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A-2 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


Can the privileges on A-2 visas be waived?

The privileges on A-2 visas may be waived if:

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

What are the limitations of A-2 visa?

The A-2 diplomat visa is issued to:

  • All foreign government officials, ranking next to diplomats and officials, representing their national government
  • Immediate family members of A-2 diplomatic visa holders

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How long can I stay in the U.S. on A-2 visa?

You may stay in the U.S. on A-2 visa as long as the Secretary of State continues to recognize you as a member of the diplomatic community.


Can I apply for extension of stay on A-2 visa?

Yes, you may extend your stay while on A-2 visa. The extension of stay is a simple matter of a renewal of accreditation by the DOS pursuant to a request from a foreign government.

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