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Old Feb 14th 2012, 8:57 pm
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Really sorry - I have searched here, and I am dumb, didn't understand some of the terminology and this has caused a major argument in my house (my husband is Canadian and I am British, he is insistent that just to go shopping in the US I don't need anything other than my passport and PR card - I am not so sure that the PR card counts for anything on the US border) The office is closed now - can anyone give me a straightforward answer? I am a Permanent Resident of Canada and I am British (English) Citizen with a standard EU Passport. We are planning on going on a shopping trip across the Queenston/Lewiston Bridge this weekend if we haven't got divorced by then - do I require anything other than my passport/PR card i.e. do I need an ETSA? Thanks in advance!!!

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You will need to apply for the I94 waiver at the POE which costs 6 bucks and a lot cheaper than a divorce
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You would need to get the I94W card on entry to the US at the minimum, b

The I94W can be kind of a pain on its own if its a busy day at the office and you have no US cash...

ESTA is only for airline travel I think
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Old Feb 15th 2012, 9:13 am
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Make sure you have the fee in US dollars as every time we have been over the border they are very insistant on this the first time we went thankfully someone in our family had some otherwise I'm not sure what the outcome would have been.

I'm glad you posted this because once my hubby gets pr I was curios if we still had to get the 'visa' to the US that he has got in the past.
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Some stations now accept credit cards, otherwise they will point you towards a nearby ATM is you get them on a good day.....


Having some US cash on hand when travelling over the border is a good idea anyway...
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Thanks all very much for the answer and for the tips - will be taking US cash with us.
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We have been over twice recently, the last time on 5th Feb to activate our PR and they accepted our credit card for the I94 payment quite happily.

We were not aware that this document lasts for 90 days, so you don't need a new one every time you go over as long as it is within the 90 days.

We only found this out as we had been over on 5th November and then went again on 5th Feb and they told us we were just a day outside the 90 days and so we needed a new one!
If we had realised, we would have gone the day before instead
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Thanks - yes they did tell me that I could use the card for multiple entries until the 19th May. The trip was really successful and it was a lot less hassle than I'd anticipated. The customs officers were very nice to me at the US border and coming back into Canada which I unfortunately I haven't ever experienced when flying into Canada!
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We have been over twice recently, the last time on 5th Feb to activate our PR and they accepted our credit card for the I94 payment quite happily.

We were not aware that this document lasts for 90 days, so you don't need a new one every time you go over as long as it is within the 90 days.

We only found this out as we had been over on 5th November and then went again on 5th Feb and they told us we were just a day outside the 90 days and so we needed a new one!
If we had realised, we would have gone the day before instead
So had you failed to return the green card to them too? They get all pissy about that. There is some address in kentucky (IIRC) you can mail them to if there isnt some handy US immigration officer nearby.

It was always a lottery with me whether to hold on to it in case I might be back in the states soon, or whether to hand it back on re-entry to canada in order to avoid the hassle of having to return it later...
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So had you failed to return the green card to them too? They get all pissy about that. There is some address in kentucky (IIRC) you can mail them to if there isnt some handy US immigration officer nearby.

It was always a lottery with me whether to hold on to it in case I might be back in the states soon, or whether to hand it back on re-entry to canada in order to avoid the hassle of having to return it later...
No, I didn't return it to them as didn't know I was supposed to - I wasn't necessarily intending to go back as soon as we did and no-one told me that they would need it again
However, my OH had his still in his passport so he was OK and the Border guard was very nice to me and just said to pop it in when we were next going over the border.

I seem to be lucky with border agents - never had a "pissy" one!
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Thanks - yes they did tell me that I could use the card for multiple entries until the 19th May. The trip was really successful and it was a lot less hassle than I'd anticipated. The customs officers were very nice to me at the US border and coming back into Canada which I unfortunately I haven't ever experienced when flying into Canada!
Glad it all went well for you.
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