Activating a US Visa when departing Canada
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Oct 16, 2013 6:04 PM Last Post By: petrawedlake
Oct 15, 2013 4:01 PM
Activating a US Visa when departing CanadaOkay. So I'm just starting to organise myself for when I travel north to the USA and Canada next year and have now successfully managed to get myself confused and worried about my situation.
I'll be entering the USA initially on the Visa Waiver Program (I'm from New Zealand) and then traveling north to Canada in order to visit family and (theoretically) activate my J-1 Visa for the USA when I re-enter.
I know that if I leave the USA to Canada it does not change the status of my VWP when I re-enter the USA, but will I be able to enter the USA and activate my Visa or will I need to leave North America completely to do so? I hope this makes sense...
Hopefully someone has an idea or two for me.. Thank you!
Oct 16, 2013 12:06 AM
1It is not true that when you leave the USA for Canada it does not change the status of your VWP admission. If you leave the USA for Canada and return before the 90 days on your VWP admssion have expired then you will normally be readmitted under the original VWP admission (i.e. with the same expiry date). If you leave the USA for Canada and return after the 90 days on your VWP admssion have expired then under the terms of the VWP because you have not left North America they should deny you entry, although in practice it depends on how much of the 90 days you have spent in the US, if most of your time was in the US then you might have a problem, if it was just a few hours changing planes then you would mostly likely not have a problem. In your case when you come back from Canada to the US you will not be reapplying under the VWP but with your J-1 visa so there should not be a problem.
Oct 16, 2013 3:21 PM
Oct 16, 2013 6:04 PM
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