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C1/D Visa

There is a variety of non-immigrant visas that serves different needs when it comes to applying to the US Visa.

For the specific purpose of joining a vessel in US ports, the C1/D visa is the one needed. This article will shed some light on the details and information on the above type of visa.

What is a Crewmember Visa?

A crewmember or D visas are non-immigrant visas.  Used for seamen joining ships or commercial airlines that transit and visit US territories.

This type of visa allows the crew to go through the country and can stay for a maximum of 29 days. Allows embarking crew to join vessels or airlines in the US.  This visa is a combination of transit or C/1 visa and D visa.

This visa is only used for the purpose of passing through the US, this is why it has restrictions such as:

  • You are not allowed to extend your stay;
  • You are not allowed to work for another company except the vessel or airline you were in;
  • You are not allowed to enroll in a study program;
  • You are not allowed to apply for a change in status;
  • You are not allowed to apply for a Green Card;
  • You must enter and leave the U.S in the same dock or airport;
  • If you want to enter the U.S again after leaving, you can only apply for the visa after 6 months;
  • You are not allowed to do longshore work on a D visa.

What is the Requirement for the C1/D Visa?

There are certain requirements in order to apply for this type of visa:

  • An employment letter issued by a verified Cruise Line Company, Concession Onboard, or Comercial Aircraft.
  • All Crewmembers who are not US citizens must possess a valid C1/D visa regardless of position onboard.
  • All Cruise Ships Staff
  • All Airline Crew.

How to Apply for the C1/D Visa?

The first step is to have all documentation required, such as Passport and LOE (Letter of Employment) this particular document is acquired after successfully passed an interview for a specific position onboard with a qualified recruiter. In some cases, companies send a list of candidates who passed their screening to the Embassy.

Visa Fee

After completing the DS-160 form online on the Embassy page, you are prompted to pay US $ 160 for the visa, then you can schedule your appointments.

What is the Processing Time?

 Visas appointments have been affected due to the pandemic situation experienced worldwide. However, Embassies are accepting applications, timeframes have changed. The wait time is different depending on countries and needs.

Link to the DS-160 form

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