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    I'm certain someone has been in this situation before:

    I'm Canadian, therefore require a visitors visa while doing rotations in NY. My wife is British. I am wondering how she applies for a visa so she can be in NY too. Is there a special application process for spouses??

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Non-American SGU students doing rotations in the US do so on a B1 visa. There is no corresponding dependent visa. Your wife will need to apply for her own visa to stay in the States. There are a few options, but it largely depends on one thing: does your wife want to work while in the US?


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    She is planning to work there eventually. She is currently doing her physio exams to be a qualified physio in NY. However, the process is long and will take up to another 8 months.

    So she wants to come to NY as a visitor (like me) while I do my rotations. And then later apply for a visa to work in the US.

    Can someone please point me in the right direction in terms of what type of visa she needs/ a website/ a phone number to get info.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Game View Post
    She is planning to work there eventually. She is currently doing her physio exams to be a qualified physio in NY. However, the process is long and will take up to another 8 months.

    So she wants to come to NY as a visitor (like me) while I do my rotations. And then later apply for a visa to work in the US.

    Can someone please point me in the right direction in terms of what type of visa she needs/ a website/ a phone number to get info.

    Thanks!
    I would strongly recommend that your wife seek Canadian citizenship (I'm not sure of the process, but I would think that it would she would just need to apply as the spouse of a Canadian): partially because it is easier to get a US visa (less processing time) but mostly because she would then qualify for the NAFTA "TN Status", which is a no-visa-required way to get a job (if you qualify) in the US. TN Status requires that you are a Canadian, US or Mexican and that you have a job offer that requires a bachelors degree or equivalent.

    A google search of "US visas" will bring up both the official sources (US government sites, which are a nightmare to read) and unofficial companies (with really good summaries and descriptions of different visa statuses). I would recommend you start with the latter and then read the former.

    Good luck!


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