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Renewing A, G, and NATO Visas in the United States

The following individuals may renew their visas while in the United States:

  • A-1 - 2 - Foreign government diplomats and officials and their immediate family members*
  • G-1 - 4 - International organization officials and employees and their immediate family members*
  • NATO-1 - 6 - NATO officials and employees and their immediate family members*

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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As a first step, please review this information. If you have questions, you may contact:

  • The Diplomatic Liaison Division, located at the Department of State in the Visa Office, or
  • The U.S. Mission to the United Nations (USUN).

See Further Questions for contact information.

Renewal is Limited to Certain Visa Holders

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:

  • Registered with the Department of State's Office of Foreign Missions or foreign military personnel stationed at a U.S. military base (Military personnel should review Renewing Visas for Foreign Military Stationed in the U.S. for instructions on how to apply for visa renewals);
  • A resident in the United States; and
  • Present in the United States, but need to temporarily travel abroad and reenter the United States in the same status.

(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.)     

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:

  • Registered with the UN;
  • Resident in the greater New York area; and
  • Present in the greater New York area, but need to temporarily travel abroad and reenter the United States in the same status.

(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.)   

A-3, G-5, and NATO-7 Visas Cannot Be Renewed in the United States

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.

Other Visas that Cannot Be Renewed in the United States

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.

How to Apply

Prepare your Application - Required Documentation

Gather and prepare the following required documents:

  1. Passport valid for travel to the United States - Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your period of stay in the United States (unless exempt by country-specific agreements). Attach the passport containing your most recent A, G, or NATO visa if you have since received a new passport.
  2. Original Form I-94, Arrival- Departure Record - issued by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection from your most recent admission to the United States. If you entered the U.S. after the automation of Form I-94, and your Arrival/Departure Record was created electronically, you may obtain a paper Form I-94 at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home.
  3. Online Application for A, G, or NATO Visa, Form DS-1648 (Applying in the United States Only) - You must: 1) complete the online visa application, 2) print the application form confirmation page, and 3) have the Embassy, mission, or organization seal affixed to the confirmation page. You must submit the confirmation page as part of your application. Learn more about completing the DS-1648.
  4. Photo – Your photo must have been taken within the past six months, and must be the format explained in the Photograph Requirements. You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-1648.
  5. Note: If the photo upload fails, you must submit one printed photo in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.

  6. A diplomatic note, if you are applying at the U.S. Mission to the UN or if your DS-1648 confirmation page does not include the Embassy, mission, or organization seal.
  7. Dependents applying separately from the principal applicant must submit copies of the principal applicant's visa and front and back of the principal applicant's I-94, in addition to the requirements listed above. If the principal applicant entered the United States after the automation of Form I-94, and his/her Arrival/Departure Record was created electronically, a photocopy of his/her admission stamp can be provided to the family member applying separately. Alternatively, the principal applicant may obtain a paper Form I-94 at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home and provide it to the family member applying separately. 
  8. Prepaid Return Envelope - If you would like your passport with visa mailed back to you, you must provide a self-addressed, stamped or courier airbill return envelope. If your passport with visa will be picked up in person at our Diplomatic Reception Area, do not submit a prepaid return envelope.

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.

Fees

There are no fees for A, G, and NATO visa application renewals.

Where to Submit Your Application

Washington, DC - For A-1 - 2, G-1 - 4, and NATO-1 - 6 visa applicants who are not UN community members:

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, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 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. 

New York - For G-1 - 4 visa applicants who are part of the UN community:

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

Processing Times in Washington and New York

Please allow a minimum of 5-7 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.

After Your Visa is Issued

Diplomatic Liaison Division in Washington, DC -

For applications submitted in person at the Diplomatic Reception Area, passports with visas may be picked up Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. (Eastern Time). To check on the status of a visa, please call (202) 485-7682 between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 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.

U.S. Mission to the UN in New York -

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.

Change of Status - Into, Within, Between, or Out of A, G, and NATO Status

Select Change of Status (see ”In the U.S.” section on the right) to learn about:

  • Changing into, within, or between A, G, or NATO status if you are in the United States and accept employment with a diplomatic mission, an international organization (including the UN), a permanent or observer mission to the UN, or NATO; and
  • Changing out of A, G, or NATO status into another nonimmigrant status because you left your assignment, but plan to remain in the United States.

Further Questions

For the Following Services:

Contact:

A, G, and NATO visas
(except for the UN community)

Diplomatic Liaison Division
Visa Office, Department of State
(202) 485-7681
2:00-3:00 p.m. (EST)
Monday through Friday, except holidays

or diplomaticvisas@state.gov

G visas for members of the UN community

U.S. Mission to the UN
(212) 415-4275

or usunvisas@state.gov