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U.S. Transit Visa

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What is a U.S. Transit Visa?

If you are traveling through the U.S. on a short layover on the way to another country, or if you are a crewmember traveling as a passenger to join an aircraft or vessel that you will be working on, you will need to obtain a transit visa (C visa) prior to traveling to the U.S.

The standard requirements for a transit visa are relatively simple. However, based on your personal situation and the place you will be applying from, additional documentation may be required which can lead to substantial delays.

The most common causes for delays and even rejections are incomplete information on the application, missing pieces of evidence and other legal obstacles. Most of these (though not all) can be avoided easily by working with a dedicated and experienced travel consultant.

When applying for a transit visa, you must:

Have a valid passport. The validity date must be at least 6 months beyond your intended period of stay (unless exempt).
Intend to enter the United States temporarily on transit.
Have a common carrier ticket or other evidence of transportation arrangements to your onward destination, no more than 29 days after your intended date of entry in the U.S.
Have permission to enter another country upon departure from the United States (i.e., a visa, entry permit or waiver).
Have proof of sufficient funds to cover your travel, accommodation, and other expenses while in the United States.
Have a copy of your current employment contract, if traveling to join a crew.
And most importantly, you must be able to prove all of the above to the U.S. authorities.

Get assistance throughout your visa journey:

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User-friendly digital tools

Speed up the process with our digital tools, from any device, to make your visa journey that much smoother of a ride.

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No matter how complex your personal story, your visa advisor remains with you through each of the steps.