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Do Canadian Permanent Residents Need a US Visitor Visa to Enter the US

Countries US visitor Visa

If you are a Canadian Permanent resident and not a Canadian citizen, you may require a visa to enter the USA depending on what country you are from. For instance, if you are a Canadian PR from India, you will need to apply for a US Visitor Visa whereas if you are from, say, the UK, you will not. Some countries are subject to the US Visa Waiver Program. If you are from one of these countries, you will not require a US Visitor Visa to enter the US.

 

Countries that are exempt from US Visitor Visas

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Andorra    Iceland    Norway
Australia    Ireland    Portugal
Austria    Italy    San Marino
Belgium    Japan    Singapore
Brunei    Latvia    Slovakia
Czech Republic    Liechtenstein    Slovenia
Denmark    Lithuania    South Korea
Estonia    Luxembourg    Spain
Finland    Malta    Sweden
France    Monaco    Switzerland
Germany    the Netherlands    United Kingdom
Hungary    New Zealand

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145 thoughts on “Do Canadian Permanent Residents Need a US Visitor Visa to Enter the US

  1. Matthew Rodrigues

    Hello. If I am not mistaken from what I read above, my wife being a permanent resident in Canada and having a Portuguese passport, does not require a visa to travel to Florida for one week. Is that correct? Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Matthew,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! Whenever crossing borders into another country with a foreign passport you should be advised by an immigration lawyer so that you are not denied at an airport. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  2. Sharon

    I`m in US, want to be a Permanent resident in Canada, is that possible?

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hi Sharon,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! You may be eligible to become a permanent resident of Canada through a variety of pathways. We would love to help guide you through the process and help determine which is best for you. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  3. Cherryl Oake

    My family is planning a return trip from our home in Nova Scotia to Ontario for a family wedding. Our plan is to travel through the United States on one of the legs of our journey. My family are all Canadian Citizens with Canadian Passports however we will be taking our daughter’s boyfriend, a Refugee from Syria, with a Permanent Residency Card (not yet a Citizen) and a Syrian passport.

    What additional documentation would he need to bring, to ensure he could travel freely with us across the border?

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hi Cherryl,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! As a Canadian permanent resident, your daughter’s boyfriend may be eligible to travel through the US, but could still face challenges due to travel restrictions. We would be happy to take a closer look at your case to try and help ensure you may all travel freely. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  4. Yuri

    I am permanent resident of Canada and I have Israeli travel document and I am citizen of Israel …what I have to do to go to US for vacation

    Reply
    1. Rachel

      Hi Yuri,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! You may be eligible to apply for a visitor visa, or apply to be a member of a trusted traveler program. We would have to take a closer look at your case to determine the best pathway for you to travel to the US for vacation. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  5. O Mont

    Good morning, I am Honduran citizen with permanent residency in Canada, to come to Canada I crossed the US border illegally but I didn’t stay in US, can I applied for waiver? Is that count as a criminal activity and I need a pardon? Or I have chances if I apply for visa.? Thanks

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi O Mont,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! Unfortunately, if you have been caught attempting or being in another country illegally it will affect your future applications. You do have the opportunity for a waiver but I suggest having the help of an immigration lawyer. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  6. Navjosh

    Hi there

    I am a canadian permanent resident. my wife is also a PR, and my 2.5 years old son is also PR.
    WE have a 4 months old son, who is a canadian citizen.
    My wife and i have valid usa visa, how can we get visa for our elder son

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Navjosh,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We have helped thousands of parents obtain a passport for their children and we may be able to help you. We do need to take a closer look at you, your family, and your case. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  7. MairajSaahil.

    Hi.
    I am an Indian citizen.. and Canadian PR holder but my PR got expired I use to have US B1/B2 visa for 10 years which got also expiredin 2016 I lost my passport in canada which was with US B1B2 Visa. . I have police report of my lost passport. Right now I am in india. . Can i apply for US B1/B2 US Visa again .. or what I have to do please help me with this Problem.

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Mairaj,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! You may be able to apply for the visa again, but we will have to take a closer look at your case to determine this. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  8. D

    My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Ohio from Ontario Canada (where we live). He has a Portuguese passport, but has been a permanent resident of Canada with a valid PRC since March of 1990.
    We would be driving over, does he need a Visa?

    Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hello D,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! Whenever you are crossing borders I highly suggest having a valid visa so that there aren’t any issues at the border security. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  9. AL

    Hello, I am in the US… but my sibling , spouse, and 3 kids are all permanent residents in Canada for 2 years now. We want to meet in NYC (I am from California) so they can just board the bus and it’s not too far for them. They know the process for applying for US visa.. My question is, we have a target travel date but we will not be booking flights/bus ticket and hotels until they get visa approval. I will not be going to NYC if they don’t get approval. Will this be a problem since we cannot show exactly where they will be staying at? Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi AL,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! I recommend applying for your visas through an immigration lawyer. The number one reason applications are denied are when people attempt to apply themselves. An immigration lawyer would be able to take care of the issue you’re having with the bus, flights, and hotel debate. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  10. Anonymous

    Hello.I am from lebanon.
    I came to canada as a visitor.
    I am not looking for a canadian p.r.
    I have a transportation enterprise here in canada my business is good .
    I Dont have a work permit because I dont need it for my business.
    Can I apply for a tourist visa to visit the u.s from canada.
    Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hello,
      You will need a valid visa to cross the U.S.- Canada Border. First, we need to take a closer look at you and your case. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  11. ranjit

    hi
    i am indian citizen, & canadian Pr holder & have valid US visit visa.. so can we get a visa on arrival in dubai aiport UAE

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Ranjit,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! You will need to obtain a visa before arriving at the airport in order to travel to Canada or the US. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  12. Alberto

    Hello I’m Mexican Citizen ( I have a still valid B1/B2 Visa / Border Crossing Card ) , I am living in Canada ( I have a Canada Permanent Resident ). If I flight to Mexico ( flying from Montreal – Houston – Mexico )., Can I use my current “B1/B2 Visa / Border Crossing Card” or do I have to request a new B1/B2 visa ( since Iam living in Canada now )?

    Thank you very much !

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Alberto,
      Thank you for your inquiry, I’m glad you contacted us! I can understand how the laws and regulations when transporting between countries can be quite confusing but don’t worry we have all the answers for you. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions plus it will also increase the chance of approval of the visa you are inquiring. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  13. Faisal

    I am from Pakistan. I am a Canadian Permanent Resident and recently landed in Toronto (1st week of Feb) along with my family.

    I already got a job in BMO Bank (contract job through recruitment agency).

    I want to visit New York alone as a tourist.

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Faisal,
      Thank you for your inquiry, I’m glad you contacted us! Whenever traveling from country to country it is very important to know the laws and regulations regarding visas. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help get you all your legal questions, it will also increase your chance of visa approval. I would love to help you during this journey.

      Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to help you obtain the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  14. Alex

    Hi! Good day.
    I came from the Philippines and landed PR in Canada last 2014, and a permanent resident since then. I still possess a valid Philippine passport, probably until such time I’m eligible for Canadian citizenship. I’m currently working as Service Engineer here in Canada, and another company based here in Canada wants to hire me with opportunity to travel internationally for training or system installation in the US. I currently possess a valid US B1/B2 visa and already used it whenever I have training in our HQ in California (for my current employer). Since equipment/systems installation (that will take not more than 3months stay) to the US is part of my responsibility with the other company based here in Canada who wants to hire me, is the B1/B2 visa enough for that role?
    I’ll greatly appreciate your response. Thank you

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Ales. In order to give you advice, we will need to know a lot more about your current situation and the visa that you currently hold. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  15. HARRY

    i am a Malaysian and i have a Canadian PR , but my pr card expired and i need to go to the US for a short company training session . how best should i do this , since its a reentry that is required to comeback to Canada which is home base for me, i believe i need to renew my PR first before applying for US visa and how long will it take to get the approval on US VISA and the renewal of PR….and who can i see to get help to expedite both these application. FYI….im base in Edmonton.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Harry. Letting your PR card expire may complicate any international travel. An expired PR card does not mean that you have lost your PR status, it means that you cannot prove your PR status when you travel outside of the country , or when you try to reenter Canada. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to look at all your details and make sure you have all the visas that you will require for your business trip. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  16. Udani

    Hi there,

    I am a PR of Canada and im 18. I have never travelled since I landed here in Canada from Sri Lanka since i was about 2. I would like to go to the U.S this coming year, how long would it take to get a visa for me and would it be difficult to get a Visa for someone who hasn’t travelled for about 16 years? I would really hope there wont be problems!

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Udani. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to look at all your details and see what the best options are for you to be able to visit the US. A visitor visa is one of the most difficult to obtain because the reviewing officer needs to make 100% certain that you will return home after your visit. Many people who attempt to apply on their own, face problems. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  17. Vanesa

    Hi I am Philippine passport holder and Canadian PR. I am planning to visit UK, Pari France, Switzerland, Dubai I still need to apply a visa in each country I’m going to?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Vanessa. Thank you for writing. Until you receive your Canadian citizenship, you are governed by the rules of your nationality which is Philippine.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  18. Tina

    Hi .I am a Hungarian citizen visiting In Canada but I have friends in New York.Is it possible to go there and then back to Canada?Do I need any other documents?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Tina, Yes you will need the proper US travel documents to enter the US. The determining factor is your nationality, not the country from which you are crossing the border?
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  19. MARVYLOU

    I am from the Philippines. i just received my Canada PR visa . I’m planning to go to US for vacation for two weeks before going to Canada to settle . Is that possible?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Marvylou. As a Canadian permanent resident, with Philippine nationality, you will require a visitor visa to enter the US. When you become a Canadian citizen, you will no longer need a visa to visit the US.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. marvylou

        thank you sir, but do you think sir i will be qualified for US visa in that case ? im still here in the philippines. im planning to go end of May at US then after that i will be going to canada

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Hello Marvlou. In order to evaluate your situation to give you advice, we would need to know a lot more about you and your plans. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to review all your details. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
          Regards, Vahe

          Reply
  20. Ahmed

    I am a canadian PR for more than a year ago. I am waiting to apply for my canadian citizen for a year. I want to apply for online education master program in US. Do I need a student visa or I can apply based on my permanent resident status in Canada?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Ahmed. If you are planning to take the online course while you are physically in Canada, you do not need a study visa.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  21. hem

    I have US b1/b2 visa, I had travelled to US before on B1 and now I have got canada PR, so Can I apply for B1/b2 visa for wife from canada to visit relatives in USA.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello. Is your wife a Canadian permanent resident also? What is her nationality? She may not need a visa to visit the US depending on your answers to these questions.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. Ellen Hardy

        I am a permanent resident in Canada, have been here 37 years….I have a Permanent Resident card, and a valid British passport, plus other I.D…..I went to Pittsburg 2 years ago, over the border at Niagara Falls with 2 Canadian Friends, i was asked if I had a Visa, and said I was told I didnt need one…The guard or whatever you call them, said I could get one at the office, so, my friends and I parked our car, left the doors open and went to what they called the office, we were let in, but, when we saw the line up, the other two ladies decided to go back to the car and wait for me….NO ONE was allowed to leave, we were basically in detention with at least another 150 people to be processed…Almost 3 hours later, I was finally called, and they took a retinal scan, I was told to go to another desk to get my visa, and when I got up there the person who was to do the processing or whatever they do, had left for lunch…I was so mad, told the guy what had happened and he got me the visa….They were still letting people in, and not letting them out again,.One of them was a young couple with a baby, and they hadn’t brought a bottle in with them for feeding…They WOULD NOT LET THEM OUT…It was disgusting…..Seriously what the hell does that mean……They tell you to go in and get a visa, but, you cant get out again until they see fit….I am a little elderly white Irish woman who can speak English…I felt very sorry for the people with little to no English….What a bunch of asses….I have a function in New York in June, but, may decline as I never want to go through that carry on again….They are maniacs at the border..I have been all over the world and have never experienced anything like this….I wonder is it any different if you fly into the States…?.I am very reluctant to try….???

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Hello Ellen. Thank you for writing to us. I can feel for your frustration. Crossing borders can be filled with delays and disappointments. I am sure that it is hard to schedule having enough manpower on-hand when things get really busy. Don’t let one bad experience keep you from attending your function in New York.
          Regards, Vahe

          Reply
          1. Ellen Hardy

            i have been online trying to figure out how to get a Visa waiver and am at a loss at where to apply…..I only want to go for 2 days, as it will be the last time I will see my elderly relatives;;;I’d like to go but am terrified the same thing that happened before will happen again….On my passport the guy at the border stapled a Visa Waiver , which has expired, but, it doesnt give me a site or anything where I can apply for another one….Any ideas anyone….Thanks for your input…

            Reply
            1. Vahe Mirzoyan

              Hello Ellen. The forms and procedures for US immigration can be confusing at times. We can certainly help you. We will need to know more about you and the situation that has caused you to require a waiver. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you to obtain the waiver that you need. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
              Regards, Vahe

              Reply
  22. Mic

    I’m from Hong Kong and have just got my Canadian PR application accepted. I will land in Canada and obtain my PR status in mid June. however i have recently got a short-term academic research job in the USA for a year starting from September. I might not have enough time to get a visa in HK before i leave for Canada, so can i apply for a US visa with my HK passport and Canadian PR status in Canada? and around how long would it take? thanks

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Mic. You are probably right. You will not have enough time to do everything while you are still in Hong Kong but that is not a problem. You can subit your US application when you get to Canada as a Canadian PR. It usually takes about 30 days for the processing. If you need help with your applications to make sure that you are not making any mistakes, and so that you will have a legal team taking care of all the matters that may arise, then please contact us to book a consultation with one of our immigration professionals. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  23. Neethgie

    I have a question. If I have a valid US Visa from my country’s passport and now i become a Canadian citizen, do I need to inform the US Consulate that I am now a Canadian Citizen? what should I do? Do the US Consulate needs to cancel my US Visa since I will be using my Canadian passport to enter US.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for your inquiry Neethgie.

      You do not need to cancel or otherwise inform the Consulate of your new citizenship.

      Vahe

      Reply
  24. Chand

    I have recently moved to Canada in PR. Before that, I was working with US based Multinational Automotive company in India. My company has its IT Heqdquarter in Dearborn and its ready to offer me a job based out of Dearborn. I don’t have the US work permit to directly work from Dearborn office. Based on my canada PR, my company is offering flexibility to work from Windsor, Canada office and I have to visit the Dearborn office on regular basis where i can travel from Windsor to Dearborn and return to Windsor on the same day. I Know B1 Business visa will help me to cross the US-CANADA border, but i would like to know if i will be allowed to cross the border on regular basis using the B1 Business Visa.

    Please provide your suggestions.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for your inquiry Chand.

      An approved B-1 visa can allow regular access to the U.S., however, you have to be careful that this does not look like work. We have helped people with similar circumstances apply for a B-1 visa and then we prepare an entry package to present at the Port-of-Entry.

      It can be very stressful when you are not sure what is going to happen at the border.

      Please Chand, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise on the steps that you should take.

      Vahe

      Reply
  25. Cecille

    Hi, my husband is currently holding a PR card and living in the Philippines. He wants to visit relatives in the US. May I know what kind of visa he needs to apply for? Also, can he apply for said visa in the Philippines or is he only allowed to apply for said visa in Canada? Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for your inquiry Cecille. I am really glad that you contacted us.

      Depending on where your husband plans to enter US, this will dictate whether or not he would need a visa.

      Please Cecille complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately.

      VM

      Reply
  26. Marco

    Hi Alicia,

    I’m a Mexican citizen and I already have a US Visitor visa, which expires in 2019. However, I now live in Canada and I’m a Permanent Resident here (I have a PR card). Last time I entered the US (from Canada), an immigration officer told me that I might need a different kind of visa because I’m no longer a Mexican resident. They let me in anyway, but they warned me that a different officer at a different port of entry might have a different opinion. I wonder what kind of visa do I have to apply for in my case? Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Marco,

      Thank you for your post. As a PR of Canada, you will require a B2 Visa (Visitor Visa) to be able to visit the US. MF

      Reply
  27. Saif

    Hey,

    I just finished my undergrad in Canada and landed a job in North Carolina, USA. However, i currently hold a Canadian PR and i applied for my citizenship this year (it takes approx 24 months to process) but my job starts in August. If i was to work in USA what kind of visa would i require ?

    Sincerely,

    Saif

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Saif,

      Thank you for your post. In order for me to advise you on the type of Visa you are qualified for work, I would firstly need to know what the position that you are trying to fulfill is. Please click on this link and complete the form provided as it will give me the details I need to advise you accurately. http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ MF

      Reply
  28. Muhammad

    I am going to canada as PERMANENT RESIDENT next month. On the other hand I have recieved my I-20 also for university in US. I intend to attend university on daily basis as it is located near border. Please let me know do I need US student visa for travelling daily to US. If yes, should I apply from my native country or from Canada after I reach there.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Muhammad,

      It should not make a material difference as to whether you apply for the F1 in your native country or from Canada. Please let us know if you have any more questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  29. Lalaine Joy

    Hi,
    My family is a newly landed PR of Canada for just 5 months.My husband and I are both employed and my kid is a Grade 5 student.Is there a specific requirement for a PR of Canada about how long they have been PR before applying for a US Visa?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Lalaine,

      Thanks for the question. Depending on what country you are a citizen of, and depending on what you plan to do in the US, you may require a visa. Please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly. http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  30. aurora santos

    hi, my husband and i are holding canadian resident visa and we are from philippines (Filipino citizen) and we are about to go to canada september 27,2014 and we would like to visit my sister in US where she is in the home for aged. thank you

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Aurora,

      Thank you for the question. Due to the fact that you are a citizen of the Philippines and a Canadian permanent resident, you will require a visa to enter the US to visit your sister. We would be very glad to help you obtain a visa to help you go to the US. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  31. Mike B.

    Hello,
    My girlfriend is a Chinese citizen and is also a PR of Canada. Although she has been notified that her citizenship ceremony has been scheduled at the end of this year, we would like to go to the USA for a short vacation. Is she eligible to visit the USA at all (as a Canadian PR applying for a B-2 visa) or does she need to apply for a visa through Chinese channels?
    Thanks,
    -Mike.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Mike,

      Thank you for the question. Since China is not a Visa Waiver Program designated country, your girlfriend must apply for a B-2 visa and must provide the relevant information regarding her citizenship and her current Canadian address. If you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  32. Paul

    Hi, I’m a permanent resident for 6 months now in Canada. Do you thing I will be granted a visiting visa to the US if I apply?

    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Paul,

      Thank you for the question. Depending on what country you are from, you may or may not require a visa to enter the US. In order to further assist you, please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  33. Lily

    I am Canadian Permanent Resident. Do I need employment sponsorship for visa purpose when working for for financial industry in the states. I possess a bachelor degree. Thanks.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Lily,

      Thank you for the question. Depending on the exact nature of your employment in the US, your employer may need to fill out the I-129 form (petition for a non-immigrant worker) in order for you to obtain a visa. We would be happy to guide you through this process, and in order to further assist you, please fill out our free online assessment and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  34. Vineet

    Hi – I, my wife and kids are all Canadian PRs. I and my wife both hold valid B1/B2 M visas without any Annotation to US. My kids do not though. We want to visit US to cousins/friends for a week. I am working in Canada and can show employment letters.

    My question is – can we all visit US on Canadian PRs and B1/B2 visas? Do we require any Invitation letter from someone in US??
    Also, what is the process of Visa for children. They are 7,4? Do I need fill DS160 and take Interview appointment?

    Please advise.

    Thanks a lot for taking time.

    VIneet

    Reply
    1. Sarah Jane MacDonald

      Hello Vineet,
      Thank you for your post. Canadian Permanent Residents (PR) who are landed immigrants (including children) generally need both a passport & visa to visit the US with the exception of citizens of countries eligible for the Visa Waiver Program.
      Please go here: http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ and fill out or Free Online Visa Assessment Form, a member of our immigration team will assess your details and get back to you with qualified information within 24 hours.

      Reply
  35. shazib

    Hi, I am from pakistan and I have been living in canada as PR from 2011 and I have manual pakistani passports issued from vancouver office …do I need machine readable passport to apply for tourist visa for US
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Shazib

      That is a good question. You will have to inquire about this at the US Embassy in your area about the requirements for passports when apply for US Visas.

      Reply
  36. David

    Hello.
    Im canadian citizen, Born in canada.
    Im going to Asia and have to pass by USA airport (time to change flight (2-3hours))
    Do i need any kind of visa?
    I have a criminal record in canada, do it matter?
    Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello David

      Thank you for your question. Yes if you have a stopover in the USA, you may need a US Waiver. US Waivers however can take around 6 months so you have to plan ahead. In some cases, for certain criminal offences, you may not need a Waiver so it depends on the situation.

      Best
      Michael

      Reply
  37. Heba

    Hi I am an Egyptian citizen and a permanent resident in Canada. Do I need a visa to visit the United States?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Heba,

      Since you are still a citizen of Egypt, which requires a visa to visit the U.S., you need to apply for a U.S. visitor visa to enter the U.S.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  38. Karen

    I am a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago but a permanent resident of Canada. Do I now need a tourist visa to enter the US? I did not need it before because permanent residents who belonged to the British Commonwealth.

    Thanks.

    Reply
  39. Ghulam

    Hi,

    I have Dual Citizenship (Pakistan and Canada).
    My wife and my daughter are also from Pakistan but they are only Canadian permanent residents yet.
    We all want to visit the US. Which visa should my wife and daughter apply for to enter the U.S.?

    Thanks,

    Ghulam

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Ghulam,

      Your wife and daughter should apply for a U.S. Visitor Visa since they are not Canadian citizens yet.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  40. Rakesh

    Hi,

    I am from Nepal. I am a Permanent Resident of Canada. I am trying to visit my relatives in the United States.
    I was wondering what kind of visa I need to apply for, how long it takes to process, and what the process is.

    Thank you.

    Regards,
    Rakesh

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Rakesh,

      You have to apply for a U.S. visitor visa. You have to fill out a DS-160 form and book an appointment with the Consulate for an interview. The current wait time for the interview at the Consulate is about two weeks and it takes another two to three weeks to process your visitor visa application.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  41. Romina

    Hi,

    I am a Canadian Permanent Resident and from Argentina. I just want to go to the U.S. to do shopping. Do I still need to apply for any Visa?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Romina,

      You would have to apply for a visitor visa (B-2) for your travel. Even if you are a Canadian Permanent Resident, your country of citizenship, Argentina, does not participate in the Visa Waiver Program.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  42. Nav

    Hi,
    I recently took a trip to India to get married. My wife will be landing in Canada soon. I would like to travel to the U.S. with her. What does she need to do to travel to the U.S.?

    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Nav,

      Your wife, as an Indian citizen, would need to apply for a U.S. Visitor Visa because India does not participate in the Visa Waiver Program.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  43. maui

    I am from the Philippines. I am a Canadian PR. What visa should I apply for in order to enter the U.S.?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Maui,

      It depends on the purpose of your visit. If your visit is for pleasure, you would have to apply for a Visitor Visa (B1/B2).

      Thank you.

      Reply
      1. maui

        Hi,

        Thank you for your reply. The purpose of my visit to the U.S. is to visit my fiancee and my brother. How long does it take to process my visa?

        Again, thank you for your kind attention.

        Reply
        1. Alicia Kim

          Dear Maui,

          If you are travelling to the U.S. to visit your fiancee and brother, you need to apply for a B2 Visitor Visa. Typically, it takes about four weeks to process Visitor Visas. However, I would recommend that you apply for your B2 visa well in advance to ensure that you get your visa in time.

          Thank you.

          Reply
  44. kamaldeep

    I am a Canadian Permanent Resident and have been living in Canada for 11 years. I need to travel to the U.S. in July.
    Can you please tell me what the visa I should apply for?

    Thank you,
    Kamaldeep

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Kamaldeep,

      It depends on your citizenship. If your country of citizenship participates in the Visa Waiver Program, you do not need a Visitor Visa. However, if your country of citizenship does not participate in the Visa Waiver Program, you would have to apply for a Visitor’s Visa.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  45. Piers

    Hello,
    My wife, a citizen of Peru, just received her Canadian PR. I am Canadian. We would like to travel to the U.S. on a regular basis as we live right on the border. Is there a long term or multiple entry visitor visa?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Piers,

      A visa issued for multiple entries or “M” for multiple/unlimited entries is avaliable and can be used from the date it is issued until the date it expires to travel to the U.S. port-of-entry as many times as your visa states.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  46. Jennifer

    I was arrested for shoplifting and expected to go to court. But due to circumstances I had to return to my country before the court date. For this reason, I was unable to go to court. Is this a serious problem? Do I apply for a Waiver?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Jennifer,

      I suggest you consult with an immigration lawyer with all documents you have regarding your offense in order to better assess your situation.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  47. Robert

    Hi,

    I went to the U.S. on a 10 year multiple entry Visitor Visa. Then, I transferred my status to a student (F1) and overstayed in the U.S. After this, I got my Canadian PR then moved to Canada. Can I visit the U.S.?

    Robert

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Robert,

      If you have overstayed in the U.S., you are considered to have violated legal status. The F-1 entry visa stamp is automatically void and it may be extremely difficult to obtain future entry visas to enter the U.S. I suggest you consult an immigration lawyer with more detailed information to see what options you have at this point.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  48. Jennifer

    I am from Jamaica. I went to work in the U.S. and was arrested for shoplifting.
    Will this go on my criminal record and will I now become inadmissible to the U.S?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Jennifer,

      If you were arrested and convicted of shoplifting, that will go on your criminal record. Once you are convicted, you will be inadmissible to the U.S.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  49. Alie

    Hi,

    I am a Canadian Permanent Resident, but have not yet moved to Canada. I am planning on leaving my home country, Israel, but wish to spend two weeks in the States to visit my family before arriving in Canada.

    Since I will be in transition (having left Israel, and planning on settling in Canada, but not having settled yet) what ties do I need to show the U.S. government that I don’t plan on staying in the U.S. and my visit is only temporary.

    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Alie,

      Do you have any immediate family member, property, investment, social membership, or bank accounts still remaining in Israel? If so, you may includes these in your Visitor Visa application. Otherwise, you should clearly explain the circumstances you are in – i.e. You have just become a Canadian PR, had to sever ties to Israel to start a new life in Canada, and intend to settle in Canada after your short visit to the U.S. Under these circumstances, it might be a good idea to have an immigration lawyer to prepare a persuasive application package for you.

      Hope this help.

      Reply
  50. Manu

    Dear Kim,

    I am an Indian citizen and a Canadian PR. I have not established strong ties to Canada yet. I have more ties to Inida. I would like to apply for a U.S. visitor’s visa from Canada. Is it possible?

    Thank you.

    Manu

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Manu,

      To qualify for a U.S. Visitor’s Visa, you have to demonstrate that you plan to remain in the U.S. for a limited period only and that you have compelling social and economic ties abroad. Your ties abroad do not have to be limited to Canada. As long as you demonstrate that you have a residence outside the U.S. as well as binding ties to India that will ensure your return to India at the end of the visit, this would suffice.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  51. Lynette

    Hi,

    I’m from Malaysia. I’m a Canadian PR. Do I need to apply for a visa in order to enter the U.S.?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Lynette,

      If you are a Canadian Permanent Resident and from Malaysia, you should apply for a visa to enter the U.S. For example, if you wish to visit the U.S., you need to apply for a Visitor’s Visa (B2).

      Thank you.

      Reply
  52. irai

    Hi,

    I am from Brazil. I am a Canadian permanent resident. What visa should I apply for in order to cross the U.S.?

    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Irai,

      You need to apply for a U.S. Visitor Visa since you are not a Canadian citizen yet and Brazil does not participate in the Visa Waiver Program.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  53. Sam

    My PR card has expired and I’m in the Philippines. I need to apply for a travel document to come back to Canada. However, I am 90 days short of meeting my residency requirement as I attended school in the Philippines. Can I still renew my PR or apply for a Travel Document?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Sam,

      For Canadian PRs who have met their residency obligations, a Travel Document will most likely be issued. However, since you have not met the residency requirement, you should try Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) arguments to apply for both a Travel Document and PR Renewal. Our office often prepares H&C applications for clients who have not met their residency obligation due to education, employment, or family emergencies outside Canada.

      Since H&C applications are highly discretionary and therefore require you to prepare a persuasive and convincing application, it is always a good idea to consult with a qualified immigration lawyer.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  54. MARIA

    I am Maria. I am from Chile. I am a Permanent Resident in Canada and my husband and my son are Canadian citizens.

    We want to travel to the U.S. Do I need to apply for a B1 visa?

    Thanks,

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Maria,

      If you are only a Permanent Resident, you would have to apply for a U.S. visitor visa as Chile does not participate in the Visa Waiver Program.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  55. Daniel

    Hi,

    I am a dual citizen (Colombian and Canadian). But, my uncle and his family members are just Canadian PRs. We live in Vancouver. Can they still cross the border to the U.S. to travel? If so, what visa do we need to apply?

    Thank you for your time and patience.

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Daniel,

      Since Colombia is not participating in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), your uncle and his family need to apply for a B visitor visa. They should apply at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate responsible for their area (in the place of their permanent residence).

      Thank you.

      Reply
  56. ricardo

    I lived illegally in the U.S. for two years then I moved to Canada and became a permanent resident now. I married in the U.S. in 2005 and now want to visit my wife there. What visa should I apply for? Would there be a problem because I overstayed in the past?

    Thanks for your answer.

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Ricardo,

      If you overstayed in the U.S., you will likely be inadmissible to the U.S. You would have to apply for a Waiver to overcome inadmissibility and depending on where you are from you may also have to apply for a Visitor’s Visa to the U.S.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  57. Rafiq

    Hello

    I would like to know what kind of visa I would need to work in the USA as a Canadian citizen (towards which I am currently working). And what difficulties might I face working in the USA as a Canadian citizen?
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Rafiq,

      It depends on what type of work you will be performing in the U.S. Please advise on the type of employment you will be pursuing in the U.S.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  58. beth santos

    Hi,

    I am from the Phillipines livingi n Vancouver. My application for permanent residence is still being processed. I want to travel to the U.S. and visit my friend there. What do I need to do before leaving for the U.S.?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Beth,

      You should wait until you have your PR card. However, if you must leave Canada, you would have to apply for a Travel Document from a Canadian visa office abroad.

      If you show that you have resided in Canada for at least two years in the five year period, than the Canadian office abroad will most likely issue you the Travel Document

      Thank you.

      Reply
  59. Amina

    Hi

    I am from Lybia and a Permanent Resident in Canada. I was a student in America 3 years ago and got married there. My husbend is Libyan too. I had to leave at the end of my authroized period with my kids. I am now in Lybia and want to visit my husband in the U.S. Which visa should I apply for?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Amina,

      You can apply for a B2 Visitor Visa to visit your husband in the U.S. If your kids were born in the U.S. they don’t have to apply for a visa.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  60. manny

    I am an Indian citizen and a Canadian permanent resident. I once worked in the U.S. on an H1b visa, but ended up overstaying in the U.S. for seven months.Then, I got Canadian PR after 8 months I returned to India. It has been almost 13 months since I came to Canada and 21 months since I left the U.S. Can I still apply for a BI/B2 or any other visa to visit the U.S.?

    Regards,

    manny brar

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Manny,

      You should apply for a B1/B2 visa to visit the U.S. since you are not a Canadian citizen yet. Also, you would have to apply for a Waiver together with your B1/B2 visa to overcome your inadmissibility.

      Since there is a lot of discretion involved on the part of the immigration officer reviewing your Waiver application, it is recommended that you consult a qualified immigration lawyer to prepare a persuasive application package. Waiver applications typically include a statement explaining the circumstances surrounding your overstay, your ties to Canada, and character reference letters.

      Please make sure to begin your application processs well in advance as it may take up to 9 months for a Waiver application to process.

      Hope this helps.

      Reply
    2. Linda

      Hello,
      I’d like to know if a history of illegal presence in US for about one year affects an express entry application and get a Canadian PR as Canada and US share immigration information.

      Reply
      1. Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

        Hi Linda,

        Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We would have to take a closer look at your case to help determine whether you will be eligible for Express Entry. We would be happy to help! Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

        The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

        Reply
  61. Navjeet

    Hi,

    I am an Indian citizen and a Canadian Permanent Resident. I am currently in Dubai, but would like to visit the U.S. when I get back to Canada. Where should I apply for a visa and what visa do I need to apply for?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Navjeet,

      Please advise me as to the purpose of your visit to the U.S.

      Thank you.

      Reply
      1. Navjeet

        Hey Alicia,

        My purpose is just tourism to visit my friends in NY.

        Thank you

        Reply
        1. Alicia Kim

          Dear Navjeet,

          In that case, you would need to apply for a B2 visa. Applicants for visitor visas should apply at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate responsible for your area (preferably in the country of your permanent residence).

          Please note that since visa applications are now subject to a greater degree of review than in the past, it is important to apply for your visa well in advance of your travel departure date.

          Thank you.

          Reply
  62. Mona

    I am a Guyanese Citizen an a Canadian Permanent Resident. I would like to go to the U.S. to attend a wedding. Should I apply for a visa to make a travel for this occasion?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Mona,

      Yes, you need to apply for a U.S. Visitor Visa (B-2).

      Thank you.

      Reply
  63. Vivek

    Hi,

    Can Canadian PRs work for a business in the U.S. (i.e registered as a Canadian company having its subsidiary in the U.S. and continues to be paid out of Canada but having customers and staff in both countries)?
    Can the person freely travel for customer meetings?

    Best,
    Vivek

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Vivek,

      As long as your business is incorporated under the laws of Canada or is an enterprise that has an ongoing operation in Canada, is capable of generating revenue, or in which a majority of voting or ownership interests is held by Canadian citizens or permanent residents, your business will qualify as a Canadian business.

      Please note that you may count each day you worked outside Canada for a Canadian business.

      Since you are not a Canadian citizen, depending on where you are from, you may still need to apply for a U.S. Visitor Visa to cross the border.

      Hope this helps.

      Reply
  64. nitin

    Hi,

    I am originally from India, but a Canadian Permanent Resident.

    I want to visit my uncle in the U.S. What visa should I apply for in order to visit him in the U.S.?
    What are the requirements?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Nitin,

      You need to apply for a U.S. Visitor Visa. You need to demonstrate the purpose and duration of your trip to the U.S., evidence of funds to cover expenses, evidence of compelling social and economic ties to India or Canada and the fact that you have a residence outside the U.S. to return to at the end of the visit.

      Thank you.

      Reply
      1. taimoor

        Hi,

        I am from Pakistan. I am a Canadian Permanent Resident.
        I want to visit New York as a tourist with my wife. She is a Canadian citizen. Which visa i required for me?

        Thanks.

        Reply
        1. Alicia Kim

          Dear Taimoor,

          Since Pakistan, your country of citizenship, does not participate in the Visa Waiver Program, you would have to apply for a Visitor Visa to visit the U.S. for pleasure.

          Thank you.

          Reply
  65. selva

    I am an Indian citizen and Canadian permanent resident. I understand that I need a tourist visa to travel to United States. I have a Business meeting to attend in July in AT. What visa do I need? What documents are required?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Selva,

      You need to apply for a B1 visa. A B1 visa status is granted for a temporary period. You need to demonstrate your ties to Canada (i.e. your bank account or property in Canada), evidence of your close family members in Canada and any documents proving your business meeting in the U.S.

      Thank you.

      Reply
  66. Ruth Taylor-Cox

    Does a Jamaican permanent resident of Canada require a visitor visa to enter the United States? If so, how does one apply for this visa?

    Reply
    1. Alicia Kim

      Dear Ruth Taylor-Cox,

      As a Jamaican citizen, you would have to apply for a B-2 visa if you are visiting the U.S. for pleasure. If you are a permenant resident of Canada, you may apply for your visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate responsible for your area.

      Hope this helps.

      Reply

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