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A-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What is A-1 diplomatic visa?

The A-1 diplomatic visa is a nonimmigrant visa which allows foreign officers of permanent diplomatic missions or consular posts to enter into the U.S. and engage in official activities.


Who are eligible for A-1 visa?

Persons eligible for A-1 visa include:

  • Officers of permanent diplomatic missions or consular posts in the U.S., such as ambassadors, public ministers, career diplomats, or consular officers
  • Visiting high-level officials of a foreign state, such as the head of state, cabinet members, legislative leaders, and top judicial officers representing their national government
  • Representatives of all foreign states that have formal diplomatic ties with the U.S. and are recognized de jure
  • Representatives from foreign states, with whom diplomatic ties are severed, could be eligible under this classification, if an exchange of representatives such as interest sections in the embassy of a third world country continues
  • Immediate family members of the principal A-1 diplomatic visa holders

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What privileges do I enjoy on A-1 visa?

The privileges that you are entitled to on A-1 visa are:

  • You cannot be tried by the U.S. laws for any crime
  • You can travel throughout the U.S. and outside the U.S. unlimited times
  • Fast processing of the visa

Note: The above rules are subject to a host of exceptions and additional privileges pursuant to a plethora of tax treaties between the U.S. and individual foreign governments.

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