Third Country Nationals are any non-Canadians applying for a nonimmigrant visa.  This includes visa categories such as the O-1, L-1, E-2 and E-3 visas for Australians.   U.S. consulates and embassies in Canada have temporarily suspended nonimmigrant visa processing for non-Canadians during June, July and August (2014) due to staffing issues.

If your appointment has already been scheduled, you will not be affected by these changes in service.

Please note also that this does not apply to applicants who live in Canada with a valid Canadian immigration status.

Currently, the only consulates with remaining availability during the month of September are Calgary and Vancouver.  However, this is subject to change so please plan in advance.

The Toronto and Ottawa posts are currently scheduling visa appointments in October and do not plan to release any earlier appointments during the summer months.

There is the possibility of the Ottawa Embassy assisting in scheduling appointments for applicants who hold senior or executive positions with their U.S. employers.  However, it is wise to consider all interview options available in each individual circumstance and plan accordingly.

Should you require additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Evelyn Ginossi at or (310) 746-3837.