There are two types of crew members.
Crew members use C1/D visas for working on a chartered or commercial vessel that receives payment from passengers. (Does not apply to U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States.)
- Crew members use B1 visas to operate privately owned vessels and vessels chartered for personal use. Crew members using the B1 visa must have residence and employment* abroad which they do not intend to abandon.
*Crew members paid to operate a private yacht may also use the B1 visa without the employment restriction.
A private yacht or vessel is a vessel that does not charge passengers for transportation.
A foreign port is any place not in the 50 United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, or the Virgin Islands of the United States.
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