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Old Feb 17th 2009, 1:38 am
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I understand that since mid 2008 there is no longer a need to actually physically "land" for those of us already in Canada.

So for someone in Toronto, rather than having to drive to Buffalo and come straight back; where can you go within the city to "land"?

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Originally Posted by geo4
I understand that since mid 2008 there is no longer a need to actually physically "land" for those of us already in Canada.

So for someone in Toronto, rather than having to drive to Buffalo and come straight back; where can you go within the city to "land"?

Here is the bulletin noting the changes to the landing procedure for people who are temp residents in Canada.

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resourc...tins/ob076.asp

From the looks of it you just phone the call centre and they'll make the appointment for you at a local office.
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I was going to to this when activating our prs, but the local office was only open at certain times and so it turned out to be easier to drive to the border (about an hour) at the weekend at a time of our choosing
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Not only that, but I heard it can take up to 60 days to get an appointment to land in Toronto.
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Originally Posted by chams
Not only that, but I heard it can take up to 60 days to get an appointment to land in Toronto.
Hello Fort Erie.
i second that. I can even take 3 months before you get an appointment. you're better off crossing the border to the usa (try to enter the us for a couple of hours, do some sightseeing , and then come back for your landing procedures).
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Apparently, at Fort Erie, there is a left turn "Back to Canada" you can make without even crossing the bridge to enter the U.S.
You can then u-turn back to the Canadian check point.

http://maps.google.ca/maps?q=fort+er...num=1&ct=image

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Thanks all- useful info as ever!

Looks like I might be taking advantage of some cheap Buffalo shopping!

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We've just this minute received our passports back and with the passports comes a letter describing what people should do on arrival.

At the end of the letter is a small part for people who are already in Canada and it contains a phone number to call, where they make an appointment at your local CIC office to finalise the PR.

I just need to add....


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Originally Posted by PeterF
We've just this minute received our passports back and with the passports comes a letter describing what people should do on arrival.

At the end of the letter is a small part for people who are already in Canada and it contains a phone number to call, where they make an appointment at your local CIC office to finalise the PR.

I just need to add....


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Congrats!

How long did the passports take to come back?
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About 4 weeks I think (pos 5) not too long..

After trying to talk to someone for an appointment on their automated phone system, I've decided on the 1.5 hrs drive to Niagara.



For those suggesting going into the US, remember if you are a Brit and can do a visa waiver, you must apply online nowadays (at airports anyway, assuming land crossing is the same). They dont accept the green visa waiver forms anymore.

In the case of Niagara, there's no need to go to the states, there's a turning point just after the Canadian border control, before going onto the actual bridge, where you can turn around and re-enter.
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Originally Posted by PeterF
About 4 weeks I think (pos 5) not too long..

After trying to talk to someone for an appointment on their automated phone system, I've decided on the 1.5 hrs drive to Niagara.



For those suggesting going into the US, remember if you are a Brit and can do a visa waiver, you must apply online nowadays (at airports anyway, assuming land crossing is the same). They dont accept the green visa waiver forms anymore.

In the case of Niagara, there's no need to go to the states, there's a turning point just after the Canadian border control, before going onto the actual bridge, where you can turn around and re-enter.
Rainbow bridge?

Let us know how the CBSA officers are treating you when you haven't actually left the country...

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Originally Posted by PeterF
About 4 weeks I think (pos 5) not too long..

After trying to talk to someone for an appointment on their automated phone system, I've decided on the 1.5 hrs drive to Niagara.



For those suggesting going into the US, remember if you are a Brit and can do a visa waiver, you must apply online nowadays (at airports anyway, assuming land crossing is the same). They dont accept the green visa waiver forms anymore.

In the case of Niagara, there's no need to go to the states, there's a turning point just after the Canadian border control, before going onto the actual bridge, where you can turn around and re-enter.
Except that is quite possible that CBSA will insist that you get a "rejection letter" from the US.
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I flagpoled at the Rainbow Bridge just over a month ago. The CBSA folk were very nice, no issues with them at all. They specifically asked me to walk across the bridge to the US side and back again, no mention of just turning round after leaving their office. They wanted paperwork from the US side, either a rejection notice or proof that you got a visa waiver for the US.

The US folks were also very nice....although I was glad that I got processed before the big coach full of people turned up! I noticed that they all got grilled way more than me.
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Originally Posted by PeterF
For those suggesting going into the US, remember if you are a Brit and can do a visa waiver, you must apply online nowadays (at airports anyway, assuming land crossing is the same). They dont accept the green visa waiver forms anymore.

ESTA is not needed at the land frontier, at least not according to the regulations.

In the case of Niagara, there's no need to go to the states, there's a turning point just after the Canadian border control, before going onto the actual bridge, where you can turn around and re-enter.
http://britishexpats.com/wiki/Trip_a...lagpole-Canada
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