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International Organizations and NATO

International Organizations

Employees of designated international organizations, government representatives to those organizations, and government representatives traveling to attend meetings of a designated international organization receive G category visas.


National representatives to NATO, international NATO staff, and their immediate family members receive NATO visas.  In addition to the requirements listed below, please submit a copy of your NATO travel orders with your application.

Note that many armed forces personnel are exempt from passport and visa requirements if they are either attached to NATO Allied Headquarters in the United States and are traveling on official business, or are entering the United States under the NATO Status of Forces Agreement. In the latter case, you must carry official military ID cards and NATO travel orders. When traveling in exempt status, such personnel would generally be entering the United States by military aircraft or naval vessel.

How to Apply

To apply for a G or NATO visa, you and any accompanying family members should each complete an online visa application form.

Your government or international organization should then deliver to the U.S. Embassy your passport, one 5cm X 5cm color photo, and a diplomatic note/recognized international organization visa request letter that includes the following information:

  • Name and date of birth of the traveler
  • 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 United States
  • The names, relationships, and dates of birth of any dependents and other members of household who will be accompanying or joining the principal.

For Albanian government officials, the diplomatic note must originate from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defense, or the Office of the President.

There are no fees for G and NATO visas.  Interviews may be waived on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Information

For more information please visit the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs webpage “Visas for Employees of International Organizations and NATO.”