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.
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!