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Afghanistan Reciprocity Schedule
A-1 None Multiple 12 Months A-2 None Multiple 12 Months A-3 1 None Multiple 3 Months B-1 None Multiple 12 Months B-2 None Multiple 12 Months B-1/B-2 None Multiple 12 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 24 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 12 Months F-2 None Multiple 12 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 12 Months J-2 4 None Multiple 12 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 One 3 Months L-2 None One 3 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 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
Visa Category Footnotes
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:
- G-1 through G-4
- NATO 1 through NATO 6
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.
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.
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)
The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.
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.
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.
Protracted wartime conditions and the absence of an established central authority have made document availability and reliability very uncertain. In the absence of any form of registry, most documents are produced at the request of the applicant. The applicant usually produces his own witnesses that attest to the information. Based on this statement by the applicant and their witnesses, the document is issued.
Birth, Death, Burial Certificates
Availability and veracity varies widely. Only recently have some hospitals in major cities started to provide birth records. Each hospital will issue a different type of birth certificate. If a birth certificate is not obtained immediately after a child's birth, they are difficult to acquire later on. It is not unusual for the child's mother not to be listed. Usually only the father is listed. The process of issuing birth certificates has not yet been standardized across Afghanistan.
Applicants may also provide the national identity card, or tazkera, in place of a birth certificate as described below under Other Records. If provided, these documents should be accompanied with verification from the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and an English translation of the document.
Marriage, Divorce Certificates
Availability varies widely. Marriages are registered at courts and records are maintained in green booklets that provide information on the bride and groom. Prior to 1966 marriages were seldom recorded and even now are often only recorded when proof of marriage is required for such purposes as immigration. The green booklet ("Nekah") can only be obtained after the marriage is registered and before the couple has children. Once the couple produces offspring, a "Waseeka," printed on white paper will be provided. Old versions of the Nekah may be white or yellow booklets. Outside of major cities the wife may not be involved in the marriage registration process and will likely not know what a marriage certificate is or who the witnesses were. NOTE: During the war years many Afghan marriages took place in Pakistan, specifically Peshawar.
May be available. In urban areas divorces that are sanctioned by courts are recorded, but the availability of records is uncertain. Court records may or may not exist. It should be noted that divorce in Afghanistan is rare and according to the most recently available statistics, only 1% of the Afghan population seeks divorce.
The most universal and accurate document in Afghanistan is the national identity card (tazkera). The older version of the tazkera is a small, stapled booklet, while the newer version is a single sheet of paper. In addition to the name of the individual, the father's and paternal grandfather's names are provided. The mother's name is usually not listed. The year of birth (approximate for older persons) and marital status are also listed. Days and months of birth are routinely not used in Afghanistan. It is not unusual for individuals to not have a tazkera until they need one for such activities as school registration or immigration.
Police, Court, Prison Records
Unavailable. Military records kept by previous governments have reportedly been destroyed.
Passports & Other Travel Documents
Afghanistan's passport is a blue (tourist), darker blue or dark orange (official), black (diplomatic), green (trade), or red (service and/or student) booklet with handwritten biodata on the second and third pages. Tourist passport numbers start with OA or OR, diplomatic passports start with D, and student and service passports start with S. While Diplomatic passports are currently tightly controlled, Service passports are less so. Page two shows the handwritten name of the passport holder in Dari and English. There is no standardization of the transliteration of the name. Misspellings of basic information is not unusual. It is not unusual for an Afghan to use an alias entirely different from the name in the passport. While Afghanistan issues "student" passports, a "student" passport is not required to issue student visas. A father's name may also appear but is not used in visa issuance. Page three has the photo and other biodata and is covered by a simple laminate. The following pages show validity dates, physical characteristics, and have space for a wife and children. Security features are minimal but include microprinting, the passport number punched through interior pages, and a UV feature that reads, "Republic of Afghanistan" in Dari and English along with a seal on each page. The last two types of passports (trade and student) are being phased out as of 2011 but may still be in use. The booklets themselves date from the time of the Soviet occupation and are still being issued. Although, the Government of Afghanistan has announced plans to begin production of machine-readable tourist passports, it is not clear when this will begin.
Afghan passports issued by offices under Taliban control or under the Mujahadeen are no longer valid. These passports have all expired, in any case. Passports issued by other Afghan embassies and consulates under the direction of the Northern Alliance before and during that 1996-2001 time period are considered valid. These too would have since expired. Visas may be issued in all Afghan passports issued prior to September 1996 and after October 2001. Handwritten passports will no longer be accepted for SIV and IV applicants.
Visa Issuing Posts
Kabul, Afghanistan (Embassy)
All non-immigrant visa applications for nationals of Afghanistan are now processed by the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, to include petition-based visas. As of May 1, 2011, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul also processes immigrant visa applications for nationals of Afghanistan.
Applications already assigned for interview, or waiting for processing based on an interview already conducted at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan or other Embassies for Afghan citizens will continue to be processed there.
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul is located at Great Masood Road between Radio Afghanistan and the Ministry of Public Health. The road is also known as Bebe Mahro (Airport) Road. The U.S. Embassy provides routine American Citizen Services, including passports, notarial services, and CRBAs. Security considerations limit Consular officers' mobility and ability to provide emergency consular services, and Afghan authorities can provide only limited assistance to U.S. citizens facing difficulties.
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.