British Columbia residents who seek to travel to the United States for purposes other than relocating there may have many questions about the visa requirements. Along with employment immigration, other uses for non-permanent travel may include a pleasure trip, medical treatment, business or any purpose other than permanent relocation. Although there is a limited number of exceptions, travellers must obtain non-immigrant visas before travelling to the United States.
Temporary or non-immigrant visas are valid for set durations and specific purposes, and British Columbia travellers must apply at the embassies or consulates in Canada. Once the person has crossed the border, he or she cannot apply for a visa. One of the requirements that may present a challenge is the need for the applicant to show existing strong ties in Canada to convince the Consular Officer of his or her intention to return upon the visa’s expiration.
Another requirement for temporary visas is the financial statuses of the applicants to ensure they can support themselves for the duration of the validity of the visa. The purpose of the visit will determine the type of visa for which to apply, and applicants must show the validity of their claims to travel for particular purposes. Each type of temporary visa has unique requirements, related to its purpose, and the annual numbers of approved applications for some visa types are limited.
British Columbia residents who require visas for employment immigration and other non-permanent trips into the United States may find the process to be quite a challenge. Fortunately, the services of an experienced law firm that is registered on both sides of the border are available. Lawyers who focus on providing support and guidance to employees, students, business travellers and more, can identify the type of visa needed and explain the requirements while taking care of the documentation.
Source: FindLaw, “Non-Immigrant Visas Overview“, Accessed on Jan. 20, 2017