The Department of State (DOS) announced changes to the Country Reciprocity Tables for immigrant visa cases. Specifically, the DOS update provided the following country-specific updates:
|Updated birth certificate information
|Updated police certificate information, regarding name of document.
|Added information on obtaining a certificate of non-conviction.
It is important to monitor these tables closely, as they impact nonimmigrant and immigrant filings with U.S. Consulates abroad. Nonimmigrant visa applicants (H-1B, L-1, F-1, O-1, etc.) should always check the DOS’ reciprocity tables to determine whether they must pay additional visa fees based on their nationality and visa category. The tables also list whether applicants of a certain country are subject to a limited number of admissions and/or if the validity period of their visa has a limited length of time.