When travelling through the United States from one country to another, a C-1 visa is required, unless you are a citizen from one of the visa waiver countries. If you are travelling with family, such as a spouse or your children, they also require a C visa to transit through the United States. Immigration officers at the port of entry are authorized to admit people holding C-1 transit visas for up to 29 days. This is for those who are landing in the United States and do not want to wait at the airport until their next flight. The C visa allows you to exit the airport and sight see, visit friends or family or shop while you wait for your next flight, which may include a long layover. If your travel plans include staying in the US in one place for even one day, you should apply for a B1 or B2 visa.
The immigration law staff in Raleigh of Gardner Law, PLLC is always available for a consultation on any other visa as well, and can assist you in applying for your C visa at your local US consulate or embassy. We have helped travelers that must pass through the US obtain their C visa prior to leaving their origination point on their way through the United States to their destination and would be glad to assist you as well. Contact our office and request a consultation so that we can determine what visa is needed and for which members of your travelling party. Our passion is helping people deal with the immigration service here in the United States, because we know how difficult and frustrating it can be for a layperson to get answers or cooperation from USCIS, DHS and the Department of State.
Contact us today so we can begin putting together your application in time for your travel plans.