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					                            Applying for a U.S. Visitor’s Visa
  NOTE: Always visit http://www.consular.canada.usembassy.gov/vancouver.asp for the
                                  latest information

1. Who needs a U.S. visa to enter the U.S.?
   International students planning on traveling to the U.S. require a U.S Visitor’s Visa if you are
   a citizen of a country that is currently not part of the U.S. “Visa Waiver Program”. Citizens
   from countries that are part of the Visa Waiver Program do not need a U.S. Visitor’s Visa for
   visits of 90 days or less. An updated list of these countries can be found at:
   http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html

2. How do I apply for a U.S. Visa?
     • You must first make an appointment at the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver using one of
           the following options:
                i. Online using a credit card at www.nvars.com (flat rate $8.75 CDN)
               ii. Telephone by calling 1-900-451-2778 ($1.89 CDN /minute) – the charge will
                    appear on your phone bill (this number may be blocked when calling from
                    some offices, payphones, etc.)
              iii. Telephone by calling 1-888-840-0032 – payment is made using a credit card
       •   NEW ONLINE APPLICATION FORM AS OF OCTOBER 22nd, 2008:
                i. Fill out the DS-160 application form online at:
                    https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/
               ii. As part of the electronic submission of your application, you will be asked to
                    provide an electronic copy of your photo. The photo must meet requirements
                    for photo submission and can be found at:
                    http://travel.state.gov/visa/guide/guide_3877.html
              iii. After completing the DS-160, you will electronically submit the application
                    and you will be provided with a confirmation page with a bar code. You must
                    take that page with you to the interview

       •   Take the following supporting documents with you:
                i. Valid passport – should be valid for at least 6 months past your intended stay
               ii. Canadian study permit
             iii. Letter of enrollment from SFU showing your expected date of graduation,
                   course of study, and dates of enrollment
              iv. If you are currently employed, provide a letter from your employer
                   specifying job title, salary and the date you started working
               v. Evidence that you have registered for courses and paid tuition for an
                   upcoming semester, if you are applying for a US visa close to the start of the
                   Fall, Spring or Summer sessions (not required, but recommended)



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              vi. Other evidence that demonstrate strong economic and social ties to Canada
                   (examples include bank letters or statements, rental agreements/property title,
                   proof of car ownership, etc.)
              vii. Details of your proposed trip (intended destinations, dates of travel, etc.)

       •   Take the application fee deposit slip for US $131 with you. This is non-refundable.
           Individuals applying for U.S. visas at Consulates in Canada must first deposit the fee
           to Scotia Bank. The deposit slip for your visa application fee consists of 3 pages. A
           separate set of deposit slips is required for each applicant. The deposit slip can be
           downloaded at: http://www.consular.canada.usembassy.gov/deposit.pdf
           Take all three pages of the deposit slip(s) to any branch of Scotia Bank and pay the
           non-refundable U.S. visa application fee of US$131.00. The payment must be made
           in either $US cash, a $US certified check or a $US money order; incoming mail
           deposits and wired deposits are not accepted. The bank teller will stamp all three
           copies of your receipt and should return two copies to you. You must submit two
           validated deposit receipts with your visa application. The special pre-coded deposit
           slip can be downloaded from the link provided below. Deposit slips can also be
           obtained by calling (900) 451-2778, or as part of the appointment process at
           www.nvars.com or in person at any U.S. Consulate. The Consulate cannot accept
           applications that do not contain two copies of your deposit receipt.
           Check http://www.amcits.com/vancouver.asp before your interview as this
           information may change. Citizens of certain countries may have to pay an additional
           “reciprocity fee” if your visa is approved. Check the following website for more
           information: http://travel.state.gov/visa/reciprocity/index.htm

3. How long will it take to get my US visa processed?
   After your interview at the US Consulate on the day of your appointment, should your
   application be successful, Passports and visas will be returned to the applicants with
   Canadian addresses by Canada Post, generally within three to five business days after the visa
   is approved. In person pick up will be available only in a legitimate emergency (as
   determined by the Consulate). Procedures for the methods and costs of having your passport
   returned can be found at: http://www.consular.canada.usembassy.gov/vancouver.asp

4. What are my chances of getting a US visa?
   US Immigration officials will base their decision on an individual case basis since each
   student’s situation varies widely. The student with the best chance of getting a US Visa
   would be the one who demonstrates the strongest ties to Canada at the time of his/her
   application. For this reason, we recommend that students should not apply for a US Visa
   during the first year of studies in Canada or if they are very close to graduating.




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