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Sierra Leone 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 36 Months B-2 None Multiple 36 Months B-1/B-2 None Multiple 36 Months C-1 None Multiple 60 Months C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months C-2 None Multiple 36 Months C-3 None Multiple 36 Months CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months D None Multiple 60 Months E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 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 36 Months H-1B None Multiple 36 Months 3 H-1C None Multiple 36 Months 3 H-2A None N/A N/A 3 H-2B None N/A N/A 3 H-2R None Multiple 36 Months 3 H-3 None Multiple 36 Months 3 H-4 None Multiple 36 Months 3 I None Multiple 36 Months J-1 4 None Multiple 36 Months J-2 4 None Multiple 36 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 36 Months L-2 None Multiple 36 Months M-1 None Multiple 36 Months M-2 None Multiple 36 Months N-8 None Multiple 36 Months N-9 None Multiple 36 Months NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A O-1 None Multiple 36 Months 3 O-2 None Multiple 36 Months 3 O-3 None Multiple 36 Months 3 P-1 None Multiple 36 Months 3 P-2 None Multiple 36 Months 3 P-3 None Multiple 36 Months 3 P-4 None Multiple 36 Months 3 Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3 R-1 None Multiple 36 Months R-2 None Multiple 36 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.
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 and Death Certificates
Available. A certified copy of an entry in the register of births or deaths may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar of Births and Deaths, 3 Wilberforce St., Freetown. Local registrars record births and deaths outside of Freetown. When registry volumes are full, usually after a period of several years, they are forwarded to the central archives of the Freetown registrar. Thus, records of recent births and deaths outside Freetown are available only at the local registries.
Marriage, Divorce Certificates
Available. Four types of marriages are recognized as legal in Sierra Leone: civil, native (also called customary), Moslem and Christian. All civil and Christian marriages are required to be registered. Certified copies of certificates of registered marriages are available from the Office of the Registrar General, Walpole Street, Freetown. Certificates of Moslem marriages are also available from the mosque where they were performed; a certificate of a native marriage may also be obtained from the local authority that sanctioned the marriage.
Available. Divorces of people married in civil and Christian ceremonies must be granted by the courts, and therefore are registered. Certified copies of these divorce decrees are available from the Master and Registrar, High Court, Freetown. A certificate of Moslem divorce may be obtained from the mosque that sanctioned the divorce, and a certificate of native divorce may be obtained from the local authority that sanctioned the divorce. If a Moslem or native divorce was also registered with the civil authorities, a certified copy may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar General, Walpole Street, Freetown.
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Police, Court, Prison Records
Available. Police records are available at the Criminal Investigation Department at No. 1 Pademba Road. For Sierra Leone passport holders, a police clearance certificate fee is LE 50,000; for foreign nationals the fee is LE 150,000. The certificates are usually available on the same day they are requested.
Available. May be obtained from the Director of Prison, Prison Headquarters, New England, Freetown.
Available. May be obtained from the Records of Officer, Republic of Sierra Leone Military Forces, Wilberforce, Freetown.
Passports & Other Travel Documents
Effective June 05, 2002, only machine-readable Sierra Leonean passports will be valid for travel. The bio data page contains a photodigitized picture of the bearer as well as a smaller copy of the same photo.
Immigrant Visas: 9 FAM 42.64 discusses passport requirements for immigrant visa applicants. Generally, the passport must be valid for at least sixty (60) days beyond visa validity. The Government of Sierra Leone decision on passport validity produces the following results:
If the alien is exempt from the passport requirement under 9 FAM 42.2, post may continue to process the case despite the presentation of the old passport, but post must annotate the visa properly to indicate that the visa was issued based on a passport exemption (see 9 FAM 42.64 PN1).
In most other cases, no immigrant visas can be issued if an old passport is presented because it is impossible for the passport to be valid for sixty days beyond the visa's expiration date. In such cases, the alien must either be required to obtain a new, machine-readable Sierra Leone passport or the alien must apply for and obtain an individual passport waiver under 22 CFR 42.2(g).
Nonimmigrant Visas: Unless the alien benefits from a waiver of the passport requirement, posts may not issue nonimmigrant visas to applicants bearing non-machine-readable Sierra Leone passports because INA 212(a)(7)(B) requires nonimmigrant visa applicants to have a passport with at least six months of validity. Posts are reminded that, for nonimmigrant visa applicants who are unable to obtain a machine-readable Sierra Leone passport and who are otherwise qualified for a visa, they may consider recommending an emergency passport waiver to INS under 212(d)(4) if the purpose of travel is of compelling humanitarian or USG concern. Such a visa would be issued on Form OF-232.
Visa Issuing Posts
Freetown, Sierra Leone (Embassy)
The U.S. Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone processes family-based immigrant visas, diversity visas, and nonimmigrant visas.
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.