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Difference between applying in country and from out of the country?

Old May 27th 2003, 9:51 am
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Default Difference between applying in country and from out of the country?

I am a USA citizen who married a Canadian citizen.
I prepared all of the papers necessary for the in country PR application. However, when I called the Canadian Immigration office, I asked #1 how long would my application take to process and #2 can I leave the country while my application is processing.

The answer to #1 was similar to what I've heard before... 6 to 12 months...

As for #2, she told me that I am free to leave anytime I want to. However, since I applied in country... I might not be allowed back in when I return. So, she told me to apply using the USA brochure and I should mail in my application to the Buffalo NY office. This way I can leave the country when I want to and I can return without any problems.

My question is: Is this true? The application forms are different and I want to make sure that after I file... and I decide to go home to visit or go on a trip with my husband... I want to make sure that I'll be allowed back into the country.

Thank you to all who have taken the time to read this! and thank you to all who reply!
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Old May 27th 2003, 11:33 am
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Default Re: Difference between applying in country and from out of the country?

it's not true to say if you apply from outside you will be *guaranteed*
re-entry. The only people guaranteed entry are Citizens and PErmanent
Resident's who's status is not in question. All visitors have to satisfy
customs/immigration at the point of entry that they are genuine visitors to
Canada. They can refuse you entry just as easily if you are applying from
outside as from inside.

The reason it is usually less common when applying from outside is that the
person applying from outside is usually *residing* outside Canada so they
can easily prove their genuine intentions. They have return tickets and can,
if needed, show residence and jobs etc in their home country. An in-Canada
applicant can do no such thing and so the officer must be convinced that if
the PR were to be rejected the person would obey the terms of their visitor
visa and leave teh country if their status expires (the dual-intent). Most
US Citizens don't seem to have too much troubel with leaving and re entering
after short trips back to the US as most officers at the border understand
the situation and realise that there aren't too many US citizens staying in
Canada as illegal immigrants.

The other advantage is you do not need to apply for a visitor visa to return
to Canada, if you were visiting a home country where a visa was needed to
re-enter Canada then you'd have serious issues trying to obtain the return
visa.

I doubt applying outside will help you in this respect if you are planning
on still residing in Canada as the intents are the same, when you return you
intend to remain in Canada anyway.


"lucy75" wrote in message
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    > I am a USA citizen who married a Canadian citizen.
    > I prepared all of the papers necessary for the in country PR
    > application. However, when I called the Canadian Immigration office, I
    > asked #1 how long would my application take to process and #2 can I
    > leave the country while my application is processing.
    > The answer to #1 was similar to what I've heard before... 6 to 12
    > months...
    > As for #2, she told me that I am free to leave anytime I want to.
    > However, since I applied in country... I might not be allowed back in
    > when I return. So, she told me to apply using the USA brochure and I
    > should mail in my application to the Buffalo NY office. This way I can
    > leave the country when I want to and I can return without any problems.
    > My question is: Is this true? The application forms are different and I
    > want to make sure that after I file... and I decide to go home to visit
    > or go on a trip with my husband... I want to make sure that I'll be
    > allowed back into the country.
    > Thank you to all who have taken the time to read this! and thank you to
    > all who reply!
    > --
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