US VISA APPOINTMENT FAQ:


Why do I need interview to obtain a U.S. Visa?
After 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:
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If I will only be transiting in the U.S., do I need a visa?
Yes, 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.


Andorra

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Brunei

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Italy

Japan

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

Monaco

The Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

Portugal

San Marino

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Korea

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

United Kingdom*


* 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:


U.S. Consular 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.

Ottawa Embassy

British Columbia and Yukon Territory

Vancouver Consulate

Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwest Territories

Calgary Consulate

Emergency Services Only. For Visa and other services contact the Calgary office

Winnipeg Consulate

Ontario (except for areas East of Kingston, which are included in the Ottawa consular district)

Toronto

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 Sherbrooke

Montréal Consulate

Those regions of Québec province to the north and east of the Montréal and Ottawa Districts (indicated above), plus the territory of Nunavut

Québec Consulate

Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and P.E.I.) and the French islands of St. Pierre & Miquelon.

Halifax Consulate


What does US Visa service center do?
Visa Center has been the leader in travel visa industry since 2003 and processes tens of thousands of travel visas to up to 200 countries every year. We are 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 simpler than ever. You just need to complete the application form and we will do the rest! We will check up your data and arrange you the best time for interview.


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. The price is USD260 per family member.


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. Visa Center 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, Visa Center 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 delivery time.

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 VisaCenter 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 CAD60 + 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 reason.


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.

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