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

Madagascar

Madagascar
Republic of Madagascar

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 12 Months
A-2 None Multiple 12 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 None Multiple 3 Months
B-2 None Multiple 3 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 3 Months
C-1 None Multiple 3 Months
C-1/D N/A N/A N/A
C-2 None One 3 Months
C-3 None One 3 Months
CW-1 11 None One 3 Months
CW-2 11 None One 3 Months
D None Multiple 48 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None One 3 Months
F-1 None One 3 Months
F-2 None One 3 Months
G-1 None Multiple 12 Months
G-2 None Multiple 12 Months
G-3 None Multiple 12 Months
G-4 None Multiple 12 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 12 Months
H-1B None One 3 Months 3
H-1C None One 3 Months 3
H-2A None One 3 Months 3
H-2B None One 3 Months 3
H-2R None One 3 Months 3
H-3 None One 3 Months 3
H-4 None One 3 Months 3
I None One 3 Months
J-1 4 None One 3 Months
J-2 4 None One 3 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 One 3 Months
L-2 None One 3 Months
M-1 None One 3 Months
M-2 None One 3 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 3 Months 3
O-2 None One 3 Months 3
O-3 None One 3 Months 3
P-1 None One 3 Months 3
P-2 None One 3 Months 3
P-3 None One 3 Months 3
P-4 None One 3 Months 3
Q-1 6 None One 3 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 is no general document information

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees: 1000Ar to 2000Ar depending on jurisdiction and 3000Ar for expedited issuance

Document Name: Acte de naissance (birth certificate)

Issuing Authority: La Mairie (The Mayor’s office)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Mayor’s office red round stamp

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Le Maire (the Mayor) or L’Adjoint au Maire  (the Deputy Mayor)

Registration Criteria: Born in Madagascar

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants contact the Mairie of the applicant’s place of birth.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: Decree from the Tribunal

Exceptions: None

Comments: Birth certificates issued by Madagascar authorities are only valid for 3 months. Birth certificates are available to all individuals, regardless of nationality who were born in Madagascar. All actions affecting the civil status of applicants born in Madagascar (such as marriage, divorce, adoption and name change) are normally recorded at the place of birth and are noted on the birth certificate. Relevant excerpts of these certificates may be also requested when applying for a birth certificate.

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees: 1000Ar to 2000Ar depending on jurisdication and 3000Ar for expedited issuance

Document Name: Acte de décès

Issuing Authority: La Mairie (The Mayor’s office)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Mayor’s office red round stamp

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Le Maire (the Mayor) or L’Adjoint au Maire  (the Deputy Mayor)

Registration Criteria: Deceased in Madagascar

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants contact the Mairie having jurisdiction over the place of death.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no Alternate Documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Available for all persons, regardless of nationality

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: 1000Ar to 2000Ar depending on jurisdication and 3000Ar for expedited issuance

Document Name: Acte de Mariage

Issuing Authority: La Mairie (The Mayor’s office)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Mayor’s office red round stamp

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Le Marie (the Mayor) or L’Adjoint au Maire  (the Deputy Mayor)

Registration Criteria:  Marriage occurred in Madagascar

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants contact the Mairie having jurisdiction over the place of marriage.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: Locally, people often use the Family Records Book (Livret de Famille) issued at the time of marriage in lieu of the marriage certificate. Family Records book is only accepted for local use, it is not accepted for visa purposes.

Exceptions: None

Comments: Marriage certificates issued by Madagascar authorities are only valid for 3 months.  Available to all persons, regardless of nationality or residence.

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Jugement de divorce

Issuing Authority: The Court of First Instance

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The Tribunal red round stamp

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Clerk of the Court of First Instance

Registration Criteria: Final divorce judgment issued by a Malagasy court

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants contact the Court of First Instance where the divorce took place.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: Civil status Certificate from the Mayor where all civil positions are recorded

Exceptions: None

Comments: Available to all persons, regardless of nationality or residence.

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Certificat d’adoption (adoption certificate)

Issuing Authority: The Court of First Instance

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is not Special Seal(s)/ Color/ Format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The President of the Tribunal

Registration Criteria: Adoption granted in Madagascar

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants contact the court which issued the adoption for copies of the certificate

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: Acte de reconnaissance (Acknowledgement of Paternity/Maternity) issued by the court responsible for approving the adoption. This is mainly for local use, not accepted for visa purposes

Exceptions: None

Comments: Simple adoption performed at the Mairie have no legal effect and therefore is not an acceptable document for visa purposes

Identity Card

Available

Fees: 5000Ar

Document Name: Carte Nationale d’Identité (National Identification)

Issuing Authority: Le mairie (The Mayor’s office)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Mayor’s office red round stamp

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Le Marie (the Mayor) or L’Adjoint au Maire  (the Deputy Mayor)

Registration Criteria: Aged 18 at least, submit required documents

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants contact the Mayor in the district where one lives and provide a birth certificate and a resident certificate from the Fokontany (local city authorities)

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: Passport and Driving license

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available

Fees: 1000Ar

Document Name: Bulletin de casier judiciaire. This is sometimes called Bulletin No. 3

Issuing Authority:

  • Persons born inside Madagascar – Procureur General in the province of birth
  • Persons born outside Madagascar – Procureur General or Cours d’appel of Antananarivo

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The Tribunal red round stamp

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The Court of First Instance

Registration Criteria: Must submit a request

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants must contact the above listed issuing authority to obtain this document. Requests must be accompanied by a notarized copy of the applicant’s passport.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no Alternate Documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Police certificates issued by Madagascar authorities are only valid for 3 months

 

Court/Prison Records

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name : Certificat de mise en liberté (Prison release records)

Issuing Authority: Prison Administration, Ministry of Justice

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Chef d’Etablissement ( The Director of the office)

Registration Criteria: Upon request

Procedure for Obtaining:  Prison administration office and request a certificate from prison records.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no Alternate Documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Prison records does not expire.

Military Records

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Certificat de position militaire (military record)

Issuing Authority:

  • Joined the military prior to 1961 - Bureau Militaire of their Sous-Prefecture
  • Joined the military after 1961 - Bureau de Recrutement of the Service National of the Madagascar Army.
  • French Citizens residing in Madagascar – French Consulate General in Antananarivo

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is not Special Seal(s)/ Color/ Format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Ministry of National Defense

Registration Criteria: Having joined the military

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants contact the appropriate issuing authority. Processing time for listed documents by mail is approximately one month from date of receipt of request. Applicants processing by mail must include a postal money order covering the return postage for response by registered mail. Applicants appearing in person can receive the documents in seven days.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no Alternate Documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Reservists who have entered since 1948 may obtain their record at the Bureau de Recrutement also, provided that they retained their Madagascar citizenship following independence in 1960. Reservists who chose or were of French nationality can obtain their records from the Bureau Central de Recrutement Francais in Paris or, if in a French overseas department or dependency, at the Bureau Militaire in their Prefecture.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available: Regular, Diplomatic, Service Passports

Fees: 190,000Ar

Document Name: Regular Passport

Issuing Government Authority: National Police

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Maroon cover. Valid for five years. Included a digital photo and a ghost image of the photo. It is machine readable and included a 2D barcode above the machine readable zone. Passport number and book number are the same number. These numbers which are burned into the passport pages start with the letter A and are followed by a combination of eight numbers and letters.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Chef de Service Central de l’Immigration et Emigration

Registration Criteria: Submit required documents

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants must come to the Ministry of Interior in person for digital photo, fill out and sign the passport application form, must provide birth certificate, residence certificate, job/school certificate, nationality certificate and national ID.

Alternate Documents: There are no Alternate Documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Diplomatic (Red Cover) and Service (Green) passports are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Other Records

There are no other records

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Embassy

Address:

Street Address:
Lot 207 A, Point Liberty
Andranoro - Antehiroka - Antananarivo 105

Mailing Address:
B.P. 5253
Andranoro - Antehiroka - Antananarivo 105, Madagascar

Phone Number:
Tel: 
(261)(20) 23-480-00 or +261 (0) 33 443 2000
Fax: (261)(20) 23-480-35

Website: mg.usembassy.gov

Visa Services: AntanVisa@state.gov

Comments / Additional Information: Birth, death, marriage certificates issued by Madagascar authorities are only valid for 3 months.

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Madagascar, the Union of Comoros, and Mayotte.

Also issues visas (NIV and IV) to residents of:

  • Amsterdam Island (French)
  • Bassas de India (French)
  • Ices Glorieuses (French)
  • Ile Europa (French)
  • Ile Saint-Paul (French)
  • Illes Crozet (French)
  • Illes Kerguelen (French)
  • Tromelin (French)