A new online system for the issuance of diplomatic/official visas has been introduced w.e.f February 2015.
All foreigners holding diplomatic/official/service passports, to obtain a diplomatic or official visa, are required to submit visa applications online. Physical visa application forms are not accepted. A message is sent via email or SMS when the visa is granted. The visa is there after collected in person from the CPV Division.
Other services that are rendered through this online portal are:
- Extension of diplomatic/official visas
- Conversion to diplomatic/official visas
- Transfer of diplomatic/official Visa
Applicants are advised to apply at least 3 weeks before the expiry of their visas or visa-free period.
All applicants for Diplomatic/Official Visa should have the following required documents to the Embassy or Consulate in your home country:
- Passport valid for travel to that country
- Non-immigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page
- Passport size photo
- A diplomatic note – written confirmation from your country’s government of your status and official purpose of travel.
- For an immediate family member, apply separately from the principal visa applicant
Review the instructions for how to apply for a visa on the website of the embassy or consulate where you will apply. Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified.
Individuals who qualify for an official visa classification ( A, G, C-3, NATO) are exempt from paying visa fees.
More About VISA FEE
Individuals holding diplomatic passports may also be exempt from visa fees regardless of visa classification and purpose of travel if they meet one of the qualifying categories. Possession of a diplomatic passport or the equivalent is not by itself sufficient to qualify for a no-fee diplomatic visa. The consular officer will determine whether the visa applicant qualifies for an exemption of fees under the country’s immigration laws. Official passport holders are not charged for official visas but are required to pay visa application and reciprocal issuance fees, if applicable, for all non-official visas.
Intermediate Family Members Criteria
Visa application procedures for your immediate family members are the same as for you. Immediate family members are defined as the spouse and unmarried sons and daughters who are members of your household, even if studying in a different location. An immediate family member may also be a person who will reside regularly in your household, is not a member of some other household, and is recognized as your immediate family member by the sending Government, as demonstrated by eligibility for rights and benefits, such as the issuance of a diplomatic or official passport or travel and other allowances.
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- Declaration regarding sufficient and sustainable financial resources for the duration of the stay (stated in the application form; the authority may request supporting documents)
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- Updates & Follow-up with the Consulate