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G-4 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions

9.

What is the difference between 'A' and 'G' status?

In general the 'G' visas are issued to individuals employed directly by an international organization, or representing a foreign government to international organizations.
'A' visas are issued to representatives of a foreign government traveling to the U.S. to engage in official activities for that government.

10.

Do I require an 'A' or 'G' visa to attend an international meeting or conference sponsored by an international organization?

If you are being sent by your government to an international meeting or conference, which is not convened by or under the sponsorship of an international organization, and is official in nature, you will require an A visa. G visas are appropriate only if the meeting is sponsored by an international organization.

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11.

I have a UN Laissez-Passer; is this valid for travel to the U.S.?

The passport is valid for travel to the U.S. only if the holder is destined to the U.N. and is in possession of a valid G-4 visa. The UN Laissez-Passer is an emergency travel document and should only be used in special circumstances.

12.

What visa do I require to participate in a course given by the International Monetary Fund in the U.S.?

If you have been nominated by a member government of the IMF to attend the course you are eligible for a G-2 visa. When applying for the visa you are required to furnish from the IMF a letter of acceptance. The request for the visa must be made or supported by the foreign government concerned. Attendees who are not nominated by a member government require B-1 or B-2 visas.

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