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A-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


Can the privileges on A-1 diplomatic visa be waived?

The privileges on A-1 diplomatic visa may be waived if:

  • You intend to violate laws against espionage and sabotage, the export of goods, technology, or sensitive information, or others
  • You intend to oppose, control, or overthrow the U.S. government by force or unlawful means or engage in terrorism
  • There is a determination by the Secretary of State that entry of the foreign national would have potentially serious adverse foreign policy consequences

What are the limitations of A-1 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.

Note: Local government officials representing their state, province, borough, or other local political entity do not qualify for the A-1 visa.

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How long can I stay in the U.S. on A-1 visa?

You may stay in the U.S. on A-1 visa as long as the Secretary of State continues to recognize you as a member of the diplomatic community.

Note: Your resignation from a diplomatic position does not, in itself, terminate your diplomat status. The Administrative Appeals Unit (AAU) has held that such a resignation, even when submitted in writing with a subsequent notification to the Department of State (DOS) by the foreign government, does not terminate lawful status until the DOS records are updated to reflect the resignation.

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