This checklist summarizes the steps to request a change of visa status from a visa other than G-4 to a G-4 visa for staff or dependents.
Review eligibility criteria below carefully before initiating the change of visa to G-4 process inside the United States.
As of April 2023, a change of visa type inside the United States is limited to changes within the A/G categories. The State Department has advised that changes from F-1/J-1/H1-B to G-1 or G-4 Principal visa are no longer available. New staff/STCs seeking a G-1 or G-4 Principal visa must obtain a visa at a U.S. Embassy abroad. Please review the checklist for Request G1/G4 Visa for the first time – outside the U.S. for additional information on the process.
Requests for change of status to G-4 inside US will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the State Department and are not guaranteed. Upon review of all documents, staff or dependents may be asked to apply for their G-4 visa abroad.
Eligible staff may start work at WBG HQ while the request is being processed with the US State Department, but this process can only be initiated after your start date at the WBG. This change of visa status process will take 16 – 24 weeks to complete. Departing the US during the process will stop the process and applicants will be required to apply for a G-4 visa at a US Embassy abroad.
Dependent spouses currently working in the U.S. on an H1-B visa or other non- immigrant visas with work authorization must stop working immediately on appointment of the WBG staff member until a valid G-4 dependent employment authorization card is approved by USCIS and must not work in the U.S. for the duration of time it takes to change status to a dependent G-4 visa and subsequently obtain a dependent G-4 work authorization. The employment authorization process can take several months in addition to the change of visa process. Prior to accepting an offer from the World Bank Group, incoming staff members should plan carefully with the spouse’s U.S. employer to accommodate the spouse's potential mandatory unpaid leave of absence.
Staff or dependents who have entered the US using a B1/B2 tourist visa, the Visa Waiver Program, or ESTA visa waiver are not able to change their visa status inside the US. Applicants who entered as a visitor or tourist must exit the US and apply for a G-4 visa abroad. Please review the online steps for requesting a G-4 visa abroad for that process.
World Bank Assigned staff (Open, Term, ETC, STT/STC) assigned to HQ or dependents of HQ assigned staff who hold a visa other than G-4 may be eligible to request a change of visa status to G-4 inside the U.S. Please note that staff member and all dependents (except for full time college students) must reside in the Washington DC metropolitan area in the same residence as the WBG staff member.
An individual may be eligible to apply for a change to principal G-4 visa if the:
Dependent spouse or child may be eligible to apply for a change to dependent G-4 visa if:
Additional Eligibility Criteria for Handicapped or Medically Dependent Children
For Spouses on Dependent A-1/A-2 Visas & Employment Authorization Card
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Note: The State Department takes approximately 16-24 weeks to process the request and return the passport with G-4 visa(s). The Bank Group has no control over the duration of the process. There is no provision for 'urgent' applications and no tracking facility.
Note: Retain copies of G-4 visas in case the original is lost or misplaced.