In Canada, Diplomatic, Official, International Organization and NATO visas to the United States are processed at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa. The Embassy processes these visa types from 10:30 to 11:30 am every business day, except the first Wednesday of every month, and applicants do not need to make an appointment. Diplomatic and Official visas require a minimum of two days processing time.
If you prefer, you may send your passport to the Embassy (from within Canada only) via FedEx. The packet must include a pre-paid return waybill and should be sent to:
United States Embassy Ottawa
Consular Section — Diplomatic Visas
207 Bank Street, Suite 418
Please visit the State Department website for information on the visa application procedures for:
- Diplomats and officials, and eligible family members (A visas);
- Personal employees of diplomats (A-3 visas);
- Employees of international organizations and NATO, and eligible family members (G and NATO visas); and
- Personal employees of international organization and NATO employees (G-5 and NATO-7 visas).
Tourist visas for diplomats
Any U.S. consulate in Canada can process a tourist visa for a diplomat. Active diplomats and their family members are eligible for no-fee tourist visas to the United States, provided they use diplomatic passports. Diplomats traveling with official, special, or private passports will need to pay the normal visa processing fees in cash. Diplomats applying for a tourist visa are required to appear at the Embassy or a consulate, but may process their tourist visas outside of the normal appointment channels. They should make an appointment at the nearest consulate or embassy via email, writing “Diplomat tourist” in the subject line.