A-2 visa

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The A-2 visa is a non-immigrant visa which allows travel to United States for certain government officials, employees, their immediate families, and their technical and support staff.[1] This includes military personnel traveling for reasons not related to NATO.[a] Those typically admitted under an A-2 visa include:

  • Individuals travelling to work at a consulate or embassy in the US
  • Individuals travelling to the US on the written request of their home country
  • Members of foreign militaries stationed at US military installations
  • Representatives from the African Union or European Union[2]

There is no maximum limit on the duration of stay for A-2 visa holders, and no requirement to maintain a foreign residence.[1]


  1. ^ Those whose travel directly relates to NATO will normally qualify for one of the seven NATO visa classes.


  1. ^ a b Immigration pocket field guide. Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. 2013. p. 50. 
  2. ^ "Visas for Diplomats and Foreign Government Officials". US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs. Retrieved 13 October 2016. 

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