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A-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What is the processing time for A-1 diplomatic visa?

The A-1 diplomatic visa is generally issued on the same day you submit your application. The visa is in the form of a stamp on your passport.


How do I apply for A-1 visa?

You need to fill in and submit the USCIS Form DS-156 along with your diplomatic passport and photographs. The consular officer may require additional documents to verify the purpose for obtaining the visa.

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Where should I apply for A-1 visa?

  • If you are in a lawful status in the U.S., submit the visa application to a USCIS field office in the U.S. You have to change your passport to diplomatic status before applying
  • If you are outside the U.S., submit the visa application to the American Consulate where you reside
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