Foreign Government Officials (A1/A2)
Foreign diplomats, official government, and military travelers going to the U.S. on official government business may apply for an A visa at the U.S. Embassy. To qualify for an A visa, you must be traveling to the U.S. on behalf of your national government to engage solely in official activities. Officials traveling to the United States to perform non-governmental functions of a commercial or competitive nature would fall into other visa categories and are not eligible for A visas. The local government or provincial level officials of Bangladesh traveling to the United States to perform official duties do not qualify for A2 visa.
Employees of an International Organization (G1/G2/G4)
International Organization (G) visas are issued to diplomats and other government officials for travel to the United States (U.S.). With the exception of a Head of State or Government who qualifies for an A visa regardless of the purpose of his or her visit to the U.S., the type of visa required by a diplomat or other government official depends upon their purpose of travel to the U.S. Applicants must meet specific requirements to qualify for an employee of International Organization (G) visa under immigration law. The consular officer will determine whether you qualify for the visa once we receive application package. The purpose of your intended travel to the U.S. must be pursuant to official duties.
G-1: Permanent mission members of a recognized foreign government to a designated international organization are eligible to apply for a G-1 visa.
NOTE: In order to be eligible to apply for a “G1” category nonimmigrant visa, an applicant must be an individual officially representing foreign government and posted to a permanent foreign mission to an international organization in the United States.
G-2: Representatives of a recognized foreign government traveling to the U.S. temporarily to attend meetings of a designated international organization (where the United States Government is a member) are eligible to apply for a G-2 visa.
G-4: Individuals who are proceeding to the U.S. to take up an appointment/assignment at a designated international organization (where the United States Government is a member), including the United Nations are eligible for G-4 visas.
Official A and G visas will be issued upon receipt of a properly executed application package and a Diplomatic Note Verbale from foreign government offices/international organizations. The International Organization/Foreign Mission/Ministry’s Note Verbal requesting visa issuance should include the name, title and position of the traveler, the passport number and the purpose of travel. For applications in advance of specific reasons for travel, please state anticipated government business in the Note Verbale.
A Government Order (GO) from the esteemed ministry where applicant works should also be included if the application package comes from Bangladesh Government.
In addition, names of a spouse or minor children who will accompany the official should be listed on the Note Verbale. We do not accept soft copy of any note verbale. Therefore, please do not email us your official note verbale. Each non-immigrant visa applicant must complete online DS-160.
A designated representative from the esteemed Foreign Mission/Ministry/International Organization may deliver the application package which should include the following mandatory items:
- A diplomatic note verbale. The note issued by the foreign government office/international organization should clearly state the following:
- Name and date of birth
- Position and title
- Place of assignment or visit
- Purpose of travel
- Brief description of duties
- Travel date
- Anticipated length of stay or tour of duty in the United States
Information in the Note Verbale, GO and DS-160 application form regarding the travel purpose, intended travel dates, etc. should be consistent.
- An original Government Order (GO) from the relevant Ministry explaining that the applicant will be on official government duty during the trip, as well as other terms and conditions. The Ministry should provide both original Bangla and English-translated versions of GO. The Government Order (GO) is NOT required for “G4” visa applications.
- DS-160: Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application confirmation page
- The information provided in DS-160 should be true and correct
- The DS-160 online visa application should include the full version of the applicant’s initials if not fully spelled out in the passport
- If the full version of the applicant’s name initialsis not fully spelled in the DS-160 online visa application, the name initials should be spelled-out and written on the DS-160 confirmation page
- A valid photo must be uploaded into the DS-160 form
- Failure to provide complete information in DS-160 online application may impact timely processing of official A and G visa application
- A machine-readable passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended stay in the U.S. Only recent passport needs to be submitted.
- One photo (instruction for U.S. visa photo requirements available at ustraveldocs.com/bd/en)
For family members, please submit
- A passport (valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended stay in the U.S.)
- DS-160: Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application confirmation page. A valid photo must be uploaded into the DS-160 form
- A photo taken within the 6 months before the application date. U.S. visa photo requirement can be found at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/bd/en)
- A letter of introduction (LOI)/Note Verbale issued by the Foreign Government/Foreign Mission/International Organization stating
- Name and date of birth of the derivatives;
- Position and title of the principal applicant;
- Relationship with the principal applicant
- Place of assignment or visit;
- Purpose of travel;
- Brief description of duties;
- Travel date;
- PA’s anticipated length of stay or tour of duty in the United States
- A copy of principal applicant’s note verbale, GO, and associated supporting documents (when family is travelling separately)
Application package submission
In order to submit the official visa application package, the designated representative of foreign government/international organization needs to come to the Consular Section of the United States Embassy located at Madani Avenue, Baridhara on any Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 02:00 p.m. and 02:30 p.m. The designated representative must present the Diplomatic Note/Note Verbal and his/her valid photo ID to the guard on Madani Avenue to gain access to the consular gate 2. Once the security formalities have been completed, the designated representative should proceed to the consular waiting room.
All diplomatic/official visa applications must be submitted 30 days prior to the intended departure date.
The courier will receive a letter and a copy of DS-160 with barcode number to check the application status online. The letter and copy of DS-160 with barcode number confirms receipt of complete nonimmigrant A and G official visa applications.
The official/diplomatic visas will normally be ready for pick up in thirty days of receiving the application package in consular section. When the application status changes to “Issued,” the visa is ready for pick-up. The applicants/foreign government office/international organization may send their authorized courier and collect it.
When: Three (3) Embassy workdays after the application status changes to “Issued”
Where: Consular Section, U.S. Embassy, Baridhara, Dhaka
Time: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 02:00 p.m. sharp
What to Bring: DS-160 Confirmation page and an authorization letter from the applicant along with the authorized person’s valid photo ID.
In some cases, a personal interview is required. If so, the designated representative will receive a letter with instructions on how to schedule an interview appointment. Please note that some cases may be subjected to additional processing, which can affect the timing of the issuance. Cases that require additional processing will certainly take longer than thirty days. Please continue to check the status of your application daily. Use the barcode number found on your DS-160 form to search the status.
Passport Withdrawal for emergency travel
While an application is under processing, applicants may withdraw their passports subject to personal/official travel plans. In such cases, the applicant is required to email us the name, national ID number and/or official ID badge information of the authorized courier to collect the passports. The passports will be returned from the consular section. The designated courier should come to the Consular Section on the scheduled date along with a valid photo ID, DS-160 confirmation page, an authorization letter, and a copy of the appointment confirmation email. Applicants need to submit their passports as soon as their travel is complete. Please bear in mind that withdrawal of a passport normally postpones the completion of application processing.
Personal Appearance and Visa Fees
Personal appearance is generally not required for A and G visa applicants traveling to the United States on official business. With respect to the Machine-Readable Visa (MRV) fees to be paid, all persons eligible for category “A” or “G” non-immigrant visas are exempt from the payment of the US $160 nonimmigrant visa processing fee.
Domestic Employees of A and G visa Applicants
Personal employees, attendants, or domestic employees of individuals who hold a valid A1, G1, G4 visa may be issued an A-3 or G5 visa. Biometric fingerprints and interviews are required for these applicants.
Visa Fees & Tourist Travel for Diplomats
Individuals who qualify for an A or G visa are exempt from paying visa fees. Additionally, individuals holding diplomatic passports may also be exempt from machine-readable visa (MRV) fees regardless of visa classification and purpose of travel, including tourist travel. If you hold a diplomatic (i.e., not a regular, official, or special) passport and are applying for a tourist visa, please do not pay the visa fee unless a Consular Officer tells you to do so.
However, bearers of diplomatic passports must still appear for a personal interview and fingerprints. For your convenience, we ask that you notify us via email and confirm with the Consular Section if you intend to apply for a tourist visa before you pay the MRV fee.