Crew Members (C1/D-Visa)
C1/D - Crew (Airline/Ship)
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 the case of the later, in determining who qualifies for the C-1/D visa, we take 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.
Crew members who are to service a vessel in dry dock require the appropriate work visa unless the work is being done under warranty, in which case, they may qualify for the B-1 visa.
If you will be working on a private yacht sailing out of a foreign port and cruising in U.S. waters for more than 29 days, you require a B-1 visa.
If you wish to remain in the United States for a holiday after your period of employment, you will be required to apply for admission as a visitor on a B-2 visa. However, if you enter the U.S. aboard a cruise liner which participates in the Visa Waiver Program you may be eligible to enter visa free. You should check with the cruise liner before traveling.
Dependents of Crewmen
Dependents of crewmen (D) visa holders who are accompanying the alien to the U.S. may be eligible for B-2 visas. Note: Visa free travel under the Visa Waiver Program is only available to those who enter the United States aboard a participating carrier. Many shipping companies are not participating carriers.
Last modified on Thu, 11 Mar 2010