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C-3 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What is C-3 transit visa?

The C-3 transit visa is a nonimmigrant visa which allows accredited foreign government officials to enter into the U.S. while in transit to another foreign country for official work.

Note: Immediate family members, attendants, servants and personal employees of the official should apply for a separate C-3 visa. This enables the entire family to travel through the U.S.


What are the requirements for C-3 visa?

To obtain C-3 visa, you are required to:

  • Have a ticket to reach the proposed destination outside the U.S.
  • Possess adequate funds to complete the trip
  • Have permission to enter the destination country (a passport and valid visa)

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What are the limitations of C-3 visa?

On C-3 visa you must be transiting the U.S. for official business, and:

  • While in the U.S. engage strictly in visiting, touring or shopping activities. Any exception to this requires an appropriate visa
  • Apply for a separate C visa for each family member. There is no dependent C visa status
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