How to apply for US visitor visa from Canada? All in detail...

I immigrated to Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker Program on February 26th, 2010. This program granted me with permanent residency since the day I landed.

I wanted to visit the United States of America; but as a Canadian Resident (not yet a citizen) I was required to get a US visitor visa.

Merely 20 months after my relocation to Canada I applied for a visitor visa and I got it. I was granted a single entry visa which I used to visit Florida during Christmas time in 2011.

A few months later I applied again for a visitor visa and I got another single entry visa. This time I went to visit New York City on July 2012.

Both times I got a single entry visa. I think this had to do with the fact that I am of Cuban birth and you know, the governments of Cuba and the US have kept some animosity for more than half a century. I think most people actually get a multi entry visa, but this was not my case.

I have to say I was lucky: The Americans not only granted me 2 single entry visas, but on top of that they allowed me to enter the US once without a visa. Yes, you heard right, without a visa. This was quite an exceptional situation and I don't think they do it often. Read the whole story here.

Time has passed and I no longer require a visa to visit the US, because I am now a Canadian Citizen. Nonetheless, I got married and my wife is also a Cuban immigrant. At this time she is a Canadian Resident and because of that she requires a visitor visa to enter the US.

So, she applied for a visitor visa and she got it on March 2016. She was luckier than me. She got a multi entry visa valid for 10 years!


Enough of blah, blah, blah. The purpose of this article is to share my experiences in this regard. I would love if you show your appreciation by clicking the Google Plus (G+)  button at the beginning of this post.

Now, for the real stuff keep reading...

Visitor Visas allow you to enter the US temporarily: that’s why they are called nonimmigrant visas. These visas come in two flavors:
  • Business Visitor Visas (B-1)
  • Pleasure, Tourism, Medical Treatment - Visitor Visas (B-2)
In my case, I applied for a B-2 visa, since the purpose of my visit to the US was mainly recreational.

Step 1: You need to fill an Online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application, Form DS-160. Don’t let the name scare you. You simply go to this website and fill in the information required as you go. There is a lot of information that you need to provide.  If you need to stop one day, then you can resume the filling process at the next day.
In this step you will be asked to upload a recent digital picture(s) of the applicant(s). For information about the photo requirements go here. When I filled my own applications I got my photos taken at Blacks. Blacks went out of business recently, so my wife took her pictures at a Walmart in Toronto.
It is important to get a digital picture and a printed picture. The digital picture will be given to you in a CD and the printed picture, well, in paper. Make sure you ask for both the "digital picture" and the "printed picture".
When you complete your DS-160 application online you will be given a confirmation page. You have to print that confirmation page and present it at the time of the interview. The confirmation page contains a bar code that should be legible; so make sure you have a good printer at hand.

Important: you need to complete step 1 before proceeding to step 2.

Step 2: You need to pay a fee for your visa application and then you have to schedule an appointment for your visa interview.  The fee for a B-2 visa is $160 USD. To fulfill this step you need to login (register) at this website: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ca/niv

Once logged into your account, you will need to provide some basic information and then, you should be able to pay your visa fee online[1] (Paypal, Credit Card) and schedule the interview (you have to choose date, time and place[2]). 
[1] It is not mandatory to pay online; for a full list of fee payment options consult this URL: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ca/niv/information/fee

[2] The visa interview can be scheduled in any of the following US Consulates: Calgary, Halifax, Montréal, Québec City, and Toronto or in the US Embassy in Ottawa. For addresses click the following link: https://ca.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/.
You will be asked to print a receipt after you have completed the fee payment. Make sure you print this receipt, since you will have to present it at the time of the interview.

When you complete step 2, the website will give you the option to print a Confirmation and Instructions document. Print it, since I was asked for it the day of the interview.

What do you need to bring the day of the interview?
  • A passport valid for at least 6 month beyond the applicant's intended period of stay in the US.
  • Your Canadian Permanent Resident card.
  • The confirmation page with the bar code (step 1).
  • The receipt of your visa fee payment (step 2).
  • The Confirmation and Instructions (step 2). 
  • One 5 x 5 cm (or 2" x 2") color photo taken within the last 6 months (this is the "printed" photo I was talking about earlier)
  • All the documents you think might support your case (in my case I gathered my work contract, bank statements, pay stubs, Option "C" Printout)
Important, make sure you read carefully the Confirmation and Instructions document. It contains all the required documents that you must bring with you the day of the interview. Don't rely on the information of this blog, since it might go outdated at anytime.

Ah, make sure you don't bring your cellphone, music player or any other electric device to the interview. You won't be allowed to enter the Consular Section with them. You will have to leave them outside of the facility, they won't hold them for you.
Take a look at the existing comments: there’s a lot of useful information in there that complements what I have written in the body of this post.

Please, note that I am a regular person, not an immigration or legal adviser. I am only posting here the facts about my own experience.

Good luck!

219 comments:

  1. Could anyone mention please, what questions can be asked for US visa. i am PR holder canada.

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  2. Hi Kesar,

    These are some of the questions from the top of my head:

    What’s the purpose of your trip to the US?
    For how long would you stay in the US?
    When are you planning to travel to the US?
    When are you planning to come back to Canada?
    Where are you traveling to within the US?
    Have you been in the US before?
    Do you have family in the US?
    What’s your current occupation/profession/job?
    What employer/company do you work for?
    What’s your monthly income?
    How do you plan to support yourself while in the US?
    Where did you learn to speak English?
    Where did you learn (or study) your occupation/profession?
    What’s your marital status?
    Where does your wife/husband live?
    Do you have family in Canada?
    Are you traveling alone to the US?
    Do you own or rent a property in Canada?
    Do you own a car?
    For how long have you been living in Canada?

    Kesar, I hope this helps. If I remember more questions I will post them here. You could do the same after taking the interview ;-)

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    1. Great info... thanks so much

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    2. hi.............i have not worked in canada.except for............9 months since last 4 years........due to some reasons........i have sufficient bank balance and my family owns a home here...............what are my chances for visa?.can smbody plz help

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    3. Hi there,

      I don’t think there’s a way that someone could really predict the chances or odds of getting the visa. That’s for the American officer to decide the day of the interview.

      Generally speaking they just want to make sure you have sufficient funds to support yourself while in the US. In addition, they look for your bindings to Canada; they want to make sure that you have something or someone in Canada to come back for after your visit to the US is over.

      Hope this helps,

      Yanniel.

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  3. Thanks for the step by step information Yanniel!!!
    Exactly the information I was looking for. Much appreciated!!

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  4. WHAT IF AN APPLICANT DOESN'T SPEAK ENGLISH WELL? HOW CAN HE HAVE AN INTERVIEW WITH THE IMMIGRATION OFFICER? WILL HE NEED AN INTERPRETER OR SOME RELATIVE CAN BE BROUGHT TO THE INTERVIEW? THANKS IN ADVANCE

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  5. During my second interview I saw one case like the one you are describing. There was a guy that didn't speak English at all. He went to the American consulate with an interpreter. The interpreter was translating back and forth all the conversations he had.

    I am not sure if you can go with a relative or friend. Maybe you need a certified translator. In addition, I believe you need to explicitly communicate whether you are going to be accompanied by a translator or not. I think you can put this either in your application form (online) or when you proceed to pay the fee (online).

    Conclusion, I know for sure that you can go with a translator to the interview; but I don't know what procedure (if any) you have to follow in order for they to allow the translator to enter the American consulate.

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  6. How long can the US visa be valid for, I am planning to go for new years and some time next year to see my cousins is there an option to apply for a 2-3 year visa ?

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  7. My two B-2 Visas were valid for 6 months. Maybe you can ask for more time, but I don't know that for sure.

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  8. Hi Yanniel. How long took the consulate to issue the visa? I want to go in August, but I'm Cuban too, and I'm worried it may take a long time. Gracias

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  9. Hi Luis,

    In my case, the consulate issued the visa in less than 15 days after the interview was taken. I have asked twice for a visa and it was that fast in both cases.

    Be aware though that in some cases it can actually require more time. A friend of mine was actually delayed for two months or so. At the end he got the visa, but he was delayed for "investigation". Who knows why?

    So, there's a big chance that you could get all this done by August, but there's also a chance that it can take longer or even be denied.

    Buena suerte Luis.

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  10. Hi,

    I am still under the Live-in Caregiver Program in Canada and planning to process my papers this year end. I have my common law partner, we have properties and we wanted to go and visit US.But, i don't have my PR card yet. I have a close cousin too in Vegas and planning to meet up with her.

    Is there any chance that i would be able to qualify ?Thanks and have a great day!Great site!

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  11. Hello there,

    You can ask for a US visitor visa (B-1, B-2) whether you are a Canadian Permanent Resident or not. Most US aliens (not only Canadian PRs) can apply for a visitor visa, but that does not mean they will grant it.

    You have to convince the American officer the day of the interview.... You have to proof him/her that you will come back to Canada after your trip to the US is completed.

    In my opinion, you can be considered as a possible immigrant to the US (because you don't hold the PR status), in which case they will deny your visitor visa.

    If the properties you mentioned are located in Canada, let's say, a house, then you will have a greater chance of success. The US officer will look for your bindings to Canada: a Real Estate property would certainly help you.

    Other thing: if you are a national of any of the countries listed in this link (http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html#countries) then you don't need a visa to visit the US. This is called the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Check it out.

    Hope it helps. Good luck.

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  12. Thank you very much for your helpful information.

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  13. Hi,
    Can i request for 1 or 2 year B-2 visa at the time of interview? I am not clear as to where i need to mention the visa validity on the online form?. Please explain. Thanks in advance. (Note i need it for 2 years bcuz then i will become citizen anyways so wont need the visa to enter US)

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  14. Hi Malik,

    Depending on your nationality the American consulate can decide whether to give you either a multi entry visa (valid for some time or for a certain number of entries to the US) or a single entry visa.

    That depends on your particular case and especially on your nationality. For example, I am Cuban, and Cubans always get single entry visas no matter what. For other nationalities the rule might be different.

    As far as I remember, you don't need to mention anything about your visa validity online. You can express however your intention to go several times to the US the day of interview.

    Hope this helps.

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  15. Hi Yanniel,
    I just wanted to thank you for the valuable information you have posted here.
    At the same time I do have few questions to ask from you.
    1) Do you need to provide proof for travel arrangements during the interview?
    2) How many interviews do you need to go through?
    3) Do they ask us what type of visitor visa ( i.e - Single entry or multiple entry) we need or they just give what they want?
    Thanks a lot,
    Gihan

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  16. Hi Gihan,

    You are very welcome. See the answers to your questions below:

    1.) You don't have to present any proof of travel arrangements. You just need to tell the consulate officer your intended date of arrival and departure from the US. Nonetheless, if you already purchased you flight (bus) ticket, make a copy and present it to the officer (if he/she asks for it) the day of the interview.
    2.) Just one interview and it takes altogether less than one hour.
    3.) They never ask the type of VISA. That's for them to decide. Weird, I know, but that's the way it is.

    Good luck.

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  17. Hi Yanniel,
    Thanks for the helpful info. I am in a jam. I am Canadian and my husband is Mexican with a PR card. We have a medically challenged 12 year old son who has been granted a wish from the Wish Foundation to go to Hollywood California. They booked the flights yesterday for June 3rd. I now realize my husband needs a visa. I truly did not think that would be the case. I am hoping that maybe on compassionate grounds they will issue it quickly, otherwise my son will be truly devastated. I am confused about the picture..could Blacks put the photo on a USB stick? Any other suggestions would be helpful. I will be doing the application in the morning.
    Thanks , Marilou

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  18. Hi Marilou,

    Once the interview is taken, they issue the visa in about one to two weeks. That's what happened to me anyhow. I don't know if there's a way to speed up the process, but certainly you can express your concern the day of the interview.

    Express your concern when they ask about the purpose of your visit to the US...they always ask for the purpose of the visit; so that's the moment in which you should express everything about your soon and the Wish Foundation.

    Take with you a copy of the email, receipt or whatever issued for the Wish Foundation on behalf of your kid. Present it to the consulate officer if he/she asks for proof of what you are clamming as purpose to visit the US.

    The other problem is that you have to schedule the interview online, and that is done depending on the free spots in the schedule. I just hope there’s still a free spot in the calendar for your husband before June.

    I don't think Blacks puts pictures on USB sticks, but they certainly can burn you a CD with the picture onsite.

    I wish you the best luck.

    Yanniel.

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  19. Marilou,

    Also take with you a photocopy (scan) of the receipts that have been booked for June 3rd. They might want to see the receipts the day of the interview.

    Good luck again.

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  20. hey yanniel
    i am filling my exchange visitor visa and in the end they are asking to me SEVIS Information. i dont have that document and from where i can get that info ?
    Thanks

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    1. hey Inderpreet,
      Sevis fee is for persons who are applying for Student visa(F1) or Exchange Visitor . Visitors or dependent's need not pay. you have to pay the respected fee for SEVIS and provide the details while booking an appointment.

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  21. Hi Yanniel, I'm filling in the application as a PR in Canada. On the password information, shall I enter my country of origin's passport? Will I need to enter my PR card number anywhere?

    Thanks

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    1. you have to enter your original passport number as your password, Since you are not a citizen of canada. PR card holders had to book an appointment and should convince the Visa officer about there trip to US.
      PR card is valid status for your stay in canada. US doesn't care until you are a citizen of Canada

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  22. Hi Inderpreet,

    I don't know what that SEVIS Information is; certainly they didn't ask me for something like that. Sorry, but I can't help on this question, simply because I don't know.

    Good luck.

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  23. Hi Anna,

    You don’t have to enter your PR number in anyplace as far as I can remember.

    In addition, I don’t remember exactly about the password information, but for sure is not the PR number; so it should be your passport number.

    Good luck.

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  24. HI MY NAME IS MONA/I HAD APPLY B1/B2 VISA/PROBLEM IS THAT I GOT INTERVIEW ON THE SAME DATE WHICH I MENTION ON THE VISA FORM AS A DATE OF DEPARTURE /I M VERY UPSET WHAT TO DO AND WHAT TO ASK IN INTERVIEW/PLZ HELP

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    1. Hi Mona,

      I cannot advise you in this situation. I am only posting here the facts about my own experience. I am a regular person, not an immigration or legal advisor. I suggest that you contact an immigration or legal professional about this problem of yours.

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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    2. Hey Mona ,
      you just say that i filled the Ds150 form long back and thought to go by this day, but Visa appointments are not available at that time. It is not a big problem at all . just convince the officer with your answers, be honest and polite.

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  25. Hi Yanniel,
    I am a international student from India studying in Ottawa. I have family friends in Dallas, USA and they are inviting my for vacations. I have also got an invitation letter from them. I was wondering is it really hard to get US tourist visa? And what documents should I bring up with me?

    Thanks,
    Paras

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    1. Hi Paras,

      In my case it was not difficult at all to get the tourist visa to the US, but I've heard it might be different for other persons in different circumstances.

      I just filled the application and pay for their fee online. All the details and documents you need are referred in the main body of this post.

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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    2. A second thought Paras:

      Please, note that as an international student, you do not hold the status of permanent resident of Canada. So, the information and procedures exposed in this post might not be applicable to your particular case. Unfortunately, I don't know how you could proceed in your situation.

      Yanniel

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    3. Visitor visa's for University student's is quite easy . You just need to provide transcripts and proof of enrollment of your university . You should convince the officer that you will come back and also valid reasons of coming back like graduation or studies or any tie up's in canada etc
      Take the invitation letter, bank statement if you are supporting yourself. or IF someone is supporting , then do provide there bank letter.

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    1. Sorry for the delay, I was traveling abroad. I wrote my contribution above.

      Yanniel.

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  27. Thanks for reply and the information that you provided above is very helpful.
    SEVIS is required under if you are applying for study in United States.
    Cheers

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  28. Hi Yanniel, thanks very much for this post, i actually got all the information i needed to fill out USA visa application from the above post. I probably wouldn't have been able to get round to doing it without your help. Thanks very much once again.
    One bit of info though, instead of spending money at Blacks to get passport photo into a CD, all i did was take a passport photo that i have with my iPhone and i was able to crop it with the cropping tool on the visa page that asks for the passport photo.
    Just thought i'ld let others save some money.

    AbimpyMoschino

    http://www.abimpy-moschino.blogspot.com

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    1. You are very welcome Abimpy.

      Furthermore, I thank you for your contribution. Anyhow, I prefer Black's, since they provide professional services on the matter. Could you imagine that your visa gets denied because your picture does not follow the visa specifications?

      Regards,

      Yanniel.

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  29. Hi Yanniel,

    I have just received my travel document but I don't have PR card yet. What I have is the document, confirming that I am a PR. Will these be eligible as a substitution for the passport and the PR card?

    Thank you!

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    1. Hi Tiknation,

      You cannot travel outside Canada if you don't have your PR card. In addition, note that passport and PR card are two different documents: one document cannot be a substitute for the other.

      The PR card is used when you're coming back to Canada. Without the PR card, you won't be allowed to renter Canadian soil after your trip.

      The passport is used in order to travel to a foreign country, the US for example.

      The document you have in your hands right now, it's called "landing paper". It cannot be used to travel outside Canada.

      Cheers,

      Yanniel.

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  30. Hi Yanniel,

    I am a Canadian PR holder came to Canada 2 months back. Still unemployed. If I apply for a USA visa do you have any idea what are the possibilities that I will get it.

    I am planning a trip to Niagara and then go to USA and come back.

    In the interview do they go through the work contract and stuff?

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    1. Hi Dia,

      I think your visa will be denied. During the interview, the American officer will look for bindings to Canada, for example: properties in Canada, full time job and things like that.

      They do go through the employment details: they can request a copy of the contract of employment and even a contact person at your company.

      If I were you, I would wait until I get a stable job, before applying for a visitor visa to the US.

      Cheers,

      Yanniel.

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    2. Hi dia if ur looking for a permanent full time job...send me your resume on this id....getkyks@yahoo.com even i am a new immigrant here & i got the job in 10 days & the company i am working has a very huge requirement right now &its a call centre...

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  31. HI yanniel I came to canada on PR 2months back & i have full time permanent job i followed what you said above & applied online for US visit visa & after coming to the last page i did not click on submit because i did not had any printer available with me. so i thought i would save it & re do it later...but once i clicked save the complete application disappeared I have the application number & security question & answer can you please tell me how to view my application & take a print & submit it...thanks....khizr...

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    1. Hi Khizr,

      Follow the instructions below:

      1. Navigate to https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/
      2. In that page, select your "Region" from the drop-down combobox. For example: CANADA, TORONTO.
      3. Click the "Start Application" button at the end of the page.
      4. You will be redirected to another page. Find "Option C" at the end of that page and click the "Retrieve Application" button.
      5. You will be redirected once again to another page. Type in your "Application ID" in the corresponding text box and click the "Retrieve Application" button.
      6. At this point, you will be asked three security questions. Answer the questions carefully and click the "Retrieve Application" button.
      7. A message dialog will pop up. Select the "View Confirmation Page" option and click the "Continue" button.
      8. At this point you should be in the "Confirmation" page. You could either click the "Print Confirmation" or "Email Confirmation" button.

      That's all. Hope this helps.

      Cheers,

      Yanniel.

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    2. thank u very much it was very helpful i did exactly of wut u said & i was able to retrieve my application & print it now fingers crossed lol lets c where do i end up in getting the visa thanks for ur blog by the way by following the blog only i was able to do it...it's better & simple than 1000 other website three cheers to u :) khizr :)

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    3. You are very welcome Khizr. Good luck!

      Yanniel.

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  32. #1 get there early about 2 or 3 hr ahead of your time because you will wait in line about 1 hr to 2 hr then 30 min to 1 hr when you get inside. Oh parking is $14 close to the consulate.
    2# All you need is the conformation page, pr card & your passport(bring other docs too it might help, bank statement, rent stuff, pay stub)
    3# You can bring your phone, just leave it at the door and pickup when your done.
    4# I over heard about 3 visitor got denied.(citizen/pr card is important)
    5# There is a staples around the corner if you forgot to print something.

    Everybody is different, most cases if you going to get it, I think that decision is made within 1 min of the convocation.

    6#Questions- Why your going, if you have any family, how long your going for, are you a PR, have you ever been before, plus more.

    Process
    a. Stand in the line outside which was long but heard that it is not always so
    b. Security check you conformation page at the door (you might be sent to the window to check that you have appointment)
    c. get in and go through the scanner(leave you cell phone there)
    d. If you did not upload a pic(you might need one and also I think you can take pic's there)
    e. get a number at the second door and your doc's are put in a blue envelope
    f. go inside the second door and bring your blue envelope to the counter
    g. Wait for you number to be call(look out for it too)
    h. get finger printed the sit down
    i. When your number is called again your interview begins.

    hope this helps

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  33. hello everyone

    me and my husband have applied for a US visa tourist.
    my questions are:-
    1) Is it necessary that passport should be valid 6 for months at the time of interview as my husbands passport is expring in november and our interview is on 8th August?

    2) I have been here in canada for 3 months being a Permanent Resident. Can this be a problem as it is a very short period of stay here.

    3) My parents are in US holding a green card. Can this be a problem?

    4) Our appt is in calgary. Is the rejection rate higher that toronto or vancouver?

    thanks
    nitika

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    1. Hi Nitika,

      Read my two cents contribution below:

      1.) You do need a passport valid for at least 6 month before the intended day of arrival to the United States. There's no point in putting a visa in a passport that's going to expire before the time you intend to travel to the US.

      2.) Yes, being in Canada for a short time "might" be a problem. The American officer will look for bindings (full time job, real estate properties, family, etc.) that you might have in Canada. After only 3 months in Canada, it's usually hard to have such bindings.

      3.) The fact that you have your parents in the US (and if you have no bindings to Canada) might be a problem. The American officer might consider you as a possible illegal immigrant to the US; thus he/she could deny your visa.

      4.) Unfortunately, I cannot provide any insights about the rejection rate. Anyhow, I don't think it makes any difference whether you apply in Toronto, Calgary or any other place within Canada. The American officers are following the same regulations and procedures to determine if a person should be granted with a visitor visa.


      Good luck.

      Yanniel.

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    2. Hi Yanniel.
      Pig-backing on Nitika's question about the valid passport. When I first read your blog post I think I didn't understanding it well. My husband and I are planning to go visit some family for the Christmas Holidays, we are still PR but this week we will applying for citizenship (long time postponed).

      Our passports are expired, we are getting new ones. Does the passport have to be valid for 6 months prior to the visa application, or at least 6 months valid after the date I intend to travel? I think I know the answer (based on your answer to Nitika) but wanted to make sure I understood it right now.

      thanks,
      E.

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    3. Hi Elaine,

      You need a passport with a validity date at least six months beyond the applicant's intended period of stay in the United State.

      Sorry for the confusion, I was not clear enough before.

      Cheers,

      Yanniel.

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  34. I hope some one can throw a light on my situation, I have been in Canada since 2006 as a international student and got my PR in April just like Yanniel I have always wanted to go to the US. I am currently a student starting my semester in September and have 15 days holiday any ways I have my interview set up on August 7th.

    I am not sure what documents to take, since being a student I am showing only 500$ in my saving for the trip and I will stay for 2 days in NY since my uncle is coming down with his family(Should I show more- I will have to borrow) I am also showing my student timetable, copy of my student card and confirmation of enrollment. What documents should I take to show that I have been in Canada for 6 years.

    Thank you, any help is appreciated

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    1. Hello there,

      One good way to show your intention to come back to Canada, would be to buy a round (back and forth) trip ticket Canada-USA. You can print a copy of it and show it to the American officer at the consulate.

      They will ask for sure how you plan to support yourself while in the US: frankly $500 dollars is not much.

      Make sure to take with you all your student papers. Make sure to stress the fact that you will be starting a new semester in September. If you have papers to prove all this student stuff, take them with you.

      If you are planning to stay in a hotel, print a copy of the hotel invoice and present it to the American officer. This would proof that you have a place to stay. Furthermore, people staying at hotels make clear their intention of going to the US just for tourism purposes.

      Hope this helps. Good luck.

      Yanniel.

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  35. Hey Yannie,

    Thanks for the reply, so the plan for me is to spend about 2 days in NY and drive back with my uncle to Canada so I dont have a return trip and my uncle has booked the hotel for me since he is booking also for his family. Wont $500 to show in saving for 2 days be enough.

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    1. You are very welcome.

      I cannot say for sure what the outcome of your case will be. You better explain all these things to American officer with clarity. At this point, the only thing you can do is to be sincere and expose your case with the all elements you mentioned before.

      Good luck.

      Yanniel

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  36. Hey Yannie,
    I am residing in USA with my family having US Green card. I am Citizen of Canada. My maternal uncle and auntie (over 70 years of old & Citizen of Nepal) are in Canada with tourist visa. They are living with their son (my cousin brother) & family. My cousin brother and his family have Canadian PR.
    I want to invite my maternal uncle and auntie to visit in my place in US. What kind of document shall I prepare to invite them in US? Can they submit visa application and how? Your suggestions will be highly appreciated. Thank you
    Ganga Tripathi

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    1. Hi Ganga,

      There's not much info that I can provide about your case. I just know the facts based on my own experience, which is very different from what you are describing.

      I believe that your aunt and uncle can apply in the same way everybody does. Refer to the "Step 1" in the body of this post for more details.

      I am not sure whether they can go to the interview while they are still in Canada (maybe they have to do that in Nepal). I don't even know if they should pay the visa application fee here in Canada.

      I am sorry I wasn't more helpful.

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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  37. Hi,
    I am Canadian PR card holder and want to work in the US. I have lived in US for 4 years for my education and then came to Canada for my job. What kind of Visa do I need to start working in US or start my own business. When I get married, will my husband be able to work there and what kind of visa will he require. PLease let me know.

    THank You!

    Anna Arian

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    1. Hi Anna,

      I am sorry, but I don't know the answer to your question. Note that I am only posting here a very particular experience that I went through: that is, applying for a US visitor visa.

      I don't know much about other kind of visas.

      Sorry :-(

      Yanniel.

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  38. Hi Yanniel,

    First of all thank you so much for your great posts helping us. I really need your opinion as because I have been passing through a lot of depressions after being rejected first time. I am a PR of Canada (Bangladesh passport), first time I applied within 3 months I have landed in Canada and was rejected. It's now one and half year I am here in Canada.

    My situation is I am working here in Mcdonalds for almost 1 year. I am an International medical graduate and I need visa for clinical skill exam on december, 2012. Last time I didn't have job and applied for tourist purpose instead of exam purpose. I am moving out of toronto to Montreal on sept and I have one year lease agreement in Montreal starting in sept. I am going to apply for visa this august.

    My question is,

    1. If I show exam purpose (B1), will previous rejection for tourist visa (B1/B2) have any impact on my current application?

    2. After I move in Montreal I will not have any job again, will it have any impact on the application? if so how can I convince the visa officer?

    3. Can you please give me advice about correct timing to apply for visa bc i don't want another rejection by any means?

    thanks a lot.


    Tajul Prodhan

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    1. Hi Tajul,

      I will answer your questions the best I can, but be advised that I am not a legal or immigration professional. Furthermore, I never went through your particular situation; that been said, I will just give you my opinion.

      1.) The impact that a previous visa rejection will have in a new application, depends on whether the causes for such rejection exist nowadays or not. That's for you to decide: what do you think it was the cause for your previous rejection? In any case, I believe you have a better chance now, since you have been living in Canada for a longer time.

      2.) Not having a job is bad if you are planning to apply for a visitor visa. Not sure how you can convince the officer on this one. Just be honest and explain your particular situation to the officer. Take a copy of the leasing agreement in Montreal with you, this might proof that you are indeed planning to go back to Canada. If you have some savings, print a bank statement and present it to the officer as well; this might proof that you have a way to support yourself while in the US. It will also proof that you can fulfill your obligations with your new landlord in Montreal. If you have close family in Canada and that family remains in Canada while you're traveling to the US, then mention this fact to the officer as well. Family bindings in Canada are good for you case.

      3.) Unfortunately, there are no recipes about the timing for the application. Your case is not solid, but it is not lost either. It is up to you to decide whether or not to take your chances.

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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    2. Hi Yanniel,

      Thank you so much for all the informations that helped me a lot to get prepared for the visa. The good news is I got the visa.

      The most important thing I realized for visa is Jobs and length of stay in Canada.

      Thanks a lot.

      Tajul prodhan

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    3. I am glad for you Tajul :-)

      Cheers,

      Yanniel.

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  39. Do you think its a god idea to buy mi ticket and book for my hotel and use the invoice to show the officer

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    1. That's a good idea indeed, but be aware that you could lose the money of the flight and the hotel if your visa gets denied.

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    2. I think it would be a better idea to carry a strong invitation letter and if possible itineary of ur visit instead of spending money on flight and hotel.

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  40. Hi!

    My husband is currently a PR in Canada but we've applied for his Canadian Citizenship. Would be qualify for a US visa?

    Thanks,
    Ash

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    1. Your husband might qualify for a US visitor visa, because he is not a Canadian citizen yet. The process to become Canadian citizen can take a while...he can apply for a US visitor visa meanwhile.

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  41. hi my P R I card is expire & i apllied for new card in this month august 2012. so can i get the u s visa.

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    1. I don't think you can get a visitor visa to the US with an expired Canadian PR card. You should wait for your new PR card before applying for the visa.

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    2. Just another thought: why don't you apply for the Canadian citizenship? With the Canadian citizenship you won't need a visa to visit the US. If your PR card expired that means you landed in Canada at least 5 years ago. You only need to be physically present in Canada for a period of 3 years in order to apply for the Canadian citizenship.

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  42. Hi Yanniel,
    I am a Canadian citizen for 4 years. I have visited USA a few times on holiday and have returned to Vancouver where I live and work for 7 years. I would like to know what would be the quickest way to get a resident visa in USA. In any case what would be the path or the shortest procedimeinto for a permanent residence in USA. Perhaps you can suggest me some website or some forum about this requirement
    Thx

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    1. Hi Charlito,

      Unfortunately, I don't know much about how to get the status of permanent resident in the US. One thing I know though: it's not easy and it's not fast.

      There are people who get the Green Card (that's how the PR card is called in the US) after marrying an American citizen.

      Other people get into the US after a winning a lottery called Diversity Immigrant Visa (also known as the Green Card Lottery). Basically, 55000 permanent resident visas are made available every year under this program. You can find more info here: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/. The odds of winning this lottery are slim :-(

      Alternatively, one thing you could try is to get a work visa to the US. With a work visa you will be entitle to work and live in the US. You won't be exactly a permanent resident of the US, but it's better than nothing.

      Hope this helps,

      Yanniel.

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  43. I am from India and hold PR of Canada
    Do I need a VISA to visit USA ?

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  44. Hi, =)
    Im just wondring because Im currently a temporary foreign worker in Canada (not PR yet) is it possible for me to visit the U.S??

    if yes can I have some guidelines pls??
    specially with the interview incase

    it would be highly appreciated thank you =)

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    1. Hello there, unfortunately I don't know how to proceed in your case. I just know what I experienced myself, but my case is quite different; since I am a Permanent Resident of Canada. I am sorry I wasn't more helpful :-( Good luck.

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  45. hi there! i'm from the Philippines and i am a permanent resident of Canada. i arrived here last july with my canadian citizen 3 yr old daughter.my husband is a canadian. i want to go to US this oct for other relatives from philippines is coming to US.so its kind of like family reunion.i am a full-time mom. my passport have stamps from my previous trips in asia.will it be hard for me to get US visa?thank u!

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    1. Hi Sharon,

      I cannot predict how difficult will be for you to get a visitor visa: that's for the American officer to decide. Anyhow, if your husband has a full time job, enough money to support all of you while in the US, properties in Canada (car, house); that will increase your odds of success in the interview. For more details read in the body of this post and in the comments section. You are welcome to ask other questions: I will give you my humble opinion on the matter.

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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  46. IF YOU HAVE 5000 DOLLARS IN UR BANK DO YOU THINK ITS ENOUGH TO PROVE THAT YOU CAN SUPPORT URSELF

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    1. That will depend on how long you will stay in the US. In any case, I don't think there are magic numbers. Just consider if that money will be enough to support yourself for as long you will be in the US. In addition, there are other factors important for the interview. You can read more in the body of this post and in the comments above.

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  47. Hello,
    for the visitor visa for child (6 years old) the fee is 160 usd as well, or it can be something like family visa?

    Thanks

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    1. I cannot say for sure, but I think you will have to pay for your child as well. Unfortunately, they don't mention any exceptions or discounts for children in the "Fee Payment Options" web page (http://usvisa-info.com/en-CA/selfservice/us_fee_payment_options).

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  48. Hi,

    I am a CDN citizen who after marriage to and lived there contnuosly for that long decided i needed to get out of the marriage it was very painful for me and so instead of sataung in Nebraska I came home to a place that was familaiar to grieve and make decisions.all this time it was never a real isssue to apply for citizenship and my green card expires in 8 yrs 2022. Now i have not quite filed any divorce papers as yet, i have been here in canada for 7 months and have not returned there yet. before i left i started the ciitizen ship application sent the money and have had to reshedule my biometrics 3 times. it is such a hassel and i am just wondering if you have any tips, i rerouted my mail to a friend so i still get my mail. it is a lot and i have spent the money already on the application. I am just wondering if it is worth it? i know you are not a lawyer, but what advice would you give? i have worked etc., in the USA and do have credits etc in the system but i don't know if any huge benefits of just have a cdn citizenship vs dual or just the fact that i have a green card would entitle me to somethings there still. i was told i could also have a pension from there so i dont know. i just have so much mentally still i am going out of my mind. anything i need to know? that you tell me advice me etc would be of help thank you.bye

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    1. Hello,

      There's not much that I can say to help you out. I am neither a lawyer not an immigration expert. What you are asking here is way beyond the topic covered in this post. Either way, I don't know much about the American citizenship process. I am sorry I wasn't more helpful.

      Good luck.

      Yanniel.

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  49. hello yanniel,

    i have a PR card here in Canada and i want to visit US this Dec. with my mom who has a visitors visa in canada, can she apply for a US tourist visa here in Canada? when is the best time to apply for visa if we are planning to go on Dec
    thanks a lot

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    1. Hi Shaneil,

      I don't know for sure whether a non-permanent resident can apply for a visitor visa here in Canada. In any case, the guideline described in the body of this post is not fully applicable to your mom, since what I wrote here works for permanent residents and your mom is not such.

      The sooner you apply for the visa, the better. Although the process is usually fast, it can be delayed sometimes for miscellaneous reasons.

      Good luck.

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  50. hello ; i am care-taker worker from india . i apply us b2 visa with my employer . still i am waiting for my passport . its almost 2 months still embassy didnt reply us and they dint send me back my passport also . now there is one problem 2 year ago my employer took a care-taker with him in us and he run away in us . is this case will make hard for me to get visa ?????

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    1. Hi,

      The American officers are usually very fast either granting or denying your visa. If they are taking more time, that means they are performing some kind of investigation upon your case. I would say that this particular situation of yours might look suspicious to the officers at the consulate (embassy).

      Good luck.

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  51. Hello Yanniel,

    Im a canadian citizen, but my wife she is a landed immigrant, we have applied for US Visa, DS-160. while applying online, I didnt upload the photo and submitted her application, is it ok if i take the photo during the interview and last question is we have applied for tourism/medical treatment instead of tourism and pleasure all are in B2 category

    Please advise

    Thanks alot

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    1. Hello Kalu,

      I don't understand how you claim to have "completed" the online application without submitting your wife's picture. The system shouldn't allow you to do that. Are you certain you have completed the application?

      Question: did you get to the point where you were given a confirmation page with a barcode? That confirmation page should also contain the picture. Refer to the step 1 described in the body of this post for more details.

      If you didn't get the confirmation page with the barcode, that means your application is not completed. You can resume your application anytime. For instructions go to the link below (copy-paste the link in your browser).

      http://www.yanniel.info/2011/10/us-visitor-visa-for-canadian-residents.html?showComment=1342052924926#c9019558330420251964

      About your second question: yes, pleasure and tourism are under the same visa category of medical treatment, which is a B-2 visa.

      Cheers,

      Yanniel.

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  52. Hi Yanniel..
    It is a great infomashn nd carries all the things i needed.. Thnx
    I am a landed immigrant Living in Surrey BC, I was pregnant when i Land, nw i hav 5 months old baby... I am not working so can i get a visiter visa
    Could you plz give me a phone number to book an appointment
    Tanx

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    1. Hi Amandeep,

      It would be very difficult to get a visitor visa to the United States if you are not working. Other factor that makes your case difficult is that you have been in Canada just a few months. The American officers will ask for sure how you plan to support yourself (and your baby) while visiting the United States. Without a job, it's going to be hard to convince them that you can support yourself.

      If you have a husband with a decent income or if you have a wealthy bank account, then you can say that's how you will support yourself (and your baby), while visiting the US.

      One question: is your baby traveling with you or are you traveling alone?

      About your last question: you cannot book the interview just by phone call. The interview has to be booked online, over the Internet. All you need to do is described in the body of this article.

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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    2. Hi,

      I am permanent resident of Canada since July 2010. I used to work in store but i quit due to my personal reason. My brother is willing to sponsor me as he works in Power plant as an Engineer in US.

      Can I still have chance to obtain US B-2 visa or wait till I get Work?
      If I get temporary Job what would be the case for VISA.

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  53. Hi yanniel,

    I became Permanent resident of Canada on 26th June 2010. Then after I enrolled in college and in the meantime worked for a store for 19 months. After My graduation on June 2011 I went back to my home country for 5 months. Now i don have job and would like to meet my own brother in US,who is an Engineer and works in Power Plant for year now. My brother is willing to sponsor me for and cover my expenses while staying in US.

    Do you think its a gud idea to apply for B-2 visa

    thank You

    ARNAV

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    1. Hi Arnav,

      Without bindings to Canada is difficult for you to get the visitor visa. By "bindings" I mean, stable income (either full time job or your own business); real estate properties (house, condo); close family (wife, son or daughter) that will be waiting for you back in Canada.

      Without any of these things, the American officer might think that you will stay with your brother in the US, thus denying your visa.

      If I were you, I would wait until I get a stable job before applying for a visitor visa.

      Good luck,

      Yanniel

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  54. HI everyone that wants to apply for American visa. its easy steps to follow as long as your are PR or student or working here in Canada. As a permanent resident its valid for 10 years and 6 months each entry if you wishes to stay in America for 6 months.first they wanna make sure you are working and you have strong ties in Canada.and as a student u get your students transcript. and if you are working here get letter from your employer that's all.Look sometimes people misinformed people here about getting visa. i went there myself for the interview and it lasted less then 2 minutes.they will only asked you few questions what are you going to do in American ?how long u staying? and if you have ever been to America before ?and lastly like i said above that you are working.nobody gonna asked if have real estate or condo like stated by someone here.remember they have all your info's when applied online so they will be asking you questions based on what you filled out in the form online. first the reasons for the interview is to get your pictures and make sure your are the real person applying for it and get your finger prints regardless of your nationality. The reasons is to make sure your are not a wanted person or a threat to American home land.i hope this info here will help and if you are not satisfied write me directly to my email for more clues.happy reading.

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    1. Hi Valentine, thanks for your comments. I have to say that I don't fully agree with you. I have met quite a few people having troubles with the interview. Some other people had no trouble at all. I think it depends.

      The fact that you had no troubles doesn't mean that is going to be as easy for other people in different circumstances. Certainly you don't need a house or a condo to visit the US (I don't even have those and I have been 3 times in the US), but if you do, that's proof enough to anybody that you are coming back to Canada. Family or employment also works.

      By the way, you should not claim that the validity of the visa is always up to 10 years or whatsoever. Just to put you an example, Cuban nationals (like myself), are given a ONE entry visa. Yes, I can only use my visa to enter the United States ONCE. If I want to go again, then I have to request another visa.

      When applying for a US visa, your nationality does make a difference, at least in some cases. There are countries, like Cuba for instance, which are of special interest to the Americans. Nationality might make a difference. I have been in the US three times. I have proof three times that I am a regular visitor willing to comeback to Canada. Nonetheless, each single time I had to go through the interview process.

      On the other hand, I found some of your advices useful. If the applicant has everything in order, then the interview and the visa process in general should go smoothly. About that, I do agree with you.

      The steps to apply for the visa are always easy. Getting the visa in the other hand, might not be as easy for people whose situation might lead the American officers to think about them as possible illegal immigrants to the US.

      Debate is always welcome. Thanks.

      Yanniel.

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  55. hi Yanniel!! if my visa is approved,so when can i pick up my documents??how long does it take??

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    1. Hi Nghia,

      For me it took less than 15 days. You will get an email notification letting you know when your documents are ready for pickup. It doesn't take long.

      Cheers,

      Yanniel.

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  56. but im in manitoba and i chose vancouver consulate..then i have to go back to van again to pick it up???and when i paid the visa fee,there was one step asked me to chose loomis branch,so can i ask them to send my documents to my address??

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    1. Hi Nghia,

      When you paid your application fee, you were given the option to choose the pickup location for your documents. So, you should get them in the location selected by you at that time.

      You can have your documents delivered to an address in Canada for an additional cost. If you are interested, go here to learn how: http://usvisa-info.com/en-CA/selfservice/us_courier_information.

      Hope this helps,

      Yanniel.

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  57. hi,

    could you please let me know how much is the waiting time period to get an interview date after filling out an application online?

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    1. Hi Jasleen,

      Once you fill out your application you should proceed to pay the application fee. During the process of paying the fee, you will be given the option to select the date of the interview from a range of available dates. There's no way to say for sure how soon you can schedule the interview: you have to find out that by yourself when paying for the fee.

      In my case, the closest available dates were about one month from the moment in which I completed my application.

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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  58. Hi Yanniel!

    I am currently a full time student and as well as a Permanent resident card holder and I don't work, I am just wondering if I'm elible to get a US visa since I also have to show my income. I only wanted to apply for US visa because my boyfriend is planning to go on a cruise and i want to make sure that I can get a visa without any problem and he's worried that he will buy the ticket and ended up I'm not able to go. What should I do? And what are the things I need to show them? I really need your answer to this. :(

    Thank you so much for your time.

    Ms Student

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    1. Hi Steffy,

      If you do not have enough funds to support yourself while in the US, then you have to present evidence that an interested person will cover your expenses. In your case, this interested person could be your boyfriend, since he is traveling with you. Of course, that will work only if your boyfriend has the funds to support both of you. It would be even nicer if your boyfriend has a full time job.

      I would also recommend that you present a letter from your educational institution, corroborating the fact that you are a full time student in a Canadian school. This somewhat could be considered as binding obligation that would compel your return to Canada.

      If you have close family in Canada (parents, siblings, offspring), that could be considered as strong tie to Canada as well.

      All the other documents and explanations needed in the visa application process are explained in the body of this post.

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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  59. hi. thanks for sharing such a useful post.really was very helpful.

    Travel Documents for US

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  60. Hi, your site is extremely useful and has been added to one of my favorites now. i jsut completed the application form and wanted to know if i need to complete the same form for my spouse and child too ? I have included their names in my form as accompanying travelers, however, it did nto ask me for their passport details or other pesonal details. Can u please help with this. Thanks, Vaishnavi

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    1. Hi Vaishnavi,

      Yes, you need to fill additional applications for your husband and child. They need visitor visas as well, so they need to fill the applications too.

      I am glad to help :-)

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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  61. Hi my husband used to live like an year ago in the USA I know he needs a visa because he is from Mexico but also might he need to file any other form since he previously live there not long ago.

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    1. Hello there,

      What is your question then (assuming there's one)?

      Cheers,

      Yanniel.

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  62. Hi Yanniel,

    I've been a permanent resident here in Canada for 3 and a half years now but I don't want to apply for a citizenship since it takes forever to get it here.

    I want to go to the US for pleasure. I'm currently filling out the DS-160 form and was wondering what type of VISA I should get? I have a friend who's the same status as me and she got the 10year visa. and now I don't know. I'm confused since you said that the B2 you got is only valid for 6 months.

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    1. Hi Hannah,

      You should get a B-2 visa, because the purpose of your trip is pleasure.

      About the validity of the visa: I am Cuban, and because of that I got a "one entry visa valid up to six months". The thing is some countries are of especial interest to the Americans; meaning, they take precautions in letting nationals from those countries (like Cuba), going in/out of the USA.

      In a different situation you might get a multiple entry visa with a much longer validity time (like your friend did). I don't know the details about this, since I am not in such a case.

      Hope this helps,

      Yanniel.

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  63. hey, I landed on 16th august 2012 ,my wife sponsored me. and before that i was a student in canada and i have been rejected for usa visitor visa so what is the best time to apply for usa visitor visa as my wife study in usa and she keeps coming back and going there manytimes in a year so can i apply for visa as still i dont get PR card yet,

    Thank u

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    1. Hi Jaydeep,

      I advise you to get the Canadian PR card and a full time job before applying for a US visitor visa again.

      Between us, the fact that your purpose in visiting the US is meeting your girlfriend, might sound to the American officers like you might want to stay there. In any case, they are going to ask for sure how you plan to support yourself while in the US. Be ready to answer those questions promptly.

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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  64. Hello Yanniel,

    First off thank you for great informations here, I am here in Ottawa, Canada as a caregiver (I got here 2 months ago) and now i really want to apply for a visitor visa to USA to see my boyfriend in IL. I have heard from a friend that i am not eligible to apply if i'm not here in Canada for at least 6 months, is this true?

    I have talked to my host family and they're more than happy to sponsor me so i can visit my boyfriend even if i am not here for at least 6 months rule, in this case how can they sponsor me? Do they either have to provide letter to US embassy or go to the embassy with me?

    They will travel to Florida in February so that'll be the time i'd like to visit my boyfriend, if they sponsor me does that mean that i have to travel to Florida with them? (My boyfriend lives in Illinois so Florida is not my destination).

    I really need your advice, please kindly reply... Thank you so much in advance.

    Have a great day,

    Nim

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    1. Hi Nim,

      There's no such a rule about waiting 6 months prior to visit the US. Nonetheless, the longer you have been in Canada; the better will be for you during the interview. A longer period living in Canada will show how well you have adjusted to the Canadian society. The American officers just want to know that you will be coming back to Canada after visiting the US.

      One question: are you a Canadian "permanent" resident? This guideline is intended for permanent residents of Canada. I don’t know how you should proceed if you are not a permanent resident.

      About your host family: I guess it is ok if they can sponsor you, although I know nothing about how this sponsorship needs to be conducted. Sorry...

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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    2. Hello again Yanniel,

      Thank you for your quick reply, i am not a permanent resident of canada i just came to work here two months ago with a 3 years contract work permit. From what you said and other informations that i've read about applying for the us visitor visa i think i should just wait a little bit longer i so dont want to mess it up and get denied. :)

      Have a great day!

      Nim

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  65. Hello Yanniel...
    I along with my husband applied for US visa and your information has been very helpful.I went through all the comments above but none of them perfectly answere my querie regarding the photograph.I have an interview tomorrow morning.Do wee need printed photograph to be presented for the interview.Thank u in advance.
    Suvek

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    1. Hi Suvek,

      I am sorry for my late replay. I had no Internet connection for a while. Hope that everything went well during your interview.

      Answering your question just in case that it might be useful for somebody else: "Do we need printed photograph to be presented for the interview?"

      The answer is No. Additional printed photographs are not needed for the interview. Note however that you DO need to print "the confirmation page with the bar code". That confirmation page contains your picture already. For more details about the "the confirmation page with the bar code" refer to the body of this post.

      Cheers,

      Yanniel.

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  66. Hello,

    I entered US in Aug 1998, and stayed there and got my education completed, and I never stayed illegal in the country. I entered US as F1 visa, and I got my education after I completed my education, I married my husband and he was on F1, and I was on F2 (his dependent). In Aug 2011, we moved to Canada as a Landing Immigrant, PR CARD. I am planning to make a visit to USA with my husband and son (my son is US citizen). I had my savings with me that I brought to US. I had a job, but for past six months i have no work. I have a saving account for $20,000.. and my father is US permanent resident, and my sister is on H1. The reason I want to visit is my only sister has twin kids, and I would like to visit her kids with my family. What are the chances for me to get Visit Visa?

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    1. Hi Sapna,

      The last word about granting or denying your visa will be said the day of the interview by the American officer. That been said, I think you could get the visa, but that is just my personal opinion.

      One thing worth mentioning though: if your husband is working right now on a full time basis that would make things easier for you during the interview. It would help if at least one of the spouses has a full time job.

      Hope this helps,

      Yanniel.

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  67. Hello Yanniel,

    I am Permanent resident of Canada from past 1 and a half year and would like to visit USA on this new year eve. I do have my friends there with whom i will gonna stay there. So, do i need to show anything regarding my stay there means hotel reservations or do i need to provide my friends house address?
    And my trip would be for 1 week then how much funds do i need to show in my bank account?

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Mehak,

      When filling the online application, there is a step for entering the address in which you will stay while in the US. When you come to that part, simply type your friends' address.

      If during the interview you are asked where you are going to stay, then simply tell the interviewer that you are going to stay at your friend's home in the US.

      You really don't "have to" show anything about your bank account. If the officer asks how you are going to support yourself while in the US, then say that you are going to use your personal savings for that purpose. Usually this is enough. Just in case, take with you a bank statement that will support your word.

      By the way, if you have a full time job then your odds of getting the visa are higher.

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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  68. Great job on this site, Yanniel. Very good info for a guy who's not an immigration expert or lawyer. Morris

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  69. what if you're a student and you have a school activity that requires you to enter U.S.
    will those things above work?
    is it different for the students?
    and i'm not staying there for long, just for the that school event...
    and oh!i live in manitoba,so do i have to travel to ontario, toronto or vancouver to get an interview?
    help~

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    1. Hello there,

      Are you a Canadian permanent resident? If you are, then all the things above are applicable to you in order to get a US "visitor" visa.

      You might also consider getting a "student" visa, but I don't know much about that king of visa. Sorry :-(

      You don't have to come to Ontario to take the interview. Just find the nearest American consulate or embassy to your current location; you can take the interview there.

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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    2. aha~ one more question...
      how long does the whole process take?
      i mean do they tend to take months before they accept your application or...

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    3. In my personal case it took less than 15 days to get the visa once I passed the interview.

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  70. Hello Yanniel,

    I am a full-time student at a University and have recently got my PR card. My wife is on maternity leave right now and was previously working for 2 years in Canada. I also have a daughter and my son was recently born in Canada.

    Prior to my wife and daughter coming to Canada I was rejected a Visa on the basis of "Lack of Ties" to my country of residence and was asked to apply again when I had better proof of ties.

    My question is, I am still a full-time student and focusing on completing my thesis(I have worked on a part-time basis for 7 months earlier). Will my not working pose a problem during my visa interview this time around?

    Thanks,
    B

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    1. Hello B,

      I don't think anybody could answer your question with a bullet poof answer. Not working is usually a red flag, but it is not the only thing the interviewers consider. In your case, the fact that you are almost done with your studies, could be considered as a "tie" to Canada, which is good.

      In addition, if you are traveling to the US alone and your family will be waiting for you in Canada; that should satisfy the officer about the fact that you are coming back to Canada.

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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  71. Hello, i and my husband are visiting from africa my brothers in toronto. They and their families intend to visit my elder sister in baltimore and i was just wondering if we can apply for an america visa from canada even though we do not live here.

    Thank you.

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    1. Hi Ben,

      I really don't know if you can apply for the visitor visa from here without being a Canadian Permanent Resident. Sorry :-(

      Yanniel.

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  72. HI yanniel and everyone!

    I find this site very useful! However my anxiety increases through reading that less than 6 months of stay in Canada can be a hindrance for visa acquisition!

    I just arrived here in Saskatoon last Aug as PR,single status and is currently employed in Saskatoon Health region. My temporary part time position will just start this coming November. This is only the bond I have in canada plus my exam applications in the state to practice my profession (which can intensify my longing to stay in here). I have already scheduled my interview for tourist visa this coming Nov, too.

    I want to spend my Christmas with my brotherS in US. I have indicated in my application that my brother(who just got his green card a year ago, i guess) will cover all my vacation expenses. If visa will be granted, then that is the time I intend to purchase ticket bound to Arizona (where my PR brother works) and have to land travel to California (where my sponsor brother stays). My question is, can this condition (my bro as my sponsor)can help for my visa approval?

    Any help/suggestion will be very much appreciated! Thanks guys!

    _jen_

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    1. Hi Jen,

      I believe that your brother's sponsorship is a good thing. It won't be taken as a bad thing during the interview, that's for sure.

      Good luck.

      Yanniel.

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  73. Hi Yanniel,

    I am trying to apply visitor for myself and my wife. It seems like we need to create two separate applications even though we are going together. Also, in each of our applications, we have to answer that we are accompanying with our spouse right ? Please let me know your comments if anything is wrong. Also, my spouse is yet to receive her PR card but have confirmation of permanent residence papers. Are they good enough to come back or should we wait to apply till she receives her PR card.

    Appreciate your help Yanniel.

    Thanks
    Bala

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    1. Hi Bala,

      Yes, you have to fill separate applications for each of you and you have to declare each time that you will be accompanying your spouse. It's redundant, but unfortunately is the way it is.

      About your second question: your spouse cannot travel outside Canada without the PR card. The PR card is needed when you are coming back to Canada. The papers of confirmation of permanent residence are just temporary and they cannot be used for traveling abroad.

      Hope this helps,

      Yanniel.

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    2. I read the whole discussion. I am in the same boat. Landed here a month ago, havent received my PR card yet (heard there have been delays in that recently). Anyways, my questions is, I wanted to apply for a US visa before hand and be sure to have it when my PR card arrives so I can plan my trip asap. SO I was wondering, can i APPLY with my passport and landing papers only? Or even application requires me to take my PR card along during the interview.
      Also please note, I had a 5 year multiple entry visa valid till 2019, but that got invalidated in 2015 after I changed my name after marriage (I called and asked the officer and he said you will need to reapply since you took up your husband's name).

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    3. As far as I know, you do need the PR card in your hands. I was asked for the PR card in the American Consulate before even having the interview.

      I have never heard of anyone using the landing papers for the US visa application. If I had to guess, I would think the landing papers are not valid this purpose.

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  74. Hi Yanniel
    It is good to see your posts.
    I have few questions on getting a US tourist visa. We relocated to Canada from India as a PR in Dec 2011. Now I am working as a contractor - full time for a company. My husband works as part time employee. We would like to visit US for tourist purpose and also to visit some of our friends and relatives. We have 3 year old kid.

    In my case - i have a valid B1/B2 visa, issued when I was in India working for an employer. i even travelled to US for a conference held in that company. My questions are -
    1. Do i have to apply for a new Tourist visa or would it be ok to have the old one since it is not expired. The Visa on my passport says B1/B2 and during my travel to US it is written as B1 at the port entry in my passport.
    2. Will my husband’s case be rejected, as he is working as Part time employee?
    3. Do all of us (I, my husband and my kid) need to apply separately for the visa?
    Please let me know your suggestion.

    Thanks
    Saie

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    1. Hi Saie,

      1.) You have to make sure that your visa is a “multi-entry” visa. Multi-entry means that your visa allows you to re-enter the US as long as the visa is valid. I never had a “multi-entry” visa, so I don’t even know how it looks.

      2.) I cannot predict if your husband will be granted with a visa or not; but I think that you all have a good chance, since at least one member of your couple has a full time job.

      3.) Yes, to get the visa you will have to fill separate applications for each of you, even for your kid. Note however that if your current visa is still good to travel to the US, then you only have to fill your husband’s and child’s applications.

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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  75. Yanniel... thanks for the info. I did this exercise and got my visitor visa over an year back and it's still valid. Now, I want to apply for a visitor visa for my wife who's also a PR in Canada. She just entered Canada a month back and is still looking for work. She was in US on a H1B visa for over 4 years and her H1B is still valid. Would it be a risk to apply for her visitor visa without proof of work here in Canada? Would they consider her a potential immigrant?

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    1. Hi Kishu,

      It would be better if she gets a job before applying for the visa. However, if you (her husband) have a full time job, then I think she could get the visa. At the end, both of you will be traveling together, right?

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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  76. hi yanniel,how about if i got laid-off a full time job and just have part time job,will my visa be aprroved??

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    1. Hi,

      I cannot predict whether your visa will be granted or denied; but if I were you I would wait to get a full time job before applying for the visitor visa. In addition, job is not the only factor they consider. It is also beneficial if you have family, properties or any other interest in Canada. They are merely looking for bindings that you might have with Canada.

      Cheers,

      Yanniel.

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  77. Yanniel, I haven't stayed that long and have no other bonds though here in Canada. You think I could possibly have the visa? Thanks again. Coz I'm still confused if I have to travel to Calgary and continue the interview. _jen_

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    1. Hi Jen,

      There’s no way that I can predict whether you will get the visa or not. I think you do have possibilities based on what you described previously, but the last word will be said the day of the interview.

      You should find the closest American consulate to your current location in order to take the interview. So, find the closest consulate and schedule your interview at that location. To do this, follow the “Step 2” in the body of this post.

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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  78. Hi Yanniel!

    I'm a new landed permanent resident, running 6 months to be exact. I came to Canada through parental sponsorship. I have my parents and 2 sisters here.

    I have a full time job as a pre-school director which is a good paying job, and the house where I live and work has all the utility bills under my name. Gas, electricity, water, internet and home phone....

    Since I'm new, I have a few thousand dollars savings, and I'm wondering if what i have in my bank account matters so much? and the amount of time I'm a permanent resident here? My boyfriend will write a letter stating that I will stay at his place in full accomodation.

    My boyfriend visited me twice in Canada, in the last 3 months and since I have 10 days off from work, I want to visit him in the States. Do you think I stand a chance for approval?

    I've gathered these documents.

    1. Utility bills from Telus and Enmax
    2. bank statements fro RBC
    3. Unpaid time off request form
    4. letter of employment
    5. Insurance Policy
    6. PR Cards, alberta health card, SIN Card, Confirmation of Right of Permanent resident

    Do you think this will suffice?

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    1. Hi there,

      I think you have very good chances to get the visa, because you do have bindings in Canada, even after a short period of time.

      I wouldn’t worry too much about your current savings, because you have a full time job. The full time job is usually enough to convince them.

      I would not mention about your boyfriend at all. There’s no reason to mention that, and it might be “suspicious” for the interviewer. He might think that you want to stay with you boyfriend. Was just a thought...

      I think that the documents you mentioned are good enough. Just make sure that you also gather the other documents I mentioned in the main body of this post.

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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    2. thanks for the reply Yanniel.

      The address in Florida that I've provided in DS160 is the address of my boyfriend and he is the contact person that I wrote because I don't really know people there that much. Will they ever ask who this person is? I know, we should be honest as well.

      and do they ask if how long have I been a permanent resident here? I've heard it's their first question to ask is it true?

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    3. The questions asked during the interview vary. I have been in two interviews before and various questions were different each time.

      If your boyfriend is the only person you know in the US, then that's ok. Keep it that way if you are asked.

      If you are asked directly about something I would recommend being honest.

      When I was interviewed I was inquired about the length of my residency in Canada... I don't quite remember whether that was the first question or not. In any case, I don't think the order of the questions is important.

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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  79. hi Yanniel, i am a canadian permanent resident. i am planning on going to hawaii with my bf and his family from dec 17 to dec 28th and i have the ticket purchased too which i can show to the visa officer. now the problem is that my current pr card is expired and i have pr card being renewed at the moment and cic office updated my application status for my pr card on oct 29th that i will get a mail within 4 weeks to pick up my card from local cic office.now if i dont have my card by 21st of nov,i am afraid that my visa might get denied.what should i do??please help

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    1. I am sorry Sarah, but I don't know how to proceed in your current situation. Sorry :-(

      Regards,

      Yanniel.

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  80. Oye mi hermano,

    Mira soy cubano con residencia permanente en Canada, vivo en Montreal y quiero ir de viajes a Dubai. Pero los vuelos mas baratos son con American Airlines a traves de NY. Por tanto mis preguntas son:

    1. Necesito una visa de transito?
    2. Como lo hago? Adonde me tengo que dirigir
    3. Cuanto tiempo demoraria el otorgamiento?

    Mil gracias mi herma.

    Jorge

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    1. Hola Jorge,

      No tengo idea de tu caso en particular. Decirte algo sería mera especulación mía. Yo simplemente he escrito en este blog lo que yo hice cuando apliqué por una visa para "visitar" Los Estados Unidos.

      Por lo que describes tu caso es diferente y la verdad no sé qué debes hacer.

      Suerte y lamento no haber sido de más ayuda.

      Yanniel.

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  81. Hi Yanniel,

    I am a Canadian P.R. holder, and I would like to visit for 1 day Bufalo-US, My friend told me that I can get a visa at the border in Niagara.
    Do you know something about it? like fee, document and if It's possible.
    Regards,

    Ricardo

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    1. Hi Ricardo,

      I don’t think you can get a visitor visa at the border, but don’t take my word for granted, since I am neither a lawyer nor an immigration expert.

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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  82. Hello,
    I have question.
    I am permanent resident and my wife and my kids Canadian citizen. And we wanted to go US for 2 weeks vacation. I applied to US visior visa and my interview was at September 6 2012. And I got temporary hold on my status(yellow paper).I was little upset. Then we change our holiday plan. And I send e-mail to them last month for the situation my visa. they told me i have give them 60 days to process .
    Now we want to go around new year but we cant do any plan without visa. Is it a good idea to send to one more e-mail to them remind the visa or what can I do??
    Thanks
    Arthur

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    1. Hi Arthur,

      I haven't been in the position you are, but if I were you, I would wait at least the 60 days they told you wait, before sending another email. After those 60 days are gone, then I would send a second email explaining the situation again.

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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  83. Hi Yanniel,
    I had submitted my B2 visa online application for myself and my husband and then realized that the travel dates were wrong.I retrieved the application,created a new application,got a new confirmation no and made the changes.Now do I have to pay the visa fee for the 1st application I submitted which had a mistake or can I go ahead and pay for the visa fee for the new corrected application with new numbers.
    Please advise

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    1. Hi Shaima,

      I don’t know for a fact what you should do in this case, but I don’t think you need to pay for the first application, since that application was never scheduled for interview, right?

      You only pay the fee when you schedule a date for the interview, not when you fill the DS-160 Form online.

      In other words, if I were you I would just pay the fee for the correct application.

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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  84. hello!

    I have been here in Canada for 2 years already and I have a PR card. I wanted to apply for a visitor visa. However, I am a full time student and I decided to quit working because of my busy schedule. But I plan to work during vacation and I already have a work waiting during that time. I do have a decent amount of money saved in my account, I do have a lot of family members in the US. and I do have my parents here in Canada. I plan to stay in the U.S for just 2-3 weeks. and I also traveled to a different country and stayed there for a month ( I don't know if this fact will make them think that all I ever wanted to have the visa is for vacation only). I just want to know if I have a good chance to be approved?. I don't want to waste money applying and will end up denied because I don't have a job.

    Second question: If I do get approved, for how long will the visa be in effect? because I plan to apply on December so by that time I do have work. but I want to go to U.S on August.I was thinking it might expire already.

    Hoping that you could help me.

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    1. Hello there,

      Nobody can predict the chances of getting the visa or not; that’s of the sole discretion of the American officer the day of the interview.

      Anyhow, you have your parents in Canada, which is good. In addition, you claim to have the funds to support yourself while in the US, which is a good thing as well. It looks to me that you are in a proper shape for the interview; but again, the American officer has the last word on the matter.

      The validity of the visa depends on each case: you will know it when you get the visa stamped in your passport. Scheduling your interview 6 month in advance to your trip, I would say is good enough.

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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  85. Hi,

    did you bring an invitation letter to the interview??

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    1. No, I didn’t bring any invitation letter to the interview; that’s not required for a visitor visa.

      Cheers,

      Yanniel.

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  86. Yanniel,

    I have a question about Non immigrant visitor visa to America. My dilemma goes like this, My spouse (wife) just recently (like this wed) is going to get her Canadian Visa issued to her so she can come to Canada and become a Permanent Resident. I want her to apply for the visitor visa from her country (Amman Jordan) because its a lot more convenient but more importantly I live on a border city (Windsor ON) which means a lot of Canadians cross to American (detroit)every day because its so close for shopping and recreational stuff. I do not want her to be deprived of that when she comes. She has not arrived in Canada yet so she does not have any job or bills to support her argument. Do you think she should wait a little bit before applying or should she go thru with the application. I really do not want her to get rejected.

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    1. Hi Mazen,

      There’s no easy answer to your question. Anyhow, if you could wait a little bit longer, until she gets a job for instance, that would be better.

      Yanniel.

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  87. Yanniel,

    My wife has just received her visa to Canada because she got accepted as a PR (Permanent Resident) from Amman Jordan. I asked her to apply for a non immigrant visa to America (from Amman) because I live on a border city (Windsor, ON) and there are tons of Canadians that cross over to Detroit from Windsor everyday for recreational stuff or even school. She does not have any credentials under her ex bills or work. Do you believe that she will get accepted on the grounds that she is going to be living on a border city and wants to be able to travel to the US with her husband when she wants? or should she wait for a little bit in Canada before she applies? Its important she gets this because I like to travel to the US alot since it is so easy living for me here and I want her to enjoy that luxury. Please advise !!

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    1. Hi again Mazen,

      You have two options:

      1.) Take your chances and apply for the US visa now. Your arguments make sense to me, anyhow, that’s not for me to decide. The American officer that will be interviewing your wife has the last saying on this.

      2.) Wait a little bit longer until your wife grows some more bindings to Canada; job is a good binding as I mentioned before.

      Either way, both you as a couple should decide what to do...

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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  88. Hi! me and my family are PR here in Canada, I just want to inquire if it is possible for me to apply for a US Visa (B2) though I'm not currently employed. I just have an invitation from my Uncle who is a US citizen, stating that all the expenses will be shouldered by him and i will be staying in his residence for only a week or two. we are planning to visit them by early next year with my wife (who is working) and our son.

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    1. Hello,

      You can always apply for a US B-2 visitor visa, even if you are not employed. Having a job is good thing. On one hand it is considered as a binding that you have to Canada. On the other hand, a job "possibly" provides you with the funds to support yourself while in the US. That been said, I ratify that having a job is a good thing, but it is NOT mandatory in order to go to the interview.

      The fact that your wife is working is a good thing as well; even if you are not working. I am not sure what the effect of the invitation letter from your uncle will be, but in any case, it won’t hurt; so take the invitation letter to the interview and explain this to the American interviewer if you are asked.

      Hope this helps,

      Yanniel.

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  89. Hi I am applying for a tourist visa for me and my 2 kids, can I apply online all at the same time? And also can i book the interview all at the same time? Thanks. Claire

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    1. Hi Claire.

      You will have to fill in THREE different DS-160 applications: one for you and also separate applications for each of you kids. See "step 1" in the article.

      Then you only need to book the interview ONCE for all of you. You can pay the interview fee as well just once for the three of you. See "step 2" in the article.

      Good luck.

      Yanniel.

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  90. Hi Yanniel,

    I was reading the stuff which you have shared here. You are a doing a great job helping people to understand the process of this visa. I must appreciate your efforts. This information is very useful for the people who are willing to apply for the visitor visa, this information is not generally available in any websites.

    Good work !! Kudos !!

    Thanks,
    Abhishek Pandey

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  91. Hi Yanniel,

    I would like to apply for B1/B2 Visa and having Canada PR and arrived from India on May,15 2015 So While filling up DS-160 there is a question below ?

    Are you a permanent resident of a country/region other than your country/region of origin (nationality) indicated above?

    Two options - Yes / NO

    So What should we need to select if my origin country is "India" but I am staying in Canada as PR holder ?

    Awaiting your quick response soon,

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    1. You should reply "Yes"; because you are a permanent resident of Canada, which is not your country of origin (India).

      Cheers.

      Yanniel.

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  92. i had applied for the visa without any hussle for my son just by going thru your blog.Thank you Yanniel. If you have same set of experience for schengen visa please post them as well. i am trying to apply for the same soon.

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    1. Unfortunately, I don't have any knowledge about the Schengen Visa application.

      Regards,

      Yanniel.

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  93. Hi Yanniel,

    I have landed in Canada in April 2016 as a PR and have a permanent job in Toronto. My wife is in US on a J1 visa doing postdoctoral research. I wanted to visit her and thus was thinking of applying for a visitor visa. A lot of people have been telling me that the visa might get rejected.

    What I am planning to show as ties to Canada are: Permanent Job, Driver's License, Bank Account.

    Please provide your inputs on my case and any suggestions.

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. Hello Manhar,

      The visa can always be rejected, not only in your case, but in general. Nobody goes to the interview with 100% chance of securing it.

      That being said, there are red flags in your case: mainly the fact that you have been in Canada for very little time and on top of that your wife is currently in the US. These two elements might lead the US immigration to deny your visa; but in reality there is no way to say for sure. Maybe they'll decide to give you the visa anyways. The only way to really find out is to take the interview.

      If you apply and get refused, you don't lose much; only $160USD for the application and some time filling the paperwork and going to the Interview.

      I would advise you to also bring to the interview your "lease contract", if you are renting a place. And if you own a car or a house, bring the proof of ownership. This will serve you well in order to proof your ties to Canada.

      Good luck.

      Yanniel.

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  94. Hi Yanniel
    I am a full time international student at Conestoga College and my program will be ending in August this year. I have applied for Non immigrant US tourist visa and I will be going to my relatives place in September. As my student visa will be expiring in November so when Consultant will ask me about if I will be coming back after my visit, what proof can I give him?

    Ginni

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    1. You must tell them the truth Ginni, what ever it is.

      Good luck,

      Yanniel.

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  95. Hi Yanniel..
    I am holder of nepali passport and have canada transit visa. I'm here to join in ship but unfortunately my joining date has been postponed due to can't able to arrive ship here. So I have intention to visit Newyork usa temporary to meet with my friend. So my question is can I visit there and if can then how can I do this? Thank you

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    1. You cannot visit the United States without a visitor visa. Sorry :-(

      Unfortunately, you won't be able to get a US visitor visa in Canada because you're not a Canadian resident.

      Good luck.

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  96. hello,

    I have just filled out the visa application. At what point do I pay for the VISA? do I pay for it at the interview?
    Also when booking the appointment for a USA Visa which option from below do i choose?

    1. Request notarial and other services not listed above.
    OR
    2. Passport services other than adding pages.

    Also what do you suggest I bring to the interview other than passport and photos?

    Thank you in advance.

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    1. Please, take a moment to read the full article. Also, read the comments section. Most of your questions are already answered.

      I don't know about your point 1 or 2.

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  97. Hi
    Hi
    I am looking for my son aged 14, canadian permanent resident holder, right now in Canada for multiple usa visitor visa as my brother is a usa citizen.
    Can u guide me for the same
    Thanks

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    1. I really don't know what you are asking of me. All the guidance you need is here. Just read.

      Yanniel.

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  98. Hi Yanniel. I am a regular follower of ur posts. I am planning to apply for US Visitor Visa. I run a software company here . Landed in May 2015 and established by company in Sep 2015. Now in July 2016 I am planning to apply for Visit Visa to visit USA for this summer. I wanted to take my children to Disney land in Orlando. Me and my wife are drawing salaries from my own company. We both filed our personal taxes and also company's annual taxes. Will it be any problem if I have my own business instead of a regular job. I have lease agreement for the latest year . I just completed 2015 lease agreement and took another place for lease in 2016 .I have taken car on lease. My business is established in downtown toronto.

    Let me know my chances of getting approved. I dont want to take any risk

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    1. There is never a 100% chance of getting the visitor visa. That is for the American agents to decide. I cannot make predictions on that.

      You have to take chances and go to the interview in order to find out. It really does not cost you much.

      It seems to me that you have sufficient "ties" to Canada. Note that you don't need a job per say, what you need is sufficient "ties" to Canada and enough money to fund your trip to the US.

      One thing that might be a red flag in your case is for how long you have been in Canada; little over a year.

      Take my comments with a grain of salt and at your own risk. I am not an expert on the matter.

      Good luck.

      Yanniel.

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  99. Hi, your site is really a big help for us who are applying for US visa. I am working here in Canada as live in caregiver for 1 year 11 months. I am not a PR holder, i dont have car as of now. My purpose for going to the US is purely tourism and a visit to my relatives and friends on holidays which will take only of less than a week. Will i have the chance to get approved? Thank you in advance for your reply.

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    1. I don’t know if you can apply for a US visitor visa from Canada if you’re not a Permanent Resident. I have no advice to provide on that topic. I simply don’t know.

      In any case, this article is meant for Permanent Residents of Canada wanting to visit the US. So, it does not apply to you.

      Sorry and good luck.

      Yanniel.

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  100. Hello Yanniel.
    I am planning to apply for US Visitor Visa after getting PR. Landed in June 2016. I have one kid of 8 months. MY sister lived in New Jersy. Will it be any problem if I have no job. Another question, in bank statement how many amount need to be shown. And also what type of invitation letter is need for going there.

    Let me know my chances of getting approved. I dont want to take any risk.

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