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A-3 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What is the initial issue period of A-3 visa?

The A-3 visa is initially issued for a period of three years.


How long can I stay in the U.S. on A-3 visa?

You may stay in the U.S. on A-3 visa as long as the Secretary of State continues to recognize the principal as a member of the diplomatic community and the principal continues to hire you as an attendant, servant, or employee.


How long can I stay out of the U.S. on A-3 visa?

No limit. You may stay out of the U.S. as long as required.

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Can I apply for change of status on A-3 visa?

Yes, you may apply for change of status. To change your status, you must submit:

  • A copy of your employer's USCIS Form I-94 or proof of current status
  • A letter from the employer describing your duties and verifying the intention to employ you personally

How many extensions are possible on A-3 visa?

An extension is granted in increments of two years. A-3 extension applications to the USCIS must be preceded by the submission of Form I-566 (Inter-Agency Record of Individual Requesting Change or Adjustment to, or from, A Status; or Requesting A Dependent Employment Authorization) to the DOS. The form must be completed and signed by the applicant and must bear an authorized signature from the foreign diplomatic mission.

The Form must also be accompanied by a statement signed by the employing official stating:

  • That he/she intends to employ you
  • The type of work you shall perform
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