U.S. Visas

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

Kenya

Kenya
Republic of Kenya

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 $40 Multiple 60 Months
B-2 $40 Multiple 60 Months
B-1/B-2 $40 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 $40 Multiple 60 Months
F-2 $40 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 $340.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C $340.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A $340.00 N/A N/A3
H-2B $340.00 N/A N/A3
H-2R $340.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 $340.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 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 $275.00 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 12 Months
N-9 None Multiple 12 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 $340.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 $340.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 $340.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 $340.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 $340.00 Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 $340.00 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 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
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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

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Document Name: Birth Certificate

Issuing Authority: Department of Civil Registration

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Registrar of Births & Deaths

Registration Criteria: Applicants can contact the Registrar of Births to make a late registration of birth. If the office is satisfied with evidence required, late registration will be authorized and a birth certificate will be issued. Please contact the following address for more information:

Director of Civil Registration
Nairobi Civil Registration
Births and Deaths
ACK Bishop’s Building
Nairobi

For upcountry births, applicants should contact the Registrar of Births (Upcountry) at the following address:

Director of Civil Registration
Department of Civil Registration
P.O Box 49179
Hass Plaza
Nairobi

 

Death Certificates

Available

Document Name: Death Certificate

Issuing Authority: Department of Registration of Births & Deaths

Registration Criteria: Burial permit or notification of death, Form D4 (Application for Death Certificate) duly completed, knowledge of date of death where burial permit or notification of death is missing

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact the Registrar General for copies of death certificates at the following address:

Director of Civil Registration
Nairobi Civil Registration
Births and Deaths
ACK Bishop’s Building
Nairobi

Comments: Civil Registration services are available online through eCitizen: ecitizen.go.ke. The official government platform for obtaining services from the National Government.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: Fees vary depending on whether the contracting parties are seeking a normal marriage license or a special license (where the parties cannot meet the 21 day notice period)

Document Name: Marriage Certificate

Issuing Authority: Registrar of Marriages

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar of Marriages

Registration Criteria: Can now be applied on eCitizen: ecitizen.go.ke

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact the Registrar General for copies of marriage certificates at the following address

Registrar of Marriages
Sheria House 2nd Floor
Nairobi
Website: statelaw.go.ke

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: After August 1, 2017, all entities living together as husband and wife MUST register their marriages

Comments: All marriages MUST now be registered, including customary marriages.

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: Prescribed by the court

Document Name: Divorce Decree

Issuing Authority: Law Courts

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: Draw a petition that clearly states the grounds for divorce.  Petitioner required to serve the petition and the notice to appear in court to the respondent, either personally or through a post office. The respondent may also file another petition to dissolve the marriage, and after the papers have been exchanged, the registrar of the court sets the date for hearing. If the court is satisfied with the petition, marriage dissolution is granted. The dissolution takes full effect after six months, after which parties are allowed to remarry.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact the Registrar at the following address to obtain copies of divorce decrees

The Chief Registrar of the Judiciary
City Hall Way
P.O BOX 30041-00100 Nairobi, Kenya
(020) 2221 221
info@judiciary.go.ke

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: You should have sufficient reasons to convince the court for a need to divorce, particularly if three years have not elapsed since the date of marriage.

Comments: Read the Matrimonial Causes Act, Chapter 152 of the Laws of Kenya for more detail on what is required before you can embark of the process to obtain a divorce decree

Adoption Certificates

Available: For local adoption only  

Document Name: Adoption Certificate

Issuing Authority: High Court

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: High Court Judge  

Registration Criteria: Please visit labour.go.ke  

Procedure for Obtaining: Please visit  labour.go.ke

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: The Kenyan government imposed a moratorium on international adoptions in November 2014. The moratorium is still in place.  

Identity Card

Available

Fees: There is no fee

Document Name: National Identity Card

Issuing Authority: National Registration Bureau

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

Registration Criteria: Please contact:

National Registration Bureau
NSSF Building, Block B 8th Floor
P.O. Box 57007, 00200
Nairobi.
Tel: +254-20-2722526, +254-20-2720069
Fax: 2716205
Email: director.nrb@kenya.go.ke

Procedure for Obtaining: Visit the official site for further information: immigration.go.ke

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: Kenyans under 18 years of age

Comments: None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Clearance Certificates

Available

Fees: 1000 plus return postage fee

Document Name: Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)

Issuing Authority: Directorate of Criminal Investigations

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Directorate of Criminal Investigations

Registration Criteria: Please visit cid.go.ke

Procedure for Obtaining: Please visit cid.go.ke

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Appropriately registered aliens or refugees that have registered with UNHCR may be issued a police clearance letter through the Refugee Affairs Secretariat (RAS). Undocumented aliens in Kenya may visit the RAS office located at Castle House, on James Gichuru Road in Nairobi. For more information visit: cid.go.ke


Prison Records

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Prison Record

Issuing Authority: Prison of previous incarceration

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The head of the prison

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact the prison where the applicant was incarcerated. A written request should be addressed with details of the individual's full name, nationality, prison where incarcerated and period imprisoned to the Commissioner of Prisons, P.O. Box 30175, Nairobi.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

 

Court Records

Available

Fees: Varies

Document Name: Court document or record

Issuing Authority: The court which handled the particular case

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The court magistrate or judge

Procedure for Obtaining: Applications letter should be addressed to the applicable court

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Military Records

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Military Records

Issuing Authority: Kenyan Armed Services

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Head of the section or department

Procedure for Obtaining: Applications should be addressed to the applicable branch of the Kenyan armed services. Inquiries should include the service number of the individual and the period employed:

  • Kenya Army, P.O, Box 30503, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Kenya Air Force, P.O. Box 4888, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Kenya Navy, P.O. Box 95350, Mombasa, Kenya

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available: Two  Ordinary (navy blue cover) and East African Countries passport (light blue cover)

Fees: Varies on the number of pages  

Document Name: Passport

Issuing Government Authority: Ministry of Immigration

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: You have to fill the passport application form online on eCitizen. Find out how to apply for a passport on eCitizen here ecitizen.go.ke

Procedure for Obtaining: You can apply for, renew, or replace your passport and pay for it online. You must print out a form at the end. You must sign and date the form, add any documents or photographs that are needed, and return it for processing.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Other Documents Available: There are no other documents available

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Embassy

Address:

  • Physical Address:
    United Nations Avenue,
    Gigiri, Nairobi
  • Mailing Address:
    APO AE 09831-8900
  • International Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 30137
    Nairobi, Kenya

Phone Number:

  • Tel: +254-2-363-6000, After hours emergencies: +254-2-363-6170
  • Fax: +254-2-363-6410

Email: None

Visa Services

All visa categories for Kenya. US Embassy Nairobi also processes immigrant visas for the following countries

  • Uganda
  • Burundi
  • South Sudan
  • Eritrea
  • Somalia  
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.