Visa application process in Mexico or Canada
Effective November 1, 2002, the U.S. Consulates in Ciudad Juarez and Matamoros, Mexico only processes F-1 visas for continuing students in full-time degree programs who can demonstrate that their F-1 visa was issued in their home country.
After May 1, 1996, any third country national present in the U.S. must make an appointment for an interview in order to apply for a non-immigrant visa (i.e. F-1, J-1, etc.) at a U.S. consular border post in Canada or Mexico. An appointment must be made in one of the following ways:
â€” Call 1-900-443-3131 (if in Canada, call 1-900-451-2778). A â€œper minuteâ€ fee will be charged for this call on your telephone bill. Not all phones can access this number, so you may want to check with the telephone operator if you are having trouble connecting.
â€” Call 1-888-840-0032. A per minute fee will be charged, payable only by credit card
www.nvars.com A flat fee will be charged ($20 Canadian) payable by credit card.
An operator or email prompt will help you choose a date and post convenient for you. These appointments may be scheduled up to one month in advance. After the appointment is scheduled, you will receive an application form and information about the appropriate post. Many of the posts will require a fee in advance of the processing, so you may be required to go to a nearby bank for a transaction. It will be best if you have cash to facilitate this.
Last Updated: 2/6/08
This page was last updated on: February 12, 2014