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

Gabon

Gabon
Gabonese Republic

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 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 60 Months
B-2 None Multiple 60 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1 None Multiple 6 Months
C-1/D N/A N/A N/A
C-2 None Multiple 6 Months
C-3 None Multiple 6 Months
CW-1 11 None One 12 Months
CW-2 11 None One 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 12 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None One 12 Months 3
H-1C None One 12 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A3
H-2B None N/A N/A3
H-2R None One 12 Months 3
H-3 None One 12 Months 3
H-4 None One 12 Months 3
I None One 6 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 6 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 6 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 12 Months
L-2 None Multiple 12 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 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 12 Months 3
O-2 None One 12 Months 3
O-3 None One 12 Months 3
P-1 None One 12 Months 3
P-2 None One 12 Months 3
P-3 None One 12 Months 3
P-4 None One 12 Months 3
Q-1 6 None One 12 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

There are no general documents

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees: 4000 FCFA

Document Name: Extrait de l'Acte de Naissance

Issuing Authority: Bureau de l'Etat Civil

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Various types exist                    

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Maire (Mayor) and Maire adjoint (Deputy Mayor)

Registration Criteria: Father has to be present, birth certificate/document from hospital (if available), a copy of parents’ Identification Card/Passport, child’s name and phone number.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants are directed to a specific town hall by hospital or local government authorities.

Certified Copies: Available upon request at the town hall where it was initially processed

Alternate Documents: Jugement Supplétif (Transcription)

Exceptions: People who don’t have a birth certificate (Acte de Naissance) can obtain Jugement Supplétif by sending an application to the President of the Tiribunal, along with proof of identity and claimed age, witness and their written testimony, and parents’ information. This document costs FCFA 10,000.

Comments: None

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees:  None, unless the person passed away at a hospital. The family of the deceased must pay hospital bills to get the certificate. Death at home may be declared dead by mortuary.

Document Name: Certificat de Deces (from a doctor) or Acte de Décès (from the Mayor)

Issuing Authority: Bureau de l'Etat Civil, Hospital, Clinic or Doctor

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Seal differs depending on who issued/signed the document

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Various

Registration Criteria: Body for examination

Procedure for Obtaining:  Contact the Bureau de l'Etat Civil in the Mairie (Office of the Mayor) for Acte de Décès. Hospitals, clinics, or mortuary can issue Certificat de Deces.

Certified Copies: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents:  Certificat de Deces and Acte de Décès are both accepted

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: Applicants pay for a wedding and not for the document. The document is obtained at the end of the marriage ceremony. The fee depends on the town hall being utilized and the number of people attending.

Document Name: Marriage Certificate

Issuing Authority: Bureau de l'Etat Civil

Special Seal(s) /Color /Format: Depends on the town hall and the Mayor

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The Mayor

Registration Criteria: A copy of applicants’ and witnesses’ Identification Card, medical certificates for the bride and groom, birth certificates for their children (if they have any), an application filled by both at the town hall, proof of residence, and fees

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact the Bureau de l'Etat Civil in the town hall where the event took place. Applicants should provide full name, date, place of birth, nationality, full name of both parents, and Gabonese identity card number (if available).

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: In the case of a common law marriage contracted before Law No. 20-63 of May 31, 1963 (which forbade dowries), an affidavit may be obtained from the town hall stating the couple live together .

Exceptions: None

Comments: None


Divorce Certificates

Available:  Only after a court trial

Fees: 10,000 FCFA

Document Name: Jugement de Divorce (Divorce Jugement)

Issuing Authority: Le Ministere de la Justice ((Ministry of Justice )

Special Seal(s) /Color /Format: Tribunal President or Vice President seal (mostly blue or back)

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Président du Trubinal/ Vice Président du Trubinal (Tribunal President or Vice President)

Registration Criteria: Needs a marriage certificate, proof of identity, and the reason for divorce

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • Individual seeking the divorce prepares and submits the file for the divorce to the Ministry of Justice,
  • The Ministry informs the defendant and sets a hearing date for both parties

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  None

Comments: People usually have their lawyers process their divorce documents.

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees:  20,000 FCFA

Document Name: Jugement d’Adoption - Simple/Pleniere (Judgement of Adoption – Simple/Plenary)

  • Simple: Change of surname and there is no age limit
  • Pleniere (Plenary): Change of surname (sometimes first name) and nationality, but the adopted child must be under the age of 15

Issuing Authority: Ministere de la Justice (Ministry of Justice )

Special Seal(s) /Color /Format: Tribunal President or Vice President seal (black or blue stamps with their names)

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Président du Trubinal/ Vice Président du Trubinal (Tribunal President or Vice President)

Registration Criteria: Must have proof of identity; Must be a resident of Gabon at the time of the adoption; Needs to show sufficient means to provide for the adoptee; Needs to pass background check

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • Send a Request for Adoption letter and other required documents (proof of identity/residency) to the Ministry of Justice
  • After reviewing the file, if basic registration criteria are met, the Ministry of Justice sends the file to the Ministry of Social Affairs for investigation and clearance
  • Once the Ministry of Social Affaris approves the case, the file is sent back to the Ministry of Justice
  • The Ministry of Justice reviews all documents and decides on the case. There is no trial in this process, but the parent(s) are called in to sign adoption documents in front of a judge.

Certified Copies: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: Délegation de l’authorité parentale, or Garde Juridique (Parental Authority Delegation)

  • Legal rights to take care of a child, travel with a child, and assume all other responsibilities as guardian(s).

Exceptions:  None

Comments: This process is not always smooth and direct. Many who decide to adopt use a legal practitioner to process the paperwork.

Identity Card

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Carte Nationale D’identé

Issuing Authority: Force de Police Nationale (FPN)

Special Seal(s) /Color /Format: Light green with Gabon’s coat of arms in gold

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Force de Police Nationale

Registration Criteria: Must be a national of Gabon, must have original/certified Birth Certificate, and submit an application at the police station

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants need to go to the nearest police station

Certified Copies: Upon request at the police station

Alternate Documents: Passport or Driver License

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available

Fees: 1500 CFA francs and 10,000 FCFA for foreigners. Additional 5000 CFA francs for urgent requests

Document Name: Extrait de Casier Judiciaire

Issuing Authority: Ministere de la Justice, Garde Des Sceaux Charge Des Droits Humains – Direction Generale Des Affairs Penales Et Penitentiaires

Gabonese citizens resident in Libreville OR Gabonese citizens abroad - Tribunal de Premiere Instance de Libreville

Gabonese citizens in the rest of Gabon - Tribunal de Premiere Instance in the respective provincial capital cities

Foreign-born Gabonese citizens and non-Gabonese foreign nationals - Gabonese Ministry of Justice in Libreville

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Signed and sealed by Le Directeur Des Affaris Penales et Des Graces and Le Greffier en Chef (The Director of Penal and Grace Affairs and Graces and the Chief Clerk)

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Le Directeur Des Afairs Penales et Des Graces (Director of Penal and Grace Affairs)

Registration Criteria: Proof of identity (notarized birth certificate) and fee.

Procedure for Obtaining: Submit request to the above listed issuing authority.

Certified Copies: Upon request

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: It is typically ready in three days. This document can only be obtained in person by the individual for whom the record is for.

 

Court Records

Available: See Police Certificate

 

Prison Records

Available:  See Police Certificate

Document Name: Extract de Casier Judiciaire

Military Records

Military Records

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Carte Militaire

Issuing Authority: Commander in Chief of each military office

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is no Special Seal(s) / Color /Format.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: General Head of Army

Registration Criteria:  Prior or current member of the military.

Procedure for Obtaining: Requests for documents pertaining to military service should be directed to the Commandant de la Police or the Chef du Bureau de Recruitment where the individual resides.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available: Regular, Diplomatic, Official

Fees: 45000 FCFA (Official and Diplomatic Passports are free)

Document Name: Passeport Biométrique

Issuing Government Authority: Direction Générale de la Documentation et de l’Immigration (DGDI)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is no Special Seal(s) / Color /Format.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: General Director of DGDI

Registration Criteria: Must be Gabonese citizen, provide fingerprints and documents listed under Procedures for Obtaining

Procedure for Obtaining: Gabonese notarized birth certificate, employment certificate, proof of residency, three passport pictures, receipt from public treasury, parental consent for minors, school certificate for students, and affidavit of support for those who are unemployed

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Other Documents: There are no other documents

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Embassy

Address: Sabliere

Mailing Address:

B.P. 4000
Libreville, Gabon

Phone Number: Tel: (241) 01-45-71-00

Email: usvisalibreville@state.gov

Visa Services: All visa categories for Gabon. US Embassy Libreville also processes all visa categories for Sao Tome and Principe

Comments / Additional Information: Additional information available on: ga.usembassy.gov

Visa Services

 All visa categories for Gabon. US Embassy Libreville also processes all visa categories for Sao Tome and Principe