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A-3 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What additional documents are required while applying for A-3 visa?

You are required to submit an English language contract signed by both you and your employer that includes the following information:

  • Hours of work

  • Medical insurance
  • A guarantee that you will be compensated at the state or federal minimum or prevailing wage, whichever is greater. Any deductions for food and lodging must be no more than reasonable and voluntarily agreed
  • You will not accept any other employment while working for the employer
  • The employer agrees not to withhold your passport

Note: The consular officer may require additional documents to verify the purpose for obtaining the visa.

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Where should I apply for A-3 visa?

You have to submit filled in visa application USCIS Form DS-156 (each person should submit separate application). Your visa application must include:

  • 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


Can I apply for a Green Card while on A-3 visa?

No, you may not apply for a green card while on A-3 visa.

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