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Foreign nationals in US on visa waiver program can get 30 more days

Visa Waiver Program travelers to the United States who have been granted satisfactory departure may apply for an additional 30-day extension of their admission period if they remain unable to depart the United States because of COVID-19, according to a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The extension grants flexibility to Visa Waiver…

Yacht crew with B1/B2 visas excluded from US entry ban

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has clarified that the travel ban on foreign nationals who were in Europe up to 14 days prior to their entry into the U.S. does not apply to yacht crew on valid B1/B2 visas. On March 14, U.S. President Donald Trump issued a proclamation to suspend entry of certain immigrants…

Monaco19: Making slow progress in U.S. visa, entry challenge

By Lucy Chabot Reed The people who navigate the field between non-U.S. yacht crew and U.S. immigration officials offered several hopeful messages at a seminar yesterday during the Monaco Yacht Show — and one bit of advice: “No one is entitled to a visa to visit the United States,” said Duncan Smith, a yachting industry…

MarineMax supports VISAR

Charter company MarineMax Vacations has donated $4,600 to support Virgin Islands Search and Rescue efforts. VISAR is an independent, volunteer-based nonprofit organization funded almost entirely by charitable donations. It provides on-call emergency service to the Virgin Islands, including the island of Tortola, where MarineMax Vacations is headquartered. “Through the donations we receive from our charter…

Agent’s Corner: Get the facts on Schengen visas

The Agent’s Corner: by Deb Radtke Each season brings a new round of inquiries from our clients. This year it seems to be visas, and Schengen visas in particular. The 26 Schengen countries are:Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal,…

The Agent’s Corner: Navigate the alphabet soup of US visas

The Agent’s Corner: by Deb Radtke It’s the time of year when many large yachts are heading to the United States and we are getting a lot of inquiries regarding U.S. visas. Here are the basics to navigate the process: B1: non-immigrant visa for business up to six months. This is the best and most…

Working toward smooth sailing with crew visas

By Dorie Cox Yachts and their crew spend tens of millions of dollars on refits, maintenance and repairs, as well as provisions, accommodations and services in the United States. And those dollars are finally getting federal officials to listen when government procedures hinder a yacht’s ability to enter the United States. When yacht crew are…

FLIBS17: Visa, cruising permit issues by-the-book, yet case-by-case

By Dorie Cox No matter how often immigration, cruising permit and charter rules are discussed, questions persist. Answers are based on laws and regulations, but often there is room for interpretation, said government officials from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). On the third floor of M/V Grand Floridian,…

FLIBS17: Visa snafu costs US at least one yacht visit

By Lucy Chabot Reed M/Y Savannah, the new 274-foot (83.5m) Feadship that turned heads at last year’s show, has decided not to visit South Florida this fall because of difficulties some of its 22-member crew have had obtaining B1/B2 visas. Several were issued C1/D visas, which are meant for crew on commercial vessels and limited…

Charter to private can impact crew visa

Oct. 24, 2017 By Dorie Cox As a yacht stew waited her turn to talk to the U.S. consular officer in Italy in September, she could overhear each interview of the people ahead of her in the large, open room. The sole officer asked each of them questions and ultimately granted visa request after visa…

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