Visas for Foreign Government Employees

Employees of governments and of officially recognized international organizations (such as for instance U.N., World Bank, IMF, European Commission, European Council, European Parliament) and travelers with a diplomatic or official status AND who are traveling on official business to/through the U.S. need U.S. visas. This includes foreign offices and diplomatic missions. NATO authorized employees also need visas. Applicants for A-1, A-2, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, C-3, and NATO category visas do not need to appear at the Consular Section for a personal interview for a visa, and no fee is charged for visa issuance.

Most embassies and agencies have a visa/protocol office or coordinator who can help with the application process. That office will provide the required documentation regarding the purpose of travel and will explain their role in processing applications.

The following documents are required for A-1, A-2, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, C-3, and NATO visa applications:

  • A valid passport
  • A printed confirmation page of the visa application form DS-160: Please download form DS-160, complete it online and print the confirmation page. Please make sure that the confirmation page shows a bar code.
  • A full-face color photograph on a white background, 5 x 5 cm, taken within the last 6 months
  • A Diplomatic Note (Note Verbale) from the government/agency. The Diplomatic Note should include the following information concerning the principal applicant:

(1)  Name and date of birth,
(2)  Position and title,
(3)  Place of assignment or visit,
(4)  Purpose of travel,
(5)  Briefdescription of duties,
(6)  Travel date,
(7)  Anticipated length of stay or tour of duty in the United States,
(8)  The names, relationships, and dates of birth of any dependents and other members of household who will be accompanying or joining the principal.

The Consular Officer will determine the appropriate visa classification.

A/G/NATO visa applications can be submitted at the Consular Section, Monday through Friday (except for Belgian and U.S. Holidays) between 11:00 and 12:00 a.m. An appointment is not required. You will be given a pick-up ticket, showing the date as of which the passport containing the visa will be ready for pick-up. Pick-up hours are shown on the pick-up ticket. Due to biometric processing, same-day issuance of visas is not possible. Visa processing and printing takes at least two to three business days. Some applicants may be subject to clearance procedures that will require additional processing time.

Attention: Diplomats (individuals with diplomatic passports)and their dependents, as well as employees of governments or officially recognized international organizations, who want to visit the U.S. as tourists and who cannot travel under the Visa Waiver Program, must apply for tourist (B-2) visas in person. No application fee is charged to diplomatic passport holders.

The following documents are required to apply for a B-2 visa:

  • Valid passport
  • Printed confirmation page of the visa application form DS-160: Please download form DS-160 , complete it online and print the confirmation page. Please make sure that the confirmation page shows a bar code.
  • A full-face color photograph on a white background, 5 x 5 cm, taken within the last 6 months

A visa interview with a consular officer is held for B-2 visa applicants, age 14 and above. Diplomatic passport holders may come to the Consular Section to submit their visa applications and to have their visa interview, Monday through Friday (except for Belgian and U.S. Holidays) between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. An appointment is not required.