Please refer to the separate Frequently Asked Questions page regarding this application.
Immediate family members are defined as the spouse and unmarried sons and daughters of any age who are members of the principal applicant's household, even if they are studying in another location. They also include close relatives of the principal applicant or spouse who are related by blood, marriage or adoption and are not members of some other household, will reside regularly in the household of the principal applicant and are recognized as dependents by the sending Government.
No, if a relative is not a member of the principal applicant's household, then they do not meet the definition of "immediate family" member. This is true, even if for example, a niece/nephew will reside with the principal applicant in the U.S. in order to attend school. In such cases, she/he must seek the appropriate visa for the purpose of their travel.
The fact that your relative has been, even in the recent past, a member of some other household does not preclude him or her from being considered a member of your household. You must be able to show that you are financially responsible for the new family member. The relative must show that they are joining your household out of necessity, rather than convenience. For example, a recently widowed, physically disabled or elderly parent may have found it necessary to close their former household, or ceased to be able to maintain their own household and therefore will become part of the principal applicant's household.
Your son or daughter is an immediate relative, even though he or she is absent from the household for part of the year while attending boarding school or college.
Children who have completed a full and final adoption by the principal applicant are considered immediate family members.
Only heads of state or government qualify for A visas regardless of the purpose of their visit. Visa classification for others is determined by the purpose of their travel. If traveling as a tourist, you will need a B visa or if eligible, you may travel visa free under the Visa Waiver Program.
If you are traveling to the United States as an official representative of your government, you require a diplomatic visa.
Diplomatic visa (A visa) status only pertains to officials traveling to the United States on behalf of their national government. Local government officials traveling on behalf of their state, province, borough or other local entity do not qualify for A visas.
If you are from a non-NATO country and the military education or training you are to receive is being provided at a U.S. military facility (service academy, fort, base, other military installation), you may qualify for an A visa regardless of the duration of the training. If the military training you are to receive is U.S. Government-sponsored or licensed but is not provided at a U.S. military facility, you may qualify for an A visa only if the period of training is less than 90 days.
NATO military personnel qualify for NATO visas.
If you are a member of a national law enforcement or police agency coming to the U.S. on behalf of the national government for an official purpose (for example, to interview witnesses or in connection with an investigation), or coming for U.S. Government-sponsored training in connection with your official duties, you may qualify for an A visa.
If you are being sent by your government to a meeting or conference which is sponsored by an international organization, you will generally require a G visa, unless your visit will also include other official activities, such as bilateral meetings in Washington D.C. with U.S. Government officials, which would require an A visa. Additionally, a head of state, head of government, cabinet member, presiding officer of a national legislative body, or member of the highest judicial tribunal qualifies for A visa classification to represent his/her government at international meetings or conferences which is sponsored by an international organization.
If you hold an Iraqi "S" series passport, effective January 8, 2007, the "S" series passports became no longer valid for travel to the U.S. due to its failure to meet international security standards. Holders of the "S" series passport cannot apply for a U.S. visa, and Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection will not admit travelers on U.S. visas issued in "S" series passports.
Travelers with existing valid U.S. visas in the "S" series passports must obtain a new visa as well as a new passport. In order to apply for a U.S. visa and travel to the U.S., Iraqi citizens must have a "G" series passport or an "H" series passport that has been revalidated by the appropriate issuing authority. The "G" series Iraqi passport has effective security features and can be used for visas or travel to the U.S. See U.S. Embassy Amman's website for more information about obtaining a "G" series passport, as well as information about certain immigrant special cases and refugees who may not need a passport to travel to the U.S.
If you hold an Iraqi "M" or "N" series passport, effective January 2007, both the "M" and "N" series passports are no longer valid for travel to the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection will not admit travelers on "M" or "N" series passports.
If you have a valid U.S. visa in the "M" or "N" series passport, you will need to obtain a new "G" series passport, but need not obtain a new U.S. visa.
If you have been nominated by a member government of the IMF to attend the course, you are eligible for a G visa. When applying for the visa, you are required to furnish the letter of acceptance from the IMF. The request for the visa must be made or supported by the nominating foreign government. Attendees who are not nominated by a member government require B visas.
If you have been nominated by a member government of the World Bank to attend a course given at the Economic Development Institute, you are eligible for a G visa. When applying for the visa, you are required to furnish a letter of acceptance from the Economic Development Institute. The request for a visa must be made or supported by the nominating government. Attendees who are not nominated by a member government require a B visa.
Dependents of A-1, A-2, G-1, G-3, G-4 and NATO1-6 visa holders may be eligible to work in the United States on derivative A, G or NATO visas. An application for employment must be made on the form I-566 to the Department of State’s Office of Protocol through the office, mission, or organization, which employs the principal alien. If the Department's recommendation is favorable, the form I-566 will be forwarded to the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for action. If the application is approved, USCIS will transmit the employment authorization to the mission, or international organization. In the case of NATO dependents, USCIS employment authorization will be transmitted to NATO/HQ SACT. For further information you should either contact your mission, international organization or in the case of NATO visa holders, NATO/HQ SACT.