There are two types of people who visit the United States: those who require a visitor visa or other type of visa in order to enter, and those who do not.
We are often asked if permanent residents of Canada may enter the United States without a visa, and the truth is that it depends. They may or may not fall under the category of people who require a visa to come to the United States. It depends on your citizenship, not your permanent resident status.
Who needs a visa to visit the United States?
Canadians do not require a visitor visa to enter the United States because they are Canadian citizens who hold a Canadian passport. Because Canada is on the visa-exempt list, Canadian citizens may enter the United States with only their passport.
But being a permanent resident of Canada does not mean that you are a Canadian citizen, and you do not hold a Canadian passport. Instead, you hold a passport for your country of citizenship. Whether or not your country of citizenship is on the visa-exempt list is what determines whether or not you require a visa to enter the United States or not.
If you do require a visa to enter the United States, the visa you require is the B2 visitor visa for the United States. Obtaining one of these visas is not easy as you must be able to provide sufficient evidence to the United States immigration department that you will not overstay your visa, and that you will leave when your visitor visa expires.
People from all over the world enter the United States each year to visit family and friends, go on vacations or go shopping. Don’t let visa restrictions intimidate you! Contact our immigration law firm for assistance.
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