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USCIS application procedures: Transit Visas (C and D)
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Transit Visas (C and D)

Individual C-1/D visas are issued to crew members of international airlines and to aliens required for the normal operation and service of a vessel. In determining who qualifies for the C-1/D visa, are taken into consideration the individual's responsibilities and activities on the ship.

For example the most commonly issued C-1/D visas are to crew members of cruise liners and include, but are not limited to, beauticians, entertainers and lifeguards.

The first step is to obtain from the employer a letter confirming employment by the airline or shipping company. The letter should be submitted together with various documents including a passport or other travel document valid for at least six months, one color passport type photograph; documentation showing your intent to return to your country of residence. a completed visa application form DS-156 as well as a completed supplemental visa application form DS-157.

If the applicants wishes to remain in the United States for a holiday after the period of employment, a required B-2 visa application is required.

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