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How To Apply For Canadian Visitor Visa

Applying for a Canadian Visitor Visa

If you decide to travel to a U.S. Consulate located in Canada, you might need to apply for an Canadian Visitor Visa to enter Canada. The Canadian government requires many foreign nationals to apply for a Canadian Visitor Visa before applying for admission to (or entry into) Canada.

You can find excellent information, including a list of countries whose citizens require visas to visit Canada, at the websites of both the Detroit and New York City offices of the Canadian Consulates General. Detroit's website is http://geo.international.gc.ca/can-am/detroit/visas/default-en.asp. New York's is http://geo.international.gc.ca/can-am/new_york/visas/default-en.asp (this link leaves the Dinsmore & Shohl LLP Immigration Site).

If you are required to obtain a Canadian Visitor Visa, the Canadian Consulate will ask you to produce the Form I-797 Approval Notice that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (CIS) issued to your employer. The Canadian Consulate may also ask to see the appointment letter you will receive from the U.S. Consulate about a week or so after you make your appointment via the 1-888 or 1-900 phone number or via www.nvars.com (this link leaves the Dinsmore & Shohl LLP Immigration Site).

You may wish to call the Canadian Consulate nearest to where you reside to make arrangements to file your application and to find out precisely what you need to submit (such as your passport, Canadian Visitor Visa Application form, photographs, filing fees, copy of I-94 Card, copy of Form I-797 Approval Notice, etc.) and how long the visa issuing process will take.

Location of Canadian Consulates in the U.S.

Below is a list of Canadian consulates in the U.S. that issue Canadian Visitor Visas. There are other Canadian Consulate and trade offices in other U.S. cities, but to the best of our knowledge only the Canadian Consulates listed below issue Visitor Visas. Also, we are aware of the internet websites for the Canadian Consulates in Detroit and New York City, and have listed them. Please let us know if you locate others.
Location Address Telephone
Buffalo One HSBC Center, Suite 3000 Buffalo, NY 14203-2884 716/858-9500
Detroit 600 Renaissance Center, Suite 1100 Detroit, MI 48243-1798 http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/detroit/ (this link leaves the Dinsmore & Shohl LLP Immigration Site) 313/567-2340
Los Angeles 550 South Hope, 9th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90071-2627 213/346-2700
New York 1251 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10020-1175 www.Canada-ny.org (this link leaves the Dinsmore & Shohl LLP Immigration Site) 212/596-1600
Washington, D.C. 501 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001 202/682-1740