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Third Country National Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


Is it easier to apply as a Third Country National for a visa rather than at a U.S. consulate located in my home country?

No, you are more likely to encounter difficulties at the time of the interview when you apply for a U.S. visa outside your home country. Consular officers at border posts will deny visas whenever they believe there are fraud indicators present, or their lack of knowledge of local conditions, and familiarity with documents in your home country prevents them from properly adjudicating the case.


Is there a difference between going to Canada or Mexico to obtain a Third Country National visa?

Yes, to obtain a visa as a Third Country National from a U.S. consulate located in Canada, you are generally required to obtain a Canadian visa to enter Canada. You do not need a Mexican visa to enter Mexico if you travel within 30 miles of the U.S. border, and there are U.S. consulates located within 30 miles of the U.S. border.


Do I need an appointment with the U.S. Consulate before my Third Country National visa interview?

Yes, an appointment is required in order to meet a U.S. Consul and have a Third Country National visa interview.

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If my application for a Third Country National visa is approved, how long do I need to wait until I obtain the visa?

If your visa application is approved, you often have to wait for one or two days to get the visa.


Are nationals of any country excluded from applying for a visa as Third Country Nationals?

Yes, the U.S. State Department does not allow foreign nationals from certain countries, which have been identified as sponsoring terrorism, from applying for Third Country National visa. These countries are North Korea, Cuba, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, and Libya.


What is the difference between obtaining a visa as a Third Country National and Visa Revalidation?

Visa Revalidation is the process by which you renew your nonimmigrant visa without leaving the U.S. whereas obtaining a visa as a Third Country National is when you go to a country that is not your home country, to obtain a new visa.

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