Last Updated on February 16, 2013
The tightening post-9/11 U.S. border-security clampdown will present further restrictions on Canadians intending to enter the United States. Beginning March 17, 2003, Canadian landed residents from most Commonwealth countries, will require visitors visas to enter the United States.
Previously, permanent residents of Canada were covered under the passport and visa exemption provisions under US legislation and could freely travel to the U.S. from Canada with only passports from their country along with their Canadian Record of Landing document. The new visa requirement reflects a continuing overhaul and harmonization with Canada, of security measures that safeguard the United States.
Citizens from the list of countries referenced in the Country List “A”, (below) are required to file an application with a U.S. consulate along with a non-refundable $100 filing fee. First time applicants with the exception of children under 16, adults over 60 and persons with diplomatic status, will likely be required to attend a personal interview. The visa once issued, will be valid for a period of five to ten years.
Landed immigrants in Canada holding passports from Country List “B”, do not require visas to travel to the United States, because their countries of origin have reciprocal visa-waiver agreements with the U.S.
Country List “A” (Visitor Visa Required)
Antigua and Barbuda
Papua New Guinea
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Country List “B” (Visitor Visa Not Required)
Great Britain and its possessions