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A-2 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


How do I apply for US A-2 visa?

To apply for US A-2 visa you should fill in and submit 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.


Where can I forward my A-2 visa application?

  • 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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As an armed force personnel, do I qualify for A visa?

You qualify for A-2 visa, if you are the personnel of foreign armed services from other than NATO countries, coming to the U.S. in connection with military status for education or training, at any of the U.S. military schools.


I am an official of the EU traveling to the U.S. on official business, do I require an A visa?

European Union (EU) officials, including members of the EU Parliament and those attached to the Court of Justice, although not members of a foreign government per se, qualify for A-2 visa, if traveling to the U.S. on EU business.

A Note Verbal from the EU Office of Protocol is required to issue such a visa.

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