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Togo Reciprocity Schedule
A-1 None Multiple 36 Months A-2 None Multiple 36 Months A-3 1 None Multiple 36 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 12 Months C-1/D N/A N/A N/A C-2 None Multiple 12 Months C-3 None Multiple 12 Months CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months D None Multiple 36 Months E-1 2 None Multiple 36 Months E-2 2 None Multiple 36 Months 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
Available. (“Acte de Naissance”) According to Togolese law #2009-010 related to Vital Statistics Bureaus Chart, all births must be declared within 45 days from the date of birth at the Town Hall (“Etat Civil”) of the place of birth, or at the Togolese consulate or diplomatic missions abroad (article 18). For individuals born in Lomé, the capital city, the birth should be registered at the mayor’s office (“État Civil Central de Lomé”). Otherwise the declaration should be made at the État Civil of the city or town of birth. The information of the birth is recorded in a register made of five leaflets. The bearer is given leaflet #5 (which used to be leaflet #4 until January 2010). In the absence of a birth certificate, a birth may be certified by two witnesses other than the parents in front of the president of the court of the city of birth. A request for a birth to be officially recorded after 45 days should be addressed to the local court (“Tribunal de Premiere Instance”) of the city of birth. The court order (a “Jugement Civil Sur Requête Tenant Lieu d’Acte de Naissance”) is then reported in the course of the same year to the Etat Civil of the town of birth in order for the individual to obtain an original birth certificate. This is called the “transcription”. For smaller towns, this request should be addressed to the prefecture of jurisdiction.
Note: According to strict interpretation of Togolese law, the transcription of a birth decree obtained at the court MUST be done during the year of issuance of the decree. Failing to do this, the bearer will be required to use the decree for life and can never get the original format (leaflet #5).
Copy Certified as Original (Duplicata servant d’original): In the case of a loss of birth certificate, the bearer may obtain a copy of the registrar (leaflet #1) at the Etat Civil. This copy will be certified by the appropriate authority and stamped in bold “DUPLICATA SERVANT D’ORIGINAL”. The duplicata may be used just as a normal original copy. No duplicata is needed while the normal original copy is still in circulation.
Reconstitution of Birth Certificates: Due to widespread document fraud and political unrest of the relatively recent past, some civil documents cannot be located or were improperly registered. To correct this situation, the court will annul improperly registered birth certificates and issue a new court decree, as if the individual had never obtained a birth certificate. This decree (Jugement Civil Sur Requête Tenant Lieu d’Acte de Naissance) must be recorded in the register of the same year of the Etat Civil of the town of birth in order for the individual to obtain an original birth certificate.
In order to rectify the situation of improperly registered and filed documents in various vital statistics bureaus in the country, the Headquarters of National Documentation (Direction Générale de la Documentation Nationale) cooperates with the Embassy to systematically verify all vital documents upon request.
Data Correction on Birth Certificates: Any data correction ordered by the president of the court through a “Jugement Civil Sur Requete Portant Rectification” must be recorded on the back of the original birth certificate, stamped and signed by the manager of the Etat Civil where it was originally issued. (See Section on Name Change for additional information).
Available. (“Certificat de Décès”). Any family member of the deceased may register the death and obtain a death certificate at the Town Hall (État Civil) of the place of death. Deaths which occurred in a village with no mayor’s office may be recorded at the Town Hall (Etat Civil) of the Prefecture. To obtain a death certificate, one must present the birth certificate of the deceased and the “declaration of cause of death” signed by the medical institution, which certified the death.
Marriage, Divorce Certificates
Available. According to the 2007 law on decentralization, the mayor of the town of residence of one of the spouses is authorized to officiate marriages. If the town has no mayor, the regional prefect (“Prefet”) is authorized to officiate marriages. However, local authorities have not uniformly complied since the law took force in 2007; therefore, some marriages officiated by prefets since 2007 are not legal under Togolese law. This is not necessarily a fraud indicator, as many couples affected by this situation did not know that the person who officiated their marriage was not authorized to do so. The supervising minister issued a circular in December 2012 to reinforce this law. Therefore, the Embassy rejects all marriage certificates issued by unauthorized officials as of January 2013 and requests the applicants annul the invalid marriage and remarry legally.. Specifically, marriages in the following towns may not be legal if they have been officiated by a prefet since 2013: Dapaong, Mango, Bassar, Kara, sokode, sotouboua Atakpame, Kpalime, Tsevie, Aneho Vogan Kante, niamtougou, Pagouda, Bafilo, Tchamba, Amlame, Badou, Notse, Tabligbo, Lome. Traditional marriages not officiated by civil authorities, common-law marriages, customary marriages, or marriage by proxy are not recognized under Togolese law. The marriage certificate (“Acte de Mariage”) sometimes includes two dates: the declaration date and celebration date. However, effective January 2015, all marriage certificates should only contain the celebration date.
Data Correction on Marriage Certificates: All data correction ordered by the president of the court of must be recorded on the back of the original marriage certificate, stamped and signed by the manager of the Etat Civil where it was originally issued.
Available. Divorces must be legally formalized by a judge. The court of the residence of one of the spouses pronounces divorce decisions, and the Mayor or Prefet at the registrar where the marriage was originally carried out will add a handwritten transcription to the marriage certificate. Parties may present the court’s decision for proof of divorce. Togolese law does not make a provision for divorces of unions that are not legally binding (i.e., traditional, common-law, or customary marriages).
Available. There are two types of adoptions in Togo: plenary (irrevocable) and simple (revocable). Only plenary adoptions are valid for immigration purposes. Since February 1, 2010, all new adoption cases in Togo must be completed under The Hague Adoption Convention process. Visit the website for more detail.
Acceptable Adoption Decree: The adoption decree is obtained at the end of a lengthy procedure through the National Committee for Adoptions in Togo (CNAET). A legal custody decree or a judgment conferring parental authority is not an adoption decree. Only the court, upon request of the CNAET, may issue an adoption decree. Therefore, a document establishing the biological parents’ consent for adoption obtained before a notary public is not a full and final adoption decree. Rather, it is one of several documents required by the formal adoption process.
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Police, Court, Prison Records
Available. For Togolese nationals, requests for prison records (Extrait du Casier Judiciaire) are addressed to the Senior Clerk (Greffier en Chef) of the court of their place of birth or the court having jurisdiction over their place of birth. For foreigners living in Togo, this document is called “Attestation de Non Condamnation.” Their requests must be addressed to the Greffier en Chef of the Courts of Appeals (Cour d’appel) of Lomé or Kara.
Same procedure for prison record, although the prison record carries more legal weight in Togo. Police records are valid for three months.
Available. Requests should be addressed to the Togolese Defense Headquarters (État Major).
Passports & Other Travel Documents
In August 2009, Togo began printing new passports. The new passport is International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) compliant, contains digital portrait biographical data, a gold seal on the back cover, and is machine readable. All passports are valid for five years and cannot be extended. Every traveler must have their own passport and children cannot be added to their parent’s passports. All passport applications are processed and issued by the Division of Passports under the Department of National Documentation (Direction Générale de la Documentation Nationale) in Lomé.
As of 2015, dual nationals are no longer required to obtain a tourist visa to Togo when they present a valid Togolese ID in addition to the passport of their current nationality.
Certificate of Legitimation
This certificate does not exist in Togo as children born in or out of wedlock are treated equally under Togolese law.
Change of Name
Names can be changed legally by the judicial authorities in each town, or at the court having jurisdiction over smaller localities. To change or add a first name, the applicant must submit a request directly to the President of the court in Lomé or the court of his/her place of birth specifying the change or addition to be made. To change a surname, the applicant must submit a written request to the Minister of Justice to obtain authorization. The Minister will issue a decree authorizing the surname change after publishing the request of surname change in the official newspaper. Once the Minister’s decree is released, the applicant may add it to his/her request to the President of the Court. Records of name changes are kept at the “Tribunal de Premiere Instance, 4eme Chambre Civile” in Lomé or the specific court where the change was registered.
Visa Issuing Posts
Lome, Togo (Embassy)
4332, Boulevard Gnassingbe Eyadema
CITE-OUA Lomé, Togo
B.P. 852, Lome
Tel: (228) 261-5470
Fax: (228) 261-5499
All visa categories for all of Togo.
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.