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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.
ALERT: All Civil Documents originating from the Northern half of the country (above the UN Forces-monitored Zone of Confidence) should be treated as suspect. Due to loss, theft, and destruction of many civil records registries in the North during the period of rebel control, many of these documents are unverifiable. It is recommended that you contact post via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you encounter any such documents.
Available. Application should be addressed to Monsieur le Maire, or Monsieur le sous-Prefet, or Prefet of applicant's place of birth.
Available. Address same as for birth certificate.
Available. Copies of Divorce Judgment (Jugement de Divorce) may be obtained from the Greffe du Tribunal Civil where the Judgment was pronounced.
Ministère de la Justice et des droits de l'Homme
Directions des Affaires Civiles et Pénales
Bureau du Casier Central
BP V 107
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
Available only for those who are on the census list and served in the Ivorian army after August 1960. Obtainable from Ministere de la Defense et du Service Civique, Abidjan. Census number must be included in request. Individuals who served in the French colonial army prior to independence should write to Monsieur le Commandant du Quatrieme Bataillon d'Infanterie de Marine, Camp Gallieni, Abidjan.
All old style diplomatic and service passports ceased to be valid after June 30, 2001.
The new diplomatic passports are burgundy in color, with the words "Republique de Cote D'Ivoire" and "Passeport Diplomatique" embossed in gold at the top and bottom of the passport, respectively. In the center of the passport, also embossed in gold, is the great seal of the Republic of Cote D'Ivoire, the profile of an elephant flanked either side by palm trees, topped by a rising sun, and with the words "Republique de Cote D'Ivoire" centered in a banner below the seal.
The new service passports are identical to the diplomatic passport, with the exception that they are dark blue in color, and have the words "Passeport de Service" appearing below the seal.
The passports each contain 32 pages. The biographic page is on page two. The bearer's photo is flanked by the letters RCI to the top left and bottom right. The pages themselves are tinted a rosy brown and pale green, and feature characteristic scenes from Cote D'Ivoire, including floral and fauna, village scenes, and architecture. All pages except the back of the front cover and the bio page fluoresce under black light with a design in bellow of the great seal, and blue and red specks.
Diplomatic and service passports generally bear the signature of Ambassador Atse, Amin Floren, Chef de Cabinet, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Education - Cote d’Ivoire has a centralized entity to maintain national examination records, the DECO (the National Examination Division). This state educational administrative entity keeps records for state degrees for primary and elementary education (CEPE), junior secondary education diplomas (BEPC) and High school diplomas or the baccalaureate degrees (BAC). DECO prepares, issues, authenticates and establishes equivalencies between different state-earned educational credentials. Another entity the DEXC, plays a similar role in for Advanced Collegiate BTS records. Records and credentials issued by these two state owned entities are available and generally reliable.
For university records, Cote d’Ivoire has four main public universities and a large number of private universities and advanced business schools. Public universities are accredited by the African and Madagascar Council on Higher education (CAMES) and conform to the rigorous and high profile norms of this continental body. Record keeping in these universities are acceptable and verification from their sources is considered reliable. As to the private universities, few are accredited. Reliable verification of titles and credentials from these universities may be difficult to obtain.
All visa categories for all of Cote d'Ivoire. Visas 92-93 for Liberian Nationals.