Government Visas for Official Government Travelers
The Government Visa Program (GVP) is a special program for those applying for U.S. diplomatic and official visas. A and G visas allow travel for a purpose deemed by the U.S. as solely reserved for a central government (A) or travel on behalf of a U.S.-recognized international organization (G). Most eligible Timorese applicants receive visas valid for multiple entries.
A and G visa applicants must demonstrate that they qualify for a U.S. visa according to the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Please understand that the purpose of travel governs visa classification under U.S. law. Holding a diplomatic or official passport does not automatically qualify the bearer to an A or G visa. If the applicant does not clearly qualify for an A or G visa, we will inform the applicant of any requirement to appear at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta for biometric collection, interview, and payment of visa fees. There is no all-inclusive list of qualifications, but applicants may be found eligible if we determine that:
- Their trip is consistent with U.S. law
- They are central government (not provincial, local or state owned enterprise or university officials) or recognized international organization officials;
- They will engage in bona fide central government or international organization duties;
- They apply with a diplomatic note issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, foreign mission, or U.S. recognized international organization; and
- They are not subject to exclusion.
Applicants should keep in mind the following points when applying for U.S. visas:
One-day processing is not possible. We require a minimum of two business days to process visa applications, even for urgent travel.
- Applicants should plan ahead and apply early to avoid travel delays.
- Applicants should submit all required documents in one package. Incomplete documentation and old photos will be returned and processing will be suspended.
- All documents must be submitted in English, including the DS-160 online application.
- If the applicant receives an email from us informing them of additional administrative processing, it means the visa application will take longer to process than the normal 2 business days. This does not mean the applicant will not receive a visa.
How to Apply
Qualified applicants for A or G visas who are holders of diplomatic passports seeking any visa are not charged a fee. A or G visa applicants do not have to appear in person at the Embassy. Applicants should ensure that all of the information on the application is complete. If it is not complete, we will return the application and it must be corrected.
The applicant or courier may drop off the application package at U.S. Embassy Dili between 10:00 and noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays except on Timorese and American holidays. Government Visa Program applications must be received directly from the appropriate Ministry, Embassy, or International Organization, and must be submitted through their staff, NOT through U.S. Embassy personnel.
Application packages must include the following documents:
- Completed DS-160 and printed confirmation page.
Note: All male applicants under 45 years of age are required to fully complete the education and work history section of the DS-160. This includes all education starting from senior high school and any college or university studies. Applicants who have served in the military or military staff who hold any military rank, should answer “Yes” to the following question on the application: “Have you ever served in the military?”
- Passport that will be valid for at least six months at the time of the trip.
- One recent (less than six months old) 5 X 5 cm photo with a white background. Photos must be less than 6 months old and never used for a visa for the U.S. or any other country. As of November 1, 2016, applicants may not wear glasses in the photo.
- Original Diplomatic note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs explaining the job position and purpose of travel to the U.S. The Diplomatic note should include the following information concerning the principal applicant:
- Name and date of birth,
- Position and title, place of work
- 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, and
- The names, relationships, dates of birth, and travel dates of any dependents and other members of household who will be accompanying or joining the principal applicant.
For foreign government officials or employees serving at diplomatic or consular missions (including a mission to an international organization), or at a other foreign government offices in the United States for 90 days or more, the diplomatic note should be issued by the sending government’s foreign ministry, not by a mission or foreign government office in the United States. Career officials assigned outside of the United States may submit a note from the embassy or consulate outside the United States, provided the note certifies that the foreign ministry requests the visa application.
- An invitation letter, if appropriate or if it provides information as to the purpose of the applicant’s travel.
United Nations Officials
United Nations officers and employees on permanent assignment to UN headquarters or to one of the related agencies, or traveling to New York for specific meetings, short-term consultations, or temporary duty assignments must submit a G-visa request cable issued by the United Nations. This also applies to immediate family members and domestic employees accompanying the employees.
The cable should be formatted to include the following information:
- Name of Applicant
- Date and Place of Birth
- Functional Title/Department/Relationship to Principal
- Duty Station/Destination in the United States
- Purpose of Travel
- Expected Arrival and Departure Date
- Appointment Type
- Remarks/Name, Date of Birth, Relationship to Staff, Place of Birth, Nationality of Dependents (if relevant)
Issued Visa Collection
Once the visa has been issued, it is available for collection Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and noon. For other inquiries, contact the Consular Section through email at email@example.com.