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A-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


Can I apply for extension of stay of stay on A-1 visa?

Yes, you may extend your stay on A-1 visa by a simple renewal of accreditation by the Department of State (DOS) pursuant to a request from a foreign government. Neither an application by the foreign national nor action by the USCIS is required.


Can I study or work on A-1 diplomatic visas?

No, you may not study or work on A-1 diplomatic visas. You must be coming to the U.S. to perform duties of an intrinsically governmental and non-commercial nature.


Can I bring my dependents on A-1 visa?

Yes, you may bring any member of your or your spouse's immediate family, or your close relatives to stay along with you.

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Can my dependents work on A-1 visa?

Yes, your dependents can undertake gainful employment in the U.S on A-1 visa. However, to accept employment, your dependent must file USCIS Form I-566 with the Department of State.


Can my dependents study on A-1 visa?

Yes, your dependents may study on A-1 visa. They do not have to apply for a separate student visa.

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