“Registration of personnel”
All personnel of the Permanent Missions/Observer Offices and specialized agencies, as well as their families and household employees, have to be registered with the Protocol and Liaison Service so that their information can be processed and communicated in a timely manner to the Host Country.
“Registration to meetings”
Registration to UN meetings refers to the furnishing of members of official delegations with credentials by their home country.
Permanent Missions/Observer Offices, specialized agencies and associate members of regional commissions must request access passes for the accredited members of official delegations and/or support staff who will attend meetings of United Nations organs at Headquarters, or meetings with Secretariat officials, through the online accreditation system eRegistration.
You should be registered for meetings if:
· You are a member of a delegation attending an official UN meeting or a meeting with UN senior officials;
You should be registered as a personnel if:
· You are a full time member of the mission/office personnel – diplomatic or clerical.
· You are an intern or a temporary member of the mission/office and you are not part of a delegation.
Please note: when both spouses are appointed to a mission as individual staff members, both should be registered as staff members through individual registration process.
You, your family and your household employees should be registered immediately upon arriving at a mission and beginning your employment. If you are working for a mission, you should be registered.
Yes, when residing with you they should be registered, even if they are American citizens.
5. I am a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green card holder), do I need to submit a copy of my passport?
If you are a U.S. Citizen: Yes, you need to submit a scanned copy (pdf format) of the biographic information page of your passport.
If you are a U.S. permanent resident: Yes, you need to submit a scanned copy (pdf format) of your passport together with a copy of the front and back sides of your green card (U.S. permanent resident card (pdf format)
Neither the children of diplomatic nor clerical staff may obtain a United Nations badge.
Only spouses of diplomats may obtain a United Nations badge.
A diplomat is a person appointed by a state to conduct negotiations with representatives of other states. Their letters of accreditation enable him or her to carry out duties on behalf of the country or institution that has accredited them. The diplomatic rank is given to a diplomat by the government as an indicator of their level in the diplomatic service. Such ranks include Ambassador, Counsellor, First Secretary, or Attaché, among others.
The functional title is a description of the diplomat's specific portfolio, if any, at a particular diplomatic station. Not every diplomat may have a functional title. Examples of such titles include Permanent Representative, Military Adviser, or Legal Officer.
The functional title is also the description of a non-diplomatic staff member's assignment. Such personnel do not have diplomatic ranks, and serve in functional capacities at the Missions. Examples of such titles include Secretary, Chauffeur, or Security Officer.
Diplomatic rank (exhaustive list):
- Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
- Minister Plenipotentiary
- Minister Counsellor
- First Secretary
- Second Secretary
- Third Secretary
- Assistant Attaché
Functional title (non-exhaustive list):
- Permanent Representative
- Deputy Permanent Representative
- Military Advisor
- Financial Officer
- Etc. …
Adviser is not a diplomatic rank. To be a functional title, the adviser's area of expertise must be specified (i.e, Policy Adviser, Legal Adviser, etc.).
A diplomatic rank is not a function.
9. I have a new passport, but my visa is in my expired passport, which passport do I have to submit to the Protocol Office?
Copies of both passports’ biographic information page have to be scanned (pdf format) and submitted.
10. I am a student with authorised Optional Practical Training (OPT), for being registered do I have to present a photocopy of my I-20 or a photocopy of my Employment Authorization Card?
You have to present both. F-1 visa students eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), have to present a copy of his/her I-20 plus a copy of his/her Employment Authorization Card.
Diplomatic movements, appointments, promotions, departures, etc., as well as any other personnel matters, should be announced in a letter [not a note verbale]. As a rule of thumb, letters are needed for any request of action regarding personnel matters: registration, termination, pass renewal, change of data, correction of data, etc.
Any official communication containing important information regarding the Governments of Member States should also be communicated in a letter by the head of the mission/office.
Notes verbales are used only to communicate routine administrative matters other than personnel matters, i.e. closing of the mission due to a National Holiday.
For more information, please refer to the distinction between letters and notes verbales on the Definitions section of this page.
A letter addressed to the Chief of Protocol is needed in the following cases:
- Administrative, technical and support staff,
- Household employee(s),
- Specialized agencies personnel,
- And family members of all of the above that reside with the principal;
- Renewal of passes for members of Permanent Missions/Observer Offices and Specialized Agencies;
- Issuance of passes to former Permanent Representatives;
- Lost passes;
- Information updates.
- Visit of a VIP;
- Absence of the Permanent Representative/Observer;
- Presentation of credentials;
- Change of government, name of country or flag;
- Changes regarding mission/office personnel (address, visa, marital status, etc.) and the mission/office itself (address, phone number, general email address, etc.).
14. Where can I find the address of the United Nations Protocol and Liaison Service, forms, notes verbales, the Blue Book, or the List of U.N. Senior Officials?
You can find all of this information on the website of the Protocol and Liaison Service
Address: Room S-0201, United Nations, New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 963-7171, (212) 963-7172
To find the desk officer responsible for your Permanent Mission/Observer Office, please consult the Assignments of Officers page
One scanned photo is needed. Photos must be in jpg format, colour, passport size, and taken within the last six months.
17. Should I address the cover letter to the U.N. Secretary-General or to the Chief of U.N. Protocol?
- A letter should be addressed to the Secretary-General if you are registering a diplomatic personnel as a staff of the Permanent Mission.
- A letter should be addressed to the Chief of U.N. Protocol if you are registering a non-diplomatic personnel as a staff of the Permanent Mission (i.e. administrative, technical and support staff) or if you are registering a household employee of a diplomatic or non-diplomatic staff of the Permanent Mission.