New Version of B-1 Visa

Since 9/11 there has been an increased of security in our country and abroad. The Department of State and Homeland Security has made efforts to make visa requirements that ultimately provide safety. No area in which visas are required is being overlooked. This includes business. The maritime industry has received a new version of the B-1 visa for foreign citizens visiting the United States for business purposes.

As of February 1, 2011, the Departments of State and Homeland Security introduced an annotated version of the B-1 visa, issued to foreign citizens visiting the United States for business purposes that will make foreign maritime workers eligible to apply for a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). The TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric identification card that maritime workers must obtain in order to gain unrestricted access to secure areas of U.S. maritime facilities. Maritime industry workers who will perform services in secure port areas must have their visas annotated “TWIC Letter Received.” Review Visitor Visas – Business and Pleasure for information on how to request an annotated B-1 visa for a maritime industry worker and TSA’s website at for complete information about the TWIC program.

Washington Express aims to always keep you abreast of various passport and visa news. We also can be the visa courier of choice to assist you with these needs. Washington Express Visas is the Washington DC metro area’s fastest Visa Services, Passport Processing, Document Legalization and Translations specialists. Washington Express Visas is also the Washington DC metro area’s largest and fastest courier service. Washington Express Visas professional office staff and specially trained visa agents provide same day pick up service to deliver visa applications, passports, document legalization and translations to every Embassy and agency in the Washington, DC metro area.

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