QUESTION: I am a Canadian and a tour bus driver. Frequently I cross the border while working for a Canadian bus company by now I have been asked by a US bus company to drive some tours for them. Some of these tours start in Canada but most of them start in the US and travel up into Canada (Rockies, mainly) then back into the US to finish. Just in general terms, would you say it would be worth my while to look at this invitation seriously since it likely requires US working visa, etc. and bus drivers are not notoriously well paid, so would the time and expense likely be justifiable? If you select my question for answer please omit my name from any publication since, while a common name, I still would not want to risk alerting the company I have been working for to my thoughts and options. Many thanks. --------------------------------------------- david ingram replies: Back in the seventies, Joe Lewis and I used to have several buses and planes a month take tours to Reno, Vegas and Disneyland from Vancouver under the name of CEN-TA Tours. We chartered our buses through Bud Cole at Maverick Coach Lines most of the time. Back then, a bus driver could get a visa fairly easy. But not today. If you were to be an owner operator and buy your bus for mostly cash, you could likely get an E2 visa which would allow you to operate your OWN bus. Otherwise, there is no logical visa available for you to go and work as a bus driver. On the other hand Tauck tours ( http://www.tauck.com/?WT.srch=1&WT.mc_id=PAIDINC_VW ) has been very successful in getting H1 Visas for Canadians to work as tour Guides in the USA and all over the rest of the world. It could be that you could "be the tour guide" and have to move a bus once in a while, just not the full time driver. One of my own family is a specialist truck driver in over height, over wide, over long loads where they even have a driver on the end of the LOOOOONNNNG trailer to steer the back wheels to get around corners like an old fire truck hook and ladder. For the life of me, we could not figure out how to get him a visa to work in the states. 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