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What is Transit Visa?

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Features of issuing a Transit Visa in the U.S.Plain Transit

Transit Visa to the U.S. or a C-1 visa in the United States will be required for those who planning to follow through America to third countries. It must be issued at the embassy, even if you are changing to another flight at the airport and do not plan to leave this zone. Transit Visa to America can be opened with provided there are tickets to the country of destination. For getting visa you will need to collect a package of documents, the list of which can vary depending on the individual characteristics of the case.

Transit American visa is issued at the embassy on the same principle as any other. You will need to pay a consular fee, fill out a questionnaire, prepare certain documents and successfully pass the interview. For transit through the U.S. you will need:

  • Detailed printout of the entire itinerary, with its supporting documents. These can be booked tickets, hotels or open visas.
  • Valid visa for the last destination of the trip, if necessary.

It should be noted that transit visas in the U.S. do not provide for walking through the cities and visiting close people.

In order to get acquainted with the sights of America, you need to open a tourist or guest permission to stay in the country (B-1 / B-2). And without it you are strictly prohibited from leaving the transit zone.

American transit visa requires quite a lot of time to prepare and receive. From 3 to 7 days you will spend for collection of documents, and their consideration by the embassy staff can take from 10 days to 3 months, depending on the completeness of the package of papers and the complexity of your case. So it is better to plan your visit in advance.

This kind of visa, one of non-immigration, that is, you do not have options to change it to an immigration one, which instead already allows you to consider getting a Residence Permit in the U.S.