G- Visa & Status

G visas and status is codified in INA §101(a)(15)(G), 8 U.S.C. §1101(a)(15)(G), 9 FAM 41.24.

1.The authority for the G visa is the International Organizations Immunities Act, 22 U.S.C. §28
2.It provides for five categories with respect to the G visa and they are as follows:

General Criteria

General criteria to obtain a G status are:

  • If person is eligible for both A and G (i.e., foreign diplomat conducting business for government and also attending organization) will be given an A visa. 22 C.F.R. §41.24(b)(3)
  • If person is G and has another nonimmigrant visa will be given G-status.
  • Admission on G subject to DOS credential approval.
  • Visa usually issued upon international organization’s request.
  • Not required to have domicile abroad as with other nonimmigrant visas. Can establish intent to reside in the U.S. Elkins v. Moreno , 435 U.S. 647 (1978)
  • If consular officer issues incorrect visa and DHS grants c/s to correct visa the U.S. Mission at the U.N. can reissue the correct A or G visa. 9 FAM 41.24 N.16.
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