Diplomatic and Government Officials

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G-1 through G-4 visas may be issued to diplomats and other government officials for official travel to the United States. Generally, the type of visa required by a diplomat or other government official depends upon their purpose of travel to the United States. There are very specific requirements which must be met by applicants in order to qualify for A, G or NATO visas under U.S. immigration law.

 Diplomatic and official visa requests are received Monday through Thursday at 2:00 pm at Window 1 of the Visa Section of the Embassy of the United States. It is not necessary to make an appointment through the Visa Application Center to deposit a diplomatic or official visa application. The application may be deposited by a messenger  with proper identification from the foreign diplomatic mission, international organization, or Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There is no visa application fee for diplomatic or official visas and if fingerprints or an interview are necessary, the Consular Section will contact the applicant via email to set an appointment.

All diplomatic and official visa applications must be accompanied by:

  1. The applicant’s passport
  2. For foreign diplomats assigned to the Dominican Republic, a copy of your carnet issued by the Dominican Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  3. The DS160 confirmation sheet
    • The DS -160 application form should be completed online at http://ceac.state.gov
    • Each question should be answered completely in order to avoid delays in processing
  4. A recent photo. Read about photo requirements at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/do_es/do-niv-photoinfo.asp
  5. A diplomatic note from the foreign diplomatic mission, international organization, or Ministry of Foreign Affairs explaining:
  • Name and date of birth of the official traveler
  • Position and title
  • Place of assignment or visit
  • Purpose of travel
  • Brief description of duties
  • Travel date
  • Anticipated length of stay or tour of duty in the United States
  • The names, relationships, and dates of birth of any dependents and other members of household who will be accompanying or joining the official traveler

After the application is deposited, the Consul will determine which visa type (Diplomatic or Official) and class (A, G or C3) the applicant is entitled to. The Embassy requires at least five business days to process the visa application and to return the passport with the visa.

Do not pay an MRV visa application fee through this site, as it will not be refunded.


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If you have questions regarding the diplomatic or official visa application process, contact us by sending an email to SDODipVisas@state.gov.

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