Official, Governmental, and International Organization Visas

Anyone going to the United States on official business for a government or designated international organization must obtain an A or G visa. A visas are required for anyone assigned to a foreign embassy or consulate in the U.S., as well as government officials on a temporary assignment to the United States. G visas are required for individuals representing their government or hired to work directly for certain international organizations located in the U.S.  G visas are also required for employees of such organizations stationed abroad who are required to travel to the U.S. temporarily for their work.

Personal Appearance Normally Not Required: Official government and international organization travelers normally do not require a personal interview as part of the visa application process. To apply for an A or G visa please send an email to BaghdadNIV@state.gov with the subject line “Official Visa Request from [state the organization you work for].” 

Required Items for Official Visa Submission Package:  In order to prevent processing delays and complications with official visa submission, please include the following items in official visa submission packages:

1. A copy of the Application Confirmation Page.  This confirmation can be printed after submitting a Nonimmigrant Visa application at: https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/
Please note, every applicant must answer EVERY question on the application form.  If the answer to a question is “none,” please write “none” (Do not leave it blank).  Incomplete or incorrect forms will delay your visa processing and will have to be resubmitted.

2. Diplomatic Note.  This note should be from the Iraqi MFA, your Embassy in Iraq, or the international organization sponsoring you.  Diplomatic Notes requesting official travel to the U.S. should include:

    • Name and date of birth of each applicant
    • Position and title
    • Place of assignment or visit
    • Purpose of travel
    • Brief description of duties
    • Travel date
    • Anticipated length of stay or tour of duty in the U.S.
    • Names, relationships, and dates of birth of any dependents and other members of household who will be accompanying or joining the principal.

3. A passport valid for at least six (6) months after your intended date of entry into the United States.

4. A 5 cm x 5 cm front-facing passport photo – with no eyeglasses – taken within the past six months.  The photo cannot be the same photo used in the passport or for another visa.

Questions or Problems Submitting Your Visa Application?  Please send an email to BaghdadNIV@state.gov for any questions or problems submitting your official visa application package.