The Department of State has announced a new policy for phasing out the ability of diplomats’ dependents holding A-2 visas to receive employment authorization in the U.S. For new applications, the Department’s Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) will consider applications only from dependents of PA2 employees who began or will begin employment between July 1 and December 31, 2015. For renewal applications, OFM will consider applications only from a PA2 employee’s dependents whose current employment authorization card (EAD) expires on or before June 30, 2016. This new policy is outlined in the Office of Foreign Missions’ (OFM) Diplomatic Note dated November 18, 2015.