C-1 Visa (Transit Visa)
Do you have to pass through the United States to enter into another country?
If your answer is “Yes,” then the C visa may be appropriate for you! The C Visa, or Transit Visa, is for foreign nationals who have to pass through the United States to enter another country.
What are the requirements for the C Visa?
To qualify for a C visa, a foreign national must prove that:
- They only intend to pass through the U.S. for immediate and continuous transit;
- They possess a ticket or other proof of transportation to reach their final destination;
- They have sufficient funds to reach their final destination;
- They have permission to enter the country where their final destination is located.
Is an interview and fingerprinting required to obtain a C visa?
Yes. An interview is required for all C visa applicants who are between the age of fourteen (14) and seventy-nine (79). A digital fingerprint scan will also be taken at the interview.
How long can I stay in the U.S. on the C Visa?
A C visa holder may remain in the U.S. for a maximum of twenty-nine (29) days. Since the C visa is issued only for immediate transit through the U.S., it may not be extended. C visa holders are also prohibited from seeking employment.
Can I change my status on a C visa?
No. Generally, C visa holders may not change their status in the U.S.
If you need to travel through the U.S. to enter into another country, then the C visa may be a viable option. Remember that you should have the intent to pass in immediate transit through the U.S. and have sufficient funds to reach your final destination.