How to Apply for a United States D (Crewmember) Visa: Chinese Seafarers

SCI provides the following information for Chinese seafarers applying for Crewmember (D) visas valid for 24 months. To give feedback on these instructions or to report a change, email sci@seamenschurch.org. Unfortunately, we cannot answer any questions about visa applications.

For general questions about visas, visit the website of the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs. If you have specific questions about your application, contact the US Embassy or Consulate handling your visa application.

The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 in Standard A.1.4.5(b) requires shipowners to pay for crewmember visas.

For instructions written for non-Chinese seafarers, click here.

Step 1: Complete DS-160 Form

Complete the DS-160 Form (Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application). You can find the form at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/.

  • You must complete and submit the DS-160 online prior to your interview.
  • You must upload a photo taken within the last six months. (The following link will take you to more information about visa photo requirements: http://smschur.ch/visa-photo-req.)
  • The interview post you select at the beginning of the form must be the same post where you schedule your interview appointment.
  • If you stop working on the application for more than 20 minutes, your session will expire, and you will have to start over.
  • If you have to stop before you have completed the application, write down your Application ID number and click “Save.” You can use your Application ID number to continue working on the application at a later time.
  • Once the application is complete, you will receive an alphanumeric barcode confirmation page. You must print the confirmation page and bring it with you to your scheduled interview.
  • Once you have printed, hit the “back” button on your browser, and email yourself a copy of the DS-160.
  • You can find more information about the process at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/.

Step 2: Pay Fee

Pay the $160 visa application fee. (The actual payment will be in RMB.)

  • In order to pay this fee, you must create a profile with the online applicant system https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/.
  • Click on “Schedule Appointment” on the left-hand side of your screen.
    • For visa type, select “Nonimmigrant Visa.”
    • For visa category, select “Seafarers.”
    • For visa class, select, “Crew member in Transit.”
    • Complete other information as appropriate.
  • Once you are on the payment screen, click “Payment Options.”
  • You may pay the non-refundable fee on the payment screen with an accepted debit card issued by a bank of China. After successfully processing your payment, the online system should allow you to schedule your interview.
  • You may pay the visa application fee in cash at CITIC Bank. If you choose to do this, you must print the deposit slip, available after logging into your profile. You must bring your passport and the printed deposit slip to pay your fee. Print only one copy of the deposit slip. Once the payment is complete, you will receive a receipt with a visa fee receipt number. Save your receipt with the visa fee receipt number. You must have this number to schedule an appointment.
  • You may pay the visa application fee at an ATM in China displaying the CITIC Bank logo. When prompted by the ATM, choose the “Fee Payment” option, and then choose “US Visa Fee.” Next, choose visa type (D). Once the payment is complete, you will receive a receipt containing a visa fee receipt number. Save your receipt with the visa fee receipt number. You must have this number to schedule an appointment.

Step 3: Schedule Appointment

Schedule your appointment.

  • You will need …
    • Your passport number
    • The receipt number from your visa fee receipt
    • The ten-digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page
  • You may schedule your appointment online by logging into your profile at the online applicant system at https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/.
  • You may also schedule your appointment by calling one of the following Call Centers:
    • Callers in Beijing: 56794700 | Callers outside of Beijing: 010-56794700
    • Callers in Chengdu: 6273-6100 | Callers outside of Chengdu: 028-6273-6100
    • Callers in Shanghai: 5191-5200 | Callers outside of Shanghai: (+86) 021-5191-5200
    • Callers in Guangzhou: 83909000 | Callers outside of Guangzhou: 020-83909000
    • Callers in Shenyang: 31663400 | Callers outside of Shenyang: 024-31663400
    • Callers in the United States: 703-665-1986
    • International callers: (+1) 703-665-1986

Step 4: Attend Interview

Visit the US Embassy or the Consulate on the date and time of your visa interview. You must bring a printed copy of your appointment letter, your DS-160 confirmation page, a recent photograph and your current and all old passports. Applications without these items will not be accepted.

Although Consular officers rely primarily on the interview to determine your eligibility for a visa, voluntarily providing other supporting documents may help you in your interview. These include

  • Proof of income, tax payments, property or business ownership, or assets
  • A letter from your employer detailing your position, salary, how long you have been employed, any authorized vacation and the business of purpose of your trip
  • An itinerary or other information about your planned trip
  • Bank saving account books or other evidence of liquid assets that indicate the balance in your accounts and your account activity
  • Real estate leases or deeds
  • A joining letter (original preferred)
  • If you have a Chinese Seafarer’s Passport, copies of pages 1­–3 and 32, and all used pages from beginning to present

You may check the status of your visa application at: https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx.

VISA ISSUING LOCATIONS

Beijing

Mailing Address: Unit 7300 DPO AP 96521-7300
Street Address: No. 55 An Jia Lou Road, Beijing, China 100600
Tel: (86-10) 8531-4000 (ACS), 8531-3000 (NIV)
Fax: (86-10) 8531-3333 (NIV), 8531-3300 (ACS)
AmCitBeijing@state.gov

Typical Wait Time (Calendar Days) for a Nonimmigrant Visa Interview Appointment: 7 Days
Typical Wait Time (Work Days) for a Nonimmigrant Visa to be Processed: 2 Days

Chengdu

Mailing Address: Unit 4080DPO, AP 96521-4080
Street Address: Number 4, Lingshiguan Road, Chengdu, Sichuan, PRC 610041
Tel: (28) 8558-3992, 8558-9642
Fax: (28) 88-3520

Typical Wait Time (Calendar Days) for a Nonimmigrant Visa interview Appointment: 7 Days
Typical Wait Time (Work Days) for a Nonimmigrant Visa to be Processed: 1 Day

Guangzhou

Mailing Address: Unit 4090 DPO, AP 96521-4090
Street Address: Number 1 Shamian South Street, Guangzhou, PRC 510133
Tel: (86-20) 8121-800; After Hours: (86-) 139-0229-3169
Fax: (86-20) 8121-9001

Typical Wait Time (Calendar Days) for a Nonimmigrant Visa Interview Appointment: 16 Days
Typical Wait Time (Work Days) for a Nonimmigrant Visa to be Processed: 2 Days

Shanghai

Mailing Address: Unit 4100DPO, AP 96521-4100
Street Address: 1469 Huai Hai Zhong Lu, Shanghai, PRC 200031
Tel: (86-21) 6433-6880; After Hours: (86-21) 6433-3936
Fax: (86-21) 6471-1493, 6433-4122, 6471-1148

Typical Wait Time (Calendar Days) for a Nonimmigrant Visa Interview Appointment: 2 Days
Typical Wait Time (Work Days) for a Nonimmigrant Visa to be Processed: 2 Days

Shenyang

Mailing Address: Unit 4110 DPO, AP 8531-4110
Street Address: No. 52, 14 Wei Road, Heping District, Shenyang, Liaoning, PRC 110003
Tel: (86-24) 2322-1198, 2322-0368
Fax: (86-24) 2322-2374

Typical Wait Time (Calendar Days) for a Nonimmigrant Visa Interview Appointment: 1 Day
Typical Wait Time (Work Days) for a Nonimmigrant Visa to be Processed: 2 Days