How To Apply For D160 Visa

By Tiara

A D visa is also known as a non-immigrant work visa or employment visa. It allows you to live and work in Canada for up to one year, at which time you must return home unless you have an appropriate extension.

There are two main types of visas that can be used to work in Canada: temporary resident (TR) visas and working holiday maker (WHM) visas. The difference between these 2 types of visas is just how long you’re allowed to stay in Canada while searching for employment.

A TR visa is usually valid for six months, whereas a WHM visa is for one year. Both however require you to secure job offers before being granted entry into Canada.

Finding employers who are willing to sponsor your DV requires them to do several things, such as confirming your qualifications, proving you will be able to find adequate housing and healthcare, and verifying that you won’t be a burden to their business due to poor performance or excessive absenteeism. If all this has been done, then they send you a certificate stating so along with proof of sufficient money to support yourself during your visit.

Choose the right venue for your D-visa application

how to apply for d160 visa

Finding an appropriate location to apply for your visa can be tricky, especially if you are travelling soon! There are two main reasons that most people do not know about when it comes to applying for their visas in Australia.

Firstly, there is a maximum time limit to make your visa appointment at some Australian Visasites. For example, if you want to visit Australia for less than three months then the normal place to apply will be from outside of the facilities of the Department of Immigration or Consular Agency.

Secondly, many sites only accept credit cards as payment methods which means that you have to pay online before coming in to see the officer. This could be problematic because sometimes they require you to bring proof of money already (for example, if you need to buy groceries) so you would have to find another way to prove this before being granted entry into Australia.

Prepare your application

how to apply for d160 visa

After you have collected all of your documents, put them in order. Make sure to organize your applications by field or question first, then under that group, within each item, make sure it is sorted according to content domain (country, organization, job title).

Once everything is organized, start putting together your application! There are several ways to do this, depending on how much time you have before the deadline.

The most straightforward way is to use the official Application Guide from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as a source. This can be found here:

This link also includes an easy step-by-step method for completing the online form. It takes very little time so should be done well ahead of the due date!

Another option is to use one of the many free PDF document sharing websites to upload your documents. These are extremely common resources, making it hard to find someone who has not used one at some point in their life.

We recommend using Google Drive or Dropbox because of the ease of access and sharing features.

Connect with the embassy or consulate

how to apply for d160 visa

Before you can apply for a visa, you will need to connect with the appropriate consular section of the U.S. Embassy in your home country or the Consulate General in the city where you will be visiting from.

Some countries require applicants to visit their embassies before submitting an application for a tourist visa so this is not unique to applying for the D-visa. However, it does help ensure that all necessary documents are authentic as well as requiring no criminal background checks.

If there is one thing we have learned about immigration processes across various industries, it is that they move at a deliberate pace! So when you do meet with the staff at the embassy or consulate, make sure to ask what additional steps must happen next.

By being aware of the process, you can start doing other things like buying new luggage.

Know the rules

how to apply for d160 visa

The next step in applying for this visa is knowing the rule. This article will tell you all of that! So, make sure to read it thoroughly.
As mentioned before, every country has their own immigration laws. Just because someone else’s law seems similar to your home’s doesn’t mean they are the same.

In Canada, for example, like the United States, there is what is called the Optional Third Country Transit (O-TCT) Rule. This says if you live in one country and want to visit another, then you do not need a visa if your trip is less than 21 days and you enter via the airport.

You would have to register with Immigration at both locations though.

This does not apply to people who plan to stay longer than two weeks or go outside of the airport area to travel. More information on that can be found here.

Appointment or drop?

how to apply for d160 visa

Even if you have an appointment, you should still be prepared for your visa interview at the very least with some of these things!
As mentioned before, knowing who you are and what you want is the most important thing when applying for a new visa. Make sure that you are well-informed about yourself and your situation so that you do not make any mistakes during the interview.

Knowing how to prepare for your visa interview is also extremely helpful as it gives you time to reflect and practice your answers.

Make your application

how to apply for d160 visa

The next step in applying for a visa is making an actual application. This can be done through one of several online services or by going into a Canadian consulate or embassy in person.

Many people start this process by gathering all the documents mentioned above and then scanning them before sending them off via email or completing it completely offline.

However, there are some countries where you cannot submit your applications that have been designed to verify if you are lying about something important. For example, if you claim to live at a certain address but do not, these websites will flag this as suspicious and possibly deny entry.

So, it’s best to ensure that you have taken enough time to pre-prepare your documents and then go ahead and use a free document shredding service to destroy all remaining copies.

Pay the visa fee

how to apply for d160 visa

After you have received your I-20, there is an additional cost to applying for the VISA. This fee is typically referred to as the ‘visa application’ or ‘Visa Application Fee’. The amount of this fee varies depending on where you are living and how long you will be staying in Australia.

The process usually begins with registering yourself at a visa processing centre location. Once registered, you can then visit their site to find out which stage of the application process you are at – typically either the biometric registration or medical examination stages.

At both of these stages, you will need to pay the appropriate fees. Make sure you have enough money to spend before you go! (We recommend having enough to cover the two days that you will be attending the appointment.

Wait for approval

how to apply for d160 visa

After gathering all of your documents, leaving time to wait for your visa can be very frustrating. It takes anywhere from one day to months depending on how many people are waiting on their visas and what country you’re applying in.

In some cases, there is no need to worry about having your application processed quickly as long as you have proof that you will return. If this is the case then you should know that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) has a re-entry permit system where you do not require a visit visa unless you plan to stay longer than three months.

You only need to prove that you will be back within six months to get this permission! Sometimes, even if you don’t fit into either of these categories, it is worth noting down important information that may help speed up processing times.