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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.
Available. However, Equatorial Guinea does not yet have an established system of recording vital statistics. Furthermore, most Equatoguineans do not register births, marriages, divorces and deaths when they occur. In response to the growing demand of civil documents by Equatoguineans to satisfy for immigration, employment and other purposes, civil registry offices of the Ministry of Justice around the country have recently begun to issue civil documents in standardized formats on white A4 size plain paper. These documents are issued at any time after the event on the basis of information provided to the civil registry office by:
Dates in these documents are often guessed. At best, they are only as good as the memory or written records of the informant or witnesses. At worst, the information in these documents can be completely false. The civil registries make no attempt to independently verify the testimony of informants and witnesses. Therefore, civil documents should be given no more weight than affidavits if presented in support of a relationship claim. Documents that were issued soon after the event are considered more reliable than so-called delayed certificates.
There may be a fee for each service.
Available. Birth certificates (Certificación Literal de Inscripción de Nacimiento) are issued by the Ministry of Justice (Ministerio de Justicia, Culto e Instituciones Penitencias) or its provincial delegation of the city where the birth took place. Requests should be addressed to the civil registry (Dirección de Registros y Notariado) with a birth declaration from the hospital, a baptismal card, or the testimony of an informant or their proxy and witnesses. The request should include the child's name, time/date/place of birth, and parents' bio-information.
Extracts from birth records (Certificación en Extracto Acta de Nacimiento) are accepted. They should be signed by civil registry official and should bear the stamp seal of that office.
Before civil registries began to establish birth certificates, some births were declared and maintained by the church authorities especially the Roman Catholic Church. Baptismal cards that are old and were issued soon after the birth are considered more reliable and can be accepted as a birth document.
Available. Marriage certificates (Certificación Literal de Acta de Matrimonio Consuetudinario) are issued by the Ministry of Justice (Ministerio de Justicia, Culto e Instituciones Penitencias) or its provincial delegation of the city where the marriage took place. Requests should be addressed to the Civil Registry (Dirección de Registros y Notariado) and should include the bio-information of both parties and the date and place of the marriage. Traditional and religious (the church should be recognized by the local government) weddings are considered legal in Equatorial Guinea. The traditional marriage certificate is established and signed by the head of the local community (Presidente de Commudad de Vecinos) where the marriage took place. It should carry a stamp seal upon which is written "Commudad de Vecinos name of the district". For example: "Commudad de Vecinos Ela Nguema". The religious marriage is established and signed by the church official. These certificates usually accompany requests for a marriage certificate from the civil registry. Because these types of marriages are legal, traditional and church marriage certificates should be accepted.
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Available. The Equatoguinean police certificate is known in Equatorial Guinea as "Certificado de Antecedentes Penales."
If you are a national from Equatorial Guinea residing in Equatorial Guinea, you may apply in person at the Ministry of Justice.
If you are a national from Equatorial Guinea living outside of Equatorial Guinea, you should apply through the EquatoGuinean Consulate in the country where you are currently living or in a neighboring country. The EquatoGuinean Embassy will provide you with more specific information.
Third country nationals (TCN) legally living in Equatorial Guinea must apply in person at the Ministry of Justice. A TCN illegally living in Equatorial Guinea is unable to obtain a police certificate. There are no alternatives available for visa applicants needing EquatoGuinean Police Certificates who live illegally in Equatorial Guinea.
If you are a former legal TCN currently living outside of Equatorial Guinea, contact the consulate of your nationality in Equatorial Guinea. (Example: Cameroonian should contact the Cameroonian consulate in Malabo). The consulate will then contact the EquatoGuinean Ministry of Justice if that country has a reciprocal agreement with Equatorial Guinean for police certification. If Equatorial Guinea does not have a reciprocal agreement with this country, a police certificate is not available. A list of countries having reciprocal agreements with Equatorial Guinea is not available. Applicants must check with each individual consulate regarding their country's reciprocal agreement status.
If you are a former illegal TCN currently living outside of Equatorial Guinea, you cannot obtain a police clearance. There are no alternatives available for visa applicants needing EquatoGuinean Police Certificates who live illegally in Equatorial Guinea.
Available. Included in the Certificado de Antecedentes Penales (see Police Record).
The Equatorial Guinean Foreign Ministry issues diplomatic and official passports which have respectively red and blue covers. Some official passports have brown covers.
Regular passports are issued by the Police. They have brown covers.
Equatorial Guinea passport are non machine-readable without a digital photograph. There are no security features.
Malabo (Embassy) -- Nonimmigrant Visas
Carretera Aeropuerto, KM-3 (El Paraiso)
Carretera Aeropuerto, KM-3 (El Paraiso)
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
2320 Malabo Place
Washington, DC 20521-2320
Tel: (240) 098895
Fax: (240) 098894
Yaounde, Cameroon (Embassy) -- Immigrant Visas
Nonimmigrant Visas for all of Equatorial Guinea. IV applications for nationals of the Equatorial Guinea are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon.