Flagpole Trip

Old Apr 21st 2008, 5:31 pm
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I am planning on heading from vancouver down to the border later on this week to change my bunac visa for a TWP.
I have my positive LMO for 2 years and the completed application form, my current passport and visa/permit, proof of funds, do i need to take anything else?.. i work in construction and as so have pretty much never signed a contract with a boss, should i mock one up especially?, do i pay the fees at the border? do i need passport photos? which border crossing should i go to?
As you can see i have tons of questions.... any help from anyone who's done it here would be great...
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Old Apr 22nd 2008, 4:03 am
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There are four border crossings that are feasible for Vancouverites:
  • Peace Arch-Blaine (along Canadian Hwy #99 / American Interstate-5)
  • Pacific Hwy-truck customs (a relatively short distance east of the Peace Arch, along Hwy #15)
  • Lynden-Aldergrove (between Langley and Abbotsford)
  • Sumas-Huntingdon (on Hwy #11, south of Abbotsford)
The most convenient one for you, unless you live quite far east in the Fraser River Valley, is Peace Arch-Blaine, near White Rock.

You need:
  • Completed Work Permit Application Form

  • Job offer letter from employer. Do not allow the employer to make the mistake of offering you a permanent job. The offer should be for two years, to match the length of time for which the LMO has been issued.

  • Proof indicating that you meet the requirements of the job being offered. (This may not be applicable to you, but would be applicable to people in certain trades and professions that require accreditation.)

  • Your British passport

  • Two photos of you. On the back of one photo, write your name and date of birth. I recommend against abbreviating the date. For example, if your birthday is 7th April 1986, do not write 7/4/86. Most Canadians abbreviate the date as MM/DD/YY. So to them 7/4/86 would mean July 4, 1986. If your birthday is 7th April 1986, you could write it as 7 Apr 1986 or Apr 7, 1986. At least use abbreviated letters, rather than numbers, for the month (e.g., Oct, Nov, Dec).

  • Proof of funds

  • $150 for the application fee. If I were you, I would have this ready in the form of cash.

Appendix B of Applying for a Work Permit outside Canada has photo specifications.
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Old Apr 22nd 2008, 4:10 am
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Originally Posted by Judy in Calgary
There are four border crossings that are feasible for Vancouverites:
  • Peace Arch-Blaine (along Canadian Hwy #99 / American Interstate-5)
  • Pacific Hwy-truck customs (a relatively short distance east of the Peace Arch, along Hwy #15)
  • Lynden-Aldergrove (between Langley and Abbotsford)
  • Sumas-Huntingdon (on Hwy #11, south of Abbotsford)
The Hwy-truck crossing tends to be have shorter queues, so I'd go for that one.
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