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Diplomatic visas are reserved for heads of state, royal families, ambassadors,
cabinet ministers, members of parliament, governors, military attachés,
employees of foreign ministries and other high ranking government officials.
The United States
Department of State is charged with granting diplomatic visas, while the United States Citizenship
and Immigration Service (USCIS) is responsible for diplomats who wish
to change their visa status to a non-diplomatic status, or to seek permanent
residency in the United States.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF DIPLOMATIC VISAS?
Diplomatic visas are issued in several forms. An "A" visa is
reserved for diplomats and other foreign officials to perform duties on
behalf of their government. These individuals and their immediate family
members must obtain an A-1 or A-2 visa prior to entry into the United States.
A "G" visa is reserved for those working at a designated international
organization, such as the World Trade Organization or the United Nations.
The G visa is further subdivided into five additional categories.
The NATO visa is for employees of NATO member countries. Like many other
diplomatic visas, NATO visas allow for attendants, servants and personal
employees of the NATO visa holder to obtain a NATO-7 visa for travel to
the United States.
UNITED STATES ADVISORY OPINIONS
For some diplomats, the most problematic aspect of obtaining a diplomatic
visa is when requesting a security opinion from the US prior to the issuance
of the visa. For example, individuals from nations who do not have cordial
relations with the United States may be denied a visa. An experienced
Orange County diplomatic visa attorney can assist with this task, to ensure
the highest probability of your visa being granted.
CONTACT THE IMMIGRATION LAW OFFICE OF ASHKAN YEKRANGI, P.C.
Diplomatic visas make up a very narrow but important component of the United
States visa system. Most immigration lawyers entirely avoid diplomatic
visas altogether, because they are applicable to only a very small, select
percentage of the world population. Although filing for diplomatic visas
may seem routine, there are many areas that need special attention, especially
if you enter the United States on a diplomatic passport and wish to preserve
Consult with an experienced immigration attorney today. The Law Office of Ashkan Yekrangi, P.C. has satellite offices in both
Washington D.C. and New York and is ready to confidentially assist you.