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Tunisia Reciprocity Schedule
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months A-2 None Multiple 60 Months A-3 1 None Multiple 12 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 60 Months C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months 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 60 Months E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A E-2 2 None Multiple 60 Months E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months F-1 None Multiple 60 Months F-2 None Multiple 60 Months G-1 None Multiple 60 Months G-2 None Multiple 60 Months G-3 None Multiple 60 Months G-4 None Multiple 60 Months G-5 1 None Multiple 12 Months H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3 H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3 H-2A None Multiple 60 Months 3 H-2B None Multiple 60 Months 3 H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3 H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3 H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3 I None Multiple 60 Months J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months J-2 4 None Multiple 60 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 60 Months L-2 None Multiple 60 Months M-1 None Multiple 60 Months M-2 None Multiple 60 Months N-8 None Multiple 60 Months N-9 None Multiple 60 Months NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3 O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3 O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3 P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3 P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3 P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3 P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3 Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3 R-1 None Multiple 60 Months R-2 None Multiple 60 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.
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 only when the birth was reported and recorded. Compulsory registration of births of Tunisian Moslems and Tunisian Jews began on December 30, 1908. This measure was extended on August 1, 1957, to all births, regardless of faith, nationality or race. Birth certificates (Extrait de Naissance) are obtainable from the Office of the Registrar (Bureau de l'Etat-Civil) where the birth occurred.
Persons of European descent born in Tunisia before August 1, 1957, whose births were not recorded with the appropriate Office of the Registrar may have their births recorded in their respective Consulates in Tunis. The French Consulate in Tunis appears to have records of all French citizens as of January 1, 1920. The Italian Consulate in Tunis maintains records of birth from 1873, provided the birth was reported.
The Prelature of Tunis maintains records of all persons of the Catholic faith baptized in Tunisia. Such records when visaed by the respective Consulate, are considered legal birth certificates.
Available. Request for Death Certificate should be addressed to the Office of Registrar (Bureau de l'Etat-Civil) where the death occurred.
Marriage, Divorce Certificates
Available for all marriages celebrated in Tunisia on or after August 1, 1957, regardless of the race, religion, or nationality of the contracting parties. They are obtainable from the Office of the Registrar (Bureau de l'Etat-Civil) where the marriage was performed.
In order for a foreign national to get married in Tunisia, the non-Tunisian will have to produce his or her passport, birth certificate, proof of legal capacity to enter into a marriage contract, and a prenuptial marriage certificate (certificate pré-nuptial/ chahadatou el tobya li ittimam el zaouaj الشهادة الطبية لأتمام الزواج ). The groom must be over 20 years of age and the bride over 17. If the bride was previously married, at least three months must have elapsed since her last divorce before she can register a new marriage. Marriage between foreign non-Muslim men and Tunisian Muslim women is forbidden unless the man converts to Islam.
The civil marriage takes place at the registrar (Mairie/ Baladya البلدية) at any local town hall (في أي بلدية كانت ليس بالضرورة التابعة لمكان الاقامة). A civil marriage certificate (certificate de marriage/madhmoun zaouaj مضمون الزواج) is provided. Copies of the marriage certificate are available from any town hall in Tunisia.
For traditional marriages, the contract is signed by a notary public (Notaire/Adel ichhad عدل اشهاد), and a marriage contract (contrat de marriage/aked zaouaj عقد زواج) is issued.
This marriage contract is not valid unless it is registered at the Town Hall (Mairie / Baladia البلدية). After registering the marriage at the town hall, the bride and groom may obtain a civil marriage registration (Certificate de marriage/, madhmoun zaouaj مضمون زواج).
Marriages which took place prior to August 1, 1957:
With regard to Tunisian Moslems or Tunisian Jews: If the marriage was celebrated before the magistrate in charge of the Office of the Registrar, application should be made to the office (Bureau de L'Etat-Civil) where the marriage took place. If the marriage was celebrated by a Cadi or a Rabbi or before two Moslem or Rabbinical notaries, the parties may apply for their marriage certificates or notarial acts to the Tribunal of First Instance of the place where the marriage took place.
With regard to persons of European descent: If their marriage was celebrated before the magistrate in charge of the Office of the Registrar, application should be made to the office (Bureau de l'Etat-Civil) where their marriage took place. If the marriage was celebrated by the Controleur Civil, the marriage record may be obtained from the French Consulate General in Tunis.
The Prelature of Tunis maintains records of all Catholic marriages celebrated in Tunisia.
Available. All persons divorced in Tunisia, whether of Moslem or Jewish faith or of European descent may apply to the Office of the Registrar (Bureau de l'Etat-Civil) where the divorce was rendered.
The Tunisian Government no longer grants permission to foreign nationals to adopt Tunisian children.
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Police, Court, Prison Records
Police and Prison Records
Available . An extract from the Judicial records (Extrait du Casier Judiciaire), a combined police and prison record is available to:
- Nationals of Tunisia;
- Foreigners born in Tunisia; and
- Foreigners presently residing in Tunisia
These documents are issued by the Direction de la Surete Nationale, Service d'identification, Tunis. The interested party must file an application either directly to the above-named issuing service or to the Tunisian Embassy or Consulate abroad having jurisdiction over the place of residence of the applicant. In support of such a request, the applicant must present an identity document such as a birth certificate, identify card, passport, etc. The Tunisian authorities do not issue police records to former foreign residents, unless they were born in Tunisia. In the case of a former foreign resident not born in Tunisia, the Tunisian authorities transmit any criminal record or other derogatory information to authorities with jurisdiction over the foreigner's birthplace.
Available. The Bitaket Sirah is merely a discharge certificate issued to anyone who performed military service. It does not include a conviction before a court-martial. Crimes committed while performing military service will appear in the ordinary police records. Applications for Tunisian military discharge certificates should be addressed to the Ministere de la Defense Nationale (Tunisian Ministry for Defense), Tunis.
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Passports & Other Travel Documents
The Government of Tunisia considers as valid, only those Tunisian passports issued on or after July 26, 1985.
Visa Issuing Posts
Tunis, Tunisia (Embassy)
All visa categories for all of Tunisia
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.