Diplomatic and Government Officials

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A-1, A-2, C-3 and G-1 through G-4 visas may be issued to diplomats and other government officials for official travel to or through the United States. Generally, the classification of visa required by a diplomat or other government official depends upon their purpose of travel to the United States.  There are very specific requirements which must be met by applicants in order to qualify for A, G or NATO visas under U.S. immigration law.

Applications for A-1, A-2, C-3 and G-1 through G-4 visas must be submitted to the U.S. Embassy Consular Section through the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Third country national applications for A-1 and A-2 visas may be submitted by courier to the U.S. Embassy Consular Section from accredited diplomatic missions in Guatemala. A diplomatic note must accompany all A-1, A-2, C-3 and G1 through G-4 visa applications.  Do not pay an MRV visa application fee through this site, as it will not be refunded.

Applications for G-1 through G-4 visas may be submitted directly to the U.S. Embassy consular section. All G-1 through G-4 visa applications must be accompanied by a diplomatic note or, for international organizations, an official letter requesting the issuance of a G visa. 

Applicants for official and diplomatic visas of the Government of Guatemala, official holders, diplomats or ordinary passports traveling to the United States or other countries in an official capacity (visas A-1, A-2, C-3 visas); diplomatic officers assigned to foreign embassies in Guatemala, holders of diplomatic or regular passports, applying for diplomatic, official or unofficial visa (visas A-2, C-3, B1/B2, etc ....); and employees of international organizations traveling to the United States in an official capacity (G-4 visas) may submit their application directly to the consular section at window #11, Monday to Thursday, except the third Thursday of the month and official Guatemalan and U.S. holidays.


Update: As of June 22, 2020, due to limited resources and local government restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the hours for accepting official and diplomatic visa applications are Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. until further notice. Please note that the third Thursday of the month and official Guatemalan and U.S. federal holidays the consular section is closed. 


The following documents must be submitted with the application:

  1. Diplomatic Note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Embassy, or international organization requesting the visa.  The note must indicate whether the applicant has been temporarily assigned to the United States or is traveling on official business. The note should also indicate the dates and reason for specific travel. 
  2. The confirmation sheet of the visa application form DS-160.
  3. A recent photograph taken within the last six months. 
  4. Valid passport (regular or diplomatic depending on the category of visa one is applying for).
  5. If the applicant with a previous visa of the same class will apply, and such visa has not expired, the visa shall be submitted for physical cancellation.  

Diplomatic officers applying for a regular visa (in a regular passport) must make the payment of $160.00 for processing the visa application at consular window # 4.  Diplomatic visas in diplomatic passports are exempted from payment of application processing.

More Information

For more information, please visit this web page or consult with your government or agency's administrative office responsible for visa issues.

You can visit the Department of State website for additional information about qualifying for Diplomatic and Official visas and for more specific information about A visas and G visas.