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U.S. Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country

Burundi

Burundi
Republic of Burundi

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V
 
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 12 Months
A-2 None Multiple 12 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 None One 3 Months
B-2 None One 3 Months
B-1/B-2 None One 3 Months
C-1 None Multiple 3 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 3 Months
C-2 None Multiple 3 Months
C-3 None Multiple 3 Months
C-W-1 None Multiple 12 Months
C-W-2 None Multiple 12 Months
D None One 3 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12      
F-1 None Multiple 12 Months 
F-2 None Multiple 12 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 N/A N/A3
H-2B None N/A N/A3
H-2R None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 36 Months 3
I None One 3 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 3 Months
L-2 None Multiple 3 Months
M-1 $40.00 Multiple 12 Months 
M-2 $40.00 Multiple 12 Months 
N-8 None Multiple 3 Months
N-9 None Multiple 3 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 3 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 3 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 3 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 3 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 3 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 3 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 3 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 3 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 3 Months
R-2 None Multiple 3 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
T-D 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

▲. F, J and M validities cannot exceed the length of the student's course of study.

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.

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Visa Category Footnotes

  1. 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:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. 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.  

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    Canadian Nationals

    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

    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, Libyan, Somalian, Sudanese, Syrian or Yemeni 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.

  6. 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.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. 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.

  9. 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)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. 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.

  12. 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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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees: 10,000 Burundi Francs (Bif) – Acte de Naissance/ 1,000 Bif for Extrait d’Acte de Naissance.

Document Name: Acte de Naissance (Birth Certificate) – Copie Intégrale.

Issuing Authority: Bureau d’Etat-Civil, Mairie de Bujumbura (Civil Registry Office within the Mayor’s Office)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The original copy is on A3 white paper with a margin on the left side for the number and name of the zone office.  The document is stamped with a 1 ½-inch circular blue ink stamp with the words “REPUBLIQUE DU BURUNDI – Municipalité de Bujumbura” in the bottom right corner over the signature of the officer.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Officier d’Etat-Civil (Civil Registry Officer)

Registration Criteria: The Civil Registry officer requires a hospital birth certificate identifying the name of the mother and gender of the child within 10 days of the child’s birth to register the child’s name. If a child’s parents do not register the birth within 10 days, they must petition the court for the child to be registered before obtaining an Acte de Naissance.

Procedure for Obtaining: Original records are kept in a numbered registry book archived at the Civil Registry office located within the Bujumbura Mayor’s Office. The Acte de Naissance is issued by a Civil Registry officer.

  • For those born in Bujumbura - An applicant must pay the fee mentioned above to the bank account of the Mayor’s Office and then apply for a “Copie Intégrale.”  When requesting a certified copy, it is helpful to provide the act number and the date of birth registration as records are filed manually. There is no digital filing system.  Upon receiving the request and the receipt for payment, the Civil Registry archive staff locate the original record in the registry books kept in their archives and then draft a handwritten copy of the Acte de Naissance matching the original record.  This is then forwarded to a Civil Registry officer to sign and stamp.
  • For those born outside Bujumbura - An applicant must travel to Bujumbura to pay the fee and then obtain a blank sheet of the Acte de Naissance from the Civil Registry office in Bujumbura.  They then take it back to the issuing office in the interior, where the officer drafts a certified copie intégrale according to the record in their books. The next step is for the person to bring that copy back to Bujumbura, pay a second fee, and then take it to the Civil Registry office where a new and final certified Copie Intégrale is signed and sealed by the Bujumbura Office.

Death/Burial

Available. Issued by the Officer of Vital Statistics (Officier de l'Etat Civil) of the town in which the death occurred.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees: 10,000 Burundi Francs (Bif) – Acte de Mariage / 1,000 Bif for Extrait d’Acte de Mariage.

Document Name: Acte de Mariage (Marriage Certificate) – Copie Intégrale

Issuing Authority: Bureau d’Etat-Civil, Mairie de Bujumbura (Civil Registry Office within the Mayor’s Office)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The original copy is on A3 white paper with a margin on the left side for the number and name of the zone office.  The document is stamped with a 1 ½-inch circular blue ink stamp with the words “REPUBLIQUE DU BURUNDI – Municipalité de Bujumbura” in the bottom right corner over the signature of the officer.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Officier d’Etat-Civil (Civil Registry Officer)

Registration Criteria: If a foreigner is engaged to be married in Burundi, s/he must present a birth certificate and an attestation de célibat (attestation of celibacy) to the registrar’s office so that they can publish a public announcement of the couple’s intent to marry 15 days before the ceremony. Burundian citizens are required to present their birth certificates and bring two witnesses that can attest that they are single. According to Burundian family law, when a person is married or divorced, this information is transcribed in the margin of their original manually written birth record. However, this does not generally happen, so there is no way of verifying if a person is single.

The Civil Registry office where the marriage takes place is based on the place of residence of one of the parties. The marriage registration record is drafted ahead of the ceremony in the registry book. On the day of the marriage, the record is signed in front of the registrar by the celebrants.  Marriages are usually celebrated on the weekends when the offices are closed, so the couple must obtain their copy of the Acte de Mariage on the next business day.

Procedure for Obtaining: Original records are kept in a numbered registry book archived at the Civil Registry Office located within the Bujumbura Mayor’s Office. The Acte de Mariage is issued by a Civil Registry officer.

  • For those married in Bujumbura - Applicants must pay the fee mentioned above to the bank account of the Mayor’s Office and can then request the “Copie Intégrale” of the “Acte de Mariage,”. When applying for a certified copy of a copie intégrale of the Acte de Mariage, it is important for the applicant to know the act number and date of marriage as records are filed manually and there is no digital filing system. Upon receiving the request and the receipt for payment, the archive office staff locate the original record in the registry books by number or date and then draft a handwritten copy of the Acte de Mariage that matches the original record. This is then forwarded to a Civil Registry officer to sign and stamp.
  • For those married outside Bujumbura - A person travel to Bujumbura to pay the fee to obtain a blank sheet of the Acte de Mariage from the Bujumbura’s Civil Registry. They then take it back to the issuing office in the interior, where the officer drafts a certified copie intégrale according to the record in their books. The next step is for the person to bring that copy to Bujumbura, pay a second fee, and then take it to the Civil Registry office where they establish a new and final certified Copie Intégrale signed and sealed by the Bujumbura Office.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents: Attestations de Mariage – Only if the marriage took place prior to the promulgation of the Code de la Famille in 1980.

Exceptions: For cases with marriage certificates issued in the interior, unless further verification is required, the Extrait d’Acte de Mariage may be accepted due to the hardship of obtaining a Copie Intégrale, but the record must show the year of registration in the volume number (e.g. Vol 62/ 2018). This requirement will be decided by a consular officer during an immigration interview.

Comments: Burundian law does not recognize civil unions, domestic partnerships or same-sex marriages and thus Burundian officials do not issue civil documents for such unions. Prior to the promulgation of the Code de la Famille in 1980, when it became a requirement to register a marriage at a Civil Registry’s office, religious and customary marriages were recognized. For marriages that took place before 1980, the Civil Registry office can issue a locally recognized Attestation de Mariage.

However, this is based on affidavits by witnesses and/or may be based on a baptism card in the case of a church ceremony. Beyond 1980, only marriages properly registered with civil authorities are considered legal. An Attestation de mariage is equivalent to a marriage affidavit or statement in the United States. It can be obtained at any time with no supporting documentation or verification of facts, based on an identity card or declaration and is often erroneously translated as a marriage certificate.  Attestations de Mariage should only be considered if the marriage took place prior to 1980.

In the case of a divorce, the law states that this should be recorded in the margin on a person’s birth certificate and marriage certificate.  Although this does not usually happen for birth certificates, it is written on the original record of the Marriage Certificate at the Civil Registry.

Divorce

Available. Issued by the Officer of Vital Statistics (Officier de l'Etat Civil) of the town of the applicant's last residence in Burundi.

Divorce Decrees

If desired, may be obtained by written request addressed to the Clerk of the Lower Court (Greffier du Tribunal de lere Instance) in the town in which the judgment was rendered.

Identity Card

Certificate of Residence

Available. Issued by the Census Office (Bureau de la Population) of the town of the applicant's last residence.

Certificate of Nationality

Available. Issued by the Census Office (Bureau de la Population) of the town of last residence.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available. Certificate of good conduct (Certificat de bonne conduite, vie et moeurs). Issued by the Governor of the Province or the town of applicant's last residence in Burundi.

Court Records

Available. Issued upon written request by the clerk of the Court (Greffier du Tribunal) where the conviction occurred.

Prison Records

Unavailable.

Criminal Records

Available. (Extrait du Casier Judiciaire). Applicant must obtain a form for this purpose from the Ministere de la Justice, Police Judiciaire, B.P. 1880, Bujumbura, complete it according to instructions, and return it to the same address.

Military Records

Available. Issued upon written request by the Census Office (Bureau de la Population) of the town of applicant's residence at the time he was registered for military service.

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Bujumbura (Embassy)

Street Address:
Avenue des Etats-Unis

Mailing Address:
B.P. 34, 1720
Bujumbura, Burundi

Tel: (257) 22-34-54

Fax: (257) 22-29-26

 

Visa Services

Nonimmigrant visas only for all of Burundi. Immigrant visa applications for citizens of Burundi are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi.

Additional Information for Reciprocity

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.