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D-2 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


Can I extend my stay on D-2 visa?

No, you may not apply for extension of stay on D-2 visa. The USCIS does not authorize extension or change of status for D-2 visa holders.


Can I study or work on D-2 visa?

No, you may not study on D-2 visa. However, you may engage in employment in the U.S. only for the vessel for which you have got the visa.

Note: The USCIS has redefined the term 'employment' with particular reference to the employment of crewmen. The term 'employment' now means any service or labor performed by an employee for an employer within the U.S., including service or labor performed on a vessel or aircraft that has arrived in the U.S. and has been inspected, or otherwise included within the provisions of the Anti-Re-Flagging Act, but not including duties performed by nonimmigrant crewmen as defined in the INA.


Are there any travel restrictions on D-2 visa?

As the D-2 visa is a single entry visa, you must reapply for the visa each time you enter the U.S. because according to the immigration laws the D-2 visa expires the moment you leave the U.S.

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Can I bring my dependents on D-2 visa?

No, you may bring your dependents on D-2 visa. You may bring your spouse and unmarried children who are under 21 to stay along with you, under the appropriate visa category C-1 or B-2 visa.


What is the processing time for D-2 visa?

The processing time for D-2 visa is normally three working days. However, because of heavy demand for visas, you should apply well in advance, giving the consulate at least six to nine business days to process your application.

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