Getting US Visa as a Permanent Resident

Some of you may know, that I have recently received my Permanent Resident status. Now that I do, I decided to get a US visa (because, why not). I have already made a post about getting a US Visa for non-canadians, so this time I will outline the similarities and the differences.


    • Same DS-160 form to fill in;
    • Visa fee of $160 USD;
    • Booking and appointment and the embassy visit is required;


    • No more reciprocity fee of $100;
    • Visa issued for 10 years instead of 1;
    • A much shorter interview (“What is your status in Canada?”, “Have you ever been in the US before?”, “Do you have family in Canada?”, “What do you do in Canada?”);

They have also made some changes in the embassy: you get your fingerprints taken inside by a lady with an attitude that would make Soviet doctors shy; and instead of waiting in the interview room upstairs, you sit on the second floor and get to watch promotional video about the greatness of the USA.

Total cost: $160 USD

Time taken: 1.5 hour (7.15 to 8.45 am)

Update (Apr. 1st): Got an email from Loomis – the courier company, a branch of DHL – that my passport will be available for the pickup shortly.

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Update (Apr. 9th): Picked up the passport from the Loomis branch – apparently it has moved to a new location, not too far from Lake City Way skytrain). I am now admissible to the US for the next 10 years!

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  1. Sasha - March 31, 2014 @ 10:22 AM

    why do you say that someone without PR can receive only for 1 year US visa? I got mine 2 years ago when I was just a student in Canada on a TRV, the visa is valid for 5 years……it took like you say an hour or so…super easy and fast, not for 1 year though…

    • Simple Vancouver - March 31, 2014 @ 12:20 PM

      The length of the visa depends on the country you are from. I am from Kazakhstan, and we get either 3 months or 1 year.

  2. Alice Ra - April 9, 2014 @ 3:38 PM

    10 years sounds good! I used to get it for 1 year only as well.

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