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

Uganda

Uganda
Republic of Uganda

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 24 Months
B-2 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 24 Months
C-1 None Multiple 6 Months
C-1/D N/A N/A N/A
C-2 None Multiple 24 Months
C-3 None Multiple 6 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 12 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 N/A N/A N/A
F-1 None Multiple 12 Months
F-2 $40.00 Multiple 12 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 N/A N/A
H-2B None N/A N/A
H-2R None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 36 Months 3
I None Multiple 6 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 12 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 12 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 $10.00 Multiple 36 Months
M-1 None Multiple 12 Months
M-2 None Multiple 12 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 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 $560.00 Multiple 36 Months
R-2 $560.00 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, Libyan, Somalian, Sudanese, Syrian or Yemeni 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

Late registration is common for all life events as individuals often do not register births/deaths/marriages until there is a need to show the certificate.

General Issuing Authority Information:

Birth, death, national ID, and adoption certificates are handled by a central registry (National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA)), while marriages must be registered with a central authority (Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB)), though in practice customary marriages are often not registered.  Divorces can only be obtained by court order.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees: Foreigners: 40 USD; Ugandans: 5,000 UGX

Document Name: Birth Certificate

Issuing Authority: National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Typically printed on white paper with red/yellow/green/brown background. It has a circular dry seal that is embossed.  The biodata is printed.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar of Birth/Death

Registration Criteria: One must present the certificate from the hospital of birth or the short form birth certificate from the sub-county of the place of birth.

Procedure for Obtaining: Schedule an appointment online at NIRA’s website.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions: There are no exceptions.

Comments: All births must be registered with NIRA.  If a birth was not registered, Ugandan citizens can obtain certificates from sub-country chiefs by swearing an oath before these officials.  Late registration of births is common as individuals might not register a birth until there is a need for the certificate. The short form birth certificate may be used in exceptional circumstances, but it is only valid for six months and, thus, not widely accepted.

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees:  Foreigners: 40 USD; Ugandans: 5,000 UGX

Document Name:  Death Certificate

Issuing Authority: National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: They are typically printed on white paper with red/yellow/green/brown background.  It has a circular dry seal. Seals are embossed. Biodata is typed.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar of Birth/Death

Registration Criteria:  One must present a short-form death certificate from the hospital of death or a short-form death certificate from the sub-county where the death occurred.

Forms for Deaths registration can be found on NIRA’s website.
Procedure for Obtaining: Schedule an appointment online at NIRA’s website

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: No.

Exceptions: There are no exceptions

Comments: Registration of deaths is compulsory for all Ugandans and foreign nationals.  Late registration of deaths is common as individuals may not register the death until there is a need for it. The short-form death certificate is valid for only 6 months and, thus, not widely accepted.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: Fee varies based on location and type of marriage.

Document Name:  Marriage Certificate

Issuing Authority: Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Circular wet seal

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar of Marriage

Registration Criteria: For a civil marriage, one files a notice of intent to marry, pays a fee, and confirms that s/he has never been married to the URSB (some exceptions exist for Muslim polygamous marriages). A letter of single status from foreigners is required as proof of single status. A notice of marriage is pinned on the Registrar’s Notice Board for 21 days and if no objection is made, then the marriage is conducted, and a certificate is issued.

Religious and customary marriages are as valid as civil marriages, and they must also be registered with the URSB.  Each district of Uganda has a Chief Administration Officer (CAO) who is the Registrar of marriages for that district.  Couples must register either directly with the URSB or with the Chief Administration Officer in their district.  The CAO is required to file monthly reports of registered marriages with the URSB.

Procedure for Obtaining: Contact the URSB

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: There are no exceptions.  All marriages must be registered with the URSB in order to be legally recognized.

Comments: While there are different kinds of valid marriages in Uganda (customary, religious, civil), all of them must be registered with the URSB.  Many Ugandan marriages take place according to customary tribal law and no official records exist. For such marriages, certificates are obtainable from the village chief and this certificate may be used to register with the URSB.

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: Fee varies based on the court used.

Document Name: Decree Absolute

Issuing Authority: High Court of Kampala

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: It contains a dry seal

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar

Registration Criteria: One must petition the court for a dissolution of marriage.

Procedure for Obtaining: Petition the court

Certified Copies Available: There are no certified copies.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: Both marriage and divorce may be carried out according to customary tribal law, and if the couple does not register the customary marriage, then no records exist.  In those cases, divorce may be agreed upon by the families without a document to confirm it.  However, in order for a marriage to be recognized for legal purposes, including immigration, the couple must ensure their marriage is registered with the URSB and have the documentation to prove it.     [RKM1] [PL(2]

Comments: None

A registered marriage needs a Decree absolute to be considered terminated, correct?

No.  If the registered marriage was a customary one then they can divorce via customary means – the family agreeing to it. No court visit is necessary.  So, proving divorces for customary marriages is very difficult.

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees: 8,000 UGX

Document Name: Adoption Certificate

Issuing Authority: National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  A round imprinted dry seal

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Assistant Registrar

Registration Criteria: The original or certified copy of the final adoption order from the High Court, the national IDs or passports of the parents who are adopting the child, and the child’s birth certificate are required when registering an adoption.

Procedure for Obtaining: Schedule an appointment online at NIRA’s website.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: There are no exceptions

Comments: Adoption of a Ugandan child by a non-Ugandan citizen is permitted in exceptional circumstances. However, the prospective adoptive parent(s) must reside in country and foster the child under the supervision of a local probation officer for 12 months. A final adoption order can only be issued by specific judges within the High Court’s Family Division, and the final adoption order is necessary before obtaining an adoption certificate.

 

Identity Card

Available

Document Name: National Identification

Issuing Authority: National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Hard plastic ID card.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar

Registration Criteria: Referral letter from the Local Council 1 (LC1) in one’s village of birth, and national IDs of parents.

·         Procedure for Obtaining:  Take the referral letter to a NIRA office.

Certified Copies Available: There are no certified copies.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions:  All Ugandans 18 years and older must be registered with NIRA.

Comments:  Obtaining a National Identity Card is now a rigorous and thorough process.  It is difficult to replace an ID card when one is damaged or lost. Nonetheless, all adult Ugandans must be registered and retain their cards. 

 

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available

Fees:  76,000 UGX

Document Name:  Certificate of Good Conduct

Issuing Authority:  Interpol

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Embossed by Interpol and on cream colored paper

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Director, Interpol

Registration Criteria: Non-citizens must have a valid passport and must have been resident in Uganda for at least six months.  Ugandan citizens must have their National ID or Passport.

Procedure for Obtaining:

Two Options:

1. Visit the Uganda Police website (https://www.upf.go.ug/) where one can access the application form before proceeding to pay fees to the bank or using mobile money and visa card.  The applicant is then required to book an appointment and will be required to present two passport photos, a copy of their passport and proof of payment before appearing at the Interpol Uganda office in person to have their fingerprints captured.  Interpol generally issues the certificate or letter of good conduct within 5-7 days.

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2. Submit a written request to the Director of Interpol, located at Plot 12 Mabua Road Kololo, PO BOX 43003, Kampala.  The request must contain an explanation as to the need for the certificate, photocopies of the biodata pages of the passport for non-citizens and National ID for citizens, and fingerprints must be taken from Interpol Kololo. Processing time is approximately two (2) weeks.

Certified Copies: There are no certified copies

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: There are no exceptions.

Comments: Although Certificates of Good Conduct are valid for only 6 months according to Interpol, they are valid for two years for U.S. immigrant visa purposes.

Prison Records

Unavailable.  There is no centralized database and though every district has its own records, those records are generally unreliable. 

Court Records for Adoption

Available

Fees: Approximately 30,000 UGX

Document Name: Adoption Order

Issuing Authority: The High Court of Uganda Family Division

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: An authentic adoption court order is normally issued on white paper and is printed in black ink. The issuing judge signs in blue or black ink with their name and date printed on the last page of the court ruling and order. A dry seal with the court name is always imprinted on the last page.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Judge

Registration Criteria: By court order

Procedure for Obtaining: A petition is filed at the High Court Family Division and an adoption hearing is scheduled and attended by the prospective adoptive parents.

Certified Copies Available: Available

Alternate Documents: Legal guardianship order; but only issued to Ugandan citizen parents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: Adoption of a Ugandan child by a non-Ugandan citizen is permitted in exceptional circumstances. However, the prospective adoptive parent(s) must reside in country and foster the child under the supervision of a local probation officer for 12 months.  A final adoption order can only be issued by specific judges in the High Court’s Family Division.  The Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development has the authority to request the Judiciary review and consider for rescission any intercountry adoption order that it deems to be issued in error or contrary to law.

Court Records

Available

Fees vary

Document name: Court Records

Issuing Authority: The court of record

Special Seal(s) / Color/ Format: There is no special seal(s) / color / format

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar

Registration Criteria: A proceeding must have taken place at the court where you make your request in order to receive a record of such proceeding.

Procedure for Obtaining: Submit a written request to the registrar of the court where the proceedings were held.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: There are no exceptions

Comments: All court records are public documents.

Military Records

Military Records

Available

Fees: Possible

Document Name: Military Records on Training and Discharge Certificates

Issuing Authority: Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: UPDF SEAL

  1. Black Card color indicates the individual is valid for any future military assignment.
  2. Green card color indicates screening of the individual is required for any future military assignment.
  3. Yellow card color indicates the individual is not eligible for future military assignment.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Chief of Personnel and Administration

Registration Criteria: Must be a Ugandan citizen who has served in the military.

Procedure for Obtaining: Military members receive their military records at the time of discharge.  If lost, a replacement can be obtained from the office of Chief of Personnel Administration whose headquarters is in Bombo Military Headquarters / Ministry of Defense, Mbuya Hill, P O Box 3798, Kampala.

Certified Copies Available: There are no certified copies

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: There are no exceptions

Comments: It may take several months to obtain.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Travel Documents

Types Available: Regular, Official, Diplomatic, and East African passports

Fees: Fees vary

Document Name: Passport

Issuing Government Authority: Government of Uganda, Ministry of Internal Affairs

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Varies

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Passport Officers

Registration Criteria: See the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control’s website.

Procedure for Obtaining: Apply through the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions:  There are no exceptions.

Comments: None.

Other Documents Available: Refugee Travel Documents, National ID card for regional travel only.

 

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: U.S. Embassy Kampala

Address:

o   1577 Ggaba Road

Kampala, Uganda

Phone Number:

o   Tel: 256-41-234-142

o   Fax: 256-41-258-451

Email: KampalaUSCitizen@state.gov

KampalaVisa@state.gov

Comments / Additional Information: An appointment is required for all routine consular services for U.S. citizens.

Visa Services

Post Title: U.S. Embassy Kampala

Address:

1577 Ggaba Road

Kampala, Uganda

Email: KampalaVisa@state.gov

Visa Services: NIV and Adoption-related Immigrant Visas only

Comments / Additional Information: Please see https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ug/niv for information on scheduling an NIV appointment.  Immigrant visas for Ugandans or those resident in Uganda are processed by U.S. Embassy Nairobi.

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.