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A-2 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


I am a police officer traveling to the U.S. on official business, do I require an A visa?

If you are traveling on official police business, for example, to interview witnesses or take a statement in connection with a police investigation, you will require an A-2 visa.


I am a tourism official being posted to my U.S. tourism office, do I require an A visa?

The promotion of tourism in the U.S. is considered a legitimate government function. Therefore, provided your offices are engaged solely in the promotion of tourism and are not functioning as commercial travel agents, employees of these offices qualify for A-2 visa.


I wish to attend an international meeting or conference sponsored by an international organization, can I get an A visa?

If you are being sent by your government to an international meeting or conference, which is official in nature you will require an A visa.

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Why is my visa marked with the symbol TDY?

If you are an A visa applicant and going to the U.S. for an assignment that is to last less than 90 days, your visa will be annotated TDY (Temporary Duty).


I'm traveling on behalf of my government for less than 90 days. As I belong to one of the 29 visa free countries, can I travel under the Visa Waiver Program?

No, as you are going on official business, you must obtain an official visa. You cannot travel visa free under the Visa Waiver Program.

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