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Bosnia and Herzegovina 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 120 Months B-2 None Multiple 120 Months B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months C-1 None Multiple 12 Months C-1/D None Multiple 12 Months C-2 None Multiple 15 Days C-3 None Multiple 48 Months CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months D None Multiple 12 Months E-1 2 None Multiple 12 Months E-2 2 None Multiple 12 Months E-2C 12 None Multiple 12 Months F-1 None Multiple 24 Months F-2 None Multiple 24 Months G-1 None Multiple 60 Months G-2 None Multiple 60 Months G-3 None One 6 Months G-4 None Multiple 60 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 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 12 Months L-2 None Multiple 12 Months M-1 None Multiple 12 Months M-2 None Multiple 12 Months N-8 None Multiple 60 Months N-9 None Multiple 60 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
Birth ("Izvod iz maticne knjige rodenih") and death ("Izvod iz maticne knjige umrlih") certificates are available from the civil registrar ("maticar") having jurisdiction over the locality where the event occurred. If the event occurred abroad, the BiH citizen may report it to the BiH authorities and is then issued the corresponding document, listing the foreign country as the place of occurrence of the event.
Note: The practice in BiH has been that changes in civil status, such as divorce or name change are entered onto birth certificates. Thus, the BiH authorities usually require submission of a recently issued (within the past six months) birth certificate when BiH citizens request issuance of government documents.
Marriage, Divorce Certificates
Marriage ("Izvod iz maticne knjige vjencanih") certificates are available from the civil registrar ("maticar") having jurisdiction over the locality where the event occurred. If the event occurred abroad, the BiH citizen may report it to the BiH authorities and is then issued the corresponding document, listing the foreign country as the place of occurrence of the event. The fact that a marriage took place by proxy is not usually evident from the marriage certificate. Only civil marriages are legal in BiH.
Copies of divorce judgments are available from the court which decided the case. A divorce certificate is typewritten with the initial phrase, "In the name of the people" ("U ime naroda!"). Only divorces obtained through the civil courts are legal.
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As of October 31, 2005 the "old" identity cards (those issued based on the entity and cantonal regulations in BiH or those issued at the time of the former Yugoslavia) ceased to be valid. All BiH citizens over the age of 18, whose place of residence is in BiH, must carry an identity card ("licna karta"), which is issued by the CIPS (Citizens' Identification Protection System) office in their place of residence.
Police, Court, Prison Records
Available. A certificate (Uvjerenje) issued by the Ministry of Interior (Ministarstvo unutrasnjih poslova) shows whether the applicant has been convicted of any crimes and the articles of law involved. A similar document is issued by the Municipal Court (Opstinski Sud) of the district in which the applicant last resided, and shows whether the applicant is currently under investigation in any criminal matter. Visa applicants are required to obtain both documents.
Court certificates issued by some courts in the region of Herzegovina may be handwritten and certified with a court stamp. These certificates are considered valid in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
May not be available. A statement of the time spent in a correctional institution can be obtained from the prison in which a person was confined. It does not contain a report of his demeanor during imprisonment.
As of January 1, 2006, obligatory military service in BiH has been discontinued (BiH now has only a professional army). All men who in the past completed their obligatory military service (including the service in the former Yugoslav People's Army, "JNA") are in possession of so-called "military record books" ("vojna knjižica"), which lists the dates of their mandatory service, reserve duty, participation in wars, etc.
Passports & Other Travel Documents
The Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina issues tourist, official and diplomatic passports. Following the Swiss example, the text throughout is in four languages: Bosnia and Croatian (Latin alphabet), Serbian (Cyrillic), and English.
The passports are machine-readable and contain anti-fraud technology. The photo page is safeguarded by a colorful hidden image of the Bosnian crest in a diminishing left to right repetitive series that is visible only under a black light. The bearer's photo is photo-digitized and doubly protected from tampering by a global image imprinted on the lower left corner and initials "BiH" appear above the applicant photo. A watermark of the Bosnian crest is visible over the date and place of issue.
The front cover is dark blue with gold lettering and features a gold and blue version of the national crest bisected by a diagonal row of seven stars. The inside back and front cover are printed in multicolored ink that fluoresces, and the binding threads are fluorescing blue and yellow, the colors of the Bosnia and Herzegovina flag. Micro printing is included in the wavy design which is carried over from the front to the back cover.
There are 32 pages; each page number is incorporated into the design and printed at the lower right corner on each page. The passport number is perforated into the top of all the pages. When viewed under ultraviolet light, the letters "BiH" in Cyrillic and Latin alphabets appear in the center of the page, the page number appears on the left and right edges on each page, and a random pattern of confetti also appears.
The pages are imprinted with a stylized map of southern Europe and a diagonal line of stars in the pattern of the Bosnia and Herzegovina flag. The words "Bosna i Hercegovina" repeat in both Latin and Cyrillic script, across the pages. An oval is incorporated into the lower center of the page, with the words "Bosna i Hercegovina" in a smaller size font. Since November 2005, the practice of minor children being entered (on pages 30 and 31) in a parent's passport has been discontinued. However, this may still be seen in passports issued prior to that date which are still valid. Adult passports are valid for 5 years, and minor passports are valid for 2 years.
Visa Issuing Posts
Sarajevo, Bosnia (Embassy) -- Nonimmigrant, including K, and Immigrant visas
NIV and IV services for citizens and permanent residents of Bosnia only are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo.
All of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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.