Usually, Canadians don’t require a visa to enter the USA, although some exceptions to the rule exist. Also, if you’re a citizen of another country and are currently in Canada but want to visit the USA, you need to know how to obtain the right travel authorisation to permit you to cross the border.
The good news is that it is possible to make your application online to obtain the necessary permits to legally enter America, and Byevisa can offer you all the advice you need and process the application for you too.
- 1 Who Needs a US Visa From Canada?
- 2 How Much Does it Cost to Get a US Visa From Canada?
- 3 How to Apply for a US Visa From Canada
- 4 What Documents Do I Need When Getting a US Visa From Canada?
- 5 How Long Does it Take to Get a US Visa From Canada?
- 6 How to Get a US Visa From Canada – Your Questions Answered
Who Needs a US Visa From Canada?
Most Canadian citizens don’t need to apply for a US visa from Canada for tourism purposes. All you need is your passport.
However, if you are a citizen of another country and are already in Canada but wish to visit the USA, you need to obtain a suitable travel authorisation.
This may either be in the form of a US visa, or it may be an ESTA if you are from a country that is eligible under America’s visa waiver program. Luckily, Byevisa can help you with the process of applying for your visa or your ESTA online.
How Much Does it Cost to Get a US Visa From Canada?
If you are from a country that is part of the ESTA visa waiver program you only need to pay a fee of 14 USD.
If you need to get a US visa from Canada, you can make the application through Byevisa’s online portal. The cost of an eVisa for tourists is 160 USD.
Byevisa also charges a processing fee for handling the paperwork on your behalf.
How to Apply for a US Visa From Canada
If you are from a VWP (Visa Waiver Program) country, you need to apply for an ESTA online. This can be done through the Byevisa website. Simply enter some personal and passport details, make the payment and you will be issued with your ESTA document in as little as 30 minutes, depending on the processing speed you select.
If you need to obtain a visa for the USA from Canada, you can make your application through Byevisa’s portal. Choose the authorisation you need, then enter your personal information including:
- Your full name.
- Your nationality, birth place and date of birth.
- Your passport details including your passport number and issue and expiry dates.
- Your address, telephone number and email address.
- Details of the last 5 trips you have made to the USA if applicable.
- Employment and educational history details.
Once all of the information is completed and you have uploaded the necessary documentation, you can enter your PayPal account information or card details. Byevisa will then submit your application form to the authorities for you. We can then help you to arrange your appointment at your selected US consulate or embassy where you will complete your application procedure.
What Documents Do I Need When Getting a US Visa From Canada?
If you are applying online for an ESTA, you need:
- Your valid passport.
That’s it! The ESTA will be emailed to you when it’s ready.
If you are applying for a visa, you need to supply the following documentation:
- A passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the stay.
- A passport photo (2” x 2”).
- Marriage certificates and birth certificates for all accompanying family members.
- Copy of proof of your legal status in Canada.
At your interview, you also need to supply documentation including any previous passports on which you have had an American visa, printed confirmations of your appointment, your fee payment receipt and Form DS-160 with a barcode. You may also require other paperwork including evidence to show:
- The reason for your trip.
- Your intention of departing the USA after your visit.
- Your ability to cover your costs.
How Long Does it Take to Get a US Visa From Canada?
If you are applying for an ESTA from Canada to enter the USA, Byevisa offers 3 different processing speeds – Standard (24 hours), Rapid (4 hours) and Highly Rapid (30 minutes), so you can be sure to receive your document before you set off.
If you need to attend an embassy or consulate appointment for your traditional visa, you can expect the process to take around 8 weeks.
How to Get a US Visa From Canada – Your Questions Answered
We hope that we’ve supplied you with the vital details you require to obtain your travel authorisation. However, if there is further information you need, read on to get the answers to more frequently asked questions.
Do I Need a Transit Visa for the US From Canada?
If you’re transiting through the USA on your way from Canada to another destination, you don’t need to obtain any type of transit permit if you’re a Canadian citizen.
However, if you’re from a country that requires an ESTA or a visa to enter the USA, you need to make an application in advance, even if you will only be transiting through and won’t be visiting the country outside the point of arrival.
Will I Need to Get a Child Visa for the US From Canada if I’m Travelling With a Minor?
If you’re travelling with a child under the age of 18, you may be wondering if you need to apply for a travel authorisation for them to be granted entry into the USA. If you and the child are both Canadian citizens, then the answer is no.
However, if you are applying from Canada but you are from a country that would ordinarily require an ESTA or a visa to be granted entry to America, then you need to make an application for the child too.
Is the US Safe for Canadians?
On the whole, the USA is a very safe place for people from all over the world to visit. However, as with any other country there are some areas that you should avoid as a tourist. When in a city, you should make sure to keep an eye out for thieves and pickpockets – keeping your money in a money belt is the best solution.
You should also avoid any areas that are poorly lit or that generally feel unsafe, especially at night. Most people will find that they enjoy a safe and fun trip, especially if you are visiting areas that are known as tourist resorts.
How Many Canadians Live in the US?
2% of all America’s immigrants come from Canada. This amounts to around 783,000 Canadian citizens who currently live in the USA.
More About the US ESTA Authorisation
We hope that you now know what you need about US visas for Canadian citizens and for those who are applying for an American travel authorisation from Canada as a citizen of another country. For further guidance and a full list of eligible nationalities, visit our US ESTA page here.
You can find more information about visiting the US here.