Diplomatic/Official (A), International Organization (G) and NATO visas are issued to diplomats and other government officials for travel to the United States in their official capacity. The classification of visa required depends on purpose of travel to the United States. There are very specific requirements that must be met by applicants to qualify for an A, G, or NATO visa, under U.S. immigration law.
Individuals with diplomatic or official passports should follow the instructions below to submit a visa application online, gather required documentation, and complete the form to request an appointment.
STEP 1: Complete the DS-160 online application form, print the confirmation sheet (page with barcode) for each applicant, and gather the following documentation:
- A passport valid for travel to the United States
- A 2 x 2 inch photograph, in case the photo did not upload correctly or does not meet the photograph requirements.
- A diplomatic note from the sending country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (A visas), or diplomatic note and/or travel orders from the international organization (G visas):
For A visas, the sending government must provide the following information in the diplomatic note submitted with any A-1 or A-2 visa application:
- the government official’s or employee’s name, date of birth, position and title, place of assignment or visit, purpose of travel, a brief description of his or her duties, travel date, and the anticipated length of the tour of duty or stay in the United States, and
- the names, relationships, and dates of birth of any dependents and other members of household who will be accompanying or joining the government official or employee.
Visit Travel.State.gov for more information on visas for diplomats and foreign government officials.
For G visas, the diplomatic note and/or travel orders submitted with any G or NATO visa application must include the following information:
- the officer’s or employee’s name, date of birth, position and title, the international organization or office where the individual will be serving, the purpose of travel, a brief description of his or her duties, travel date, and the anticipated length of stay in the United States, and
- the names, relationships, and dates of birth of any dependents and other members of household who will be accompanying or joining the officer or employee.
Visit Travel.State.gov for more information on visas for employees of international organizations and NATO.
STEP 2: Complete the form below to request an appointment to bring, or send with a third party, the required documentation to the Protocol Window located inside the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lima.
- Most diplomatic passport holders are exempt from paying visa fees, though there are limited exceptions if the visa class sought is B-1/B-2.
- Official and special passport holders are exempt from paying visa fees for official type visas but are required to pay for visa application and reciprocal issuance fees, if applicable, for any non-official type visa.
- Diplomatic/official passport holders applying for a tourist visa on their regular passports are required to pay for visa application and reciprocal issuance fees, if applicable, and personally attend a visa interview.
Who should send the Diplomatic Note?
- Ministry of Foreign Relations, for A-1/A-2/G-1/G-2 visas
- International Organization, for G-4 visas
- Directorate of Privileges and Immunities of the Ministry of Foreign Relations or Foreign Diplomatic Mission (Embassy) in Peru, for B-1/B-2 & C-3 visas
More information on protocol visa categories
- For detailed information on A visas, please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs Travel Information website.
- For detailed information on G visas, please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs Travel Information website.
Other visa categories
- Applicants within the following categories may request a B-1/B-2 (tourist visa) with a Protocol Note from the Directorate of Privileges and Immunities of the Ministry of Foreign Relations or with a Diplomatic Note from a Foreign Diplomatic Mission (Embassy) in Peru:
- Ministers of State of the government of Peru;
- Members of the Peruvian Congress;
- Active judges of the Peruvian Supreme Court;
- Active members of the Peruvian diplomatic service;
- Diplomatic or Official active members of a foreign Diplomatic mission in Peru; and,
- The legally married or same-sex spouse, and unmarried children under 21 (or children under the age of 23 and in full-time attendance as students at post-secondary educational institutions or with a physical or mental disability) of individuals in the above categories, bearing the same type of passport as the principal applicant. Any other family members, including parents, siblings, divorced spouses, and adult children, must apply for a visa though the regular appointment process.
- Applicants for visa categories other than tourist and official – including students or those seeking temporary work – must apply for a visa through the regular appointment process.