Applying for a U.S. Entry Visa Stamp

We recommend that you review the following information before applying for a U.S. visa stamp. 

General recommendations - Additional pointers for visa applications in Canada - 'Non-immigrant intent' for F & J applicants

General Recommendations

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Visa applications in Canada (for non-Canadians)

  • Review information about travel to Canada.
  • For individuals on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP): Border posts are aware that people who enter the United States under the VWP may not change their status. If you attempt to change your status through a trip to Canada or Mexico, Visa Officers have been instructed to consider cases based on their individual merits.
  • Although U.S. visas are typically granted in one to two days, this cannot be guaranteed.  Please note that you will NOT be able to return to the United States until your visa is granted.
  • Do not bring any electonic devices to your appointment as you will not be able to bring these into the consulate.
  • It can be difficult to schedule a visa interview in Canada so plan well in advance.  Halifax does not process H1B visas.
  • Prepare for the worst – but don’t expect it . . . The worst case scenario would be that you would be required to fly directly to your home country to apply at a U.S. Consulate there. This is rare since U.S. Consulates in Canada pre-screen applicants and will not take an appointment if lengthy SAO clearance is required (as they don’t want you stuck in Canada).

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General Hints for proving ‘non-immigrant intent’ for J-1 and F-1 visa applications

  • Frequent visits to the home country during the F or J program show that strong ties have been maintained.
  • Property, bank accounts, job offers, family ties are other typical means to establish non-immigrant intent (Voter ID and Ration Card recommended as well for citizens of India)

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