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

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe
Republic of Zimbabwe

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 A 12 Months A
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-2 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D N/A N/A N/A
C-2 None One 12 Months
C-3 None One 12 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 24 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 24 Months
F-2 None Multiple 24 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 Multiple 36 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A 3
H-2B None N/A N/A 3
H-2R None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 36 Months 3
I None Multiple 12 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 24 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 24 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 None Multiple 36 Months
M-1 None Multiple 24 Months
M-2 None Multiple 24 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 None Multiple 36 Months
R-2 None 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 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


Available

Fees:  $5 for a replacement certificate, $10 for expedited same day service. All fees are paid in U.S. Dollars.

Document Name: Birth Certificate

Issuing Authority: Central Registry for Passports, Citizenship, Births, Deaths and Marriages

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: None

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar General

Registration Criteria: Registration requires the following documents:

  • Birth confirmation record from the hospital or clinic where the child was born

  • Both parent’s passport copies if the parents are legally married

  • Registration cost is free for a child born in Zimbabwe up to the age of 6. Outside of Zimbabwe births have a $50 fee
     

Procedure for Obtaining: Replacement or additional certificates may be obtained from the Central Registry for Passports, Citizenship, Births, Deaths and Marriages, P. Bag 7734, Causeway, Harare. Applicants must submit the birth entry number, copy of birth certificate, or ID number.

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents: None

Comments:
 

Death/Burial


Available

Fees:  $5. If a death entry number or year and place of death is not provided, there is a $10 searching fee.

Document Name: Death Certificate

Issuing Authority: Central Registry for Passports, Citizenship, Births, Deaths and Marriages

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There are two ink stamps on these certificates:  a date stamp and a statutory stamp.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar General

Registration Criteria: They are the same as the procedures for obtaining death certificates

Procedure for Obtaining: Copies of death certificates can be obtained by contacting the Central Registry for Passports, Citizenship, Births, Deaths and Marriages, P. Bag 7734, Causeway, Harare.

The following information must be submitted with the request:

  • Copy of ID for the applicant: ID for the person requesting certificate.

  • Copy of birth certificate: For the person requesting certificate.

  • Death entry number or year and place of death
     

Only the following may apply for certificate copies: Surviving Spouse, Parents of the deceased (only if there is no surviving spouse), children of the deceased (only if there is no surviving spouse or parents). No other third parties may apply for copies.

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions:  A death certificate is only given to children of the deceased born out of wedlock when they apply for a death certificate of their deceased father when the deceased first wife is also deceased.

Comments:  If the deceased is survived by two spouses only the first wife has the right to apply for the death certificate.

 

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage


Available

Fees: $15 for the marriage license at the Magistrate Courts and Minister s of Religion charge different fees.

Document Name: Marriage Certificate

Issuing Authority: Central Registry for Passports, Citizenship, Births, Deaths and Marriages

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is a left hand corner seal which is written HOME AFFAIRS on it.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar General

Registration Criteria: IDs for both parties to the marriage and IDS to the witnesses to the marriage

Procedure for Obtaining: Copies of marriage certificates can be obtained by contacting the Central Registry for Passports, Citizenship, Births, Deaths and Marriages, P. Bag 7734, Causeway, Harare. Full names of both parties and the date and place of marriage must be provided with the request. The Registrar will not perform a search for prior marriages for anyone (including the U.S. Embassy) except the individual being searched.

Certified Copies Available: They are available at a fee of $5.

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments:  The U.S. recognizes legal civil marriages and customary marriages registered under the African Customary Marriage Act.  Both of these types of marriages are registered with the Civil Registry and bestow equal rights under the law. 

Elements of the registered customary marriages include:

  • That it is a marriage between black Zimbabweans,

  • That it requires solemnization of the marriage, or authorization of marriage by a magistrate

  • That the marriage must be registered

  • That the marriage can only be dissolved in court

 

Unregistered customary marriages lack the legal rights and duties possessed by partners in a lawfully contracted marriage. Click here for more information on Zimbabwe’s Customary Marriages Act.
 

Divorce Certificates
 

Available

Fees: $5 filing fee

Document Name: Divorce Order

Issuing Authority: High Court of Zimbabwe

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: None

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: High Court Of Zimbabwe

Registration Criteria: A divorce order is obtained by appearing before the High Court.  A third party can stand in for one or both parties.  Even if one party is in default, an order can still be issued. 

Procedure for Obtaining: Certified true copies of divorce orders are obtainable from one of the following addressees, depending on where the divorce took place:

For Harare divorce:
Harare High Court
P.O. Box 8050
Causeway, Harare

 

For Bulawayo divorce:
Bulawayo High Court
P.O. Box 579
Bulawayo 

 

For Masvingo divorce:
Masvingo High Court
P.O. Box 326
Masvingo

 

Certified Copies Available: Yes

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments: The High Court did not computerize its system until the second half of 2013, so all documents produced before that date will have parts that are clearly typewritten using a different font from that of the pre-written text.  The High Court will honor divorces that take place in another country even if the parties were married in Zimbabwe, as long as there is official proof of divorce.

Identity Card

Unavailable.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records
 

Available

Fees: $10 with a turnaround time of 7 days ($20 for expedited processing with a turnaround time of 3 days) when applying locally. $75 if applying from outside Zimbabwe.

Document Name: Police Certificate

Issuing Authority: Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: No

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Only a signature appears on the police certificate

Registration Criteria: Fingerprints for the applying individual are needed

Procedure for Obtaining:

All Applicants must submit the following information: 

  • Copy of ID for applicant
  • Full name
  • Date and place of birth (town and country)
  • National identification or passport number
  • Last Zimbabwe residential and business addresses
  • Date and place of entry into Zimbabwe
  • One set of fingerprints
     

Local applicants – Turnaround time is 7 days, excluding weekends, holidays and date of submission. Expedited processing is 3 days. Application should be made in person at the following address.

Zimbabwe Republic Police
Criminal Investigations
Department Headquarters
Records Office
Josiah Chinamano & 10th Street
Harare.  Tel:  700170/9 Fax:  724216

Applicants outside Zimbabwe – Applicants residing outside Zimbabwe should mail their information to the address listed above. Turn-around time for police certificates for applicants applying outside Zimbabwe is 3 days from the day the fingerprint card is received and the CID has confirmed payment with their bank. Fingerprint cards may be sent to someone in Zimbabwe to submit on behalf of the applicant. For sending the police certificate back to the applicant outside Zimbabwe the applicant must send together with a fingerprint card a pre- paid self-addressed envelope by either DHL or FEDEX. The fee for a police certificate must be paid to the following bank.

Standard Chartered Bank
Highlands Branch
Account number 8700216046400
Sort code:  5156
Swift code:  SCBLZWHX

Certified Copies Available: None

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: No

Comments:  Someone residing inside Zimbabwe can apply on the applicant’s behalf by submitting the required information.

 

Court/Prison Records

 

Available

Comments: Prison Records are part of a Police Certificate in Zimbabwe. Please see Police Certificate for more information.

 

Court Records

 

Unavailable

Military Records

Military Records
 

Available

Fees: Free

Document Name:  Service Certificate

Issuing Authority: KG6, ZAPAR(Zimbabwe Army Pay and Records)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Logo of ZNA on all certificates

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Zimbabwe Army pay and Records(ZAPAR)

Registration Criteria: Record of Service or Discharge Certificate

Procedure for Obtaining:

Requests for discharge certificates should be made to the following address:

Army Discharge Certificate
Zimbabwe National Army
P. Bag 7720
Causeway, Harare

Air Force Discharge Certificate
Air Force of Zimbabwe
Headquarters P. Bag 7721
Causeway, Harare

Certified Copies Available

Alternate Documents: None

Exceptions: None

Comments: These documents are available to anyone who has served in the Army before or after Zimbabwe’s Independence.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Travel Documents
 

Types Available: Regular, Diplomatic and Official Passports

Fees: $53 for a regular passport with a turnaround time of a minimum of 3 months, $253 for a 3 day regular passport and $318 for a 24 hour regular passport. No fee for Diplomatic and Service passports.

Document Name:

Issuing Government Authority: Ministry of Home Affairs-Department of Registrar General

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Water Marks on biographical page

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar General’s Office for Passports

Registration Criteria: Original birth certificate for regular passports and a letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for either Diplomatic or Service Passports.

Procedure for Obtaining:

Alternate Documents:

Exceptions:

Comments:

Other Documents Available: 

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Contact Information


Post Title:
Embassy

Address: 

        Street Address:
        172 Herbert Chitepo Avenue
        Harare, Zimbabwe

        Mailing Address:
        PO Box 3340
        Harare, Zimbabwe
 

Phone Number: 

        Tel: (263-4) 250-593/4

              (263-4) 250-595 (After Hours)

        Fax:(263-4) 722-618 or (263-4) 796-488

 

Email: consularHarare@state.gov

Visa Services:

Comments / Additional Information:

 

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Zimbabwe.