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C-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What additional or necessary information is there about US transit visas?

  • All other applicants over the age of 16 must apply in person
  • Applicants who apply in person must schedule an appointment before coming to the Embassy
  • Tourists who come under Visa Waiver Program can travel without visa

Are there any contracts to guarantee safe passage of foreign nationals in transit to foreign countries?

The Attorney General may enter into contracts, including bonding agreements with transportation lines, to guarantee the passage through the U.S. in immediate and continuous transit of the foreign national destined to foreign countries. When a nonimmigrant foreign national is in transit without a visa (TWOV), the transportation line:

  • May not, without the prior consent of the USCIS, refund the ticket which was presented to the USCIS as evidence of the foreign national's confirmed and onward reservations
  • Has responsibility for the continuous actual custody of the foreign national until his/her departure from the U.S., unless, at the direction of the District Director, the foreign national is in the custody of the USCIS or other custody approved by the Commissioner

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Is it important to know who my sponsor is while applying for C-1 visa?

Many of the Newly Independent States issue visas (with the exception of transit visas) on the basis of support from a sponsor, usually an individual or local organization. It is important to know who your sponsor is and how to contact them, because in many of these countries the law requires that your sponsor apply on your behalf for replacement, extension or changes to your visa.

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