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D-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


Are there any travel restrictions on D-1 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.


Can I study or work on D-1 visa?

No, you may not study while on D-1 visa. You are authorized to engage in employment in the U.S. only for the vessel for which you have got visa.


Can I bring my dependents on D-1 visa?

No, you may not bring your dependents on D-1 visa. However, you may bring your spouse and unmarried children who are under 21 to stay along with you on C-1 or B-2 visa.

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What is the processing time for D-1 visa?

The processing time required for D-1 visa is normally three working days. However, because of heavy demand for visas, you should apply at least six to nine business days in advance, giving the Consulate enough time to process your application.


How do I apply for D-1 visa?

You should file your D-1 visa application before you start your duties on the vessel. While applying for landing privileges, you should:

  • Submit your visa application in person, offer all necessary documents
  • Be photographed and fingerprinted
  • Establish that you are admissible under all relevant immigration laws
  • Prove entitlement to landing privileges in the U.S.
  • Show copies of employer work records to the immigration officer
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