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Demystifying the U.S. Visa Process OAIE Conference May 12, 2011

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1 Demystifying the U.S. Visa Process OAIE Conference May 12, 2011
U.S. Department of State U.S. Consulate General Toronto Presented by Scott G. Feeken

2 Presentation Topics Overview – Description of who we are and what we do General visa statistics Visitor for business/pleasure (B1/B2) Students (F-1) Exchange Visitor Program (J-1) Employment (H-1B/NAFTA) Application/Administrative Process Additional resources/Questions?

3 Who we are and what we do U.S. Department of State
consular officers conduct personal interviews grants visas U.S. Department of Homeland Security Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Pearson International or any U.S. border Admits into U.S. (the FINAL word) Limits the duration of stay in U.S

4 General Visa Statistics
There are 7 U.S. Missions located across Canada Toronto processes the highest non-immigrant visa workload in Mission Canada Toronto processes approximately 60,000 visas per year, from roughly 170 different nationalities, including visitor, student and vocational visas

5 Alphabet Soup Visitor for Business or Pleasure (B-1/B-2)
Petition Based Visas: Student Visitors (F-1) Exchange Visitors (J-1) Foreign Workers (H-1B, TN) Note: Above classifications and documentation requirements are relevant for Canadian citizens, but they do not require visas.

6 Visitor for Business or Pleasure
B-1/B2 visa is for temporary visitors for business or pleasure (e.g. to attend job interviews, meetings, academic conferences/workshops, medical treatment, tourism, visiting family members.) INA 214(b) applies – applicants must overcome the assumption of immigrant intent Mandatory documentation = valid passport, passport quality photo, appointment letter, DS-160 bar code page May bring documentation to interview that supports reason for travel and ties to your place of residence

7 Students F-1 visa is for student visitors attending an academic institution of learning in the U.S. School issues a signed I-20 to the student Student must register in the SEVIS database and present proof of SEVIS fee payment SEVIS = Student and Exchange Visitor Information System INA 214(b) applies Canadians- same stuff, at border

8 Exchange Visitor Program
J-1 visa is for exchange programs, including internships and the summer/work/travel programs Program sponsor institution or third party issues DS-2019 and DS-7002 (Trainee/Internship Placement Plan) Participant must be registered in the SEVIS database and present proof of payment Must overcome INA 214(b)

9 J-1 visas and the “two-year rule”
INA 212(e) “two-year rule”…. “home-country physical presence” reside in country of nationality or permanent residence for two years before eligible to apply for H-1B, L-1, LPR status also applies to J-2 dependents applies if: funded by U.S. or home government field on skills list for home country particular programs with mandatory 212(e)

10 Employment – H-1B Visa Temporary employment for up to 6 years in a specialty occupation requiring theoretical or practical application of highly specialized knowledge (extensions are possible) Requires completion of at least a bachelor’s degree in the specialty or equivalent experience Annual numerical caps 214(b) does not apply

11 Employment – H-1B Visa (continued)
Employer’s responsibility to complete the petitioning process: Files I-129 Petition with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Files Form ETA-9035, Labor Condition Application with U.S. Department of Labor Receives I-797 approval form Employee’s responsibility to apply for the visa

12 Employment – TN Status NAFTA “visas” for citizens of Canada or Mexico
Must be for work in a designated professional occupation (see NAFTA handout); specific degree/licensing requirements apply Need job offer letter and proof of qualifications Canadian citizens must apply directly at the Port of Entry without first obtaining a visa Mexican citizens need to apply for TN visa Admitted for a maximum of 3 years initially

13 Procedures for Canadian Citizens
No visas – proceed to POE with passport and: Academic Study (F-1) I-20, evidence of financial support Proof of SEVIS registration and fee payment Internships (J-1) J-1  DS-2019/DS-7002, SEVIS registration & fee receipt Employment (H-1B or TN) H-1B  I-797 TN  job offer letter and proof of qualifications

14 Application Process Gain admission or get hired
School or employer files/issues paperwork Complete on-line application form (DS-160) at Pay your application fee and make appointment for visa interview at Prepare for interview/gather required items DS-160 Confirmation page with photo Possible reciprocity fees Valid passport 6 months after travel date Supporting documentation (as discussed) Attend your visa interview at the Consulate

15 Administrative Process
Department of state committed to facilitate legitimate travel but must ensure that applicants are both qualified for the visa and do not pose a security risk to the United States Refers to various additional checks that must be done before visa can be issued Timing varies based on individual circumstance Applicant kept informed during process and notified when review is completed

16 Plan Ahead Appointments filled several weeks in advance
Most visas can be processed within one week, but some require months of processing Typical reasons for processing delays are mandatory administrative reviews and waivers of ineligibilities Every applicant’s situation is unique An approval notice or interview appointment does not guarantee the issuance of a visa

17 Additional Resources
see handout

18 Questions?

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