US Business Visas for Canadians are increasingly harder to come by

US Business Visas: My informal observations

I haven’t taken any polls nor I have consulted with any statisticians on approval rates for the various US business visas issued to Canadians over the year. However, in handling hundreds of such cases every year by our law firm, it has been clear that the authorities, USCIS and others are becoming increasingly strict in exercising their discretion in adjudicating cases.

Over the last few years, the actual rules and regulations have not changed that much but the manner in which they have been applied certainly has. We are finding that more and more, US Business Visa cases have to be “prepared to perfection” to get positive results. This means that not only all supporting documents for these applications have to be in order  as well as having  properly prepared application forms, but it’s also important to outcomes are presenting detailed and comprehensive legal submission addressing all the particulars of a case which include addressing any ‘irregularities” that may be cause for concern on the part of the examining officer.

US Business Visas are more than a form-filling exercise

Gone are the days where you just filed out a form, paid a fee and waited for the visa. Now applying for a US Business visa is like applying for a loan from a bank. If you want an approval, you better come well prepared and be prepared to answer a barrage of questions about the purpose of your entry to the US, your personal history and the details of your case.  Merely having a good application is no longer enough; now you have to show it…in spades!

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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