I am currently in Miami on holiday and entered the USA from South Africa on my B1 B2 holiday visa.
However I am employed by Steiner on Carnival Cruise lines and am due to join my ship on the 30th May. I cannot join the ship on my B1 B2 visa it has to be on my C1D crew visa.
I have been told there are 2 ways to sort this out :-
1) Fly to Nassau for the day & re-enter on the C1D visa? Is this a possibility and how & where would I get it sorted out if this is the case?
2) To go to the immigration office and apply for the change of visa which we tried today only to be faced with a huge pile of documentation & told it can take 4 weeks or more to process. Most of the immigration officers were not english speaking and did not seem to understand what we were talking about and generally very unhelpful.
Can anyone advise me on the easiest and quickest way to get my change of visa & re-entry sorted out ??