All NIV applicants must schedule an appointment. As part of the US-VISIT
program, the post now collects biometric data - digital scans of the two
index fingers - from each visa applicant. The following categories of
Canada residents are exempt from fingerprinting and my apply for a
visa by mail:
- Applicants for A-1, A-2, C-3 (except
attendants, servants, or personal employees of accredited officials),
G-1 - G-3, NATO-1 - NATO-6 visas;
- Applicants under 14 years old;
- Applicants over 79 years old.
Applicants can book an appointment on the
internet at www.nvars.com
($10 CAD), or by calling the following numbers:
(+1) (900) 451-2778 - from Canada at $2 CAD per minute
(+1) (900) 443-3131 - from the United States at $2 USD per minute
(+1) (888) 840-0032 - payments for the call accepted by credit card
All NIV applicants must submit the
following documents when applying for a non-immigrant visa:
- Completed application form DS-156. A separate form is required for each
applicant regardless of age. English and French versions of Form DS-156
Passport size photo
2 x 2 inches, on a white background and date certified
Completed and signed
form DS-157 (for men ages 16-45).
A, G, and NATO applicants
(other than A-3, G-5, and NATO-7 applicants) do not need to submit form
Males and females from Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria,
ages 16 years or older, must also complete this application form.
F, J, and M visa applicants and their
dependents must complete form DS-158
Passport or travel document valid for at least 6 months past your
intended stay in the United States.
applicants current immigration status, in Canada, as well as any documents
related to prior visits to the United States. For example: expired passports with old visas, I-20 Forms for former
students, DS-2019 (IAP-66), Forms for exchange
visitors, I-94 cards, Employment Authorization Cards, etc.
Non-refundable Machine Readable Visa (MRV)
fee of $100 USD. Cash only directly to the post
Proof of your relationship to the principal applicant. If you are applying as a
dependent family member, such as a spouse or a child. For example marriage certificates, birth certificates, adoption papers, etc.
Documents must be in English or officially transcribed to English.
If you have ever been arrested
or convicted of a crime, you should bring copies of relevant police and
Supporting documentation/ proof of
Income/Ties. Documents that demonstrate you have financial stability and
permanent ties to a country outside of the United States. If you are a
visitor to Canada, this normally means ties to your home country.
Non-refundable visa application fee USD $100.00, in exact U.S. currency only
(coins are not accepted).
Depending on your
country of citizenship, you may also be required to pay a fee for visa
issuance, known as a "reciprocity" fee. If your visa application is
approved, you will be asked to pay this fee at the time of your
The following documents
are generally useful to help establish ties for all applicants and must
be presented when applying for a non-immigrant visa (submit originals
A current letter of employment (or that of the family member or person
providing you financial support) showing date hired, salary, full-time
or part-time, and position.
Pay slips and tax documents.
Current school letter with proof of tuition payment and transcript of
marks for current and past year.
Canada Immigration Form IMM-1000 (Record of Landing) and the permanent
Work authorization or study authorization/permit.
Monthly bank statements.
If self employed, registration of company, business permits/license,
taxes filed for previous year(s), bank statements and business income.
In addition to the above please provide the
following with your application:
For business, provide documentation and detailed information on type of
business or conference attending.
For pleasure trips, provide itinerary of travel, cities to be visited,
and duration of stay.
All immigrant visa processing. All pre interview inquiries about cases,
from petition receipt through interview scheduling, should be directed to
the National Visa Center (630) 334-0700 with the case number.
E visas issued only at the U.S. Consulate
An Attorney may accompany client(s) applying for a visa. It is up to the
consular officer discretion whether to allow attorney participation in the
actual interview. If the visa application is denied, the attorney may
phone the NIV section to request reconsideration. The attorney should be
prepared to provide additional documentation or persuasive legal authority
to justify reconsideration.
United States Consulate General
1155 St. Alexandre Street
Montreal, Quebec H3B 1Z1
Main: (+1) (514) 398-9695
Consular Section Chiefs Fax: (+1) (514) 398-9748
ACS Fax: (+1) (902) 423-6861