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Immigration and Nationality Law
U.S. Embassy in Ottawa Announces Handling of New Visa Requirement

On January 31, 2003, INS announced the
removal of the visa and passport waiver of certain Canadian Landed Immigrants.  Effective March 17, 2003, residents of Canada or Bermuda having a common nationality with Canadian nationals or with British subjects in Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport and visa when applying for admission to the U.S.  Nationals of Ireland and British Commonwealth countries, who reside in Canada, are affected by this change.

In response to this new requirement, the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada, announced procedures Commonwealth landed immigrants must follow in applying for nonimmigrant visas.  These individuals will be required to submit evidence of landed immigrant status, a form
DS156, application fee of $100 U.S., a passport valid for travel to the U.S., one current photo of the applicant, any appropriate supporting documents (e.g., proof of employment, documentation of commitments in Canada, and evidence of prior travel to the U.S.).  In addition, all male applicants between the ages of 16 to 45 must complete a form DS157.  For a detailed discussion of these and other requirements, please go to the U.S. Embassy's web site.
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