Can a Canada Tourist Visa Holder Visit the USA?
Given all the trouble you’ve gone through, what with the rigorous application process and interview, to obtain a Canadian visa, it really would be a shame to travel all that way and not make the most of the visa.
However, you need a valid US visa to enter American territory unless you enjoy the privilege of being a citizen of the Visa Waiver Program. There are 38 countries and territories whose citizens are allowed visa-free entry into the United States. For all other nations, it is mandatory to have a valid visa. Some exceptions may, however, exist for transit visas.
If you do not belong to a nation that is part of the Visa Waiver Program, you will need to apply for a B1/B2 visa, which you can do from any US embassy or consulate in Canada. However, it is always advisable to plan for a US visit before you leave your home country. This is because you might not be travelling with the documents needed to apply for a visa while in Canada. It isn’t always a convenient process to get a visa for a third country from a country that isn’t your country of residence.
It has been also observed at times that a large number of applications are rejected, mostly due to security reasons and rigorous laws.
How Can You Obtain a Travel Visa in Canada?
If you are already in Canada on a tourist visa and wish to visit neighboring USA, you will need the following:
- A printout of the DS-160 nonimmigration visa form
- Passport with validity of at least 6 months after the visa expiration date
- Proof of legal stay in Canada, both original and copy
- Proof of sufficient funds to meet all expenses incurred in the US. You should also learn more about visitor insurance here.
- Proof of citizenship of a country outside the US and intent to return to your home country
Entry into the US is not an easy task and it becomes harder if you are trying from a country other than your home country.