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British citizen wants to visit Canada - What do I need?

Old Aug 11th 2004, 1:00 pm
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Hi group,

I'm trying to find out what I need to visit Canada. I am a British Citizen,
born and bread in England.

I might be visiting Canada to visit an Internet buddy soon and would like to
know if I need a visa. I've visited the US many times and found the websites
to visit America very easy to understand. But these Canadian sites are very
light on details.

So, please group members tell me what I need? :)

Gavin

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Old Aug 11th 2004, 1:02 pm
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All you need is your British passport and funds to cover your expenses here.

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"IceC" <icecATdsl.pipex.com> wrote in message
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    > Hi group,
    > I'm trying to find out what I need to visit Canada. I am a British
    > Citizen,
    > born and bread in England.
    > I might be visiting Canada to visit an Internet buddy soon and would like
    > to
    > know if I need a visa. I've visited the US many times and found the
    > websites
    > to visit America very easy to understand. But these Canadian sites are
    > very
    > light on details.
    > So, please group members tell me what I need? :)
    > Gavin
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Old Aug 11th 2004, 1:10 pm
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"IceC" <icecATdsl.pipex.com> wrote in message
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    > Hi group,
    > I'm trying to find out what I need to visit Canada. I am a British
Citizen,
    > born and bread in England.
    > I might be visiting Canada to visit an Internet buddy soon and would like
to
    > know if I need a visa. I've visited the US many times and found the
websites
    > to visit America very easy to understand. But these Canadian sites are
very
    > light on details.

If ALL you are doing is visiting for up to 6 months you just need your
Passport.
 
Old Aug 11th 2004, 5:25 pm
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Originally Posted by Jeff
"IceC" <icecATdsl.pipex.com> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
    > Hi group,
    > I'm trying to find out what I need to visit Canada. I am a British
Citizen,
    > born and bread in England.
    > I might be visiting Canada to visit an Internet buddy soon and would like
to
    > know if I need a visa. I've visited the US many times and found the
websites
    > to visit America very easy to understand. But these Canadian sites are
very
    > light on details.

If ALL you are doing is visiting for up to 6 months you just need your
Passport.
Make sure you have a copy of the address where you will be staying and proof of how you will return to the UK.

End of the day it is the Immigration Officers decision on how long you will be able to stay, so dont believe the stuff about being able to stay 6 months. When I arrived they didn't like the circumstances and gave me 2 weeks, then changed their mind and gave me 4 weeks. Then I applied for an extension and described my circumstances as I did the officer... they extended my trip for a whole year.

The whole immigration process is moronic... both for just visiting AND for staying.

Extra piece of advice which may or may not be clear at the moment (wasnt when I came over)... if you fly to Canada via the US you will have to return the same way within 90 days. When you fly into the US regardless of the fact you are transferring flights you are given a Visa Waiver form to fill in. The US then assumes that you are staying in the US until you leave the same way.

Again... very dumb.
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Old Aug 11th 2004, 6:40 pm
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Default Re: British citizen wants to visit Canada - What do I need?

Right, always take a direct flight to Canada and NEVER via the US.
Last time I took a flight to TO via JFK , I had about an hour for my connecting flight. Shouldn't have been a problem if I didn't had to go thru the whole immigration hassle in NewYork.
Even if you're just in transit, one always has to go thru immigration if you set foot on US soil.

Just a piece of advise, can save you lots of time & anger.
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Old Aug 11th 2004, 11:03 pm
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Hi

Firstly, I think you mean born and bred!

If you have a British passport then that is all you need, you do not need a
visa. However you will need more than 6 months left on your passport from
the day you arrive. If it is soon to expire and leave you with less than 6
months on there when you arrive in Canada they may refuse you entry. Be safe
and get it renewed before you travel if that's the case.

Below is the link from CIC that explains which countries you need a
temporary visa from, the UK is not on the list.
I find the Canadian websites very informative, so maybe you are not looking
in the right places.

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.html


"IceC" <icecATdsl.pipex.com> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
Hi group,

I'm trying to find out what I need to visit Canada. I am a British Citizen,
born and bread in England.

I might be visiting Canada to visit an Internet buddy soon and would like to
know if I need a visa. I've visited the US many times and found the websites
to visit America very easy to understand. But these Canadian sites are very
light on details.

So, please group members tell me what I need? :)

Gavin

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Old Aug 12th 2004, 8:41 am
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Default Re: British citizen wants to visit Canada - What do I need?

Originally Posted by Robert
Let me remind you that you are ONLY posting via a "lowly portal" into the
newsgroup and that replies to individuals within the BEP from out here on
the "BIG WIDE USENET" will bounce. (or maybe you already know that ?)

Please be gentle BritishExpats has only just reestablished the link to usenet, so it will take a while for BE posters to relearn Usenet niceties, or even realise that they are posting to the outside world. Of course if you really want to carry on the discussion anyone can register at britishexpats.com and argue to your hearts content.

The link was severed during the recent unpleasant misc.immigration.canada trolling period. (Must say it was a nice and quiet on the BEP forum so thanks to the regular usenet posters who joined BEP to help with your wisdom of all things immigration related, I think it worked pretty well, despite my reservations at the time)

Dont know why this thread is still going, it was answered pretty much with the first reply.

Iain
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Old Aug 12th 2004, 8:47 am
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"Robert" <[email protected]> wrote in message >
    > Between the two I have ALWAYS found Canadian customs to be the more genial
    > If you want arrogant customs officers try the US
    > ..(shoot first ask later, even friends)

I live withn minutes of the border and cross frequently (probably 100+
times per year)

My experience is the exact opposite of yours.

I find the U.S. Customs folk friendly, cheerful and helpful.

On my own side I often find Canada Customs abrupt & rude.
 
Old Aug 12th 2004, 12:06 pm
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<snip>
    > Please be gentle :) BritishExpats has only just reestablished the link
    > to usenet, so it will take a while for BE posters to relearn Usenet
    > niceties, or even realise that they are posting to the outside world.
    > Of course if you really want to carry on the discussion anyone can
    > register at britishexpats.com and argue to your hearts content.
    > The link was severed during the recent unpleasant
    > misc.immigration.canada trolling period. (Must say it was a nice and
    > quiet on the BEP forum so thanks to the regular usenet posters who
    > joined BEP to help with your wisdom of all things immigration related, I
    > think it worked pretty well, despite my reservations at the time)
    > Dont know why this thread is still going, it was answered pretty much
    > with the first reply.
    > Iain
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Welcome back Ian K.
(not that you really left <G>)

just pointing out that it isn't just Canadian customs (or even american,
Hmmmmm not my experience but there you have two sides of the same coin) and
that BEP is just one tiny little cocoon in the grand scheme of things. Yup I
lurked on BEP during the troll season. seeing they are moderated made it fun
on occasion. Might be nice if BEP pointed out some of the shortfalls of
using them and maybe included some Usenet information no matter how basic.

See I am gonna have to dig out the old mail on how to do newsgroups without
the encumbrances of a portal.
 

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