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Democratic Republic of the Congo Reciprocity Schedule
A-1 None Multiple 24 Months A-2 None Multiple 24 Months A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months B-1 $150 A Multiple A 1 Month A B-2 $150 A Multiple A 1 Month A B-1/B-2 $150 A Multiple A 1 Month A C-1 $100 One 1 Month C-1/D $100 One 1 Month C-2 None One 1 Month C-3 None One 1 Month CW-1 None One 3 Months CW-2 None One 3 Months D $100 One 1 Month E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A E-2 2 None Two 3 Months E-2C None Multiple 3 Months F-1 $150 Multiple 1 Month F-2 $150 Multiple 1 Month G-1 None Multiple 24 Months G-2 None Multiple 24 Months G-3 None Multiple 24 Months G-4 None Multiple 24 Months G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months H-1B $250 Multiple 3 Months 3 H-1C $250 Multiple 3 Months 3 H-2A $250 N/A N/A3 H-2B $250 N/A N/A3 H-2R $250 Multiple 3 Months 3 H-3 $250 Multiple 3 Months 3 H-4 $250 Multiple 3 Months 3 I $250 Multiple 3 Months J-1 4 $250 Multiple 3 Months J-2 4 $250 Multiple 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 $250 Multiple 3 Months L-2 $250 Multiple 3 Months M-1 $150 Multiple 1 Month M-2 $150 Multiple 1 Month N-8 $150 One 3 Months N-9 $150 One 3 Months NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A O-1 $250 Multiple 3 Months 3 O-2 $250 Multiple 3 Months 3 O-3 $250 Multiple 3 Months 3 P-1 $250 Multiple 3 Months 3 P-2 $250 Multiple 3 Months 3 P-3 $250 Multiple 3 Months 3 P-4 $250 Multiple 3 Months 3 Q-1 6 None Multiple 3 Months 3 R-1 None Multiple 3 Months R-2 None Multiple 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
Country Specific Footnotes
Tiered Fee Schedule
$250.00 Multiple 3 Months
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.
Note: All civil records, with the exception of the Extrait du Casier Judiciaire, must be requested from the appropriate office in the district in which the event (birth, marriage, death, etc.) took place.
Birth, Death, Burial Certificates
Available. Birth certificates, Actes de Naissance or Extraits d'Actes de Naissance, together with records of marriage and death, are maintained by the District Registrar (Officier de l'Etat Civil). Acte de Notoriété Supplétif à un Acte de Naissance is also an acceptable birth certificate when a person was born before August 1986 and when it is accompanied by a Ordonnance d'homologation à un Acte de Notoriété Supplétif à un Acte de Naissance. The first registers were inaugurated on January 7, l886. They do not include natives of the Democratic Republic of the Congo still living in tribal conditions.
Extraits d'Actes de Deces or Actes de deces are available to the same extent and obtained from the same officials.
Marriage, Divorce Certificates
Available. Extraits d'Actes de Mariage, Actes de Mariage, or Attestation de Marriage are available and are issued and legalized by the same officials and for a fee comparable to birth certificates. It should be noted that some natives still believe in, and practice polygamy, despite the fact that the Democratic Republic of the Congo is officially a monogamous country.
Same-sex marriage is not recognized in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Available. Certificats de Divorce are obtained from the Registrar of Births, Deaths, and Marriages for the district in which the marriage occurred.
If the marriage occurred elsewhere than in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, proof of divorce may be furnished in the form of a certified copy of the Decree of Divorce issued by the Clerk (Greffier) of the Court in which the divorce was granted.
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Police, Court, Prison Records
Available. When requesting a police clearance, it is essential that the full name of the applicant's mother and father and their date and place of birth be included with the request. A penal record, Extrait du Casier Judiciaire, may be obtained from the Inspector General of the Criminal Police (Police Judiciaire) in Kinshasa. This document includes details of dates and courts of condemnation, nature of the offense and sentence imposed, and the possibility of deportation proceedings. It is signed on behalf of the Attorney General and bears the seal of the Attorney General or the office seal.
Available. Acte de Liberation is issued to all former prisoners upon their release, listing the crime for which they were convicted and the sentence imposed.
Passports & Other Travel Documents
The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo cancelled all non-biometric passports effective December 31, 2009. All passports with handwritten biographic pages are no longer valid, even if the validity date extends beyond December 31, 2009.
The DRC diplomatic/service passports utilize the same format as the DRC tourist passports.
The diplomatic passport is burgundy red, while the service passport is forest green, and the tourist passport is navy blue. All three passports have soft covers in the appropriate color. The color motif is printed in gold, beginning with the words -REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO - as well as a seal depicting a leopard's head suspended over top of a the outline of a ribbon printed with the words - JUSTICE, PAIX, TRAVAIL. To the left of the leopard's head is an elephant's tusk and to the right is a spear. The motif ends with the words - PASSEPORT DIPLOMATIQUE (diplomatic), PASSEPORTE DE SERVICE (service) or PASSEPORT (tourist).
These machine-readable passports now include a security laminate over the personal information page and are the same size as standard U.S. diplomatic, official and tourist passports. New DRC diplomatic/service passports are invalid if they are issued outside of Kinshasa, and/or have an issuance date before February 25, 2000. New DRC tourist passports may be issued by in-country DRC passport authorities in major cities as well as at DRC embassies/consulates outside of the DRC.
Previous versions of Zaire/DRC passports in circulation
There are many previous versions of Zaire/DRC passports still in circulation. At the request of the DRC Government, the following measures should be taken immediately in order to assist them in their quest to achieve a more perfect uniformity of passport issuance:
A. Diplomatic, service and tourists passports with a leopard's head motif that are any shade of green with the inscription - REPUBLIQUE DU ZAIRE - with either hard covers without a laminate (hard cover Zaire/DRC passports never have laminates) or soft covers with a laminate are no longer valid.
B. Diplomatic, service, and tourist passports with a leopard's head motif of any color with hard covers with the inscription - REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO- are no longer valid.
Visa Issuing Posts
Kinshasa, Congo (Embassy)
U.S. Embassy, Kinshasa
310 Avenue des Aviateurs
Tel: (Consular Section) 243-88-43608, extension 2164/2376 or 243-88-46859 or 44609.
Fax: 243-88-00228, 43467 or 03276.
Embassy Kinshasa processes IVs, NIVs, Diversity Visas and Visas 92 and 93 for all of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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.