A U.S. Visa holder cannot renew or apply for a new visa in the United States. Individuals who are already in the United States and remain in legal status are encouraged to apply at the United States Embassies and Consulates in their home countries in conjunction with foreign travel for business or pleasure. Those who plan to visit Canada, Mexico, or in the cases of students and exchange visitors, adjacent islands, may re-enter the United States within thirty days on expired visas as long as they possess a valid I-94 form.
Who May Not Apply for a Visa at an Consular Section in Canada or Mexico?
Individuals who have been out of status in the United States because they violated the terms of their visa or overstayed the validity indicated on their I-94 should not seek to apply in Canada or Mexico and should return to their home country to apply. In other words, if the traveler has remained in the United States longer than the period authorized by the immigration officer when the traveler entered the United States in any visa category, the traveler must apply in the country of the traveler's nationality or legal permanent residence.
U.S. Embassies and Consulates in Canada and Mexico routinely do not accept applications for "E" visas from Third Country National applicants who are not resident in their consular districts.
The applicant may need a visa to attend an appointment at the U.S. Consular Section in Canada. The applicant should verify with Citizenship and Immigration Canada before making arrangements. For more information consult: http://www.cic.gc.ca/.
Note that there are some risks associated with applying for a visa in Canada. If the visa is not approved the applicant may not be able to return to the United States; and even successful applicants may be required to stay multiple days until a decision has been rendered. Consider all these expenses and time delays before scheduling an appointment.
Before deciding to apply at a consular section in Mexico, third country nationals should keep in mind that traveling to the country may require the appropriate Mexican visa from a Mexico’s embassy or consulate before making the trip. Potential applicants should be sure they have a visa, if necessary, and are prepared to wait several days or longer in Mexico while their visa is being processed.
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Note to Visitors of Canada:
With rare exceptions, visa applicants should apply at the U.S. Consular Section in their country of residence. If the applicant is not a resident of Canada, interviewing officers at the U.S..Consular Sections in Canada may not have experience in evaluating the circumstances in the applicant's country of residence. The applicant will, therefore, have greater difficulty establishing eligibility for a U.S. visa in Canada than would be experienced in the applicant's home country.
A substantial percentage of visitors to Canada are denied visas under these circumstances. Consequently, visitors to Canada are strongly urged to apply for U.S. visas in their country of residence.
Personal information provided to this service as part of the process for scheduling a visa interview or paying the visa application fee is stored as protected records in accordance with CSC's obligations to provide information only to the Department of State as defined by the Department of State Consular Affairs, including but not limited to any U.S. Federal Laws and host country requirements.