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Third Country Visa Processing

Third Country National (TCN) visa procedure may be available for foreign nationals, who are not citizens or nationals of the country where they wish to apply for a visa. Third Country visa processing is also applicable for foreign nationals in the U.S. who wish to apply for a nonimmigrant visa at a U.S. border post in Canada or Mexico.


Who is a Third Country National (TCN)?

You are considered a Third Country National if you are not a citizen or national of the country where you plan to apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa.

Benefits of the Third Country National Visa

Highly convenient and inexpensive
You may apply for a visa in the country where you live, work or are traveling
Avoids travel to home country for obtaining the visa

Requirements for the Third Country National Visa Processing

To qualify for the TCN visa processing, you must prove that you have never been out of status in the U.S. by overstaying your visa or I-94. In other words, you have never stayed in the U.S. longer than the period authorized by the immigration officer when you entered the U.S.
Note: Third country visa processing is not available to citizens of the seven countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism. Countries in this list include Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, North Korea, and Libya.

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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.

Appointments by Telephone


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.

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.

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.

Services offered by VisaPro

Our experienced immigration attorneys will prepare and file all the required documents for your TCN visa application. Our services include:
Complete review of all your personal circumstances
Confirmation that the TCN visa is appropriate for you
Identification of important legal issues that may affect your TCN visa application
Checklist of documents that you need for your TCN visa
Accurate preparation of your TCN visa application
Submission of your visa application to the proper government agencies
Careful co-ordination of all correspondence with government agencies
Expert advise on how to handle yourself at your Consular or USCIS interview, and what to expect
Online access to your case status
Unlimited personal communication with your own VisaPro immigration attorney
Fast, easy and secure processing through your personal online VisaPro account

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