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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.