Do Canadian Permanent Residents Need a visa to visit the United States?
If you are a Canadian citizen who wants to visit the United States, you do not need to apply for a visa to visit Canada because of your Canadian citizenship. This is because being able to access the United States is determined by your citizenship, not whatever country you hold permanent resident status in.
As such, people who live in Canada as legal permanent residents are not Canadian citizens and do not hold a Canadian passport. Instead, they have to determine whether or not the country they hold citizenship with requires visas to enter the United States.
Not all countries’ citizens require visas to enter the United States, and Canada is one example. However, there is a long list of countries whose citizens do require a visa to enter the united States.
Visiting the United States as a Canadian permanent resident
If you are looking to visit the United States, you will need a visitor visa. There are two types of visitor visas to the United States: The B1 visa and the B2 visa.
The B1 visitor visa is a visa for people who need to enter the United States for business purposes – for example, someone who is attending a business meeting in the United States. It should not be confused with a United States work visa.
The B2 visitor visa is a tourist visitor visa for permanent residents who want to go to the United States as tourists or for recreational visits.
Applicants will need a number of supporting documents in order to apply for a United States visitor visa, including application forms, their passport, their Canadian permanent resident card and documentation that explains your reasoning for visiting the United States and your ties to Canada to show that you will not be overstaying your visa.
United States visitor visas are not easy to obtain, even if you are a permanent resident of Canada. Please contact our immigration law firm for assistance!
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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