What is a D visa in USA?

A D visa is a nonimmigrant visa for crew members of sea vessels or international airlines working on board commercial vessels or international airlines in the United States. It is a temporary visa that allows crew members to stay in the US for a maximum of 29 days.

Who is eligible for a D visa?

To be eligible for a D visa, you must:

  • Be a crew member of a sea vessel or international airline that is working on board commercial vessels or international airlines in the United States.
  • Be working in a position that is essential to the normal operation and service of the vessel or airline.
  • Have a valid passport and other required documents.

How to apply for a D visa

Applying for a D visa is not too different from the process involved in acquiring a regular visa. To apply, you must:

  1. Complete the online nonimmigrant visa application form (DS-160).
  2. Pay the visa application fee.
  3. Schedule an appointment for a visa interview at a US embassy or consulate.
  4. Gather your required documents. The required documents vary depending on your nationality and the type of vessel or airline you will be working on. You can find a list of required documents on the US embassy or consulate website.
  5. Attend your visa interview. At the interview, you will be asked questions about your travel plans and purpose of visit. You will also need to present your passport and supporting documentation to the consular officer.
  6. Your visa will be approved or denied within a few days of your interview. If your visa is approved, you will receive a visa sticker in your passport.

Benefits of a D visa

A D visa offers a number of benefits, including:

  • The ability to work in the United States on a temporary basis.
  • The ability to travel freely within the United States during your authorized stay.
  • The ability to apply for a visa extension if necessary.

Restrictions of a D visa

A D visa also has some restrictions, including:

  • You may not stay in the United States for more than 29 days.
  • You may not work outside of your crew member position.
  • You may not study in the United States.
  • You may not immigrate to the United States on a D visa.

Conclusion

A D visa is a great option for crew members who need to work in the United States on a temporary basis. It offers a number of benefits, including the ability to work, travel, and apply for a visa extension.

However, it is important to be aware of the restrictions of the D visa, such as the limited length of stay and the inability to work outside of your crew member position.

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