Nonimmigrant Visas

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tirana is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

  • Email: To reach a customer service representative via email, please write to TiranaUSConsulate@state.gov.
  • Telephone: Please contact a customer service representative using one of these telephone numbers:
    • Callers in Albania: Call +355 4 4500037
    • Callers in the United States: Call +1-703-520-2498
  • Skype: usvisaalbania

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The Consular Section is open from 7:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding U.S. and Albanian holidays.  Applicants are accepted by appointment only.

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.

NATO

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.”

To qualify for a diplomatic (A-1 or A-2 class) visa, you must be traveling to the United States on behalf of your national government to engage in official activities for that government. The only exception is for very senior officials, such as the presidents and prime ministers, who are entitled to diplomatic visas regardless of their purpose of travel.

Government officials traveling to the United States for tourism, commercial business, and political party (as opposed to government) reasons do not qualify for diplomatic visas, and should follow instructions on our “How to Apply” page to apply for a visitor visa or other appropriate visa type.

If you are a national government official traveling on government or state business, you must enter the U.S. on a diplomatic visa.  You cannot enter on a tourist visa or under the Visa Waiver Program.

Municipal and Regional Government Officials

City and regional government officials do not qualify for diplomatic visa status.  Only national government officials traveling on official business qualify.

How to Apply

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

Your government or embassy should then deliver to the U.S. Embassy your passport, one 5cm X 5cm color photo, and a diplomatic note 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 diplomatic visas.  Interviews for diplomatic visa applicants 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 “Diplomats and Foreign Government Official Visa.”