Crewmember D Visa

The C1/D visa is a nonimmigrant crewmember visa for persons working on board sea vessels or international airlines in the United States. D visa crewmembers must intend to land temporarily and depart the US on the same or another vessel of the same transportation line within 29 days.
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Crewmember D visa holders are also required to obtain a C-1 visa if traveling to the US to join the vessel they will be working on. In such instances, a combination of C-1/D visa can be obtained.

D Visa Types

D-1 Visa

The D-1 crewman visa allows crewman to serve on board a vessel or aircraft in the US, excluding US-based fishing vessels. D-1 visa holders may stay in the US for up to 29 days.

D-2 Visa

The D-2 crewman visa allows crewman to serve on board a fishing vessel with a home port in the USD-2 Visa holder may stay in the US for up to 6 months.

C1/D Visa Eligibility

All foreign crewmembers are eligible to apply for a D visa. Eligible crewmen include persons who operate or serve on board a vessel or airline in good faith, in any capacity. Crewmembers may include commercial airline pilots, flight attendants, captains, cooks, technicians, drummers, service staff, and others.

Application Process

To apply for a D visa, eligible crewmembers must complete the following steps.

  1. Complete the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160.
  2. Schedule an appointment for your visa interview at a US embassy or consulate in your country.
  3. Pay the application fee.


Applicants must pay the non-refundable D visa application fee before their interview. The application fee for a D visa is USD 160.

Required Documents

Applicants must gather and prepare the following required documentation prior to their visa interview.

  • A passport valid for at least one year from the date of joining the ship (must be renewed if within six months of expiration date).
  • Digital photograph
  • Application fee payment receipt
  • Form DS-160 confirmation page

After the visa interview, if the visa is approved, it will be processed within 3 working days and will be ready for pick-up or delivery by the courier.

Applicants in need of a transit C-1 visa in addition to their D visa may be issued a combination C-1/D visa if they have applied for both visas at the same time.



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