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The following individuals may renew their visas while in the United States:
Under the revised definition of “immediate family”, unmarried sons and daughters of A, G or NATO visa holders will only be qualified for A, G, or NATO visa issuance as a member of the principal’s immediate family if they…
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The Diplomatic Liaison Division reissues clearly approvable U.S. visas and provides related visa services to A-1 - 2, G-1 - 4, and NATO-1 - 6 visa holders, including immediate family members, who are not employees of the UN community and who are:
(Please note that visa validity and a person’s nonimmigrant status in the United States are separate issues. A-1-2, G-1-4, and NATO-1-6 visa holders may not continue to use their visas after their official assignments have ended, even if their visas have not yet expired. Once your official assignment has ended and (if applicable) your registration with the Office of Foreign Missions has been terminated, you may no longer use your A-1-2, G-1-4, or NATO-1-6 visa to enter the United States. Likewise, there is no need to apply to replace an expired A-1-2, G-1-4, or NATO-1-6 visa if you have no plans to travel abroad before returning to your current assignment in the United States.)
The U.S. Mission to the United Nations reissues clearly approvable U.S. visas and provides related visa services to employees of the UN community and their immediate family members who are:
(Please note that a visa holder may only seek entry to the United States during the time period for which the visa is valid. Therefore, those temporarily traveling outside the United States will need a valid visa to seek reentry to the United States in the same status. A valid, unexpired visa does not entitle the visa holder to enter or remain in the United States. How long a nonimmigrant may stay in the United States and under what status they are admitted is determined by DHS at the port-of-entry.)
If you are in A-3, G-5, or NATO-7 status, you are required to apply at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad for a new visa. Your visa cannot be renewed in the United States.
If you would like to extend your status in the United States to continue working for the same employer, but do not wish to obtain a new visa, the Diplomatic Liaison Division or the U.S. Mission to the UN can coordinate with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on the extension of status in some cases. At this time, we are unable to process extensions of stay for A-3, G-5 or NATO-7 visa holders who have changed employers or intend to change employers while in the United States. See Extension of Stay for general information. The foreign mission or international organization should contact the Diplomatic Liaison Division or the U.S. Mission to the UN for case-specific details.
Only A-1 - 2, G-1 - 4, and NATO-1 - 6 visas may be renewed in the United States. Applicants for renewals of all other visa categories must apply at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, generally in their country of residence.
Gather and prepare the following required documents:
The Diplomatic Liaison Division does not endorse the use of any particular commercial courier service, but it may be useful for the return envelope to have a tracking number so you can better determine its location after it leaves our office. If using the U.S. Postal Service, the Postal Service recommends a padded envelope for passport return. (Please note that packages sent with the Postal Service are often subjected to irradiation, which can damage passports, I-94s, and other enclosures.) 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 United States 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.
There are no fees for A, G, and NATO visa application renewals.
A and G Visa Applicants - Your application package, containing all required documents, should be submitted through your embassy or international organization in Washington.
NATO Visa Applicants - Submit your application package through your commanding office.
Applications may be submitted in person or mailed in.
Applications Submitted in Person - Applications may be submitted at the Diplomatic Liaison Division's Diplomatic Reception Area, Mondays and Thursdays, excluding holidays, between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time).
Directions - The Diplomatic Reception Desk is located at 600 19th Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20522.
Mailed Applications – You may mail your application package, containing all required documents, to the Diplomatic Liaison Division at the following address:
Diplomatic Liaison Division, Department of State, CA/VO/DO/DL, SA-17, Floor 11, Washington, DC 20522-1711. Applications submitted by FedEx or DHL or the U.S. Postal Service should include a prepaid return envelope.
Your application package, containing all required documents, should be submitted through your mission or international organization in New York to the U.S. Mission to the UN, Monday through Friday, excluding U.S. holidays, between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).
U.S. Mission to the UN address:
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
799 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Please allow a minimum of 7-10 business days, not counting date of submission or date of receipt, for your visa renewal to be processed at either the Diplomatic Liaison Division or the U.S. Mission to the UN. In some cases, processing may take longer.
Case Status Check -Applicants can easily check the status of their cases online with the Department of State’s CEAC Status Check. To check the status of your case, use your CEAC case number (example: YEARXXX XXX XXXX), or your CEAC Application ID (example: AA0020AKAX), and the location where you applied. Click on “Check My Visa Application Status.” If you received a 221g letter stating that your case requires further “Administrative Processing” this system will let you know if your case has been approved, requires more information, or is still being processed. Check your status here.
For applications submitted in person at the Diplomatic Reception Area, passports with visas may be picked up Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). To check on the status of a visa, please call (202) 485-7682 between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., or (202) 485-7681 between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
For applications submitted with a prepaid return envelope, your passport with visa will be mailed to you.
Passport with visas may be picked up Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. upon notification by fax from the U.S. Mission to the U.N.
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