U.S. Visas

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

Sudan

Sudan
Republic of Sudan

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 12 Months
B-2 None One 3 Months
B-1/B-2 None One 3 Months
C-1 None One 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 6 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 Multiple 6 Months
F-2 None Multiple 6 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 Multiple 6 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 6 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None One 6 Months
K-4 None One 6 Months
L-1 None Multiple 12 Months
L-2 None Multiple 12 Months
M-1 None Multiple 6 Months
M-2 None Multiple 6 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 One 3 Months
V-2 None One 3 Months 8
V-3 None One 3 Months 8
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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

All government issued documents may be authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for submission to foreign authorities.

NOTE: There is currently on-going conflict in the states of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile. Civilians in rebel-controlled areas of these states might not receive or have access to government services. Accordingly, birth, marriage, divorce, and military records might not be available to certain residents in these states.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available:  Birth certificates are available through the Ministry of Interior, Civil Records.  In the past, birth certificates were issued by the Department of Statistics, Ministry of Social Affairs. Birth certificates are available for non-Sudanese individuals born in Sudan.

Fees: There are fees.

Document Name:  New: Birth Certificate; Old: Official Extract From The General Birth Register

Issuing Authority:  Directorate of Civil Rolls, Ministry of Interior; previously: Department of Statistics, Ministry of Social Affairs

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: New: Green paper with watermarks; Old: pink and blue paper; older: white

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Directorate General of Civil Rolls, Director of Civil Rolls

Registration Criteria: All children born in Sudan, including children of foreigners, are issued birth certificates based on a notice of birth issued by the hospital.  For late registrations of birth, parents may swear out an affidavit in court stating the date of the child’s birth.  For home births, a notice of birth signed by the attending midwife plus a certificate from the Neighborhood Committee are required.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applications are made to the Directorate General of Civil Rolls, Director of Civil Rolls, and Ministry of Interior.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available, but new certificates based on the register record are issued.

Alternate Documents:  Children born in rural areas, or before the 1970s, might have registered years after their birth or not registered at all.  Age Estimate certificates are issued by the Medical Commission.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  None

 

Death Certificates

Available: Death certificates are available through the Ministry of Interior, Civil Records.

Fees: There are no fees.

Document Name:  Death Certificate

Issuing Authority: :  Directorate of Civil Rolls, Ministry of Interior; previously: Department of Statistics, Ministry of Social Affairs

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Blue rectangular seal of the Civil Registration Corporation

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Directorate General of Civil Rolls, Director of Civil Rolls

Registration Criteria: A doctor’s certificate of death and/or a certificate of death from the Neighborhood Committee is required.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applications are made to the Directorate General of Civil Rolls, Director of Civil Rolls, and Ministry of Interior.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available, but a new original bearing a new issuance date is available.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Available: Marriage certificates (Islamic or non-Islamic) in Sudan are issued by the Judiciary based on documentation provided by religious authorities who conduct the marriage.

Fees: There are fees.

Document Name:  (translation) Marriage Contract Certificate

Issuing Authority: Sudan Judiciary, Ministry of Justice

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Round Seal of “Sudan Judiciary”

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Chief Registrar of the Judiciary

Registration Criteria: The marriage must be conducted in Sudan.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Applications are made to the Sudan Judiciary, Ministry of Justice, and certificates are issued based on a handwritten certificate issued by the clergy at the time of marriage.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available, but new certificates based on the Judiciary record are issued.

Alternate Documents: Marriage Document, Affidavit of Marriage

Exceptions:  For traditional marriages, a certificate may be obtained from the mosque.

Comments: The Affidavit of Marriage is issued based on a sworn affidavit from the married parties and not on a handwritten statement by the clergy at the time of marriage.

 

Divorce Certificates

Available: Divorce certificates (Islamic or non-Islamic) in Sudan are issued by the Judiciary based on documentation provided by religious authorities who conduct the divorce.

Fees: Yes, there are fees.

Document Name: (Translation) Divorce Certificate

Issuing Authority: Sudan Judiciary, Ministry of Justice

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Round Seal of “Sudan Judiciary

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Chief Registrar of the Judiciary

Registration Criteria: The divorce(s) must have been conducted in Sudan.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applications are made to Sudan Judiciary, Ministry of Justice, and they are issued based on the husband’s statement or a representative holding a notarized affidavit. 

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available, but new certificates based on the Judiciary record are issued.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions:  If reconciliation occurs within the three months of the divorce, no divorce or new marriage certificates are needed for the marriage to be considered valid.

Comments: None

Adoption Certificates

Unavailable: See exception below for adoption of non-Muslim children by non-Muslim families.

Alternate Documents:  The Ministry of Social Welfare and designated care homes issue guardianship certificates to families.  Upon request by the guardian family, the Ministry of Social Welfare can grant written permission allowing child to travel with the family, including for immigration purposes.  Exceptions: adoptions are permitted of non-Muslim children by non-Muslim families.  This rarely occurs because abandoned children are considered Muslim unless a parent or relative giving the child up for adoption specifies that the child follows a different faith.  

Identity Card

Available: Identity cards are available through the Ministry of Interior, Civil Records.

Fees: There are fees.

Document Name: National ID

Issuing Authority: Directorate of Civil Rolls, Ministry of Interior

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Plastic Card, containing personal photograph

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Directorate General of Civil Rolls, Director of Civil Rolls

Registration Criteria:  A Sudanese national number is required.

Procedure for Obtaining: The National ID is issued upon receiving a National Number Certificate.

Certified Copies Available: There are no certified copies available.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Available: Police, court, and prison records are available for individuals physically present in Sudan and are issued by the Ministry of Interior, Criminal Records.

Fees: There are fees.

Document Name: Certificate of Good Conduct

Issuing Authority: Fingerprint Directorate, The General Administration of Forensic Evidence, Ministry of Interior

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Seal of the Department and Seal of the Ministry of Interior

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Director of Fingerprint Directorate

Registration Criteria: Applicants must present a national I.D. and the reason for requesting the record.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Applications are made directly to their office.  They are only issued to persons physically present in Sudan.

Certified Copies Available:  A new application for a duplicate must be made.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Civilian Good Conduct Certificates do not cover periods spent in service in the armed forces.

Military Records

Available: Uniformed individuals discharged from the Sudan Ministry of Defense or Sudanese Ministry of Interior are issued a certificate (No objection, Good Conduct, Release). Duplicates can be obtained by applying to the appropriate headquarters.  They are issued to applicants physically present in Sudan.

Fees: There are fees.

Document Name: There are three documents issued to all individuals upon their separation from the military:  No Objection Letter, Good Conduct Statement, and Release Form.

Issuing Authority: Officer’s Affairs, Ministry of Defense or Ministry of Interior

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Seal of the Department and Ministry

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Director of Officer’s Affairs, Ministry of Defense or Ministry of Interior

Registration Criteria:  Present I.D., retired military card, discharge certificate

Procedure for Obtaining: Issued to all individuals upon separation from the military

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available, but new originals with a new issue date are available.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  None

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Travel Document Information

Available: Available only to Sudanese citizens.

Types Available: Regular, Business, Diplomatic, Official, and Special.

Fees: There are fees.

Document Name: Passport

Issuing Government Authority: Regular and Business: Passports & Immigration, Ministry of Interior  Diplomatic, Official and Special: Protocol Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Regular and Business: Dark Blue;  Diplomatic: Red;  Official: Dark Green; and Special: Black

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Minister of the Interior

Registration Criteria: Present applicant’s national number

Procedure for Obtaining:  Application to the issuing authority for the specific type of passport. 

Alternate Documents:  Emergency travel documents issued by Sudanese Embassies abroad

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  None

Other Documents Available: Emergency Travel Documents, issued by Embassies abroad

Other Records

Available: National Service Status record certificates are available through the National Service Authority for individuals physically present in the country.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title:  U. S. Embassy Khartoum

Street Address: Kilo 10, off Wad Medani Highway, Soba, Khartoum, Sudan

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 699, Kilo 10, Soba, Khartoum, Sudan

Phone Number: (249) 1-870-22000

Visa Services

The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum currently processes NIV and IV applications in all categories for all of Sudan.