Third Country National Visa Process

Learn About Third Country National Visa Processing in Canada And Mexico

Applying For The Third Country National Visa Processing In Canada or Mexico

You can apply for a nonimmigrant visa as a third country national at any of the border posts in Canada or Mexico by requesting an appointment for an interview. American Consulates are located in Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Toronto, Vancouver, Ciudad Juarez, Matamoros, Nogales, Nuevo Laredo and Tijuana.

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A. Appointments By Telephone

1. TCN Visa Processing in Canada

If you are in the U.S. and wish to schedule an appointment, you should call 1-900-443-3131; in Canada you should call 1-900-451-2778. Callers from the U.S. or Canada wishing to charge the cost of the call to a credit card may schedule an appointment by calling 1-888-840-0032.

2. TCN Visa Processing in Mexico

If you are in the U.S. and wish to schedule an appointment, contact MINACS: 1-900-443-3131; in Mexico contact TELETECH: 01-900-849-4949. Callers in Mexico who cannot call the 01-900 number from their phone line, and who have a credit card, can call 01-477-788-7070. Cost per call is $50.00 pesos plus the long distance fee from their phone company.

B. Appointments over The Internet

You can also book appointments via the Internet at

After your appointment is scheduled, the Department of State office mails you the Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form DS-156 and an information sheet for the post where you will be applying.

Note: Please DO NOT call an individual post directly to request an appointment. They can only be scheduled by calling the appropriate 1-900 or 1-888 telephone number or by using the Internet.

Note: If you are not issued a visa under the new border control rules, you may not be able to reenter U.S. on your existing I-94.

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