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A-2 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


Can I apply for change of status on A-2 US visa?

Yes, you may apply for a change of status on A-2 US visa. The process generally followed is:

  • For changes to or from A status or from one of the A status, USCIS Form I-566 should be submitted to the Department of State (DOS) through the mission
  • When the change is from one diplomatic status to another, the Form I-566 should be submitted through the new duty station, rather than the previous one
  • If the I-566 is returned with a recommendation for approval, the application to the USCIS is made on Form I-539 , submitted to the USCIS Service Center with jurisdiction over your place of residence, and accompanied by a copy of the USCIS Form I-94
  • You should enclose either the DOS's Form DS-394 (Notification of Foreign Government Related Employment Status) or Form DS-1497 (Notification of Appointment of Foreign Diplomatic Officer)
  • Dependents applying for the same status are included on the same Form. There is no fee for these changes to A status, or from one A status to another

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Are there any travel restrictions on A-2 visa?

No, there are no restrictions on your foreign travel while you are on A-2 visa. You may stay outside the U.S. as long as required.


Can I study or work on A-2 visa?

No, you may not study or work on A-2 visa. You must be coming to the U.S. to perform duties of an intrinsically governmental, and non-commercial, nature.

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