U.S. Visas

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

Haiti

Haiti
Republic of Haiti

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 24 Months
A-2 None Multiple 24 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 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 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 60 Months
F-2 $81.00 Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 24 Months
G-2 None Multiple 24 Months
G-3 None Multiple 24 Months
G-4 None Multiple 24 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-2R None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 36 Months 3
I None Multiple 24 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 Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 36 Months
L-2 None Multiple 36 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 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 36 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 36 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 36 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 36 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 36 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 36 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 36 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 36 Months
R-2 None Multiple 36 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

Both original documents and extracts (Extraits) are available. Due to inconsistent issuance standards and high levels of fraud surrounding Haitian civil documents, original documents are generally considered unreliable. When attempting to verify an identity or family relationship, request an Extrait.  Any questionable documents may be sent to Embassy Port-au-Prince for verification. 

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees: There is a fee to request an Extrait de Naissance. Domestically, the document is issued by the National Archives. The cost is 700 HTG. When requests are made from abroad they must be directed to a Haitian Embassy or Consulate. There are no authorized issuance agencies outside of Haiti. The cost is $100 USD.

Document Name: Acte de Naissance and Extrait de Naissance.

Issuing Authority: Extraits can be obtained from the National Archives.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The extrait is primarily blue and should bear the signature of the Archives Director, a blue stamp, and a dry seal in the upper right hand corner.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  An extrait is issued by the Director General of the National Archives. One of the deputies may be listed if the Director General is absent.

Registration Criteria: Births can be registered by either the father or the mother, if the mother is married to the father. If the child is born out of wedlock and is registered by the mother, the father is not specified and the child is registered with the surname of the mother and child shown as ‘Naturel/le’.

Procedure for Obtaining: Must be obtained personally or by a representative of the interested party. Documents from the archives can be requested through some authorized agencies or by mail and are only issued by the National Archives. Please be aware that there are many “document vendors” in Haiti that attempt to sell fraudulent documents. Receiving a document from the archives will take, on average, 5-60 days.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: If no record exists or cannot be found, the National Archives can prepare an extrait stating that the birth record could not be located and can include the text of a baptismal certificate. These negative extraits are considered unreliable as proof of relationship.

Comments: An original birth certificate (Acte de Naissance) is issued only once when a birth is initially declared. It is issued by a regional civil office, domestically. If any additional certificate is required, after one year of the original declaration, requests must be made to the National Archives for an Extrait de Naissance. Generally, original birth certificates (Acte de Naissance) are difficult to verify. For this reason, if attempting to verify an identity or family relationship, an Extrait de Naissance should be requested.  An Extrait de Naissance will list two dates: the date the person was born and the date that the birth was registered. A difference of more than two years between when a person was born and when that person was registered could be an indicator of fraud. Any questionable documents may be sent to Embassy Port-au-Prince for verification. In addition, all alterations to the original text are authorized by a judgment made by the Tribunal Civil and are recorded on the reverse of the front page of every extrait or below the original text. Such alterations are called “Par Ces Motifs.” Note: They are based only on the statements made to an Attorney by the interested party.

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees: There is a fee to request an Extrait de Décès. Domestically, the document is issued by the National Archives. The cost is 700 HTG. When requests are made from abroad they must be directed to a Haitian Embassy or Consulate. There are no authorized issuance agencies outside of Haiti. The cost is $100 USD.

Document Name: Acte deDécès and Extrait de Décès.

Issuing Authority: Extraits can be obtained from the National Archives.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The extrait is primarily blue and should bear the signature of the Archives Director, a blue stamp, and a dry seal in the upper right hand corner.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: An extrait is issued by the Director General of the National Archives. One of the deputies may be listed if the Director General is absent.

Registration Criteria: A death is declared at the National Archives using a police or medical report. A funeral home is also able to declare a death.

Procedure for Obtaining: Must be obtained personally by a representative of the interested party. Documents from the archives can be requested through some authorized agencies or by mail and are only issued by the National Archives. Please be aware that there are many “document vendors” in Haiti that attempt to sell fraudulent documents. Receiving a document from the archives will take, on average, 5-60 days.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: An original death certificate (Acte de Décès) is issued only once at the time the death is initially declared. It is issued by a regional civil office, domestically. If any additional certificate is required, after one year of the original declaration, requests must be made to the National Archives for an Extrait de Décès. Generally, original death certificates (Acte de Décès) are hard to verify. For this reason, if attempting to verify a death, an Extrait de Décès should be requested. If the death took place less than a year ago an Extrait will not be available. Therefore, consider requesting funeral documents, known as “pompes funèbres.” There is a relatively high level of fraud surrounding Haitian death documents. All documentation (actes, extraits, and funeral documents) should be subject to verification.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: There is a fee to request an Extrait de Marriage. Domestically, the document is issued by the National Archives. The cost is 700 HTG. When requests are made from abroad they must be directed to a Haitian Embassy or Consulate. There are no authorized issuance agencies outside of Haiti. The cost is $100 USD.

Document Name:  Acte de Marriage (civil) or Acte de Marriage Religieux and the corresponding Extrait de Marriage Civil or Extrait de Mariage Religieux.

Issuing Authority: Extraits can be obtained from the National Archives.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The extrait is primarily blue and should bear the signature of the Archives Director, a blue stamp, and a dry seal in the upper right hand corner. 

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: An extrait is issued by the Director General of the National Archives. One of the deputies may be listed if the Director General is absent.

Registration Criteria: A marriage is declared by both parties at a civil office or by the religious officiant.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Must be obtained personally or by a representative of the interested party. Documents from the archives can be requested through some authorized agencies or by mail. Please be aware that there are many “document vendors” in Haiti that attempt to sell fraudulent documents. Receiving a document from the archives will take, on average, 5-60 days.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: An original marriage certificate (Acte de Marriage) is issued only once at the time of the wedding and specifies whether the ceremony was civil or religious. If any additional certificate is required, after one year of the wedding taking place, requests must be made to the National Archives for an Extrait de Marriage. Generally, original marriage certificates (Acte de Marriage) are hard to verify. For this reason, if attempting to verify a marriage, an Extrait de Marriage should be reviewed. For civil marriages, the date the wedding occurred and the date the wedding was registered should be the same. For religious marriages, late civil registration is more common. Any questionable documents may be sent to Embassy Port-au-Prince for verification.


Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: There is a fee to request an Extrait de Divorce. Domestically, the document is issued by the National Archives. It is possible to work with some authorized agencies. The cost is 700 HTG. When requests are made from abroad they must be directed to a Haitian Embassy or Consulate. There are no authorized agencies outside of Haiti. The cost is $100 USD.

Document Name: Acte de Divorce and Extrait de Divorce.

Issuing Authority:  Extraits can be obtained from the National Archives.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The extrait is primarily blue and should bear the signature of the Archives Director, a blue stamp, and a dry seal in the upper right hand corner.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: An extrait is issued by the Director General of the National Archives. One of the deputies may be listed if the Director General is absent.

Registration Criteria: An Acte de Divorce is issued by a civil office. After one year, the Acte de Divorce can be found on record at the National Archives at which point an “Extrait de Divorce” is produced.

Procedure for Obtaining: Must be obtained personally or by a representative of the interested party. Documents from the archives can be requested through some authorized agencies or by mail. Please be aware that there are many “document vendors” in Haiti that attempt to sell fraudulent documents. Receiving a document from the archives will take, on average, 5-60 days.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Divorces between non-Haitians are documented at the Office du Divorce des Etrangers, which can also provide extraits. There is a relatively high level of fraud surrounding Haitian divorce documents. All documentation should be subject to verification. Any questionable documents may be sent to Embassy Port-au-Prince for verification.

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees: 4,000 Gourdes (~$58)

Document Name: Acte D’Adoption

Issuing Authority: Vital Statistics (Officier d’Etat Civil)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The Acte D’Adoption is typically issued on white, letter-sized paper.  The document contains stamps from various Haitian offices and ministries, including 1) Office of the Civil Register, 2) Tribunal of First Instance, 3) Ministry of Justice, and 4) Ministry of Foreign affairs. 

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Vital Statistics (Officier d’Etat Civil).

Registration Criteria:  The Tribunal of First Instance (Tribunal de Premier Instance) deliberates and issues a decision granting or denying an adoption following a review by the court’s Chief. Prosecutor (Commissaire du Gouvernement); if approved, the court will issue an adoption judgment (homologue).  Once the Director General of Taxation stamps the judgment, the Tribunal of First Instance will enforce (exequatur) the judgment and issue the adoption order (acte d’adoption). Then, the Dean (Doyen) of the Tribunal serves notice on the Civil Registrar’s Office / Vital Statistics Office (Officier d’Etat Civil) of the adoption approval. After the Civil Registrar’s Office issues and signs the adoption decree, the Tribunal of First Instance will legalize the decree.

Procedure for Obtaining: The U.S. adoption service providers, usually through their local representatives, request the adoption certificate from the Office of the Civil Registrar.

Certified Copies Available: Yes.  The National Archives (Les Archives Nationales d'Haiti) attests the adoption decree after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs legalizes the document.  An extract of the adoption decree (Extrait d’Adoption) can be obtained for a fee of 700 Haitian Gourdes through SogeXpress or another “multiservice”.      

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Detailed information about the adoption process in Haiti is available here.

Identity Card

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Carte D’identification Nationale (National Identity Card). Also known as a “Voting Card”.

Issuing Authority: Office of National Identity (ONI).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Haitian Flag and seal, thumbprint on the back, beige, teal, pink overlay over photo.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Director of the Office of National Identity (ONI).

Registration Criteria: Must be a Haitian national.

Procedure for Obtaining: The applicant must submit his/her original birth certificate or an extrait in order to obtain this identity card.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available

Fees: 102 HTG; issued domestically only.

Document Name: Certificat de Police.

Issuing Authority: Direction Central de la Police Judiciaire (DCPJ).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Blue seal with the signature of the director of the DCPJ.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Direction Centrale de la Police Judiciaire.

Registration Criteria: Individual involved may request a Police Certificate personally or through a representative.

Procedure for Obtaining: Police records may be obtained from the Central Bureau of the Judicial Police (Direction Centrale De la Police Judiciaire).

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Haiti Police records are not required for initial application for an immigrant visa. When/if requested at the time of interview, police records may be obtained from the Central Bureau of the Judicial Police (Direction Centrale De la Police Judiciaire).

 

Prison Records

Available. For persons imprisoned in the Port-au-Prince area, from the commandant of the penitentiary of Port-au-Prince. The certificate is an informal document issued without charge under the seal of the penitentiary. There are also prisons in other, larger towns of Haiti, from which prison records may be obtained.
 

Court Records

Available

Fees: The certificate is a document issued under the seal of the Court.  The cost is 100 HTG.

Document Name: Casier Judiciare (Criminal Record).

Issuing Authority: Court records may be obtained from the Courthouse.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Wet blue seal. Civil Court seal which indicates the name of the issuing court.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Dean of the Court or the Government Commissioner.

Registration Criteria: None

Procedure for Obtaining: Present at civil court to request the record.  Can be picked up after a minimum of 15 days.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: It is issued by the civil court in the town in which the individual was incarcerated.  Issuance requires a minimum of 15 days.

Military Records

Unavailable.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Travel Documents

Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, and Official: Diplomatic, regular and official passports are issued, all Haitian passports are machine readable.   Haiti also issues a Permis de Sejour (Residence permit) to every non-Haitian person over the age of 21 who intends to remain in Haiti for more than three months.  

Fees: Domestically, the cost is 6000 HTG. All requests from abroad should be directed to a Haitian Embassy or Consulate.

Document Name: Passport; Permis de Sejour.

Issuing Government Authority: Ministry of Interior, Haitian Immigration.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Varies per passport. Ordinary passports are blue, diplomatic passports are red, official passports are green, and the Permis de Sejour is brown.  The cover has gold embossing with two end pages and 32 inner pages.  There is security printing on the two end pages visible under ultraviolet light, tactile two-color intaglio printed cannons, and PEAK graphic which shifts image depending on the angle.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Ministry of Interior, Haitian Immigration.

Registration Criteria: 6000 HTG fee, birth extract, ID card, application marriage and divorce certificates.

Procedure for Obtaining: Must present to General Directorate of Taxes to pay the 6000 HTG fee, and then take the receipt, birth extract, ID card, and application to immigration for application.  Marriage certificates are required for women.  Divorce certificates are required for all applicants.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Other Documents Available:

Recognition Certificates: Filed by father of child born out of wedlock in cases in which the child was already registered at birth by the mother. Child listed as ‘Naturel/le’ on Birth Certificate. This does not constitute legitimization. Extraits can be obtained from the National Archives as specified above. There may be a fee for this service. US dollar fee applies only to requests by mail from overseas.

Other Records

Recognition Certificates

Available. Filed by father of child born out of wedlock in cases in which the child was already registered at birth by the mother. This does not constitute legitimization. Extraits can be obtained from the National Archives as specified above. There may be a fee for this service. US dollar fee applies only to requests by mail from overseas.


Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title:  Port-au-Prince (Embassy)

Address:  

Tabarre 41
Route de Tabarre
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Phone Number:  011-509-2229-8000

Comments / Additional Information:  The U.S. Embassy has a contracted call center to answer all visa related inquiries. Their contact information is:

(Haiti) +509-2812-2929
(U.S.) 1-703-544-7842
support-Haiti@ustraveldocs.com

Email: 

For any questions relating to potential fraud please contact papfraud@state.gov.
For any matters relating to American Citizens Services please contact AcsPaP@state.gov.

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Haiti.