US VISA INTERVIEW FAQ:
Why do I need
interview to obtain a U.S. Visa?
9/11 the U.S government introduced US visa appointments as one of the
policies to protect America from terrorist attacks. Since 2002 the US
government have made visa interviews obligatory for all visa
applicants. All non-immigrant applicants need to attend an interview
before obtaining a US visa.
Do I need to have valid emergency medical insurance to obtain US visa?
It is not obligatory, but very advisable to purchase emergency medical insurance as OHIP and other provincial health plans do not cover you while you are in the US. Consider the following: A four-day stay in a U.S. hospital for an appendectomy could cost $39,400 (USD), with only $1,600 (CAD) covered by your GHIP. A one-day stay in a U.S. hospital for a broken arm and wrist could cost $32,600 (USD), with only $400 (CAD) covered by your GHIP. If you do not have this insurance already it would be wise to order it now by clicking on the button below:
If I will only be
transiting in the U.S., do I need a visa?
U.S has stringent measures upon all entry points. If your country of
citizenship is not a member of Visa Waiver Program, you will need to
obtain a U.S. Entry visa even for transit. Canadian,
Mexican and Bermudan passport holders are exempt from holding a US
visa to enter the United States, although Mexican citizens may have
to apply for a border crossing card. Please
check the chart below to see if you are U.S. Visa exempted.
United Kingdom: A passport indicating that the bearer is a British
Subject, British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Overseas
Citizen, British National (Overseas) Citizen, or British Protected
Person does not qualify for travel without a visa. A passport which
states holder has Right of Abode or indefinite leave to remain in the
United Kingdom does not qualify for visa free travel.
Where should I attend US visa interview
Canadian residents should
go to different consulates due to different consular districts. In
accordance with your current residential address,you may decide your
U.S. consulate/embassy. To find out which consulate/embassy you
should apply with, please check the chart below:
Districts in Canada
Eastern Ontario(Kingston,Lanark, Leeds, Prescott,
Renfrew, Russell and Stormont); and those parts of the Québec
regions of Outaouais and Abitibi-Témiscamingue near Ottawa.
British Columbia and Yukon Territory
Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwest
Emergency Services Only. For Visa and other
services contact the Calgary office
Ontario (except for areas East of Kingston, which
are included in the Ottawa consular district)
Greater Montréal and the regions of
southern Québec province (Laurentides, Lanaudiere, Laval,
Montreal, Montregie, Estrie, and the southern parts of
Centre-du-Québec); including Joliette, Drummondville, and
Those regions of Québec province to the
north and east of the Montréal and Ottawa Districts
(indicated above), plus the territory of Nunavut
Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick, Newfoundland,
Nova Scotia and P.E.I.) and the French islands of St. Pierre &
What does US Visa
service center do?
experienced and knowledgeable in travel visa requirements and we have
professional travel visa agents to review and process your
application. Arranging US visa appointment using our service has made the whole process easy than ever. Instead of going through the hurdles of processing your application on US government site, you
just need to complete the application form and we
will do the rest! In contrary to the government service, we check up your data, advise on the errors and omissions if any, and arrange you the best
time for interview at any of the US consulate of your choice.
What's the earliest
appointment can you guarantee?
Averagely it takes 2-8
weeks to obtain a regular US visa appointment depends on the
consulate. Due to the nature of the consular service early
appointments can not be guaranteed. As long as you have completed the
application form and payment, we will try to get you the most
appropriate appointment according to your request.
I need visa not only for myself, but for my family members as well. What shall I do?
You have to fill out the on-line application form for yourself and pay for it. After that fill out the same application for each of your family members, but without doing the payment. Then contact us and we will email you the payment link.
Can you arrange me the
urgent appointment and how much is it?
There is no additional
charge for urgent appointment, however, the urgency of the
appointment is not guaranteed. You may be required to prepare the
proof to support your reason to obtain an urgent appointment(i.e.
Medical,death,lost or stolen visa). The urgent appointment could be
the next business day, you will be responsible for preparation of all
the documents and paperwork that might be needed upon interview.
VisaCenter visa agent will update the appointment with you on daily
basis if there's urgent appointment available. If your urgency
request is unsuccessful, you will still have a regular appointment.
I have already submitted my documents to US government but need your help to schedule visa appointment at the US consulate. Are you able to assist me with this?
Yes, we can help you with this too. Please contact us by email info[at]usvisatoronto.com for the instructions.
I've already purchased
my trip to U.S, what can I do?
The final decision will
be made by U.S. Visa officers in consulate/embassy. We do
not recommend to purchase the entire trip before obtaining your U.S.
Visa. If the trip is coming soon, we will try to arrange you an
urgent appointment. However, usvisatoronto.com will not bear any financial,
legal or other obligations whatsoever for clients' ticket or other
purchases, down payments, bookings or any kind of travel or other
arrangements that were done prior to the issuance of the visa or that
may be affected by processing times or denial of visa.
Please make sure you will
have at least 2 weeks for U.S. Visa processing prior to your
departure due to the operation of U.S visa booking system and DHL
If I have canceled my
trip, can I get full refund?
All the fees are non-refundable.
What if I'm not able
to attend the scheduled appointment?
Please contact usvisatoronto.com
at least 48 hours before appointment date if you are unable to
attend and we get you a new US visa appointment date. Our fee for this service is CAD75 + HST per applicant. Note: If you fail to turn up for a visa appointment at the
scheduled time, you might have risk of being denied when you re-apply
unless you can show sufficient document as evidence for a valid
I am not able to get the right photo. Can you help?
That is not a big issue as you may get the photo at the US Consulate when you attend it for your interview.
What are the different types of US visas available?
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