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C 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 U.S. to enter another country.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE C VISA?
To qualify for a C visa, a foreign national must prove that:

  1. They only intend to pass through the U.S. for immediate and continuous transit;
  2. They possess a ticket or other proof of transportation to reach their final destination;
  3. They have sufficient funds to reach their final destination;
  4. They have permission to enter the country where their final destination is located.

There are three types of C-visas:

  1. C-1: Alien in transit through the United States;
  2. UN Transits;
  3. Foreign Government Transits.

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. 13

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.

CONCLUSION

If you need to travel through the United States to enter into another country, then the C visa may be a viable option. Remember that you should have the intent to pass through the United States immediately and have sufficient funds to reach your final destination.

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