Travel and Visa / Travel to Mexico and Canada
Before you leave the U.S. always check that you have a valid passport. Call the consulate/embassy of the country you wish to visit to find out if they require you to have an entry visa to visit.
For entry to Mexico border areas (within 200 miles of the U.S. border), an entry visa to Mexico is usually not required. Depending on your country of citizenship, you may be required to obtain an entry visa to visit other parts of Mexico. Please contact the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles before traveling to inquire about the requirements for citizens of your country.
Citizens from some countries may be required to obtain an entry visa to Canada . For more information, contact the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles.
Applying for F/J visa while in Mexico or Canada may be very risky because if your visa is not approved, you cannot re-enter the United States. You may be required to apply for a visa in your home country.