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Senegal Reciprocity Schedule
A-1 None Multiple 36 Months A-2 None Multiple 36 Months A-3 1 None Multiple 24 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 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 Multiple 12 Months CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months D None Multiple 48 Months E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A E-2 2 None Multiple 12 Months E-2C 12 None Multiple 12 Months F-1 None Multiple 36 Months F-2 None Multiple 36 Months G-1 None Multiple 36 Months G-2 None Multiple 36 Months G-3 None Multiple 36 Months G-4 None Multiple 36 Months G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months H-1B None Multiple 12 Months 3 H-1C None Multiple 12 Months 3 H-2A None Multiple 12 Months 3 H-2B None Multiple 12 Months 3 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 36 Months M-2 None Multiple 36 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 60 Months V-2 None Multiple 60 Months 8 V-3 None Multiple 60 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.
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. The certificate is obtained from the office of the Mayor (la Mairie) where the birth took place. The Extrait du Registre des Actes de Naissance is included in a summary document entitled Etat Civile. Births registered within 45 days of the event will show the registry number, names of the child and both parents, as well as the date and time of birth.
Note: (If the father's name does not appear, or if the child carries the mother's surname, then the child is not recognized by the father).
Births registered between 45 days and up to one year following the birth will have the statement 'Declaration Tardive' written at the top of the form. If a birth is not registered within one year, the parents must petition the Courts for permission to register the birth. If approved, parents must register with the office having jurisdiction over the place of birth. The fact that the birth was registered by court judgment will be reflected on the Extrait. If the applicant was born in a place other than Dakar, a birth certificate may still be requested through the Dakar City Hall. There may be a fee for this service.
Note: On the reverse side of the Etat Civil document is a section entitled 'Mentious Marginales' for recording all the significant civil acts that take place in a person's life, e.g. marriage, birth of children, divorce, etc. Few of the forms, however, will have this information, as the applicant must travel to his or her home district to have the information recorded, despite the fact that the act itself may have occurred in another region.
The 'Bulletin de Naissance' is a summary document, which records the registry number, the child's name, parents' names, and date and hour of birth. The Bulletin de Naissance does not indicate late registration of a birth. There may be a fee for this service.
Available. The Extrait du Registre des Actes de Deces may be obtained from the office of the Mayor, where the event took place. There may be a fee for this service.
Marriage, Divorce Certificates
Available. The Marriage Certificate can be obtained from the office of the Mayor where the marriage took place. There are two types of marriage certificates in Senegal: a 'Certificat de Mariage Celebre' indicates that the marriage was registered the same day as the ceremony took place. The 'Certificat de Mariage Constate' reflects that the marriage was registered at a time subsequent to the date of marriage. If the applicant was married in a place other than Dakar, a marriage certificate may still be requested through the Dakar City Hall. There may be a fee for this service.
Available. A Divorce Certificate (Extrait de Divorce) may be obtained from the Office of the Mayor. A Divorce Judgment (Jugement de Divorce) may be obtained from the Greffier de Tribunal Civil where the judgment was pronounced. There may be a fee for this service.
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Police, Court, Prison Records
Available. A judicial record (Extrait de Casier Judiciaire) equivalent to a police certificate for citizens of Senegal may be obtained in person or by writing to the civil court in the region where the applicant was born. The civil courts of Senegal's regions are in the following regional capitals: Dakar, Diourbel, Kaolack, Fatick, Kolda, Louga, St. Louis, Tambacounda, Thies and Ziguinchor. (An eleventh region: Matam, is in the process of being implemented. A fee of CFA 380 is required for the processing of the judicial record and it normally takes 24 hours to process the request.
Felony records are expunged ten years following completion of the sentence; misdemeanors are expunged five years following completion of the sentence; traffic offenses are expunged two years after the offense.
Foreigners can obtain a police record, (Extrait de Casier Judiciaire Special), from the Greffier de la Cour D'Appel Du Tribunal Departemental de Dakar, Bloc Des Madeleine, Avenue Andre Peytavin, Dakar, Senegal. The same fee of CFA 380 is collected for the service. Foreigners need to include a form of photo ID and the names of their parents with the request for the police report. It takes two days to one week to process this request. For foreigners in Senegal, they can pay the fee directly at the court. For former residents currently living outside of Senegal who are requesting the police report from abroad, the fee must be paid by bank draft.
Senegal's system for records of convictions is not automated. Searches for police certificates are conducted manually through the tribunal's log books. Convictions are indexed by name. All convictions for foreigners are centralized at the "Section Des Etrangers" (Foreigners' Section).
Available. Prison records are included in the judicial record (Casier Judiciaire). See POLICE RECORD.
Available. (Certificat de Position Militaire) Documents concerning the military service are obtainable from the Bureau de Recrutement, l'Etat Major-General, Camp Dial Diop, Dakar. There may be a fee for this service.
Passports & Other Travel Documents
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Visa Issuing Posts
Dakar, Senegal (Embassy)
U.S. Embassy at Avenue Jean XXIII
Tel: (221) 823-4296
Fax: (221) 822-5903
All visa categories for all of Senegal. In addition, Dakar provides immigrant visa services for the following areas:
- The Gambia
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.