This post will explain what a US Transit Visa is, who needs one, how to apply for one, as well as any additional information you may require. 

What is a US Transit Visa?

A non-immigrant visa, known as a US Transit Visa, enables travelers to pass through the US on the way to their final destination. The C visa is another name for this category of visa.

Who needs a visa to transit the US?

If you are a citizen of a nation that is not a participant in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and you are traveling to another country via the US, you could need a transit visa. You will also require a Transit Visa if traveling on a non-VWP carrier.

How can I apply?

You must submit the Non-immigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) electronically together with the application fee to request a transit visa for the United States. Additionally, you must set up an interview at the nearest US embassy or consulate in your place of residence. During the interview, you will be questioned about your travel itinerary, the goal of your vacation, and your ties to your home country.

Documents required to Apply:

  • A completed DS-160 application form.
  • A valid passport that won’t expire within six months of your anticipated arrival in the US.
  • A picture in the style of a passport.
  • A copy of your travel itinerary, including your hotel and aircraft tickets, is required.
  • Proof of your intention to leave the country, such as a ticket back home or evidence of further travel.

What is the duration of a US Transit Visa?

The US Transit Visa can be used for up to 29 days, depending on how long you will be in transit. You must apply for a different visa if your intended stay in the US exceeds your transit period.

What is the price of a US Transit Visa?

Regardless of whether your visa application is granted or denied, there is a $160 application cost for a US transit visa.

In conclusion, foreign nationals transiting through the US to another country must get a Transit Visa. The DS-160 application must be completed, a meeting must be scheduled at a US embassy or consulate, and you must present proof of travel plans and ties to your home nation. The application fee is $160, and the visa’s normal validity is up to 29 days.


If I am a national of a VWP country, do I require a visa to transit the USA?

If you are a national of a VWP country and are transiting through the US, you do not require a Transit Visa.

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