What is visa reciprocity?

While the United States has a policy against entering into formal reciprocity agreements, the U.S. bases its visa issuance fees, number of entries, and maximum period of visa validity, by country, on those restrictions imposed by the sending country on U.S. travelers in practice. Country-specific reciprocity tables showing the current treatment of visa applicants are available at: http://travel.state.gov/visa/fees/fees_3272.html. Because visa reciprocity is country-specific, the maximum period of visa validity for a certain type of visa may differ depending on where the visa was issued.

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