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Bangladesh Reciprocity Schedule
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months A-2 None Multiple 60 Months A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months B-1 None Multiple 60 Months B-2 None Multiple 60 Months B-1/B-2 None Multiple 60 Months C-1 None Multiple 60 Months C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months C-2 None Multiple 12 Months C-3 None Multiple 60 Months CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months CW-211 None Multiple 12 Months D None Multiple 60 Months E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A E-2 2 None Two 3 Months E-2C 12 None Two 3 Months F-1 None Multiple 60 Months F-2 None Multiple 60 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 12 Months 3 H-1C None Multiple 12 Months 3 H-2A None N/A N/A3 H-2B None N/A N/A3 H-2R None Multiple 12 Months 3 H-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3 H-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3 I None Multiple 12 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 12 Months L-2 None Multiple 12 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 12 Months 3 O-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3 O-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3 P-1 None Multiple 12 Months 3 P-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3 P-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3 P-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3 Q-1 6 None Multiple 12 Months 3 R-1 None Multiple 12 Months R-2 None Multiple 12 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
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.
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.
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.
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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates
Available. Registration of birth is required in Bangladesh under Construct 21 Rules. The Government of Bangladesh has designated local registrar offices throughout Bangladesh for issuance of birth certificates. Applicants should contact the designated office in the locality where they were born. The authorized registrar office is usually the City Corporation, the Pourashava Office, the Union Porishad Office or the Cantonment Board. In some rural areas, the municipal Chairman's office provides registered birth certificates. The format of the birth certificate should include biographic data, the serial number of the register, the page number of the register where the data was recorded and the identity of person who registered the birth. Embassy Dhaka will not accept affidavits of birth from relatives, friends and neighbors.
Available. A registered death certificate is issued in compliance with the Construct 21 rules of the Government of Bangladesh. The Government of Bangladesh has designated local registrar offices throughout Bangladesh for issuance of death certificates. Applicants should contact the designated office in the locality where the deceased was buried. The authorized registrar office is usually the City Corporation, the Pourashava Office, the Union Porishad Office or the Cantonment Board. In some rural areas, the municipal Chairman's office provides registered death certificates. The format of the death certificate should have biographic information about the deceased, the serial number of the register, the page number of the register where the data, and the identity of person who registered the death. Embassy Dhaka will not accept death certificates from hospitals, clinics or doctors. If your spouse, previous spouse, or any family member related to your case is deceased, you must obtain the death certificate from the designated death registry office.
Marriage, Divorce Certificates
- Available/Unavailable: Available
- Fees: Marriage registration fees are fixed on the basis of Dower Money.
- For each 1000/- (One Thousand Taka) of dower money, registration fee is 12.50/- (Twelve Taka and Fifty Paisa)
- For each 1, 00,000/- (One Lac Taka) of dower money, registration fee is 1,250/- (One Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty Taka)
- After 4, 00,000/- (Four Lac Taka), for each lac registration fee is 100/- (One Hundred Taka)
Example: suppose Dower money is 1000/-, so registration fee shall be = 12.50/-, this calculation shall be applicable only up to 4 lac, after 4 lac, for every 1 lac 100 taka shall be added to main amount.
Dower money 1 lac taka, registration fee= 1,250/-
Dower money 4 lac taka, registration fee= 5,000/-
Dower money 5 lac taka, registration fee= 5,100/-
- Document Name:
- For Muslims: Nikah/Kabin Nama
- For Hindu/Buddhist/ Christians: Marriage Certificate
- Issuing Authority:
- For Muslims: Kazi office or Muslim Marriage Register officer
- For Hindu/Buddhist/ Christians: Certificate from City Corporation or Pourosobha Chairman or Certificate from a Priest of Church/Temple
- Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:
- The Nikah Nama is usually printed in blue color paper that includes information concerning the identity of the concerned parties as well as the identity of the person registering the marriage.
- Marriage registration with the City Corporation: A marriage certificate issued by a City Corporation registrar office prepared on a standard, government-printed form.
- Certification from a Priest of Church/Temple: A marriage certificate issued by the priest who solemnized the marriage or the administration of the Church/Temple where the marriage was solemnized. The format for these documents may vary.
- The above documents must contain information regarding the wedding ceremony and the information concerning the identity of the person registering the marriage.
- Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Nikah Register for Muslim marriage and Priest for Hindu/Buddhist/ Christian’s marriage.
- Registration Criteria:
- For Muslim marriages the applicants/parties should contact the Kazi office or the registrar who solemnized the marriage and register the marriage at once in marriage register book and give them a receipt of the marriage certificate/ Nikah Nama (Bengali and English version) to the parties for collecting the same. Where a marriage is solemnized by a person other than the Nikah registrar, the bridegroom of the marriage shall report it to the concerned Nikah Registrar within 30 days from the date of such solemnization, a person who contravenes this procedure shall be punished with a simple imprisonment which may extend to 2 years or with fine of 3000 taka, or with both under Muslim Marriages And Divorces (Registration) Act-1974.
- Procedure for Obtaining:
- Collection of Nikah Nama:
- Parties of the marriage can get Nikah Nama showing the marriage registration receipt after 1 week from the marriage. In case of an emergency Nikah Nama can be collected within a day.
- Of different religion:
- If the parties of marriage are from different religion then the "Special Marriage Act-III of 1872" is applicable for them. In that case, they have to contact different marriage registrar like Kazi. Here, Marriage Certificate is the principle and core document like other marriages. Hence, the concerned parties must observe their religion rituals and registration to solemnize a valid marriage.
- In the absence of specific Bangladeshi governmental instructions regarding Hindu/Buddhist/Christian marriage registrations, the applicant should contact Marriage registration with the City Corporation, priest who solemnized the marriage or the administration of the Church/Temple where the marriage was solemnized.
- Collection of Nikah Nama:
- Certified Copies Available: Yes
- Alternate Documents: N/A
- Exceptions: N/A
- For Muslims, the Nikah Nama (Bengali and English version) must be submitted to the Consular Section. If Nikah Nama in just in Bengali is submitted, applicant must submit Marriage Certificate from Kazi registrar in English.
- "Court Marriage" is a simple declaration before the 'Notary Public' through 'Affidavit' which requires stamp paper and signature of both parties. According to Bangladeshi Civil Law, all marriages in Bangladesh require appropriate Marriage Registrar. After registering the marriage the couple has to obtain marriage certificate. Marriage Certificate is the principle and core document of marriage. Keep in mind that the document and processes known as "Court Marriage" is the supplementary and additional document which has no value without marriage certificate.
- Mere Affidavits of marriage from applicants, relatives or family members is not accepted as to render the validity of a marriage in the eye of the law.
- Notary public authenticated documents have little worth to prove a legal claim. It basically ensures originality of a document or certifies a formal declaration.
Available. In the case of divorce in Muslim marriages, all divorces should be registered with the local Kazi office. Applicants must obtain the Talak Nama (Bengali and English version) from the Kazi office where the divorce was registered. In the case of Christian marriages, The Divorce Act of 1869 confers matrimonial jurisdiction on certain courts and permits divorce of Christians on specified grounds. Applications for divorce in these cases can be made to the High Court. For other religions in Bangladesh, there is no standard civil or religious authority for registering a divorce.
Not available. Adoption has not been permitted in Bangladesh since approximately 1981. Certificates of abandonment are no longer issued.
Police, Court, Prison Records
Available. In order to obtain a police certificate from Bangladesh, a fee of Taka 500 (for each police certificate) payable to Bangladesh Bank or Sonali Bank is required by the Government of Bangladesh. Applicants should contact their local police station with a copy of the fee receipt (TR form No. 6), their passports and an application requesting the Officer-In-Charge to issue a police certificate. The police certificate should be reviewed, cleared and signed by the Deputy Police Commissioner and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Bangladesh. The foregoing procedures may be changed at any time by the Government of Bangladesh. For additional instructions applicants should contact the local police station.
For Bangladeshis living outside of Bangladesh, you can obtain guidance concerning police records from the nearest Bangladesh Consulate or contact the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka for further information.
ARREST RECORD: If any applicant has prior arrest record(s), he or she should submit police certificate(s) showing a record of all arrests, the reason for the arrest(s), and the disposition of each case. The documentation must cite the section of law covering the offense.
Available only on request from the Embassy at Dhaka to the Inspector General of Prisons in the district where the prison is located. Contact Embassy Dhaka for additional information.
Passports & Other Travel Documents
Visa Issuing Posts
Dhaka, Bangladesh (Embassy)
Tel: (880) (2) 885-5500 through 885-5522
Fax: (880) (2) 882-3744
All visa categories for all of Bangladesh.
The workweek is Sunday through Thursday.
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.