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Cabo Verde (formerly Cape Verde)

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Country Name: Cabo Verde
Official Country Name: Republic of Cabo Verde
Country Code 2-Letters: CV
Country Code 3-Letters: CPV
Street: Rua Abilio Macedo 6 C.P. 201 Praia, Santiago, Cabo Verde
Fact sheet: https://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2835.htm
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Contact
Embassy Name: U.S. Embassy Praia
Street Address: Rua Abilio Macedo 6
C.P. 201
Praia, Santiago, Cabo Verde
Phone: +(238) 260-8948
Emergency Phone: + (238) 991-3325
Fax: +(238) 261-1355
Email: praiaconsular@state.gov
Web: https://cv.usembassy.gov/

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Praia

 


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Quick Facts
Passport Validity:

Must be valid at time of entry


Blank Passport Pages:

One page required for entry stamp


Tourist Visa Required:

Yes


Vaccinations:

None


Currency Restrictions for Entry:

None


Currency Restrictions for Exit: Travelers require certificates from the Bank of Cabo Verde to depart with more than 1 million Cabo Verdean escudos.
Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Praia

Rua Abilio Macedo 6
C.P. 201
Praia, Santiago, Cabo Verde

Telephone: +(238) 260-8948

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: + (238) 991-3325

Fax: +(238) 261-1355

Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Cabo Verde for information on U.S. – Cabo Verde relations.

Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements

Requirements for Entry:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • World Health Organization (WHO) card if arriving on flights from Senegal or other West African countries

Visas:  Two types of visas are available: a single-entry visa valid for up to 90 days or a multiple-entry visa valid for five years. You can apply for a visa at the Cabo Verdean Embassy in Washington, D.C. Please see their website for the most up-to-date visa requirements. You may also apply for a visa upon arrival at one of the country’s four international airports:

  • Nelson Mandela International Airport
  • Cesaria Evora Airport
  • Amilcar Cabral International Airport
  • Aristides Pereira International Airport

We strongly advise being prepared to pay in U.S. currency.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Cabo Verde.

Find information on dual nationality,  prevention of international child abduction,  and Customs Information  on our websites.

Safety and Security

Exercise extreme caution when participating in water sports, such as swimming, boating, and fishing, as the tides and currents around the islands are very strong. Several small fishing boats have been lost at sea in recent years and drownings have occurred on the beaches in Praia and on other islands.

The entire island of Fogo is considered to be an active volcano. Future eruptions remain a threat, as do earth tremors throughout the islands, especially on Fogo, Brava, and Santo Antão, and beneath the ocean channels that separate them. General information about natural disaster preparedness is available from the Ready initiative.

Crime:

Petty crime and burglary are common in Cabo Verde, especially at marketplaces, festivals, street fairs, and public gatherings. Criminals target anyone perceived to be affluent, regardless of nationality. Avoid groups of children who appear to have no adult supervision; the perpetrators of petty theft and pickpocketing are often groups of street children. Muggings occur often, particularly at night and in more isolated areas, and increasingly involve violence. The perpetrators are predominantly males between the ages of 14 and 25 operating in groups of two or more to attack their victims. Due to inadequate lighting in many public areas, often caused by rolling power cuts in urban neighborhoods, you should be especially vigilant after dark, carry a small flashlight to illuminate your path, never go out alone, keep vehicle doors and windows locked, and avoid isolated places.

It is dangerous to use hillside stairways connecting neighborhoods in Praia and many other Cabo Verdean cities and towns, even in broad daylight. These stairways isolate users and make them vulnerable to assault.

Counterfeit and pirated goods are illegal in both Cabo Verde and the United States. U.S. citizens who buy these goods are punishable under Cabo Verdean law.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

Report crimes to the local police at 132 (the local equivalent of 911) and contact the U.S. Embassy at +(238) 260-8948 or after hours at + (238) 991-3325

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • Help you find appropriate medical care
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • Explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • Provide a list of local attorneys
  • Provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical care
  • Provide support in cases of destitution
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.  Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Cabo Verde are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Faith-Based Travelers:  See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.

LGBTI Travelers:  There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Cabo Verde.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance:  There are significant hardships in Cabo Verde for persons with limited mobility due to rugged terrain, widespread use of cobblestone streets and pathways, very limited number of elevators in buildings, and frequent power outages.

Students:  See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers:  See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Health

Medical facilities in Cabo Verde are limited, and some medications are in short supply or otherwise unavailable. The country’s largest hospitals are in Praia and Mindelo. There are smaller public health centers and private medical clinics, of variable quality in both personnel and equipment, throughout the country. The islands of Brava and Santo Antão do not have airports which makes air evacuation in the event of a medical emergency impossible.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance:  Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments.  See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.

There is a risk of the following diseases in Cabo Verde:

Those traveling to Cabo Verde for scuba diving should be aware that there is no hyperbaric/decompression facility on the islands.

If you need a doctor in Cabo Verde, a list of medical providers and hospitals is available on the U.S. Embassy Praia website.

Vaccinations:  Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

Travel & Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety:  Cabo Verde has an extensive road system.  On the islands of Santiago, Sal, and São Vicente, many urban and rural roads are asphalt. On the other islands, some roads are narrow, winding, and mostly cobblestone.

During the rainy season, cobblestone roads are especially slippery, and mud and rockslides are common on roads that cut through mountains. Roads and streets often are unlit and driving at night is hazardous.

Traffic Laws:  Most accidents result from aggressive driving, speeding, passing in blind curves, and/or on inclines or declines in the rain.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a problem in Cabo Verde. The peak times for drunk drivers are on Sundays and at night. Exercise extreme caution toward both pedestrians and other drivers after celebrations, festivals, and open-air concerts as well as during holiday periods, such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Carnival.

Public Transportation:  Praia has three principal modes of public transport: taxi, bus, and commuter vans. Using buses and vans is strongly discouraged. These vans may have a fixed, but flexible route and try to always operate at full capacity. Often times the drivers place more passengers into the van than is practical or safe. Taxis are the recommended form of public transport. Licensed, registered taxis are clearly marked and tan/cream in color. While official taxis are considered safe and reliable, passengers should still exercise good common sense and avoid sharing a taxi with strangers.

See our Road Safety page for more information

Aviation Safety Oversight:  The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Cabo Verde’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Cabo Verde’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel:  Mariners planning travel to Cabo Verde should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website, and the NGA broadcast warnings website select “broadcast warnings.”

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information
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Washington, DC (202) 965-6820 (202) 965-1207

Boston, MA (617) 353-0014 (617) 859-9798

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Hague Convention Information

Please see our section on Adoptions from the United States for more information on the process for adopting a child from the United States. We urge prospective adoptive parents residing abroad who are considering adoption of a child from the United States to consult with the Cabo Verde’s Central Authority, Office of the Attorney General (PGR - Procuradoria-Geral da República), for its determination as to whether it considers your adoption to be subject to the Convention.

Cabo Verde is a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention or Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Convention countries must be done in accordance with the requirements of the Hague Adoption Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations; as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of Cabo Verde.

Note: If any of the following occurred prior to January 1, 2010 (the date on which the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for Cabo Verde), the Hague Adoption Convention may not apply to your case: 1) you filed a Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition, identifying Cabo Verde as the country where you intended to adopt and the approval is still valid; 2) you filed a Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, on behalf of a child from Cabo Verde, or 3) the adoption was completed. Under these circumstances, your adopted child’s adoption could continue to be processed as a non-Convention intercountry adoption, provided the child’s country of origin agrees. For more information, read about Hague Transition Cases. Please contact adoption@state.gov with the details of the case if this situation applies to you.

U.S. Immigration Requirements For Intercountry Adoptions

To bring an adopted child to the United States from Cabo Verde, you must meet certain suitability and eligibility requirements. USCIS determines who is suitable and eligible to adopt a child from another country and bring that child to live in the United States under U.S. immigration law.

Additionally, a child must meet the definition of a Convention adoptee under U.S. immigration law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States with an IH-3 or IH-4 immigrant visa.

Who Can Adopt

In addition to being found suitable and eligible to adopt by USCIS, prospective adoptive parents seeking to adopt a child from Cabo Verde must meet the following requirements imposed by Cabo Verde:

  • Minimum Residency: There is no residency requirement for prospective adoptive parents residing outside of Cabo Verde.
  • Age of Adopting Parents: Prospective adoptive parents must be between 25 and 60 years old, and the age difference between parent and child must be at least 16 years but not more than 40 years.
  • Marriage: There is no prohibition against adoption by single parents. A married couple must be legally married or in a legally recognized common law marriage, and not legally separated. A married couple must jointly adopt (unless the child is already one of the parent’s biological children).
  • Minimum Income: No specific requirement.
  • Other requirements:
    • Cabo Verde requires that prospective adoptive parents have the moral suitability and economic means to guarantee the integral and harmonious development of the adopted child.
    • Additionally, prospective adoptive parents must not have a criminal record involving crimes against children or adolescents.

Who Can Be Adopted

Because Cabo Verde is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, children from Cabo Verde must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for intercountry adoption. For example, the adoption may take place only if the competent authorities of Cabo Verde have determined that placement of the child within Cabo Verde has been given due consideration and that an intercountry adoption is in the child’s best interests.

In addition to qualifying as a Convention adoptee under U.S. immigration law, the child must also meet the following requirements imposed by Cabo Verde:

ELIGIBILITY FOR ADOPTION:

Only non-emancipated minors who meet one of the following critera are eligible for adoption. This includes:

  • Children who are born to unknown parents;
  • Children whose parents are both deceased;
  • Children whose parents have abandoned them;
  • Children whose parents, by act or omission, or incapacity due to mental illness; endanger the safety, health, moral formation, education or development of the child;
  • Children hosted by an individual or an institution and whose parents have shown a disinterest for the child in terms of seriously jeopardizing the parental ties at least six months preceding the request.

Courts will only finalize the adoption if:

  • it is in the best interest of the child;
  •   it is based on legitimate and reasonable grounds;
  • it is reasonable to suppose that a parent-child relationship will be established between the prospective adoptive parent and the child to be adopted.
  • Age of Adoptive Child: There is no minimum age. The maximum age is 17 years old. Please note that for a child to meet the definition of Convention adoptee under U.S. immigration law, a Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative, must be filed on the child’s behalf while the child is under the age of 16 (or under the age of 18 if the child is the birth sibling of another adopted child who meets the age and other requirements to immigrate based on adoption by the same adoptive parent(s)). Please see the USCIS website for special rules on filing dates for children aged 15-16 or siblings aged 17-18.
  • Sibling Adoptions: Authorities will generally give preference to placements that allow siblings to remain together.
  • Special Needs or Medical Conditions: Adoption of children with disabilities is not addressed by the legislation of Cabo Verde.
  • Waiting Period: It usually takes 6 to 12 months to finalize an adoption from the time the application is received by the Central Authority to the time the final adoption decree is issued.
  • Foster Care: The period of time that a prospective adoptee child can stay in a foster home is not regulated by the legislation of Cabo Verde.

Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are eligible for adoption. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when possible. In such cases, the birth parent(s) have not relinquished their parental rights or consented to the adoption of their child(ren).

 

How To Adopt

Warning: Do not adopt or obtain legal custody of a child in Cabo Verde before: 1) USCIS has approved your Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country, 2) the Central Authority of Cabo Verde has determined the child is available for intercountry adoption, 3) USCIS has provisionally approved your Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative, and 4) a U.S. consular officer has issued an “Article 5/17 Letter” in the case. Read on for more information.

Cabo Verde’s Central Adoption Authority
Office of the Attorney General of Cabo Verde (PGR - Procuradoria Geral da República)

The Process

Because Cabo Verde is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, adoptions from Cabo Verde must follow a specific process designed to meet the Convention’s requirements. A brief summary of the Convention adoption process is provided below. You must complete these steps in the following order to meet all necessary legal requirements. Adoptions completed out of order may cause significant delays or result in the child not being eligible for an immigrant visa to the United States.

1. Choose a U.S. Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Provider To Act as Your Primary Provider

2. Apply to USCIS to be Found Suitable and Eligible to Adopt (Form I-800A)

3. Apply to Cabo Verde’s Authorities to Adopt, and Be Matched with a Child

4. Apply to USCIS for the Child to be Found Provisionally Eligible for Immigration to the United States as a Convention Adoptee (Form I-800) and Receive U.S. Agreement to Proceed with the Adoption (Art. 5/17 letter)

5. Adopt the Child in Cabo Verde

6. Apply for a U.S. Immigrant Visa for Your Child and Bring Your Child Home

 

1. Choose a U.S. Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Provider To Act as Your Primary Provider:

Please note: There are no accredited U.S. adoption service providers operating in Cabo Verde. Only France and Italy have accredited adoption service providers in-country. The Cabo Verdean Central Authority notes that the existence of country-specific adoption service providers is not mandatory, as adoptions are arranged in coordination between the Central Authority of the Receiving State (United States) and the State of Origin (Cabo Verde). However, under U.S. regulations, U.S. prospective adoptive parents must work with an accredited/approved U.S. adoption service provider as their primary provider.

A primary provider must be identified in each Convention case and only accredited or approved adoption service providers may act as the primary provider in your case. Unless a public domestic authority is providing all adoption services in your case, a primary provider is required in every intercountry adoption case. Your primary provider is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that all six adoption services defined at 22 CFR 96.2 are provided consistent with applicable laws and regulations;
  • Supervising and being responsible for any supervised providers, and otherwise complying with the requirements regarding the provision of adoption services using other providers (see 22 CFR 96.14); and
  • Developing and implementing a service plan in accordance with 22 CFR 96.44.

 

2. Apply to USCIS to be Found Suitable and Eligible to Adopt

In order to adopt a child from Cabo Verde, you will need to meet the requirements of the Government of Cabo Verde and U.S. immigration law.

After you choose an accredited or approved adoption service provider, you must be found suitable and eligible to adopt by USCIS by submitting Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country. You will need to submit a home study, provide biometrics, and cooperate in a background check as part of this application. Read more about Suitability and Eligibility Requirements. Unless an exception applies, the home study must be prepared by a person who is authorized under 22 CFR 96 to prepare home studies and must comply with the requirements in 8 CFR 204.311.

 

3. Apply to Cabo Verde’s Authorities to Adopt, and Be Matched with a Child

Submit Your Dossier to the Central Authority

After USCIS determines that you are suitable and eligible to adopt and approves the Form I-800A application, your adoption service provider will provide your approval notice, home study, and any other required information to the adoption authority in Cabo Verde as part of your adoption application. Cabo Verde’s adoption authority will review your application to determine whether you are also suitable and eligible to adopt under Cabo Verde’s law.

Receive a Referral for a Child from the Central Authority

If both the United States and Cabo Verde determine that you are suitable and eligible to adopt, and Cabo Verde’s Central Authority for Convention adoptions has determined that a child is eligible for adoption and that intercountry adoption is in that child’s best interests, the Central Authority for Convention adoptions in Cabo Verde may provide you with a referral. The referral is a proposed match between you and a specific child based on a review of your dossier and the needs of the child. The adoption authority in Cabo Verde will provide a background study and other information, if available, about the child to help you decide whether to accept the referral. We encourage families to consider consulting with a medical professional and their adoption service provider to understand the needs of the specific child but you must decide for yourself whether you will be able to meet the needs of, and provide a permanent home for a specific child. You must also adhere to the recommendations in the home study submitted to USCIS with respect to the number of children and capacity to deal with any special needs of an adoptive child. Learn more about Health Considerations. If you accept the referral, the adoption service provider communicates that to the Central Authority in Cabo Verde. Learn more about this critical decision.

 

4. Apply to USCIS for the Child to be Found Provisionally Eligible for Immigration to the United States as a Convention Adoptee and Receive U.S. Agreement to Proceed with the Adoption

Submit a Petition for a Determination on the Child’s Immigration Eligibility

After you accept being matched with a particular child, you will apply to USCIS for provisional approval for the child to immigrate to the United States by filing the Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative. USCIS will make a provisional determination as to whether the child appears to meet the definition of a Convention adoptee and will likely be eligible to be admitted to the United States.

Submit an Immigrant Visa Application

After provisional approval of Form I-800 petition, you or your adoption service provider will submit a visa application to the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Praia responsible for issuing immigrant visas to children from Cabo Verde.

You should receive a letter from the National Visa Center (NVC) confirming receipt of the provisionally approved Form I-800 petition and assigning a case number and an invoice ID number. Use this information to log into the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) to file the Electronic Immigrant Visa Application (DS-260) for your child. An adoptive parent should fill out these forms in your child's name. Answer every item on the form. If information is not applicable, please write “N/A” in the block. Please review the DS-260 FAQs, our Online Immigrant Visa Forms page, or contact the NVC at NVCAdoptions@state.gov or +1-603-334-0700 if you have questions about completing the online DS-260 form. A consular officer will review the provisionally approved Form I-800 petition and the visa application and, if applicable, advises you of options for the waiver of any ineligibilities related to the visa application.

The consular officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5/17 Letter”) to Cabo Verde’s Central Authority in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen parents and a child from Cabo Verde if all Convention requirements are met and the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States. This letter will inform the Cabo Verde’s Central Authority that the parents are suitable and eligible to adopt, that the child appears eligible to enter and reside permanently in the United States, and that the U.S. Central Authority agrees that the adoption may proceed.

Warning: Do not attempt to adopt a child in Cabo Verde before you receive provisional approval of your Form I-800 petition AND a U.S. consular officer issues the “Article 5/17 Letter” for your adoption case.

Remember: The consular officer will make a final decision about a child’s eligibility for an immigrant visa later in the adoption process.

 

5. Adopt the Child in Cabo Verde

Remember: Before you adopt a child in Cabo Verde, you must have completed the above four steps. Only after completing these steps can you proceed to finalize the adoption

The process for finalizing the adoption in Cabo Verde generally includes the following:

  • Role of Adoption Authority: The Office of the Attorney General is the Central Authority of Cabo Verde. It is responsible for intercountry adoption and follows the process of social and family integration of the children from Cabo Verde who are adopted by parents from another country or children from another country who are adopted by parents from Cabo Verde, within the framework of the intercountry adoption process. The Central Authority will ensure intercountry adoption does not involve improper financial gain for anyone.
  • Role of the Court: After the Cabo Verde Attorney General’s Office concludes the administrative procedures and issues the certificate of adoption of the child, the prospective adoptive parents themselves take the file to the court, the Curator of Minors, to ask for the child's legal custody and adoption. The Court observes whether the adoption process presented at the Office of the Attorney General has met the necessary requirements for the adoption and decrees the final decision.
  • Role of Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Providers: Cabo Verde does not authorize adoption service providers or allow facilitators to work on intercountry adoptions in country. However, under U.S. regulations, U.S. prospective adoptive parents must still work with an accredited/approved U.S. adoption service provider, unless an exception applies.
  • Adoption Application: The intercountry adoption process in Cabo Verde has two phases: Administrative (through the Office of the Attorney General) and Judicial (in the Court, Curator of Minors). After procedures are concluded with the Attorney General’s Office, the prospective adoptive parents themselves take the case file and bring it to the court’s Curator of Minors to ask for the child's custody and adoptions.
  • Time Frame: Intercountry adoptions in Cabo Verde may take approximately six months to one year to complete.

  • Adoption Fees: We encourage prospective adoptive parents to obtain detailed receipts for all fees and donations paid by them directly and to raise any concerns regarding any payment that you believe may be contrary to the Convention, U.S. law, or the law of Cabo Verde, with your adoption service provider, and, when appropriate, through the Complaint Registry. Improper payments violate applicable law or create the appearance of buying a child, and could put all future adoptions in Cabo Verde at risk. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, for instance, makes it unlawful to make payments to foreign government officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business. Further, the IAA makes certain actions relating to intercountry adoptions unlawful, and subject to civil and criminal penalties. These include offering, giving, soliciting, or accepting inducement by way of compensation intended to influence or affect the relinquishment of parental rights, parental consent relating to adoption of a child, or a decision by an entity performing functions as a competent central authority, or to engage another person as an agent to take any such action.

In the adoption services contract that you sign at the beginning of the adoption process, your adoption service provider will itemize the fees and estimated expenses related to your adoption process.

Some of the fees specifically associated with adopting from Cabo Verde include:

  • Birth certificate: 150 Cabo Verdean Escudos (CVE)
  • Adoption decree: 250 CVE
  • Adopted child’s passport: 60 euros fee (normal); 111 Euros fee (expedite); Application Form 20 CVE

(Note: The specific costs of intercountry adoption have not yet been regulated in Cabo Verde, and the charges by the Court depend on the specific legal requirements in each case. Court fees are usually fixed by the judge plus the attorney's fees. In order to make a payment for court fees, the applicant must take out the payment guide at the secretariat of the Court, where the adoption is taking place, and make payment at Banco Comercial do Atlântico (BCA) in the account of the Court.  

  • Documents Required: A representative of the propsective adoptive parents must submit the application and the documents listed below to the Central Authority of the receiving country, which in turn will send these to the Central Authority of the state of origin (Office of the Attorney General):
    • Certificate of salary and the economic and financial conditions of the adoptive parents,
    • Identity Card or Passport of the person who intends to adopt,
    • Statement if the prospective adoptive parents cannot have biological childre and medical documentation to support the statement, if applicable,
    • Declaration of work, and
    • Declaration of property.

Note: Additional documents may be requested.

  • Authentication of Documents: You may be asked to provide proof that a document from the United States is authentic. The U.S Department of State’s Authentications Office has information on the subject. The United States and Cabo Verde are parties to the Hague Apostille Convention. U.S. public documents may be authenticated with Apostilles by the appropriate U.S. Competent Authority

 

6. Apply for a U.S. Immigrant Visa for Your Child and Bring Your Child Home

Once your adoption is complete, there are a few more steps to take before your child can head home. Specifically, you need to apply for three documents before your child can travel to the United States:

Birth Certificate

You will need to obtain a birth certificate for your child.

If you have finalized the adoption in Cabo Verde, you will first need to apply for a new birth certificate for your child. Your name will be added to the new birth certificate.

If you have been granted legal custody for the purposes of emigration and adoption of the child in the United States, the birth certificate you obtain will, in most cases, not yet include your name.

The adoptive parents or their representative can request a new birth certificate for the child. This can be requested online:

  • Porton di Nos Ilha - www.portondinosilha.cv - "On-line Certificates";

(Note: the Consular Section of the US Embassy accepts only the original birth certificate with stamp/seal)

Or in-person, at:

  • “Casa do Cidadão” offices (including the Mobile “Casa do Cidadão”);
    • National free line: 8002008 – Toll free number of national telephone line
    • From abroad: 00238 20605500
    • E-mail: casadocidadao@casadocidadao.gov.cv
  • National Archive of Civil and Criminal Identification;
  • Conservatory of Central and Civil Registry , telephones: 2614061
  • Conservatory / Registry;
  • Delegation of Registry, Notary and Identification Services

Cabo Verde Passport

Your child is not yet a U.S. citizen, so he/she will need a travel document or passport from Cabo Verde. Apply for the child’s passport in the Passport Section of the Emigration and Border Services in Praia or in any Regional Commands or Public Order Police Units. It can be issued within 10 days, but note that when the passport is issued outside Cabo Verde it takes longer.

The following will be necessary:

  • Presence of an adoptive parent or legal representative
  • Child’s Birth certificate issued after adoption and Adoption Decree
  • Two passport photos of the child
  • Fees: 60 Euros fee (normal); 111 Euros fee (expedite); Application Form 20 CVE

U.S. Immigrant Visa

After you obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child you need to apply for a U.S. immigrant visa for your child from the U.S. Embassy in Praia. After the adoption is granted, visit the U.S Embassy for a final review of the case, and if applicable, the issuance of a U.S. Hague Adoption Certificate or Hague Custody Certificate, the final approval of the Form I-800 petition, and to obtain your child’s immigrant visa. This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you and be admitted to the United States as your child. Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Praia by email at praiaconsular@state.gov to schedule your child’s immigrant visa appointment. As part of this process, you must provide the consular officer with the Panel Physician’s medical report on the child if you did not provide it during the Form I-800 provisional approval stage. Read more about the Medical Examination.

Before coming for your child’s immigrant visa interview, please complete an Electronic Immigrant Visa Application (DS-260) online at the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC). You should receive a letter from the National Visa Center (NVC) confirming receipt of the provisionally approved Form I-800 petition and assignment of a case number and an invoice ID number. You will need this information to log into CEAC to file the DS-260 for your child. You should fill out these forms in your child's name. Answer every item on the form. If information is not applicable, please write “N/A” in the block. Print and bring the DS-260 confirmation page to the visa interview. Review the DS-260 FAQs, our Online Immigrant Visa Forms page, or contact NVC at NVCAdoptions@state.gov or +1-603-334-0700 if you have questions about completing the online DS-260 form.

Upon receipt of the case at post, the Consular Section generally notifies the petitioner. Visa issuance after the final interview generally takes one week. It is not usually possible to provide the visa to adoptive parents on the same day as the immigrant visa interview. You should verify current processing times with the U.S. Embassy in Praia before making final travel arrangements. Additional information on immigrant visa processing can be found on our website https://cv.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/

Child Citizenship Act

For adoptions finalized abroad prior to the child’s admission into the United States: An adopted child residing in the United States in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent pursuant to a lawful admission for permanent residence generally will acquire U.S. citizenship automatically upon admission into the United States if the child otherwise meets the requirements of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, including that the child is under the age of eighteen.

For adoptions finalized after the child’s admission into the United States: You will need to complete an adoption following your child’s admission into the United States and before the child turns eighteen for the child (if he or she otherwise meets the requirements of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000) to automatically acquire U.S. citizenship.

Read more about the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.

Traveling Abroad

Applying for Your U.S. Passport

U.S. citizens are required to enter and depart the United States on a valid U.S. passport. Once your child acquires U.S. citizenship, s/he will need a U.S. passport for international travel. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports.

Getting or renewing a passport is easy. The Department of State’s Passport Application Wizard will help you determine which passport form you need, help you to complete the form online, estimate your payment, and generate the form for you to print—all in one place.

Obtaining a Visa to Travel to Cabo Verde

In addition to a U.S. passport, you may also need to obtain a visa. Where required, visas are affixed to your passport and allow you to enter a foreign nation. To find information about obtaining a visa for Cabo Verde, see the Department of State’s Country Specific Information.

Staying Safe on Your Trip

Before you travel, it is always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country. The Department of State provides Country-Specific Information for every country in the world about various issues, including health conditions, crime, currency or entry requirements, and any areas of instability.

Staying in Touch on Your Trip

When traveling abroad during the adoption process, we encourage you to enroll with the Department of State through our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country. Enrollment makes it possible for the U.S. Embassy in Cabo Verde, to contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency. Whether there is a family emergency in the United States or a crisis in Cabo Verde, enrollment assists the U.S. Embassy in reaching you.

Enrollment is free and can be done online via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

After Adoption

Post-Adoption/Post-Placement Reporting Requirements

We are not aware of any post-adoption or post-placement reporting requirements but please refer to the court order for any additional requirement in your specific case.

Post-Adoption Resources

Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. There are many public and private nonprofit post-adoption services available for children and their families. There are also numerous adoptive family support groups and adoptee organizations active in the United States that provide a network of options for adoptees who seek out other adoptees from the same country of origin. You may wish to take advantage of all the resources available to your family, whether it is another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services. Your primary provider can provide or point you to post- placement/post-adoption services to help your adopted child and your family transition smoothly and deal effectively with the many adjustments required in an intercountry adoption.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services maintains a website, the Child Welfare Information Gateway, which can be a useful resource to get you started on your support group search.

COMPLAINTS

If you have concerns about your intercountry adoption process, we ask that you share this information with the Embassy in Praia, particularly if it involves possible fraud or misconduct specific to your child’s case. The Department of State takes all allegations of fraud or misconduct seriously. Our Adoption Comment Page provides several points of contact for adoptive families to comment on their adoption service provider, their experience applying for their child’s visa, or about the Form I-800/A petition process.

The Complaint Registry is an internet based registry for filing complaints about the compliance of U.S. accredited or approved adoption service providers with U.S. accreditation standards. If you think your provider's conduct may not have been in compliance with accreditation standards, first submit your complaint in writing directly to your provider. If the complaint is not resolved through the provider's complaint process, you may file the complaint through the Complaint Registry.

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Cabo Verde
Address: Rua Abílio Macedo 6, Praia, Cabo Verde
Telephone: 238- 260-8900/ 2608948/260-8949
Fax: 238 -261-1355
Email: praiaconsular@state.gov
Internet: https://cv.usembassy.gov/

Cabo Verde’s Adoption Authority
Ministério Público
Procuradoria Geral da República (Attorney General’s Office)
Autoridade Central para Adopção Internacional (Central Authority for Adoptions)
Conselho para a Adopção Internacional (International Adoptions Council)
Address: Prainha , Rua Dr. Manuel Duarte, Postal Box 268, Praia, Ilha de Santiago, Cabo Verde
Telephone: 238- 261-5748
Fax: 238 -261-6884
Email: Procurador-Geral Adjunto (Assistant Luis Landim- luis.landim@pgr.gov.cv;
Margarida.B.Andrade@pgr.gov.cv; Catia.Cardoso@pgr.gov.cv
Internet: www.ministeriopublico.cv

Embassy of the Republic of Cabo Verde
3415 Massachusetts Avenue,
NW, Washington DC 20007
Telephone: (202) 965-6820
Fax: (202) 965-1207
Email: embassy@caboverdeus.net
Internet: http://www.embcv-usa.gov.cv/

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20522-1709
Tel: 1-888-407-4747
Email: Adoption@state.gov
Internet: adoption.state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about filing a Form I-800A application or a Form I-800 petition:
USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC):
Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-913-275-5480 (local); Fax: 1-913-214-5808
Email: NBC.Adoptions@uscis.dhs.gov

For general questions about immigration procedures:
USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Internet: uscis.gov

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Classifications
Visa Classifications

 
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 60 Months
B-2 None Multiple 60 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 60 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
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/A3
H-2B None N/A N/A3
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

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.

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. 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.  

  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 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.

  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.

 

 

General Documents | Birth, Death, Burial Certificates | Marriage, Divorce Certificates
General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth

 

Available

Fees:  There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: Certidao de Nascimento

Issuing Authority: Depends on location

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Computerized certificate with either a black or blue ink seal on the back or a raised seal.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no specific issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Birth certificates are acquired from the following offices -

  • Santo Antao, Sal, Fogo, and Santiago (Santa Catarina, Santa Cruz and Tarrafel): Conservatoria dos Registros Civil
  • Sao Nicolau (Ribeira Brava and Tarrafel), Boa Vista, Maio, and Brava: Delegacao dos Servicos de Registro, Notariado e Identificacao

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: Older certificates may be handwritten and require a seal on the back in black or blue ink or a raised seal

Exceptions: There are no exceptions

Comments: None

 

Death/Burial

 

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: Certidao de Obito

Issuing Authority: Depends on location

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Computerized certificate with either a black or blue ink seal on the back or a raised seal.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no specific issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Death certificates are acquired from the following offices -

  • Santo Antao, Sal, Fogo, and Santiago (Santa Catarina, Santa Cruz and Tarrafel): Conservatoria dos Registros Civil
  • Sao Nicolau (Ribeira Brava and Tarrafel), Boa Vista, Maio, and Brava: Delegacao dos Servicos de Registro, Notariado e Identificacao

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: Older certificates may be handwritten and require a seal on the back in black or blue ink or a raised seal.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage
 

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: Certidao de Casamento

Issuing Authority: Depends on location

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Computerized certificate with either a black or blue ink seal on the back or a raised seal.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no specific issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Marriage certificates are acquired from the following offices -

  • Santo Antao, Sal, Fogo, and Santiago (Santa Catarina, Santa Cruz and Tarrafel): Conservatoria dos Registros Civil
  • Sao Nicolau (Ribeira Brava and Tarrafel), Boa Vista, Maio, and Brava: Delegacao dos Servicos de Registro, Notariado e Identificacao

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: Older certificates may be handwritten and require a seal on the back in black or blue ink or a raised seal.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Divorce

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: Certidao do Divorcio

Issuing Authority: Conservatoria dos Registos

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Computerized certificate with either a black or blue ink seal on the back or a raised seal.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no specific issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Divorce Certificates (Certidao do Divorcio) are issued by the Conservatoria dos Registos on the island where the divorce was decreed.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: Older certificates may be handwritten and require a seal on the back in black or blue ink or a raised seal.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Adoption Certificates | Identity Card | Police, Court, Prison Records | Military Records
Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name:  Certidao de Adopcao

Issuing Authority: Depends on location – see Procedure for Obtaining

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There are no special seals/color/formats

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no specific issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Adoption decrees are granted by district courts depending on the island the adoption was granted

  • Santiago (Praia) or Sao Vicente (Mindelo) – Tribunal de Familia e Menores da Comarca
  • All other islands – Tribunal da Comarca

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Identity Card

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: Bilhete de Identidade

Issuing Authority: Depends on location – see Procedure for Obtaining

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There are no special seals/color/formats

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no specific issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should request identity cards in their place of birth or current residence.

  • Santiago (Praia), Brava and Maio - Arquivo Nacional Identificacao Civil e Criminal in Santiago (Praia)
  • Sao Vicente, Santo Antao, Boa Vista, and Sao Nicolau - Arquivo Nacional Identificacao Civil e Criminal in Sao Vicente
  • Sal, Fogo, and Santiago (Santa Catarina, Santa Cruz, and Tarrafal) - Conservatoria/Cartorio
  • Santiago (Sao Domingos, Calheta Sao Miguel) and Fogo (Mosteiros) - Delegacao dos Servicos de Registo, Notariado e Identificacao

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: Certificado de Registo Criminal

Issuing Authority: Depends on location – see Procedure for Obtaining

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Computerized certificate

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no specific issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: An applicant should request a police certificate from the location they were born, currently reside, or previously resided

  • Santiago (Praia) and Sao Vicente - Arquivo Nacional Identificacao Civil e Criminal
  • Santo Antao, Sal, Fogo, and Santiago (Santa Catarina, Santa Cruz, and Tarrafal) - Conservatoria/Cartorio
  • Santo Antao (Porto Novo and Paul), Sao Nicolau (Ribeira Brava and Tarrafal), Boa Vista, Maio, Santiago (Sao Domingos and Calheta Sao Miguel), Fogo (Mosteiros), and Brava - Delegacao dos Servicos de Registo, Notariado e Identificacao
  • All islands - Conservatoria Registos e Cartorio Notarial or Casa do Cidadão
  • Applicants living in any other location - Must request a Certificado do Registo Criminal through a legal representative, relative, or other interested party at the office for their former place of residence. Authorities do not process these requests by mail

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: Sao Vicente continues to use the pre-printed handwritten form with the heading of Conservatoria dos Registos until they exhaust their stock.

Exceptions: None

Comments: Complete criminal records pertaining to foreigners before independence (July 5, 1975) were transferred to Lisbon and must be obtained through Portuguese authorities.

 

Court Records

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name:  Certidao de Sentenca

Issuing Authority: Depends on location – see Procedure for Obtaining

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There are no special seal(s)/color/formats

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no specific issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Court records may be obtained by the court having jurisdiction over the matter.

  • Santiago (Praia) and Sao Vicente (Mindelo) - Tribunal de Execucao de Penas
  • All other locations - Tribunal da Comarca

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Prison Records

Unavailable

 

Military Records

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: Certidão Militar

Issuing Authority: Ministerio da Defesa Nacional

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Computerized certificate with either a black or blue ink seal or a raised seal.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no specific issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact the Estado Maior das Forcas Armadas, Seccao de Pessoal e Justica, located in either Santiago (Praia) or Sao Vicente (Mindelo)

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate document

Exceptions: None

Comments: Male applicants between the ages of 18 to 35 are required to present their Certidão Militar at the time of their immigrant visa interview, even if they have not served in the military.

Passports & Other Travel Documents | Other Records | Visa Issuing Posts | Visa Services
Passports & Other Travel Documents

Unavailable.

Other Records

Certificate of Residence

Available. The City Hall (Camara Municipal) in the zone of the applicant's residence issues the Attestation of Residence (Atestado de Residencia). This document may be issued to Cabo Verdean citizens and to foreign nationals.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Embassy

Address:  Rua Abilio Macedo 6
                  Praia, Cabo Verde

Phone Number:  (238) 260-8900   Fax: (238) 261-1355

Email Address: PraiaConsular@state.gov

Visa Services: All visas for Cabo Verde

Comments / Additional Information: None

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Cabo Verde.