The Diplomatic Liaison Division of the Visa Office accepts applications for revalidation of A-2 and NATO1-6 visas for foreign military personnel stationed in the United States. If the principal applicant has no Personal Identification Number (PID) assigned by the Department of State's Office of Protocol, he/she must submit military orders and a letter from the U.S. military command describing the applicant's assignment in the U.S. Foreign military orders must be in English or have an English translation attached. The letter must be on the letterhead of the military command, signed by a command official empowered to sign such letters, contain the principal applicant's and dependents' names, and state when the principal applicant's tour of duty will be completed. Applicants may also apply for a new visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad that processes nonimmigrant visa applications.
The Visa Office does not reissue visas for foreign military members who are neither assigned to a foreign Embassy or Consulate, nor stationed at a U.S. military base.
In addition, the Visa Office does not revalidate foreign military visas for nationals of Cuba, Iran, Sudan, or Syria, the four countries currently designated as state sponsors of terrorism. These applicants must apply for new visas at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad. For more information, please see the Notice: Special Visa Processing Procedures Pursuant to Section 306 of the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Reform Act of 2002.
Please note that the Visa Office does NOT revalidate A-3 or NATO-7 visas for personal staff of A-2 and NATO1-6 visa holders. A-3 and NATO-7 applicants must apply for new visas at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad that processes nonimmigrant visa applications.
Applicants must submit all required documentation with the visa application. The Visa Office is unable to accept supplementary mailings from applicants who forgot to include some or all of the required documentation or other information. There are NO visa fees for A-2 or NATO visa applications.
Each applicant for revalidation of an A-2 or NATO 1-6 visa must submit:
The application package, including a self-addressed, stamped return envelope or a properly completed commercial courier airbill and envelope, should be sent to:
Diplomatic Liaison Division, Department of State, CA/VO/P/D, SA-17, Floor 11, Washington, DC 20522-1711.
The Visa Office does not endorse the use of any particular commercial courier service. If using the U.S. Postal Service, the Postal Service recommends a padded envelope for passport return. A family should submit one courier airbill/envelope or one self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of their documents. Please use the military command's address or the applicant's personal address in the U.S. as the "from" address on the airbill or the self-addressed envelope. Please ensure that the airbill contains the military command's courier company account number or applicant's valid credit card number.
A-2 and NATO visa applications are processed expeditiously.