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Diplomatic and Official Passport/Visas

For certain applicants, alternative visa processing may apply.  Please see below for more information. 

 

  • CHINESE DIPLOMATIC AND OFFICIAL PASSPORTS
     

    OFFICIAL TRAVEL ON DIPLOMATIC, SERVICE, OR PUBLIC AFFAIRS PASSPORT (A-1, A-2, C-3, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4) 

    Chinese Diplomatic (red), Service (green), and Public Affairs (brown) passport holders traveling to or through the United States on official business must obtain the appropriate visa prior to their entry.  Please contact the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) or your local Foreign Affairs Office (FAO) to start your application process.

    UNOFFICIAL TRAVEL ON DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT (B1/B2, C-1) Special application procedures apply to diplomatic passport holders going to the United States on unofficial travel. Unless renewing a previous visa, these applications require biometric collection and an interview with a consular officer. These individuals may come to the Embassy at No. 55 Anjia Lou Rd. and submit their visa applications Monday-Friday from 9:00-11:00 AM without making an appointment or paying the visa application fee. Please be sure to check our holiday/closure schedule in advance.  Due to appointment and processing wait times, it is recommended that applicants start the application process well in advance of their planned travel dates. At the time of the interview, applicants should prepare their documentation according to the visa classification for which they are applying. See visa types and recommended documents for more information.

     
    Required Documentation:

    The DS-160 application form confirmation page. 

    Passport:  If your passport will expire less than six months from your planned arrival in the United States, is damaged, or you do not have a page for a visa, please get a new passport before your interview. (For country- specific exemptions to the six month rule, please click here.)

    One photograph:  Two inches square (51mm x 51mm) color photograph, less than 6 months old, against a white background, full frontal view. Click for more information on photo requirements. Please use scotch tape to stick your photo on the front cover of your passport.

    Your resume:  We recommend you bring an English version of your resume, including previous study/research and a description of your job responsibilities.

    UNOFFICIAL TRAVEL ON SERVICE OR PUBLIC AFFAIRS PASSPORT (B1/B2, C-1)
    Service and public affairs passport holders going to the United States on unofficial travel should contact their local Foreign Affairs Office (FAO) to start the application process.  Unless renewing a previous visa, an interview, biometric collection, and payment of the visa application fee are required.  At the time of the interview, applicants should prepare their documentation according to the visa classification for which they are applying. See visa types and recommended documents for more information.  Due to appointment and processing wait times, it is recommended that applicants start the application process well in advance of their planned travel dates.

    RENEWALS
    Diplomatic and official passport holders may also use the drop-off service for renewal of a previous visa if they satisfy the U.S. Embassy’s visa renewal requirements.  Eligible applicants should ask their local Foreign Affairs Office (FAO) about the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Drop-off service.

  • THIRD COUNTRY DIPLOMATS
     

    OFFICIAL TRAVEL (A-1, A-2, C-2, C-3, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4)

    Government officials who are traveling to or through the United States on official business must obtain the appropriate visa prior to their entry. They cannot travel on tourist visas or visa-free under the Visa Waiver Program. Please contact your country’s Mission in China to begin the application process.

    Foreign officials who are traveling to the United States on official business must obtain an A visa prior to their entry. They cannot travel on tourist's visas, or visa free under the Visa Waiver Program.  The official, or their representative, may submit their visa applications at the Embassy at No. 55 Anjia Lou Rd without making an appointment, Monday-Friday 9:00-11:00 a.m.

    UNOFFICIAL TRAVEL

    The Visa Waiver Program (“VWP”) enables nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. This includes diplomatic passport holders going to the U.S. on unofficial travel. See the list of VWP Countries.

    Special application procedures apply to visa applicants from foreign diplomatic missions and international organizations in China who are traveling for non-official reasons (i.e., applying for B1/B2 or C-1 visas) on diplomatic passports. These individuals may require fingerprits and an interview. They can come to the Embassy at No.55 Anjia Lou Rd. and submit their visa applications Monday-Friday 9:00–11:00 a.m. without making an appointment. Please be sure to check our holiday/closure schedule in advance.  Due to appointment and processing wait times, it is recommended that applicants start the application process well in advance of their planned travel dates. At the time of the interview, applicants should prepare their documentation according to the visa classification for which they are applying. See visa types and recommended documents for more information.

    Required Documentation:

    The DS-160 application form confirmation page.

    Diplomatic Note: the note must include the name and title of the applicant as well as the purpose and length of their trip to the United States.

    Passport: If your passport will expire less than six months from your planned arrival in the United States, is damaged, or you do not have a page for a visa, please get a new passport before your interview. For a list of country-specific exemption to the six-month rule, please click here.

    One photograph: Two inches square (51mm x 51mm) color photograph, less than 6 months old, against a white background, full frontal view.

    Click for more information on photo requirements. Please use scotch tape to stick your photo on the front cover of your passport.

    Your resume:  We recommend you bring an English version of your resume, including previous study/research and a description of your job responsibilities.

  • DOMESTIC EMPLOYEES OF DIPLOMATS
     

    Personal or domestic employees who are accompanying or following to join an employer who is a foreign diplomat or official may be eligible for A-3, G-5, or NATO-7 visas, depending on the visa status of their employer. This category of persons includes, but is not limited to, cooks, chauffeurs, housekeepers, nannies, and gardeners.  Please click here for more general information about visas for domestic employees.     

    Please note that A-3/G-5 domestic employees must first be registered with the Department of State's Office of Foreign Missions Management Information System (TOMIS) before applying for a visa. For details of TOMIS registration, please contact the U.S. Department of State's Office of Foreign Missions.

    DOMESTIC EMPLOYEE OF A-1 OR A-2 VISA HOLDER (A-3)     Domestic employees of an employer who seeks admission to, or who is already in, the United States in A-1 or A-2 status may be issued A-3 visas.  Domestic employees of persons holding G-1 through G-4 visas may be issued G-5 visas, and domestic employees of persons holding NATO-1 through NATO-6 visas may be issued NATO-7 visas. There is no visa processing fee for these types of visas, but the visa applicant is required to appear in person for fingerprints and an interview with a U.S. consular officer.  Such individuals may come to the Embassy at No. 55 Anjia Lou Rd. and submit their visa applications Monday-Friday from 9:00-11:00 AM without making an appointment.  Please be sure to check our holiday/closure schedule in advance. 

    Required documentation:

    The DS-160 application form confirmation page.

    Copy of employer’s U.S. visa.

    Note Verbale/Official Request Letter: The note verbale/official request letter should list the name of the employee and give the employer's title or official status. It should also specify the date of departure from China, the purpose of the trip, and the length of stay in the United States. 

    Employment contract: When applying for the visa the applicant must be able to show that he/she will be compensated at the state or federal minimum or prevailing wage, whichever is greater. Specific contract requirements for can be found here.

    Passport: If your passport will expire less than six months from your planned arrival in the United States, is damaged, or you do not have a page for a visa, please get a new passport before your interview. For a list of country-specific exemption to the six-month rule, please click here.

    One photograph: Two inches square (51mm x 51mm) color photograph, less than 6 months old, against a white background, full frontal view. Click for more information on photo requirements. Please use scotch tape to stick your photo on the front cover of your passport. 

  • DIPLOMATIC VISA IN NON-DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT
     

    A G-4 visa is issued to individuals and their family members who are coming to the U.S. to take up an appointment at a designated international organization, including the United Nations.

    There is no processing fee for this type of visa.  Generally an interview is not required; however, a consular officer can request an interview. Additionally, G-4 visa applicants are exempt from the fingerprint scan requirement. Applicants for G-4 visas may come to our Embassy at No.55 Anjia Lou Rd. and submit their visa applications Monday-Friday from 9:00-11:00 AM without making an appointment.  Please be sure to check our holiday/closure schedule in advance. 

    Required documents:

    The DS-160 application form confirmation page.

    Official letter from the employing international organization. 

    If you are an immediate family member applying separately from the principle applicant, a photocopy of the principle applicant’s visa.

    Passport: If your passport will expire less than six months from your planned arrival in the United States, is damaged, or you do not have a page for a visa, please get a new passport before your interview. For a list of country-specific exemption to the six-month rule, please click here.

    One photograph: Two inches square (51mm x 51mm) color photograph, less than 6 months old, against a white background, full frontal view. Click for more information on photo requirements. Please use scotch tape to stick your photo on the front cover of your passport.