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Information for U.S. Citizens in the Middle East

U.S. Visas

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U.S. Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country

Brunei Darussalam

Brunei
Brunei Darussalam

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 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
C-W-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
C-W-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 None Multiple 41 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 3 Months
R-2 None Multiple 3 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

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.

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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 or national of a country without a treaty.  *When the spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status and are themselves a national of a country that does not have a treaty with the United States – the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principal alien’s country of nationality should be used.  **Spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 visa principal applicant, where the spouse and children are also nationals of a country that has a treaty with the United States – the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the spouse and children’s country of nationality should be used.  

    *Example 1: John Doe is a national of Country A that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. however his wife and child are nationals of Country B 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 John Doe, the principal visa holder.

    **Example 2:  Mike Doe is a national of Country Y that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. however his wife and child are nationals of Country Z that also has a treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the reciprocity issued to nationals of Country Z.

  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.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees: No fee

Document Name: Certified True Copy of Register of Birth

Issuing Authority: Department of Immigration and National Registration, Ministry of Home Affairs

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: N/A

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The Registrar/Deputy Registrar of Births and Deaths

Registration Criteria: According to the Birth and Death Registration Act, Chapter 79, it shall be the duty of the father and mother of the child, and of the occupier of the house in which to his or her knowledge the child is born, and of each person present at the birth, and of the person having charge of the child, to report such birth within 14 days.  Categories that are allowed to report on such birth:

  • Biological father
  • Biological mother
  • Family members who acknowledge on the birth occurs

Procedure for Obtaining: By applying to the Registrar of Births and Deaths.

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents: N/A

Exceptions: N/A

Comments: An abstract of birth certificate is available with a fee.

Death Certificates

Available

Fees: No fee

Document Name: Duplicate Register of Death

Issuing Authority: Department of Immigration and National Registration, Ministry of Home Affairs

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: N/A

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The Registrar/Deputy Registrar of Births and Deaths

Registration Criteria: Death registration is advised to be carried out within 12 hours after death has been occurred.  Late registration will be endorsed on the certificate in case that the registration is made more than 12 hours after the death was occurred.  Death registration process is only authorized to the immediate family, those who witnessed the death and/or whom are responsible towards the decease.

Procedure for Obtaining: By applying to the Registrar of Births and Deaths.

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents: N/A

Exceptions: N/A

Comments: An abstract of death certificate is available with a fee.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees:

Registration of intended civil marriages: (Marriage Act, Eighth Schedule)

  • Filing of notice of civil marriage – BND $100.00
  • Preparation of solemn declaration of civil marriage – BND $10.00 (BND $5.00 per person)
  • Issuance of special license – BND $500.00
  • Issuance of marriage certificate – BND $100.00

Registration of pre-existing marriages: (Registration of Marriages Rules, Second Schedule)

  • Registration of marriage – BND $15.00
  • Entry of a certified copy of a document in the register, issued at the time of registration – BND $5.00
  • Entry of a certified copy of a document in the register, issued after registration – BND $10.00

Document Name:

Registration of intended civil marriages:

  • “Notice of Marriage” – Marriage Act, Second Schedule
  • “Marriage Register Book of Civil Marriages” – Marriage Act, Fifth Schedule

Registration of pre-existing marriages:

  • “Marriage Register Book of Civil Marriages” – Marriage Act, Fifth Schedule

Issuing Authority:

Registration of intended marriages:

Registration of pre-existing marriages:

  • Registry of Marriages at the Attorney General’s Chambers

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: N/A

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

  • For Muslim Marriages – Registrar, Sharia Court
  • For Civil Marriages – Marriage Registrar, Supreme Court

Registration Criteria:

Refer to Laws of Brunei

Procedure for Obtaining: Obtained by application to the Registry of Muslim Marriages at Sharia Court or the Registry of Civil Marriages at the Supreme Court.

Certified Copies Available: N/A

Alternate Documents: N/A

Exceptions: N/A

Comments: Same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Brunei.

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees:

  • Non-Muslim divorces: BND $80.00
  • Muslim divorces: BND $10.00

Document Name:

  • Non-Muslim divorces: “Certificate of Making Decree Nisi Absolute”
  • Muslim divorces: “Divorce Certificate”

Issuing Authority:

  • Non-Muslim divorces: High Court of Brunei Darussalam
  • Muslim divorces: Syariah High Court

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: N/A

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

  • Non-Muslim divorces: Chief Registrar, High Court of Brunei Darussalam
  • Muslim divorces: Registrar of Muslim Marriages, Divorces, Annulments and Ruju’, Syariah High Court

Registration Criteria:

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • Non-Muslim divorces: Obtained by petition to the High Court of Brunei Darussalam
  • Muslim divorces: Obtained by application to the Syariah High Court

Certified Copies Available:

Non-Muslim divorces: (Rules of the Supreme Court, Appendix B; Magistrates’ Court (Court Fees and Costs) Rules, Schedule)

  • Issuance of a certified true copy – BND $4.00 for the first copy, BND $2.00 for every subsequent copy
  • Examination of a plain copy to be certified as a certified true copy – BND $2.00
  • Attestation by Magistrate as Notary Public or Commissioner for Oaths – BND $8.00
  • Affixing of an apostille stamp – BND $2.00

Muslim divorces:

Affixing of an apostille stamp – BND $2.00 (Rules of the Supreme Court, Appendix B)

Alternate Documents: N/A

Exceptions: N/A

Comments: N/A

 

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees: No fee

Document Name: Registration of Adoptions Act, (Chapter 123) 1961

Issuing Authority: Department of Immigration and National Registration, Ministry of Home Affairs

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: N/A

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The Registrar/Deputy Registrar of Adoptions

Registration Criteria: Adoption registration is advised to be carried out by the adopted parents after there has been Perintah Kekal (Permanent Order) from the Sharia court for Muslims.  While for the non-Muslim, there must be adoption order from the Civil court.

Procedure for Obtaining: By applying to the Registrar of Adoptions.

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents: N/A

Exceptions: N/A

Comments: An abstract of adoption certificate is available with a fee.

Identity Card

Available

  • Issued to Brunei citizens aged 12 and above.
  • Issued to Brunei born stateless permanent residents aged 12 and above.
  • Issued to resident foreign nationals with Brunei permanent resident status aged 12 and above.
  • Issued to resident foreign nationals who hold a valid immigration pass.  The immigration pass must be valid for more than three (03) months.

Fees:

  • BND $15.00 for Brunei citizens.
  • BND $20 for both permanent residents and resident foreign nationals.

Document Name: Smart Identification Card

Issuing Government Authority: Department of Immigration and National Registration, Ministry of Home Affairs

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Yellow card for Brunei citizens, purple card for permanent residents, and green card for resident foreign nationals

Registration Criteria: Appear in person at the immigration office.

Procedure for Obtaining: By applying to the Smart Identification Card section at the Department of Immigration and National Registration, Ministry of Home Affairs

Alternate Documents: N/A

Exceptions: N/A

Comments: N/A

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available

Fees: BND $ 50.00

Document Name: Police Clearance/Good Conduct

Issuing Authority: Royal Brunei Police Force Headquarters

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: N/A

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: N/A

Registration Criteria: N/A

Procedure for Obtaining:  To apply for a police certificate, the applicant is required to fill in a CRF1 form (downloadable from the RBPF website (available in Malay language only) or obtained from the Criminal Record Unit Office, Police Headquarters Building, Gadong) along with the following:

  • A copy of the applicant’s passport.
  • A copy of the applicant’s Brunei identity card, if available.
  • A copy of the applicant’s Brunei work permit, if available.
  • Evidence of the duration of the applicant's residency in Brunei.
  • Applicable fee of BND $50.00.

The above should be submitted to:

Royal Brunei Police Force Headquarters
Commissioner of Police
Tungku Gadong BE2110
Brunei Darussalam
Phone: 673-242-3901 / 673-245-9500
Fax: 673-242-6290
Email: rbpf.pro@police.gov.bn

Submission in person is between 8:30am to 12noon and 1:30pm to 3pm for Monday to Thursday, and 8:30am to 12noon for Saturday.

If the applicant lives outside of Brunei, request may be submitted through Brunei Embassy or Consulate where you live or ask a representative in Brunei to request on behalf.

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents: N/A

Exceptions: N/A

Comments: N/A

Court/Prison Records

Unavailable

Comments: Unavailable to private individuals. If a police check develops evidence of the existence of a prison record, or if an applicant volunteers such information, then the Embassy can obtain relevant particulars by official application to the Commissioner of Prisons. The name of the applicant, prison number, and name of the prison where sentence was served are necessary information.

Military Records

Unavailable

Comments: Brunei has had its own Armed Forces (for which only Brunei citizens of the Malay race are eligible) since 1962. Military records are "privileged documents" which, it is believed, cannot be obtained by residents or former residents of Brunei on personal application. Such information would not, as a matter of routine, be supplied to the Embassy by Brunei military authorities. In special circumstances, however, consideration would be given to applications submitted by the Embassy for such records, each case being decided on its merits.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.):

  • Diplomatic Passport: Blue cover with 2 inner cover pages, PECSEC data page, and 48 inner pages.  Issued to Brunei citizens who has support and approval letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  This passport is valid for 5 years.
  • Official Passport: Black cover with 2 inner cover pages, PECSEC data page, and 48 inner pages.  Issued to Brunei citizens who has support from the relevant government ministry or department in Brunei Darussalam and approval from the Prime Minister’s Office.  This passport is valid for 5 years.
  • Ordinary Passport: Red cover with 2 inner cover pages, PECSEC data page, and 48 inner pages.  Issued to Brunei citizens.  This passport is valid for 5 years.

Fees:

  • Diplomatic and Official Passport: No Fee
  • Ordinary Passport: BND $60.00
  • General Certificate of Identity (GCI): BND $35.00
  • Certificate of Identity (CI): BND $50.00
  • Emergency Certificate: BND $20.00

Document Name: Passport

Issuing Government Authority: Department of Immigration and National Registration, Ministry of Home Affairs

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: N/A

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: N/A

Registration Criteria: Appear in person at the immigration office or Brunei diplomatic missions overseas.

Procedure for Obtaining: When in Brunei, by applying to the Travel Documents section at the Department of Immigration and National Registration, Ministry of Home Affairs. Outside of Brunei, by applying to the nearest Brunei diplomatic missions to the applicant.

Alternate Documents: N/A

Exceptions: N/A

Comments: N/A

Other Documents Available:

  • General Certificate of Identity (GCI): Green cover with 1 inner cover page, machine readable data page, and 48 inner pages.  Issued to Brunei citizens and only valid for travel to Borneo Malaysia states of Sabah, Sarawak, and Federal Territory of Labuan.  This travel document is valid for 10 years.
  • Certificate of Identity (CI): Brown cover with 1 inner cover page, machine readable data page, and 48 inner pages.  Issued to Brunei born stateless Permanent Residents.  This travel document is valid for 2 years or 5 years depending on the discretion of the officer.  Holder of this travel document must check on visa requirements of the destination country prior to travel.
  • Emergency Certificate: Issued to Brunei citizens who are currently abroad and need to return to Brunei as soon as possible.  It will be issued when the holders lost or damaged their passports overseas and for children born abroad whose father is a Brunei citizen and intends to bring them back to Brunei as soon as possible.  This certificate is valid for use within 6 months from the date of issuance and for single journey back to Brunei only.

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (Embassy)

Address:

Simpang 336-52-16-9, Jalan Duta
Bandar Seri Begawan BC4115
Brunei Darussalam

Phone Number: 673-238-7400

Visa Services: NIV only.

Comments / Additional Information: N/A.

Visa Services

NIVs for all of Brunei.  IV applications for nationals of Brunei are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia or Singapore.

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.