G-1-5 Employees of International Organizations

OVERVIEW

A citizen of a foreign country, who wishes to enter the United States, generally must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. The type of visa you must have is defined by immigration law, and relates to the purpose of your travel.

DEFINITION

G1-5 category visas are issued to accredited, persons holding an official position, other than an honorary official position, with an international organization and possessing a travel document or other evidence of intention to enter or transit the United States to transact official business for that international organization.

ELIGIBILITY

To qualify for a G visa the individual concerned must be entering the United States in pursuance of official duties and qualify for a G Visa in one of the categories listed below:

G-1 Visa: Permanent representative to International organization

Issued to Members of a permanent mission of a recognized government, to an international organization regardless of rank, and to members of their immediate families. G-1 visas are also issued to the mission's secretaries, chauffeurs and custodial employees.

G-2 VISAS: TEMPORARY REPRESENTATIVE TO INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION

Issued to representatives of a recognized government and to members of their immediate families traveling to the United States temporarily to attend meetings of a designated international organization. G-2 officials may represent their governments at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly or as TDY officers to that country's mission to the international organization.
G-2 visas may be issued to military officers who are assisting the UN Secretariat with peacekeeping matters. Family members may also be issued G-2 visas.

G-3 VISAS: REPRESENTATIVE NONRECOGNIZED/MEMBER TO INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION

Issued to representatives of non-recognized or non-member governments, regardless of rank, and to members of their immediate families. G-3 visas should also be issued to representatives of such governments so as to participate in temporary meetings of designated international organizations (e.g., a meeting of the UN General Assembly and Security Council).

G-4 VISAS: EMPLOYEE OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION AND FAMILY

Issued to personnel who are proceeding to the United States to take up an appointment at a designated international organization (including the United Nations). Members of their immediate families may also be issued G-4 visas.

Officers and employees of designated international organizations, who are not assigned in the United States, may be accorded G-4 classification if they intend to transit the United States. G-4 visas may also be issued to personnel of any rank on the payroll of a designated international organization proceeding to the United States on behalf of that organization.

G-5 VISAS: PERSONAL EMPLOYEE OF G1-2-3-4

Issued to the attendants and personal employees of persons in G-1 through G-4 status.

DEPENDENTS

The spouse and children of an G, visa applicants are entitled to the same status. "Immediate family" members are defined as the principal applicant's spouse and unmarried legal sons and daughters of any age who are not members of some other household.

Further Inquiries: For additional information and inquiries regarding your qualifications for a specific visa classification and application procedures please contact us.



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