D Visa, Crewmember
D visa is non-immigrant temporary worker visa for crewmember serving on board a sea vessel or aircraft in the United States. Crewman may obtain an individual visa, or may be included in a crew list visa.
Crew members may include Pilots, Captains, Stewards, Technicians, Musicians and on-board entertainers, Chefs and cooks, Seamen, Flight attendants, Scientists, Electricians,
Waiters, and Lifeguards.
Family: No dependent visa available for D visa holders. Spouse or unmarried children under 21could apply for C-1 Visa or B-2 Visa.
Period of Stay: The period for admission is 29 days.
Green Card Intent: Not allowed to apply to USCIS to change status, adjust status, or extend their stay in United States.
Labor Certification: Required.
In fiscal year 2010, USCIS received 14,591 applications for D visa, approved 13,328, denied 1,263, waived or overcome 860.
USCIS also received 240,188 applications for C1/D visa, approved 205,182, refused 35,006, waived or overcome 21,325.
D Visa Qualification
- D-1 Visa: Crews on all types of carriers except U.S based fishing vessels
- D-2 Visa: Crews on USA based fishing vessels temporarily visiting Guam
- C-1/D Visa: Crew member/Transit Visa for persons desiring to enter the United States as a passenger to join a vessel or aircraft.
To qualify for crewmember visa, the alien worker must provide services that are required for normal operation on board a sea vessel or aircraft.
The alien worker can be a trainee on board a training vessel, and he or she does not have to be employed when applying for D visa.
The foreigner should apply for B-1 Visa, if he or she is
- Crewmember on a private yacht sailing out of a foreign port which will be cruising in U.S. waters for more than 29 days
- Crewmember going to the Outer Continental Shelf
- Going to perform “dry dock” repairs while the boat is docked at a U.S. port.
- Coasting Officer
H-2 temporary worker visa will be needed if the foreigner worker is a crewmember on a fishing vessel that has a home port or operating base in the U.S.
Last Updated: 8/29/2014.