Crew Members (C1/D)
C1/D visas are required for pilots, air hosts/hostesses, stewards, seamen or employees on board a ship or crew members traveling to the United States as passengers to join a vessel or aircraft.
When crew members are transiting for more than 29 days in the U.S. or U.S. waters, they need to apply for a B1/B2 visa. Crew applicants may apply for both a C1/D and a B1/B2 visa at the same time.
For C1/D visas, follow the nonimmigrant visa application process.
H-3 visas are for workers going to the U.S. to receive training in any field (other than medical education or training) where the proposed training is not available in the applicant's home country. It is not intended for employment in the U.S. Visit USCIS for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unsure whether this category matches your purpose of travel. Bring your approved I-129 to the interview.
Media and Journalists (I)
I visas are for members of the press or media traveling to work in their field while in the U.S. Spouses and children of the principle applicant are also eligible for I visas.
Extraordinary Ability (O-1, O-2)
O-1 visa are for those with remarkable achievements in the sciences, arts, education, business, athletics, or the motion picture and television field.
You will follow the nonimmigrant visa application process. Please bring a copy of your Form I-797, Notice of Action, or your I-129 petition receipt number to the interview.
Artists, Entertainers and Athletes (P-1, P-2, P-3)
Information on P visa qualifications.
For scheduling P visa appointments, please email email@example.com with the subject line "P scheduling requested." Otherwise, you follow the nonimmigrant visa application process.
Please include the following information in the email:
- Name and telephone number(s) of group leader and/or point of contact
- Contracts for show venues
- Contract between the petitioner and the beneficiaries
- Publicity material for the event
- Tax returns of the petitioner
Official and Diplomatic Travel (A, G, C visas)
How to Apply
Official and Diplomatic travelers are generally exempt from application fees and the interview requirement, but otherwise follow the nonimmigrant visa application process.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries about official travel.
Fees and Fingerprinting
If you are currently in a position that requires Official or Diplomatic travel (as defined below) and you are traveling for official reasons, you are exempt from visa application fees and are not required to be fingerprinted. You or your representative may drop off your required application materials plus supporting materials such as an employment letter or diplomatic note, at our office.
Personal Travel on Official and Diplomatic Passports
Officials currently in position traveling for personal reasons on a Diplomatic passport are exempt from the visa application fee. However, travelers using Official (but not Diplomatic) passports for personal travel must pay the visa fee. In both cases, interview appointments must be scheduled by writing to email@example.com .
If you are retired, but still have your Official or Diplomatic passport, you must pay the application fees, schedule an appointment through VFS or by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org, and appear for an interview in person.
This visa is for an accredited government official who needs to go to the U.S. to transact official business on behalf of a foreign government.
A-1 is for high-ranking foreign government officials and their immediate family.
A-2 is for other foreign government officials and their immediate family.
A-3 is for attendants, servants and personal employees of persons who are eligible for A-1 or A-2 status.
What must you establish as an A-1 or A-2 Visa applicant?
You have been accredited by a foreign government recognized de jure by the Government of the U.S.;
You intend to engage solely in official activities on behalf of a foreign government while in the U.S.; and
You have been accepted by the President, the Secretary of State, or a consular officer acting on behalf of the Secretary of State; or
You are a member of the immediate family of a person who is eligible for an A-1 or A-2 Visa.
G Visas: International Organization Aliens
This visa is for an officer or employee of an International Organization who needs to go to the U.S. to work on behalf of that International Organization.
G-1 is for a person, regardless of rank, assigned to a permanent mission of a recognized government that is part of an International Organization. G-1 is also for the immediate family of a person eligible for a G-1 Visa.
G-2 is for a representative of a recognized government, regardless of rank, who needs to travel to the U.S. to attend meetings or conferences of a designated International Organization. G-2 is also for the immediate family of a person eligible for a G-2 Visa.
G-3 is for a person assigned or detailed by a member government not recognized by the U.S. or a government recognized by the U.S. that is not a member of the International Organization in question.
G-4 is for a person, regardless of rank, employed by an International Organization. G-4 is also for the immediate family of a person eligible for a G-4 Visa.
G-5 is for attendants, servants and personal employees of persons who are eligible for G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-4 Visas.
C Visas: Diplomats & Officials in Transit
This visa is for a government official who needs immediate transit through the U.S. to conduct official business on behalf of a foreign government in another country or the UN Headquarters in New York.
C-2 is for an official (or unaccredited media representative) of a government not recognized de jure by the U.S. who needs to transit to the UN Headquarters in New York.
C-3 is for an accredited government official, their immediate family and their attendants who need immediate transit through the U.S. to transact official business in another country.
Religious Worker (R-1, R-2)
R-1 visas are for pursuing paid religious work in the United States. You must have been a member of the same religious denomination as the non-profit religious organization in the U.S. that is sponsoring your petition for at least two years prior to your visa application.
Some short-term, unpaid religious activities may be pursued on a B1/B2 visa. Please email email@example.com if you have questions about the appropriate category.
For R visas, follow the nonimmigrant visa application process. You must present an approved DHS petition (Form I-129) at your interview.
V, Q and K Visas
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org before you apply for these visa categories.
Questions? Other Visa Categories?
Please email: email@example.com or visit the U.S. Department of State website for a complete list of visas available to the United States.