Canadian Citizens, ESTA and U.S. Visas
Canadian citizens are not required to apply for ESTA
(Electronic System for Travel Authorization) in order to enter the United
Canada is not part of the Visa Waiver Program. Canada and the United States have
special agreements that ensure that Canadian and American citizens can easily
travel between the the two countries. For this reason, Canadians are not
required to apply for ESTA.
Important Facts for Canadian Citizens:
- In most cases Canadian passport holders are not requited to hold a U.S.
visa to enter the United States directly from Canada.
- Canada is not a part of the Visa Waiver Program and Canadian passport
holders do not need and cannot apply for ESTA.
What documentation are Canadians required to show to U.S. Customs and
Border Protection in order to be admitted into the United States:
Canadian visitors must present proof of citizenship (e.g. passport, birth
certificate or naturalization certificate) and a government issued photo ID
(e.g. passport, driver's License or provincial health card) at the U.S. Port of
Entry if entering via a land border crossing. A valid Canadian passport is
required when arriving in the United States by air or from outside of the
Western Hemisphere. After June 2009 a Canadian passport is required for all air,
land and sea entries. A Canadian passport does not need not be valid beyond the
duration of the planned trip to the United States and it does not need to be
U.S. Entry Requirements for Canadian Landed Immigrant
immigrants in Canada with a passport from one of the 37 Visa Waiver countries
must apply for
ESTA if entering the
United States via air or sea. Land border crossings do currently not require an
approved ESTA, but Form I-94W (the green form) and Customs Form 6059B must be
completed at the U.S. point of entry.
Canadian Landed Immigrants from non-visa waiver countries are requited to apply
for a U.S. visa.
Are Canadian citizens allowed to apply for a U.S. visa?
Yes, Canadian are allowed to apply for a U.S. visas, and in certain cases
Canadians are required to apply for visa. However, under normal circumstances,
Canadian citizens do no need a visa to enter the United States.
When is a U.S. Visa necessary?
If you intend to visit the United States
for any other reason than tourism and non-paid business events, you may need
to apply for a visa in advance. There are numerous U.S. visa categories
depending on the purpose of your visit, and a visa can only be applied for at a
U.S. consulate or embassy.
Feel free to contact us if you
have any questions regarding U.S. visa or entry requirements.