If you are working as a crew member of an international airline or sea carrier, you may be eligible for a C-1/D visa.
In the case of those working on a sea carrier, we take into consideration the individual’s responsibilities and activities on the ship when determining their eligibility for the C-1/D visa.
For example the most commonly issued C-1/D visas are to crew members of cruise liners and include, but are not limited to, beauticians, entertainers and lifeguards.
Working on a Private Yacht
If you will be working on a private yacht sailing out of a foreign port and cruising in U.S. waters for more than 29 days, you require a B-1 visa.
Working in Dry Dock
If you are to service a vessel in dry dock you will require the appropriate work (H-2) visas unless the work is being done under warranty, in which case you will qualify for the B-1 visa.
If you wish to remain in the United States for a holiday after your period of employment, you will require a B-2 visitor visa . However, if you enter the U.S. aboard a cruise liner which participates in the Visa Waiver Program, you may be eligible to enter visa free. You should check with your employer before traveling.
Applying for both a C-1/D and B-1/B-2 Visa
If you can show that you require both the C-1/D and B-1/B-2 visa, you may apply for them at the same time. You are required to present a letter from your employer explaining why you require the B-1/B-2 visa and ensure that you select both visa categories when completing the online visa application form DS-160. You are required to pay only one MRV application fee.