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There is a class of NATO visas, for representatives and employees of the North American Treaty Organization and for private contractors with the United States government or a foreign government employed on NATO projects or missions, where the foreign worker is assigned to work on a NATO contract or project. These visas are not petition-based as they do not involve a U.S. employer, and are issued directly the Embassy in the home country, with documentation from the NATO-affiliated sponsor. For NATO-1 through NATO-3 status where the principal traveler is representing a foreign government on official NATO business, similar to A-1 to A-3 or G-1 to G-3 visas, the visa applicant must present a “Diplomatic Note” from the sending country. These are very similar to the G visas for international organizations, except that the organization is NATO.
NATO-1 visas are for principal representatives of the government of any member state traveling on official NATO business.
NATO-2 visas are other representatives of the government of a member state traveling on official NATO business.
NATO-3 visas are for representatives of non-member states and unrecognized governments traveling on official NATO-related business.
NATO-4 visas are for NATO officers, employees and contractors traveling to work on authorized NATO projects or contracts.
NATO-5 visas are for attendants, personal employees and domestic servants of principal travelers in NATO-1 to NATO-4 status.
Like A and G visa holders, NATO visa holders are admitted for duration of status, based on their current diplomatic assignment or contract; dependent family members are admitted in the same visa classification as the principal visa holder; and all travelers in NATO visa status should be issued a State Department personal identification number through their employer upon entry into the United States.
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