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

Algeria

Algeria
People's Democratic Republic of Algeria

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 36 Months
A-2 None Multiple 36 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-2 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 24 Months
C-1 None Multiple 24 Months
C-2 None Multiple 24 Months
C-3 None Multiple 24 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 12 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 24 Months
F-2 None Multiple 24 Months
G-1 None Multiple 24 Months
G-2 None Multiple 24 Months
G-3 None Multiple 24 Months
G-4 None Multiple 24 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A3
H-2B None N/A N/A3
H-2R None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 36 Months 3
I None Multiple 3 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 24 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 24 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 36 Months
L-2 None Multiple 36 Months
M-1 None Multiple 24 Months
M-2 None Multiple 24 Months
N-8 None Multiple 12 Months
N-9 None Multiple 12 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 36 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 36 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 36 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 36 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 36 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 36 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 36 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 36 Months
R-2 None Multiple 36 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.

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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. 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.

 

 

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General Documents

All government documents are issued in Arabic, but many, such as birth and marriage records, can also be issued in French to be submitted to a foreign embassy or used abroad.

 

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees:  There are no fees

Document Name: This document is called  "Extrait de Naissance". The more secure and more detailed version of this certificate is known as the Form S-12, which used as support for passport and national ID application.

Issuing Authority:  City Hall “Al Baladia”.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Round seal bearing the following transcription: People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, Name of the county (commune) and the name of the state and “The Civil Status Office” branch.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Civil Status Officer on Behalf of the Mayor.

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:  Need to provide Family book, Photo ID.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: In the case of a person whose birth was not recorded, one of the following documents may be issued by the appropriate local authority in lieu of a regular birth certificate: "Extrait du Registre d'Inscription des Omis a l'Etat Civil"; "Extrait du Registre Matrice (Valant Acte de Naissance)"; "Fiche Individuelle de Naissance"; or "Acte de Notoriete" executed by an official of the court house (Palais de Justice) at the place of residence of the applicant.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  All married Algerians possess a family book (livret de famille) that lists the spouse and children.   Adults do not receive a family book until they get married. We can request Birth certificate, Marriage certificate, Civil Status certificate “fiche individuelle” by submitting family book to the office of civil status at any City Hall Office.

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees:  There are no fees

Document Name:  Death Certificate

Issuing Authority:  City Hall “Al Baladia”.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Civil Status Officer on Behalf of the Mayor.

Registration Criteria:  There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:  May be obtained from the city hall (Baladia) by submitting family book.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  All married Algerians possess a family book (livret de famille) that lists the spouse and children.  If someone’s family member dies, that information is updated in the family book.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees:   There are no fees

Document Name:  Acte de Mariage.

Issuing Authority:  City Hall (Baladia).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  There is no special seal(s)/color/format.

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

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:  A marriage certificate (Acte de Mariage)  obtained from the city hall (Baladia) 

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:           Applicants who have not been married previously who are planning to get married in Algeria (or applying for a U.S. fiancé visa) should obtain a certificat de non-marriage.

Exceptions:  None

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


Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees:  There are no fees

Document Name:  Divorce Decree

Issuing Authority:  Court where the divorce occurred

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Regular A4 white sheet

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Judge

Registration Criteria:  There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:  An original of the divorce decree is provided to both husband and wife by the court.

Certified Copies Available:  A copy of the divorce (Jugement de Divorce) may be obtained from the "Greffe du Tribunal Civil" where the decree was pronounced.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  None

Comments: None

Adoption Certificates

Unavailable

Comments: Adoption is by kafala, which grants custody of a child.

Identity Card

National ID Cards

Available

Fees:  There are no fees

Document Name:  Carte d’Identité

Issuing Authority:  Al Baladia (City Hall)” or Daira (equivalent of county hall). 

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Old ID is a green-colored card that includes a photo and biographic data. The new ID is Biometric has a lots of security features that include  a digital chip, overlaminate holographic, ultraviolet script, micro text, full white and black photo and small window with printed photo.

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

Registration Criteria:  There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Visit the following  links to have info on how to apply for National ID Card  : Passeport biométrique Algerien and La carte nationale d’identité .

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Court/Prison Records

Comments:  See police certificate section

 

Police Certificates

Available

Fees:  There are no fees

Document Name:  Kachef al-ahkam assabiqat wa al-hala al-madania (bitaqa raqem 3) or Casier Judiciaire (bulletin numéro 3).

Issuing Authority:  Ministry of Justice.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Seals and signatures of the local public prosecutor and the local court clerk.

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

Registration Criteria:  Obtainable by Algerian citizens and foreign nationals who were born in, currently resides in, or previously resided in Algeria.

Procedure for Obtaining:  For Algerian citizens and foreign nationals resident in Algeria, a police record can be obtained at a district court or court administrative office (greffe du tribunal).  Foreign nationals applying in Algeria will be expected to bring their foreign birth certificate with an Arabic translation, and either their residency permit or, for non-permanent residents, their visa and a justification for the police record.  For Algerian citizens and foreign national residents outside of Algeria, a police record can be obtained through the Algerian embassy or consulate in the person’s country of residence.  While requirements may vary depending on the embassy or consulate, generally a person will be expected to bring a completed application form, as well as an Algerian identity card and long-form birth certificate (if Algerian) or a foreign birth certificate with Arabic translation and any documents that justify previous residency in Algeria.  For foreign nationals resident in Algeria prior to 1962, a police record can be obtained from the French Ministry of Justice (Ministère de la Justice, Service du Casier Judiciaire, 7 Allee de Brancas 44 Nantes, France). 

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Military Records

Available

Fees:  There are no fees

Document Name: Carte militaire (previously Livret Militaire).

Issuing Authority: Military office called “Bureau de Recrutement”.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Has different format, can be green or light brown.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Military officer

Registration Criteria:  There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:  A military record the carte militaire (previously Livret Militaire) can be obtained by writing to the recruiting office (Bureau de Recrutement) in the place where the individual was called to report for military service.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  None

Comments:   For persons who served in the French Armed Forces prior to 1962, military records can be obtained by writing to: M. le Commandant, Bureau Special de Recruitment, Chartres 28000, France.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Travel Documents

Types Available: Regular, Diplomatic, Official

Fees:  6000 DA

Document Name: Passport “ Djaouaze Alssafer”.

Issuing Government Authority:        The Daira (Town Hall) or Al Baladia (City Hall).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is no special seal(s)/color/format

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

Registration Criteria:             There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:  In-person application required. Necessary documents include:

  1. Birth certificate S12
  2. Job Letter
  3. Old passport or Birth certificate of parent
  4. Certificate of residency
  5. 4 pictures
  6. A tax stamp receipt (as proof of payment)
  7. More information and application can be found at the following link: https://passeport.interieur.gov.dz/Fr/Informations_Fr/Formulaire

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions:  None

Comments: As of November 2015, all non-biometric passports have expired and the new passport with security features is standardized. 

Other Documents Available:  There are no other documents available.

Other Records

All married Algerians possess a family book (livret de famille) that lists the spouse and children.  If someone’s family member dies, that information is updated in the family book.  Adults do not receive a family book until they get married.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Contact Information

Post Title:  US Embassy

Address: 05 Chemin Cheikh Bachir El-Ibrahimi (formerly known as Chemin Beaurepaire)
B.P. 408 (Alger-Gare) 16000
Algiers

Phone Number: +213 (21) 770-08-2000

Website:  https://dz.usembassy.gov/

Comments / Additional Information: None

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Algeria.

Note: The U.S. Embassy workweek is Sunday through Thursday.