New rules to require all landed immigrants to have passport and Visa for U.S. entry

by Canadian Shipper

The Ontario Trucking Association says it has received word from the U.S. Consul General’s office that is planning to soon introduce a change in visa regulations that will affect some commercial truck drivers.

This change requires ALL landed immigrants in Canada (except nationals of Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei and the United Kingdom who will continue to be allowed visa-free travel for up to 90-day business and tourism trips) to possess both a valid passport and a non-immigrant visa to enter the United States.

This new requirement will not affect Canadian citizens. Truck drivers who may be affected by this change may apply for a visa as soon as possible to avoid delays that may result once the rule change becomes more widely known and visa applications begin to flood into processing offices.

The US says it anticipates a high volume of visa applications at the Consulate General with the implementation of these regulations, and some applications may require additional processing time as other regulations may apply. In the meantime, personnel and contractors who transport goods to the United States may want to apply for a visa now.

Applications may be submitted by mail or in person through a scheduled appointment. Application forms and instructions are available at (under the Toronto Consulate section) or at Also, appointments can be obtained by either telephoning 1-900-451-2778 (CDN $2.00 a minute) or by credit card online at or 1-888-840-0032 for a flat fee of CDN $10.00.

The date of these regulatory changes has not yet been announced. When the new regulations do go into effect, detailed information will be posted to the embassy’s web site (noted above).

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