The C1/D is a U.S. nonimmigrant visa type intended for international crewmembers of international commercial cruise ships or airlines. The purpose of this visa is to allow crewmembers to travel through the USA for short periods of time, as part of their occupation.
This visa type does not allow the holder to reside in the USA, as the duration of the visa is only 29 days.
As the C1/D visa only allows you to travel through the US, it has different requirements than some other nonimmigrant visa types. In order to qualify for this visa type, the following requirements must be met:
What are the benefits of the C1/D visa?
The C1/D visa allows the holder to travel through the USA a maximum of 29 days before the departure date of their ship or airplane.
Restrictions of the C1/D visa to be aware of:
This visa type only allows you entry to the USA for a duration of 29 days. Therefore, under this visa category the following restrictions apply:
Obtaining a C1/D requires the applicant to attend an interview with an officer of a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The steps to apply for a C1/D visa are the following:
The CDC is a seafarer’s identification document. This document is issued by the country under which the ship sails. This document can also be known as the Seaman’s book.
The DS-160 is your Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form. This is a multi-page online application form on the U.S. Government website. You will need to fill in and submit this application in order to apply for your visa and book your Embassy Appointment. You will also be required to make the non-refundable Visa Application or Appointment Fee.
All applicants of the C1/D visa category must attend an embassy appointment at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. This interview will be conducted with an embassy officer, who will ultimately decide if your visa will be granted. You must bring all required documents with you to the Embassy and answer the questions asked by the embassy officer in order to support your visa application.
Applicants of this visa type are advised to bring the following documents with them to the appointment to support their visa application and to prove that they have no intention of staying in the USA. The types of documents you can bring to support your visa application are the following:
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