The D-1 visa is a special non-immigrant visa for crew members who will have to land in the United States. The list of eligible persons who can apply for the D-1 visa includes stewardesses, hostesses, pilots, seamen and any other persons who will travel to the United States on a foreign aircraft or boat. To qualify for the D-1 Visa, the applicant may not fish during a trip, and the home port has to be somewhere in the United States. Furthermore, the vessel must land in and depart from the same station from which the members are performing crew duties:
The Longevity of the D-1 Visa
The D-1 visa is only good for six months after the issue date. The holder cannot request a status change or an extension of the stay any kind. Instead, he or she has to apply for a new visa to come back to the United States on the vessel or aircraft.
D-1 Visa restrictions
The D-1 Visa is not for taking educational courses. The cardholder has to use it for what it’s for, which is employment. D-1 holders cannot bring their dependents or spouses with them on a D-1 Visa. They would have to obtain a different visa (B) to bring their families.
Applying for a D-1 Visa
An interested person will have to go through a lengthy application process to obtain a D-1 visa. He or she will need the appropriate documentation to receive an answer as quickly as possible. The person may receive an answer within three business days, but applying at least a week in advance is advisable because of the sheer number of people who need D-1 visas.
The issuing organization will need to see copies of employment records and landing privilege. It will want the applicant to provide copies of a passport that allows travel to the U.S. The passport has to be at least six months old for the organization to accept it. The applicant will have to complete a full application (DS-160), as well. Furthermore, the person will have to take a photograph and go through the fingerprinting process.
An applicant will need to schedule an interview to qualify for a D-1 visa along with the previously mentioned tasks. The person should schedule the interview at the U.S. embassy where he or she lives. During the interview, the person will have to provide clarity about the trip. He or she will have to state the reason for the trip and provide proof of the ability to pay for the trip. The organization will want to know before the interview, the applicant will have to pay fees for the application processing.
The issuing organization will want to ensure that the applicant is going to leave the United States after the purpose of the trip has been fulfilled. The officer will decide after the interview whether the applicant is eligible for the visa. If the officer approves the visa, then the person will receive it within a few days.
D-1 Visa Denial
In some cases, an applicant may receive a denial for a D-1 visa. Some common reasons that people receive denials are incomplete application information, drug violations, criminal convictions that add up to five years of jail time, fraud, or failure to provide proof of adequate financial support for trip expenses. Some of the denial elements are permanent, and some of them can be removed with the assistance of a professional organization such as a law firm.
Why Choose Us?
Applicants can feel confident enough to choose our firm for several reasons. First, we have tenure and experience. Our specialists have helped applicants to beat the odds and the time clock on their visa applications. Secondly, we handle all types of cases, including some of the most complex that the embassy has ever seen. Finally, we offer flexible payment plans for the clients so they do not have to stress about their payments. We are available around the clock because we know that people want their visas approved ASAP.
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