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Do you need a U.S. Crewmember visa?
If you work onboard a commercial sea vessel or an international airline in the United States and you need to enter the U.S. temporarily for up to 29 consecutive days, you will need to apply for and obtain a U.S. Crewmember visa (D visa). Common jobs: pilot or flight attendant on a commercial airplane; captain, engineer, or deckhand on a sea vessel; lifeguard, cook, waiter, beautician, or other service staff on a cruise ship; trainee on board a training vessel.
If you first need to travel to the United States in order to join the vessel you will work on, in addition to a Crewmember (D) visa, you also need a Transit (C1) visa – so you should usually get a combination C1/D visa.
The U.S. Crewmember visa requirements are easily understandable. However, further documents to be submitted depend on your personal situation and can vary on a case-to-case basis. Incomplete information, insufficient evidence, and legal obstacles often lead to long processing times, and even visa rejection.
VisaExpress is here to offer you a hassle-free experience and make sure you receive your crewmember visa as quickly as possible.
Here’s what you need to know
Even if the U.S. crewmember visa requirements are easy to understand, the hassle of paperwork and complicated official procedures make the entire process time-consuming. Moreover, your U.S. visa application may be delayed and even denied because of common oversights and/or incomplete supporting evidence. To avoid these costly risks, get peace of mind, and have your visa issued in a timely manner, we recommend benefiting from the services of immigration and U.S. visa experts.
As an applicant you must:
- Have a valid passport. The validity date must be at least 6 months beyond your intended period of stay (unless exempt).
- Work on board of a commercial sea vessel or an international airline in the United States, providing services required for normal operation.
- Intend to depart the United States on the same vessel or any other vessel within 29 days.
- Have sufficient funds to cover your travel, accommodation, and other expenses while in the United States.
- Have a residence outside the United States, as well as other binding ties to your home country, that will ensure your departure from the United States at the end of the visit.
- Have an employment contract and a letter (original) from your employer or your employer’s agent identifying you as a crewmember and describing in detail the nature and function of your position.
Here’s how to get your U.S. Crewmember visa
To apply for a crewmember visa you will be required to fill out your online nonimmigrant visa application, gather all necessary documentation, schedule and attend an interview with a consular officer.
1. Fill in your application
2. Review your application
3. Submit your application
4. Attend your Embassy interview
5. Get your crewmember visa
Stressful, exhausting, confusing — this is how people usually describe the U.S. visa process. VisaExpress is here to change that. From now on, you can forget about annoying and complicated procedures, endless waiting, and costly confusion. Save time and money and choose to focus on more important things — we’ll take care of your visa.
Our U.S. immigration lawyers and visa experts are here to prepare your application, put together all your documents precisely how the U.S. Consular Officers want to see them, arrange your Embassy appointment(s), communicate with authorities, answer all your questions, and get you ready for your Embassy interview. VisaExpress helps with every step of your visa process.
Non-Immigrant Visa Process
1. Start Application
Complete the application form by answering a simple series of questions about yourself.
2. Verify Information
Verify your application and make sure you provide the correct details. Whenever in doubt, just contact us for help. We’re here 24/7.
3. Service Payment
Make the payment for one of our visa consulting services to get started. From here, we provide expert consulting, review your answers, and put together your visa application.
4. MRV Fee Payment
Your dedicated U.S. visa consultant will provide all the information you need, help you pay the mandatory $160 MRV fee, and schedule your interview on the first available date.
5. Attend Your Interview
Your personal visa expert helps you schedule your Embassy interview (if necessary) and makes sure you have all the necessary information and documents.
6. Get Your Visa
We’re here to support you along the way, streamline the entire process, and boost your visa approval chances.
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Frequently Asked Questions
VisaExpress is not affiliated with any of the United States government agencies and does not represent any of the U.S. Embassies or Consulates. Our services include, but are not limited to, consulting and assistance throughout your visa or immigration and citizenship application. Keep in mind that the final decision on your visa application is made by the Consular Officer in the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Our company specializes in U.S. visa consulting and assistance. We provide support services for your travels in the U.S. and prepare all the paperwork on your behalf. Moreover, we offer dedicated expert assistance at every step of the process to make sure you get the highest chances of U.S. visa approval.
No. Although we have various partner immigration lawyers we work with, VisaExpress itself is neither a law firm, nor does it offer any legal services. We simply provide you with digital tools and first-hand U.S. visa expertise to speed up the process and boost your visa approval chances. Should you need case-specific legal counsel, we are happy to connect you to our partner attorneys.
While it is certainly possible to navigate the entire visa process by yourself, it can be very difficult. VisaExpress significantly simplifies the entire process and minimizes the chances that your application hits any blockers along the way.
VisaExpress means immigration and U.S. visa experts who know the requirements, process, and potential blockers inside out.
Just like you, we don’t appreciate the hassle of paperwork, complicated official procedures, and overwhelming fees. This is why we dedicated ourselves to creating and offering a simple solution for those who wish to get their U.S. visa easily, quickly, and without unnecessary headaches.
Everything we do is with our customers in mind. We know that for most applicants, applying for a U.S. visa or planning to start a new life in the United States brings great anxiety. We’ve got you covered! Your personal visa expert will be here for you throughout each phase of the process.
The exact duration of the visa process depends on several factors, including the capacity of the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your country. VisaExpress expedites many parts of the visa process and provides express appointment services to accelerate the procedure significantly. Our mission is to get you through the visa process from start to finish as fast as possible.
For a more accurate understanding of the U.S. visa timeline, simply contact us, offer as much information regarding your situation as possible, and we will get back to you in no time.
No. Crewmember (D) visa holders must depart the United States on a vessel within 29 days. The United States is defined as including the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. You are not considered to have departed the United States until the vessel you are on travels to international waters destined to a foreign port.
Yes, as long as you have a new valid passport. In this case, you don’t need to apply for a new visa. A valid U.S. visa in an expired passport is still valid. Unless canceled or revoked, a visa is valid until its expiration date. If you have a valid visa in your expired passport, do not remove it from your expired passport. You may use your valid visa in your expired passport along with a new valid passport for travel and admission to the United States.
The U.S. government-mandated fee is payable whether or not a visa is issued. The MRV fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. The application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable as well. We offer expert review, processing, and assistance for your application to boost your chance of approval.
Yes. In most cases, in order to get your U.S. visa approved, you need to pay the MRV fee, schedule and attend your Embassy interview. However, under certain circumstances, interview requirements can be waived for some nonimmigration visa applicants, but you will still need to pay the MRV fee.
Interview waiver based on age
- under 14 years of age; or
- over 79 years of age
- The interview may be waived if you want to renew a visa that is still valid or expired less than a year ago, and if that particular visa is in the same classification (same visa class and same category).
All applicants, including children, are required to pay the Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee to initiate their U.S. visa application. This U.S. government-mandated fee is payable whether or not a visa is issued. The MRV fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
The MRV fee is not included in the price for our review, processing, support, and concierge services. It is a separate fee that you will need to pay in order to schedule and attend your Embassy interview. Your personal assistant will offer support with all the information you need and help you schedule your interview on the first available date.
There is a possibility to schedule an expedited visa appointment in case of the following scenarios:
- You need to travel due to an immediate relative’s death, a grave illness, or a life-threatening accident that occurred in the United States. You’re required to provide the name, relationship, place, description of the situation, and contact information for the attending physician or funeral home.
- You or your minor child need urgent medical treatment.
- You are an applicant for a student or exchange visitor (F/M/J) visa and your I-20 or DS-2019 has an earlier date than the first available visa appointment. Getting an expedited appointment would enable you to travel to the United States before your course starts.
- You need to attend an urgent business meeting or conference that occurs within 10 days after the first available visa appointment.
- You need to make an unexpected visit that is of significant cultural, political, journalistic, sporting, or economic importance within 10 days after the first available visa appointment.
- You are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program country and your ESTA has been denied.