Visiting USA
Posted By Karthik

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:

  1. A printout of the DS-160 nonimmigration visa form
  2. Passport with validity of at least 6 months after the visa expiration date
  3. Proof of legal stay in Canada, both original and copy
  4. Proof of sufficient funds to meet all expenses incurred in the US. You should also learn more about visitor insurance here.
  5. 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.


Having lived in 3+ countries, worked for companies small and big in USA, Middle East & India, I have a lot of stories to share about international travel, immigration and living as an NRI in the US.

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