Marriage, Divorce Certificates
Lao citizen couples are issued a document of marriage in the district where the marriage took place. The Lao government recognizes marriages between Lao citizens that are not registered but that are reflected in the Household Registration Book that shows a couple to be husband and wife. A divorce decree must be issued by the court in the district where the couple is resident for a divorce to be final. A divorce certificate issued by a village or district official that is not a member of the court is not sufficient. Marriage and divorce documents can be obtained from the district government in which they were originally issued.
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Police, Court, Prison Records
Available. "Criminal Record #3" or "Bai Cheng Thot #3". Issued by the President of the People's Court of the particular Province (or the Vientiane Municipality) in which the applicant resides.
Available. Prison records in principle can be obtained from the Director of the prison in which the subject was incarcerated. Under the present government, inmates are issued a Certificate of Good Conduct when released from prison or "re-education" centers.
Passports & Other Travel Documents
A laissez-passer (border pass) is issued by the Vientiane municipality to any Lao national traveling to Nongkhai, Thailand, for not more than three days. Persons leaving Laos for other parts of Thailand or other countries are required to have a valid passport. Diplomatic and Official Passport holders are also required to have a valid exit (in & out) visa issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
All visa categories for all of Laos.
List of Provinces and Capitals
Province Captial Phongsaly Phongsaly Luang Namtha Namtha Bokeo Houeisay Luang Prabang Luang Prabang Houa Phan Sam Neua Xiengkhouang Xiengkhouang Sayaboury Sayaboury Vientiane Phonehong Vientiane Capital Vientiane Xaysomboun Anouvong Borikhamsay Paksan Savannakhet Savannakhe Khammouane Thakhek Saravane Saravane Champassak Pakse Attapeu Attapeu Oudomsay Oudomsay Sekong Sekong
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.