More Specific Information on Applying for a Third Country Visa in Canada

While the Third Country Visa process applies to aliens who are filing applications in both Canada and Mexico, there are specific guidelines that apply for those applying for a Third Country Visa in Canada. This article will provide detailed information about how to go about applying for a TCV in Canada.

Who Can Apply in Canada

  • Third Country Nationals (TCNs) who are not residents of Canada and who seek to renew their visa in any category.

Who Cannot Apply in Canada

If you have any criminal record, no matter how minor or how long ago the offense, you may be refused a visa or entry into the United States. There may also be problems with traveling through United States airports. Under U.S. law, a pardon issued by Canadian authorities is not recognized for purposes of entry into the United States. Although you may have entered the United States without hindrance in the past, you may be denied entry at a future date based upon disclosure/discovery of your criminality. Not all criminal convictions create an ineligibility to enter the U.S., but any past criminal record must be declared. Attempting to gain entry without declaring that you have been arrested could result in a permanent ineligibility and/or detention at a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) enforcement facility while a CBP officer determines your admissibility. Non-Canadian citizens with any criminal record, or a deportation or removal order, must qualify for a visa in the usual manner and then apply for the waiver at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. At the time of interview, bring all records relating to the criminal offence so that the matter can be reviewed.

TCN Visa Renewal—Those applying in Canada should also be aware that they need a valid visa to enter the country.

(Updated 10/17/2012 by AD)

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