What is a U.S. Crewmember Visa?
If you are traveling to the U.S. as part of a crew on an aircraft or other vessel, and will be staying in the U.S. for less than 29 days before traveling to your next destination, you may apply for a Crewmember visa (D visa).
Keep in mind that you will have to provide proof of your employment as a crewmember in order to apply (pilot or flight attendant on a commercial airplane; captain, engineer, or deckhand on a sea vessel; lifeguard, cook, waiter, beautician on a cruise ship; trainee on a training vessel, etc.).
If you are traveling as a regular passenger and will join your crew in the US, you will need to get a combined transit & crewmember visa (C1/D visa).
Most crew members remember that they need the visa just shortly before their trip to the U.S. Getting help from a travel consultant is priceless especially when you are busy working on the ship or when you left your home country and you are already on board, in a different country than your own.
When applying for a crewmember visa, you must:
Make sure you have the right documentation pieces ready before you apply.