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Macau 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 A B-2 None Multiple 120 Months A B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 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 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 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 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
Macau reverted from Portuguese to Chinese sovereignty on December 20, 1999 and became the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR). This schedule applies to bearers of the new Macau SAR Passport (green cover), the new Macau SAR Travel Permit (purple cover), and the old Passaporte Para Estrangieros (light blue cover; no longer issued, but still extant and valid until December 20, 2001), except in cases involving the "B" visa classifications. B-1/2 visas issued to bearers of Macau SAR Passports may have a maximum validity of 120 months, but bearers of the Macau SAR Travel Permit and the Portuguese Passaporte Para Estrangieros should be limited to a maximum validity of sixty (60) months.
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
Birth Certificates (Cerdidoes de Narrativa de Registo de Nascimento) are issued by the Macau Birth Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo de Nascimentos de Macau).
Death certificates (Certidoes de Narrativa de Registo de Obito) are available from the Macau Marriage and Death Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo de Casamentos e Obitos de Macau, for deaths that have occurred since April 1, 1963.
Marriage, Divorce Certificates
Marriage certificates (Cerdidoes de Narrativa de Registo de Casamento) are issued by the Macau Marriage and Death Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo de Casamentos e Obitos de Macau).
Certificates of Divorce (Cerdidoes de Divorcio) are issued by the Macau Court, upon request, to either party of the dissolved marriage.
Certificates of Conference Record (Certidoes de Acta de Conferencia) are issued by the Macau Marriage and Death Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo de Casamentos e Obitos de Macau).
Marriage certificates with divorce registration (Certidoes de Narrativa de Registo de Casamento com Averbamento de Divorcio) are issued by the Macau Marriage and Death Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo de Casamentos e Obitos de Macau).
Birth certificates with divorce registration (Certidoes de Narrativa de Registo de Nascimento com Averbamento de Divorcio) are issued by the Macau Birth Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo de Nascimentos de Macau).
Divorce certificates (Certidoes de Narrativa de Registo de Divorcio) are issued by the Macau Marriage and Death Registry Office (Conservatoria do Registo de Casamentos e Obitos de Macau.
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Police, Court, Prison Records
- Normal application (5 working days) costs MOP50.
- Urgent application (2 working days) costs MOP150.
Document Name: Certificate of Criminal Record
Issuing Authority: Identification Services Bureau (Direcção dos Serviços de Identificação) - Avenida da Praia No. 804, Edificio China Plaza, 20 andar, Macau
Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: N/A
Issuing Authority Personnel Title: N/A
Registration Criteria: Police certificates and/or any records of conviction will be sent directly to the applicants. Please refer to dsi.gov.mo for additional information. Enquiry hotlines: (853) 2837-0777 or (853) 2837-0888. All applicants should be 16 years of age or older.
- BIR Holder: If the applicant is a Macau SAR Resident Identity Card (BIR) holder, the card must be presented with the application.
- Non-BIR Holder: If the applicant is not a BIR holder, he or she must submit documents proving his or her ties to Macau, such as an identification permit of non-resident worker or a testimonial letter from a school or employer in Macau.
- BIR and Non-BIR Holders may personally submit their own applications or they may have their direct relatives (i.e. parents, or spouse or children aged 18 or older) or an authorized person submit an application on their behalf.
- Application made by direct relative must include:
- Photocopy of the applicant's Macau SAR Resident Identity Card (BIR). For non-BIR holders, a photocopy of applicant's valid travel document or valid document for entering Macau and documentary proof of the connection between applicant and Macau.
- A full set of applicant's ten 10 fingerprints (for first time application).
- Original identity document of the representative making the application.
- How to apply by mail:
- Documentation proving the relationship between the applicant and the representative.
- Documentation proving that the applicant cannot apply in person.
- Application made by an authorized person must include:
- Proxy or letter of authorization from the applicant. Samples can be obtained at DSI or from www.dsi.gov.mo, under Forms Download- Declaration (Certificate of Criminal Record).
- Photocopy of the applicant's Macau Resident Identity Card (BIR). For non-BIR holders: a photocopy of applicant's valid travel document or valid document for entering Macau and documentary proof of the connection between applicant and Macau.
- A full set of applicant's ten 10 fingerprints (for first time application).
- Original identity document of the authorized person making the application.
1. Access the “Postal Application Service” system of Identification Services Bureau (DSI) to obtain an application number and print out an application slip;
2. Mail “Part 2” of the application slip and the required documents to DSI. (Mailing address: Macau Postal Box No. 1089/ Avenida da Praia No. 804, Edificio China Plaza, 20 andar, Macau);
3. After receiving the required documents (see below), DSI will update the application progress in the “Postal Application Service” system. Applicants should check their application status in the system from time to time.
4. When the application status changes to “Please pay for the application”, applicants can pay the fee to complete their application.
1. Application form or application letter, which should state clearly applicant’s name, parents’ name, date and place of birth, usage of the certificate (i.e. “for immigration”), contact information, and type of application (normal or urgent). In the letter, the applicant should sign and impress a right index fingerprint next to their signature. For the first-time application, a set of ten fingerprint impression should be submitted to DSI (the form for fingerprint impression can be downloaded in DSI’s website);
2. Proof of residence in Macao or proof of application for residing in Macao, such as identification documents issued in Macao, proof issued by a school in Macao, a notification letter in regard to Residence Authorization application issued by the Immigration Department of the Public Security Police Force, a document issued by the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute to request the applicant to submit the Certificate of Criminal Record and so on;
3. Photocopy of a valid travel document of the applicant;
4. If the applicant does not hold a Macao SAR Resident Identity Card and needs to state his/her parents’ name on the certificate, he/she should submit a photocopy of the relevant supporting documents, such as birth certificate. Such document is not required if the applicant has submitted it to DSI before.
Fee: Application fee + Postage (This Bureau will inform the applicant of the total amount in the “Postal Application Service” system of DSI)
1. Application fee
Normal application (5 working days): MOP50
Urgent application (2 working days): MOP150
The amount may vary depending on the destinations and weight of the documents.
Means of payment:
1. Pay online:
Pay by credit card in the “Postal Application Service” system.
2. Pay by an authorized person:
An applicant can authorize a person in Macao to pay the fee at DSI in person on his/her behalf by stating it clearly in the application letter.
Date of Collection:
Normal application: 5 working days.
Urgent application: 2 working days.
(The collection date is counted from the following day after DSI received all necessary documents.)
Certified Copies Available:
Military Records (Certificados de Servi Militar) are issued by the Consulate General of Portugal in Macau (Consulado-Geral de Portugal em Macau). Members and former members of the Portuguese Armed Forces who have served in Macau should write to the Consulate General at: Consulado Geral de Portugal em Macau, Rua Pedro Nolasco da Silva, No. 45, Macau
Passports & Other Travel Documents
- MACAU SAR PASSPORT (Macau Special Administrative Region): The passport of the Macau SAR of the People's Republic of China is issued to Chinese citizens who are permanent residents of the Macau SAR. This document lists the bearer as a Chinese citizen who is a permanent resident of the Macau Special Administrative Region, who has the right of abode in, and the right to return to the Region. The passport cover is dark green. The bearer's identity card number is printed on the 2nd line of the MRZ (machine readable zone) having 8 digits. The holder's photograph and fingerprint are added to the observation page. The validity of the passport of the Macau SAR will normally be 10 years. It has no page for accompanying children, as children under 18 will be issued passports that are valid for 5 years.
- MACAU SAR TRAVEL PERMIT (Macau Special Administrative Region): The travel document of the Macau SAR is issued to non-permanent residents of the Macau SAR who are of Chinese nationality and who are not entitled to other travel documents. It can also be issued to other persons with "exceptional reasons". This document lists the bearer as a lawful resident of the Macau Special Administrative Region who has the right to return to the Region. The document cover is dark purple. The bearer's identity card is printed on the 2nd line of the MRZ (machine readable zone) having 8 digits. The holder's photograph and fingerprint are added to the observation page. The validity of the travel permit of the Macau SAR is normally 5 years. It has no page for accompanying children, as children under 18 will be issued a travel permit that is valid for 5 years.
- PASSPORTE PARA ESTRANGIEROS: This document, issued to persons legally residing in Macau, was valid for re-entry to Macau within the authorized period stated on the document. It has a gray cover. The issuance of this document ended on December 20, 1999, but existing Passporte Para Estrangieros will continue to remain valid until December 20, 2001.
Visa Issuing Posts
Hong Kong (Consulate General)
26 Garden Road, Central
PSC 461 Box 5
FPO AP 96521-0006
Telephone: (852) 2523-9011
Fax: (852) 2845-4845
Visas are issued to nationals of Macau by the U. S. Consulate General in Hong Kong.
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.