Do I need a visa to work in the US?
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John Garside  Identity Verified
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Feb 8, 2007

I recently did a 3 day conference in the states (I'm Canadian) and will probably be asked to do this twice a year. Even though I've been interpreting for many years I've never worked outside of Canada before. Before I accept their next conference in the summer I'd look to look more closely at the legallity of my situation. I'd hate to get turned away at the airport or get a bill from the IRS.

Any thoughts? Thanks

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Liliana Roman-Hamilton  Identity Verified
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Hi John,

Take a look at the INS website for more information, or I would call the US embassy/consulate in Canada to get full information on the subject.

The homepage is

Hope this helps

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Vladimir Dubisskiy  Identity Verified
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they will not turn you away Feb 8, 2007

...if you will be careful with what you're saying.
And i do not think you will get a bill from IRS as you are not the US subject and you are there only, say, a week in a year. I would wonder though what CRA might think about this income))

Anyway - here comes a wise advise:

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