(a) In lieu of the requirements of § 10.221 of this subchapter, a non-resident alien may apply for a Coast Guard-issued merchant mariner credential, endorsed and valid only for service in the steward's department of a U.S. flag large passenger vessel as defined in this subpart, if he or she is authorized for employment under the immigration laws of the United States, including an alien crewman described in section 101(a)(15)(D)(i) of that Act.
(b) To meet the citizenship and identity requirements of this subpart, an applicant must present an unexpired passport issued by the government of the country of which the applicant is a citizen or subject; and either a valid U.S. C-1 or D visa or other valid evidence of employment authorization in the United States deemed acceptable by the Coast Guard.
(c) Any non-resident alien applying for a merchant mariner credential under this subpart may not be a citizen of, or a temporary or permanent resident of, a country designated by the Department of State as a “State Sponsor of Terrorism” pursuant to section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act of 1979 (50 U.S.C. App. 2405(j)) or section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2371).
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