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

Mauritania

Mauritania
Islamic Republic of Mauritania

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 12 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 $70 Multiple 12 Months
B-2 $70 Multiple 12 Months
B-1/B-2 $70 Multiple 12 Months
C-1 None Two 3 Months
C-1/D N/A N/A N/A
C-2 None Two 3 Months
C-3 None Two 3 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 6 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 None 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 12 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 18 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 12 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 24 Months
L-2 None Multiple 24 Months
M-1 None Multiple 48 Months
M-2 None Multiple 48 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 Multiple 24 Months 3
O-2 None One 3 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 24 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 12 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 12 Months
R-2 None Multiple 12 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
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

Fees: 20 MRU

Document Name: Extrait d'acte de naissance

Issuing Authority: Centre d'accueil des citoyens (Enrollment Center )

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Printed on security paper, with the Mauritania seal in the upper center of the document. The amount of the fee paid usually in the center bottom of the document. The document is available in both French and Arabic.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Chef de centre de l’états civil (lists the name of the Centre) and the Administrative Directeur Général) the two signatures at the bottom of the certificate. If issued by an Embassy/Consulate abroad, it will have the signature of the Chef de Centre de: (Location of Embassy/Consulate) instead.

Registration Criteria: Parents must register births within 60 days at the Centre d'accueil des citoyens of the commune in which the child was born. Parents must provide the hospital birth record and the marriage certificate of the parents. If the registration is done more than 60 days after birth, a court judgment is required before a birth certificate can be issued. The applying parent must go to the court with two witnesses who can confirm the birth of the child. The parent must then take this judgment to the enrollment center along with the hospital birth record and the marriage certificate to receive a birth certificate.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact the Centre d'accueil des citoyens of the commune where the birth was registered.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Recently, Mauritania changed their currency value. Older documents may list a significantly higher fee value than new ones. 

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees: 20 MRU

Document Name: Extrait d'acte de deces

Issuing Authority: Centre d'accueil des citoyens (Enrollment Center )

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Printed on security paper, with the Mauritania seal in the upper center of the document. The amount of the fee paid usually in the center bottom of the document. The document is available in both French and Arabic.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Chef de centre de l’états civil (lists the name of the Centre) and the Administrative Directeur Général) the two signatures at the bottom of the certificate. If issued by an Embassy/Consulate abroad, it will have the signature of the Chef de Centre de: (Location of Embassy/Consulate) instead.

Registration Criteria: To register the death, applicants must provide the hospital report of death and deceased's birth certificate.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact the Centre d'accueil des citoyens of the commune where the death occurred.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Recently, Mauritania changed their currency value. Older documents may list a significantly higher fee value than new ones. 

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: 20 MRU

Document Name: Extrait d'acte de mariage

Issuing Authority: Centre d'accueil des citoyens (Enrollment Center )

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Printed on security paper, with the Mauritania seal in the upper center of the document. The amount of the fee paid usually in the center bottom of the document. The document is available in both French and Arabic.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Chef de centre de l’états civil (lists the name of the Centre) and the Administrative Directeur Général) the two signatures at the bottom of the certificate. If issued by an Embassy/Consulate abroad, it will have the signature of the Chef de Centre de: (Location of Embassy/Consulate) instead.

Registration Criteria: Documents required to register a marriage include a court judgment delivered by the Cadi (judge) and identification paperwork for the spouses. Mauritanian citizen spouses must provide national identifications cards. Non-citizens must provide a residence card (carte de sejour)

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact the Centre d'accueil des citoyens of the commune where the marriage occurred.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Same sex marriage is not recognized in Mauritania. Recently, Mauritania changed their currency value. Older documents may list a significantly higher fee value than new ones.

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: 300 MRU

Document Name: Extrait d'acte de divorce

Issuing Authority: Centre d'accueil des citoyens (Enrollment Center )

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Printed on security paper, with the Mauritania seal in the upper center of the document. The amount of the fee paid usually in the center bottom of the document. The document is available in both French and Arabic.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Chef de centre de l’états civil (lists the name of the Centre) and the Administrative Directeur Général) the two signatures at the bottom of the certificate. If issued by an Embassy/Consulate abroad, it will have the signature of the Chef de Centre de: (Location of Embassy/Consulate) instead.

Registration Criteria: To get a divorce certificate you must bring the divorce decree issued by the Cadi of the commune in which you were married.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact the Centre d'accueil des citoyens of the commune where the divorce occurred.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Adoption Certificates

Unavailable

Comments: According to Article 72 of 2001 Family Code (La Code du Statut Personnel, promulgated by the Mauritanian Ministry of Justice), adoption has no “judicial value” in Mauritania and does not provide filiation. Legal guardianship or custody (Hadhana in Arabic or La Garde in French), however, may be allowed through the determination of a court or through, in certain cases, a contract with the Ministry of Social Affairs, Children, and Family.

Identity Card

National ID Cards

Available

Fees: 100 MRU

Document Name: Carte d’identité nationale

Issuing Authority: Centre d'accueil des citoyens (Enrollment Center )

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Pink in color. Front of the card has the individual’s photo and biographic information (in English, French, and Arabic), as well as the seal of Mauritania in the background. Rear of the card contains the expiration date, date and place of issue, as well as the issuing authority. Also contains an integrated circuit chip.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Directeur Général de la Sûreté Nationale

Registration Criteria: To get a national ID you have to be registered first as Mauritanian citizen and to apply you have to bring the registration confirmation and copies of the national IDs of your parents

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact the Centre d'accueil des citoyens

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: Passports

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available

Fees: 20 MRU

Document Name: Enquête de moralité/Casier Judiciaire

Issuing Authority: Tribunal

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Printed format with hand written information. Has a stamp over each signature.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Senior registrar (Le Greffier en Chef) at the court office

Registration Criteria: The applicant has to provide a copy of his national id and drop up his request at the court office.

Procedure for Obtaining: Police records may be obtained by contacting the court office  closest to the applicants residence

Certified Copies Available: There are no certified copies

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Court/Prison Records

Available

Fees: 20 MRU

Document Name: Extrait de casier judiciaire

Issuing Authority: Tribunal Penal

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Printed format with hand written information. Has a stamp over each signature.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Senior Registrar (Le Greffier en Chef) of the court office

Registration Criteria: The applicant has to provide a copy of his national id and drop up his request at the court office.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact the Tribunal Penal in the administrative region where the applicant was born.

Certified Copies Available: There are no certified copies.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Military Records

Military Records

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Livret militaire individual/ certificat de bonne conduite

Issuing Authority: Chef de l'Etat Major National

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There are no special seal(s)/colors/format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Senior registrar at the office of B1 de d’état major National

Registration Criteria: Everyone who served in a military can request for this certifacate when it is needed.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact the Chef de l'Etat Major National in Nouakchott

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Travel Documents

Types Available (Regular, Diplomatic, Official, etc.): Regular, Diplomatic, and Official

Fees:

  • Regular: 30,000 MRU
  • Official and Diplomatic: free

Document Name:

  • Regular: Passeport (Ordinaire) 
  • Diplomatic: Passeport Dioplomatic
  • Official: Passeport de service

Issuing Government Authority: Centre d'accueil des citoyens (Enrollment Center )

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

  • All passports have the seal of Mauritania on the front, with the country name (Islamic Republic of Mauritania) in English, French, and Arabic. The type of passport is listed in the same three languages, and each one has different color leather.  Regular is green, Diplomatic is red, and Official is blue.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Chef de centre de l’états civil and Administrateur Direteur General de d’états civil.

Registration Criteria: The applicant has to be registered and has to have an issued national ID before he can apply for a passport

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact the Centre d'accueil des citoyens

Alternate Documents: National ID for national travel. for international travel ‘Laissez-passer’ issued by Mauritanien authorities. Neither of these documents is acceptable for immigrant visa purposes.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Other Documents Available: There are no other documents available

Other Records

Not applicable

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: US Embassy Nouakchott

Address:

PRTZ No 350
Avenue Al Quds
Nouadhibou Road
Nouakchott, Mauritania

Phone Number: Tel: (222) 45 25-26-60, 45 25-26-63, 45 25-11-41, or 45 25-11-45, Fax: (222) 45 25-15-92

Visa Services: All nonimmigrant visas for Mauritania.

All immigrant visas for Mauritanians are processed by US Embassy Dakar, Senegal

Comments / Additional Information: None

Visa Services

Nonimmigrant Visas for all of Mauritania. Immigrant visa applications for nationals of Mauritania 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.