Some family members that were booked to join us on a cruise had their B-2 visas stolen from them last week.
There are less than 5 weeks to go before the cruise, and the chances of procuring replacement B-2 visas are slim to none, due to the scarcity of appointments.
However, C-1 visas appear to be available with very short lead times at their local consulate.
We were hoping that our family members may be able to get a C-1 visa, enter the US at the closest land port of entry (San Ysidro, CA) and drive to the cruise terminal in San Diego, where they could board the ship.
The ship itself would be traveling to ports that are only in Mexico, and returning to San Diego a week later, at which time our family members would drive back into Mexico.
Would the C-1 visa work for this situation?
Clarification: The B2 visas that were stolen were Border Crossing Cards. Our family members still have valid Mexican passports in their possession.