U.S. Visas

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

Cuba

Cuba
Republic of Cuba

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 One A B 2 Months
A-2 None One A 2 Months A
A-3 1 None One 2 Months
B-1 None One 6 Months
B-2 None Multiple 60 Months
B-1/B-2 None One 6 Months
C-1 $26.00 One 3 Months
C-1/D $26.00 One 3 Months
C-2 None One 3 Months
C-3 None One 3 Months
CW-1 11 None One 3 Months
CW-2 11 None One 3 Months
D None One 3 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 Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 3 Months A
G-2 None One 3 Months
G-3 None One 3 Months
G-4 None Multiple 12 Months
G-5 1 None One 3 Months
H-1B None One 3 Months 3
H-1C None One 3 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A3
H-2B None N/A N/A3
H-2R None One 3 Months 3
H-3 None One 3 Months 3
H-4 None One 3 Months 3
I None One 3 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 One 6 Months
K-4 None One 6 Months
L-1 None One 3 Months
L-2 None One 3 Months
M-1 None One 3 Months
M-2 None One 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 One 3 Months
V-2 None One 3 Months 8
V-3 None One 3 Months 8

Country Specific Footnotes

  1. Visas in categories A-1 and A-2 may be revalidated in the Department for multiple entries, 12 months for individuals on permanent diplomatic assignment in the United States. G-1 visas may be revalidated at USUN for multiple entries, 12 months for individuals on permanent diplomatic assignment in the United States.

  2. Diplomatic couriers may be issued A-1 visas valid for multiple entries, 12 months, upon initial application abroad.

 

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

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth

These certificates are available from the Ministry of Justice, however, there are fees for these services.

Former citizens of Cuba, including all dual nationals, are considered Cubans by the Cuban Government, and must apply for civil documents through Cuban diplomatic and consular missions abroad. Foreign nationals (formerly resident in Cuba) are not considered Cuban nationals by the Cuban Government and may apply either through their diplomatic or consular missions in Cuba. There may be a fee for a certificate of birth, marriage, divorce, death, police or prison record. All requests for documents made through the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. must include a non-refundable $20.00 money order. If the document is located, the applicant must pay an additional fee via money order to obtain a copy of the document. The Cuban authorities will not accept requests for civil documentation from the U.S. Embassy on behalf of Cubans in the United States or any other third country.

Death/Burial

These certificates are available from the Ministry of Justice, however, there are fees for these services.

Former citizens of Cuba, including all dual nationals, are considered Cubans by the Cuban Government, and must apply for civil documents through Cuban diplomatic and consular missions abroad. Foreign nationals (formerly resident in Cuba) are not considered Cuban nationals by the Cuban Government and may apply either through their diplomatic or consular missions in Cuba. There may be a fee for a certificate of birth, marriage, divorce, death, police or prison record. All requests for documents made through the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. must include a non-refundable $20.00 money order. If the document is located, the applicant must pay an additional fee via money order to obtain a copy of the document. The Cuban authorities will not accept requests for civil documentation from the U.S. Embassy on behalf of Cubans in the United States or any other third country.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage

These certificates are available from the Ministry of Justice, however, there are fees for these services.

Former citizens of Cuba, including all dual nationals, are considered Cubans by the Cuban Government, and must apply for civil documents through Cuban diplomatic and consular missions abroad. Foreign nationals (formerly resident in Cuba) are not considered Cuban nationals by the Cuban Government and may apply either through their diplomatic or consular missions in Cuba. There may be a fee for a certificate of birth, marriage, divorce, death, police or prison record. All requests for documents made through the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. must include a non-refundable $20.00 money order. If the document is located, the applicant must pay an additional fee via money order to obtain a copy of the document. The Cuban authorities will not accept requests for civil documentation from the U.S. Embassy on behalf of Cubans in the United States or any other third country.

Same-sex marriage is not recognized in Cuba.

 

Divorce

Available

Fees:

  • Applicants residing in Cuba: There may be a fee for a certificate of divorce.

  • Applicants residing in the U.S:  All requests for documents made through the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. must include a non-refundable $20.00 money order. If the document is located, the applicant must pay an additional fee via money order to obtain a copy of the document.

Document Name: Divorce certificate, notarial deed of divorce or divorce decree.

Issuing Authority:  The Ministry of Justice (Civil Registries and Notaries) or Courts

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: All three have different formats. Divorce certificates and divorce decrees can be issued in a printed format in letter size white paper or in a pre-printed form, with hand written information. Notarial deeds of divorce are issued in a legal size white sheet with three sets of parallel red lines in the sides in the front and two in the back; the information on it is printed. All three must have a five CUP (Cuban pesos, the equivalent of 25 cents of a dollar) seal, the stamp of the issuing authority and the signature of the public employee that issues the document. 

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Divorce certificates are issued by registrars at Civil Registries, notarial deeds of divorce are issued by notary publics at Notaries and divorce decrees are issued at Courts by the secretary of the Court.

Registration Criteria: Divorce in Cuba can be obtained from a Court (Tribunal) or a Notary’s Office (Notaria), when the process is completed, both institutions must send the information regarding the divorce to the civil registry designated so it can update the information on the former spouses civil status. Civil registries are the institutions established by law to issue certificates proving an individual civil status.

Procedure for Obtaining: These certificates are available from the Ministry of Justice. Former citizens of Cuba, including all dual nationals, are considered Cubans by the Cuban Government, and must apply for civil documents through Cuban diplomatic and consular missions abroad. Foreign nationals (formerly resident in Cuba) are not considered Cuban nationals by the Cuban Government and may apply either through their diplomatic or consular missions in Cuba.

When a divorce is concluded, former spouses receive a copy of the notarial deed of divorce or of the divorce decree. After the divorce information is sent and registered at the civil registry, former spouses can request a divorce certificate from the registry.

Certified Copies Available: Courts and notaries can issue certified copies of the divorce decree or notarial deed of divorce each time one of the former spouses request it. Interest parties can also request divorce certificates from the civil registry. 

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Cuban legal practice allows notarial deeds of divorce and court divorce decrees as means of evidence to prove civil status. Cuban notaries are different to notaries in U.S, as usually they refer to someone serving the public as an impartial witness when important documents are signed. The Cuban authorities will not accept requests for civil documentation from the U.S. Embassy on behalf of Cubans in the United States or any other third country. Same-sex marriage is not recognized in Cuba.

Identity Card

Unavailable.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Antecedentes penales: Police and prison records are available from the Ministry of Justice. There may be a fee for this service.

Court Records

Sentencias: Supposedly available from the courts, however, in practice, sometimes unavailable.

Prison Records

Antecedentes penales: Police and prison records are available from the Ministry of Justice. There may be a fee for this service.

Military Records

Unavailable.

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Services

The United States Embassy in Havana opened on July 20, 2015. Nonimmigrant and immigrant visas services are available at the U.S. Embassy.