I was in the US on an F-1 visa and after living there for nearly 6 years (education + work on OPT), I left the US to go to Canada before my US visa/STEM OPT expired. Never been denied visa/entry to US or any other country. I am a citizen of a third country.
I moved to Canada with a permanent residency (PR) and would like to know if I applied for a US tourist visa (in Canada) immediately after moving there, are there higher/lower chances of rejection or are they indifferent to my immigration status elsewhere? Does having the PR strengthen my ties to another country or do they weaken them because I'm not in my home country?
Or should I wait till I get my Canadian citizenship to qualify for entry without visa? Having a visa denial on my record will prove troublesome later on? Might as well not take the risk then?
I need the visa for occasional tourist visits or visiting friends etc.