SEEK ADVICE ON VISAS AND OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

You and family members who live with you may need a visa to enter the country of your duty station.  You may also need visas for official business trips. Always check with the local travel office or administrative office for visa information related to the location where you are serving.

 

Visa guidance for the UNHQ (New York) duty station

The Passport and Visa Unit of the Travel and Transportation Section processes the following:

  • U.S. visas for staff members, spouses and children under 21

    Visas for you, your spouse and your children under the age of 21 are obtained during the onboarding process when you are hired. At UNHQ, the HR partners liaise with the Passport and Visa Unit to secure a G-4 visa.

    After your arrival at UNHQ it is most important that you get registered with the U.S. Mission to the UN, to ensure that you will be able to renew your and your family’s G-4 visas upon expiration. Your HR partner will guide you through this process.
     

  • Visas and Laissez-Passers for staff members on official travel

    At UNHQ, the Passport and Visa Unit assists all UN staff with obtaining visas for entry to other countries for official business trips or training trips paid for by the Organization. More information can be found here: Passport and Visa Unit (link accessible on the UN network)

The Passport and Visa Unit is located at:
FF building, 2nd floor
304 E 45 Street 
(between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
New York, NY 10017 

Office hours:
For submission of documents: 
Monday - Friday, 9am – 5 pm
For photo-taking services: 
Monday – Friday, 9am to 4:30 pm

Appointments are not required.

The Visa Committee of the Office of Human Resources Management handles the pre-approval of:

  • U.S. visas for other family members and household employees, and U.S. work permits for spouses

    The Visa Committee at UNHQ assists staff members in obtaining G-4 visas for secondary dependents, children aged 21 and older, G-5 visas for household employees, and U.S. work permits for spouses and eligible children. 

    Requirements and forms can be found in comprehensive information packets here: Visa Committee forms on iSeek (link accessible on the UN network)
     

  • Applying to change the status of a US visa 

    The Visa Committee at UNHQ distributes information about the requirements needed to obtain permanent residency for eligible children of staff and retirees under the Special Immigration Petitions.

    Requirements and forms can be found here: Visa Committee forms on iSeek (link accessible on the UN network)

The Visa Committee is located at:
Secretariat, 18th floor
You may visit the Visa Committee by appointment only.

How to request an appointment:

Step 1: Scan and email your applications to Visa Committee staff for a preliminary review. Forms are available here.

  • Employment Authorisation Documents (EAD) - please e-mail queries to Ms. Rula Eid-Greco at greco1@un.org.
  • Visa Committee matters (G4 and G5 visas) - please e-mail queries to Ms. Rula Eid-Greco.

Step 2: Once an application is complete, you will receive a Lotus notes calendar invitation indicating a time slot for an in-person discussion and submission of the case. Appointments are scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 1 pm.


Important documents: