A Crew Visa refers to the administrative entry restrictions that countries place on crew members during transit or turnaround. This kind of visa permits the holder to enter a territory briefly to carry out specific duties. It differs from formal permission that allows a foreigner to enter and remain in a territory.
Crew Visas are usually short-term, lasting from a few hours to 10 days based on the country and the situation. The country sets these visa policies for the duration of the transit or when joining the vessel or aircraft. Some countries don’t issue a crew visa but allow entry for a limited time with necessary clearance documents.
The C-1 Visa is one such visa category specific to the United States. People under thirteen or over eighty don’t need to interview for this visa. It is a non-immigrant visa designed for individuals who require immediate and continuous transit from the United States to a different country.
Those possessing a valid visitor (B) visa may potentially use it for traveling to the United States. Citizens from participating countries might be eligible to transit through the United States using the Visa Waiver Program.
Holders of C-1 Transit visas cannot extend or change their status. They must have enough funds for transit and entry into the destination country. Moreover, they can stay for a maximum of 29 days.
A C1 transit visa allows an individual to travel through the United States en route to a different country. While a crewmember (D) visa is designed for those serving aboard sea vessels or international airlines in the United States. The types of visas serve different purposes: transit versus employment within transportation industries.
Individuals who will be serving on a vessel require a transit (C-1) visa, which is supplemental to the crewmember (D) visa needed for work on the vessel. Supporting evidence, such as an employer’s letter, might be required to demonstrate transit to meet the vessel.
Applying for the transit (C-1) visa at the same time as the crewmember (D) visa could result in a combination C-1/D visa.
This is possible if the consular officer determines qualification and if the country’s reciprocity schedule permits the issuance of a C-1/D visa.
To apply for a C1 visa, applicants need to follow these steps:
During the interview appointment, all necessary documents must be brought along. This includes:
Documentation showing social, economic, and family ties to Italy is also necessary. Such documents might be:
If approved, the visa is usually issued within a week. The passport will then be returned via DHL based on the chosen option through the online account. It could be home delivery or pick up at a designated DHL location.
If the visa application is denied, the passport will be given back at the end of the interview, together with a letter explaining the reasons for the visa refusal.
Crew members assigned to serve within the United States need a C-1, D, C1/D, or a modified B-1 type of crew visa. However, Canadians are the exception in such cases. The application process for a crew visa involves establishing that the trip is strictly for transit or crew duties.