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C-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What is the processing time for USA transit visa?

The USA transit visa is generally issued immediately after checking your credentials. However, due to the heavy, constant demand for visas, a minimum of five working days is normally required for the issuance of a crew-list visa.

Note: It is advisable to contact the American Consulate near your residence for C-1 visa so that your visa would be mailed to you in advance or it would be ready for you at the airport/seaport.


How do I apply for C-1 visa?

You need to submit a filled in USCIS Form DS-156 along with:

  • A passport valid for travel to the U.S and with a validity date of at least six months beyond your intended period of stay
  • Two photographs 1 and 1/2 inches square (37x37 mm) for each applicant

Note: The consular officer may require additional documents to verify the purpose for obtaining the visa.

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Where can I forward my C-1 visa application?

You can apply for the C-1 visa in person or by mail at the American Consulate near your residence.

Note: A foreign national who is being deported by another country through the U.S, either with or without an escort, will not be admitted as a transit without a visa; in such case, he/she may be paroled for the purpose of transiting the U.S.


Can I apply for Green Card while on C-1 visa?

No, you may not apply for a Green Card while on C-1 visa.

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