Visas for Diplomats and Officials
Visas for Diplomats and Officials (A, C, G, NATO)
The only exception is a Head of State or Head of Government, who qualifies for an A-1 visa regardless of the purpose of his/her visit to the United States. The type of visa required by a diplomat or other government official depends upon his/her reason for traveling to the United States.
- To qualify for an A-1 or A-2 visa, the individual concerned must be traveling to the United States on behalf of his/her national government to engage solely in official activities for that government. Local government officials representing their city, governorate, or other local political entity do not qualify for "A" visa status and should apply for B-1/B-2 visas.
- Government officials traveling to the United States as tourists or for business purposes must apply in person for a B-1/B-2 visa, following the steps outline here.
- Government officials who will stay in the U.S for more than 90 days must be assigned to their embassy, a consulate, or a "miscellaneous foreign government organization" that has been accredited by the Department of State's Protocol Office.
Note: Foreign officials traveling to the United States on official business must obtain an "A" visa prior to their entry, and they cannot travel on tourist visas.
Family members: Immediate family members, defined as the spouse and unmarried children of any age who are members of the official’s household, are eligible for derivative “A” visas.
C Visas: Transit
This visa is for a an individual who needs immediate transit through the U.S. diplomats an officials who plan to conduct official business in another country should apply for a C visa.
International Organization and NATO Visas
To qualify for a G visa, the individual must be entering the United States to conduct official duties.
- G1 - Members of a permanent mission of a recognized government to an international organization
- G2 - Representatives of a recognized government traveling to the United States temporarily to attend meetings of a designated international organization
- G3 - Representatives of non-recognized or non-member governments
- G4 - Personnel proceeding to the United States to take up an appointment at a designated international organization, including the United Nations
Family members: Immediate family members, defined as the spouse or unmarried child of any age who are members of the official’s household, are eligible for derivative “G” visas.
Application Procedures for Diplomats and Officials
Official Duty: If you are planning to travel to the United States on official duty (A or G category visas), please submit the following documents by messenger or in person. Messengers may drop off visa applications at the consular section Sunday through Thursday, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, except on Sudanese and American holidays. Diplomats and government officials traveling to the United States on official business do not have to be interviewed, and are exempt from visa fees.
- A diplomatic passport valid for more than 6 months after the date of application.
- The confirmation page for the DS-160 online application form for a visa to the U.S.
- One photograph, less than 6 months old (with full face visible, 5 cm by 5 cm square, and with a white background).
- A Diplomatic Note from the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or other appropriate diplomatic mission.
For UN applicants (principles and family members), please submit a copy of the UN cable. DO NOT HAVE THE CABLE SENT DIRECTLY TO THE EMBASSY.
Please allow at least 3 weeks processing time for Diplomatic, official and UN visas.
Non-official Travel: Government officials and diplomats traveling to the U.S. for non-governmental business or tourism require a “B” visa (or, if eligible, may travel visa-free under the Visa Waiver Program). A personal interview and fingerprinting are mandatory for all applicants for non-official visas. As a courtesy, government officials and diplomats applying for non-official visas may send an e-mail to KhartoumNIV@state.gov to schedule an interview. These appointments will normally be confirmed at the soonest convenient time.