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

Cambodia

Cambodia
Kingdom of Cambodia

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 12 Months
A-2 None Multiple 12 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 None Two 3 Months
B-2 None Two 3 Months
B-1/B-2 None Two 3 Months
C-1 None Multiple 3 Months
C-1/D N/A N/A N/A
C-2 None Multiple 3 Months
C-3 None Multiple 3 Months
CW-1 11 None One 1 Month
CW-2 11 None One 1 Month
D None Two 12 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None One 3 Months
F-1 None Two 3 Months
F-2 None Two 3 Months
G-1 None Multiple 12 Months
G-2 None Multiple 12 Months
G-3 None Multiple 12 Months
G-4 None Multiple 12 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 12 Months
H-1B None One 1 Month 3
H-1C None One 1 Month 3
H-2A None N/A N/A3
H-2B None N/A N/A3
H-2R None One 1 Month 3
H-3 None One 1 Month 3
H-4 None One 1 Month 3
I None One 3 Months
J-1 4 None One 3 Months
J-2 4 None One 3 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 One 3 Months
L-2 None One 3 Months
M-1 None Two 3 Months
M-2 None Two 3 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 One 3 Months 3
O-2 None One 3 Months 3
O-3 None One 3 Months 3
P-1 None One 3 Months 3
P-2 None One 3 Months 3
P-3 None One 3 Months 3
P-4 None One 3 Months 3
Q-1 6 None One 3 Months 3
R-1 None One 3 Months
R-2 None One 3 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

Documents are available for all births, marriages and deaths since 1992. Documents are available for some births, marriages and deaths since 1980. Because all archives were destroyed during the regime of 1975-1979, no documents from those years are available.

The Cambodian government has embarked on a new civil registration campaign. The Ministry of Interior introduced procedural changes in August 2002, requiring all Cambodians to obtain a new version of certificates of birth, marriage and death. Persons with previously issued certificates are required to convert them to the new format. The old version of the certificates became invalid as of January 2007. Persons are issued colored original birth, marriage and death certificates. Additional official black-and-white certified true copies may also be requested.

Starting January 2007, the retroactive issuance of any certificates will be charged. Please note that such documents are based on information provided by the requestor.

By law, contemporaneous civil documents are issued free of charge. However, Cambodians are generally asked to pay some fees to officials to expedite the issuance of the documents.

Cambodian law expects citizens to retain their original civil documents for life. Using the originals, citizens may request official certified true copies at the Commune Councils where the originals were issued. Replacements for lost originals may or may not be available. Certified true copies should be available and will be titled “copy”.

Despite the changes, Cambodian documents are of poor quality, using low-tech and inexpensive methods. They are often prone to forgery. The Embassy may verify authenticity of a given document with the relevant authorities when necessary.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees: Free (Processing time: 3 days)

Document Name: Birth Certificate

Issuing Authority: Commune Officer

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Birth certificates are green with a red seal on the bottom right.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Vital Record Officer

Registration Criteria: When a child is born, the father or mother shall register the birth with the vital record officer at the commune office.  

Procedure for Obtaining: Any person who wants to register a birth shall appear before the vital record officer with the require documents: hospital birth certificate, family book for both parents, certified copies of birth certificates for both parents, Khmer identity card for both parents, and certified copies of the marriage certificate (optional).    

Certified Copies Available:   Certified copies are available (one copy free)

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: The vital record officer will issue a birth certificate within 30 days of a child’s birth.  After 30 days beyond the birth date of a child, the vital record officer can only issue a “certified birth certificate”.

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees: Free (Processing time: 3 days)

Document Name:  Death Certificate

Issuing Authority: Commune Officer

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Death certificates are yellow with a red seal in the bottom right.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Vital Record Officer

Registration Criteria: To register a death, the person’s family, relatives, or neighbor should report the death to the vital record officer at the commune office.

Procedure for Obtaining: Any person who registers a death shall appear before the vital record officer with the required documents: Hospital certificate if a person died at the hospital, police report if a person was murdered or related to a crime, the family book with the name of the deceased persons listed, and a certified copy of birth certificate of the deceased person.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are available (one copy free)

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: By law, deceased persons must be registered to the vital record officer within 15 days of the death.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: Free (Processing time: 3 days)

Document Name: Marriage Certificate

Issuing Authority: Commune Officer

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Marriage certificates are blue with a red seal in the bottom right.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Vital Record Officer

Registration Criteria: A new couple shall go to the commune office nearest to the bride’s address to register their marriage with the vital record officer.

Procedure for Obtaining: A new couple shall present themselves to the vital record officer with their marriage announcement letter and two witnesses to officially register their marriage.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available  (one copy free)

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees:

  • Approximately $1.25 for Ruling Order
  • Approximately $15 for Civil Judgement (please see “Comments” for detail)

Document Name: “Ruling Order” or “Civil Judgement”

Issuing Authority: Court

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Judge

Registration Criteria: Any party can file a divorce complaint to court.

Procedure for Obtaining: The parties shall present the required documents: marriage certificate and the family book. Please see the “Comments” for more details.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: The judge shall issue a “Ruling Order” if the husband and wife agree to proceed with the divorce. However, a judge shall issue a “Civil Judgement” if the complaint comes from one party only.

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees: Approximately $15

Document Name: Full Adoption or Simple Adoption

Issuing Authority: Court

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Judge

Registration Criteria: Court of Adoptee or Adopter’s residence issues “Full Adoption” or “Simple Adoption”

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • For Full Adoptions:
    • Adoptee must be under 8
    • Adopter must be at least 25 years old
    • Adopter must be 20 years or more older than adoptee
    • Adopter must have a spouse and file jointly for adoption with the spouse
    • Parental relationship between Adoptee and his/her natural parents is terminated by the adoption
  • For Simple Adoptions:
    • No limit on the age of Adoptee
    • Adopter must be at least 25 years old
    • Adopter must be older than Adoptee
    • Adopter can be single. However, if he or she has a spouse, the consent of the spouse is required
    • Parental relationship between Adoptee and his/her natural parents is not terminated by the adoption

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Identity Card

Available

Fees: There are fees

Document Name: Khmer Identity Card

Issuing Authority:​ Ministry of Interior

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The card has a green tint and has information on both sides.

  • Front side: There is a small print of the Cambodia flag on the upper left and directly below the flag is a smart chip. On the upper right, there is a national emblem (golden color). Below that, there is a circular red seal of the ministry of interior. In between, English and Khmer text is in blue. On the bottom are two lines of Khmer text in black.
  • Back side: On the upper left corner, there is a photo of the individual with the signature underneath. The back also has biographical information in black text.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Municipal/Provincial Governor

Registration Criteria: Go to the communal police to apply for the Khmer identity card.

Procedure for Obtaining: A person shall have required documents: birth certificate and residence book.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: The government will not issue a Khmer identity card to the following people:

  • Monk
  • A person with serious mental problems
  • Prisoner
  • Any person who does not have documents to prove Cambodian nationality.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available

Fees:

  • Police Certificate (for Cambodian Citizens): $7.50 (processing time: 20 working days) or $15 (processing time: 12 working days)
  • Police Certificate (for Cambodian Students): $2.50 (processing time: 20 working days) or $5.00 (processing time: 12 working days)
  • Police Certificate (for foreigners living in Cambodia): $62.50 (processing time: 20 working days) or $125 (processing time: 12 working days)
  • Translation to a foreign language: $10 (processing time: 20 working day) or $15 (processing time: 12 working days)

Document Name: Police Certificate or Criminal Record

Issuing Authority: Ministry of Justice

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Police certificates are green with a red seal in the bottom left.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Director of the Criminal Records Office and the Ministry of Justice

Registration Criteria: Request a Police Certificate at the Criminal Office at the Ministry of Justice

Procedure for Obtaining: A person must apply with the following required documents: completed application (this form can be obtained at the Criminal Records Office), one photograph (size 4cm x 6cm), a biological information form, a copy of the applicant’s passport biographical page, and a residence certification letter from the commune office where the applicant resides.  

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: For foreigners no longer living in Cambodia, Cambodian criminal/police certificates are not readily available to non-Cambodian citizens who lived in Cambodia years ago.

Comments: A Cambodian Police Certificate can be used interchangeably as a criminal record or prison record.

 

Court/Prison Records

Unavailable: The Cambodian Police Certificate (Criminal Certificate) is equal to Prison Records.

Military Records

Available:  There is no standard for Military Records in Cambodia and there is no central institution to regulate the records. Based on standard practice, the military officer or veteran will obtain their military record from their own command, base, or unit. 

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available: (Regular Passport)

Fees: Please see below:

  • Passport (for Cambodia Citizens): $100 for 20-day processing, $150 for 10-day processing and $200 for overnight processing
  • Passport (for Cambodia Scholarship Guarantee): Free (Note: students must pay $4.00 for photographs)
  • Passport (for Cambodia migrant worker): Free (Note: migrant workers must pay $4.00 for photographs)

Document Name: Regular Passport

Issuing Government Authority: General Department of Identification

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Red cover, no official signatures or seals.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Director General of Department of Identification

Registration Criteria: Regular Passports have 5 years validity for children under 5 years old and 10 year validity for everyone from 6 years up.   

Procedure for Obtaining: A person shall apply with the following required documentation: a completed application form (this form can be obtained at the Department of Passports), Khmer identity card, birth certificate, and or any official document that present the nationality, identity, and the address of the requested person.  

Alternate Documents: Yes (Service Passport and Diplomatic Passport)

Exceptions: None

Comments: The passport fee is exempt for the migrant worker or Scholarship Grantee.

Other Documents Available: Yes (please see below)

Document name: Service Passport

Fees: Free (processing time: 7 days)

Issuing Government Authority: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Green cover and has an official signature and a red seal.

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

Registration Criteria: Service Passport with 3 years validity

Procedure for Obtaining: A person shall be in the list of high ranking government officials.

Document name: Diplomatic Passport

Fees: Free (processing time: 7 days)

Issuing Government Authority: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Blue cover and has an official signature and a red seal.

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

Registration Criteria: Diplomatic Passport with 3 years validity

Procedure for Obtaining: A person shall be in the list of high ranking government officials.

Other Records

Educational Records

Available.

1- National High School Examination and Certificates

Cambodia has an annual national high school examination. No exams were held from 1975 to 1982. Official results certificates are issued by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport.

The exam is usually held sometimes in July and it is a 2.5 day exam. Applicants were tested on 9 subjects until 2005 and on 10 subjects thereafter.

It takes at least one year or longer to receive the formal certificate (“Certificate of Upper-Secondary Education”) after examinations take place, due to budgetary constraints and the workload related to the number of students who pass the exam each year.

Prior to the issuance of the formal certificate, “Certificate of Upper-Secondary Education”, the Ministry will issue a “Temporary Certificate” which formally called “Provisional Certificate of Upper-Secondary Education” or “Provisional Certificate of Senior Secondary Education” to all students no matter they passed or failed the exam. If they passed the exam, the certificate will say they passed the exam and it is vice versa for the applicant who failed the exam.

However, between year 2002 and 2006, instead of a “Provisional Certificate of Upper-Secondary Education”, the Ministry issued a “bulletin result or transcript” which was formally called a “Result of Examination of Diploma of High School” or “Result of Examination of Upper-Secondary Education” to all students who passed the exam.  This was done because the workload of the Ministry was too high.

It takes about 2 months to receive “The Provisional Certificate of Upper-Secondary Education” or “The Result Examination of Upper-Secondary Education” after the examination takes place.

2- Formats of Certificates

a. Provisional Certificate of Upper-Secondary Education

The certificates issued in 2008 and 2009 are computer generated, in blue and multi- color ink, with a wet seal on A4 plain paper and a digital picture of the applicant.

The certificate issued in 2007 and before 2007 were also computer generated which were similar to 2008 and 2009 certificate. The differences are (1) the Ministry used a dry seal, (2) ¾ length sheet and (3) they did not use digital photo.

The “Provisional Certificate of Upper-Secondary Education” has no stylistic border and there is only one signature, which is the signature of director of department of secondary education.

The certificate issued in 2007 and afterward have the barcode at the bottom left of the certificate.

b. Result Examination of Upper-Secondary Education

The “Provisional Certificate of Upper-Secondary Education” and “Result Examination of Upper-Secondary Education” are largely the same.

Some “The Result of Examination of Upper-Secondary Education” issued in 2006 and before 2006 had photo of the student while some do not have.  However, the photo is not a digital photo. The one issued in 2007 and after have a digital photo, all of them. Both styles are on A4 plain paper and computer generated, and most of information is in blue ink.

The “Result of Examination of Upper-Secondary Education” has no stylistic border and there is only one signature, a digital signature, which is the signature of the director of department of secondary education.

c. Certificate of Upper-Secondary Education

From 2002 up to the present, the Ministry has issued a “Certificate of Upper-Secondary Education” which contains information such as the student’s score for each subject studied, the grade for each subject, the number of subjects on the student’s exam, and a national percentile score.  The background of the certificate is the logo of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (prior to 2002, there was no logo). The certificate is on A4 paper with a stylistic border, is generated primarily in blue ink (parts of the certificate are multicolored), has a digital picture of the student and a wet seal from the Ministry.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Embassy)
Address: Street 96, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phone Number: 855 23 728000
Visa Services: All visa categories for all of Cambodia.
Comments / Additional Information: None

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Cambodia.