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

Gambia

The Gambia
Republic of The Gambia

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 36 Months
A-2 None Multiple 36 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 36 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 One 6 Months
C-3 None Multiple 6 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 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 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 48 Months
F-2 None Multiple 48 Months
G-1 None Multiple 36 Months
G-2 None Multiple 36 Months
G-3 None Multiple 36 Months
G-4 None Multiple 36 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 36 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A3
H-2B None N/A N/A3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 12 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 24 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 24 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 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 24 Months
M-2 None Multiple 24 Months
N-8 None Multiple 24 Months
N-9 None Multiple 24 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 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 One 1 Month
U-2 None One 1 Month
U-3 None One 1 Month
U-4 None One 1 Month
U-5 None One 1 Month
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, Libyan, Somalian, Sudanese, Syrian or Yemeni 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 Certificates

Available

Fees: There is a nominal fee for these certificates

Document Name: Birth Certificate

Issuing Authority: Registrar of Births and Deaths

Special Seal(s) / Red Seal

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar of Births & Deaths

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Report to birth clinic for minors under 5 years of age. For late registration, appear at the Registrar of Births and Deaths.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: Death Certificate  

Issuing Authority: Registrar of Births and Deaths

Special Seal(s) / Red Seal

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar of Births and Deaths

Registration Criteria: Identification of Informant

Procedure for Obtaining: Walk in with medical death certificate

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Processing time is approximately two (2) days

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name:  Marriage Certificate

Issuing Authority:

  • Civil Marriage: Ministry of Justice
  • Muslim/Islamic Marriage: Cadi Court/Christian Marriage

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Wet Seal

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

  • Civil Marriage: Registrar General/Ministry of Justice
  • Muslim/Islamic Marriage: Registrar- Cadi Court

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:  There is no procedure for obtaining

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Both Civil Registry or Religious certificates are available. Same sex marriage is not recognized in The Gambia

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: Divorce Certificate

Issuing Authority:

  • Civil Divorce: High Court
  • Muslim/Islamic: Cadi Court

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • Civil Divorce: Requests must include the name of the petitioner, respondent, and date the divorce
  • Muslim/Islamic Divorce: Applicants should contact the Cadi court who issued the divorce

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: Adoption Decree

Issuing Authority: Children’s Court

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar of the Children’s Court

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Contact the Gambian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Banjul.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Identity Card

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: National Identity Card

Issuing Authority: The Gambian Immigration Department

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Immigration Officers

Registration Criteria: Must be a citizen of The Gambia

Procedure for Obtaining: Old Identity Card and Birth Certificate. For first time, parent’s ID cards.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available

Fees:

Gambians: 100 Dalasis (approximately $2 US)

Non-Gambians: 500 Dalasis (approximately $10 US)

Document Name: Police Clearance Certificate

Issuing Authority: Gambian Police Force

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Inspector General

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact the Gambian Police Force to obtain a Police Clearance Certificate

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: The process may take a considerable length of time, especially when either the individual or a contact is not physically present in The Gambia. Criminal records are maintained indefinitely at a central Criminal Records Office and are never purged. Criminal records are indexed by the individual's unique national identity number and include fingerprints for verification.

 

Court Records

Available

Fees: there may be a fee depending on the service requested

Document Name: May vary depending on issuing court

Issuing Authority: The court which issued the specific judgment

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

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

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact the court which presided over their case for copies of their records

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Prison Records

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: Prison Record

Issuing Authority: Mile 2 Central Prison

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Superintendent of Prisons

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact Mile 2 Central Prison or seek assistance through the Department of Justice in the Gambia.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Military Records


Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: Military Record

Issuing Authority: Gambian Armed Forces

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

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

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact the specific branch of the Gambian Armed Forces in question for Human Resource related questions.

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, etc.): Tourist, Service, Diplomatic

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: Passport

Issuing Government Authority: Gambian Immigration Department

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

Tourist: Dark forest green cover with a gold seal of the Republic of The Gambia. Tourist Passport numbers are two (2) letters followed by six (6) digits (e.g. PC123456)

Service: Navy blue cover with a gold seal of the Republic of The Gambia. Service passport numbers begin with the letter S followed by six (6) numbers (e.g. S000000)

Diplomatic: Red cover with a gold seal of the Republic of The Gambia. Diplomatic passport numbers begin with the letter D followed by six (6) numbers (e.g. S000000)

All passports: The inside cover contains artwork of a pirogue (a type of canoe) and two birds. Individual pages have the seal of The Gambia in the middle of each page. Other security features are present, including UV-light reactive pages and threads.

Biometric data is printed on the last page of the passport. Photographs are printed on this page large and clear on the left side, while the right side contains a small and faded version. The words "Republic of The Gambia" in light gold reflective ink run in three wavy lines across the bottom of the page, partially crossing the photograph and completely crossing the issue and expiration dates. The indented first and second lines begin with the words "Gambia" and "Republic". The third line starts with the word "Republic" all the way at the left margin of the page.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Director of Immigration

Registration Criteria: Must be a citizen of The Gambia.

Procedure for Obtaining: Presenting documentation proving nationality.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Gambian passports are only valid for five (5) years.

Other Documents Available: None

Other Records

Education - The most reliable education records are standardized test results, though the exams administered differ between public and private schools.  Public school students in The Gambia take standardized tests during their primary (NPSE), junior secondary (BECE), and senior secondary school years (WASSCE or O Levels).  The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) records these results.  A certified verification may be retrieved one time from the WAEC office and results for recent years are available online with a WAEC-provided scratch card.  Generally, private schools in the Gambia follow British curriculum, and students will either take a General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) or Cambridge exams.  There is no centralized system or agency within the Gambian government to verify school records or documents.   

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Embassy Banjul

Address:

  • Physical Address: 92 Kairaba Avenue in Farjara
  • Mailing Address: P.M.B. No 19, Banjul, The Gambia

Phone Number:

  • Tel: (220) 439-2856 or 439-1971 ext. 2131
  • Fax: (220) 439-2475

Email: None

Comments / Additional Information: None

Visa Services

Nonimmigrant visas for all of Gambia. Immigrant visa applications for nationals of The Gambia are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal.

Additional Information for Reciprocity

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.