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Pilot or flight attendant on a commercial airline captain, engineer, or deckhand on a sea vessel lifeguard, cook, waiter, beautician, or other service staff on a cruise liner student on board a training vessel are examples of travel objectives that need Crewmember (D) Visas.
A foreign national seeking to enter the United States must first get a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for a temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. Crewmember (D) visas are nonimmigrant visas for people who work on board commercial sea vessels or international flights in the United States, providing services that are required for normal operation, and plan to leave the country on the same or another vessel within 29 days. In addition to a crewmember (D) visa, youll need a transit (C-1) visa or a combined C-1/D visa to travel to the United States to join the vessel youll be working on.
Those Not Eligible For a D Visa
If any of the following apply to you then you must apply for the highlighted visa instead of a D-visa:
- B-1: While the boat is docked at a U.S. port, the main services youll provide are dry dock repairs under warranty.
- H-2: Fishing Vessel, you are a crewmember aboard a fishing vessel with a home port or operational base in the United States on a temporary basis.
- B-1: When an officer of a foreign vessel is granted home leave and the vessel does not remain in U.S. waters for more than 29 days, you are a replacement coasting officer.
- B-1: You are a crewmember on a private yacht that will be cruising in US waters for more than 29 days after leaving a foreign port.
- B-1: Outer Continental Shelf: You are a member of a crew that is travelling to the Outer Continental Shelf.
The following is the standard set of requirements for submitting a D-Visa application to the U.S. Embassy:
Passport valid for travel to the US - Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your stay in the US.
Confirmation page for the Nonimmigrant Visa Application (Form DS-160). We will provide this for you.
Passport style photograph
You will require a C1D visa which is a combination of the C1 transit visa and the D crewmember visa.
This visa does not enable you to work for a company in the United States. The C-1/D visa only allows you to remain in the United States for a limited time as part of your work on board.
Members of the Crew Traveling to Meet Vessels
A transit (C-1) visa is required if you travel to the United States to meet and board the vessel on which you will be working. (This is in addition to the crewmember (D) visa that must be obtained in order to work on the ship.) The consular officer interviewing you may ask for proof that you are transiting to meet the vessel, such as a letter from your employer or employers agent.
If the reciprocity schedule for your country of citizenship allows for issuance of a C-1/D visa and the consular officer determines you are qualified, you may be awarded a combination C-1/D visa if you apply for the transit (C-1) visa at the same time as your crewmember (D) visa. For further information, click on the nation reciprocity schedules.
For detailed information on specific parts of the USA visa process, you can refer to the links in the table to find the answer to your query. If you are unable to find any particular information, please contact us via email.
For detailed information on specific parts of the USA visa process, you can refer to the links below to find the answer to your query. If you are unable to find any particular information, please contact us via email.
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A Visa is required for any foreign national wishing to enter the United States. It could be a non-immigrant visa for a short period of time or an immigrant visa for a long period of time. To enter the United States, foreigners must get a non-immigrant visa.
How do I get a D-visa?
You can submit your application here and the required documentation will be processed and our team will assist you in arranging your appointment with the embassy.
With a C-1/D visa, you may remain in the United States for up to 180 days per entry, which you can do many times or all at once. Note that ship crew personnel are an exception to this rule.