Do you have to pass through the United States to enter 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.

Are An Interview And Fingerprinting Required To Obtain A C-Visa?

Yes. An interview is required for all C-Visa applicants between the ages 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 US 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., such a visa 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 another country, 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.