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D-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What is D-1 crewmen visa?

The D-1 crewmen visa is a nonimmigrant visa which allows foreign nationals, crewmen, serving aboard a vessel or aircraft in any capacity that will land in the U.S. to enter into the U.S.

Note: Crewman may obtain an individual visa, or may be included in a crew list visa.


Who are eligible for D1 visa?

All foreign crew members are eligible for D1 visa. Crew members may include pilots, airhostesses, flight attendants, stewards, seamen, or employees on board a ship whose services are required for normal operation traveling to the U.S., as passengers to join a vessel or aircraft.

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What are the limitations of D-1 visa?

On D-1 visa, you:

  • May not be involved in fishing, and the ship's homeport must be in the U.S.
  • Must land in and depart from the same port as part of your crew duties

Can I extend my stay in the U.S. on D-1 visa?

No, you may not apply for extension of stay on D-1 visa. To re-enter the U.S. you have to re-apply for the visa after six months.


Can I change status while on D-1 visa?

No, you may not apply for change of status while on D-1 visa.

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