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Select Form DS-1648 Online Application for A, G, and NATO Visa to access the form and to review instructions.
For A, G, and certain NATO visas, “immediate family member” is defined as:
1- The spouse of the principal alien, who is not a member of some other household and who will reside regularly in the household of the principal alien, or
2- unmarried legal sons and daughters of the principal alien, who are not members of some other household and who will reside regularly in the household of the principal alien, provided that such unmarried sons and daughters are:
If a son or daughter does not qualify as “immediate family” under this section, he or she may still qualify under section 3:
3- ”Immediate family member” may also include any other person who:
Aliens who may qualify for immediate family status on this basis include: any other relative, by blood, marriage, or adoption, of the principal alien or his/her spouse; a same-sex domestic partner; and a relative by blood, marriage, or adoption of the same-sex domestic partner. The term "domestic partner" means a same-sex domestic partner. Domestic partners may be issued A or G visas if the sending country would provide reciprocal treatment to domestic partners of U.S. citizen government and international organization officials and employees.
For NATO visas, immediate family member means the spouse or child of a member depending on him or her for support.
A relative who was a member of another household, even in the recent past, may still be considered a member of your household. You must be able to show that you are financially responsible for the new immediate 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.
Yes. Children who have completed a full and final adoption by the principal applicant are considered immediate family members.
Heads of state or government qualify for A category visas, regardless of the purpose of their visit. Visa categories for all other diplomatic passport holders are determined by their purpose of travel. Note that heads of state or national government qualify for A-1 category visas, regardless of the purpose of their visit.
No. If you are traveling to the United States as an official representative of your government, you require an A, G, or NATO visa.
No. Only officials traveling to the United States on behalf of their national governments may qualify for diplomatic (A) visas. Activity on behalf of a local government is not A visa activity.
Whether you qualify for a specific visa category is determined by the activity in which you plan to engage while in the United States. If you are from a non-NATO country and the military education or training you will receive is being provided at a U.S. military facility (service academy, fort, base, other military installation), you might qualify for an A visa regardless of the duration of the training.
If the military training you will receive is U.S. Government-sponsored or licensed, but is not provided at a U.S. military facility, you might qualify for an A visa only if the period of training is less than 90 days.
NATO military personnel qualify for NATO visas if they plan to engage in official NATO activity.
If you are being sent by your government to a meeting or conference which is sponsored by certain international organizations, you generally must have a G visa. However, if your visit will also include other official activities, such as bilateral meetings in Washington D.C. with U.S. Government officials, you might need an A visa.
In order to apply for a U.S. visa and travel to the United States, you must have an A or G series passport. Iraqi S, M, and N series passports are not valid for travel to the United States. More information about Iraqi passports is available on the U.S. Embassy Baghdad website.
If you have been nominated by a member government of the IMF to attend the course, and you otherwise qualify under U.S. immigration regulations, you are eligible for a G visa. When applying for the visa, you are required to submit the acceptance letter from the IMF. The request for your visa must be made or supported by the nominating foreign government.
If you were not nominated by a member government, you require a visitor (B) visa. You may qualify to travel without a visa on the Visa Waiver Program if you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program country.
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 submit the acceptance letter from the Economic Development Institute. The request for your visa must be made or supported by the nominating foreign government.
If you were not nominated by a member government, you require a visitor (B) visa. You may qualify to travel without a visa on the Visa Waiver Program if you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program country. In both cases, you must meet all applicable regulations required for a U.S. visa.
Immediate family members of A-1, A-2, G-1, G-3, G-4, and NATO1-6 visa holders might be eligible to work in the United States. An application for employment authorization using Form I-566, Interagency Record of Request – A, G or NATO Dependant Employment Authorization must be submitted to the Department of State, Office of Foreign Missions through the office, mission, or international organization which employs the principal applicant. If the Office of Foreign Mission's recommendation is favorable, Form I-566 will be forwarded to the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for action. If the application is approved, USCIS will send the employment authorization to the mission or international organization. In the case of NATO immediate family members, USCIS employment authorization will be sent to NATOSACLANT.
For further information, contact your mission or international organization or, in the case of NATO visa holders, NATOSACLANT.