Diplomatic and Government Officials

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The following visa categories (A, C-3, G-1 to G-4) can be issued to diplomats and other government officials for official trips to the United States. In general, the type of visa granted to a diplomat or government official depends on his or her purpose of travel to the United States and the rank of the government official. There are very specific requirements applicants must meet to qualify for an A, G, or NATO visa in accordance with the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act.

Employees of diplomats and other government officials who qualify for an A-3 or G-5 visa should contact SDODipVisas@state.gov to schedule an appointment.

Applications for diplomatic and official visas are received Monday through Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at window 1 in the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit of the U.S. Embassy. It is not necessary to schedule an appointment through the ustraveldocs.com or deposit a diplomatic or official application at the Visa Application Center. The application can be deposited by messenger with identification that accredits him or her as an employee of the diplomatic mission, international organization, or Ministry of Foreign Affairs at window 1 in the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit of the U.S. Embassy. Diplomatic or official visas do not require an application fee, the collection of fingerprints or an in-person interview. If needed, the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit will contact the applicant via email to schedule an appointment.

All diplomatic or official visa applications must include:

  1. Passport of the applicant;
  2. Diplomats accredited in the Dominican Republic, must send a copy of their accreditation card issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  3. Copy of the confirmation page of form DS-160:
    • The DS-160 must be completed online http://ceac.state.gov
    • All questions must be answered to avoid delays in the process
  4. A recent 2x2 photo with white background. Please refer to the following link for the requirements of the photo: 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 detailing:
  • Name and date of birth of the traveling official;
  • Position and designation;
  • Location of the assignment or visit;
  • Purpose of the trip;
  • Brief description of the functions to be performed or performed;
  • Travel date;
  • Duration of travel;
  • Names, family relationship, dates of birth of dependents or other members of the family that will accompany the traveling official;

After the application is submitted, the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit will determine the type (diplomatic or official) or visa class (A, C, G, NATO) to which the applicant is eligible for. The Embassy requires at least five working days to process the application and return the passport with the visa.

Do not pay the MRV fee for visa application through this site, as it cannot 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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