Diplomatic and Government Officials

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Update (as of March 28, 2021): Due to limited resources and local government restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the hours for accepting official and diplomatic visa applications are Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. until further notice. As of May 17, 2021, applicants applying for A-3 and G-5 visas may submit their applications on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. Please note that the consular section is closed on official Guatemalan and U.S. federal holidays.

A-1, A-2, C-3 and G-1 through G-4 visas may be issued to diplomats and other government officials for official travel to or transiting through the United States. Generally, the classification 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. Please note that government representatives travelling temporarily on official business with an A-2 visa may submit regular, official, or diplomatic passports with their application.

Note: A diplomatic visa type can only be issued to an applicant that holds a diplomatic passport type or its equivalent.  Mayors who need to travel to the United States, should apply for a B1/B2 visa.

Government of Guatemala applications for A-1, A-2, C-3 and G-1 through G-4 visas must be submitted to the U.S. Embassy Consular Section through the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and must be accompanied by a diplomatic note.  Do not pay an MRV visa application fee through this site, as it will not be refunded.

The following documents must be submitted with the application:

  1. Diplomatic Note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Embassy, or international organization requesting the visa.  The note must indicate whether the applicant has been temporarily assigned to the United States or is traveling on official business. The note should also indicate the dates and reason for specific travel
  2. The confirmation sheet of the visa application form DS-160.
  3. A recent photograph taken within the last six months.
  4. Valid passport (regular or diplomatic depending on the category of visa one is applying for).
  5. If the applicant with a previous visa of the same class will apply, and such visa has not expired, the visa shall be submitted for physical cancellation.

Note: diplomatic notes must include the following elements:

1) Name and date of birth; 2) Position and title; 3) Place of assignment or visit; 4) Purpose of travel; 5) Brief description 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.

Diplomatic officers applying for a regular B1/B2 visa (in a regular passport) must make the payment of $160.00 for processing the visa application at consular window # 4, however at this time we are only processing this type of visa  for medical emergency cases.  Diplomatic visas in diplomatic passports are exempted from payment of application processing.

More Information

For more information, please visit this web page or consult with your government or agency's administrative office responsible for visa issues.

You can visit the Department of State website for additional information about qualifying for Diplomatic and Official visas and for more specific information about A visas and G visas.