Nonimmigrant Visas: Official and Diplomatic Travel

Updated 2/28/2024


Submit official and diplomatic visa applications in person in the black mailbox at consular entrance, Monday through Friday from 2:00 pm -3:00 pm.  See below for application requirements.

Most official applicants are not required to appear for an interview with a consular officer and are exempt from fees and fingerprint collection.

Processing time is normally 5-10 business days after submission of the application. However, processing times may vary and there is no guarantee that your visa will be ready within this time frame. We urge travelers to apply as early as possible and not make firm travel arrangements (e.g. purchase plane tickets, make non-refundable hotel reservations) before receiving the visa.

 Required Documents

  • Valid Passport
  • Diplomatic Note or “Note Verbale” from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Diplomatic Mission; official request from the appropriate international organization or sending government.
  • One recent ID photograph.  Please refer to the Photo Requirements page. 
  • The DS-160 confirmation page .  Please refer to the DS-160 instructions page.
  • Please note:  additional documentary requirements may apply in some cases.

Holders of diplomatic passports traveling to the US for non-official purposes, as well as A-3, G-5 and NATO-8 applicants, should email for application instructions.


For other questions or information about diplomatic and official visas, or to track your official visa application status, please contact us at .

Correspondence with the Visa Unit is by email only, please be sure to include a valid email address with your request.

All requests that do not meet the requirements as outlined above will not be considered.  In the case of non-compliant applications, you will receive an email with further instructions.