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Cambodia Reciprocity Schedule
A-1 None Multiple 12 Months A-2 None Multiple 12 Months A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months B-1 None Two 3 Months B-2 None Two 3 Months B-1/B-2 None Two 3 Months C-1 None Multiple 3 Months C-1/D N/A N/A N/A C-2 None Multiple 3 Months C-3 None Multiple 3 Months CW-1 11 None One 1 Month CW-2 11 None One 1 Month D None Two 12 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 Two 3 Months F-2 None Two 3 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 1 Month 3 H-1C None One 1 Month 3 H-2A None N/A N/A3 H-2B None N/A N/A3 H-2R None One 1 Month 3 H-3 None One 1 Month 3 H-4 None One 1 Month 3 I None One 3 Months J-1 4 None One 3 Months J-2 4 None One 3 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 One 3 Months L-2 None One 3 Months M-1 None Two 3 Months M-2 None Two 3 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 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.
Documents are available for all births, marriages and deaths since 1992. Documents are available for some births, marriages and deaths since 1980. Because all archives were destroyed during the regime of 1975-1979, no documents from those years are available.
The Cambodian government has embarked on a new civil registration campaign. The Ministry of Interior introduced procedural changes in August 2002, requiring all Cambodians to obtain a new version of certificates of birth, marriage and death. Persons with previously issued certificates are required to convert them to the new format. The old version of the certificates became invalid as of January 2007. Persons are issued colored original birth, marriage and death certificates. Additional official black-and-white certified true copies may also be requested.
Starting January 2007, the retroactive issuance of any certificates will be charged. Please note that such documents are based on information provided by the requestor.
By law, contemporaneous civil documents are issued free of charge. However, Cambodians are generally asked to pay some fees to officials to expedite the issuance of the documents.
Cambodian law expects citizens to retain their original civil documents for life. Using the originals, citizens may request official certified true copies at the Commune Councils where the originals were issued. Replacements for lost originals may or may not be available. Certified true copies should be available and will be titled “copy”.
Despite the changes, Cambodian documents are of poor quality, using low-tech and inexpensive methods. They are often prone to forgery. The Embassy may verify authenticity of a given document with the relevant authorities when necessary.
Birth, Death, Burial Certificates
Commune Councils are charged with issuing birth certificates. Cambodians are required to apply for the certificates at the Commune Council covering the area in which they reside, although the birth might have occurred in another area, such as the capital Phnom Penh. Birth certificates are issued to all Cambodian citizens. Cambodians who had never had a birth certificate prior to August 2002 and expatriate Cambodian will be issued "Certified birth certificates". Birth certificates and certified birth certificates are green in color.
Commune Councils are charged with issuing death certificates. Cause of death is not listed on Cambodian death certificates. Death certificates and the certified death certificates are yellow. Death certificates are issued based on a request from a requestor who provides proof of a death, such as a hospital record, accident police report, cremation certificate, etc. A certified death certificate is issued based on a request from a requestor who cannot provide proof of a death.
Marriage, Divorce Certificates
Commune Councils are charged with issuing marriage certificates. The date of registration is the legal date of marriage, not the date of the ceremony. The color of the marriage certificate and the certified marriage certificate is blue.
Divorce decrees are valid only when issued by the Provincial and Municipal courts. They are written in Khmer only – bilingual Khmer/en decrees are not valid. It is possible for either party to a divorce to designate a representative to appear for them in court (usually an attorney).
As of June 2007, all Cambodians over the age of 15 must have a national ID card. There are two versions of the card. Cards issued before October 2007 are laminated heavy paper. On the front, there is a dark red decorative border, a digitized picture, biographic information (in Khmer), a national ID number, and a stylized drawing of Angkor Watt temple radiating wavy lines. On the back, there is fingerprint, a red seal from the issuing office, and the signature of an official from the issuing office. After October 2007, cards are white plastic with no decorative border and a photograph of Angkor Watt temple – the other features are the same.
Police, Court, Prison Records
Police Records/ Criminal Records
Police records can be obtained at the Criminal Records Office of the Ministry of Justice, at #14, Samdech Sothearos (3). The individual requesting the police record must appear in person. However, if the individual is not currently in Cambodia, he/she can authorize someone to obtain the Police Record on his/her behalf. The processing time can be between 12 to 20 days, depending on the fee. Foreigners also can get a Police Record from the office. The original is green in color and is written in Khmer only.
Passports & Other Travel Documents
Matters regarding the use of Diplomatic, Official, and Normal Passports of the Kingdom of Cambodia under the Royal Government's sub-decree dated August 14, 2000, follow.
A diplomatic passport is issued only to dignitaries and Cambodian Government officials during official visits and missions abroad. In the case of dignitaries or government officials leaving the country for unofficial purposes, a Normal Passport is to be used.
Individuals, member of the families and their children under the age of 18 are eligible to hold a Diplomatic Passport. They are as follows:
- President and Vice President of the Senate
- President and Vice President of the Parliament
- President and Members of the Council of Magistracy
- Prime Minister
- Deputy Prime Minister
- Senior Minister
- Governor of Cambodian National Bank
- President of the Supreme Court
- Supreme Prosecutor
- Secretary General
- Deputy in Chief of Cambodian Armed Forces
- General Director of Cambodian National Police
- Dignitaries titled Samdech
- Former President and Vice President of the Parliament
- Former Prime Ministers
- Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Cambodian Diplomats working abroad
Individuals whose members of families are not eligible to hold a Diplomatic Passport are as follows:
- Members of the Senate
- Members of the Parliament
- Vice President of the National Election Committee
- Members of the Supreme Council of Magistracy
- Secretary Governor of the Cambodian National Bank
- Officials of the Public Functions ranking from Military Personnel in the position from the Head of General Department:
- Deputy in Chief
- Coalition Commander
- Coalition Deputy Commander
- Commander of Armed Forces
- Commander of Aviation Forces
- Commander of Navy Forces
- Commander of Police Forces
- Police Personnel whose rank is Deputy Director or National Police
- Counselors whose rank is from Under Secretary
- Former Deputy Prime Ministers
- Governors and Vice Governors of Phnom Penh Municipality
- Governors of Province
- Directors of Protocol Department of the King
- Prime Minister
- Parliament and Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Those eligible for an Official Passport are as follows:
- Government Officials
- Police personnel
- Monks for official visits or missions abroad
1- National High School Examination and Certificates
Cambodia has an annual national high school examination. No exams were held from 1975 to 1982. Official results certificates are issued by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport.
The exam is usually held sometimes in July and it is a 2.5 day exam. Applicants were tested on 9 subjects until 2005 and on 10 subjects thereafter.
It takes at least one year or longer to receive the formal certificate (“Certificate of Upper-Secondary Education”) after examinations take place, due to budgetary constraints and the workload related to the number of students who pass the exam each year.
Prior to the issuance of the formal certificate, “Certificate of Upper-Secondary Education”, the Ministry will issue a “Temporary Certificate” which formally called “Provisional Certificate of Upper-Secondary Education” or “Provisional Certificate of Senior Secondary Education” to all students no matter they passed or failed the exam. If they passed the exam, the certificate will say they passed the exam and it is vice versa for the applicant who failed the exam.
However, between year 2002 and 2006, instead of a “Provisional Certificate of Upper-Secondary Education”, the Ministry issued a “bulletin result or transcript” which was formally called a “Result of Examination of Diploma of High School” or “Result of Examination of Upper-Secondary Education” to all students who passed the exam. This was done because the workload of the Ministry was too high.
It takes about 2 months to receive “The Provisional Certificate of Upper-Secondary Education” or “The Result Examination of Upper-Secondary Education” after the examination takes place.
2- Formats of Certificates
a. Provisional Certificate of Upper-Secondary Education
The certificates issued in 2008 and 2009 are computer generated, in blue and multi- color ink, with a wet seal on A4 plain paper and a digital picture of the applicant.
The certificate issued in 2007 and before 2007 were also computer generated which were similar to 2008 and 2009 certificate. The differences are (1) the Ministry used a dry seal, (2) ¾ length sheet and (3) they did not use digital photo.
The “Provisional Certificate of Upper-Secondary Education” has no stylistic border and there is only one signature, which is the signature of director of department of secondary education.
The certificate issued in 2007 and afterward have the barcode at the bottom left of the certificate.
b. Result Examination of Upper-Secondary Education
The “Provisional Certificate of Upper-Secondary Education” and “Result Examination of Upper-Secondary Education” are largely the same.
Some “The Result of Examination of Upper-Secondary Education” issued in 2006 and before 2006 had photo of the student while some do not have. However, the photo is not a digital photo. The one issued in 2007 and after have a digital photo, all of them. Both styles are on A4 plain paper and computer generated, and most of information is in blue ink.
The “Result of Examination of Upper-Secondary Education” has no stylistic border and there is only one signature, a digital signature, which is the signature of the director of department of secondary education.
c. Certificate of Upper-Secondary Education
From 2002 up to the present, the Ministry has issued a “Certificate of Upper-Secondary Education” which contains information such as the student’s score for each subject studied, the grade for each subject, the number of subjects on the student’s exam, and a national percentile score. The background of the certificate is the logo of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (prior to 2002, there was no logo). The certificate is on A4 paper with a stylistic border, is generated primarily in blue ink (parts of the certificate are multicolored), has a digital picture of the student and a wet seal from the Ministry.
Visa Issuing Posts
Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Embassy)
All visa categories for all of Cambodia.
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.