The A Visa classification is for diplomats, government officials, and foreign government members travelling to conduct official duties or activities on behalf their national government. This can include ambassadors, public ministers, or career diplomats. To learn more about applying for an A-Visa, contact the immigration experts at FL-ILC at 1-800-666-4996 today.
The A-1 Visa is reserved for officers of permanent diplomatic missions and visiting officials of a foreign state (such as top judicial officers or cabinet members) representing their government at the very highest levels. You may also qualify for an A-1 Visa if you are an immediate family member of someone who currently holds this status.
Benefits of the A-1 Visa include legal immunity to any crimes in the United States, meaning you cannot be arrested or tried. The visa is processed very quickly and it allows you to stay and exit the country in an unlimited capacity. While you may not work or study under this status, your immediate family members may do so by filing Form I-566 or by requesting a change of status with the Department of State.
A-2 visas are reserved for officers of permanent diplomatic positions, but typically are not in the top level tier positions, such as the head of state, or a similar position within their national government organization. They are entitled to the same rights and privileges as A-1 Visa holders.
A-3 Visas are available for personal employees, domestic servants or workers of A-1 or A-2 visa holders, though they will need to prove they meet the requirements in 9 FAM 402.3-5(C). As part of the application process, an interview at the embassy or consulate is required. Proof that the applicant will receive a fair wage to sufficiently support himself financially is also required. The wage must be comparable to what’s being offered in the area of employment in the U.S. Lastly, applicants for A-3 visas must apply outside the United States.
If you would like more information about applying for any variation of the A Visa, contact the Miramar immigration attorneys at the FL-ILC at 1-800-666-4996.