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Zimbabwe Reciprocity Schedule
A-1 None Multiple 12 Months A-2 None Multiple A 12 Months A A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months B-1 None Multiple 12 Months B-2 None Multiple 12 Months B-1/B-2 None Multiple 12 Months C-1 None Multiple 60 Months C-1/D N/A N/A N/A C-2 None One 12 Months C-3 None One 12 Months CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months D None Multiple 24 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 24 Months F-2 None Multiple 24 Months G-1 None Multiple 12 Months G-2 None Multiple 12 Months G-3 None Multiple 12 Months G-4 None Multiple 12 Months G-5 1 None Multiple 12 Months H-1B None Multiple 36 Months 3 H-1C None Multiple 36 Months 3 H-2A None Multiple 36 Months 3 H-2B None Multiple 36 Months 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 12 Months J-1 4 None Multiple 24 Months J-2 4 None Multiple 24 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 24 Months M-2 None Multiple 24 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 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 120 Months V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8 V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
Country Specific Footnotes
None Multiple 3 Months
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 from the Registrar General, Central Registry for Passports, Citizenship, Births, Deaths and Marriages, P. Bag 7734, Causeway, Harare. There is no fee for a birth certificate for a child born in Zimbabwe up to the age of 6. For children born outside Zimbabwe the cost is $50. For replacement birth certificates the fee is $5 or for same day service $10.
- birth confirmation record from the hospital or clinic where the child was born
- both parent’s passport copies if parents are legally married
To replace a birth certificate
- Individual must submit the birth entry number, copy of birth certificate or an ID number
Available. To obtain a copy of a death certificate the Registrar General’s Office requires the following:
- Copy of ID for applicant
- Copy of birth certificate
- Death entry number or year and place of death
- Only the following may apply for a copy of a death certificate: Surviving spouse. If there is no surviving spouse then the parents of the deceased may apply. If no parents are available to apply, then the deceased’s children may apply. No other third-parties may apply for death certificates.
Fees: If a death entry number or year and place of death information is not available there is a $10 searching fee and a $5 fee for processing the death certificate. Processing time is 1-2 days.
Marriage, Divorce Certificates
Available. Full names of both parties and the date and place of marriage must be furnished. The U.S. recognizes legal civil marriages and customary marriages registered under the African Customary Marriage Act. Both of these types of marriages are registered with the Civil Registry and bestow equal rights under the law. Elements of the registered customary marriages include:
- That it is a marriage between black Zimbabweans,
- That it requires solemnization of the marriage, or authorization of marriage by a magistrate
- That the marriage must be registered
- That the marriage can only be dissolved in court
Unregistered customary marriages lack the legal rights and duties possessed by partners in a lawfully contracted marriage. Click here for more information on Zimbabwe’s Customary Marriages Act.
The Registrar will not perform a search for prior marriages for anyone (including the U.S. Embassy) except the individual being searched. To prove no prior marriages, an individual must present his or her birth certificate and pay a $30 fee as well as a $0.50 search fee for each year from the age of 11 for girls and from the age of 13 for boys.
Available. A divorce decree is obtained by appearing before the High Court. A third party can stand in for one or both parties. Even if one party is in default, a decree can still be issued. Note: the High Court did not computerize its system until the second half of 2013, so all documents produced before that date will have parts that are clearly typewritten using a different font from that of the pre-written text. The High Court will honor divorces that take place in another country even if the parties were married in Zimbabwe, as long as there is official proof of divorce. Certified true copies of divorce decrees are obtainable from one of the following addressees, depending on where the divorce took place:
For Harare divorce:
Registrar of the High Court
P.O. Box 8050
For Bulawayo divorce:
Assistant Registrar of the High Court
P.O. Box 579
Police, Court, Prison Records
Available. Centralized criminal records covering all of Zimbabwe are maintained at the Zimbabwe Republic Police, Criminal Investigations Department, P.O. Box CY 683, Causeway, Harare. The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) issues, upon application, a certificate that indicates whether or not a criminal record exists, and particulars of an offense recorded. Applicants must provide to the ZRP the following information:
- Copy of ID for applicant
- Full name
- Date and place of birth (town and country)
- National identification or passport number
- Last Zimbabwe residential and business addresses
- Date and place of entry into Zimbabwe
- One set of fingerprints
All residents or former residents of Zimbabwe are required to submit one set of fingerprints.
Fee: When applying for records locally, $10 is charged for police certificates with a turnaround of 7 days excluding weekends, holidays and date of submission; Twenty ($20) dollars for certificates with a turnaround of 3 days. Local applicants should submit their information in-person to:
Zimbabwe Republic Police
Josiah Chinamano & 10th Street
Harare. Tel: 700170/9 Fax: 724216
When applying outside Zimbabwe the fee is $75 payable to the following bank:
Standard Chartered Bank
Account number 8700216046400
Sort code: 5156
Swift code: SCBLZWHX
Turn-around time for police certificates for applicants applying outside Zimbabwe is 3 days from the day the fingerprint card is received and the CID has confirmed payment with their bank. Fingerprint cards may be sent to someone in Zimbabwe to submit on behalf of the applicant. For sending the police certificate back to the applicant outside Zimbabwe the applicant must send together with a fingerprint card a pre- paid self-addressed envelope by either DHL or FEDEX.
Available. Part of police certificate.
Available. A certificate of discharge for service either in the former Federal or in the Southern Rhodesia Armed Forces is obtainable upon application to the address of the appropriate service listed below.
Army Discharge Certificate
Zimbabwe National Army
A.P.A.R. P. Bag 7720
Air Force Discharge Certificate
Air Force of Zimbabwe
Headquarters P. Bag 7721
Passports & Other Travel Documents
All visa categories for all of Zimbabwe.
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.