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

Zambia

Zambia
Republic of Zambia

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 36 Months
A-2 None Multiple 36 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 None Multiple 36 Months
B-2 None Multiple 36 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 36 Months
C-1 None Multiple 12 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 12 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 12 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 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 36 Months
G-2 None Multiple 36 Months
G-3 None Multiple 12 Months
G-4 None Multiple 12 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 12 Months
H-1B $300.00 A Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C $300.00 A Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A $300.00 A N/A N/A 3
H-2B $300.00 A N/A N/A 3
H-2R $300.00 A Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 $300.00 A Multiple 60 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 $300.00 A Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 12 Months
N-9 None Multiple 12 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 $300.00 A Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 $300.00 A Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 $300.00 A Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 $300.00 A Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 $300.00 A Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 $300.00 A 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

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 Certificate

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Birth Certificate

Issuing Authority: Department of National Registration, Passport and Citizenship

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Green, Date Stamp, and a Unique Serial Number

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar General of Births, Deaths, and Marriages

Registration Criteria: Registration of birth is compulsory in Zambia. If a birth certificate was not issued at birth, but a hospital record of birth or baptismal certificate was obtained, an affidavit must be prepared by a member of the applicant's family having knowledge of the birth. The affidavit must be sworn to before an officer authorized to administer oaths. The hospital or baptismal certificate must be attached to the affidavit, and submitted to the Registrar General requesting issuance of a late birth certificate.

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages, P.O. Box 32311, Lusaka to obtain copies of birth certificates

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Death/Burial Certificate

Available

Fees:  There are no fees

Document Name: Death Certificate

Issuing Authority: Department of National Registration, Passport and Citizenship

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Green, Date Stamp, and a Unique Serial Number

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar General of Births, Deaths, and Marriages

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Death Certificates can be obtained by writing to the following address –
The Registrar General of Deaths, Births and Marriages
P.O. Box 32311
Lusaka

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificate

Available

Fees:

  • Civil Law $1.25 USD or 12 Zambian Kwacha
  • Customary Law $1 USD or 9 Zambian Kwacha

Document Name:

  • Civil: Certificate of Marriage
  • Customary Law: Marriage Registration Certificate

Issuing Authority:

  • Civil: District Council Office
  • Customary Law: (Local Court Office

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

  • Civil: Green and Yellow  with Date Stamp)
  • Customary law: Blue, Green, and/or Brown booklet with date Stamp

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

  • Civil: District Council Office
  • Customary Law: Local Court Clerk

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • Civil – Applicants apply for registration of a marriage to the Registrar of Marriages at any District Council Office across the Country.  The Registrar of Marriages issues a Certificate of Marriage. Applicant may optionally register the marriage with the Office of the Registrar General at the following address –
    The Registrar General of Deaths, Births and Marriages
    P.O. Box 32311
    Lusaka
  • Customary Law– Customary law marriages are contracted by paying a Lobola (bride price) with the consent of the families. These marriages are not registered. The parties involved may elect to have their marriages registered with one of the 600 local courts where a Local Court Magistrate will order that a Marriage Registration Certificate be issued. Customary marriage certificates appear different than a civil certificate

Certified Copies: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: There are two types of marriages in Zambia – Civil and Customary. Either is acceptable for immigrant visa processing

 

Divorce Certificate

Available

Fees:  

  • Civil: Fees to be determined by the High Court
  • Customary Law: $1 USD or 12 Zambian Kwacha

Document Name:

  • Civil: Divorce Decree Nisi or Divorce Decree Absolute
  • Customary Law: Divorce Certificate

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

  • Civil: Court Dissolution Orders are generally printed on size A4 paper
  • Customary Law: Accompanied by a Fee Receipt & Certificate of Judgement

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:

  • Civil: High Court of Zambia
  • Customary Law: Local Court Office

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • Civil Marriage – Only the High Court can dissolve marriages contracted under civil law. Applicants can contact the court in the area of Zambia where the divorce took place
    • Registrar of High Court
      P.O. Box 50067
      Lusaka, Zambia
    • Registrar of High Court
      P. O. Box 70004
      Ndola, Zambia
    • Registrar of High Court
      P.O. Box 60110
      Livingstone, Zambia
  • Customary Marriage – Marriages contracted under customary law can be dissolved by consent of family members or returning of the Lobola (bride price). These marriages can also be dissolved by the Local Courts. There are more than 600 Local Courts in Zambia. Below are 3 from the main provinces.
    • Lusaka Urban Local Court
      P. O. Box 31919
      Lusaka
    • Kitwe Provincial Local Courts Office
      P. O. Box 22042
      Kitwe
    • Livingstone Provincial Local Courts Office
      P. O. Box 60691
      Livingstone

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: There are two types of divorces in Zambia – Civil and Customary. Either is acceptable for immigrant visa processing

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees:  $15 USD or 101 Zambian Kwacha

Document Name: Adoption Certificate

Issuing Authority: Department of National Registration, Passport and Citizenship

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Green, Date Stamp, and a Unique Serial Number

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar General of Births, Deaths, and Marriages

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Equipped with the Adoption Order, the applicant applies in writing to the following address –

The Registrar General of Deaths, Births and Marriages
P.O. Box 32311
Lusaka

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Identity Card

National ID Cards

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name:  National Registration Card - NRC

Issuing Authority: Department of National Registration, Passport and Citizenship

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Green with a Unique Serial Number

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar - National Registration

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicant aged 16 accompanied by parent or guardian apply in writing to the following address –

The Registrar General of Deaths, Births and Marriages
P.O. Box 32311
Lusaka

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available

Fees:

  • Zambian Citizen - $20 USD or 168 Zambian Kwacha
  • Non-Zambian residents - $65 USD or 775 Zambian Kwacha

Document Name: Police Clearance Certificate

Issuing Authority: Criminal Investigations Department, Republic of Zambia Police

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: White with a Date Stamp

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Zambia Police Service, Criminal Investigation Division HQs, Criminal Records Office

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact the Zambian Police Headquarters at the following address –

Police Headquarters, Criminal Investigation Department
P.O. Box Ridgeway l04, Lusaka, Zambia

Applicants are required to submit a complete set of fingerprints for their application. If the applicant is outside of Zambia, they must be fingerprinted by a police officer in their country of residence. The fingerprint form must be signed by the officer and bear the stamp of the local police. The fingerprints, plus a written request for a police certificate should be sent to the address above. Fee payment for written requests must be by bank draft payable to the following-

Zambia Police, Criminal Investigation Department

P.O. Box RW 104, Lusaka, Zambia.

Turnaround time for requests is 7 working days. Further questions can be directed to the Criminal Investigations Department at the following numbers –

+260-211-252872, +260-211-253545, +260-211-253161, ext 259.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: Centralized criminal records are maintained at Police Headquarters. The Zambian Police issue certificates for any resident or former resident of Zambia which states whether a criminal record exists or not. If a record exists, it will give particulars of the offense. 

 

Court/Prison Records

Unavailable.

Military Records

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name:  Certificate of Discharge (Army or Air Force) or Clearance Certificate (National Service)

Issuing Authority: Zambia National Defense Headquarters

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

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no specific issuing authority personnel title.

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Requests for the appropriate certificate should be made to the following address. Applicants should specify their branch of service in the request.

Zambia National Defense Headquarters
Arakan Barracks
P.O. Box 1931
Lusaka, Zambia

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

Available: Regular and Diplomatic

Fees:

  • Diplomatic: No Fee
  • Regular
    • Ordinary 32 pages: $35 USD or 320 Zambian Kwacha
    • Ordinary Expedited: $55 USD or 520 Zambian Kwacha
    • 48 pages: $75 USD or 720 Zambian Kwacha

Document Name: Passport

Issuing Government Authority: Passport Office

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) with a digitized Photo

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Chief Passport Officer

Registration Criteria: Applicants must have a copy of their National Registration card

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicant apply in writing to any of the 3 passport office below –

Passport Office
PO Box 30104
Lusaka

Passport & Citizenship Office
PO Box 71519
Ndola

Regional Passport Office
PO Box 60098
Livingstone

Alternate Documents: Travel Document

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Other Documents Available: UNHCR Travel Document for Refugee 

Other Records

Not applicable

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Embassy

Address:

United States Embassy, Consular Section,
Subdivision 694/Stand 100
Ibex Hill Road, Lusaka
Zambia

Phone Number: +260-211-357000

Email: Consularlusaka@state.gov

Visa Services: All visa categories for Zambia

Comments / Additional Information: None

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Zambia.