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C-2 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


Can my dependents study on C-2 visa?

No, they may not study on C-2 visa and neither can they change their status.


What is the processing time for C-2 visa?

The C-2 visa is generally issued immediately after checking the applicant's 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.

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How do I apply for C-2 visa?

No, you may not study or work on C-2 visa.

  • The appropriate foreign office, mission, or international organization has to send a formal note requesting a C-2 visa
  • If, in unusual circumstances, C-2 visa is issued upon the oral request of a competent foreign authority, a notation should be inserted on USCIS Form DS-156 and a written confirmation should be requested
  • The requirement of personal appearance before a consular officer when seeking a nonimmigrant visa may be waived by the consular officer
  • Upon a basis of reciprocity, or as provided under provisions of the UN Headquarters Agreement, no fee is collected for the issuance of a nonimmigrant visa to persons entitled to pass in transit to the UN Headquarters district

Note: When the visa is issued, the recipient will be subject to such restrictions on travel within the U.S. as may be provided in regulations prescribed by the Attorney General.

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