I came to Canada on December 26, 2017 as a student. I am done with my first semester and currently have a semester break until September. I'm planning to apply for a US visit visa (B1/B2) to visit my friends for 10 days.

I heard from a few people that I need to wait for at least 6 months from my arrival date in Canada to apply for a B1/B2 visa, which is end of June. Is it mandatory to wait 6 months after arrival to apply for a B1/B2 visa, or can I apply for it even now? Please help.

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    There is no such waiting period. You can apply whenever you wish. Commented Apr 26, 2018 at 3:39
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    @MichaelHampton Can you please put that into an answer?
    – gparyani
    Commented Apr 26, 2018 at 12:04

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There is no such restriction; you can apply at any time for a nonimmigrant visa to come to the US as temporary visitor, and can do so though any of the US Consulates in Canada.

The wait times vary and some are lengthy: in Montreal, it currently takes 56 days; Toronto 84 days; Vancouver 17 days; Calgary 10 days; Ottawa 30; Quebec 10; Halifax, 36. ait time also does not include the time required to return the passport to applicants, by either courier services or the local mail system.

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