G4 Visa Diplomatic Immunity
You may qualify for an A visa if you are a foreign diplomat, government employee, official or their immediate family member. The type of A visa you qualify for depends on the position you hold in your foreign government. Types of A visas include:
A-1: Given to public ministers, ambassadors and career consular officers or diplomats
A-2: Are visas available to full time employees of a government including people working in a foreign embassy or consulate in the United States.
A-3: For personal employees, attendants, servants and employees of people holding the A-1 or A-2 visas.
People working at international organizations in the United States and their family members are eligible for G-visas. If you want to get an A visa or learn more about a diplomatic visa, talk to an experienced immigration lawyer.
Applying For A-1 And A-2 Visas
The whole application process will be conducted at the U.S. consulate in the country you reside in. The application steps are:
Online visa application: You need to fill Form DS-160 but if you are reapplying for an A-1 or A-2 visa, you need to use form DS-1648. Print the form confirmation page and submit it. Ensure you upload your photo that was taken in the past six months as you complete Form D-160.
Deliver required documentation: required documents include your passport, photo, printed D-160 confirmation page, and diplomatic note. You must submit these documents to the U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country.
People Who Qualify for A-2 Visa
The following are people that qualify for A-2 visas:
Foreign military members that have been assigned to U.S. military bases, embassy or foreign consulate
Immediate family members of A-2 visa holder
Officials and employees of foreign governments that have been sent to the U.S by their governments to perform certain duties on behalf of their foreign governments
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