How to Apply

  • Completed Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
  • The Crew ID Card
  • Join Ship letter
  • Letter of Employment or Letter from Local Agent containing
    • Applicant Info:
    • Name
    • Job Title/Rank
    • Passport #
    • CDC #
  • Vessel Info:
    • Name
    • IMO#
    • Flag/Registry
    • Joining Date
    • Joining Port
      • For D visa (city and country name)
      • For C1 or C1/D visa (port and state name in the U.S.)

Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified. If transiting the United States to meet a vessel, be prepared to provide evidence you are transiting to meet the vessel, for example, a letter from your employer or your employer’s agent.  Additional requested documents may include evidence of:

  • The purpose of your trip;
  • Your intent to depart the United States after your trip; and/or
  • Your ability to pay all costs of the trip.

To schedule an appointment for a non-immigrant visa (NIV) interview, please consult the Embassy’s online NIV Appointment System. Please have your DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form Confirmation Number handy. It is located on your DS-160 confirmation page, in bold print.

On the day of your interview, please pay the following nonrefundable visa application fees: $160. Payment can be made in ariary according to the current exchange rate or in U.S. Dollars.

Visa Issuance Fees:  On basis of reciprocity, citizens of Madagascar, as well as other nations, may be charged a visa issuance fee in addition to the visa application fee. This fee varies depending on the type of visa and number of entries.  For more information about the fees for different nationalities and visa types, see the Reciprocity Fee Table.

Once you have fully completed all of the steps above, you may come to the Consular Section of the Embassy by your appointment time on the day of your interview.  If you arrive more than an hour after your scheduled appointment time, you will not be interviewed, and will need to take another appointment.

When you enter the Consular waiting room, you will have to take a number and to sit down. When your number is called, you will present your passport and documents at Window 1 or 2. After documents are accepted and screened, you will be instructed to proceed the payment of the visa fee. After you pay your fee, you will wait in line in the order you arrived.  You will be called at window 2 where your fingerprints will be taken electronically. You will be interviewed personally by a commissioned U.S. Consular Officer.  The interview is your opportunity to explain to the officer your travel plans, your ties and your personal circumstances in your home country in an honest and forthright manner.

NOTE: Adults must qualify on their individual merits. No friend, relative, or business associate can “guarantee” your return on your behalf. A letter of invitation promising to pay the expenses of your trip does not mean that you will receive a visa. Presentation of documents does not guarantee visa issuance.