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Equatorial Guinea Reciprocity Schedule
A-1 None Multiple 24 Months A-2 None Multiple 24 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 12 Months C-1/D None Multiple 12 Months C-2 None Multiple 12 Months C-3 None Multiple 12 Months CW-1 11 None Multiple 3 Months CW-2 11 None Multiple 3 Months D None Multiple 12 Months E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A E-2C 12 None Two 3 Months F-1 None Multiple 60 Months F-2 None Multiple 60 Months 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 12 Months H-1B None Multiple 12 Months 3 H-1C None Multiple 12 Months 3 H-2A None N/A N/A H-2B None N/A N/A H-2R None Multiple 3 Months 3 H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3 H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3 I None Two 3 Months J-1 4 None Two 3 Months J-2 4 None Two 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 Two 3 Months L-2 None Two 3 Months M-1 None Two 60 Months M-2 None Two 60 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 Two 3 Months 3 O-2 None Two 3 Months 3 O-3 None Two 3 Months 3 P-1 None Two 3 Months 3 P-2 None Two 3 Months 3 P-3 None Two 3 Months 3 P-4 None Two 3 Months 3 Q-1 6 None Two 3 Months 3 R-1 None Two 3 Months R-2 None Two 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.
Available. However, Equatorial Guinea does not yet have an established system of recording vital statistics. Furthermore, most Equatoguineans do not register births, marriages, divorces and deaths when they occur. In response to the growing demand of civil documents by Equatoguineans to satisfy for immigration, employment and other purposes, civil registry offices of the Ministry of Justice around the country have recently begun to issue civil documents in standardized formats on white A4 size plain paper. These documents are issued at any time after the event on the basis of information provided to the civil registry office by:
- the person requesting the document;
- a written testimony of an informant, usually the head of the local community (Presidente de Commudad de Vecinos) where the event took place, or their proxy; and
- witnesses who may or may not have direct knowledge of the events about which they are testifying.
Dates in these documents are often guessed. At best, they are only as good as the memory or written records of the informant or witnesses. At worst, the information in these documents can be completely false. The civil registries make no attempt to independently verify the testimony of informants and witnesses. Therefore, civil documents should be given no more weight than affidavits if presented in support of a relationship claim. Documents that were issued soon after the event are considered more reliable than so-called delayed certificates.
There may be a fee for each service.
Birth, Death, Burial Certificates
Available. Birth certificates (Certificación Literal de Inscripción de Nacimiento) are issued by the Ministry of Justice (Ministerio de Justicia, Culto e Instituciones Penitencias) or its provincial delegation of the city where the birth took place. Requests should be addressed to the civil registry (Dirección de Registros y Notariado) with a birth declaration from the hospital, a baptismal card, or the testimony of an informant or their proxy and witnesses. The request should include the child's name, time/date/place of birth, and parents' bio-information.
Extracts from birth records (Certificación en Extracto Acta de Nacimiento) are accepted. They should be signed by civil registry official and should bear the stamp seal of that office.
Before civil registries began to establish birth certificates, some births were declared and maintained by the church authorities especially the Roman Catholic Church. Baptismal cards that are old and were issued soon after the birth are considered more reliable and can be accepted as a birth document.
Marriage, Divorce Certificates
Available. Marriage certificates (Certificación Literal de Acta de Matrimonio Consuetudinario) are issued by the Ministry of Justice (Ministerio de Justicia, Culto e Instituciones Penitencias) or its provincial delegation of the city where the marriage took place. Requests should be addressed to the Civil Registry (Dirección de Registros y Notariado) and should include the bio-information of both parties and the date and place of the marriage. Traditional and religious (the church should be recognized by the local government) weddings are considered legal in Equatorial Guinea. The traditional marriage certificate is established and signed by the head of the local community (Presidente de Commudad de Vecinos) where the marriage took place. It should carry a stamp seal upon which is written "Commudad de Vecinos name of the district". For example: "Commudad de Vecinos Ela Nguema". The religious marriage is established and signed by the church official. These certificates usually accompany requests for a marriage certificate from the civil registry. Because these types of marriages are legal, traditional and church marriage certificates should be accepted.
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Police, Court, Prison Records
Available. The Equatoguinean police certificate is known in Equatorial Guinea as "Certificado de Antecedentes Penales."
If you are a national from Equatorial Guinea residing in Equatorial Guinea, you may apply in person at the Ministry of Justice.
If you are a national from Equatorial Guinea living outside of Equatorial Guinea, you should apply through the EquatoGuinean Consulate in the country where you are currently living or in a neighboring country. The EquatoGuinean Embassy will provide you with more specific information.
Third country nationals (TCN) legally living in Equatorial Guinea must apply in person at the Ministry of Justice. A TCN illegally living in Equatorial Guinea is unable to obtain a police certificate. There are no alternatives available for visa applicants needing EquatoGuinean Police Certificates who live illegally in Equatorial Guinea.
If you are a former legal TCN currently living outside of Equatorial Guinea, contact the consulate of your nationality in Equatorial Guinea. (Example: Cameroonian should contact the Cameroonian consulate in Malabo). The consulate will then contact the EquatoGuinean Ministry of Justice if that country has a reciprocal agreement with Equatorial Guinean for police certification. If Equatorial Guinea does not have a reciprocal agreement with this country, a police certificate is not available. A list of countries having reciprocal agreements with Equatorial Guinea is not available. Applicants must check with each individual consulate regarding their country's reciprocal agreement status.
If you are a former illegal TCN currently living outside of Equatorial Guinea, you cannot obtain a police clearance. There are no alternatives available for visa applicants needing EquatoGuinean Police Certificates who live illegally in Equatorial Guinea.
Available. Included in the Certificado de Antecedentes Penales (see Police Record).
Passports & Other Travel Documents
The Equatorial Guinean Foreign Ministry issues diplomatic and official passports which have respectively red and blue covers. Some official passports have brown covers.
Regular passports are issued by the Police. They have brown covers.
Equatorial Guinea passport are non machine-readable without a digital photograph. There are no security features.
Visa Issuing Posts
Malabo (Embassy) -- Nonimmigrant Visas
Carretera Aeropuerto, KM-3 (El Paraiso)
Carretera Aeropuerto, KM-3 (El Paraiso)
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
2320 Malabo Place
Washington, DC 20521-2320
Tel: (240) 098895
Fax: (240) 098894
Yaounde, Cameroon (Embassy) -- Immigrant Visas
Nonimmigrant Visas for all of Equatorial Guinea. IV applications for nationals of the Equatorial Guinea are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon.
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.