State Dept. Announces Phase-Out of Employment Authorization for Diplomats’ Dependents on A-2 Visas
The Department of State (DOS) recently announced (PDF) the phase-out of DOS’s endorsement of employment authorization requests for dependents of foreign government employees holding A-2 visas who are considered to be permanently resident in the United States for purposes of the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and Consular Relations (“PA2 employees”). DOS’s Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) will consider new applications only from dependents of PA2 employees who began employment between July 1 and December 31, 2015. OFM will consider renewal applications only from a PA2 employee’s dependents whose current employment authorization cards expire on or before June 30, 2016.