Visas are one of the most important documents to have in your life, as they allow you to live and work in another country. Luckily, there is someone that does all of this for you! The United States government contracts out visa processing to private companies, and these companies’ employees handle various steps of the process.
The company you go through may be similar to yours, or it could be a completely different firm. What we do not typically know is how long each step takes, nor who handles what. This article will try to clear up any confusion you might have about visa processing times.
We will also tell you some things you can do to help reduce the time it takes to process your VISA. By being aware of the timing of stages, you can plan ahead and make sure everything goes smoothly.
Getting your B-visa is no easy task, however. First, you will need to prove that you have enough money to support yourself while in Canada. Second, you must show that you will be leaving the country soon after applying for the visa.
Third, you will need to make sure that everything about you matches what we mentioned earlier as important pieces of evidence. This includes proof of employment, health insurance, and housekeeping supplies.
Your employer should be able to provide you with a letter confirming their commitment to having you work while you are here. You can also use this letter to confirm that you have adequate funds to stay afloat until you find another job.
Most people who live abroad keep track of how much money they have saved by keeping tabs on monthly bills and daily spending. Make sure to include these items when proving financial stability in this article!
There is not one standard process for getting a B-Visa, so it is best to know some basic steps that apply to most cases.
To qualify you do not need to live in a country that accepts US citizenship, but you must have an address where you will be staying while here. You also cannot enter or exit the country within 30 days of your departure from Canada.
These two restrictions are what makes the B-visa so special!
A B-2 visa is only issued to individuals who intend to stay in Canada for less than six months. If you fall into this category, then you do not need to go through the process of obtaining a B-visa.
You can instead apply for pre-authorization which allows you to remain in Canada until you receive word either way about whether you get approved or denied entry onto Canadian soil.
As mentioned before, having enough money to stay in America while you are here is important. It is not recommended that you spend more than six months of your time in this country without investing into it.
A way to mitigate this is by applying for what’s called a B-visa. A B-visa allows you to live and work in the United States temporarily but with restrictions. You have to return home at the end of the contract and there is an eight month limit on how long you can be here.
However, if you make over $50,000 per year then you can apply for a B2 visa instead which doesn’t place as many limitations. This would give you more flexibility during your trip.
After your passport is fully stamped, it’s time to head back to the airport! Depending on where you applied for your VISA and when you submitted your application, the next step will be either waiting around or heading out right away.
Some countries require you to have an appointment at their visa office before they can review and process your documents. This is called “pre-visit registration.” You will need this two days prior to coming in for your actual visit.
Other countries do not require pre-registration. They want to see you face to face during your initial visit so that you can convince them of why you deserve a visa. This is more common at higher volume embassies and consulates.
Since we know processing times vary per country and individual consulate staff members, there is no way to tell how long it will take to get your visa unless you make a reservation at the exact same time as what is guaranteed by the embassy.
It’s important to remember that you can only stay in the US for 90 days unless you have an active work or travel visa. You cannot spend more than this time here without permission!
It is very common to run into issues when trying to secure appropriate funding for your trip. This is especially true if you are traveling during peak season, like spring break or summer. Due to the high demand of visas, there will be times where it takes longer than expected to process yours.
We recommend being ready before you arrive in America as well as having all of your documents and funds packed up and organized. This way, you do not need to worry about leaving home without everything needed, and you can focus on having fun instead.
There are many ways to fund your tour. Many people use credit cards to finance their trips, but we would suggest staying away from large spending sprees such as buying a car or going abroad for the year. That is why we created our Budget Tour Package. By including both prepaid items and monthly payments, it removes the risk of overspending.
After you have gathered all of your documents, you can then begin looking for your visa at your local US Embassy or Consulate. This process usually takes one to two days depending on the number of applications they receive, but it could take longer if there are too many applicants.
It is important to remember that not everyone who wants a VISA needs to travel outside of the country. Some people only need to visit their home city for business or tourism. A Business Trip does not require a VISA!
Many employers will ask permission from their department head before giving you a VISA so be sure to check in with someone else in the organization first. They may also request proof of sufficient funds to cover your trip while abroad as well as medical documentation and confirmation that you do not pose any risk to public safety.
The second major step in applying for a VISA is to register your new address with the embassy. This process typically takes one-two business days, depending on how busy their office can be at that time.
Once this is done, they will send you an email confirmation of the registration. Make sure to save this mail message as well as the proof of residence (like pay stubs or house statements) in case you need them later!
The VISA processing time may also vary by country. Some countries are faster than others so it’s best to do some research before coming into the country to ensure your visa is ready within its allotted time frame.
The second step in processing your VISA for travel is to prove you have enough money to back up your trip. You will need to make sure that you have access to at least two months’ worth of income before leaving, as well as all documents proving that you are able to pay for this stay abroad (like job letters, bank statements etc.).
It is very important to be aware of how much credit card debt you have and whether or not it can be paid off while you are away. If it cannot, consider paying more than the usual amount per month until you can!
Some countries may ask for additional documentation so please double check Yours and US government websites to find out what they require.