Applying for a Visa in Canada or Mexico

Important Note: Certain nationalities require a visa from Canadian or Mexican authorities to enter those countries. Refer to our handout "Travel to Canada or Mexico" or visit our website at Travel to Canada or Mexico for more information.

APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL VISA INTERVIEWS

Any person who is not a citizen or legal resident of Canada or Mexico wishing to apply for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa at an embassy or consulate in Canada or Mexico must make an appointment for an interview. The OIA recommends that you investigate conditions at your travel destination that may affect your safety and security. Worldwide travel information is available on The U.S. Department of State website.

Since conditions and requirements for travel can change from day to day, we recommend that you review information on the appropriate website before traveling for the visa interview. Most consulates have helpful websites that you can link to through http://www.usembassy.gov.

CANADA:

Where can you apply?

Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg.

Who can apply?

Those wishing to renew their existing visas; those wishing to change to a new visa status.

Who should NOT apply?

Those who are out-of-status; those who are in B-1 or B-2 status or on the Visa Waiver program.

Making Appointments Online:

Applicants can make appointments online at http://www.nvarsappointment.com. Each appointment reservation is charged a fee, which must be paid with a major credit card. Applicants are advised to have their credit card information handy. The Internet system is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Making Appointments by Phone:

From the United States, call 1-900-443-3131 (per minute charge applies); in Canada, call 1-900-451-2778 (per minute charge applies). To charge the call to a credit card, call 1-888-840-0032 from either country. Please DO NOT call individual consulates directly to request an appointment.

What next?

You will need to complete the visa application materials online at http://evisaforms.state.gov. Once you have completed them, print out all 3 pages and take them with you to the interview. You should also take your Appointment Confirmation Letter. Applicants who are unable to attend their scheduled appointments must cancel them two full working days prior to the appointment by calling toll-free 1-888-611-6676 or by logging back into the website.

The Department of State also advises that once the visa appointment has been made, you should still wait five days before making travel plans to Canada to apply for the US visa. This is to make sure that your appointment will not be cancelled because you were not considered eligible to apply for the visa.

MEXICO:

Where can you apply?

Tijuana, Nogales, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Hermosillo, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico City, Merida, and Matamoros.

Who can apply?

Those renewing an existing visa, as long as the existing visa was issued in the home country.

Who should NOT apply?

Those wishing to change status; those who are out-of-status; those who are in B-1 or B-2 status or on the Visa Waiver program; citizens of Syria, Cuba, North Korea, Sudan, and Iran; those who were registered in the NSEERs program.

Making Appointments Online:

Appointments should be made online at https://usvisa-info.com/en-MX/selfservice/ss_country_welcome. To pay for the online service you must obtain a "PIN" for a fee. The amount of the fee varies depending on the location you plan to visit. For details, see http://usvisa-info.com/en-MX/selfservice/us_fee_payment_options.

Making Appointments by Phone:

From the United States, call 01-900-476-1212 (per minute charge applies); in Mexico, call 01-900-849-4949 (per minute charge applies). To charge the call to a credit card, call 1-800-919-1754 from the US or 01-477-788-7070 from Mexico. Please DO NOT call individual consulates directly to request an appointment.

What next?

Depending on the embassy city, you may use paper or electronic visa application forms. This information will be provided when you schedule your appointment. You can find a link to the paper forms online at https://usvisa-info.com/en-MX/selfservice/us_before_you_apply. You should take these forms and your Appointment Confirmation Letter to the interview with you. It is not necessary to obtain photos prior to the interview. Each of the offices in Mexico will take your photo as part of the interview process. Applicants who are unable to attend their scheduled appointments must cancel them two full working days prior to the appointment by either logging into their online account or by calling the number provided in the above section.

A few cities in Mexico use offices called Applicant Service Centers (ASC). These locations use slightly different procedures. When you make your appointment, be sure to find out whether you will be required to visit one of these centers. You can review that information here: https://usvisa-info.com/en-MX/selfservice/ss_country_welcome.

Who faces risk in applying for a visa in Canada or Mexico?

Remember, there is risk involved with every visa application. You can never be guaranteed that you will receive the visa you apply for. If you have circumstances that cause you to be concerned, please schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor in the Office of International Affairs or email an advisor at iadvisor@iupui.edu.